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Stylish woman during fall.

Top Fall Accessories to Invest In

As the cold air rears its ugly head into the end of summer, it’s time to start thinking about dressing for the fall season. While there are a ton of great fashion trends this fall from bronze eye shadow to oversized sweaters, we’re going to take a look at how to properly accessorize to match these and other hot fall trends. This has been a banner year for accessories on the catwalks at fashion shows around the world.

Woman wearing pearl bracelet

The Perfect Pearl
While it might be a big investment, one trend that has appeared over and over again this fall is the pearl. Popping up everywhere from earrings, to necklaces, to bracelets, pearls even made their way onto facial jewelry like nose rings and eyebrow piercings. This elegant jewel of the sea looks great with just about anything you wear, and doesn’t have to be hidden away only to be taken out on special occasions. Of course, there are always cheaper options if you don’t want to invest in the real deal, but we won’t talk about that here.

Stylish woman holding a handbag.

Hot Handbags
Small, boxy handbags are trendy this fall and are great accessories that obviously have both form and function. We’ve seen everything from red patent leather to floral patterns, so chose your favorite style and run with it. If you tend to carry more than a small handbag can carry, why not go for a large leather tote bag or a satchel? Both styles of bags have literally been everywhere this fall. Choose one in an autumn influenced color like dark orange or yellow to blend in with the season.

Woman wearing a scarf.

Neck Check
Scarves are another accessory that serve a purpose while also making you look great. Thick wool scarves are in style right now as are striped patterns. You can also choose a thinner material that can be worn as a scarf or a headband.

Woman applying a brooch

Pin It!
Coming as somewhat of a surprise this year, is the comeback of the brooch. Whether pinned to a lapel or worn in the hair, decorative brooches have been seen everywhere recently. Designs are almost endless, so you’re sure to find one to fit your style and taste. Brooches are often passed down as heirlooms, so you might even have one tucked away in a relative’s jewelry box. Now’s the time to pull it out and rock it while it’s still in style.

Woman wearing fur boots.

The Fur Fad
As for shoes and boots, some odd trends have emerged for the fall season, such as fur appearing in strange ways for some very interesting looking fuzzy footwear. If you can pull that off, more power to you, but if you’re more of a traditionalist, go for some utilitarian work boots, or sparkly bedazzled dress shoes, both of which are definitely in style this fall.

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Woman getting a hair treatment

Hair Rehab after a Long Summer

The long, hot summer has come to a close — even if the temperatures haven’t dropped all that dramatically just yet. Besides getting out your cable-knit sweaters and knee-high boots, now is the time to take a closer look at your hair and assess what damage the long days at the pool and heat have wrought.

Woman examining split ends.

Trim Dead Ends
The simplest thing you can do to clean up your hair after a season of heat damage is to trim off the dead ends. Split ends will make your hair look frizzy and ratty, and they will dull the finish of your hair. Get a trim that takes off enough length to get all the dead ends. Your hair will feel instantly smoother and less tangled.

Apply a Protein Treatment
Heat is the most damaging element for summer hair. Whether it’s the rays of the sun or the heat from your blow dryer or straight iron, the heat can damage your hair’s cuticle. The result is frizzy hair, broken shafts, and split ends.

You can repair some of the damage with a protein treatment. The treatment will add protein back to the hair shaft to help smooth the cuticle. The treatment usually comes with a deep conditioner, as well, which will help to smooth the hair and restore its shine.

Woman getting a moisturizing hair treatment in a salon.

Moisturize
Give your hair plenty of moisture to help restore its bounce and vibrancy. Use a quality conditioner for every time you wash your hair, and follow up with a good deep conditioner for weekly treatments. You might also consider a professional moisturizing treatment, such as a hot oil treatment. You can find good products at a beauty supply store or salon, or you can ask your hairdresser for recommendations for the right treatment. Also check with a professional salon for a deep conditioning treatment. These pro grade treatments paired with time under heat, can have hair feeling and looking amazing in just one session.

Chlorine Treatment
If you spend most of your time in the pool during the summer, chances are really good that chlorine has built up inside AND outside of the hair shaft. Using a quality chlorine treatment to strip an remove this build up an restore hair to its natural looking color. These treatments can be a little drying and rough on the hair, so make sure to condition well.

Don’t go into fall with hair looking as limp as the leaves on the trees. Takes these steps to restore your hair after a season of damage, and you’ll have healthy, vibrant hair all fall and winter long. You’ll have that gorgeous glow even when the rest of the landscape seems dreary.

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Woman before and after blowout

Tips for Super Straight Hair

Natural hairstyle is a classic “the grass is always greener” situation. Those with straight hair often with they had curls, and people with curly hair get frustrated and long for easy straight hair. This is a list of tips for those with straight hair to maintain it, and those looking for a way to obtain it.

Go Alcohol-free!
The first tip is one that everyone should follow: avoid alcohol. Many hair products from mousse to gel contain alcohol, which can leave your hair looking frizzy, dry, and lifeless. A little alcohol is fine, but it the bottle lists it in the top three ingredients, toss it away.

Woman flat ironing her hair

Iron it Out
If you don’t want to go with a perm, the next best option is using a straightening iron. Even those with naturally straight hair can benefit from a little bit of heat for a truly straight look. If you’re new to flat irons you need to make sure you purchase the correct size iron, something that some might overlook. If you have short hair, choose an iron with plates that are between a half an inch and an inch thick. For longer hair, choose on up to two inches thick, allowing you to cover more area at a time for a quicker total ironing session. Also, make sure the iron isn’t too heavy, some cheaper models that weigh a ton will make you feel like you’ve been lifting weights after 10 minutes of straightening your hair.

Make sure you prep your hair before adding any heat to it. There are a TON of fantastic heat protection products that will reduce the damage caused by high heat. Also, make sure never to iron your hair when it’s still wet, and don’t over do it. The flat iron is not an everyday tool. You hair won’t respond well to that much heat everyday and you’ll end with damaged dry hair.

A Perm?
If you have wavy or curly hair, usually the best option to get the straightest look possible is getting a perm. Most people think of perms as going from straight to curly, but they work in reverse as well. Perms are a serious decision though, as the chemicals used in the process can cause more harm than good. It’s best to get a perm only if you have healthy hair. If your hair is damaged from heat, or bleach, or other chemicals, stay away from this option. Even the healthiest hair can appear frizzy and dry after a perm, but you can nurse your hair back to health.

Woman before and after blowout

Brazilian Blow Outs
A pricey, yet effective treatment that actually makes the hair shiny and softer than pretty much any other option on the market. Basically, professional hair smoothing that leaves your hair straight for days, even weeks. Worth every penny, many people swear by these treatments.

Once your hair is straight, there are some things you can do to help maintain your hair and keep it looking great. Try drying your hair upside down to get to your roots, and never sleep with wet hair, that will only lead to knots, cowlicks, and kinks. Also, make sure you’re using products sparingly, and lastly, buy a good ionic hairdryer with temperature control.

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Redhead with dark eye makeup

Goth Hair Colors

When you think about goth the first color that comes to mind is probably black, right? While black clothes, hair, makeup, jewelry and other accessories might be the mainstay in goth style, one way you can let your freak flag fly is by changing the color of your hair. Depending on what type of look you’re going for, you can make just about any hair color work with a gothic look. Let’s take a look at some common hair colors and how you can make the rock!

Blonde goth woman

Blonde
Speaking of contradictions, what better way to contradict the goth look than by sporting Barbie-doll blonde hair? Blonde hair has many negative connotations (think blond jokes) but it is a strong color. It represents happiness and cheerfulness, possibly the greatest contradiction to the black of the goth style. It takes a confident goth to rock the blonde look, but those that can pull it off really make it look great!

Red
What better color to match with black than fire-engine red? Not only does red stand out against black clothing, but it expresses many emotions. Red hair can show anger and rage and evoke the feel of flames, fire, and even vampirish blood! You can also go for a more natural red hair color if bright red is a little too much. This will be less attention-drawing, but will still stand out nicely against a black wardrobe.

Woman with green hair.

Green
Think Poison Ivy, or Frankenstein. Green is the color of money, but it is also the color of balance and harmony, spring, renewal, and growth. It is generally seen as a positive color, evoking pleasant emotions, so it might be a bit contradictory to the goth outlook, but hey, sometimes opposites attract!

Blue
The color of the sky and the ocean, blue is generally a calming color, but like red, it contrasts well with black, and a deep dark blue can really look great against a black outfit. Light blue colors won’t work as well, let’s leave that shade for the old women.

Goth woman

Black
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Black it the color of goth, and if you want to stick to an all black theme, you might as well go with black hair as well as black clothes. The good news is almost any hair color can be dyed to dark black.

Whatever color you choose, wear it with confidence!

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Woman applying hair conditioner.

Combine Hair Products for the Best Effects

You have a cabinet full of hair products, and they all do something different. If you want sexy waves, you might reach for a texturizing spray. If you want a slick-backed look, you might go for the gel.

While you might get some limited results with these products, you’ll need to think bigger if you want to get healthy, gorgeous hair. You’ll need to address the health of your hair while also manipulating its style.

Woman flat ironing her hair

Here are a few great product combinations you should try to get beautiful hair:

Heat Protectant and Argan Oil
You can’t always tame frizzy hair with some gel and a round brush. Frizzy hair can be the result of damage to the shaft, which you can smooth out with some Argan Oil. The oil will also give your hair a glossy finish that will make the styling look more professional. The combo with the heat protectant helps to prevent further damage from blow drying.

Leave-In Conditioner and Wax
Work pea-sized portions of each of the leave-in conditioner and the wax together, evenly spread throughout damp and air dry. Word to the wise, start at the ends of your hair (or half way down the hair shaft) and work your way up!

Detangler and Voluminizer
You can’t add volume to your hair if you can’t comb through your hair. If you do manage to create volume, you’ll have a tangled mess piled on top of your head. Use the detangler to make your hair easier to brush and to manipulate, and then use the voluminizer to get the height you want. The voluminizer will also enhance your hair’s natural texture.

Dry Shampoo and Voluminizing Hairspray
When you style your hair, you don’t want to wash it every day and go through the entire process again each morning. Yet you don’t want to leave your hair unwashed or else it will become dirty and oily. Dry shampoo helps to keep your hair clean without ruining the style. Voluminizing hairspray can provide a spot fix to breathe new life into a style that’s falling limp.

Volumizing Spray and Texture Wax
Lightly spray “chunks” of damp hair with a volumizing spray – blow dry well, then take these sections and work the texture wax through with your fingers. This creates a great, natural looking hold that won’t get too piecey or too crunchy.

Experiment with some other product combinations to help you find ways to promote the health of your hair while also creating the style you want. These are just a few combinations to help you get started. Take a look at what’s in your beauty cabinet and find other combinations to get new results.

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Young girl with bangs

Hairstyles for Back to School

Switching into Back to School mode after a long stretch of more relaxed summer schedules requires a lot more than simply setting your smartphone’s alarm to sound at a significantly earlier time in the morning. There are numerous occasions when everyone seems to take extra time and effort for looking their best, but none more significant than when it comes to preparation efforts for returning to school with a really killing look that will adequately remove any doubts about your advanced fashionista status on everyone’s mind, and sealing the deal for the whole year. And when it comes to the most important aspect of your entire look, it’s got to be your hair.

New Year, New “Do”
There’s never a better time to show up with a fresh new coif than at the start of a brand new school year. Here are some styles for thought in choosing the perfect do for the 2015-2016 school year.

Young woman with braided ponytail.

Cinching the Deal With Braids and Ponytails
For anyone choosing to stick with mid length and longer tresses, one way to jazz it up anytime is by hiding the rubber and elastic bands that are used to gather sleek ponytails securely or to finish off with braids at the ends. Proceed just as you normally would, in securing your braid or ponytail with a clear elastic stretchy band, but then take a small section from the hair to wrap around the band, securing it with a small bobby pin. Luxe, for sure.

Fishtail braid

Fish Tales
The popularity of the Fishtail braiding technique is still huge, and this gorgeous braid is so easy to do, in many ways much easier than conventional three-strand braiding. The Fishtail braid is especially flattering when done off to one side. And while you can easily gather all of your hair up into the braid, a much more softly romantic effect comes from leaving a few random wisps hanging out.

Young girl with ponytail.

Ponying Up
Ponytails are back, or may have never gone that far, but the many ways they’re being worn has expanded, for sure. The Classic, Side, Half Ponytail, Twirled Half and the Layered Ponytail are further open to unique and personal effects by whether you choose to make it look all neat and sleek, or and messy. Straight ponytails are best achieved by first straightening the hair. Messy ponytails are kind of self-explanatory, and actually, messier looks are best achieved (and hold best) the next day, not the same day you wash your hair.

Young girl with pixie cut.

Going Short
The trendy Pixie cut is every bit as popular as ever, with a whole lot of power to give you a variety of looks, from one simple, short cut. You can rock your return to school with a fresh and fringy appearance that is most pronounced in the front, although the cut looks great when you’ve used the right products and methods to get that “just out of bed” texture. You can change up this look with just the right accents, from sparkly barrettes and cute headbands.

Young woman with bangs

She Bangs!
Bangs are back! From wisps to thick, blunt edges, bangs are a fall favorite right now. Tip: Always start with a longer look than you’d like, especially if your hair is wet – you can always cut more but you can’t back track with bangs.

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Young girl with wavy hair.

How to Get Waves for Any Hair Type

Wavy hair is the perfect style for the summer. It creates a sexy, relaxed look like you just came back from the beach or you just woke up looking like that. You may have tried giving yourself the tousled look but watched your gorgeous waves go limp and flat. Here are some tips to get perfect waves no matter what hair type you have:

Straight Hair
Wash your hair and let it air dry. Apply a texturizing spray then wrap 2-inch sections of hair around the barrel of a curling iron. Don’t grab the hair with the iron and curl it tightly around the barrel. Let the curls hang loosely while you finish the hair all the way around.

Finger comb through the curls when you’re done, and apply more texturizing spray.

Woman with curly hair.

Curly Hair
If you have naturally curly hair, you will have to relax or straighten it a bit to get the waves you want. Blow out your hair with a round brush to loosen the curls. Just make sure you apply an anti-frizz spray or serum so that your hair doesn’t look fuzzy. You want a messy look, not a frizzy mess. When you’re done blowing out your hair, wrap sections around a curling iron as above to get the waves. Add a texturizing spray to finish the look.

Wavy Hair
Just because your hair is naturally wavy doesn’t mean it has the curl you want. Start styling your hair when it is dry and unwashed for best results. If you want to style after washing, using a curl cream and put your hair in a bun to dry. With naturally wavy hair, you only need to wrap the flat sections around a curling iron. Apply texturizing spray and scrunch the curls in your fingers.

Also, if you like a little MORE wave to your hair, instead of a bun, go for a fairly tight braid! This lasts a little longer than a bun as it takes a while to “relax”.

Woman with bedhead hair.

The “Bedhead” Look
It’s the carefree, naturally voluminous style that may look effortless but takes a little effort and a bit of product to achieve. Wash your hair and allow it to air dry after applying a dime-sized amount of gel to damp hair. Tousle every 15-20 minutes and sit in the sun as much as possible. Do NOT brush through!

The sexy wave look is hot right now, and you can achieve it no matter what type of hair you have. You just have to use the right techniques and the right products. Use these simple tips and you’ll have the tousled, beach look down pat.

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Woman with frizzy hair.

Quick Hair Taming Tips

One of the most disappointing appearance fails that can happen to any woman is to spend a hefty chunk of time (and often cash) on your hair–carefully styling it with precision and products and a lot of techniques for the perfect looking tresses possible, only for it to morph. So, there you are, confidently going about your day, moving in style from class to class or place to place, and then at some point later you happen to walk by a mirror or reflective object–only to catch a horrifying glimpse of what you really look like. While this is thankfully not always the case, there are certain elements that can tend to produce frizz flare up. With a little know how and preparation though, such an unfortunate mishap does not have to happen to your hair. Fix it and forget it, as they say.

Young woman with frizzy hair

Frizz-Causers
Frizz can suddenly arise from a variety of culprits. Badly damaged hair can look great for the first 30 minutes, but all that depletion of excessive heat styling and stripping of natural proteins from harsh products can soon produce a frizzy mess. Some hair types and textures respond more resiliently to humidity and other frizz producers than others, but any hair type is susceptible of style damage from the elements at one time or another. Be prepared, with a little valuable knowledge and readiness.

Alcohol
Happy hour cocktails are fine, but the kind of alcohol that is damaging to your hair is found in hair care products. Best bet? Just avoid using any hair products that contain alcohol. There are just too many better alternatives out there for your hair. Read the labels.

What to Look For
In label reading for the best looking hair, go for products that include polymers and silicone, which coat your hair and are effective at keeping it in place, the way you styled it. These also create a nice moisture barrier for your hair, for even really humid weather.

The Frizz Killer – Flat Iron
Everyone has heard of a flat iron but few know the power of this must-have tool! Even a few strokes with this magic wand can transform hair from frizz to fabulous in mere seconds. The trick is to make sure you prepare your hair for the heat by spraying your locks with a heat-safe hair spray, applied to damp hair. This will keep your hair in great condition and also keeps damage at bay, allowing you to use your flat iron over and over without worry!

Frizz From Static
Whether to tame your hair or your clothing on a chilly day when the heating system (or clothes dryer) delivers up a charge to everything, a couple of dryer sheets from your laundry products cabinet make great static tamers, and require very little room in your handbag or cosmetics bag.

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Woman using flat iron

Easy Back to School Hair Styles with Your Flat Iron

Especially difficult for all the late risers of summer distinction–the rapid transition to school mode mornings can be quite unsettling for even the most fearless returning students. Everyone knows how important it is to squeeze every last millisecond from that nasty, dream-killing noise of the alarm clock–or in some cases, the robotic daily repeat from a wakeup parent banging on the door and/or presenting vocal mandates. The harsh reality following whatever method of wake-up you rely on, at some point, you have to respond by getting yourself out of bed, to begin your own personalized style of achieving morning readiness. More than any other time, you need corner-cutting methods and devices that give you the look with lightening speed.

Young girl straightening her hair

No Time to Waste Means Time-Saving Hair Looks
Deciding what to wear to school can be radically different, on a student-to-student basis, with efforts that can start with the most ardent lovers of sleep simply dressing for the next day of school the night before, and slumbering away through the night in anticipation of a simple wake-up followed by a walk-out the front door – all ready and school-bound. Beyond the clothing–and probably even way more critical to your overall feeling of being school-ready than any other morning routine component, is your hair. It is the first thing people notice, and even with the tightest of morning time windows, the good news is that your hair can look fabulous, if you know what you’re doing with that flat iron in the bathroom.

So Much More!
That simple looking flat iron to you may only represent your go-to straight hair mode, but think again, because the way you regard it is about to change. You don’t even need to buy other hair styling tools, if you own a flat iron. Save money and time every morning, too! Learn how to expand your flat iron proficiency, and love your hair!

Young girl with wavy hair.

Get Those Beachy Waves
Begin with dry hair, and section it into 2” strands, braiding each section. Next, take your fully heated flat iron and squeeze it down onto each braid, moving from the root area on down to the ends. Do this with each braid. Leave braided until cooled completely. Now, undo the braids and then run your fingers through your locks to separate them into luscious waves. Finish with a light spritz of your favorite relaxed holding power.

Quickest Curls
Clamp your iron near the roots of a 2” section of hair, and begin moving the iron downwards, twisting it 90 degrees up or down as you pull it along. Think of your hair as curling ribbon, and how you can use scissors to make it curl more. Same thing. But don’t use scissors, please! Looser curls: begin a few inches from the ends, and apply less of an angle, from your iron.

Young girl using flat iron

Hair Art
Apply hair chalk, after which a follow up using your flat iron will not only smooth your do, but it will make the color pop and appear to be an authentic dye job.

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90′s Inspiration: Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore

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When it comes to beauty icons who totally rocked the 90s, Drew Barrymore was absolutely at the top! And not only was she the iconic representation of everything good about 90s’ fashion, her keen sense of style has stuck with her ever since, too. And now, in 2015, she still does it, with enviable “everything.” The 90s have made a comeback, which you’ve probably noticed, and for doing the decade appropriately, look to Drew Barrymore, copy her, emulate her, and you’ll be spot-on!

Her Perfect Style Symmetry
DB’s 90s looks spanned the whole range of possibilities of the decade, and she killed every one of them. Sure, she has the looks, the hair and the attitude to pull them all off, but everyone can learn a lot from just following her lead–in one or several key areas. DB did grunge with splendid flair, while at the same time, she could pop up at a party sporting a 90’s satin, empire waist mini and matching heels–stealing the party. The 90s culture was permeated with its own brand of identity-consciousness that prompted the flow of simple “big.” From 90s chokers to baggy men’s clothing, DB has worn it all, without ever losing an ounce of that charm.

Elements to Remember
DB 90s’ style incorporates a wide range of looks, and within those looks you’ll find layers of materials that play important roles in her signature dress of the decade. Think satin and velvet…think head wear ranging from minimalist boho head jewelry, floral hair accents and romantic and breezy scarves loosely holding casually upswept locks.

Forever Synonymous With the 90s
Other Drew Barrymore trademark 90s elements include black patent platforms, lots of different vests, her favorite brick-red lipstick, Daisy Dukes and who can forget that black fanny pack around her waist? One small DB secret is that in her quest to authentically portray the awkwardness of youth in the 90s (much to the chagrin of makeup and wardrobe crew,) she even applied her character’s concealer so it showed up on film. She explains that this is exactly how young girls begin wearing makeup.

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