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I have successfully trained my close friends and family to tell me about each and every beauty product they try and decide they can no longer live without. Case in point: While on a two-week long Hawaiian vacation, my mom texts me with urgent info about a beauty problem-solving product she recently bought and had surprising success with. Here’s how the exchange about this hairspray went down:
M: [After sending me a photo of the L’Oreal Paris EverStyle Alcohol-Free Strong Hold Styling Spray] Wet or dry spray!!! Amazing!!!
K: Tell me specifically what you like about it. I’m sitting here desperately trying to think about post ideas.
M: I like it because you can use it on wet or dry hair. Easy to style and it makes your hair shiny with body!
K: How did you use it?
M: I used it for the first time today in dry hair that was flat after being wind blown all day. It looks like I washed, dried and styled my hair!
K: What does it smell like?
M: Fresh smell.
K: Did it make your hair wet? Did you have to blow dry it a bit or what was that process/experience like?
M: Not wet, but damp.
M: I need a Curtis pic. [I had to get her back on topic here. She was demanding photos of my son.]
K: So did you let [your hair] air dry? Brush through it with a specific brush?
M: Sprayed it on and used a round brush with a hair dryer.
M: I’ll let you know how it works on wet hair tomorrow.
K: Okay. Cool. [Then we go on to talk about how my son bit a friend at school. Ugh.]
She texted me the next morning to say that her hair still looked fabulous from her touch-up with the hairspray the night before. She texted again the day after that to say, “Styling spray great on wet hair too!” Mom likes exclamation points. She also included photos of her hair, which looked great. The photos on the other hand, didn’t look so great. She wasn’t wearing any makeup and she’s not the best selfie taker (sorry, Mom!). so I decided not to post the photos here. Mom, you can thank me for that later.
Social media was all abuzz when Jared Leto arrived at the Golden Globe Awards wearing a man braid, so I think he’d approve of the gigantic braided hairstyles I recently pinned. Pinterest is my go-to way to discover amazing new braided styles and since Mr. Leto showed up wearing a braided ‘do on Sunday, I’m pretty sure the style won’t be going away anytime soon.
Recreating these looks will require yards of extensions (or a Barbie-like head of natural hair), but I think they are stunning, totally worth the effort and will likely make you look thinner, too. Gigantic hair, smaller body … you with me on this? Anyway, here are my latest braided hairstyle Pins.
This side swept fishtail braid from the Barefoot Blonde is fabulous in a non-fussy, fairytale princess way. (more…)
We had planned to save the reveal of our site’s makeover for January, but we’re just too excited about it to wait. So … here it is! We’ll continue to bring you the latest beauty trends and products we love while helping solve your pressing (or not so pressing) beauty problems. We’ll just look a little better while doing it. We hope you like the easier-to-navigate design and welcome any feedback you have to share.
And while we’re on the topic of makeovers, I was on the receiving end of a mini hair makeover myself recently. It gave me the confidence boost I was in serious need of. It sounds superficial to say, but when you look good (or even think you look good) you feel good and exude confidence.
My mini makeover was all thanks to two talented artists at the Spoke & Weal salon in Los Angeles. My colorist, Dell, boosted my natural dark blonde hue by adding thick ribbons of three beige-blonde shades. The result was subtle, but gave me a hit of brightness I was lacking. Lindsay, who did my cut, chopped off a couple of inches, but more importantly, she thinned out the under layers of my thick hair to make it easier to manage and help it appear less poofy. This subtle tweak made me like my shorter haircut so much more. Here’s the before an after. The photos aren’t great, I know, (the lighting was better in the “before”), but I think they give you a good sense of the transformation.
Do you have plans for a makeover in 2015? We’d love to hear about it and share advice if you’re open to it!
When it comes to natural-looking hair color trends, first there was Ombre and then Sombre (subtle Ombre) and now it’s all about babylights. Babylights (as seen most recently on model Karlie Kloss) are very finely painted highlights that result in a stunning and super natural-looking finish. If you, like me, are someone who has always wanted to have the color you did as a child, babylights are just the ticket. What’s also great about them is that you’ll need to color your hair less often to get the best results, according to L’Oréal Paris Consulting Celebrity Colorist Kari Hill. (more…)
You all know how much I love my braided hairstyles, and this week I’m specifically digging wrapped braids. Here are the three I’ve been Pinspired by and will definitely try very soon.
Half-Up Braid With a Bun
This is a perfect five-minute hairstyle. Part hair where you like it, braid the front two inches of your hair (bang area) on each side and secure with tiny clear elastics. Bobby Pin the braids together at the back of your head. Quickly wrap the rest of your hair into a messy bun just below the braids. Secure with bobby pins.
Sorry to say that BEOC has been on a bit of a hiatus. Our lives became more hectic when Carrie welcomed a third child into the world and when my family decided to pick up and move. And while we hate to admit that life has gotten in the way of our passion — beauty, and talking about it endlessly — it simply has. We will be back in action again soon, we promise, but until then, here’s a quick photo of the hair color I dream of — pastel pink. If I weren’t lacking in the cool department, the mother of a two-year-old and working in an office full time, I’d so try this. It’s soft, pretty and edgy at the same time. Love.
Would you try a pastel hair color? If so, would you go pick or try another hue?
While I haven’t yet been able to keep an appointment for the big hair makeover you all voted on, I did have some time on Saturday to whip out a braided hairstyle. This was a very unplanned look, but I got a ton of compliments on it. It started off as a simple braided bang style and then morphed into this braided updo. Here’s how I did it:
Step 1: Create a side part and braid a two-inch section of hair on the side opposite your part. Start right at the top of your hairline.
Step: 2: Braid that section down to the ends and secure with a small elastic.
I’m in a serious hair rut. It’s mostly due to the fact that have I have zero time to style it these days — that’s what having a 2-year-old and a full-time job will do for you. But, I’m still just desperate for a change. I’m also a little bit torn as to which direction to go next though. Should I go shorter, blonder or just add some bangs? Two girls at my office told me to stick with the length, but I thought I’d open it up to you. So … given the three options, which do you think I should choose? Here’s a recent pic of me after a pro blowout. My hair normally lives in a ponytail:
OK, voting time. Which look (pulled from my Pinterest board, of course) should I try next?
If you’re a redhead or thinking about going red, today’s Reader Rave is totally up your alley. The product: J.F. Lazartigue Colour Reflecting Hair Conditioner in Copper, $26.
Why: “This Revived my red hair after one use, and lasted at least a week. It contains no peroxide and no ammonia. It stretches out the life of your color so flawlessly that people asked if I had gotten my hair done.” — Breean
Do you have a product worth raving about? Tell us about it by commenting below!
Today marks the first day of spring, so what better way to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather (for the east coast, anyway) than with a beachy hair how-to. I love this natural-looking, messy-in-a-good-way beachy hairstyle Renato Campora created for Kate Winslet’s Los Angeles Premiere of Divergent. Here’s how to recreate it:
Step 1: Apply John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Building Mousse, $6.50 on clean, wet hair.
Step 2: Apply John Frieda Luxurious Volume Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion, $6.50, concentrating on the roots to create volume, and blow-dry your hair.
Step 3: Once your hair is fully dry, use a one-and-a-half-inch curling iron to create voluminous waves by wrapping your hair around the iron.
Step 4: After letting your waves cool completely, finished the look with John Frieda Luxurious Volume All Day Hold Hairspray, $6.50 to add long-lasting volume to your waves.