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20 Apr

How I Recovered From a Weekend At Coachella

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It's all fun and games 'til you cough up glitter.
Such is the lesson I learned post-Coachella, and wow, it was painful—an aria of heaving hacks and sequin spitballs that I'll call "Disco Consumption." (Close second but no-go: "Tinsel Tuberculosis.")

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Once the coughing fit stopped, I could inventory the morning-after mess: a mascara mudslide on my cheeks, flaked skin on my nose, and a tan line in the shape of a heart on my wrist. My hair was a matted snarl of dirt, sweat, and broken dreams. #Iwokeuplikethis, but honestly? I'm not sorry. Sure, the "glitter tears" I tried to copy from Elle Fanning were somehow inhaled like weed. But screaming for the XX, Lorde, and New Order was...
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20 Apr

I Took The Bombshell Beauty Challenge

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After a dramatic haircut last fall that left my lob a '90s-inspired mullet, I found myself settling into a uniform of oversize sweaters, flats, and tinted lip balms. After receiving no less than three compliments on my "androgynous style" in one month, I started to find myself gazing at vintage photos of Brigitte Bardot in her cinched waists and Scarlett Johansson vamping for the camera. "How does that feel?" I wondered. And so began an exploration into embodying the bombshell. The first step in achieving bombshell-dom is figuring out exactly what a bombshell is, especially in 2017. For almost 80 years, the bombshell has been blond, comic- book curvy, and magnetic. A bombshell is more than hot: A hot girl can...
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14 Apr

5 Cool-Girl Bang Trends We’re Loving Right Now

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Forget spring—we've got fringe fever.

The to-chop-or-not-to-chop temptation is more real than ever before considering that bangs, in every shape, size, and texture, are skimming the lashes of every It girl in site. Here, find an assortment of face-framing bang statements that will ooze cool through summer.

1 BIRKIN BANGS

January Jones(@januaryjones)님의 공유 게시물님, 2017 3월 6 오후 8:46 PST

To this day, Jane Birkin's fringe is iconic. So it's no wonder that the gap-tooth beauty inspired January Jones' newly-minted, '70s-inspired bangs. You can opt for a straight along  cut or add a shagged arch, the key is making sure they're soft and left to separate on their own. Francophiles, this one's for you.

2 CURLY BANGS

Joan Smalls(@joansmalls)님의 공유 게시물님, 2017 3월 22 오전 8:32 PDT

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10 Mar

Jaden Smith And Sasha Lane’s Sky-High Ponytails Are a Win At Louis Vuitton

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Despite the sheer number of stars that turned up at the Louvre tonight to see Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2017 collection—Michelle Williams! Sophie Turner!—one front row pair drew the lion’s share of camera flashes with a scene-stealing hair strategy that may or may not have been planned: Jaden Smith and Sasha Lane, who arrived at the show with mirror-image high ponytails. Lane pulled her waist-grazing dreadlocks straight up to the top of her head in an I Dream of Jeannie move and secured them with a citron yellow scrunchie that matched her printed coat. Smith’s strands were similarly twisted upward but strategically arranged to fall over his face in a deceptively casual manner. Apart, they struck front row gold; together, they made...
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16 Feb

7 Real Cool Real-Girl Hair Ideas from The Fall Runways

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Nothing's wrong with a glassy chignon—especially not when the collection is Louis Quatorze-at-the-disco inspired—but we'll never turn down a fun, inventive hair idea. Straight from the Fall 2017 shows, seven styles worth giving a go.

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1 SANDY LIANG'S MARGOT TENENBAUM SLIDE Think of it as a do-over of high school with nicer clothes and a much better attitude. But don't think of wearing a pink clip (angled toward the arch of the eyebrow) with a monogrammed sweater or anything remotely preppy this time around—you're aiming for an uptown-downtown vibe. Side note: After all those years of natural texture, isn't it kind of weird to think how some of us used to do a daily...
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16 Jan

This Is the Exact Reason Why Your Hair Hurts

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If you’ve ever experienced it, you know what we’re talking about: painful hair. And no, it’s not just your imagination playing tricks—doctors say the ache is a very real condition, with several common causes. The science behind the pain originates in the scalp. “What’s happening is inflammation coming from blood vessels in the scalp is flooding the nerves in the hair follicles and causing them to ache,” explains New York City dermatologist Debra Jaliman. “The pain in the follicle is indistinguishable from the strand, so it truly feels like your hair is hurting,” she adds. Tight hairstyles are among the worst perpetrators. High ponytails, cornrows, buns, braids, and updos can all pull and even damage follicles, leading to hair pain, says Lars...
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2 Nov

10 New Ways to Wear Strawberry Blonde Hair

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Strawberry blonde looks different from every angle, thanks to its golden quality that refracts light. In other words, it's just pretty. Another bonus is that the color comes in a variety of shades, complimenting most complexions. It can be classic like Christina Hendricks (a real life Jessica Rabbit), or look distinctively modern like professional cutie slash male model Michael Lockley's unexpected peach. There's a whole spectrum of strawberry blonde to explore, so click through to see our favorites here.

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Isla Fisher
Fisher's vibrant shade of red has gold undertones that shine even brighter when worn with sleek waves.

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Julia Roberts
Roberts, a redhead chameleon, opts for a strawberry blonde highlights mixed in with yellowy strands.

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5 Aug

’90s Double Buns Are Officially Back

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Josephine Skriver(@josephineskriver)님이 게시한 사진님, 2016 6월 4 오후 4:46 PDT

Get ready to retire your plain old singular topknot. The super-high double-bun look that everyone (read: The Spice Girls) loved so much throughout the'90s is officially back. And this time, it's the models who can't get enough of the hairstyle. Josephine Skriver started experimenting with it about a month ago (that's her above), and in the last few days, a few of her fellow It Girls™ have followed suit.

First, Cara Delevingne paired the style with some equally '90s face-framing tendrils during her press tour for 'Suicide Squad.'

#SuicideSquad @caradelevingne wearing @alexandrevauthier #RandM

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Jen Atkin, the hairstylist behind Delevingne's look, let us in on her...
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9 May

How To Prevent Breakage From Hair Ties

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Question: What's the healthiest kind of elastic to tie my hair up with, and what should I be doing to avoid breakage at the top of my head? Answer: For most of us, summer means more braids, buns and ponytails to keep frizz at bay and our necks cool. But all that pulling, twisting and wrapping can lead to breakage; we asked celebrity hairstylist Tommy Buckett, who works out of Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon, to share his prevention plan. 1) Dry your hair before pulling it back. "The hair is at its weakest point when it's wet," says Buckett. "It stretches a little more when you pull on it, but it can only take so much before it snaps." If you're short on time, focus...
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