Kerry Washington doesn't set foot on the red carpet unless her hair is glossy, bouncy and flawless (those bangs!). Now you can create your own red carpet moment at home with Surya Brasil's Color Fixation Collection. Formulated for damaged, chemically-treated and colored hair, this line revives even the driest and dullest locks. Our current obsession is the Restorative Serum, which smooths down frizzies and repairs split ends with a blend of Brazilian herbs and fruit oils. Kerry Washington-esque fierceness, here we come!
Surya Brasil Color Fixation Collection Restorative Serum, $7.99, available at Whole Foods
Raise your hand if you're a natural girl who learned fab styling and maintenance tips from YouTube vloggers! According to The New York Times, you're not alone. In a recent piece on the natural hair vlogging phenomenon, the publication reported that there are hundreds of chemical-free women on YouTube, posting videos, blogs, and tutorials on products, hair tools, styling tips, "transitioning" tricks -- anything that can help their unrelaxed sisthren feel more confident about rocking her textured tresses.
One of the most popular vloggers, Kim Love (aka Kimmaytube), is so influential that her product recommendations regularly rank on Amazon's top best-sellers! The 34-year-old recently quit her six-figure career to vlog full-time and sell natural hair accessories on her own website, LuvNaturals.com. "I decided that if I'm becoming a brand, I'm going to control my image," Ms. Love said. "And I'm going to earn money doing it."
Many vloggers like Love are linking to CurlyNikki.com, a meeting place for curly girls to discuss their issues and share tips. The site's founder, psychotherapist Alicia Nicole Walton, calls it "hair therapy." "More and more black women are going natural," said the 28-year-old, who just created a mobile phone app to assist her readers while shopping for hair products. "I hope that soon, kinky hair will be the standard."
A day at the beach or by the pool is so luxurious -- but not so much for your hair! UV rays, saltwater and chlorine can do a number on your tresses, drying them out and causing split ends and dullness. Protect your strands and scalp with Philip Kingsley's Swimcap, a rich leave-in conditioning treatment that's applied to damp hair before hitting the water. When your summertime frolick is complete, simply shampoo and condition as usual. The best part? Swimcap is chock full of sunscreen to prevent color-treated hair from fading or turning brassy. Now that's something we can dive into!
Philip Kingsley Swimcap, $35, philipkingsley.com
If you ask us, last night's MTV Movie Awards was pretty much par for the course -- except for one shocking exception: Nicki Minaj's restrained, sophisticated, jet-black China bob! We were thrilled that the coiffure chameleon chucked her collection of over-the-top, Technicolor-dyed wigs in favor this simple, yet deeply chic style -- it showcased her gorgeous face instead of overshadowing it (we love her wild styles, but natural beauty is no match for a Bride of Frankenstein wig).
To get the look, ask your stylist for a sharply shaped, jaw-grazing flapper bob (print out this pic of Minaj or reference flapper Louise Brooks), or invest in a fierce wig yourself! A bob isn't a bob without the super-glossy shine, so spritz on Oscar Blandi Jasmine Oil Spray ($23, zappos.com) for a sweet-smelling sheen.
One of summer's hottest trends is bold, bright eyeliner -- and for good reason! A dash of color along top or bottom lashlines instantly upgrades any makeup look! Right now, we're obsessed with Sephora's new Jumbo Liners. These featherweight pencils come in a zillion eye-popping shades, and can be used to rim your peepers or shade your lids as eyeshadow. And there's no reason to skip bold color on humid days (smear much?), because the pencils are heat, water and humidity-proof -- and the color stays put up to twelve hours. Sent from heaven! Sephora Collection Waterproof 12HR Jumbo Liner, $10, available at Sephora stores and sephora.com.read more...
When we saw pics of Kelly Rowland lounging on the beach during the holiday weekend, we were instantly jealous of her summery glow! Thank you, Victoria's Secret, for allowing us to fake the look with Beach Sexy Tan Enhance...read more...
Black hair is many things -- lush, glorious, fabulously textured, beyond sexy -- but unfortunately, it's also super-dry. Thank heaven for Walgreens' new haircare collection, Karite Special, which is formulated especially to hydrate thirsty African-American tresses. The collection includes a Nourishing Shampoo, Reconstructive Conditioner, Intensive Hair Mask, Anti-Frizz Thermo Active, and Leave-in Detangler -- and each product is spiked with a major dose of African shea butter, a powerful emollient rich in antioxidants, natural UV protectors and fatty acids that keep hair supple, glossy, and healthier than ever. Did we mention that the products are all under $7? Love! Karite Special Collection, $7, walgreens.com and nunaat.comread more...
Summer's finally here (yay!), but most of us are still sporting pale, winter-dull skin. No need to face the world looking less-than-luminous! Try our new favorite bronzer, Dior's DiorSkin Nude Glow Healthy Glow Summer Powder, a mosaic of contrasting tones that leave a subtle, totally natural radiance on skin -- instead of creating a faux-tanned look. To use, simply swirl the blush in the bronzer and swipe along the outer perimeter of the face, down the bridge of your nose and over cheekbones. If you're fair or have light hair, try DiorSkin Summer Powder in Aurora (a mix of tawny tones); and if you're medium-to-dark-skinned, try Sunset (a bronzier blend). DiorSkin Nude Glow Healthy Glow Summer Powder, $46, sephora.comread more...