Protective styles not only cut the time of your beauty routine in half; they're also a great way to protect your natural strands from potential damage. And while braids and twists are relatively low maintenance options, there are a few things you should still do to ensure their longevity. Like most hairstyles, they aren't exempt from becoming unkempt and in need of some occasional reinforcing; especially if you develop an itchy scalp or live in humid conditions that cause your hair to get fuzzy. Don’t let environmental conditions mess with your style; keep your scalp and strands in check with these 15 products.
Of all the amusing and witty holidays that seem to pop up throughout the year, National Candy Day is one of our favorites. As it turns out, there are a ton of beauty products that sound as sweet as they look. In observance of this tasty holiday, we encourage you to mist on a yummy fragrance or coat your lips in a bubble gum flavored balm—there’s plenty of fragrant finds that will get you in the holiday spirit. Besides, what’s better than having sweet aromas follow you throughout the day?! Click through the gallery ahead for a peek at some sweet beauty treats!
Eva Marcille's Halloween 2016 costume included the highly coveted do, created by Dr. Kari Williams.
Hair trends may come and go, but we’ll always have a place in our heart for the bob. We’ve witnessed the evolution of this iconic cut and like fine wine, it’s only gotten better with time. As one of the more versatile looks in our beauty arsenal, we're privy to the countless ways it can be worn. Be it straight, textured, dyed, layered or any combination of the aforementioned, there's always an opportunity to up the styling ante. And like most reocurring trends, celebrities usually show us how to rock it best. If you're wearing a bob or lob this fall and need inspiration that can be easily recreated, take a few notes from these Hollywood hair slayers.
May the "fleek" live on forever.
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Aduba's adorned afro is a major switch up from the uniform bantu knots worn by her Orange is the New Black character.
Costumes are essential for Halloween, but makeup plays an equally important part. You don’t have to be a professional makeup artist to intensify your look; create lots of drama by simply rocking a bold lip color! It's important to remember that this holiday is all about self-expression, so sheer lip gloss and lip balms won’t cut it. Whether you're handing out candy to the kiddies or crashing a party with friends, vibrant is best and all "normal" beauty rules can be thrown out the window, . We’ve got the brightest and coolest lipsticks to compliment your villainous, ethereal and haunting costumes just ahead. Pucker up!
We're well into the fall season, but there's still plenty of time to adjust your beauty routine with the season. And if pumpkin spice lattes are a must during the colder months, then you'll love these fragrant finds. Besides the addictive scent of these seasonal must haves, pumpkin is actually great for the skin. Rich in a host of vitamins, the tasty ingredient can aid in the prevention of breakouts, blemishes and a slew of other struggles we typically face. Slather, layer and spritz on the scent and color of the season and satisty your inner fall enthusiast with these orange offerings.
These fall-inspired makeup looks will make your Snapchat filters look like child’s play.
Shopping for hair products is never as simple as 1,2,3. For every brand, there's an endless amount of products that promise to address your needs. Whether you’re looking for a new leave–in or simply want more bounce in your natural curl, the offerings are hardly lacking, which makes the task twice as challenging. Seriously, it seems every time we turn our heads, there’s a new product on the shelf. To alleviate the bitter sweet job of sorting through heaps of hair masks, cleansing conditioners and defining creams, skip the stress all together and shop these recommended new arrivals. Get ready for your most fabulous fall hair!
If you like to skip the suds and get down to business with a product that will condition your hair on-the-go, reach for a leave in conditioner. They’re an effortless way to provide your hair with healthy nutrients that support growth and protect it from damage. Like most hair products, leave-in conditioners aren’t created equal. Whether you’re a naturalista, wash and go curly girl or relaxed maven, there’s a formula for every type of hair struggle you're bound to face. And with winter on the horizon, you should be ready to fight seasonal dryness and breakage. Our favorites are top rated, crazy afforable and guaranteed to bring your locks back to life.
Pumpkin spice lattes aren’t the only thing making a seasonal debut. Chapped lips will also make an unsolicited return, but we’re prepared to cut this comeback short with lip balms that prevent, heal and hydrate irritable lips. If you're gravitating toward trendy matte lipsticks this season, a dependable lip balm is especially essential for making sure your pout stays hydrated. No matter your preference, look for products that utlilize emollients, also known as softeners. These prime ingredients are what'll protect your peckers from the harsh winter elements. If you're not sure where to start, keep our favorite bomb balms on your radar.
If you have sparse brows, there are plenty of ways to fake more volume. Thanks to a neverending influx of pomade, gels and pencils, you can basically perform noninvasive surgery by applying any of these top-rated products. The cold, hard truth is that expertly drawn brows are the universal (and perfect) finishing touch for every type of makeup look. Whether they're wild and bushy or barely there, sculpting is key. Our favorite brow savers come in a variety of formulations, so you can decide which one works best for you. Sneak a peek at these tried and true brow products and get ready to take your arch to the next level.
There are many ways to seek temporary relief from a protective style. For some, it's a soothing head massage. For others, it may be good old fashioned patting. Although these go-to methods work for a moment, our scalps still remain in dire need of TLC. When left untreated, the dandruff and dirt laying just beneath our braid sets are capable of causing dry scalp and brittle hair strands. For many, regular washes and conditioning aren't ideal for preserving the fresh look of protective styles; braids, sewn-ins and faux locs included. Those challenges aside, we can still purify and nourish our manes with extension and braid-friendly hair products. From lightweight oils to cleansers formulated specifically for protective styling, these top-rated faves should be on everyone's radar.