Those of us who struggle to control frizz know that heat and humidity can wreak havoc on the perfect hairstyle faster than you can say "poolside piña colada." With that in mind, and as part of our laid-back summer beauty guide, we set out to give naturally curl-endowed Laura a treatment that she wouldn't have to spend any time or effort on all summer long. "I have to use a ton of products to keep my curls intact," says Laura, a 25-year old student, pictured right in a before shot. "Leaving my hair straight isn't even an option since it just grows the second I step outside." The perfect solution to Laura's fight to end frizz? A Brazilian Blowout treatment.
"It's a conditioning treatment," said Laura's stylist, Stacy of Butterfly Studio Salon in New York City. "This means it doesn't break down the shaft of the hair to make it straighter. It's actually a really great treatment for damaged hair; the more porous your hair is, the more processed and dried out it is, the better it works."
Blog Posts by RealBeauty.com
Those of us who struggle to control frizz know that heat and humidity can wreak havoc on the perfect hairstyle faster than you can say "poolside piña colada." With that in mind, and as part of our laid-back summer beauty guide, we set out to give naturally curl-endowed Laura a treatment that she wouldn't have to spend any time or effort on all summer long. "I have to use a ton of products to keep my curls intact," says Laura, a 25-year old student, pictured right in a before shot. "Leaving my hair straight isn't even an option since it just grows the second I step outside." The perfect solution to Laura's fight to end frizz? A Brazilian Blowout treatment.Read More »from Would You Pay $350+ to Get Rid of Frizz?
In order to tame frizz, you first need to understand it. The main goal in dire situations like humidity is to work with your hair and not against it. Check out what our experts have to say about the bummer of a situation, then check out our 33 best-kept hair secrets.Read More »from Why Frizz Happens, and How to Fix It
Why it happens
"Frizz happens when the cuticle layer (the outer layer) of the hair opens, moisture gets inside, and the hair swells up," says Aussie celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempo. Picture a hair follicle made up of little shingles like those on a roof. Water molecules in the air wedge themselves in between each "shingle" which puffs it up.
How it happens
"Frizz is created when layers of hair are being pushed in an unnatural direction due to weather, poor hair care, or even rubbing too much with a towel." If you have curly hair, pull your curls in a very soft ponytail on top of your head with a scrunchie and let your hair air-dry overnight. This will better keep them in tact.
How to prevent it...or deal with it
If you haven't swapped out your musky, darker scents it's time to hop on the summer perfume wagon. Trade up your signature scent for one of these flirty and fun options that can take you from a day by the beach to a night out with the girls. Plus, find out your signature scent.Read More »from 5 Fragrances Perfect for Summer Wear
Island Michael Kors Bermuda
Ready for a tropical getaway but can't afford the plane ticket? One whiff of this will have you in an eternal mental happy place. With notes of freesia and hibiscus this scent combines floral and citrus for a warm tropical aroma. Related: Best Celebrity Fragrances
Harajuku Lovers Sunshine Cuties: G
This adorable little blondie will make you feel sunny, and tan without a worry in the world. Light notes of coconut and mandarin will make you feel like you're sitting on the sand sipping your favorite frozen drinks. The best part? It's not too overpowering so you can wear it night or day. Related: The Best Fragrances for Work and Play
Burberry Summer for Women
Already having an
Staying fit does not always require a pricey gym membership, personal trainer, or fancy workout equipment. Some of the best moves for your body can actually be done right at home. Here are a few celebs' favorite exercise moves, routines, and weight loss tricks -- and they're all easy enough for any of us to copy! Check out 7 more stars and athletes stay-slim moves.
"Squats! I like to take a chair and take it into my bedroom and squat until my butt hits the seat and get back up. That's my measuring point of how low I need to go." Related: Get more celebrity-inspired leg workouts.
"When I was 29, I lost 35 pounds. I did it through Weight Watchers. That's how I learned how to eat properly for the first time. Before, I used to be one of those people who wouldn't eat all day, then would eat a piece of cake at 4 p.m., have McDonald's at 10 p.m., and then go to bed."
Can't make the Weight Watchers meetings? Try these weight-loss tips to get toRead More »from 6 Common Moves That Keep Celebs Thin
If you're in your 30s with extra-irritated skin, almost to the point where people constantly think you're blushing, it could be rosacea, not acne, your're dealing with. "One of the most common mistakes people make is using the wrong products on their skin because they don't know which condition they are dealing with," says Dr. Doris Day, a board-certified dermatologist affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City who specializes in laser, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology. "Acne treatments can often exacerbate and irritate skin with rosacea, and while the two conditions look very similar, they have different causes and treatments." Take a look at the differences between these two conditions and how you should treat each. (Hint: It takes more than a dab of Clearasil!)
RB: What are the differences between acne and rosacea?
DD: The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, but it tends to appear across the nose, forehead, and cheeks and may look like diffused redness through skinRead More »from How to Tell if Your Acne is Really Acne
Isn't it a shame that no matter how hard you try, the summer weather just doesn't allow for good hair days? Check out these seven solutions for annoying tress issues, then click through our other 25 solutions for more summer beauty bummer damage control.Read More »from 7 Solutions for Summer Hair Problems
You Got Caught in a Thunderstorm - and Your Hair Is a Mess
Blot your hair with a paper towel, says David Evangelista, creative director of Cornelia Day Resort, in New York City. Then work in mousse (like L'Oréal Professionnel Volumizing Styling Mousse, $23; luxuryparlor.com) to regain body. Almost good as new!
Your Hair Is Limp, Flat, and Lifeless
Turn your center part into a side part - your hair will instantly have more body. Another option: Flip dry hair upside down and spritz a volumizer at the roots, then slowly flip it back up and blow-dry for a few seconds to set the spray.
Try TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Root Boosting Spray
The Sun Is Frying Your Hair
"The longer your hair, the more you need to treat it with special care or it can
- RealBeauty.com | Fashion – Fri, Jul 9, 2010 9:22 PM EDT
It's the second week of July and to be honest, we've already exhausted the wear out of our sundress collection. When it's a bazillion degrees outside, there aren't many more options, unless you go down the path of rompers and shorts...two trends that we've steered clear of until now. Here are a few tips from celebrity stylist Jennifer Rade, who explains how to best pull of the two leg-baring pieces. Add in a few toning moves, and your stems will look amazing enough to make Blake Lively shake in her Louboutins.Read More »from How to Make Your Legs Look Amazing in Rompers and Shorts
Choose the Right Footwear
According to Jennifer, the trick to making your legs look miles long in a romper (or shorts) is to go for a high wedge or nude peep-toe heel. Studded gladiator sandals are great if you're Whitney Port, but the rest of us should pick something with height. Related: 5 Money-Saving, At-Home Pedicures
Pick the Right Length
Length is also key, says Jennifer, who recommends an above-mid-thigh style. Any longer and you visually cut your legs in a way that
- RealBeauty.com | Work + Money – Thu, Jul 8, 2010 11:17 PM EDT
You've seen your child wearing Coke cans in her hair, asking for a bra that shoots fire for her birthday and now, she wants big circle contact lenses. Yup, blame it on Gaga. Lady Gaga is getting the heat for a growing yet dangerous trend of big "circle contacts," which are colored contact lenses that make your irises appear larger than normal.Read More »from Should We Blame Lady Gaga for the Dangerous Circle Contact Trend?
Related: How to Apply Eye Shadow Like a Diva
Seems cool, right? Heck, there's even a YouTube video on how to get the exact same look so it must be the hottest beauty trend for the season. Not quite. These bug-eyed contacts are actually extremely risky, not to mention illegal. Yet, according to the New York Times, this growing beauty fad is popping up all over the Internet, with lenses ranging from just $20 to $30 to give you a doe-eyed, baby doll appearance.
Related: Get the Secret to Fake, Wide-Awake Eyes
The wrench in this plan is that contacts that don't come with a prescription from a professional could cause serious eye injuries and even
Summer is arguably the sexiest season of the year (teeny bikinis, hot lifeguards, sunset cocktails), but beauty-wise, it's a disaster (frizzy hair, greasy skin, sweat everywhere). Chill out, because we have tons of easy tips and tricks that'll help you stay gorgeous even when it's a bazillion degrees outside.Read More »from 5 Ways to Look Hot When It's Scorching Outside
Sweat-Proof Your Scalp
Think about it: Your scalp is an extension of your face, so it makes sense that it would get just as sweaty as your skin does in the summer. Sprinkle dry shampoo on your scalp before you leave the house on a hot day, says MariLynne Mele, stylist at Blow, the New York Blow Dry Bar. "The light powder will absorb excess oil as soon as it hits, leaving your scalp drier." She recommends Blow Faux Dry, $20. Related: Keep your scalp from getting sunburned
Fight Frizzy Hair
Along with pesky mosquitoes and weekend traffic, frizzy hair is inevitable during the summer months. To tame frizz, apply a generous amount of antifrizz cream, gel, or mousse (experiment to
- RealBeauty.com | Fashion – Wed, Jul 7, 2010 10:48 PM EDT
You've heard the saying "wearing your heart on your sleeve" (not to mention the many bad 90s songs that include it in the lyrics), but is the new trend wearing your heart on your nails? According to Lindsay Lohan, it sure is.Read More »from Beauty Trend Alert: Wearing Your Feelings on Your Nails?
Related: How to Spot a Quality Nail Salon
Lohan was sentenced to 90 days in jail after missing various court dates, counseling classes, and a set off from her SCRAM bracelet after the MTV Movie Awards to which she claimed only went off because someone spilled a drink on it. Though there were tears in her eyes and excuses pouring out of her mouth, it appears her mouth and her nails were saying two different things.
Lohan inscribed a teeny tiny message on her fingernail. Look closely - let's just say this message doesn't scream "I heart you and what a lovely shade of red lipstick you're wearing."
Related: Fix Your Chipped Nails
Though we applaud her multicolored leopard print nails, a fun, electric shade for summer and the fact that she managed to pull off a