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Everything from stress to nutrition to hormones can impact whether your strands are thick and shiny or thin and brittle. Check out these telltale clues that your tresses can give you about your overall well-being. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.
What it means: The average woman may lose as many as 100 hairs a day, but if you suddenly notice fistfuls coming loose when you brush or piles on your pillow, it may be a clue that you have a hormonal imbalance called PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome. "PCOS can trigger your ovaries to produce too many androgens, or male sex hormones, and contribute to hair thinning or hair loss," says Elizabeth Cunnane Phillips, a trichologist at the Philip Kingsley Clinic in New York City. Other signs of PCOS include stubborn belly fat, facial hair, acne, and irregular periods.
The fix: As many as one in 15 women may have some degree of PCOS, but losing weight by eating whole, unprocessed foods and exercising for at least 30 minutes a day can
The right shade makes you look younger, prettier, happier -- and you don't need a stylist to get it. Read on, and color your hair like a fancy pro...at home! By Eleanor Langston, REDBOOK.
Find your formula
Stop staring at that drugstore wall of boxes like a zombie! Here's how to know what you need:
1. If you're more than 25 percent gray or want to lighten your color, buy a permanent formula, says Avon colorist Lorri Goddard, who counts Reese Witherspoon as a client. Try Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Cream ($7.99) or a foam formula, which is a bit easier to maneuver, like John Frieda Precision Foam Colour ($12.99).
2. To deepen your existing tone or even out highlights, get a kit that's demi-permanent. We like L'Oréal Paris Healthy Look Crème Gloss Hair Color ($9.99) which fades within 28 washes.
3. "For the best results, stay within two shades of your natural tone," says Clairol colorist Marie Robinson, who works with Michelle Williams. Ignore the picture on the front of the
Studies show that being satisfied with your romantic relationship is one of the best predictors of happiness - even more important than education, income, or having a high-status job. Resolve to make 2013 your happiest year yet with these bond-strengthening pledges. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.
1. Cultivate your creativity
It's no secret that creativity is sexy: Think about how artistic types such as musicians, actors, and writers seem to ooze sex appeal. "Studies find that creativity is powerful in attracting a mate, but we often let our passions and interests fall along the wayside once we're married," says Glenn Geher, Ph.D., co-author of the new book Mating Intelligence Unleashed: The Role of the Mind in Sex, Dating, and Love. This year, resolve to keep pursuing your own passions (think: picking up the guitar again or taking painting lessons) and watch that joyful feeling transfer over into other areas of your life.
2. Do one kind thing a day
"If you go an entire week without doing
Celery sticks and extreme dieting? Unnecessary. Solid research shows that a few everyday habits (and less exercise!) could be the key to losing weight easily. By Sunny Sea Gold, REDBOOK.
Lose 8 pounds by refusing to skip meals.
Researchers at Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center spent a full year following a group of 123 women who were trying to lose weight. One of their happiest discoveries: Going hungry does nothing for you. People who reported skipping meals lost nearly eight pounds less than women who ate regularly. "It may be that they became too hungry by their next meal and overdid it," says lead study author Anne McTiernan, M.D. Another theory: Habitual meal-skippers might also be the same sort of people who spend less time planning and preparing meals.
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Lose 5 pounds by packing your lunch.
More props for brown-baggers: In the Seattle study, women who brought lunch from home lost five pounds more than those who
Giving in when it will make your guy happy shouldn't kick off Grudgefest 2013. Author Alisa Valdes finally learned how to compromise. REDBOOK.
My poor ex-husband. When we were together, I refused to ever compromise, right down to insisting on always listening to my music in the car. God help him if he reached for the dial. Raised by feminist academics, I thought compromising was a sexist concept that really just meant women should do anything to please men. Then, a few years after my divorce, I fell for the impressive persistence and otherworldly good looks of Steve, a traditional cowboy I met online. I finally realized that making a relationship work between two people so different would require compromise--lots of it.
At first, though, I went overboard and gave up too much, like almost letting him talk me into buying the pickup he liked when I really wanted a compact SUV. I failed at healthy negotiation because, like many women, I didn't know what it was. For me, learning when to
It's not just about attracting someone - real sexiness is the total confidence that can make you feel smarter, funnier and better in every area of your life. Who doesn't want to be a bit more like that every day? By Kelsie Blazier, REDBOOK.
A for effort
"Feeling confident about your appearance is the first step to genuine sex appeal," says says Eve Marx, author of Beddington Place: Watch Your Back, Cover Your Tracks and contributor to thirdage.com. Give yourself permission to invest in how you look - whether that means a visit to the makeup counter or a new haircut. It'll change what's inside, too.
Get out of town
Take an art class. Or book a last-minute weekend getaway. "Novelty is the greatest aphrodisiac,"says Sandor Gardos, Ph.D., and founder of mypleasure.com. When you live in the moment, anything's possible - and that's exciting, and sexy.
After a hot shower, massage your body with lotion, instead of just slapping it on. Or give yourself a relaxing neck rub.Read More »from 15 Simple Little Ways to Feel Sexy
It's hard to find an hour to hit the elliptical any time of year, much less over the holidays. Save your precious moments, and try one of these eight trendy boutique workouts wherever you - and your devices - may be. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.
Ballet BeautifulYoga for Athletes
If you swim tons of laps, run seriously, or play tennis competitively, yoga couldn't be the workout for you, right? Not so fast. Sage Rountree's brand of yoga, designed specifically for athletes, will improve balance, sharpen focus, cultivate flexibility, and help prevent the injuries many experience as a result of inadequate stretching. Give the treadmill a break, and follow along with one of the yogi's classes.
15-day free trial for new members, $20 per month and $200 per year for an all-access pass, YogaVibes.
Natalie Portman wasn't born the skilled dancer she portrayed in Black Swan. She got that way with the help of professional ballerina Mary Helen Bowers, who following a career at the New York City Ballet,
We spend so much time trying to figure out how to get through to the men in our lives that we figured, why not just ask? Next time you're ready for a little something different, trot out one of these man-approved lines and see where it gets you! By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.
"I love when you drink beer and watch sports on the couch." - Steve L., 46
"Dinner is ready!" - John M., 28
"Let me wash the dishes." - Ant V., 38
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"Thank you for helping with the kids today." - Steve V., 39
"Alright honey, we won't sell your truck to get a minivan." - Jeremy M., 34
"Why don't you take a man day for yourself?" - Mark K., 38
"The massage table is set up and the oil is warming." - Shane L., 35
"You mean a lot to me and I'm proud of how hard you work for our family." - Chris B., 43
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"Your penis is perfect." - Brandon C., 25
"It's so nice to be able to share my life with you." - Phil B., 37
In this high-stress season, it's no wonder you're ready to bite your hubby's head off every so often. But take a step back, and follow this expert advice to avoid a major meltdown and keep the peace in the long-run. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.
It may seem like you're hearing about holiday stress and relationship drama everywhere - with your friends, in the news, and at work. "Lots of anxiety gets created when you're bombarded with these negative messages," says Vagdevi Meunier, PsyD, a certified Gottman Couples Therapist and licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in Austin, TX. "If you start thinking like this, every little thing becomes a fight with your partner. But if you go into the holidays with the attitude that you're both going to have a great time, you'll be much more likely to do so." Follow Dr. Meunier's tips to stay connected and avoid blowups - even when your mother-in-law tries her best button-pushing tactics.
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