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Hair myths circulate like urban legends, but which horror stories are just hype? Before you toss your favorite shampoo or swear off color, separate fact from fiction.Read More »from 8 Hair Myths, Busted
Grant Cornett/Time Inc. Digital Studio1. True or False? Frequent Trims Make Your Hair Grow Faster
FALSE. "Hair grows from the roots, not the tips," says Michael Wright, senior research scientist at Nexxus Salon Hair Care. A trim removes split ends to prevent them from moving farther up the hair shaft, saving you from having to cut more to eliminate the damage. Keep your hair healthy in the first place with conditioning treatments and sun and heat protectors, says Saurabh Desai, principal scientist at Aveeno Nourish+.
2. True or False? Brushing Your Hair Often Makes It Healthier
FALSE. Brushing your hair 100 times before bed won't make your hair look any better. In fact, it might make it look worse. "Over-brushing can dull hair by destroying the cuticle, as well as causing split ends and breakage," says Desai. And using the wrong tool could further harm hair.
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From legs to brows, the pros reveal the best ways to deal with unwanted hair
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Ideal Option: Shaving
Ouch Factor: None
Why It's Best: Convenience and speed make this the go-to grooming method for N.Y.C. dermatologist Doris Day. "There's also very little risk of ingrown hairs and irritation," she says. "Waxing makes more sense in winter since you have to allow the hair to grow out before removing it."
Do It Right
- Reach for the razor within 10 minutes of stepping into the shower; otherwise, the skin swells and you won't be able to get a close shave.
- Look for a shaving cream that contains enough moisturizers, such as jojoba oil or shea butter. Try Whish Almond Shave Crave shaving cream ($24; skinstore.com).
- A multi-blade razor reduces the number of times you have to sweep an area and staves off uncomfortable razor burn. Try the five-blade Venus Embrace ($12; at drugstores).
- Irritation results from a dull blade and too much pressure. There's no need to press down --
Put your best foot forward, from heel to toe.Read More »from 10 Ways to the Perfect Pedicure
Time Inc. Digital Studio1. Make a Fresh Start
Did last season's vampy polish leave behind a yellowish stain, even after remover? N.Y.C. podiatrist Suzanne Levine suggests scrubbing discolored nails with a tablespoon of Clorox diluted in a cup of water; then rinse and buff.
2. Welcome Matte!
Looking to give your ballerina pink or classic red a fresh twist? Experiment with next season's biggest nail trend -- a matte finish. (Trust us, it's going to be huge!) Simply use your base coat as a top coat to remove the shine from your lacquer.
3. Be Creative
Since this summer's best sandals come in so many colors and materials, no single hue will do. Ji Baek, owner of Rescue Beauty Lounge in N.Y.C., offers these guidelines: "The more embellished the sandal, the more neutral toes should be. No metallic with metallic. Be daring with conservative shoes. And coral goes with anything!"
4. Stay in Tip-Top Shape
To get a lot of mileage out of a pedicure, nail pro Deborah
- InStyle.com | Fashion – Tue, May 19, 2009 11:46 PM EDT
Celebrity stylists reveal the tricks that keep their A-list clients looking so gorgeous.Read More »from 12 Top Secrets from the Hair Pros
Time Inc. Digital Studio1. Cool Your Conditioner
"Leave conditioner in the fridge to keep it cool. This way, it will instantly seal the cuticles because it's already at a low temperature." -- celebrity hairstylist Tippi Shorter
2. Apply Product Strategically
"Where you should apply product depends on texture. For fine hair, concentrate volumizers near the root for body and lift. For other textures, don't start at the top of your head or with your bangs because too much styling or smoothing product there will weigh down your hair." -- celebrity hairstylist Kiyah Wright
3. Plump Up Fine Hair
"Mousse is great for adding volume to fine hair. Apply it only to the roots -- to avoid making hair appear stringy -- then hold hair vertically and blast with heat to seal in volume." -- celebrity hairstylist Richard Marin
4. Fix Flyaways
"Spritz holding spray onto a natural-bristle eyebrow brush. Use it to lock unruly hairs into
Two kids, a busy schedule and, yes, Michelle Obama is still buff. Inspired? So were we. Here's how to get toned up.Read More »from How to Get the Best Arms Ever!
Joyce Boghosian/The White HouseNo Weights Required!
Just do 2 sets of this circuit 2-3 times a week, suggests celebrity trainer Kathy Kaehler.
1. Squat thrust with push-ups
The First Lady is said to be a devotee of this challenging move. Squat down, placing hands flat on either side of your legs. Kick both legs out behind you so you end in a push-up position, with your weight supported by your hands and toes. Do 1 push-up, then jump legs back up under your torso so that you are in a squat position again. Repeat 5-8 times.
2. Tricep dips
Sit just off the edge of a sturdy chair, wrapping your hands around the front of the seat, with your legs extended straight in front of you and your heels on the floor. Lift and lower your body 8-10 times. Don't hunch over (you can bend your knees if it's too hard).
Get on your forearms and toes. Keeping your neck aligned with your spine and your spine and
- InStyle.com | Fashion – Tue, Apr 28, 2009 5:13 PM EDT