Looking good pays off. That's the overwhelming conclusion of research conducted by noted economist Daniel S. Hamermesh, a professor at the University of Texas, Austin, whose book Beauty Pays found that attractive people earn on average as much as 4 percent more annually than their unattractive colleagues. So consider your appearance one of your most important assets-and invest in it. We've picked the best worth-every-penny products and procedures designed to keep you on track.
1: TOTALLY WORTH IT: A TRANSFORMATIONAL HAIRCUT
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What you're aiming for is a style that's polished, sophisticated, and, most important, easy to replicate. Think of it this way: All the time you spend taming your locks each morning could be spent courting new business. Famed hairstylist Ted Gibson, who works with Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain, charges $1,200 for a cut (you read that right), yet his eponymous salons in New York City and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, are consistently booked with new