Blog Posts by Refinery29

  • Do You Need a $300 Hair Dryer?

    Refinery29By Gabrielle Korn, Refinery29

    Make no mistake: When it comes to beauty, we love a good bargain. Sure, we're not above spending an embarrassing amount of money on something sparkly, but if there's a cheaper, comparable option, we're not going to turn it down.

    But, in terms of the quality that comes with a high price, there was one product in particular that we were unsure about: our hair dryer. Do we need to be spending hundreds on our dryers, or will a drugstore option do? And, why in the world do these tools get so pricey?

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    According to hairstylist Kristen Keller, there actually is a difference between a high-end blowdryer and a drugstore version - and that difference could mean big things for your hair health. "Most of the drugstore blowdryers come with high heat and very little power, which means you're actually taking longer to dry your hair," she says. The longer you expose your hair to that

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  • 10 Plus-Size Design Elements to AVOID

    By Trudy Hanson, Refinery29

    Choosing clothes for a plus-size body shouldn't be any more difficult than choosing clothes for a smaller-size physique. And, while the times are a-changin' with more size options than ever before, some of those clothes out there haven't quite caught up with what the full-figured consumer actually wants.

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    In the interest of giving you a head start on what works and what doesn't, check out this list of what design elements to avoid. Actually, don't just avoid them. Run as fast as you can away from them, and go put on something fabulous.

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  • Beyond Oil Pulling: 5 Ancient Secrets that WORK

    By Maggie Puniewska, Refinery29

    .So, unless you've been living under a rock, you've definitely heard of oil pulling - the time-honored trend that's taken the Internet by storm. It claims to aid digestion, up your oral health, and clear your skin. But, where, exactly, does oil pulling come from? It's part of an ancient practice, Ayurveda, that extends far beyond a coconut oil swish; we're talking about thousands of years of wellness tradition. Unsurprisingly, quite a few of our other favorite health crazes have their roots in Ayurveda, too - from yoga to neti pots to massage.

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    The practice places a strong emphasis on overall lifestyle, explains Kulreet Chaudhary, MD, director of Neurology at Scripps Memorial Hospital in California. Ayurveda takes into account your daily Starbucks habit, those tiffs with your boss, and those times you skipped SoulCycle in favor of happy hour. The concepts behind Ayurveda can sound a bit new-agey, but make no

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  • Yep, My Thighs Touch — but I Still Wear Shorts

    Refinery29By CeCe Olisa, Refinery29

    On her blog, Plus Size Princess, CeCe Olisa has detailed everything from what it's like to be the only big black girl in a yoga class (fine, thanks!), to her adventures in plus-size dating in the Big Apple. Now, the New York City transplant is lending her poignant, often-hilarious voice to R29.

    As I turned the corner to get my morning coffee, my peppy coworker was already smiling in my direction. "I always know when you're coming down the hall, I can hear your feet dragging!"

    Although it was embarrassing to be accused of dragging my feet by a girl who wears stilettos every day, it was more embarrassing to explain to her that the noise she heard was not my feet dragging.

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    "That's the noise my jeans make when my thighs rub together," I replied, a little too loudly because one of the executives looked up at me through his office door.

    "Oh…," she said, confused and slightly

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  • 20 Discounted Swimsuits that Won't Burn Your Budget

    By Ellen Hoffman, Refinery29

    Swimsuit season has hardly begun, but many people are already shopping for those balmy beach days ahead - this vacation-bound editor included. And, maybe you, too, are soon heading to a tropical destination with a dress code that's about 90% bikini and 10% cover-up. Calls for new swimwear, right? Yet, when you've already doled out a hefty sum for your trip's many incidentals, spending big bucks on a bathing suit can feel like rubbing salt in a wound.

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    Fortunately, you don't have to exhaust all your funds to snag a suit that catches your eye. The surplus of swimwear already in stores means sales are spiking in mid-April to make room for the next wave. So, we scoured our favorite sites and gathered up 20 discounted bandeaus, tankinis, and more that will bring out the beach bunny in you. And, with prices like these, you won't have to think twice before ordering that second oceanside Margarita.

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  • The Absolute Best Petite Skinny Jean, Says the Internet

    By Gina Marinelli, Refinery29

    Isn't it the norm that every pair of skinny jeans you buy fits you like a glove? It's like each pair was made just for you: It flatters your bum and the hem hits perfectly at your ankle. We don't even have to try. We hate to burst your bubble, but that's not exactly reality. In fact, while skinny jeans have become a serious denim staple, the hunt for the perfect pair hasn't exactly gotten much easier. Just ask anyone who shops in the petites department and finds several inches of extra fabric at the bottom of nearly every pair of pants they try on.

    More often then not, if you're a lady on the shorter side, jeans shopping can feel more like settling for the lesser of two evils too-long pants. And, because you've probably already tried on more pairs than you could possibly ever wear, we turned to Rank & Style to help us make the search a bit smoother. The site, which curates the best-of-the-best shopping buys based on reviews and editorial mentions, has

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  • Comfy Flats You’ll Wear All Spring

    By Bobby Schuessler, Refinery29

    If you've ever tried walking an entire day in towering heels, you know that teetering from point A to point B to points C, D, E, F, and G just isn't practical. Sure, those staggering stilettos may work for extra-special occasions, but it's basically impossible to sport them throughout your day-to-day without an emergency call to your podiatrist or, you know, a car service. The (easy) solution? Flats.

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    After all, pounding the pavement in style should be pain-free, so we're helping you swap out your pumps for these no-heeled steppers. And, we've got every type of fashionable flat ahead: sweet ballet skimmers, glam d'orsays, work-perfect oxfords, and even some adorable slippers. So, click through to see our 21 favorite picks. These are total closet shoe-ins.

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  • Hate Your Job? Read This Now

    Refinery29By Stephanie Taylor Christensen, Refinery29

    If you're like the more than 12,000 millennials - the population who are currently between 18 and 30 years old - surveyed as part of Telefonica's Global Millennial Survey, you may have a peachy outlook regarding the amount of potential power you hold in the world. When asked about their ability to make a difference, 83% of the millennials surveyed believe they can incite change, more than 75% said they have opportunities to bring a new product or idea to market, and 66% strive to make it to the top "rung" of their career ladder.

    But, what if the jobs you've found so far have left you feeling disenchanted, perhaps even wondering if you picked the right career? Fear not. We asked some career experts for their take on how to deal when you don't love your job. As it turns out, you can learn plenty from the experience.

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    It's just one tiny step on a long path. You know that sick feeling of dread

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  • Stock Up! 12 Life-Changing Beauty Buys

    By Tara Rasmus, Refinery29

    Feeling meh about your makeup bag? Lacking inspiration every time you open your medicine cabinet? Well, it's the season for head-to-toe makeovers, and we're dying to finally chuck all of our so-so primpers for the newest, prettiest goods out there.

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    In honor of a good seasonal restock, we talked to the founders of our favorite indie beauty boutiques to find the new spring buys they're loving right now. Shopaholics, beware. These products are the best of the best, and they're pretty much irresistible. (Don't even ask how long our personal must-have lists are.) Click through for all of the eye candy - your new spring beauty wardrobe is right this way!

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  • This is What 100 Calories Looks Like

    By Justin Sedor, Refinery29

    Diet fads come and go every day, each one more extreme than the next. No carbs, no fat, high fat, no meat, high meat, no gluten - we don't know about you, but we can hardly keep up. The one piece of conventional wisdom that we just can't seem to shake, though, is the idea that cutting calories will help us lose weight. Okay, yes, there is definitely truth to the concept that a net calorie deficit will result in body-weight reduction. But, obsessing over those little numbers on the back of your groceries often means ignoring basic tenets of nutrition. All calories are definitely not created equal; while a scoop of ice cream and an avocado contain the same number of calories, one choice is fundamentally healthier than the other. The important thing, of course, is to focus on giving your body what it really needs. But, it's almost impossible to ensure you're getting the right balance of nutrients when you're busy tallying calories.

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