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  • How Much Should You Tip at the Salon? Find Out Now

    Source: How Much Should You Tip at the Salon? Find Out Now

    Tipping is a custom that allows you to express appreciation for a job well done. But when it comes to salon, spa, and nail services, it can be hard to decide who and how much to tip - especially on a color job gone wrong. And while tipping is at your discretion, here are a few suggestions on amounts to give in a variety of circumstances.

    For your hairstylist, colorist, aesthetician, massage therapist, nail tech, or any other main service provider. The standard tip is 15 to 20 percent of the bill before taxes.
    For more complicated services (like corrective color) or if your beauty professional went above and beyond. Think about tipping more than 20 percent as an added gesture.
    You didn't really like your service or your results. Instead of forgoing tipping altogether, consider tipping as a courtesy, but less: 10 percent, for instance. Talk with the manager or
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  • An Oil You'll Want in Your Hair

    Source: An Oil You'll Want in Your Hair

    Fighting frizz can sometimes feel like an uphill battle, thanks to our good friend humidity. Products that claim to do the work for you tend to weigh down and flatten your hair in this weather, which is never a good look. Thankfully, this isn't the case with L'Oréal EverSleek Precious Oil Treatment ($123). Putting oil into your hair may seem counterintuitive (and a little bit scary), but the ones used in this serum are extremely beneficial. Sunflower oils are used to soften your strands, while olive oil improves their strength and elasticity.

    But the real winner in this treatment is the argan. This oil gives incredible shine and completely flattens frizz. It's also helpful for your hair's cuticles. Not only does it seal them, making your ends look less bristly, it also cuts styling time down (which protects your hair from heat). Just make sure to keep this stuff away from your roots and to adjust the amount you use if you have thinner hair.

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  • How to Update Your Ombré Highlights This Summer

    Source: How to Update Your Ombré Highlights This Summer

    While the ombré trend has been going strong for seasons now, we've seen various adaptations of the graduating style over the course of its popularity. And while extreme ombré is out (think: high-contrast color and overly obvious roots), this season, it's all about the s'ombré, aka the softer side of ombré, explains celebrity stylist and Schwarzkopf ambassador Kim Vo. "We've added a warmth to it, we've added caramel colors to it, and we've added a little bit of highlights on top, around the face, just to soften it up," says Vo, who notes that celebrity ombré lovers, including Drew Barrymore and Jessica Biel, have both started following this modernized, kiss-of-ombré mantra.

    But by all means, whenever you're opting for any lighter color, whether it's ombré or not, avoid matchy-matchy roots. "People assume the root color should be blonder than their end color." However, great blondes are rootier with light ends: "It's much more

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  • Copy Blake Lively's Tousled, Texturized Fishtail Braid

    Source: Copy Blake Lively's Tousled, Texturized Fishtail Braid

    Blake Lively has a way with making any hairstyle all the more interesting. Take this thick, tousled fishtail braid, which she wore at the Savages premiere in New York. Instead of your average, off-to-the-side fishtail, Blake opted to break up the braid for an edgier, less-than-polished finish. She also played around with contrast, wearing a dressed-up, shimmery ponytail holder at its base, tying the bottom together by wrapping her matte-textured hair around the elastic.

    To copy the coiffure, use a thickening spray before braiding (or you can even add extensions to increase bulk). Next, create a fishtail braid, and complete with a metallic ponytail topper, such as Free People's Stingray cuff ($18), or Elle's metallic square beads holder ($10), near the crown. Wear this braid during the day for a cool-girl look, or in the evening for a dressy, not-too-serious feel.

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  • To Sulfate or Not to Sulfate? a Celebrity Stylist Weighs In

    Source: To Sulfate or Not to Sulfate? A Celebrity Stylist Weighs in

    Ah, the great sulfate debate. Found in cleansers such as shampoos and body washes, sulfates are chemical compounds that create the foam and lather. While one camp says they're not ideal because they can be drying and/or irritating, the other says they're necessary in order to make the hair truly clean.

    L'Oréal ambassador John Nollet, who has worked with stars such as Diane Kruger and Vanessa Paradis, is under the mindset that both stances have merit. "We don't have to say sulfates are good or sulfates are bad; it all depends on your texture, your nature, and your hair habit," he explains.

    When not to sulfate.
    In the celebrity world, stars can go from straight hair in the morning to curly in the afternoon to a twisted updo at night. The thing is: it takes lots of tools and products to achieve all these different textures. And while we might not be switching our hairstyles with the regularity of Hollywood's leading

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  • Embrace Your Freckled Face

    Source: Embrace Your Freckled Face

    Today photographer Reto Caduff releases Freckles ($69), a photo book featuring an assemblage of freckled beauties. Caduff was inspired to create the publication because speckled visages are rarely seen in magazines and media today; models with freckles are often covered with makeup or altered digitally to erase their most distinctive (and visually alluring) feature. Get a sneak peek of the striking images at But hurry and grab your limited-edition copy, as only 500 books have been printed. And to all those childhood bullies who called you freckle-face or spot: who's laughing at your uniquely freckled face now?

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  • 5 Surprising Ways to Use Vinegar for Beauty

    Source: 5 Surprising Ways to Use Vinegar For Beauty

    Many common kitchen ingredients are just as useful in the bathroom. In fact, L'Oréal hair colorist Christophe Robin turns to vinegar for many DIY hair and skin care remedies, his favorite brand being Santa Maria Novella ($52). But if you don't have the time to wait for this international beauty product to arrive (or are looking for something a little more practically priced), pick up a bottle of apple cider vinegar at your local grocery store. And to get Robin's tips - along with a few of ours - for using vinegar from head to toe, just keep reading.

    • For smooth skin: "Because vinegar is acidic, it closes the pores of your skin and makes it extremely shiny," Robin says. That's why he recommends mixing vinegar with your body cream. "It also gives a nice smell without having perfume," he adds.
    • For shiny, brass-free hair: "Most of the time women don't rinse shampoos and conditioners very well, so hair is [left] heavy and not shiny
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  • Legendary Stylist José Eber Talks Summer Trends and Tips

    Source: Legendary Stylist José Eber Talks Summer Trends and Tips

    José Eber has styled everyone from Farrah Fawcett to Elizabeth Taylor throughout his 40-plus years in the business, so you could say he knows a thing or two about hair. The founder of José Eber Salon in Beverly Hills, Eber says, "There is nothing more attractive than a woman who knows who she is. I believe beauty comes from inside." But when it comes to the outside, Eber has a few tips for achieving your best summertime hair yet.

    Summer trends: "I love braids and buns; there are so many variations, too, so play around and have fun with it," he explains. Of course, you can never go wrong with beachy waves. "They are so easy to do and they give you a very sexy and carefree look," says Eber, who recommends using his Trio multibarrel curling iron ($169) for easy-to-form curls that alternate in size.

    Pool- and beach-worthy hairstyles
    : "Again, braids, buns, and ponytails are all quick and easy hairstyles to wear to the pool

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  • 5 Easy Steps to a Side French Braid

    Source: 5 Easy Steps to a Side French Braid

    This side-swept braid is something of a cross between a waterfall braid and the French braid Katniss Everdeen wore in The Hunger Games movie. Not only are braids a chic way to keep hair out of your face on a hot day, but it also looks elegant on a night out. See step-by-step photos, along with instructions on how you can re-create this side French braid yourself, when you keep reading.

    1. Part slightly damp hair on the right side. Optional: add a little mousse or gel to keep hair intact and to prevent fly-aways. Next, take about a two-inch chunk of hair from the front of the right hairline, and begin a French braid.
    2. To start a French braid, section this portion of hair into three even strands, keeping them separated with your fingers (whichever ones feel most comfortable to you). Now, start a normal braid; take the right strand and cross it over the middle strand. Next, take the left strand and cross it over the middle strand.
    3. Once you
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  • 10 Weird but Wonderful Hair and Nail Secrets

    Source: 10 Weird but Wonderful Hair and Nail Secrets

    When you're in a jam and desperate for hair or nail help, the perfect fix can come from some highly unexpected places. Whether you tore a nail and can't get to the salon, need a manicure to dry fast, or forgot your curling iron before a big event, there's slightly bizarre but excellent assistance for you when you keep reading.

    1. Weak or chip-prone digits? Dump a teaspoon of finely chopped garlic in your base coat. It strengthens nails really well (some people claim it also helps them grow faster) for a fraction of the price of drugstore nail hardeners.
    2. Want curls, but forgot your iron and rollers? Put a paper bag on your head. Seriously. "Paper bag" curls work on the same principle as rag curls. You just tear a big paper grocery bag into strips, then roll your towel-dried or slightly dampened hair up in them. You can sleep on them or, for faster results, blow-dry and then spritz with hair spray.
    3. Use Pam to set your
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