I've blamed bad hair days on everything from a lousy shampoo (like, ahem, this one) to a defective blow dryer, but some of you can just blame your bad hair on where you live.
We scouted around and found the 13 cities where you're most likely to have bad hair. Why these? A toxic cocktail of humidity, pollution, sunshine, hard water and lack of hair salons put these towns on the map -- but not in a good way. Is your home on the list? If so, might we recommend this bad-hair-day fix -- or perhaps a good real estate agent?
No. 5: Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix has the most extreme climate in all of America -- and hard water to boot! (Put moisture back into your hair with one of these hair masks.)
No. 4: Las Vegas, Nevada
While it may be a blast to have a wild weekend in the "City of Sin," it's certainly no fun for your hair to live in this desert climate. Don't worry about blowing your life savings on gambling; you'll be too busy praying for your sun-damaged hair. Take a cue form Nick Cage
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I've blamed bad hair days on everything from a lousy shampoo (like, ahem, this one) to a defective blow dryer, but some of you can just blame your bad hair on where you live.Read More »from The worst-hair cities in the country
Or maybe I should say, would your dude wear makeup?Read More »from Do you think your dude should wear makeup?
I came across a news story out of the Midwest saying that man makeup is going mainstream -- eek! I'm not saying that men shouldn't be allowed to enjoy the benefits of a great foundation (like the ones on this list) or concealer, but full-on makeup? Not so much. Yeah it works for rock stars and guys like American Idol contestant Adam Lambert (pictured). But I don't think the average dude can pull off the whole makeup thing. And call me crazy, but I don't think brands like CoverGirl or Clinique (see their best and worst products here) will be making guy-specific makeup lines anytime soon. But maybe I'm wrong.
What you do you think? Yay or nay for dudes wearing makeup?
At least guys in makeup wouldn't be as scary as these chicks.
If you think I'm being unfair, share these top-rated products with your guy.
If a dude is going to wear concealer he better watch this video first.
- The chicks at TotalBeauty.com | Fashion – Thu, Mar 19, 2009 2:16 AM EDT
Tattoos aren't my style (I'd rather sport this scary look than get ink). These celebrities, on the other hand, clearly don't share my feelings (or my intense fear of needles). So who's got ink? Check out these tatted-up stars.
These celeb hairstyles are more outrageous than any tattoo.
- What's worse? A conspicuous tattoo, or this?
- Looking for something less permanent? Use one of these to draw a temporary design on yourself.
Breaking hair news: Fergie has gone from wavy blonde to sleek brunette. I'll give you a moment to contemplate the impact of this on your life … good? OK, so you've absorbed the shocking news, now tell us, what do you think of her new look? Is she a celebrity hair dye "do" or "don't"?
- Thinking of making a similar change? Find out if it's right for you BEFORE dying.
- Saving a buck by coloring your hair at home? Use one of these top-rated dyes.
- Want flawless at-home highlights? Watch this step-by-step video.
Having acne in your 30s is just not fair! The skin gods are screwing me -- I mean, are you telling me I have to stock up not only on eye cream and anti-aging miracles like these... but good zit creams too?
Well, instead of whining I thought I'd share some tips that are helping me deal with my zit and fine-line combo platter. Hope they help.
Have other suggestions? Please share, I'm desperate.
Still trying to camouflage a pimple perfectly? Watch this video
Is your makeup causing breakouts? Get the answer here.
Even acne-prone girls can get this free makeup.Read More »from 9 Tips to Help You Fight Acne and Aging
It seems Obama has gotten a lot more gray hair since he's been in office, and it's only been 45 days! The stressful job might have something to do with it; he could probably use these relaxing recipes.
So should he dye it? Luckily, our readers have found the best hair dyes around. Obama, are you taking notes?
Fantastic Sams lead stylist Carmen Higareda also recommends using a hydrating shampoo and conditioner on gray hair since it lacks natural oil. (This how-to offers more tips to care for, ahem, mature hair.)
- These beauty breakthroughs may not cure gray hair, but they sure do help.
- Obama better start using one of these unless he wants crow's feet to match the gray hair.
- Maybe Michelle can help with his look; she seems to have the looking-gorgeous thing covered.
TotalBeauty.com editors and readers have done our fair share of product bashing -- from the worst mascaras, to the skin care products and shampoos that disappointed us. Why? Because it's our duty. (And to be fair, we also shout from the rooftops about products that work miracles.)Read More »from The Most Overrated Beauty Products Are â€¦
Recently, we started a discussion about the most overrated beauty brands and products. It was hardly unanimous; in fact it practically turned into a foundation-slinging brawl. Here are the highlights (in alphabetical order):
- Avon Anti-Aging Products: "First off ... I am an Avon lady, but from my personal experience, most of the Avon anti-aging stuff I tried is greasy and does NOT flatten or fill out or in any way diminish fine lines. Avon ANEW Clinical Line and Wrinkle Corrector is overpriced crap." -- qualityyoureject, TotalBeauty.com member
- Bare Escentuals: "Bare Escentuals was the one of the worst powder foundations I have ever tried. It made me greasy halfway through the day and didn't cover well."
- The chicks at TotalBeauty.com | Fashion – Tue, Mar 3, 2009 7:41 PM EST
I just read about a 19-year-old girl who had to have 30 operations to remove cancerous moles. Why? Because she was hitting up the tanning bed for hours a day!Read More »from Stop the Tanning Bed Addiction! Anyone Can Get a Safe Tan with these Tips
I know plenty of people who don't think they have to worry about cancer or wrinkles until they're older, but this story proves that's not true. And while I secretly hope for a study saying tanning is actually good for you (especially when I look down at my winter-white legs), I know that sun = skin damage, period.
But what's a pale girl or guy to do? Actually, plenty. There are tons of spray tan booths, self-tanners (like these) and amazing bronzers that make it super easy to get a safe glow. Applying them isn't totally fool-proof though, so check out these tips:
- Before you go near a self-tanner, exfoliate well (try one of these body scrubs), then moisturize dry areas (like your elbows, knees, ankles and feet) to keep them from absorbing too much tanner.
- After giving your moisturizer five to 10 minutes to soak in, apply
I love, and I mean love, a good mascara (like any of these). Ergo -- yeah, I said ergo -- I hate when I waste my money on a tube that gives me flaky, smudgy or spidery lashes. I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume you feel the same. Ergo -- there it is again! -- you'll probably want to steer clear of the ones TotalBeauty.com users said were the worst they've tried. Unless you like raccoon eyes. Then by all means, buy away …Read More »from The 13 Worst Mascaras Are ...
No. 13: Benefit Get Bent Mascara, $19
No. 12: Dr. Hauschka Volume Mascara, $23.50
No. 11: Maybelline New York Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara, $7.49
No. 10: Smashbox Bionic Mascara, $19
No. 9: Bare Escentuals Beautifully Luminous Lashes, $24
No. 8: Nars Mascara, $23
No. 7: Revlon 3D Extreme Waterproof Mascara, $9.99
No. 6: Vincent Longo The Curl Mascara, $23
No. 5: Avon ASTONISHING LENGTHS Mascara, $10
No. 4: LORAC Lotsa Lash Mascara, $19.50
No. 3: CoverGirl Multiplying Mascara, $5.88
No. 2: Ulta Maximum Length Soft Curl Mascara, $7
This quiz told me mineral makeup would work for me, but it's no secret I didn't have the best experience. (Maybe because I used these awful mineral makeup products -- avoid!) TotalBeauty.com readers on the other hand? They freakin' love the stuff. Check out their picks for the top 18 mineral makeup products. After reading that, I'm giving 'em another shot.Read More »from The 18 Best Mineral Makeup Products
No. 18: Joppa Minerals Morning Dew Foundation, $16
No. 17: Mary Kay Mineral Powder Foundation, $18
No. 16: Arbonne About Face Mineral Powder Foundation, $34
No. 15: Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil, $19
No. 14: Ulta Mineral Powder Foundation, $14
No. 13: Joppa Minerals Full Coverage Foundation, $16
No. 12: Bare Escentuals i.d. bareMinerals 2-piece Powder Foundation & Brush w/SPF 15, $47
No. 11: Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup/Foundation, $24.50
No. 10: Jane Iredale PureMatte Finish Powder, $36
No. 9: Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15, $35
No. 8: Philosophy The Supernatural Airbrush Canvas SPF 15, $35