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  • 5 Tricks for Gorgeous D.I.Y. Haircolor (That Comes Out Pro-Perfect)

    Go ahead and gloat about mastering great at-home color with pro tips they never put on the back of a drugstore box.

    1. Try Before Your Dye
    You really can't tell if a haircolor will flatter you just by staring at that mind-boggling wall of home kits. (And why do so many of the models on the boxes look like they've been bonked on the head?) Nikki Ferrara, a colorist at Sally Hershberger Salon Downtown in New York City, has a better idea: Sample wigs at a beauty supply store. "The right shade will bring out the color of your eyes and warm up your skin," she says. Once you hit the jackpot, look for a match at the drugstore.

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    2. Soothe Your Scalp

    It's an old trade secret: Protect a sensitive scalp from the chemicals in hair dye by adding two packets of Sweet'N Low and an ounce of skim milk to your color formula before applying. We don't know why, but it works.

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    3. Shine Like a Star
    If you're blonde

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  • How to Stretch Your Haircolor to Save Money

    You typically need to re-dye every four to six weeks, but this preservation plan can buy you an extra week or two.

    One day before: Pump moisture into hair with a hydrating mask. "You wouldn't paint peeling nails with a fresh coat of lacquer, so why put hair dye on dry, damaged strands?" says New York City colorist Rita Hazan. When your hair is hydrated, the color takes more evenly, which means it'll look vibrant longer. We like Bumble and Bumble Quenching Masque, $36.

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    The day after: Use a color-protective, sulfate-free shampoo (sulfates are lathering agents that can strip your color). Try Bed Head Colour Combat Colour Goddess Shampoo, $16.95.

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    One week later: Baby your hair with a weekly deep conditioner such as Pantene Pro-V Color Nourishing Treatment, $3.99.

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    Two weeks later: Use an at-home clear glaze, which will perk up fading color, making it look

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  • 3 Ways to Energize Your Morning

    by Nicole Yorio, REDBOOK

    Give yourself a jolt in the morning with these easy ways to get more energy.

    1. Sweat a little.
    Studies show that people who exercise in the morning sleep better, says Jessica Matthews, a director for the American Council on Exercise. Get active outdoors between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m.; it's the prime window to wake your body with sunlight, kicking off a healthy sleep-wake cycle.

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    2. Speed up your walk.
    Hard-wiring a healthy habit now will pay off big-time later. A University of Pittsburgh Medical Center researcher found that people over 65 who walk at a pace of at least 2.5 miles per hour live longer than those who don't. To burn extra fat and calories, try interval training: Walk fast for one block and slow down for the next.

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    3. Fuel your body.
    "Breakfast eaters tend to be thinner than breakfast skippers, who are more likely to overindulge later," says Read More »from 3 Ways to Energize Your Morning
  • 5 Scary Health Hazards of Not Getting Enough Sleep

    Skimping on sleep can make you...

    PRONE TO HEART DISEASE. Women who regularly get fewer than five hours of sleep per night are significantly more likely to suffer from hypertension -- a leading heart disease risk factor, according to a recent study. When you're sleep-deprived, your body produces more stress hormones and other substances that increase inflammation, which can up your risk of heart disease and stroke.

    DEVELOP DIABETES. Those who get fewer than five hours of sleep per night have two-and-a-half times the risk of getting diabetes compared with those who snooze for seven to eight hours, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The likely reason? Suppression of deep sleep, the most restorative sleep stage, significantly decreases your ability to regulate blood-sugar levels, according to new research.

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    CRANKY. Scientists have found that sleep deprivation makes the amygdala (the part of your brain that

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  • How Guys Feel About the Schwarzenegger Scandal

    by Aaron Traister, REDBOOK

    I'm writing this from vacation. I'm in a hotel with limited access to the internet. I can't figure out the channels on the TV. And I haven't read the paper since I left Philly. And yet, I still know that the Kindergarten Cop has a love child. Every screen I pass has a picture of Arnold or Maria on it, and my phone has told me more than once about the Pumping Iron star's pumping infidelity. Just like all the other recent cheating scandals-Tiger, Jesse James, Spitzer, McGreevey-this latest one is inescapable, impossible to ignore.

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    What irks me is that when these kinds of stories dominate the media, they have a negative impact on how everyone else views marriage and monogamy. It's like A Clockwork Orange: After 24 hours of Arnold exposure, I wouldn't blame Karel if she asked if I had any other children I needed to tell her about.

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    But these scandals don't tell

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  • by Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    Explaining the Octomom to my kids was tough ("When a woman and the paparazzi really love each other sometimes they find a petri dish...") but that awkward moment was just a sign of things to come. With my kids-8, 6, 4 and 1-getting old enough to start asking the really difficult questions, listening to the morning news has taken on a whole new level of "infotainment" (meaning I provided the info and they provide the entertainment). So when the host of the morning radio program I listen to brought up the unfolding Arnold Schwarzenegger divorce/cheating/baby-with-his-maid scandal, I quickly changed the channel to NPR. "Mommy, what does 'sexually assault' mean and who's the IMF?" And back to the Governator it is! (Also, I'm not even sure exactly what the IMF is.)

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    The truth is that our culture loves a good sex scandal and at some point your discussions with your kids are going to have

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  • Are You THAT Couple on Facebook? The 3 Most Annoying Facebook Habits

    by Lauren Bradshaw and Kenrya Rankin, REDBOOK

    It's a truth of the modern age: Couples can be twice as annoying when they air the dirty, drippy, oh-no-you-didn't details of their relationship on Facebook. It was time for a new social media rule book, so REDBOOK readers wrote one.

    RULE #1: Keep it clean, would ya?

    Actual Facebook exchange:
    Mindy*: "Missin' you, Sexy Pants! Can't wait to rip them off. Hope you're having a blast! xoxo."
    Mike: "Yes please! Can I get extra meat with those buns?"
    Mindy: "Tongue-GASM!"

    We gag, and you are equally skeeved: Sixty-six percent of readers say they've been thoroughly repelled by a friend's sex-life or relationship update - 8 percent have even blocked the person or defriended them. "When I see my friend's sexy status updates, I can never get those visuals out of my head. Spare us the details, please!" says Karin Slyker, 37. Bottom line, says Stephanie Roberts Stafford, 50: "My mother used to tell me, only people who aren't getting any talk about

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  • The Great Mom Debate: Do You Prefer Unique or Classic Baby Names?

    by Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    Imagine a playground ten years in the future: "Hi! Who are you?" "I'm Moroccan!" "No, I mean who are you?" "I'm Moroccan." It's the 21st century version of "Who's On First?"! Whether or not Mariah Carey intended to make her kids a punchline when she named them Monroe and Moroccan I don't know but I sure got a good giggle out of it. And then when Alicia Silverstone named her baby boy Bear Blu I fell on the floor laughing. Anyone who has read The Berenstein Bears B Book is welcome to join me down here.

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    Celebrities naming their kids something cuckoo is nothing new--Moon Unit Zappa anyone?--but these days the trend seems to be filtering down to the rest of us. And this is the point where I have to confess: My youngest child has a pretty unusual name. We started out with conventional Bible names, but by the time we got to kid number five's birth certificate, I was feeling sassy. (Or

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  • Dear Whys Guy: "Does He Really Want to Marry Me?"

    By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK

    DEAR WHYS GUY:

    I have been with my boyfriend for four years now. And for the past two years, he's been saying things like, "When we're married..." or, "I'll have to make you my wife soon." But he shows no sign of actually committing to getting married. About a year ago, we went through a really rough time and almost broke up. In order to keep our relationship intact, he actually proposed. The problem is that he planned it about two hours beforehand, and he asked me while we were in a huge fight, and he did not have a ring. After I accepted, he asked me not to tell anyone-he wanted to wait to tell our friends and family when the time was right. I agreed to this. Since then, every time I bring it up, he avoids the issue or gives me an excuse: He's too busy or it isn't a good time to talk about it. He introduces me to everyone as his girlfriend, and when we are in public around guys, he makes jokes about how bad marriage is.

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  • Dear Whys Guy: "What is My Ex Trying to Prove?"

    By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK

    DEAR WHYS GUY: I recently went to a concert with a group of friends. I noticed out of the corner of my eye that my ex-husband was there, too. The concert was general admission, so there were no assigned seats. I decided that I was going to have a good time, even though he was there- I had gone shopping for new clothes, had my hair cut and styled, and even got a mani pedi for the show. I didn't turn around for the rest of the evening, and focused on the band and my friends. When I noticed my ex, he was at the back of the venue. As the concert progressed, he got closer and closer, until my friends told me he was right behind me. He made a point to talk to the group I was with, which made everyone uncomfortable. He also made a point of dancing with other women right behind me. Why did he do this? He left me, cheated on me, and told everyone I was mentally and emotional abusive, which isn't true. His shenanigans did was remind me what a jerk he is, but what

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