Fall and Winter Hairstyles

Fall and winter aren’t easy on our manes. Between the wind, static, and rain, there are far too many bad hair days. In an effort to limit them, we brought in a professional to show us a few styles that even the most cosmetology-challenged will be able to do.

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Pin It > Everyday Chignon

First up, the everyday chignon. When done in an undone way, this elegant style won’t seem at odds with your denim and knits. It also pairs quite beautifully with earmuffs.

Pin It > Easy Chignon

Directions
Prep the hair with texturizing spray. (We like Bumble and bumble. Thickening Hairspray.) Tease from the apex of the head to the nape of the neck in 1” sections. Curl hair in 2” sections by wrapping it around the barrel of a curling iron. Split the hair into three sections: two on the side and one on the back. Roll hair from either side into place at the nape of the neck and secure with bobby pins. Wrap the third section up and over the two pinned sections. Have fun! It doesn’t need to be perfect. The more texture, the better.

Pin It > Shoelace Braid

Now don’t get scared. This shoelace braid looks a lot harder than it is. This eye-catching style will be perfect for date night, a Thanksgiving get-together, or the office holiday party.

Pin It > Shoelace Braid How To

Directions
Prep the hair with a texturizing hairspray. Curl the hair in 1” sections by wrapping it around the iron to create beachy waves. Part the hair with a dramatic side part. Take a 2” section and divide at the top of the head. Tie the two pieces together as you would with any ribbon or lace and continue for the length of the hair. Spray each loop with hairspray as you finish. Secure with a bobby pin.

Pin It > Headband Updo

We love our headbands—all the warmth with none of the hat hair woes—but we wanted to find a better way to wear them than with our hair down or in a plain ponytail. Enter this voluminous, retro-inspired updo.

Pin It > Headband Hairstyle

Directions
Prep the hair with a texturizing spray. Tease at the crown in 1” sections. Pull hair into a high ponytail and secure with hair elastic. Wrap hair around the elastic to hide. Tease the remaining hair from the ponytail to create the look of a full, messy bun. Secure the ends with bobby pins, leaving a few pieces out for a tousled look. Finish with hairspray.

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11 Best Hair Brushes – Beauty Tips Share

When it comes to styling your hair, it can take years of practice to find out what really works for you. And one thing is for certain: Getting the hairstyle you want starts with choosing the right hair brush.

Finding the best hair brush may seem fairly easy, but if you scope out the hair-grooming section in a beauty supply store, you’ll realize just how many options there are. But whether you’re interested in a round brush or bristle brush or prefer a boar brush or classic paddle brush, choosing the right tool is all about getting the job done without ripping your hair out, strand for strand.

We combed through your reviews and put together a comprehensive list of the brushes you rated top knot-ch (had to). From affordable picks by Goody and Revlon to luxe options by Mason Pearson, these are the 11 best hair brushes that shine.

Best Hair Brush No. 11: The Body Shop Bamboo Pin Hairbrush, $10

Best Hair Brush No. 11: The Body Shop Bamboo Pin Hairbrush, $10 TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.7*
Why it’s great: Still looking for that everyday brush? Readers say it’s time to call off the search because The Body Shop delivers a hair brush that not only “stimulates the scalp” (yay, hair growth), but is also soft and good for everyday use. “I love their combs and brushes,” writes one user. “I have the larger brush, and it is the best. I never use any other brush since I found these.” Another reviewer adds that the brush “helps add volume” to her hair, and the soft bristles feel nice on her scalp and hair. “All in all, it’s a very good product,” a reader summarizes.

Best Hair Brush No. 10: Aveda Wooden Paddle Brush, $27

Best Hair Brush No. 10: Aveda Wooden Paddle Brush, $27 TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.9*

Why it’s great: “After the first time using [this brush], I was in love,” raves one reviewer. “As far as daily brushing and detangling, this is the only brush I use.” Other readers suggest that it works just as well on textured, curly hair. One curly-headed reader says, “It is easy to hold [and] does not get tangled in your hair.”

Best Hair Brush No. 9: Goody Ouchless Cushion Brush, $8.99

Best Hair Brush No. 9: Goody Ouchless Cushion Brush, $8.99 TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.3*
Why it’s great: Readers love that this brush easily detangles any hair type and is supereasy to clean. “It stands the test of time and is affordable,” says one user. “I’ve had this brush for a long time and I love how easy it is to clean and how it works through my thick, curly hair.”

Other readers say they’re grateful for this brush’s ability to gently glide through hair. “With some brushes I would wonder if I would be bald after a couple of weeks, but this brush doesn’t pull my hair out at all,” states one user. “This is the first brush I’ve found that gets through my very thick hair, without pulling out a ton of it in the process. I LOVE this brush.”

Best Hair Brush No. 8: The Wet Brush, $9.99

Best Hair Brush No. 8: The Wet Brush, $9.99 TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.3*
Why it’s great: Readers sing the praises of this brush’s ability to gently undo tangled strands. “I have thin, curly hair that constantly tangles, and I can’t say enough positive words about this brush,” writes one reader. “Even my Yorkie loves it.” Users also loved the brand’s array of designs, which range from giraffe print to a vibrant pink. “This is my go-to brush out of the shower,” says one reviewer. “Given that it perks up my bathroom counter, detangles my hair and only costs $8.99, I’d recommend it to bargain-hunters.”

Best Hair Brush No. 7: Brushlab Ceramic Thermal Hair Brush (Orange Series), $16

Best Hair Brush No. 7: Brushlab Ceramic Thermal Hair Brush (Orange Series), $16 TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.4*
Why it’s great: Simply put, readers think this is “a great brush.”

“This brush is a lifesaver from all my hair falling off,” confesses one user. “Each brush leaves a soft and smooth finish to my hair.” Other users say the brush is a must-have in their morning styling routines. They agree that the barrel size is perfect for blow-drying strands straight and adding volume. “This brush — with the help of a blow-dryer — worked perfectly to straighten my hair,” says one reviewer. “I give this product an A++, and I highly recommend it.”

Best Hair Brush No. 6: Revlon Essentials Signature Series Tunnel Vent Brush, $5.29

Best Hair Brush No. 6: Revlon Essentials Signature Series Tunnel Vent Brush, $5.29 TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.4*
Why it’s great: For ladies with fine hair that easily tangles, users say this brush’s nylon pin bristles make brushing out stubborn strands a breeze. “I have never, ever found a brush that worked so well on my hair,” states one happy reader. “I have tried many — some very expensive — paddle brushes as well that don’t even compare.”

Reviewers also say the brush makes blow-drying hair straight easier because it prevents fly-aways and works through wet, wild hair. “This is the brush I always wanted,” says one reviewer. “I always had problems styling my wild hair, and this brush worked perfectly for me.”

Best Hair Brush No. 5: Revlon Perfect Style Softness & Shine Purse Steel Pin Cushion Brush, $4.99

Best Hair Brush No. 5: Revlon Perfect Style Softness & Shine Purse Steel Pin Cushion Brush, $4.99 TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.4*
Why it’s great: What’s better than a brush that works through any tangled mess? A brush that works through any tangled mess and is easy to clean. Reviewers’ number one praise was the brush’s ability to be both gentle and quick to cleanse of stray strands. “I love this brush,” exclaims one reader. “Other brushes I’ve used have no give and I end up practically pulling my thick hair out, but not so with this brush.”

Other readers like the brush’s design and say it’s well put-together and durable. “It feels great,” says one reviewer. “It also gives a nice shine and a great stimulating scalp massage at the same time.”

Best Hair Brush No. 4: Sonia Kashuk Hair Brush, $15.99

Best Hair Brush No. 4: Sonia Kashuk Hair Brush, $15.99 TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.5*
Why it’s great: “My hair has never been softer or smoother, and my scalp feels great,” writes one reviewer of this inexpensive boar bristle brush. Another reader adds, “It gets out any tangles with no pain, and I feel like it’s great at distributing my hair’s natural oils.”

Best Hair Brush No. 3: Mason Pearson Popular Mixture Nylon and Boar Bristle Brush, $205

Best Hair Brush No. 3: Mason Pearson Popular Mixture Nylon and Boar Bristle Brush, $205 TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.5*

Why it’s great: Even with the brush’s (extremely) hefty price tag, readers claim this tool is 100 percent worth every penny. “These bristles must be made from fairy dust,” one awestruck reader writes. “This is seriously one of the best brushes I have ever used in my life. Totally worth the price tag,” another reader says. “This is a must-have for all women,” declares another fan. “It leaves your hair so smooth and healthy.”

Best Hair Brush No. 2: Umberto Banana Brush, $8.99

Best Hair Brush No. 2: Umberto Banana Brush, $8.99 TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 9.6*
Why it’s great: “I love this brush when drying my hair,” one reader says. “I can handle it very easily, and [it] gives my hair a great lift.” Other readers agree that it’s great for detangling post-shower when hair is most delicate. One reviewer explains, “It is great for brushing through my thick hair without breaking it or pulling out a lot of hair, and it’s very easy to hold.”

Best Hair Brush No. 1: Kareco Tangle Buster Brush, $12.50

Best Hair Brush No. 1: Kareco Tangle Buster Brush, $12.50 TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 10*
Why it’s great: If there’s one thing readers love about the No. 1 hair brush, it’s its ability to “glide through hair” and “eliminate tangles” effortlessly. “This brush has cut my everyday routine in half,” says one reader. “Before the Tangle Buster, I used to have to brush my hair before and after the shower, causing so much damage from all the pulling and snagging. Now I don’t have to worry about tangles at all, as this brush glides right through my hair, snag-free and without any damage.”

Makeup Mistakes That Make You Look Older

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No Blush

Our faces lose color as we age, leading to a washed out complexion that makes blush all the more important. Blend a cream formula onto the apples of your cheeks for a lit-from-within glow.

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Too Much Foundation

Caked on foundation brings out wrinkles because the product settles into fine lines. Instead, use a damp sponge to apply a single light layer of moisturizing foundation (not matte or long-wearing), which will hydrate skin and deemphasize creases.

Too Much Concealer Under the Eyes

Dark bags under the eyes can age you, but caking on the concealer can draw attention to the problem. Choose a richly pigmented, creamy stick concealer, which gives you coverage without having to cake on product.

Dark Lipstick

As we age, our lips become thinner, and dark lip colors actually make the mouth look smaller. Stick to bright or light-colored lipsticks and add a dab of gloss in the center to plump your pout.

Eyeliner Around the Entire Eye

Solid dark eye liner can be very harsh, creating sharp lines that can bring out crow’s feet and make eyes look smaller. Thick liner on the upper lashes can also make lids look heavier. Instead, line only the outer three quarters of the eye, and smudge your liner with a Q-tip or angled brush to soften the look. Use a brightening shade to highlight the inner corners.

Mascara on Lower Lashes

You’ve been told time and time again, applying mascara on the lower lashes will make your eyes look bigger. But when you get older, this trick can actually make eyes look droopy. Instead, stick to emphasizing the upper lashes to keep your look from becoming bottom-heavy.

Too Thin Eyebrows

Eyebrows actually thin and fade with age, which is why fuller brows make most faces look more youthful. Use an angled brush to fill in sparse brows with a powder one shade lighter than your natural brow color.

Too Much Bronzer

Wearing bronzer over the entire face can make you look older. Instead stick to the ‘C’ formation — on the temples, along the sides of the face and right under the cheekbones.

25 Tips For Never Having a Bad Hair Day Again

If it were up to us, everyone would have a good hair day every day. Granted, we can’t all have our own personal glam squads following us around (and for most of us, such things don’t exist), but it’d be nice to walk out our front door every day feeling like we just stepped out of a hair commercial. Alas, we can’t have perfect hair all the time, but we can make sure one thing happens: Never having a bad hair day.

Because bad hair days are the worst, we’ve pulled together 25 tips to help you never have a bad one again. Read on below!

1. Plan ahead on days when you know you need to look especially presentable. Have an interview on Tuesday morning? Wash and style your hair the night before so that you’ll only need minimal touch-ups in the morning.

2. To tame flyaways, spray a toothbrush with hairspray then gently brush your hair into place. The light application of hairspray will give you hold without it being so stiff.

3. Invest in a good shampoo and conditioner combo. Much like your foundation, good hair starts at the beginning. If you use a quality shampoo and conditioner,  you’re giving yourself a head start.

MORE: 101 Tips For a Better Hair Day

4. Learn how to do a sock bun. Even on your worst hair days, concealing your hair in a sock bun will give you a finished, classy look.

5. Carry dry shampoo with you wherever you go. Keep one in your purse, one in your bathroom, one at your desk and one more wherever you spend a ton of time. Dry shampoo is like an instant root lift and shower in one.

6. Keep up with your salon appointments. Trimming your dead ends on a regular basis will keep your look consistently refreshed, meaning you’ll never have to worry about your ends making the rest of your hair look bad.

7. Know your hair type. If you’ve got oily hair, the products you use should compliment that, not make it worse. The same goes for dry hair. Be sure you’re using the correct products for a dry scalp.

8. Always use a heat protectant. Forgetting to use it once is fine, but if you’re flat ironing your hair on a regular basis with no form of protection, your hair will become fried, leading to more bad hair days than good.

9. Utilize the cool setting on your blow dryer. While heat styles hair, cool air sets it. Spending 20 minutes blow drying your hair can go to complete waste if you don’t set the blowout with colder air.

MORE: The Best Blow Dryers For a Year’s Worth of Good Hair Days

10. Consider taking biotin or fish oil supplements. Typically used when girls want their hair to grow, these supplements help bring strength and shine to your hair on a regular basis.

11. Never be without bobby pins. Some mornings when you leave your house your hair can look amazing, and then a rainstorm hits. To make sure you’re never without bobby pins, stash 10 or so in the coin purse of your wallet.

12. Know what kind of maintenance you can handle before you get a cut. Those long bobs that are everywhere now? They take some work if  your hair’s natural texture doesn’t work with the cut. The lowest maintenance hair is long, layered cuts. Short hair requires styling just about every day.

13. Find a headband that goes with everything. Whether you wear mostly black, brown, white or otherwise, find a simple, plain headband that can be used to jazz up your hair on a morning when you’ve got no time and a big hair problem.

14. Learn three hairstyles you can do in under five minutes. Whether it’s twisting hair back from each temple and securing into a bun, a fishtail braid or a sleek ponytail, having go to styles in your hair arsenal will cut down on stress when your tresses just won’t behave.

15. Go for deep conditioning. It doesn’t need to be at the salon, or even very frequent, but especially if you’re heat styling your hair, a deep conditioning treatment will help keep moisture in your strands, which will keep your hair looking healthy.

16. Use product before you style your hair. If you’re curling your hair, apply mousse first. If you’re straightening it, use a balm. For blowouts, use a spray. Applying a product before you style gives the end result a way longer chance of lasting, so you can either do your hair less frequently or just rest easy knowing your hair will make it through an entire day.

MORE: 10 Things No One Ever Tells You About Straightening Your Hair

17. Get yourself a good serum. If you’ve got fine hair or thick hair, look for serums specifically formulated for your type. Frizz, dryness and generally unruly hair can be tamed with serum.

18. Unless you absolutely need to, don’t wash your hair every day. Shampooing hair every day can dry out your strands and, if you’ve got color treated hair, fade your color much more quickly.

19. Get into a routine. For ladies who never have a set time to do their hair, it may always seem like a chore. But, if you know that you’ll always be doing your hair every other night of the week, you’ll be less likely to get lazy about it.

20. Research styling tools before you buy. There’s a world of difference between a good blow dryer and an awful one, and learning which is which before the purchase is key.

21. Make sure you’re going to a good hairdresser. If you’re wasting your money on a bad cut, you’ll also be wasting your time on trying to style it so that it looks good.

22. Try a DIY hair mask at home to put some shine and hydration into your strands. For a fraction of the cost of a salon, you can treat your tresses to some major TLC.

MORE: How To Get the Perfect Ballerina Bun

23. Drink tons of water. Hydration starts at the inside out, and keeping your body hydrated will help your hair stay healthy.

24. Use a wide-tooth comb when hair is wet and a brush when hair is dry. Brushing wet hair causes major breakage, which can leave your hair looking dry and unhealthy.

25. Try texturizing spray. Textured hair (or dirty hair) is much easier to work with because it holds style better. On days when your hair needs to be put in a braid, bun or ponytail, the style will hold all day long if you use a spray first.

10 Things No One Ever Tells You About: Makeup Brushes

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With so many makeup brushes on the market, it’s hard to know which ones to choose and just how to care for them. From selection, to application and maintenance, things can get a bit tricky and we’re often left wondering,  “Am I doing this the right way?” The confusion is common, and that’s why we’re here to clear things up. So, put the brush down and pay attention, because we’re filling you in on 10 major things you need to know when it comes to makeup brushes.

1. You don’t need every different kind: There’s endless different makeup brushes that come in all different shapes and sizes, so sometimes we almost feel like we’re missing out if we don’t have them all. However, breaking the bank by buying every brush you see really isn’t necessary — only six brushes are crucial. With a foundation/concealer brush, a powder brush, a contour brush, a crease brush, a blending brush, and an angle brush your collection is complete and you’re more than ready to create any look you want.

2. Cleaning brushes often is a must: Dirty makeup brushes can cause all kinds of problems from causing a muddy application to creating breakouts from the built up bacteria. Cleaning your makeup brushes once a week will help keep your skin clear, your makeup looking flawless, and your brushes lasting longer.

MORE: A Guide to Natural vs. Synthetic Makeup Brushes

3. A fancy cleanser isn’t necessary: Moisturizing white bar soap, antibacterial liquid soap, and even gentle shampoos are great for cleaning makeup brushes. Just rinse the brushes in water, swirl them into the soap so it lathers up, massage it thoroughly so you’re cleaning all of the brush (not just the tips), and rinse them out until the water runs clear.

4. Never soak them: Soaking the brushes will cause water to seep into the handle, which can then loosen the glue that hold its together and make the brush fall apart. To avoid this, make sure you just hold the bristles, face down, under gently running water.

5. Lay them flay to dry: Once clean, use a dry towel and gently squeeze around the bristles so they’re not soaking wet. Lay the brushes on a dry towel on a table and allow the bristles to hang off the edge of the table. Placing them so that they’re not laying flat against the table will protect their shape. Remember to always lay brushes out to dry closer to windows or fresh air. If you leave them to dry in places with no sunlight, like the bathroom, they’ll grab onto a funny odor, similar to damp laundry.

6. Know the difference between bristles: There are two different kinds of bristles — natural and synthetic. Natural makeup brushes are typically made out of various animal hair, while synthetic brushes are made up of manmade bristles, usually from nylon or other synthetic fibers.

MORE: How to (Really) Clean Your Makeup Brushes

7. Natural makeup brushes are best used with powder products: They work wonders with any powder from bronzers to eyeshadows and everything in between, as they are loaded with texture so you’ll get a better application. Natural hair bristles move freely, allowing you to not only pick up enough product in one swipe, but also to blend it out beautifully.

8. When it comes to liquid and cream products, synthetic brushes are your best bet: Unlike natural brushes, synthetic makeup brushes don’t have a cuticle, which makes them great to use with liquid or cream products because they won’t trap makeup. Synthetic bristles tend to gravitate towards one another, making them ideal for precision application.

9. Size matters: The longer the bristle, the softer the application and coverage. It’s the short bristles that will give you fuller application and coverage.

10. Know when it’s time to say goodbye: If you take care of your brushes, they will last a long time, but nothing lasts forever. If your brush is shedding, or the handle breaks, or you can’t get a brush clean anymore, it’s time to toss the brush in the trash.

How to Prevent Dry Skin Before the Cold Kicks In

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There are lots of things we love about fall: pumpkin-flavored everything, new wardrobe options, good TV. What we aren’t big fans of? The way the changing weather can mess with our glow. If you’re anything like us, the falling humidity levels and indoor heating leave your skin more parched than the dead leaves littering the ground. But it doesn’t have to be that way; here are five ways to stop dry skin this season before the itch sets in.

Crank up your humidifier.
Your skin is softer and dewier during the summer months for a reason — there’s more humidity in the air. Fake a more skin-friendly climate by running a humidifier while you sleep. Don’t have one? Place a dish of water on top of your radiator or hang your wet bath towels to dry in your bedroom — both of these DIY tricks add moisture to the environment.

Switch out your exfoliator.
Dr. Jennifer Linder, dermatologist and Chief Scientific Officer of PCA Skin, recommends switching any products containing glycolic acid for ones with lactic acid during the colder months. “Glycolic acid is a small molecule that penetrates quickly and tends to be best for oily and breakout-prone skin,” she explains. “Lactic acid is a larger molecule with slower penetration that also provides hydrating benefits. During the dry, cold winter months, most skin types will benefit more from lactic acid in place of glycolic acid.” Try PCA Skin Smoothing Toner (availability at pcaskin.com), which helps refine pores with lactic acid and citric acid.

Layer your products.
Layering isn’t just for your wardrobe. A hydrating serum applied before your moisturizer can help give your skin an extra layer of protection, just like a camisole under your sweater will keep you warmer.

Change your cleanser.
The cleanser you use in the summer to wash sweat and oil off your face can be too harsh for the cooler months. “In the winter, the best thing to do is to change your cleanser before it gets cold,” says
Dr. Debra Jaliman, board-certified dermatologist and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist. “Change to a mild cleanser with ceramides or glycerin from an exfoliating cleanser.” Try CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser ($12.19, soap.com).

Embrace oils.
New York dermatologist Dr. Amy Wechsler recommends safflower oil as a body moisturizer. “This common cooking ingredient is a super moisturizer, owing its favorite skin-enriching actions to its very high linoleic acid content, a fatty acid that skin normally makes to keep its moisture level up and barrier function intact,” she says.

What’s your go-to dry skin fix?

4 Things to Try to Make Your Hair Air Dry Faster

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There are a few reasons why we’ve adopted less frequent hair washing habits in favor of a dry shampoo-heavy routine, and a not insignificant one is how long it takes for freshly washed hair to dry of its own accord. Sure, there are a wealth of products made for hastening the blow-drying process, but whether you’re an air dryer by nature or are making an effort to minimize heat damage, air drying requires a level of commitment (and amount of time) that we don’t always have. Rather than reach for the blowdryer with our tails between our legs, try these four tips for how to make hair dry faster.

Gently wring out your hair before you towel dry.
Getting as much water out of your hair as you can before leaving it to air dry is key. When you’re just out of the shower and your hair is still soaking wet, use your fingers to separate it into large sections and move your hands from the top of the hair to the ends of each section, squeezing as you go, to ease water out of the hair without rubbing.

Get a new towel—and make sure it’s absorbent.
The towel you’re using to absorb the bulk of remaining water out of your hair could just not be cutting it anymore. Certain fabrics are more absorbent than others, and manmade microfiber tops off that list—and it’s more affordable than most other linens, too. If you have especially long hair, Turbie Twist Microfiber Super Absorbent Hair Towel can’t be beat. The twist and loop system holds hair in place while the fabric absorbs water from the hair—genius.

Use a brush with microfiber.
We don’t know who came up with the idea behind the Goody QuickStyle Paddle Brush with Microfiber Bristles, but they deserve some serious accolades. The bristles of the brush absorb water as you run it through your damp hair, so it essentially serves the purpose of both a detangling brush and a towel. Needless to say, it makes a major difference on freshly washed hair.

Add alcohol.
We don’t advise using alcohol-based products to hasten drying every day—because they can be so, well, drying—but when combined with alcohol, water on the surface of the hair evaporates quicker than it would on its own. Misting wet hair with a touch of a lightweight hairspray or a setting spray that contains alcohol will help to zap the moisture out of hair in a pinch.