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People Think I’m Wearing Fake Lashes, But It’s Really Just Two Coats of This Mascara

I’ll admit it: I have damn nice eyelashes. I’ve always gotten compliments on how long and curly they are from random passerby. As a result, I’ve never relied on a particular mascara to give me longer, fuller looking ones. To me, every mascara, whether drugstore or high-end, offered the same result and simply defined my lashes a little bit more.

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Then, my friend gave me a sample of her favorite mascara, PUR Fully Charged Mascara ($22;, or, and my life changed. With just one swipe, the formula plumped and extended my lashes like never before. When I added another coat (because you can never have too much mascara, in my opinion) my lashes looked out-of-this-world volumized. After putting my eyeglasses on, these things were so long they touched the freakin’ glass, I kid you not. I even questioned if my lashes were doing too much, but decided to go to work with them fully made up.


After one coat of PUR Fully Charged mascara.

At the office, my friend and co-worker stopped me in the hallway. “Are you wearing eyelash extensions?” she asked. Nope. Just my PUR mascara, I told her. She went back to her desk and purchased her own tube of the stuff right then and there. The following week, she came to work wearing PUR. “This stuff is incredible!” she exclaimed, adding that she suggested all of her roommates buy it ASAP.


After two coats.

According the PUR’s website, the Fully Charged Mascara gets its lash superpowers from a “magnetic polymer matrix.” Charged particles in the formula lift and separate each lash on your eyeball for a perfectly defined look. While this technology sounds a bit hokey, trying this mascara one time has made me a die-hard fan. Although it’s pricier than drugstore mascaras, it’s worth it for the amazing volume and definition it provides.

Reviewers agree: “In my 41 years I’ve worn a lot of mascara and this is hands down the best I’ve tried. Never clumps and my lashes look amazing!” said one Amazon purchaser.

Whenever a friend or colleague compliments my lashes, I always tell them my secret. And now, at least five of my friends have purchased their own tube.

13 Hair Color Ideas for Brunettes

If you believe brunettes have more fun, you might think there’s no way to change up your look—blondes can be platinum, dirty blonde, and more, but brown hair is just… brown. Right?

Wrong. There are actually tons of ways to dye your hair and keep your brunette base, from balayage to glazes to the fan-favorite ombre fade. Below, check out our favorite hair color ideas for brunettes, from natural blends to crazy pops of color. Don’t forget to pin to your inspo boards for your next salon appointment.

Sun-kissed highlights


Adding in just a few face-framing blonde highlights can totally change your look by warming things up and giving you a beach-ready glow. To avoid things getting streaky, keep the blonde more gold-toned as opposed to white or platinum, and add all around the crown instead of just the front to give a more natural, kissed-by-the-sun vibe.

Mushroom brown


This muted melt is anything but boring, thanks to a unique mushroom-like shade that falls somewhere between ashy blonde and taupe. Both cool-toned and warm-toned blondes blend flawlessly into a mushroom-colored fade, and it’s the subtle shade Instagram is loving for color that’s casual-cool.

Rose gold fade


If you know your hair tends to pull slightly orange when it bleaches, a rose gold look is the perfect way to lighten up your brunette locks while keeping roots dark. This is the kind of look that gets better as it fades, so what starts as a warm, brown-to-rosy-toned glow will end up a rockstar-approved orange-y pink over time.

Warm red glaze


If the idea of bleaching your brunette hair terrifies you, opting for an all-over glaze is the perfect way to inject a little color into your look. A red-toned tinge can warm up dull brown locks and give them an almost burgundy look. Plus, glazing treatments can add strength and shine to hair, so you can leave the salon with a whole new ‘do in a short amount of time.

Smoky brunette


This dark black-to-brunette fade is seriously stunning—and proof that you don’t have to go blonde to shake up your look. Plus, dark dyes are healthier for hair than bleaching, so your strands will thank you.

Colored ends


If you like the look of dark, almost-black brown hair but want to get a little wild, adding a pop of color to ends is the perfect solution. Dip dye for a messy, care-free look, or do a melt like the look above for a seamless transition. Navy or teal are statement-making yet wearable options if neon pink doesn’t suit your day job.

Classic ombre


Ombre hair started making waves a few years ago, with stars like Jessica Alba, Chrissy Teigen, and J. Lo flaunting perfectly blended brunette-to-blonde locks. This look is more natural than some other dye jobs, thanks to the progressive fade from root to tip. Plus, you don’t have to worry about hair looking bad when the roots grow out—it only adds to the look!

Chocolate melt


Mousy browns are a total turnoff, but a rich, hot-chocolate color is an absolute must. Whether it’s a brunette glaze to brighten and shine your brown locks, or subtle toning using different shades of brunette to get the perfect, decadent look, this is a safe bet for beginner dyers who want their hair color enhanced, not changed.

Brunette to icy gray


If blonde tips seem too sweet for your taste, a brown-to-gray fade is an updated, edgier take on highlights. Intentional gray and silver tones not only look effortlessly cool, but this dye job can also work wonders for women going gray early who want to mask—or embrace!—their silver fox status.

Ashy balayage


An ashier look is a cool-toned take on the warm, summer-blonde streaks loved by many. Somewhere between gray and gold, the perfect ashy blonde exists to lighten up brunette locks and give them some much-needed lift when dyed using a balayage style, where the color is blended in at the crown of the head and becomes more prominent at the ends.

Hidden rainbow hair


For the daredevil with an office job, the only way to embrace your mermaid-meets-unicorn hair fantasies is to opt for what’s known as a hidden dye job. This means the top layer of hair looks completely natural, but when pulled into a half-up style, a layer of secret color is revealed.



Bronde is the perfect combination of brunette and blonde, made popular by celebs like Blake Lively. The look is lived-in and effortlessly blended, and can be a great first step if you’re considering eventually transitioning to full-on blonde in the future.

Dusty pink blend

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Think of this as rose gold’s cooler older sister—no warm tones here, but the pop of color keeps things interesting and trendy. This shade blends best with more naturally ashy brunettes, whereas warmer brown hair is better suited for a rosier tone.



This is Already Being Hailed As the Haircut of 2018

You’re going to love it.

We’re not here to tell you to swap your hairstyle with the season or even every year. Hey, if it works, it works. There are times, though, when we can fall into a hair rut. That’s the reason why we’re always on the hunt for new ways to style and cut. When we need to scoot into the hair salon for a quick freshen up, there’s nothing like a universally flattering cut to take the guesswork out of the equation. So, what’s the hairstyle du jour, you ask? Apparently, it’s all about the blunt cut—and it’s not one-size fits all.

If the term blunt cut immediately brings to mind an image of that chin-length cut of your childhood, don’t worry, that’s not what we’re talking about. A blunt cut truly works with any hair length or style but, perhaps our favorite blunt look also happens to be one that’s quickly gaining popularity. We’re talking about the short blunt cut (FYI: we consider ‘short’ to be anything above the shoulders).

One of the primary benefits of a blunt cut as opposed to the layered and lobbed-out styles we have been seeing over the past few years is they can give the appearance of thick hair. A blunt cut is a straight across cut that produces fuller looking ends, since they’re all the same length. Your stylist might want to add just a few longer layers to soften things up, but you’ll still wind up with an all around fuller look.

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Once you determine the right length—and remember, you can work this look on long, medium, or short hair—and you’ve lived with your new cut for a while, consider throwing in some bangs at your next trim appointment. Blunt bangs are an option, though we’re major fans of a little fringe to soften things up.

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This Vlogger Claims Her Extensions Ruined Her Hair—So She Shaved Her Head Bald in Viral Video

Long waves, a lavender lob, a red top knot, bangs, braids, you name it—a quick scroll through YouTube star Vanessa Martinez’s Instagram page, and it’s clear she’s not afraid to take style risks when it comes to her hair, and the results are always chic and cool.

Even with her constantly-changing appearance, Martinez’s 585,000 Instagram followers and 2.1 million YouTube subscribers were shocked when she unveiled a totally new look recently: a completely bald head. And Martinez didn’t just break the news with a selfie; she posted an eleven minute video of her shaving her head, complete with an explanation for her desire to “start over” with her hair.

At the start of the video, Martinez has long extensions, which she cites as the main culprit for inspiring her to make the change. She claims that as a result of adding on more and more extensions and making drastic hair changes, her natural hair had become damaged and sparse.

“I’m just making myself balder and balder, so why don’t I just cut all my hair off and start over?” she says in the video.

According to Jeanine Downie, MD, a dermatologist from Montclair, New Jersey, hair breakage, damage, and loss can all be common side effects when wearing heavy extensions. “My experience is that many people sew in their weaves too tight and they break hair and can cause bald patches,” she tells Health. “Other people use glue and the glue is a chemical irritant to the scalp and that can also call small or large bald patches.”

Took my dog out to shit and the light just kinda hit me

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During the video, Martinez and a friend are all smiles as they snip and shave her hair away. It’s not every day you see a young girl shave her head in an eleven-minute video montage, but it’s clear that Martinez is confident in her decision.

“You guys, hair grows back,” she declares, at once reassuring both her viewers and herself. When the shave is complete, she’s unable to stop touching and rubbing her newly bare head. In a pinned comment, she goes on to further dismiss any negative stereotypes about bald women: “Being bald is not ugly. [Its] not disgusting. [Its] not weird. If you are going bald due to illness, stress whatever the case, you are still beautiful.”

The video currently boasts 782,000 views and counting, with an impressive 55,000 “thumbs up” from Martinez’s supportive following. The comments section below the video is a mix of fans praising her bravery and beauty and others offering advice for Martinez’s new healthy hair journey.


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“I feel very liberated,” Martinez writes. “New trend, new bald, 2018!”

We think the vlogger looks gorgeous both with and without her strands, and we admire her for taking her hair health into her own hands. For those interested in keeping up with Martinez and her new look, she mentions that she might start a hair-growing series on her YouTube channel to continue documenting her fresh start.

The Secret to Meghan Markle’s Gorgeous Loose Waves, According to a Hairstylist Who’s Worked With Her

From her go-to nighttime moisturizer (she likes Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder) to her fave affordable boots (she’s been spotted rocking the Kamik Sienna Winter Boot), we have a slight (okay, major) obsession with Meghan Markle and her impeccable style. So we were excited when hairstylist Lydia Sellers–who has worked with Markle on a few occasions, including on a gorgeous Vanity Fair Mexico cover last year–was willing to share exactly how she styled the soon-to-be-royal’s strands.

“Meghan is such a natural beauty, inside and out,” Sellers tells Health. “One thing I love about her is her confidence and comfort level when it comes to glam. The ability to articulate exactly what you like and feel the best in makes it really easy to stay on the same wavelength with a client.”

For the Vanity Fair Mexico cover last spring (above), Sellers created an effortless hairstyle for Markle using products from Kevin Murphy. “We simply enhance her natural beauty: lots of easy, loose waves with texture and volume, just a quick bit of heat with an iron is sometimes all you need,” Sellers says.

To start, she applied the brand’s KILLER.CURLS cream ($40; on Markle’s mostly dry hair, then blow dried it with the STYLESET blow dryer from HAI Beauty Concepts ($100; using her hands instead of a brush to keep strands tousled. Next, she used the HAI SYLKSTYLER 1″ curling iron ($60; to form relaxed waves, wrapping instead of clamping hair in different directions to make sure the ends were loose.

After that, Sellers worked Kevin Murphy POWDER.PUFF ($38; through Markle’s hair to add weightless volume. “I wanted the waves to be full and voluminous, but dry, so I needed a product that didn’t add too much weight,” she explains. The final step: a few spritzes of the finishing spray BEDROOM.HAIR ($45; to add tons of supersoft shine.

The result was a look that was a slightly more dramatic and editorial version of how Markle styles her hair normally, says Sellers. “These specific styles were… a little bigger, a little more drama, but still loose, free, and effortless, as she likes.”

This Was the Most Popular Mascara Last Year, According to Pinterest

Have you tried it?

With a quick scroll through Pinterest, you can find recommendations for everything from an easy dinner recipe to your latest shoe obsession. And of course, there is no shortage of beauty product reviews and recommendations. Seeing so many different types of mascara popping up on your feed, you may feel overwhelmed when trying to decide which one is your best bet for hitting ‘add to cart.’ Lucky for us, Pinterest settled the debate. According to Bydrie, the most popular mascara on Pinterest in 2017 was Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23; It was saved over 61,000 times, although, with a name like that, we can only imagine what Mama would say.

Too Faced Mascara

Name aside, the Too Faced formula receives rave reviews across the board. In addition to being the fan-favorite on Pinterest in 2017, is has been “loved” 310,000 times on and has racked up almost 8,000 reviews on The hourglass shaped brush helps coat each lash with the carbon black mascara, designed to give your lashes a full, defined look in just a few coats. It’s also available in a waterproof version, which can come in handy during our hot and humid Southern summers.

Although this mascara has been receiving top-rated reviews for several years, this confirms it definitely deserves a spot in your makeup bag. If you’re still not convinced because of the steep price tag, try on of these drugstore mascaras that are all under $10.

The Trick To Using a Round Brush That No One Knows

Plus, the round brush we swear by.

We’re always hearing about new ways to perfect the at-home blowout and finally achieve salon-worthy results. News flash: We have never once found this to be true. I mean, we can achieve a nice blowout at home, but salon-quality? Not quite. We’re not going to tell you that these tips will help you finally master that salon blowout at home so you can save your $50 for other pursuits, but we will say that these little tricks will most assuredly step up your home style—substantially. The amazing things is, they all revolve around one tool, and it’s not your blow dryer. Enter the round brush. It’s a magical item that can be worthless unless you know how to use it the right way. If learning how to use a round brush was something Mama passed down to you on your first day of kindergarten, this article probably won’t tell you anything you don’t already know. For those that play a losing battle with this rotund tool each morning, prepare to have your life changed—or, at least, just your hair game.

Don’t Use It Until Your Hair Is Almost Dry

Beware: You’re arm will feel like it’s about to fall off if you start using your round brush too soon. Hair will be easier to manage and style once it’s mostly dry, plus you’ll save valuable time.

Start with the Right Brush

Depending on your hair length, you’ll most likely want to start with a medium-size round brush. Our pick for the best round brush is this version from Harry Josh Pro Tools. Its firm boar and nylon bristles grip the hair enough to pull it taut, while the wooden handle is sturdy and easy to manage.

Now, If You Take Only One Tip, Let It Be This

When you’re using your round brush, it’s important to work by small sections that are wrapped around the brush once. The wrapping part is the most crucial technique when learning how to blow dry hair with a round brush. If you wrap more than once you’ll likely get the brush stuck in your hair (ouch—that’s the kind of mistake you only make once), and giving it a half wrap will only result in curled under (or out) ends—not the loose wave we’re aiming for.

Wrapping each section around the brush once is the one thing that entirely changed my at home blowout result. Give it a try for yourself and you might just find you’re one step closer to that salon-worthy blowout you’ve been trying to master for years.

These Heart-Shaped Lipsticks Are Taking Over Instagram Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

This Cupid-approved lippie is FINALLY back in stock.

There’s no denying our love of makeup products that work well—we want gorgeous pigment, great shade range, and a formula that lasts and lasts. But the bonus quality that many our favorite makeup picks have? Amazing packaging.

Turns out, we aren’t the only ones who think this way: cue Mystic Heart Lipsticks ($18;, which feature adorable lipstick bullets shaped like hearts. The product sold out in just one day when they first launched, but they’re finally back in stock.


Not only does the packaging make them an absolute must for Valentine’s Day, but the beeswax-infused formula guarantees a smooth application and comfortable, hydrating feel. Described as “super creamy and intensely pigmented,” each of the five lipsticks—four shades and one shimmer balm—has a two-toned bullet with shades in the outer and core that blend to create gorgeous, Cupid-approved colors.

The brand has other unique lipsticks that have made waves in the past. Their Mystic Jelly Lipstick ($10-19; features bullets infused with gold flakes and a color-changing formula, and the original Mystic Lipstick ($19; has realistic flowers visible inside the clear formula.


If you’re looking for the perfect pout to rock at Valentine’s Day dinner or a small gift to spoil your Galentine with, this heart-shaped lipstick is an amazing option that’s totally Instagram-ready. Judging by their instant sell-out the first time these lippies appeared on the site, it’s likely that this restock won’t last long, so we recommend ordering them ASAP.

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Emma Stone Has a Perm, and It’s Super Beachy

Stone’s good friend and makeup artist Rachel Goodwin shared a series of photos from the salon.

Emma Stone has a perm! Stop whatever you’re doing — we repeat, Emma Stone has a perm! Stone’s good friend and makeup artist Rachel Goodwin shared a series of photos from the salon where she and Stone got friendship perms.

“We have a permanent bond! Some friends get tattoos, well we get perms!” Goodwin wrote on Instagam. “We’re here to tell you that they are BACK and theyre not your grandmas perm!”

The women received the perms at Mare Salon in Los Angeles, which is where Stone regularly goes for all her red carpet updos, and while she’s rocked wavy and curly hair before, Stone has never made the commitment to get a perm. Goodwin shared several photos of Stone in hair rollers and posted the final product of her new permanently wavy hair, however, Goodwin eventually deleted the “after” photo. Luckily, quick-thinking fans on the internet screengrabbed the photo.

It’s certainly not the ’80s perms we remember. In fact, Stone’s perm looks like hair that’s been spritzed with some sea salt spray. It’s cute!

For as long as perms have existed, it’s heavily suggested that you only perm virgin hair, but if you must perm colored hair, it’s best to choose hair that has only been colored and not highlighted. We guess that Stone meets the requirements seeing as she usually makes her naturally blonde hair a bit darker.

The stylists at Mare Salon also did this lovely perm on actress Lola Kirke, which looks a lot more like the curly perms we remember.

What @mararoszak said!! 👆🏼😍

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We predicted that perms would have a moment in 2018, and the trend is upon us. Julianne Hough was an early adopter and got the ~new~ perm treatment nearly two years ago.

We’re excited to see what Stone’s hair looked like when it’s all done up. Perhaps she’ll debut her new wavy look at the 2018 Oscars?

How Often Should You Wash Your Hair? Our Top Tips

If you often find yourself wondering, how often should I wash my hair, these tips are for you. We’ve got expert info on how often to wash hair according to type and texture.

It’s well established that shampooing every day can cause major hair problems for many of us: dryness, breakage, frizz. It’s tougher, though, to answer the next natural question: If not every day, how often should I wash my hair? We asked top hairstylists and dermatologists, and they say it depends—on hair texture, hair style, and scalp condition. Get the details on how often to wash hair.

Why You Shouldn’t Wash Your Hair Every Day

The scalp produces oils that travel down the hair shaft, locking in hydration. Shampooing too frequently washes away these oils before they go anywhere, leaving your hair dry. “Excessive dryness then leads to significant breakage,” said Dr. Michelle Henry of Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York.

How Often You Should Wash Your Hair Based on Texture

Vernon François, celebrity hairstylist and founder of the Vernon Francois Collection, says the answer depends on both hair texture and lifestyle. “Everyone’s hair is unique,” he says. “If you’re regularly at the gym, that will influence how often you should wash. Try out a few different options and go with what suits your hair and fits with your lifestyle best.” Also, texture matters. The curlier hair is, the more difficult it is for oils created by the scalp to travel down the hair shaft (because of strands’ twists and bends). These oils are natural moisturizers, keeping hair hydrated and healthy. Curly and coily hair is naturally drier and therefore more sensitive to excessive washing.

Curly and Coily Hair: Once a Week
Jessica O’Brien, artistic educator and stylist at Ouidad in New York City, says instead of looking for a strict guideline, wash hair when it’s dirty. “Dirty—with actual dirt or build up,” she emphasizes. “Sweat and oil are not dirt.” Otherwise, simply rinse with water. Curly hair has a raised cuticle (not flat, like straight hair) because of the bends in the hair. This allows natural moisture to escape, said O’Brien, so it’s almost always naturally dry. Those with curly hair should use a moisturizing shampoo, like Ouidad Ultra-Nourishing Cleansing Oil, every time they wash.

Straight and Wavy Hair: Every Two or Three Days
Straight and wavy hair will vary in its oiliness. Davide Marinelli, Oribe educator and owner of Davide Hair Studio, says creating a customized routine is key. “Find a system that gives your hair texture without weighing it down,” he said. “You may have to test out what works best for you to get the results you want—a leave-in conditioner, a volumizing shampoo, a clarifying shampoo or any combination of all.” To maintain a healthy scalp and hair, it’s good to keep your natural oils and not over cleanse. But for workout fanatics or those with excessively oily hair and scalps who really want to wash frequently, try using a 2-in-1 non-foaming cleanser, like Oribe Cleansing Crème for Moisture and Control, which will clean the hair without stripping its natural oils.

How Often You Should Wash Your Hair Based on Skin Type

In the never-ending battle for attention, the scalp almost always loses out to hair. But every time you shampoo, it’s the scalp that should be getting the TLC. Focus the washing there, instead of on the hair itself. Your hair will get clean enough as soapy water glides down the shaft. An oily scalp can often make hair oily, too, especially for those with straighter hair (since the sebum produced by the scalp can easily travel down the hair shaft).

Normal to Dry: Every Three to Four Days
Marinelli suggests washing every three to four days, but if you feel like you may need to wash more often, incorporate a “conditioning rinse” every other day (instead of a full wash). Apply conditioner to your hair and rinse with tepid water. If your scalp in on the drier side of normal, apply a few drops of hair oil, like Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil, for a moisture boost.

Super Oily
The key to keeping a very oily scalp happy is regular clarifying shampoo treatments—at least every other week, says Marinelli. An oily scalp can equal oily hair. Marinelli recommends using volumizing shampoos to help remove excess oils. And instead of using a traditional thick, rinse-off conditioner, use a lightweight leave-in conditioner post shower. Leave-ins won’t weigh your hair down.

Super Dry and Dandruff
There are so many underlying causes of dry scalp—dermatitis, excess yeast, even sunburn—that it’s difficult for experts to pinpoint exactly how many washes is the goal. But don’t confuse dry scalp with dandruff, which is actually a result of excess oil on the scalp. If you have yellowish flakes that arrive a few days post wash, odds are it’s dandruff. Shampoo with dandruff-specific cleanser about three times a week using cool water to manage the condition.

How Often Should You Wash Your Hair Based on Styling?

If you get frequent blow-outs and use a lot of dry shampoo during the week to make your blow out last, wash your hair according to your hair or scalp type—but add a clarifying shampoo into the routine every two weeks, with a deep conditioner to follow, suggests Marinelli.

If you use a styling product that leaves a heavy, greasy build up, it needs to be washed off the hair and scalp. “Product build-up can dry out the hair and cause it to lose elasticity,” said O’Brien. To remove build-up, cleanse with a gentle clarifying shampoo, like Ouidad Superfruit Renewal Clarifying Cream Shampoo. This one is especially good for textured hair—typical clarifying shampoos are too harsh for curls.

Braids and extensions also cause some confusion about shampooing. Though it might be tempting to ease up on your wash routine because the scalp is covered (and in an effort to preserve the style), try to maintain at least an every other week washing schedule. Focus on the scalp when you shampoo and make sure you’re washing underneath the braids.

How Often Should Men Wash Their Hair?

Because men’s hairstyles are typically much shorter, the sebum produced by the scalp has a shorter distance to travel to thoroughly moisturize the hair. Men’s hair is generally not as dry and can therefore tolerate more washing, said Dr. Henry. But that doesn’t mean men necessary need to wash more. Frequency really depends on lifestyle factors, like working out, and scalp and hair condition.

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