As much as we wish the solution to all our hair problems came in a single miracle bottle (and one available at a bargain-basement price, at that), more often than not it takes the right cocktail of a routine — starting with shampoo and straight through to a flyaway-smoothing serum — to achieve your personal ideal of air-dried perfection.
But then, just when you think you've got your regimen down to a science, the whole delicate process falls completely out of whack the second the humidity spikes. "Frizzy hair usually requires more than one product," says celebrity hairstylist Garren. "It can’t just be a shampoo-and-go solution — you need a prescription. Then, you'll adapt the levels and into the formulation that works for you."
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In the summer, hair exposed to the intense heat of the sun — plus the humidity, sweat, and frequent shampooing that come with it — is prone to extreme dryness. Right now, that seasonal moisture zap may be worsened by chlorine damage, at-home highlights, or the fact that your hair hasn't seen a pair of scissors in months, with the split, frizzy ends to prove it. If you can relate, you might be in need of a conditioner upgrade. According to Fabian Lliguin, NYC-based hair pro and co-founder of Rahua, a hydrating conditioner will be your best defense against summer damage. "Dry, porous hair is attracted to the moisture in the air, causing the cuticle to swell, giving you frizz and fried-looking strands," Lliguin explains. "The best and easiest way to avoid this is to keep your hair as hydrated as possible, using a sulfate-free shampoo followed by a hydrating conditioner to create a protective, moisture-sealed barrier around the hair shaft." If you're set with a gentle, non-stripping shampoo, find your followup — a best-in-class moisturizing conditioner — ahead. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?A Pro's Guide To Removing Chlorine From Your HairAriel Winter Dyed Her Hair Ice BlondeThe Best Epilators For Long-Lasting Smooth Skin
When lockdown was announced in March in the UK, I, along with every other beauty fanatic I know, felt a wave of panic as hairdressers, nail salons, and skin clinics closed. My relationships with my colorist, hairstylist, dermatologist, nail technician, and eyebrow lady were all put on hold, and I started to worry that I would end up resembling something out of Teen Wolf. That said, lockdown has been the perfect catalyst for switching up my look. I didn’t have to worry about The Outside World for a while, so in April I gave myself a big chop. It ended up being a defining moment for me. Finally — yes, finally! — I was at peace with my curls. Over the last few months I have tended to my tresses like a precious garden, watering daily, massaging my scalp, coating my curls with deep conditioner and butters, and giving myself a trim every six weeks. While my hair has grown considerably as a result of hiding my straighteners and tongs (goodbye, heat damage), I still felt that my crown was missing some va va voom.Naturally, like everyone seems to be during the summer, I decided to bleach my hair. Before you gasp in horror (because yes, bleaching at home can be hit or miss), I did my research. I watched countless “How To Bleach Hair At Home” and “How To Bleach Afro Curly Hair At Home” videos on YouTube. I flooded various WhatsApp groups with questions. One of my friends suggested I try BLEACH London Plex Bleach, which is specially formulated for Afro hair. I purchased the bundle, which included the Plex Bleach and an Ice White Toner. I’ll be honest, though: I was terrified. I’ve never bleached my hair at home before, let alone used a toner to get to my desired shade. I had no idea what to do, and the bundle sat in the corner of my room for weeks. Then one day, I took the plunge. I decided to give myself DIY balayage.Balayage is a French freehand hair-painting technique where lighter pieces, generally two or three shades lighter than the rest of your hair, are blended in among natural strands without harsh lines. The method is designed to mimic the way hair naturally lightens in the sun for a believable, subtle highlight. Think of it as similar to using Sun In as a teen but without burning your ends off, so it won’t look horrendous in a few months’ time when it grows out. I spent hours googling balayage looks, taking inspiration from hundreds of curly-haired beauties and celebrities, from Jessica Alba and Elaine Welteroth to Halle Berry, in order to understand how the light would hit each curl — it’s very different from straight hair. I decided that I would paint the bleach onto each curl individually and focus on highlighting the strands around my face to brighten and lift.BLEACH London’s process was pretty straightforward to use. The bundle included the bleach powder, developing lotion, and a small sample of the Reincarnation Mask to condition at the end. Using a tint brush, I mixed the bleach powder and developing lotion in a mixing bowl to create a grainy white paste before sectioning my hair into four parts. I chose to start at the front of my hair as I wanted that area to be lighter, and applied the bleach freehand to the curls around my hairline and fringe. I started halfway up the strands and coated the ends, pinning them back with butterfly clips as I went. Thankfully my bathroom has two mirrors, one in front and one behind, so I was able to apply the bleach and see every section. I made sure that all of my ends were coated.I used around half of the bleach mixture before putting on my shower cap and letting the product develop, checking my hair every five minutes. I left the bleach on for a total of 30 minutes (including application time) before adding some more to the top strands of my hair for extra brightness. At this point I was winging it because I felt I had nothing to lose. I thought that if it went wrong, I could always dye it brown again with my foolproof Moroccanoil Oil Color Depositing Mask in Cocoa. This is always a great fallback option for hair blunders.After I rinsed out the bleach, I dried my hair to check the color. At first I was alarmed by the brassiness, partly because I’ve been so used to being brunette — change is always going to be a shock. I opted to use the toner and applied it exactly how I would a conditioner: I lathered it all over my head, ensuring every strand was covered so it would be even, before covering my hair with a shower cap and letting it work its magic for 30 minutes. I rinsed it out and applied Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector to repair any brittleness from the bleach. After that, I washed and conditioned my hair with purple shampoo and conditioner to get rid of any remaining brassiness.Here’s some advice: If you’re hoping to achieve DIY balayage at home, don’t be alarmed by the immediate result, especially if it’s a huge color change. It’s been a few weeks since I bleached my hair and the color has settled nicely into my strands; it’s less brassy and the sun has naturally lightened the ends. When it comes to bleach, I’d suggest using little and often. Start on your mid-lengths and work your way down to the ends. Also, freehand paint the solution onto the top layers of your hair to create a natural highlight. Once I diffused my hair, I was able to see the real results, and I was over the moon. I had expected my hair to become drier and perhaps see the ends split or break. I’d mentally prepared myself to sob all evening, but my hair was in perfect condition and the color was just what I had hoped for. Most of all, this experience has highlighted just how easy the DIY balayage technique is, especially as you can do it in the comfort of your own bathroom. Of course, I do miss the salon experience, and I’m looking forward to supporting my local. However, £17.50 for a pretty seamless at-home balayage is an undeniable bargain compared to my £170 salon job. Minus the head massages, tea and biscuits, and salon gossip (sob!), it’s a great option should we find ourselves back under lockdown (perhaps inevitable) or if I’m low on cash (often). Now I know how kind Plex Bleach is to my fine 3C hair, maybe I’ll decide to go lighter. Maybe.At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. This story was originally published on Refinery29 UK.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
Most men do it every day. Selena Gomez does it twice a week. Kim Kardashian goes a full five days without it. (And we don't even want to know Sansa Stark's number.) How often you wash your hair, it seems, boils down to personal preference. Right? Not so fast. The answer to that question is murky, but can be summed up in four words: for the most part - but there are a few factors to keep in mind. (Fine, that's 14 words.) First, there's the issue of stripping your scalp of its natural oils when you overwash. "Then, you must consider your hair type, texture, scalp condition, damage, and the style you wear," said Kevin Mancuso, hairstylist and global creative director for Nexxus. Oh, and don't forget your environment. ("If you live in a polluted city, you're going to want to wash your hair more frequently than you probably do," he said) So, how often should you "do" it? We asked a handful of pros for their opinion on how frequently you should be washing your hair, so you can consider the search, well, done.
Sweatpants and a hoodie might be the quintessential lockdown look, but with the warm weather finally here, it’s clear that we’re all in need of a new 2020 outfit — fast. Though we might not be battling sweltering subway rides or overheated apartments this summer, the change in temperature still calls for a style overhaul, which sadly means putting the heavier joggers to the back of the closet for another year. Don’t panic, we aren’t suggesting going back to normal clothes just yet (who even remembers what jeans feel like?). Instead, we recommend something light, loose and suitably comfortable to see you through sunnier days. The answer? A good ol' fashioned house dress. We aren’t talking about restrictive bodices and heavy fabrics, either: these light and airy and sometimes sustainable creations give your body breathing space as temperatures begin to rise. Whether it's wafting through the kitchen as you bake something wonderful or twirling around the garden as you drink something lovely, the house dress is here to solve all your comfort conundrums. We’ve gathered the best loose-fitting dresses on the market to help you keep cool and comfy as we step into summer, so click through to find your new lockdown frock. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. All product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?6 Easy Outfit Alternatives To Your Tired Sweatsuit22 Dresses With Pockets That Do Double Duty29 White Sundresses For Under $100
When a 50-year-old woman steps out in public wearing a face mask in the midst of a global pandemic, it’s generally not noteworthy. But when said woman is the president’s wife — it’s a national news story. On Sunday, five months into the COVID-19 outbreak that has claimed more than 137,000 American lives thus far, First Lady Melania Trump stepped out in public wearing a mask to safeguard against the spread of coronavirus for the first time.In a video posted to the First Lady’s official Twitter account on Sunday, Trump can be seen touring the grounds of the Mary Elizabeth House, a Washington, D.C., ministry that works to support young mothers who are in or have aged out of the foster care system.“It was a pleasure to spend time with the staff, mothers & children at The Mary Elizabeth House, a place that helps strengthen families & provides life skills, counseling & educational resources to help vulnerable single women & their children. BeBest,” Trump wrote in a tweet alongside the video.> Today I visited The Mary Elizabeth House, an inspiring place & supportive community for young women & children. I met w staff, mothers & children, & dropped off boxed lunches & BeBest items to show my appreciation for their efforts to strengthen families in our community. pic.twitter.com/lR8vTfrx8u> > — Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) July 9, 2020Although the First Lady posted about the importance of wearing a mask to stall the spread of coronavirus back in April (“Take social distancing & wearing a mask/face covering seriously. COVID19 is a virus that can spread to anyone,” she wrote on Twitter), neither she nor her husband, President Donald Trump, had sported the protective face coverings publicly until last weekend. Trump, in all his presidential power, has previously stated that he won’t be wearing a mask in public saying that he doesn’t “see it happening.” The president also mocked assumed Democratic nominee Joe Biden for wearing a mask before.But it looks like things have changed, as wearing a mask has become a political debate in the months since the pandemic started. On Saturday, Trump wore a mask — publicly — during a visit with wounded veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.The reversal brings the Trumps into line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on continuing to wear the masks in public in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, which is believed to be highly transmissible through respiratory droplets released into the air, even when a potential carrier is asymptomatic. The president has been notoriously averse to heeding the conventional wisdom on mitigating the spread of COVID-19, and has even gone so far as to host his infamous open-air rallies despite the fact that new instances of the virus continue to surge across the country.Melania Trump, despite her previous insistence that wearing a mask is necessary, has remained quiet in the face of her husband’s protest against them. The Trumps, it’s worth noting, are no strangers to flouting traditionally observed sartorial norms. During a trip to visit children detained in a border camp amid the Trump administration’s immigration fiasco of 2018, Melania famously wore a jacket emblazoned with the phrase “I really don’t care, do you?” And the president himself, famously, once defied the advice of medical professionals and opted to forego protective glasses in order to stare bravely into the sun during a solar eclipseLet’s not commend the Trumps yet, though — after all, they’re just doing what we’re all supposed to be doing amid a pandemicLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Hell Is Donald & MelaniaWhy Ivanka Brought Her Purse To A Tear-GassingCan Trump Really Threaten To Defund Schools?
As we continue to battle the coronavirus pandemic, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is currently in the process of lining his home with wall-to-wall posters of an illustrated mountain. Well, probably that’s not actually what he’s doing, but we wouldn’t be surprised if he were. After presenting his top prize science fair model of the New York COVID-19 “curve” two weeks ago, Cuomo has now unveiled his latest project: a Pandemic Poster™. During a Monday briefing on New York’s COVID-19 response, Cuomo kicked things off by discussing his love of traditional poster art (ok!), and explained how he drew inspiration from the 1900 campaign poster of politician William Jennings Bryan. He then dramatically revealed his latest arts and crafts feat in the form of an illustrated “timeline” of the coronavirus impact on New York in the shape of a mountain with the words “New York Tough” strung across the top.Created by Brooklyn-based artist Rusty Zimmerman, the artwork was meant, according to Cuomo, to show how far the city has come and what work is still left to do. But the poster — replete with illustrations of a giant nose being swabbed, a bottle of hand sanitizer, an octopus flopped next to a cruise ship, and even a fire emoji — immediately became the subject of internet fodder. > NewYorkTough pic.twitter.com/jGIEMMxBLu> > — Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) July 13, 2020While Cuomo may have delighted in this artistic depiction of a pandemic that has killed thousands in New York, others were just confused, and left asking questions, like: What — and I cannot stress this enough — is the “Boyfriend Cliff?”On the right side of the COVID mountain, just above where Cuomo’s daughters Cara, Mariah, and Michaela (and his dog, Captain) are apparently pulling the city’s curve back to normalcy, appears a tiny cliff where a figure can be seen dangling off. This is labeled the “boyfriend cliff.” There is no explanation for what the cliff is, or why it exists, but the Internet’s imagination knows no limits. > me and my friends hanging out at the boyfriend cliff pic.twitter.com/UaPVTSU37c> > — himboist (@kamilumin) July 13, 2020> found boyfriend cliff pic.twitter.com/2euZ6xcBFs> > — Geoffrey (@geofflapid) July 13, 2020Some pondered whether the Boyfriend Cliff could be referring to Tellef Lundevall, who is dating Cuomo’s daughter Mariah, who was quarantined with the family in Albany. Lundevall has been the butt of a few jokes from the governor over the last few months. Still, though, why is he hanging from a cliff? What does it all mean? Let’s circle back with Twitter to find out:> the “Boyfriend Cliff” is when you date one of Cuomo’s daughters and he doesn’t like it so he draws you dying on a public poster pic.twitter.com/Ubq8m17veZ> > — Katie Sicking (@KatieSicking) July 13, 2020While the boyfriend cliff is still — and may always be — shrouded in dark mystery, Cuomo’s poster has tons to unpack that don’t involve people hanging off cliffs at all. Like, why is Donald Trump sitting alone on the moon?Perhaps the answers to all our Pandemic Poster™ questions will be revealed once New York has fully reopened — if, you know, that ever happens. It’s hard to say if it will, though, considering our governor is so busy with his art projects.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Andrew Cuomo's Press Conference Was A Bad JokeNew Yorkers Protest Rent In Front Of Cuomo's HouseWhat Andrew Cuomo's "Tracing Army" Will Look Like
At a press conference earlier today, California governor Gavin Newsom made an announcement calling for the re-closure of indoor service operations, including hair salons and barbershops, in 30 counties, to curb a new spike in COVID-19 cases. But not long before the order was enacted, actress Mandy Moore visited Nine Zero One, her go-to salon in Los Angeles, for a summer haircut and color.The 36-year-old TV star (and singer) debuted a fresh mid-length lob with light brown highlights on Instagram, with her stylist, colorist, and Nine Zero One’s co-owner, Nikki Lee, posting the glam shot on her own account. Even with Moore’s nose and mouth safely covered by a paisley face mask in the photo, her signature features — green-blue eyes, strong brows, and shiny brown hair — are on full display, only enhanced by her dusting and honey-brown balayage.> View this post on Instagram> > A post shared by Nikki Lee | Hairstylist (@nikkilee901) on Jul 13, 2020 at 10:51am PDTTo Lee’s credit, the best part about the cut and color is the fact that it’s not a major change for the This Is Us star. Instead, it’s proof that a few foils, freshly-snipped ends, and a little texture spray is all it takes to freshen up your hair this summer. With the latest news out of the local government, it looks like Nine Zero One and hundreds of other salons in the area will be forced to suspend business once again in the interest of public health and safety. If you’re a California resident like Mandy Moore, you’ll just have to wait a little while longer for your next appointment — a small price to pay for the greater good.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Light Pink Is The Hair Color Of QuarantineThe Best Hydrating Conditioners For Dry HairWhy You Should Be Asking For "Teasylights"