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Here's what happened when I shaved with coconut oil

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Long story short: Oh my yes.

Short story long: I'm a big fan of testing out food products for beauty — especially since I don't really use them in my kitchen anyway. And aside from the unfortunate homemade hair conditioner incident that left me smelling like a side salad, I'm incredibly impressed by how much better natural beauty products perform compared to their chemically challenged competition. (Not to mention how much easier they are on my wallet.)

After saving up some serious leg hair for the task (don't mention it), I decided I would shave one leg with coconut oil, and the other with my usual shaving cream to compare. Shaving in subzero temperatures has always been a challenge for me, but even more so since I turned 30. My skin now soaks up moisturizer like those sponge pocket men on the paper towel commercials, and no matter how much I use after shaving I always feel a tad... prickly.

The application

Don't be alarmed by the texture of the coconut oil: It starts out solid, but on contact it turns to liquid. A little goes a long way too. Unlike slathering endless dollops of shaving cream onto your legs, you only need about a teaspoon of coconut oil per leg.

Once you've applied it to your legs, I highly recommend rinsing your hands thoroughly before picking up your razor. My hands ended up so slippery I spent more time fishing my razor from behind the toilet than I did mowing my legs.

The process

Coconut oil leg: It was one of the closest, smoothest shaves I've had in a long time! The coconut oil didn't gunk up my blade like (cough cough) most shaving creams do. I never thought it was possible for something to moisturize your skin during the shaving process — it seriously threw my dry skin a bone.

Shaving cream leg: One, I had to use three times as much shaving cream as I did coconut oil. Two, it totally gunked up my blade, so there were several spots I had to go over twice. Three, my leg may have been moisturized to start, but by the time I was done with all the swiping and scraping, I could tell I'd be paying for it later.

The verdict

Coconut oil isn't just better than shaving cream, it's way better. An hour after shaving, the leg I shaved with coconut oil is still feeling silky, soft and irritation free. The leg I shaved with shaving cream? It's drier than the desert. Patches of my skin have gone from irritated to flat out furious. It won't be long until I'll have to slather on another half-bottle of moisturizer to avoid the really uncomfortable, really unsexy red, swollen splotches that come from Canadian winters.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to unclog my drain.

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Blogger disses leggings and says they are 'sinful'

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Veronica Partridge, a mom from Oregon who runs a self-named blog, found herself struggling with the idea that her leggings might be causing men other than her husband to have "lustful thoughts" about her.

In her post, she first and foremost, starts off reminding us that she is not trying to tell the world what to wear and what not to wear, but that she, personally, isn't sure how she feels about all of us women putting our butts out there on display without even having the decency to remember that leggings aren't pants and require a long shirt on top. OK, I said that — but you do know it is a fashion cardinal sin to don a crop top with leggings, right?

OK, OK, back to the topic at hand: Veronica asked her husband for his opinion on leggings and he seemed to get all hot and bothered just from the mention of them. She says: "I appreciated his honestly when he told me, 'yeah, when I walk into a place and there are women wearing yoga pants everywhere, it's hard to not look. I don't, but it's not easy.'"

Might that place he mentions be a co-ed gym? If not, I've got to say I'm a little curious about these mythical places where the walls are papered with women wearing yoga pants.

Veronica ponders how she can expect strange men to maintain control over themselves if her own husband struggles not to look at women in leggings. Because a woman's work is never over. She must mother, earn an income, make a damn good Beef Wellington dinner, and ensure all men, everywhere, are not tempted to cheat on their wives. For a gender with quite a lot of control over the universe, you'd expect us to be paid more!

And, so, her choice has been made: Veronica has decided to no longer wear the single most enticing article of clothing a woman can own: cheap, thin, yoga pants that are often the first things we pull out of a drawer on busy mornings and double as pajamas that night (who else does that?).

Is Victoria's Secret paying attention? Those $2 million fantasy bras are obviously a big ole waste of fabric.

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9 Wet hairstyle looks that don't make you look lazy

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1. Side twist bun

Side twist bun

Image credit: Hair Romance

Get the full tutorial here.

2. Fishtail frenzy

Fishtail frenzy

Image credit: Barefoot Blonde

Get the full tutorial here.

3. Upside down braided bun

Upside down braid

Image credit: Barefoot Blonde

Get the full tutorial here.

4. Messy bun with braided wrap

Messy bun with a braided wrap

Image credit: the small things blog

Get the full tutorial here.

5. Easy knotted updo

Easy knotted updo

Image credit: The Freckled Fox

Get the full tutorial here.

6. Grown-up topsy tail

Grown-up topsy tail

Image credit: Fashionisers.com

Get the full tutorial here.

7. Low hanging side bun

Low hanging side bun

Image credit: Latest Hairstyles

8. French braided ponytail

french braided ponytail

Image credit: yet another beauty site

Get the full tutorial here.

9. Roll and twist side ponytail

roll and twist side ponytail

Image credit: Beauty tutorials

Get the full tutorial here.

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4 Easy ways to promote inner well-being

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Trying to find the balance between what needs to be done, versus what has to be done. When life gets hectic, I try to carve out some time for myself and indulge in a little pampering. Some the things that I do include:

1. Schedule "me" time

Book a mani-pedi or a relaxing massage. Stress goes down and you'll feel more relaxed. And you'll look great too. Making yourself a priority helps to increase your self-confidence and happiness.

2. Keep moving

Go for a walk or head to the gym. Getting your exercise on will increase endorphins and give you a natural, healthy glow. You'll feel better knowing that you're engaging in an activity with positive health benefits. If exercise isn't your thing, look into a yoga class. Renewing yourself in mind, body and spirit helps to achieve inner balance and beauty.

3. Turn your bathroom into your personal spa

Have an at-home spa night. If you have children, arrange for your partner to watch them for an hour. Light a candle, put your hair up, soak in the tub, put on a face mask and enjoy. There are so many beauty products available now that allow you to duplicate a spa experience at home. Some of these products include sheet masks, exfoliating treatments, hair masks, aromatherapy candles and massage lotions/oils.

4. Healthy skin starts from within!

The best inner glow comes from being happy and well-balanced. Make sure that you're practicing good self-care by eating right and drinking eight glasses of water a day. Having beautiful skin, looking and feeling healthy and having a nurturing skincare regimen will help you look and feel your best. That translates into an inner glow that you won’t have to fake... it will be real!

Disclosure: This post is part of a paid collaboration between SheKnows and Nature's Bounty®. All opinions are my own.

Image: RelaxingMusic/Flickr

4 Ways to nourish your body for a beautiful outer glow

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Beauty starts from within. No amount of face cream, no matter how expensive it is, can make you look fantastic if things on the inside are not working at their optimum level. There are countless things that are super important to maintaining inner beauty. To get your hair, skin and nails healthy on the outside, it truly does begin on the inside. There are many easy things you can do to achieve this to make you look and feel your best so that your outer beauty will shine through.

Get your rest

It is important to get the right amount of sleep every night. While we all seem to live the overscheduled 24/7 lifestyle these days, not getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night will take its toll sooner or later. It will show up, especially on your skin. Try to go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning so your body gets into a normal rhythm. If you need a little extra sleep on the weekends, that is OK if shorted yourself over the week.

Supplements

Your body might need extra support like vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants and supplements are a great way to get your body that support it needs. Hair, skin and nails will get the extra boost from taking daily supplements which are super easy to fit into your daily routine. Set your bottle of supplements next to your coffee pot or toothbrush, something you do daily, so you remember to make it part of your morning. As soon as you start taking a supplement, you may notice a difference in how much better you look and feel.

Hydration

I'm sure you have heard that drinking eight glasses of water a day is essential to your health and it is, but... you really need more than that. Just a bit. Basically, you need to stay hydrated, and for women, that means about nine cups of water a day to keep things working properly on the inside. You see, water flushes toxins out of your system as it carries nutrients from your food and supplements to your cells. It helps to keep things "moving" properly so that food is digested and you feel better. It also helps skin look less sallow when hydrated and that means that you will take on the look of a glow with less lines and wrinkles when hydrated. Those are plenty of reasons to drink a few extra glasses of water!

Stress less

Stress can show so much on every part of your outer self especially on your face, so doing as much as you can to minimize the stress will benefit you and how you look and feel in the long run. Exercise is a great stress reliever and that can be as simple as going for a short walk. Another great stress reliever is a "time out." Create a "time out" by lighting a candle in your bedroom or bathroom, playing some soft music, meditating, reading a book, or flipping through some photos. Just by doing this for 20 minutes in the middle of the day will calm your heart rate and reset your mind for the rest of the day.

Disclosure: This post is part of a paid collaboration between SheKnows and Nature's Bounty®. All opinions are my own.

Image: Jeff Laitila/Flickr

9 Strawberry blonde hair photos for the blonde who's tired of platinum

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1. Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger

Image credit: Brian To/WENN.com

Diane looks ah-mazing in this shimmery red-gold tone.

2. Isla Fisher

Isla Fisher

Image credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

Isla's always been a strawberry blonde trailblazer. What's not to love?

3. Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain

Image credit: Daniel Tanner/WENN.com

Jessica tends to enjoy a warm shade of strawberry with flecks of blond. Me. Ow.

4. Amy Adams

Amy Adams

Image credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

Amy's all about walking on the red side of the spectrum.

5. Bella Thorne

Bella Thorne

Image credit: Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com

I think it's safe to say that Bella Thorne is the grand poobah of strawberry blonde.

6. Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman

Image credit: Apega/WENN.com

While Nicole can really do no wrong in the hair department, we love it when she returns to strawberry.

7. Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue

Image credit: WENN.com

Kylie Minogue sports a versatile shade of strawberry with light ginger tones.

8. Emma Stone

Emma Stone

Image credit: Derrick Salters/WENN.com

This cutie patootie bounces between red-red and platinum,but every so often lightens things up with strawberry blonde (and we couldn't be happier).

9. Blake Lively

Blake Lively

Image credit: WENN.com

It's been a while since Blake wore this look, but it's truly unforgettable.

More hair tips

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Beautify from the inside out with this 30-day challenge

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Yeah, well I have a losing ticket when it comes to certain physical traits.

I like to call it my D.D.S. (Danny DeVito Syndrome). If you've ever seen the movie Twins, you know that Danny DeVito's character is a genetically engineered twin to Arnold Schwarzenegger's character. And while Arnold received all the best aspects of their parents, Danny's character received the leftovers.

Am I a natural athlete like my father? Nope! Do I have nails that can be used as tools like my mother? I wish! No, I burn and freckle like my mother, instead of inheriting my father's olive skin. Believe me, I could go on and on. Don't get me wrong, I'm generally healthy and I know it could be a lot worse but the odds are against me so I have to work at it.

Part of that is making sure I start my beauty regimen on the inside. I include healthy, nutritional foods in my diet and drink plenty of water but I can always use a little extra help. Enter the Nature’s Bounty® Optimal Solutions® 30 Day Hair, Skin and Nails Challenge.

For the past month I've enjoyed a daily serving of Nature's Bounty® Optimal Solutions® Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies with my breakfast and, since I'm terrible about taking supplements, I stored them with my cereal so I wouldn't forget. The strawberry flavored gummies are not only yummy but they are specifically designed for the unique needs of women.

With vitamin C, vitamin E and biotin, the gummies support my natural beauty from within. During a holiday season filled with baked goods and indulgent foods, knowing I was doing something extra to help the health of my hair, skin and nails made me feel a little less guilty. And feeling good about what I put in my body certainly reflects on the outside.

As a nail expert I know that biotin is a key component to nail health and including a supplement makes my imperfect nails even better. While I normally don't share my naked nails, you can see what adopting a healthy lifestyle can do.

If you have your own version of D.D.S., there's hope. Try the Nature's Bounty® Optimal Solutions® 30 Day Hair, Skin and Nails Challenge and see how healthy inner beauty radiates outward. Will you take the 30 Day Challenge? See what other women had to say about it here.

Disclosure: This post is part of a paid collaboration between SheKnows and Nature's Bounty®. All opinions are my own.

Photo credit: Shannon Kringen/Flickr

The cool way coffee can protect your skin

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Good news if you can't quite contain your coffee consumption: A new study published in the JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute says that drinking four cups per day showed a 20 percent lower chance of developing malignant melanomas.

Erikka Loftfield, a researcher with the National Cancer Institute's Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, headed up a team that used data from 447,357 non-Hispanic, white cancer-free subjects who monitored their food consumption between 1995 and 1996.

Previous studies have also shown that coffee has a protective effect to ward off non-melanoma skin cancers, but it was not clear at the time if it was the same for malignant melanoma.

After looking at results from a median follow-up of 10 years, they found that the people who drank the most java had a lower risk for malignant melanoma. In fact, their risk was 20 percent less if they drank over four cups per day.

The researchers noticed another trend: People were more protected the more they drank. They saw a positive effect between those who drank one or fewer cups per day compared to those who guzzled four or more cups per day.

Four cups may sound like a lot of caffeine, so for those who are thinking of getting the same benefits from decaf, you're out of luck. The protective effects were only found in caffeinated brews.

"Because of its high disease burden, lifestyle modifications with even modest protective effects may have a meaningful impact on melanoma morbidity," Loftfield said in a statement.

She's not saying, however, to drink your way to cancer prevention.

"Overall, the most important thing that individuals can do to reduce their risk of melanoma is to reduce sun and UV radiation exposure," she told SheKnows.

"While our results do not indicate that individuals should alter their coffee intake, they may provide reassurance to coffee consumers that drinking coffee is not a risky thing to do," Loftfield added.

Cutaneous melanoma, or malignant melanoma, is the fifth most common cancer in the United States. Preventable risk factors, with the exception of exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR), are not completely understood.

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9 Things you can buy at Anthropologie for under $30

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1. Lanikai Tailored Pants

lanikai tailored pants

Image: Anthropologie

These sleek, perfectly tailored pants play on that modern hipster vibe, yet have a comfy vintage feel. They make me want to listen to Joni Mitchell and drink out of a Mason jar mug. (Anthropologie, $29)

2. Painterly Tee

painterly tee

Image: Anthropologie

This casual top is finished off with an abstract watercolor print by artist Mirim Seo. #Love (Anthropologie, $29) 

3. Far Channels Cardi

far channels cardi

Image: Anthropologie

This ready-to-wrap cardi from Moth is the perfect thing to cozy up with in this nasty weather. (You know, besides your sig-o.) (Anthropologie, $29)

4. Fleece-lined cable leggings

fleece-lined cable leggings

Consider these leggings your BFF in the winter: They're stylish and snuggly, and will help keep you warm minus all the bulk. (Anthropologie, $20) 

5. Striped noir tights

striped noir tights

These tights are the best of both worlds: They're dressy yet casual, bold yet understated. There basically isn't an outfit you own that these wouldn't look fabulous with. (Anthropologie, $29) 

6. Moss weave wristlet

moss weave wristlet

Not only is this wristlet adorbs, it's also eco-friendly. It's handmade using upcycled cloth and indigenous fabrics by artisans in the Philippines. (Anthropologie, $28) 

7. Varsity knit socks

varsity knit socks

These socks are super thick and super cozy, just like their cousin, the cable-knit sweater.  (Anthropologie, $20)

8. Martine headband

martine headband

This headband is so chic! And at that price, I may have to indulge in more than one. (Anthropologie, $18) 

9. Spotted triangle earrings

spotted triangle earrings

These playful earrings are made by Ambrym, a company that crafts their pieces exclusively in France — a perfect addition to your collection while you save up for an actual trip to France. (Anthropologie, $15) 

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The easiest way to get lustrous hair, healthy nails and vibrant skin

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It's the time of year again so many people decide to make positive changes in their lives, especially when it comes to improving health.

I've got to say that I've always been one of those people. I love the chance to have a clean slate and fresh start to rededicate myself to becoming healthier and more vibrant, both inside and out. Being healthy is always beautiful.

In addition to regular exercise and healthy eating, this year I really wanted to include something that makes me look as beautiful on the outside as I feel on the inside, and Nature's Bounty® Optimal Solutions® Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies are my go-to for doing just that.

Nature's Bounty® Optimal Solutions® is a supplement line made for women by women.

Nature's Bounty® Optimal Solutions® Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies contain just the right balance of nutrients to support lustrous hair, healthy nails and vibrant skin, all in a delicious strawberry flavored gummy. They were specifically designed for the unique needs of women.

Nature's Bounty® Optimal Solutions® Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies provide you with the vital nutrients your body needs to support your natural beauty from within. vitamin E and vitamin C are antioxidants. Vitamin E contributes to skin health, and vitamin C is involved in collagen production and formation, which forms the basis for vibrant skin. Biotin helps to maintain healthy hair and promotes healthy nails by acting at the nail matrix, the base of the nail.

I started using the Nature's Bounty® Optimal Solutions® Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies about 30 days ago, and I can't believe the difference it's made in such a short amount of time.

In recent weeks I've gotten comments from my friends complimenting how healthy my hair is. I even had someone at the gym compliment my full ponytail post sweaty workout, so that's definitely saying something!

I've personally noticed a glow in my skin. Even in the morning my skin now feels vibrant, and that's a small thing that makes me feel more beautiful and ready to take on the day ahead.

My nails are now different, too. I no longer feel like I need to hide my hands, which is another small thing that actually makes a big difference when it comes to being confident throughout the day.

As a 20-something who lives in New York City, I couldn't be more happy with these results. Sometimes I barely have the time to finish my makeup before running out the door, but I know I can always quickly grab my Nature’s Bounty® Optimal Solutions® Hair, Skin and Nails Gummies with a quick breakfast.

Disclosure: This post is part of a collaboration between SheKnows and Nature's Bounty®. All opinions are my own.

5 Tips for healthier nails in 2015

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Do some kinds of imperfections keep you from putting your bare tips on display? Been there, done that! While genetics play a part, the health and overall appearance of your nails starts from within.

Start 2015 off right by getting your nails manicured. Add a few lifestyle changes, throw in a couple topical treatments and you’ll be well on your way to a more beautiful, natural nail.

1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Water is essential to life and offers so many benefits including keeping your nail matrix hydrated. Don't like the taste of water? I keep a squeeze bottle of lime juice at the ready.

2. Increase your vitamin D intake

So many people suffer from a Vitamin D deficiency, especially in the winter when sunlight is at a minimum. And vitamin D is so crucial for nail health. Oily fish like trout and salmon, portabella mushrooms, whole grain cereal and tofu are just a few of the foods that can boost your vitamin D levels.

3. Say hello to biotin

Biotin is a factor in improving nail health, battling brittleness. Eggs (but not just the egg white), almonds and supplements like Nature's Bounty® Optimal Solutions® Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies are rich in biotin and help promote supple nails.

4. Get oiled up

The cuticle is not only a frame for your nail beds, it protects the nail as it grows out and hardens. Apply a cuticle treatment rich in jojoba and sweet almond oil daily.

5. Gloves on

Water can penetrate the nail through the free edge, causing splitting, so wear rubber gloves during household chores. And before you go to bed, slather on hand lotion before slipping on cotton gloves for an overnight treatment.

Are healthier nails part of your 2015 goals? Will you add any of these tips to your lifestyle? What are your biggest nail concerns?

Disclosure: This post is part of a collaboration between SheKnows and Nature's Bounty®. All opinions are my own.

Image: Galveston.com/Flickr

Target steps up their plus-size game with a whole new line

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What about the plus-size women?

Back in August, curvy fashion blogger Chastity Garner finally had enough. She took a stance when Target launched their Altuzarra collection which, true to form, left out the plus-size range. She vowed to boycott Target and end what she called her abusive relationship with the retailer.

Well, Target took that to heart. Today they announced AVA & VIV, a beautiful new line designed for plus-size women by their in-house team of designers. And it's not just a one-time thing. The line will refresh monthly and will include items that range from $10 to $80.

The best part? Chastity Garner was one of three plus-size fashion bloggers invited to preview the line and offer her feedback on designs still in the works for fall. All three ladies will be featured in the look book for the collection, and if this video tells us anything, it's that they are thrilled.

Target plus-size collection

Target plus-size collection

This new line will be available mid-February through March and available to purchase online Feb. 22. The look book is set to 'air' Jan. 22.

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Accessories to take your winter wear up a notch

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Capes and ponchos

Louise Aztech Blanket Cape (boohoo.com, $16)
Topshop Colorblock Geometric Cape (Nordstrom, $60)
Alfani Poncho Turtleneck Sweater (Macy's, $40)

Capes and ponchos are a great way to add drama to a look. They add volume and texture to your look and provide that extra layer of warmth. Be sure to keep the rest of your outfit sleek, slimming and streamlined since the cape will provide plenty of volume! You can see how I've worn mine here, here, and here.

Gloves

Echo 'Touch Colorblock' Gloves (Nordstrom, $36)
Polka Dot Gloves (Topshop, $48)
Carolina Amato Short Leather Gloves (shopbop.com, $45)

Never let your hands go cold with these fashion-forward statement gloves. With so many tech-friendly options you have no excuse for cold hands and even more of a reason to let your hands do the talking.

Blanket scarves

Black and Plaid Blanket Scarf (Purple Peridot, $20)
V. Fraas Houndstooth Print Blanket Scarf (Dillard's, $29)
Aerie Blanket Scarf (American Eagle, $30)

With so many ways to wear these iconic blanket scarves you can't go wrong. Who doesn't want to walk out of the house wrapped in a blanket? If you've never rocked one before, here are two ways that I love to wear blanket scarves.

Pom-pom beanies

Katie Faux Fur Pom Pom Chunky Beanie (boohoo.com, $10)
Zella Chunky Knit Beanie (Nordstrom, $34)
Girls' Knit Pom Beanie (Target, $7)

Tone down your dressy look or embrace your casual side with an added pom-pom beanie; not only will your ears thank you but so will your fashion guru. Beanies have been all the rage for years; take it up a notch with an added pom-pom and you'll be having fun all winter long. Beanies are great because you can dress them up, or dress them down. Have fun with it!

xo, Jasmin

Image: Ivana Vasilj via Flickr

7 Hair hacks for when you don't have time to wash it

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1. Braids

A simple braid or two is a great way to camouflage dirty hair — it's easy to do and looks gorgeous. Try this "pull thru braid" hair tutorial for one style idea.

small things blog pull thru braid

Image: The Small Things Blog

2. Dry shampoo

Dry shampoo is your best friend on those unwashed hair days. Nothing quite does the trick of making your hair look clean like this. Spritz it all over your hair, including the roots, and then blow it dry and you'll be amazed at how fresh and pretty it looks. There are so many brands to choose from, but a popular one is Dove's Dry Shampoo (Walmart, $4).


Dove Dry Shampoo

3. Headband

A plain, sparkly or beaded headband does wonders at hiding greasy hair and making it look cute and perky — and it's a style that suits pretty much everyone. (Nordstrom, $28)

Nordstrom headband

4. Run a blow dryer through your dry hair, then style it

Sometimes all it takes to give your hair that just-washed lift is to run a blow dryer through it while it's dry and then style it as usual. That alone can get rid of some of the oil buildup and make it look like you've just stepped out of the shower.

Hair

Image: Artur Chalyj/Flickr

5. Wash and condition only the front and sides of your hair in the sink, then blow dry it

If you're short on time but still have a little to play with, you can streamline your routine by just washing the front and sides of your hair in the sink, then conditioning and blow drying it. It will magically look as if you've washed the whole thing.

Shampooing

Image: Giphy

6. Baby powder

Sprinkling baby powder on your hands and then running it all through your hair, paying special attention to the roots, the jawline and underneath, will make it instantly look and smell fresher. It will soak up the grease and make it look newly washed. Hurrah!

Spilled Baby Powder

Image: Austin Kirk/Flickr

7. A strategically placed hair clip

Twisting the front of your hair goddess-style and holding it back with a pretty crystal hair clip like this one is a good way to mask the fact that you haven't washed it. (Nordstrom, $28) 

Nordstrom hair clip

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9 Genius hairstyles you can do with a flat iron

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1. Bouncy waves

bouncy waves tutorial

Image credit: Beauty tutorials

Get the full tutorial here.

2. Chalk it up

hair chalk

Image: The Beauty Department

Want your hair chalk to last longer? After applying it to your tresses, go over your strands with your flat iron. Not only will it make the color pop, but it will smooth out your hair cuticles and make it look like a real dye job. Cha. Ching.

3. Beachy waves

beachy waves tutorial

Image credit: The Beauty Department

Get the full tutorial here.

4. Modern medieval

modern medieval hair tutorial

Image credit: Beauty Lovers

Get the full tutorial here.

5. Bombshell curls

bombshell curls tutorial

Image credit: Kouture Kiss

Get the full tutorial here.

6. Sleek ponytail

ponytail tutorial

Image credit: Beauty tutorials

7. Mermaid curls

mermaid curls tutorial

Image credit: A Beautiful Mess

Get the full tutorial here.

8. Get your crimp on

crimp hairstyle tutorial

Image credit: Kouture Kiss

Get the full tutorial here.

9. Side swept

side swept tutorial

Image credit: join the mood

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Women banned from Instagram for being too hairy down there

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Amazingly, though Instagram removed the "offending" photo, they later put it back up after a massive backlash. Score one for social media! You can see for yourself below if it is "offensive":

Pubic Hair

Pubic Hair

OK, so yes. There is pubic hair. It's there. Now get over it. Our obsession nowadays with removing all body hair is weird. It's unnatural. I am just as guilty, so I can't judge. Certainly I shave my legs every day and keep everything pretty much neat and hairless. I would sooner eat six habanero peppers raw than wear a pelt anywhere on my body.

Is that good? Maybe for my husband. But when I think about my two beautiful daughters, I don't want them to feel that way. I want them to be proud of every part of themselves. If that part is hairy, so be it. We don't knock men for having hairy bits, do we? OK, maybe we do. Sometimes. Exceptionally hairy men that is. But for the regular schmo, a little leg hair is just fine. But God help the woman who has some.

Instagram was right to bring these photos back. There is nothing obscene about a more natural look. Personally, I will continue to groom, but I won't knock women who choose not to. That's not part of being a sister. I say if you like a full '70s look, rock on with it, sister. You are brave. You are bold.

And maybe if it comes back in style, we will all save a lot on waxing, razors and depilatory creams. A girl can dream, right?

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18 Show-stopping gowns from the 2015 SAG Awards

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1. Sarah Hyland

Sarah Hyland SAG Awards

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Modern Family star Sarah Hyland went for an edgy look with her custom Vera Wang dress. The plunging neckline is sexy but not too revealing. The color on the bodice is beautiful, too!

Hairstylist Ryan Richman wanted to play up the actress' Audrey Hepburn-esque beauty with a low side bun.

"I wanted to create a sleek and elegant look with an edge," he said. "Branching off from the typical bun, I created a unique updo that really showcased the detailing of her Vera Wang dress."

2. Gretchen Mol

Gretchen Mol SAG Awards

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We're getting a 1920s vibe from Boardwalk Empire star Gretchen Mol's sheer silver Dennis Basso dress.

3. Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus SAG Awards

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Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is known for being hilarious, but her black lace Monique Lhuillier dress is all drama. Absolutely gorgeous.

4. Maisie Williams

Maisie Williams SAG Awards

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Game of Thrones stunner Maisie Williams looked gorgeous in a fun pink dress with cutouts that showed her nude sheath underneath. Love the gold pumps, too!

5. Uzo Aduba

Uzo Adubo SAG Awards

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Orange is the New Black star Uzo Abuda's yellow Angel Sanchez dress is one of the most original we've ever seen on any awards show red carpet. It's probably our favorite of the night!

6 & 7. Danielle Brooks and Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox and Danielle Brooks SAG Awards

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Abuda's OITNB co-stars Laverne Cox and Danielle Brooks were showstoppers themselves in their gorgeous red carpet wear. We can't get over Cox's gorgeous Johanna Johnson dress outfitted with a bit of sparkle and a train. Flawless.

8. Jackie Cruz

Jackie Cruz SAG Awards

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Another fashion home run for an OITNB star! Jackie Cruz looked like a gorgeous mosaic in her colorful gown complete with sleeves and a high neckline. We can't stop staring at all of the details!

9. Gwendoline Christie

Gwendoline Christie SAG Awards

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Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie also gave off a gorgeous '20s flapper vibe with her short wavy style and ruby red Giles gown.

10. Julianna Margulies

Julianna Margulies SAG Awards

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It's pretty much a given that The Good Wife star Julianna Margulies will end up on our best-dressed list. The actress' stunning royal blue gown showed off just enough leg and complemented her porcelain skin like whoa.

11. Natalie Dormer

Natalie Dormer SAG Awards

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The ladies of Game of Thrones killed it on the SAG Awards red carpet. Case in point: Natalie Dormer's colorful gown. It reminds us of a beautiful watercolor painting.

12. Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore SAG Awards

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Julianne Moore is another best-dressed given — and she didn't disappoint in her embellished emerald green Givenchy gown that she paired with Chopard jewels.

13. Viola Davis

Viola Davis SAG Awards

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Um, can we get the name of Viola Davis' trainer? The How to Get Away With Murder star's white gown shows off her seriously toned arms and shoulders. Love how she paired it with a statement bracelet and earrings, too!

14. Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum SAG Awards

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What can we say about Emmy Rossum's Giorgio Armani Privé top and skirt with a lace overlay, other than it's gorgeous? Nothing.

14. Emma Stone

Emma Stone SAG Awards

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Love, love, love, love Emma Stone's short black dress with sheer skirt look. The Birdman star strikes a dramatic pose in the look — and totally nails it!

15. Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts SAG Awards

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Leave it to Julia Roberts to steal the show in a pantsuit. The gorgeous actress turned our heads with her plunging Givenchy look that she paired with plenty of diamonds.

16. Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara SAG Awards

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OK, so Sofia Vergara looked gorgeous (per usual) in her red silk georgette gown by Donna Karan Atelier. However, all we really wanted to look at was her new engagement ring — um, rock — from Joe Manganiello. The boy did good!

17. Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon SAG Awards

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Does Reese Witherspoon ever look anything but gorgeous? Nope, and her white Giorgio Armani dress proves it.

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11 Steps to hack a salon style blowout at home

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Here's how to get the blowout of your dreams in the comfort of your own home:

1. Make sure your hair is really clean

When your hair is oily, it not only won't blow out well, but the blowout itself won't last. Shampoo and condition your hair, making sure you've thoroughly rinsed your tresses so they're not weighed down (I always find the area just under the crown the trickiest to keep suds-free).

2. Blot your hair

Use a cotton tee instead of a towel to dry your hair, which will help prevent unnecessary frizzies. Afterward, use a wide-tooth comb to detangle.

3. Choose styling products for your hair type

Make sure you have products on hand that are suitable for your hair type. For example, if you have fine hair, use a mousse for body and hold. If you have textured or curly hair, use a smoothing or hydrating cream. That being said, you don't want to weigh your hair down with product: Start sparingly. You can add more as you go, but you can't remove it once you go overboard.

4. Know that different brushes produce different types of blowouts

Use a small barrel brush if you're looking for curl and volume, and a large barrel brush for straight and smooth.

5. Use a powerful dryer

Alli Webb of Drybar recommends looking for a dryer that has Nano-ionic technology, which will make all the difference in your hair's shine and bounce.

6. Start your blowout in the front

Since — let's face it — by the end of your blowout your arms are going to hurt, start by perfecting the front of your hair and move your way to the back where you can be a tad less fussy.

7. Dry hair in sections

The key to a hot blowout is sectioning off your hair into 1- to 2-inch sections, and making sure each section is 100 percent dry before moving onto the next (if it's even slightly damp, get ready for frizz). With your dryer on high, press the nozzle directly against your hair shaft on the brush, and glide from root to tip.

8. Focus on your ends, less on your roots

Since your roots dry faster than your ends, leave your root area alone once it's dry and brush through your ends until you've soaked up all the moisture.

9. Blast hair from underneath

Once your sections are dry, blast your roots from underneath while fluffing them up with your fingers. This will add lift and bring out that bouncy look we all know and love.

10. Set with hairspray

To lock in the volume you've worked so hard to achieve, lightly mist your 'do with hairspray, keeping the can a minimum of six inches away from your head to prevent sticky spots.

11. Strut out of your bathroom

That's an order!

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