Whether you have naturally fine hair or are experiencing thinner tresses with age, there are luckily plenty of ways to create movement in your ‘do. We checked in with professional hair stylists and hair experts for 25 haircut ideas and celebrity reference pics to take with you to your next salon visit.
There’s no shortage of TikTok beauty trends, but one of the buzziest of late — using rice water on your hair — is more than just social media hype. Rice water (yes, as in the water that’s leftover from cooking rice) is rich in nutrients that can do great things for your strands. It actually has a long history of use in Asian cultures for this very reason. For starters, rice water is rich in amino acids. According to Gina Rivera, celebrity hairstylist and founder of Phenix Salon Suites, “[Rice water is] thought to aid in hair regeneration, since amino acids are well known for contributing to collagen production and increasing the strength of the hair.” The amino acids in rice water may also work to help make the hair smoother and shinier, as well as reduce tangling, she adds. You may have also heard rice water touted as a good hair growth solution. While that claim needs more research, it is good for overall scalp health, which is always imperative for healthy hair growth.
While you absolutely could cook up a batch of rice and then spray or rinse your hair with the leftover water (as TikTok suggests) there are actually shampoos fortified with rice water that are a much easier way to reap the benefits. All hair types and textures can use these shampoos, though they likely will have the best and most noticeable effects on coarse or damaged hair, points out Rivera.
When it comes to thin or fine hair, finding ways to amp up your look and add volume can feel daunting. From dry shampoo to blow-drying techniques, if you’re finding the task of volumizing your tresses to be overwhelming— look no further! Expert hair stylists swear by the ‘butterfly cut,’ a style first coined by stylist Sunnie Brook that involves using shorter layers in long locks to give the illusion of shorter, bouncier and more voluminous hair without sacrificing your length.
We checked in with hair experts and stylists to learn more about the ‘butterfly cut,’ how it can bring life to flat strands, and what to ask your hairdresser when you head to the salon. Read on for tips, suggestions and insight from Gina here!
We’re not new to the idea of expiration dates. From cartons of milk to jars of salsa, we’re accustomed to seeing these cautionary timelines printed on products. But while expiration dates get a lot of attention in our kitchen, many of us overlook them in regard to our cosmetics and toiletries. Unfortunately, beauty products aren’t immune to the march of time. From mascara to nail polish, pretty much anything that goes on your body will have a limited lifespan. That’s why it’s important to recognize the signs of expired foundation, eyeliner, and other cosmetic products.
But what about your hair care favorites? Can shampoo and conditioner expire? Read on for the details!
While it’s still up for debate if blondes have more fun, one thing is true: maintaining a bright blonde color requires some extra TLC. No matter what type of blonde you are, you’re probably fighting to keep your hair color from looking brassy, orange, or downright green (yikes!). Thankfully, a special breed of toning purple shampoo treatments exists to simplify all that blonde maintenance into just one weekly cleanse — and it’s the not-so-well-kept secret to keeping blonde hair bright and beautiful.
Because purple is the opposite of orange on the color wheel, dark purple pigments counteract the brass, which help cool and tone your hair color. All you have to do is lather up with a quarter-size dollop of shampoo and rinse it out. Just don’t leave it on for more than five minutes, or you might find yourself with a few purple-tinted highlights.
However, not all purple shampoos are created equal, so we’ve rounded up a few that we count on to keep our own heads of hair the perfect shade of blonde. Keep on reading to see our recommended choices, and get ready to kick some brass!