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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

How to stay fresh in 2008

I was checking out an article over at to look at some fresh beauty tips. I came across a great article that talks about the top ten beauty tips for 2008. Check it out:

10 Change Your Part:The middle part is back in a big way, whether you wear your hair in layers like Beyoncé or channel Halle’s blunt cut. Think of it as your ten-second shortcut to effortless sex appeal. Keep it chic with a shine spray ike Dr. Miracle’s Healing Oil Sheen Spray ($8, Sally Beauty stores).

9 Update Your Bob: It’s a surefire way to freshen flat, lifeless hair. The perfect length for a fab bob? Top stylists say anything shoulder length and above. If you’re too scissor shy to go short, opt for a good trim. Just an inch will give your style more mileage.

8 Rock the Latest Accessories: Whether you pin up your hair with a beautiful comb or pull it back under a colorful headband, nothing adds instant attitude like the right accent piece. We love this Swarovski hair clip and Miu Miu and Swarovski headbands.

7 Do It Up Right: From the red carpet to the silver screen, celebrities are wearing upswept looks that are sexy and sophisticated, not stiff (read: no more slick-and-set gel styles). Ready for top billing? Pull hair up or tie it back, letting strands fall naturally into place. A wide-tooth comb and a light holding spray like S-Factor Vivacious Hair Spray ($26, beauty salons nationwide) are the only supporting cast this production needs.

6 Create–or Update–Bangs: The best ones slim the face and soften features. For a fresher look, cut or grow your bangs to just above your lashes. And try a different shape: side sweeps work best for rounder faces like Queen Latifah’s; straight or asymmetrical bangs look great on oval faces like Rihanna’s. Keep yours looking fabulous, not frizzy, with Luster’s Renutrients Replenishing Style Créme (about $6, drugstores).

5 Add Extensions: Our favorite new hair accessory? Clip-on hair extensions, like Euronext 100% Premium Remy Human Hair Clip-in Extensions ($70, Sally Beauty stores). They make it easy to achieve a fabulous style, as well as add thickness and volume to your look. Even better: Clip-on extensions don’t require as much time—or money—as a full weave.

4 Take a short cut: Short can be chic: Think Kelis or Keyshia Cole. If you’re a girl on the move who likes to just shake it and go, a close crop is the look for you. Keep it funky with a sculpting wax like Pantene Pro-V Texturize! ($4, drugstores nationwide), and don’t forget to keep sides and back smooth and sleek with an Umberto Beverly Hills boar and nylon brush ($13, Target stores).

3 Go Back to Your Roots: If you’re considering growing out your relaxer and going natural, there’s no time like the present to make the transition. To help with those in-between stages, use a curling cream like Kinky-Curly Curling Custard ($25, They’re great for smoothing down new growth, defining waves or curls, and adding moisture.

2 Play With Texture: Curls and waves add volume and body. Here are a few stylists’ tricks from our photo shoot: For natural hair, two-strand twist or plait wet or dry hair, then pin-curl to set at night; release in the morning for beautiful waves. If your hair is relaxed, reach for hot rollers—the pros’ go-to gadget. Try using the Profiles Spa 20 Piece Tourmaline Hairsetter Rollers ($50, instead of a curling iron to achieve lush, romantic curls. For extra volume, set hair at the crown.

1 Pump Up Your Color: Make a statement in the season’s hottest hues. Deep, warm colors like reds and dark browns always look best against winter’s frigid backdrop. If you are a dye-hard blond, try getting lowlights— a method of streaking hair with darker shades to give lighter colors added dimension. Can’t get to the salon? Color at home with Dark and Lovely Fade-Resistant Rich Conditioning Color in Soft Amber ($5, drugstores).

Credit: Tasha Turner
Photo Credits: Berry Behrendt

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