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The Fall 2016 Lob

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Every year there’s an It hairstyle. The one that all the cool girls are wearing. This season, much like last, it’s all about the lob (a.k.a. the long bob, hair that hits just above the collar bone). We’ve seen this style on an array of textures, from sleek and stick straight to messy, I-woke-up-like-this hair that actually takes a good 20-minutes to reproduce, but there isn’t an exact science to choosing “the look” for fall. Instead, it’s all about embracing what works best for you — trial and error, and a little bit of product should do the trick.

We tracked down Juan Carlos Maciques, celebrity hairstylist at Rita Hazan Salon in New York City, who works with Jennifer Lopez, Chrissy Teigen, and Michelle Williams, to explain how to rock the 2016 lob (and, can your face even pull it off?).

Check out our interview below for product picks and expert tips:

Beauty Banter: What is the fall lob and how is it different from season’s past? 
Juan Carlos Maciques: The lob now is about personalizing it. Having it be flattering to your face and making it your own. It’s not necessarily about minimal layers and a strict set of rules – unless of course, that is what suits you best.

BB: Which hair textures can pull off this lob? 
JCM: Having a wave to your hair is always best because it gives it more dimension or depth, plus movement. It’s more interesting to the eye to see differing directions in the hair. Very curly hair would just be a solid block, and very straight and fine hair would work better but would appear flimsy and flyaway unless it’s completely geometric and blunt.

BB: What face shape does the lob look best on? What face shapes shouldn’t try the lob?
JCM:It works best with rounder or oval faces as it’s more slimming. Narrow, long faces would just look more drawn.

BB: How can we make a lob fall-ready?
JCM: It’s best to place a product such as a mousse, like Alterna Bamboo Volume Weightless Whipped Mousse ($22), or salt spray, like Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray ($27) or R+Co Rockaway Salt Spray ($25), on damp hair as it adds grip and holds texture. Gently scrunch and let the hair air dry. If hair is more straight, you can always use a 1 to 1 1/2″ curling iron (I recommend Hot Tools ($40)) and gently and quickly wrap around the wand. You don’t want it to look set or done in any way. It needs to look effortless.

BB: What celebrities rock the best lobs and why? 
JCM: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Khloe Kardashian, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jessica Alba have done it so well. It’s always perfectly disheveled and effortless looking, and they make it look somehow glam and sexy at the same time.

In need of inspiration? Peruse our photo gallery of fabulous lobs above.


Favorites: Post-Sun Skin Products

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After a long weekend of sun and fun, chances are, your complexion, body, and hair are in desperate need of some TLC. Worry not, we’ve got the quick fixes for all of your post-sun needs. From DIY recipes to product picks, here’s how to enjoy these last dog days of summer while keeping hair and skin on the healthy tip.

Boost The Hydration
Summer is usually hot and balmy, but the sun can also severely dehydrate your precious skin. After a long weekend frolicking in the sun, sea, and sand, turn to an added boost of hydration to get everything back in check.
TRY: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum ($36), a universal serum that gives skin a gentle boost of hydration and plumping, thanks to its hyaluronic acid formulation. Safe for all skin types. Root Science Youth Face Serum ($50), our love for this magical hydrator knows no bounds; suitable for all skin types, this serum targets signs of aging, protects skin from environmental aggressors, and clears skin of congestion and blemishes. It literally does everything!

DIY Face Mask
Follow celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas’ masterful post-sun DIY face mask for a spa-like treatment in the comfort of your own home:

2 tbsp almond oil
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp warmed honey
1/4 organic yogurt

“The almond and olive oils are anti-inflammatory and will soften any damage from summer.” explains Joanna. “The honey hydrates the skin and the yogurt calms and exfoliates the skin. Mix together and leave on the face for 20 mins. Your glow will be amazing when you are done.”

Care For Your Post-Sun Hair
Sun, salt water, and chlorine can leave tresses in a hot mess. After a long weekend of summer sun, your mane needs some much needed hydration, too. Opt for a deep conditioning mask or leave-in conditioner two to three times this week, and forgo the heat styling products (a.k.a. air dry your strands to perfection with these tips here) until hair recovers.
TRY: Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration Masque ($68), restores hair to its healthy state. Can be used on all hair types. Sun Bum 3 In 1 Leave In Hair Conditioning Treatments ($15) protects, detangles, and conditions hair while enhancing and restoring its natural luster. People swear by this treatment…

Lotion Up
The most important step in a post-sun beauty routine, is using a post-sun lotion to soothe your skin.
TRY: Jurlique Sun Specialist After Sun Replenishing Moisturizing Lotion ($36), a creamy, nourishing treatment for face and body to help restore that healthy-looking glow. Delish! Alba Organics Hawaiian Kona Coffee After-Sun Lotion ($9), an all-natural wake-up call for skin. Caffeine helps neutralize free-radical damage due to sun overexposure. Macadamia oil and shea butter nourish and replenish.

Too Much Sun
Regardless of how much SPF you use (and we know you’re using it… right?!), sometimes, a sunburn is just pure bad luck. To combat raw, red, burned skin, make this simple DIY treatment, great for face and body.

1-2 tbsp organic yogurt (use skim yogurt if you have oily skin)

Slather the yogurt over sunburnt area. Yogurt’s lactic acid is ideal for all skin types, and its hydrating and healing property will breathe new life into your epidermis. Leave on for 10-20 minutes, and towel off. Follow with a moisturize of your choosing. That’s it!

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How To Get Perfect Air-Dried Hair

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No, we’re not just full of hot air. It’s time to drop those blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons, and hot rollers in favor of air-dried locks. You know the look: Perfectly imperfect with volume and a random wave or curl. Texture is a must, but air-dried hair differs from beachy waves in that you’re working with your own texture, not creating new texture with the help of hot tools (cue the latter).

While a natural breeze coming off of the ocean is obviously preferable, the drifts felt by NYC subways count as well. Not only are air-dried tresses the hair look du jour, but they’re also a great way to give your strands a nourishing break from all the stressful chemical treatments (we’re looking at you, highlights), and toll of summer’s unenviable climate effects.

Hairstylist Lacy Redway, who works with clients including Olivia Palermo and Jourdan Dunn, gave us some tips on how to master this trend.

BB: Can any type of hair rock this look? 
LR: This trend is all about embracing your natural texture. Most women don’t even know what their natural texture looks like because we have been using heat and chemicals to alter our natural textures for so long. I think any hair type can rock this look because it’s more about self acceptance and learning what products work for you.

BB: What products do you recommend for air-drying? 
LR: A great mousse and a good hair moisturizer are key for this look. I love Kèrastase mousse Bouffante ($37) and Jane Carter Solution Nourishing Cream ($13).

BB: What if you want the air-dried look, but need to dry your hair quickly? Can you achieve this look with a blow dryer? 
LR: A hair dryer diffuser will dry your hair quickly, but without irritating your natural texture. I use ghd Air diffuser ($27) along with my dryer when I’m home, but for travel I pack my YS Park Sock Diffuser ($41).

BB: How can you keep air-dried hair from getting crazy and puffy?
LR: The key is to keep your hair moisturized. Locking in the moisture will help fight against frizz. Also, a good hair mousse will keep your hair in place.

Do you air-dry your hair? Let us know your tips in the comments below!


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind


Wash & Go: How to Style Wet Hair

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When it’s hotter than hot, the last thing any of us want to do after showering is turn on a blow dryer. Hair takes enough of a beating during the summer months from salt, swim, and UV rays.  This means a little extra TLC is required to keep our manes happy.  Although we know air-drying is certainly preferable, what’s the best way to do it? And how can we look good while our hair is doing its drying thing?

We reached out to Marissa Martoni, Hair Stylist and Extensions Specialist at Marie Robinson Salon for tips on how to style wet hair.

Beauty Banter: What type of hair type can pull off wet styling?

Marissa Martoni: Wet styling can work for all hair types, but only with certain styles. It all depends on what products you use.

BB: What do you recommend product-wise?

MM: Oribe Creme for Style ($35) works for all hair types.  It provides a bit of control without any stickiness or crunch; Ouai Wave Spray ($26) is great for wavy hair that needs some extra oomph and texture; Sachajuan Ocean Mist ($31) add the same texture and volume that a dip in the sea provides. Even the finest and straightest locks will achieve a perfect tousle; Bumble and Bumble Curl Defining Creme ($31) Curls can turn wild in the heat.  This lotion tames without weighing down. [Editor’s Note: For an easy DIY beach spray that’ll give texture to air-dried hair, click here.]

BB: And what about different styling techniques? 

MM: For fine hair, try a slicked back ponytail.  Thicker or curlier locks with some texture can try a french braid or a high top not.  If you want to keep your hair down, rely on a great styling cream.

BB: Which of these styles will look best once the hair actually dries if we want to let our hair down…say come nighttime? 

MM: Braids or a low twisted bun can lead to a great look later on.  Tightness of the braid or bun will obviously affect texture, but you can always run your fingers through it or brush it out to loosen things up a bit.


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind


DIY Beachy Wave Spray

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We all want perfect Gisele-beachy waves (well, I do at least). Isn’t it baffling how thick and full and perfectly messy your hair looks when you step out of the ocean? Well, you can make your very own “ocean in a bottle” with ingredients that you likely have in your beauty and kitchen cabinets. This simple, DIY beachy wave spray requires only 4 ingredients and about two minutes of time. Gisele hair is closer than you think…

What you’ll need:
Spray bottle (like this)
Sea salt (or Kosher salt)
Warm water
Hair gel
Coconut oil (optional)

Benefits of the ingredients:
Sea Salt – Activates curling and texture.
Hair Gel – Gives added texture and hold.
Coconut Oil – Naturally adds moisture and leaves hair soft to the touch. Smells like the summer.

Mix warm water with sea salt into the spray bottle. Start with 1 tablespoon of sea salt for every 4oz of water. Add more salt for thicker waves. Choose your favorite hair gel and squeeze a dollop into the spray bottle. For drier hair, add in one teaspoon of melted coconut oil. Shake all of the ingredients and spray away.

Will last for up to one month.

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Favorites: Dry Hair Helpers

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True story: I moved to LA two and a half years ago to find refuge from the debilitating cold of NYC winter, only to have my skin and hair left more dehydrated and weak than ever before. LA’s climate is so painfully dry that the ends of my hair literally break off. There’s something awful in the water here, too, but we’ll save that for a different post. I trimmed the split ends yet still found no solace from the dry climate.

That’s when I decided to go on a hunt for the best dry hair helpers on the market. I need oils, masks, lotions, and potions. Anything that can salvage my lifeless, dead, split ends. Here are the products that I found – and use – to keep my hair in shiny, healthy, and happy shape.

Philip B Rejuvenating Oil ($30) – Meant for dry hair and scalp, this is a treatment oil that will take dead, dehydrated strands and give them a surge of moisture. I don’t use it on my scalp because I naturally produce a fair amount of oil, but I keep it on my ends once a week for at least an hour before washing out. Love, love, love how healthy my hair looks and feels after a treatment.

Phyto 7 Daily Hydrating Botanical Cream ($28) – Think of this as a moisturizer… for your hair. Daily use has breathed new life into my otherwise lifeless strands. It also makes combing and blow drying a much easier task. One of my favorite products on the market, seriously.

Neuma NeuSmooth Revitalizing Masque  ($40)- This hair mask is heavy stuff — and the results are soft, shiny, manageable, and rehydrated hair. I use it as a daily conditioner (that’s how dry my ends are!), applying to ends and leaving it on for 1-2 minutes, but as a weekly treatment product, give it a good ten minutes to penetrate through the hair shaft.

Arcona Essential Nutrients Silk Leave-In Conditioner ($20) – For those days when the tangles get the best of your hair, this leave-in conditioner will nourish, detangle and moisturize. The formula of vitamins, silk protein and Panthenol can be sprayed onto dry scalps too.

Sachajuan Intensive Hair Oil ($45) – A serum of moisturizing oils that tames frizzies and fly-aways without looking greasy. This formula of argan, buckthorn, and sunflower oils can also be used as a leave-in treatment to penetrate the hair cuticles for ultra soft, shiny, and manageable hair. Apply on wet or dry hair. Leave on or wash off. I reapply throughout the day for the occasional pick-me-up.

Alterna Caviar Repair Split Ends Mend ($35) – A daily restorative treatment that literally mends split ends by 93% from the first application. Apply to dry or damp ends and allow to air dry or use hot tools for healthier, glossier, smoother hair.


Under $10: Best Drugstore Hair Products

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Many women are under the misconception that beautiful hair has to break the bank. Totally false. As long as you are diligent about your ingredient list (steer clear of sulfates, parabens, and the like), you can find amazing hair products for a fraction of the price of expensive favorites like Oribe, Kerastase, and Fekkai.

Here are a few of our favorite drugstore hair products, all under $10:

1. Sauve Professionals Dry Shampoo Spray ($6) – Who isn’t a sucker for dry shampoo (second day hair happens to be better than freshly washed)? This totally affordable drugstore find rivals the expensive ones. It sprays clear and gives great volume!

2. Pantene Pro-V Medium-Thick Style Heat Protection & Shine Spray ($5) – If you’re a fan of hot tools, then you need this product. Not only is it affordable, but it’ll leave your strands soft, shiny, and protected.

3. Nature’s Gate Herbal Daily Cleansing Shampoo ($6) – An inexpensive, pH balanced, all-natural shampoo that cleans without stripping color. And it’s sulfate-free, so no carcinogens here!

4. L’Oreal Paris EverStrong Reconstructing Conditioner ($7) – Sulfate-free conditioner that adds nourishment, shine, and moisture to damaged hair. The rosemary mint scent is the perfect way to start your day. The complimenting EverStrong Sulfate-Free Shampoo is worth the under $10 price tag as well.

5. Yes To Baby Carrots Shampoo and Body Wash ($8) – This is a gentle yet effective everyday shampoo that doubles as a body wash! Safe enough for your baby, but good enough for you. And it’s subtle, sweetly delish smells makes it a treat, without any calories.

6. Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray, Ultra Strong ($4) – A hairspray that tames frizzies while giving great hold… without feeling stiff or hard. A steal, indeed!

7. Alba Botanica Hawaiian So Smooth Anti – Frizz Serum Gardenia ($8) – A healthy, natural, weightless serum that tames flyaways. Argan oil and plant-sourced keratin seal the cuticle to give strands optimal shine.


Weekly Must-Have: Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask

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Dry hair, don’t care: Famed French celebrity colorist Christophe Robin’s Regenerating Mask is the only mask you’re dehydrated strands will need. Winter sucks the life (and moisture) out of our manes, but so does summer. Sun, chlorine, and salt water are all elements that work against our precious locks. To combat the seasonal certainties, turn to Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask.

Infused with prickly pear seed oil to nourish, plant ceramics to strengthen, and Inula flower to revive, this mask will certainly take care of all of your hair’s summer needs. But my favorite part about this delicious deep conditioner is the way it moisturizes without weighing it down. The formula is so special that it’ll take the most damaged, whacked-out hair and, with one use, turn it into smooth, silky, gorgeous strands (of gold!). It’s also great for post-color treatments.

I like to use the mask twice a week and I keep it on for 3-5 minutes. For more damaged hair, leave on for 20 minutes (if you’re really feeling adventurous, wrap hair in a plastic shower cap and use a blowdryer for 5-10 minutes). For thinner hair, use less, but keep it on for the same amount of time. Rinse and style. First day hair has never looked so good, guaranteed!

PRICE TAG: $71 (pricey but worth it)


Weekly Must-Have: Shu Uemura Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Treatment

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A couple of months ago, my hair could be described in one word as: meh.  There was nothing obviously wrong, it just wasn’t looking great. While I was happy with my color, cut, and texture thanks to this hair god (New Yorkers, he is a must and comes to YOU!), I just felt that my locks looked lackluster and overall dull. On top of that, I was noticing a good deal of breakage.

Enter: Shu Uemura Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Treatment. I’ve started using this once or twice weekly, and will for the rest of my life.  Okay maybe that’s an exaggeration, but I feel like I’ve met *the one*–at least as far as hair masks go!

Packed with superfood goji berries to help with fading and fatty acid-rich musk rose oil for deep hydration, this beauty makes hair soft and shiny without a hint of weight or grease. While the smell isn’t my favorite, I couldn’t care less because of the product’s formula and effectiveness.  And for someone who is big on smell, that’s saying a lot. 

Love your locks enough to show them some TLC.



-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind


Edible Ingredients: For Eating or Treating?

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Maybe it’s that beauty brands are taking note of all the #eeeeats posts on Instagram, or perhaps they are focused on the undeniable skin benefits of food, but edible ingredients are showing up everywhere in our beauty products.  While we’re all for a good DIY situation, the convenience of these powerhouse foods in ready-mixed formulas is certainly worth consideration (and ingestion).

Here are some of our most-adored products that contain foodie components:

While many eye creams with active ingredients cause irritation, Restorsea Revitalizing Eye Cream ($85) has a proprietary complex from a salmon egg enzyme to diminish fine lines and brighten, and is much gentler than its chemical-filled counterparts.

Davines MELU Hair Shield ($34) is a must before heat-styling thanks to the protection it offers from lentil seeds.

One Love Organics Oh Mega Calming Chia Oil ($49) relies on organic chia seed oil to soothe irritated skin.

Breaking out? Look no further than Arcona Raspberry Clarifying Pads ($36).  These are a must post-workout.

While it may sound like a superfood salad, Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Avocado + Quinoa Co-Wash ($36) is a non-lathering cleanser that conditions and nourishes while cleaning your locks.

It would certainly be easy to mistake Eos Vanilla Bliss Shave Cream ($4) for yummy cupcake icing considering the consistency and smell, but it’s not. This stuff makes shaving a cinch.

To double up on the relaxation while soaking in a tub full of Fresh Sake Bath ($82), bring a class of wine in as well!

While we love carrots as a vehicle for our hummus addiction, the glow that they provide in the form of Odacite CaR Wild Carrot Facial Serum Concentrate ($55) is pretty clutch as well.

Not only does May Lindstrom Skin The Honey Mud ($80) feel and look like pudding, it utilizes naturally antibacterial and healing raw honey to soothe skin.


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind


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