Your hair has no volume.
The top is flat, the sides are bulky, and it no longer frames your features. "If your hair just sits there, even after you've blown it dry, set it, or curled it, at the very least get a trim," says Mark Garrison of the eponymous New York City salon.
Your high school friends assure you that "you haven't changed a bit!"
Guess what? It's probably time to do just that, says Sam Brocato of the hair-care company Brocato America. Start getting inspired by collecting images of cuts you'd consider. Revisit them weekly until you can picture living with one of them. Next, schedule an appointment.
Your highlights are more noticeable than your base color.
"This is an indication that your highlights have become too heavy," says Garrison. The fix? Consider a single process to cover the streaks and lay off new highlights for at least three months. (Don't worry, some of the lighter bits will naturally show through, giving you a subtler, sun-kissed effect.)
You're not receiving compliments on your hair anymore.
One simple tweak sure to garner attention is to set your strands in hot rollers, suggests Federico Calce of Federico Salon in New York City. "Of all the heat-styling tools, they produce the softest, sexiest waves."
Your hair and skin tone match.
If your tress and skin tones have become too close, you could benefit from lowlights, says Garrison. Add deeper, warmer streaks using peroxide and ammonia-free color to give your look loads of dimension without damaging your hair.
hair tips & beauty advice
Beauty editors are routinely asked to name three essentials they couldn’t live without on a desert island. So here’s our list: water, matches, protein bars. As much as we depend on beauty products, they’re not exactly essential to survival. These luxurious fragrances, nail polishes, and tools are no exception. They’re the anti-basics—hardly your medicine-cabinet staples. They won’t shrink pores or obliterate frizz, but they will make you weak with desire. And that’s a refreshing change of pace. Beyond just looking and feeling great, each of these cool new things appeals to our sense of style. How’s that for an SOS?
You could breeze through the rest of summer with the same sheer balm and nude gloss you always wear. Or you could throw caution to the wind and try one of these superfun, superbright lipstick shades we saw on the spring runways. True red, orchid purple, neon orange—these lipsticks are as bold as they are beautiful.
These buns are haute! Pretty twists spotted on this year’s runway put a couture spin on the go-to bun.
Your strands are saying more than you think. Not only can your facial features tell you a thing or two about yourself, "your hairstyle can also reveal things about you," Jean Haner, an expert in face reading and author of The Wisdom of Your Face, says. Here, Haner tells what your strands most likely are saying about you, based on her studies in 3,000-year-old face reading derived from Chinese medicine.
Realized that pixie or bob haircut isn't for you? Luckily, it is possible to make a graceful transition back to long.
Could you go that long without using cosmetics?
From a young age, little girls learn the word "pretty," but in the last few years, everything has been changing — for the better.
You've seen many a star hit the red carpet in glamorous curls. But, most of the time, these coiled updos come courtesy of a curling iron, which leaves us craving some all-natural inspiration.
We've done some strange things in the name of beauty (a butt facial for one), but these powerful ingredients would make us gag — if they didn't work so damn well.
Maybe this sounds familiar: You fall in love with a sweet new face scrub and love it so much that you use it, oh, every day. Morning and night. Until your skin breaks out in protest. Or perhaps you’re in the once-a-year pedicure camp, and have to spend hours pumicing your callouses before even thinking about polish. Well, the laissez-faire approach stops now. It's not just which products you choose—but how often you deploy them. Here’s a quick rundown of how frequently you should be doing various at-home treatments.
From Edie Campbell’s tawny ginger to Kristen Stewart’s flaming hue, red is the statement hair color of the summer. After all, no one goes red quietly: Whether the effect is aristocratic or punk, its transformative power brings with it an undeniable drama that hasn’t been lost on the fashion set. “The thing most redheads will tell you is that they hate it when they’re kids because [of] teasing,” consummate redhead Jessica Joffe tells us in an email. “But as soon as you become an adult, everyone loves it. People never stop talking about it.” Perhaps that’s why Karen Elson, whose career first took off when she amped up her natural strawberry blonde to a fiery copper, has never looked back, and Stewart’s supernatural orange sparked headlines this summer. Meanwhile, Emma Stone’s new russet hues look so convincing, it’s hard to believe she was born blonde. Above, a look at summer’s best reasons to take the plunge.
We're smack in the middle of wedding season, which means you could definitely use a pretty new way to wear your hair. From Anne Bancroft's ponytail in The Graduate to Janelle Monae's signature coif, get inspired by these signature styles.