Olive oil is one of the most popular ingredients in cooking, but if you’ve never used it for beauty, you’re in for a treat. Believe it or not, Rachel Ray’s pet ingredient is not only a necessity in any pasta dish, but also great for your nails, lips, hair, and skin. Why? Olive oil is rich in squalane, a natural emollient that penetrates skin without leaving a greasy film behind. Beyond that, it’s packed with Vitamins A & E and a number of polyphenols that already make it a popular inclusion in beauty products. Check out the below list for 15 inventive ways to get gorgeous Italian-style:
Found your hair looking like the Bride of Frankenstein’s do one morning after a shift in the weather? This little trick is an oldie but a goodie: Run a fabric softener sheet (like the Snuggle ones you use in your clothes dryer) over your hair and watch your static electric flyaways disappear. (You can even use a sheet you’ve already put through the dryer, if you’re cheap like I am – the used ones work just as well.)
If you continually find yourself having problems with static frizz, here are a couple of tricks to help keep negatively charged locks at bay:
If you’re a girl with bangs, you probably find that your fringe doesn’t weather the full 4-6 weeks between trips to the hair salon without falling into your eyes or making your haircut look funny. Not to worry – you can touch your bangs up yourself at home, without the time and expense of traveling to your hairstylist. (Don’t tell her, though.)
I actually took the plunge and cut myself an entire fringe out of my regular even-length hair – really! (Seriously, where would we be in life without Youtube?)
Here are a couple of tips to help tame your bangs until your next haircut by cutting them yourself:
- Part off your “fringe” area in a triangle. Make sure that it’s not too thick, or too thin, and that you only part off what is indeed your bangs.
- Trim them to the length that you want them. It’s best to only trim about ¼” just to be sure you don’t cut off too much.
- Once you’ve trimmed them all the way across, gather up the parted hair and cut it all vertically.
- Let your bangs fall naturally and brush them the way you want them. Make sure they look even and clean up any extra long pieces you may have missed.
Ladies, have no fear! Hair extensions are some of the most exciting and fun beauty products to experiment with: using extensions, you can instantly transform your look and actually experience what a new hairstyle would be like in your usual day-to-day.
Traditional glue-in and weave types of extensions are difficult both to put in and take out (hello, physical damage), and it’s best to have a professional do either. The solution lies in clip-ins, which have improved immensely since their days as a Halloween party alternative to a bad wig.
Here’s a guide on how to put in clip-on extensions all by your resourceful little self (although help from a friend is very useful in this scenario – I recommend the one who helped you move or gives you rides to the airport, she’s already used to being exploited for her kindness):
I mentioned having problems with dullness in my hair recently, so I thought a post about some solution might be of use to any of my readers who despise those Pantene ads where Laetitia Casta’s hair looks like a big brunette ribbon of glossiness.
Unfortunately, I have to tell you that it’s your fault your hair looks like dishwater. Too much heat styling (of which I am also guilty) causes dullness due to the loss of moisture. So if you must blow dry every time you shampoo, or perhaps you’re in permanent love with your flat iron (this means you!) – lay off. It’s not helping!