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Weird & Wacky Hair Tips!


Here are some weird hair tips – People Magazine swears actually works!

  1. Texturize with Ivory soap: Lather and run your fingers through the ends for instant pieceiness, says Babaii.
  2. Shampoo with Palmolive: “It will soften red or brunette hair color that has gone too bright or dark,” says O’Connor.
  3. Blot away grease: “Pat blotting papers on roots to soak up the oil,” says Babaii.
  4. Tame with Chapstick: “I put a little in my palm and smooth it over baby hairs,” says McMillan.
  5. Spray deodorant to create volume: “You get a massive amount of lift” if you spritz natural deodorant on the roots, says Babaii. 

That picture has nothing to do with anything…but I typed “frizzy hair” in Google, and this lovely family popped up.  I think it’s great! :)

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6 things your dermatologist never told you!


Chocolate doesn’t cause acne, but milk might:

There are very few studies showing the association between food and acne. People think that the greasy foods — like chocolate, pizza and fried foods — somehow clog their pores and the oils get secreted onto their skin. In fact, acne is caused by the gland getting clogged by skin cells and bacteria. Recent studies have shown the possible link between milk and other dairy products with the development of acne. It is thought that hormones and other bioactive molecules may stimulate the glands causing acne. I usually recommend limiting but not eliminating dairy.

Antiperspirants can be made more effective by applying them at night:

People often complain about their antiperspirant not working. One trick of the trade is to apply the antiperspirant to a dry underarm just before heading to bed. You can still apply it again in the morning. In addition, for those excessive sweaters, you might want to see your dermatologist to have Botox injections. These last for six to nine months and essentially eliminate sweating in the area they’re injected.

Flat moles can be skin cancer:

People often come in if a mole or spot is raised, but for some reason the public tends to ignore flat lesions. Unfortunately, not all skin cancers are flat. Look for the ABCD’s of skin cancer —lesions that are Asymmetrical (one half doesn’t match the other), have an irregular Border or irregular Color, and Diameter greater than the size of a pencil eraser (5 mm).

Acne medications should be applied to the entire face, not just to pimples:

Most people apply medication — both prescription and over-the-counter products — to the acne pimple but forget about the rest of the skin. Most medications, however, are designed to prevent tomorrow’s breakout, not just dry up today’s pimple. They are most effective at destroying the bacteria that cause acne.

Covered wounds (cuts, scrapes, etc.) heal faster than open ones:

Everyone covers a wound immediately with a Band-Aid, but after a day or two, most will uncover to “let it dry out.” Actually, studies have shown that wound healing is more effective in a moist environment. Therefore, apply an antibiotic ointment like Bacitracin or Neosporin and keep it covered with a Band-Aid until it is completely healed.

Vitamin E prevents wounds from healing:

This is completely opposite to what most people think. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that will help to prevent oxidative damage to the skin, but it has never been shown to help with healing. In fact, studies have shown that it actually slows down healing. Silicone gel sheeting has been shown to be effective.


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Reader Request: “Help!! Cocktail party make up”


I’m an avid reader of both your sites. I really love how personal you make each one. I’m writing you to ask for help, I have to attend a cocktail part at the W Hotel in Dallas. I’ll be going as a date to my boyfriend (who is very fashionable), he will be recieving an award from his job.

I am absolutely clueless about what do to for make up. I’m very pale, anglo, and will be wearing a little black dress and very understated accessories. I use Perscriptives for foundation and concealer, and Dior Show for my lashes, but everything else is lost on me. Can you help put togeather a little black dress look for me?

Thank you in advance for your time and any help you might be able to give!

–Candy H.

Candy –  

Thanks for contacting us!  I’d say you definitely need some smoky eyes!  Try the tips below!  (You can also watch a great How-To on smoky eyes – here!)


Keira Knightley made a seductive statement at the Academy Awards with smoky eyes, a tried-and-true red-carpet beauty showstopper. This year’s variations on sexy charcoal seducers call for small touches of femininity for extra come-hither appeal. To create your own alluring guise, follow celebrity makeup artist and What Not to Wear beautifying guru Carmindy’s easy steps. It might not score you a statuette, but this tempting look will win you plenty of attention.

Hopefully this helps!


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Expert Tip: Is it worth it to try and highlight your hair, yourself?


We recently recieved this email from Lauren, asking a hair question:

I usually get my hair done at a salon but I’m trying to pinch pennies in order to take a trip to Cali. So in the mean time I’m wondering if I should do my own highlights. Do you recommend this? If so, any tips or specific brands you recommend? Thanks.

This was one area I know nothing about, I don’t ever dye or highlight my own hair.  (Too many bad experiences!)  For years, I have trusted my hair with the enormously talented Marsi from Bella Salon, in Beaverton, Oregon.  She is a genius when it comes to hair color – so Lauren, I forwarded your question on to Marsi.  Here’s what she had to say:

Hi Jocelyn, I’m so happy to help.

As far as the highlights at home, I would tell her not to try it unless she’s willing to spend twice as much as she would have initially spent getting it done, getting it fixed.

Highlights are just too complicated and require specific technique, if it didn’t then we couldn’t charge what we do for it.

I would however recommend doing all over color at home. I would recommend going to a local beauty supply store, like Sally’s, and ask for help. I would ONLY recommend doing a semi-permanent gloss and stick with more golden colors and not too far off from your natural color or what you currently have. You can really mess up your hair with permanent color or by trying to do something too dramatic.

Your hair is something you wear everyday, it’s not like make-up that you can just wipe off, so if you screw it up- you’re screwed!
Sorry for such a long answer! Hopefully that helps.


So Lauren, I hope this helps!  Keep us posted!

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