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Quick ways to camouflage grays

Whether it happens in our 20s or 30s (or even earlier!) sooner or later, those first grays will pop in. Before you know it, dealing with and minimizing grays, retouching roots, and keeping our color constant will become a constant battle. Arm yourself now with these tricks to stay on top of the war!

camouflage grays

Early gray, go away!

If you have an early onslaught of grays, blame your parents. Genetics plays a role in how fast your hair loses pigment and turns gray or white, and gets coarse. “Easier trick to cover it up temporarily is with ColorMark Instant Liquid Hair Color. It covers roots effectively and is easier to use. Another good choice is Color Wow, which is a nifty little discreet powder compact that comes with its own brush to cover up grays naturally,” says Wendy Lewis of BeautyintheBag.com. These easy fixes are lifesavers when you just cant get to the salon on time.

Avoid washing your hair every day, which can fade hair color fast.

In between washes, apply a dry shampoo to add volume while absorbing oil and other impurities. glo essentials Re-Energize Dry Shampoo Brunette  applies with a brunette tint to help camouflage gray hair.

Reconsider your part

We’re all about messy parts when we’re trying to hide our roots, but you have lots of options. If you always split your hair on the left side, for instance, that side will flatten on its own and become more prominent. Flip the part to the other side, regrowth will be less noticeable,

For quick fixes, keep a touch-up pen handy

We all had women in our families who used to comb mascara onto their temples in order to minimize roots, but now there are touch-up wands and pens to do that for us. Try products like Oscar Blandi Pronto Color Root Touch-Up and Highlighting Pen handy. This travel-friendly tool quickly and easily hides graying strands. It comes in six different colors and is suitable for all hair types.

Go for a blowout

Sounds amazing, right? The more body and volume you create, especially around the roots, will help to hide those roots and grays. Practice your at-home blowout, and you’ll be able to do this on your own as well!

Get highlights

Highlights are a way more fabulous way to minimize roots than an all-one-color dye job. Distract people from your regrowth by showing them the sunny dimension in your locks!

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Beauty Editors Confess Their Worst Beauty Blunders

Think beauty editors are perfect? Think again! We asked our favorite ladies for their own beauty blunders — some are pretty epic!

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Mine is hands down brushing my curly hair throughout elementary school (why didn’t anyone TELL ME?) and having hair that resembled steel wool until I learned the ways of the LA Looks gel + Aussie Sprunch Spray world of managing ’90s curls.
Amber Katz, rouge18.com

When I went to England years ago, little did I realize that bringing along my curling iron and trying to use it with a converter would result in frayed, frazzled, frizzy strands for months. I eventually had to chop off 6 inches just to undo the damage. Now, when I go abroad, I use local tools!
Nadine Jolie Courtney, Nadinejolie.com

I use box hair color to color my own hair at home. One time I grabbed the wrong color box and my hair went from light, bright Auburn to Goth Black/Brown in 20 minutes! Not my style! That was an expensive to fix and embarrassing mistake to make. I triple check the boxes off the shelf now!
Paula Wade, oldergirlbeauty.com

[Want beautiful volume without the expense of a salon trip? Check out our step-by-step guide to the perfect blowout!]

When I was in college I got glue in extensions for my sorority formal. Not as beauty savvy as I am now, when it was time for them to come out, I just started picking away at my scalp. There were so many tracks, this wasn’t a seamless transition. Hair was coming out and being secretly thrown into my bag in class, the cafeteria and anywhere else I was able to pick. I’m a picker. Glue everywhere. Then, instead of going to a salon to have them properly removed, I got in a shower stall with three of my best friends and sorority sisters (yes, with bathing suits on) and we had a field day with my fake hair. Conditioning each track to try to break down the glue and slide them out. Let’s just say my hair was a disaster but it was a lot of fun!
Jeannine Morris, BeautySweetSpot.com

A few years ago I got a new haircut right before heading out west to the Sundance Film Festival. The cut required a super, straight sleek look involving a lot of time and an intense ceramic flat iron. Unfortunately, I was so tired and bleary-eyed my second day there that I only straightened about half of my head. I somehow just totally left the back of my hair a curly/wavy mess, and continued with life. I hit a red carpet a few hours later where I heard someone whisper, “curls in the back and sleek in the front? I don’t get it… is that like a trend in New York or something?”
Bryce Gruber, TheLuxurySpot.com

I’m pretty sure in high school I did my makeup in the dark. It’s the only explanation I can give for how incredibly off my foundation was (and my mom always yelling at me that it was too orange).
Lara Eurdolian, PrettyConnected.com

Time to confess: what is your worst beauty blunder? Share with us in the comments!

Fall 2013 Hair Color: Survive and Thrive in This Year's Tricky Trend Cycle

Beautiful redhaired girlLast fall the high fashion runways were overflowing with on-trend hairstyles that translated easily to the real world. Fashion followers had a bevy of fresh bobs, bouncy, unstructured waves, and pin-straight retro-long looks to choose from. Each style could be embraced along with the natural-looking hair colors the runways were showcasing. This fall, designers have thrown their fans a bit of a curve ball. Between the dirty-looking ponytails at Lanvin, the wet-looking bangs at Reem Acra, and the rough-looking texture at Helmut Lang it’s hard to figure out where to turn for real-world hairstyle inspiration. The fall high-fashion hair colors are also challenging. The monochromatic, inky-looking brunettes and ultra-brassy blonds do feel undeniably futuristic and fresh, but they don’t translate particularly well from the glossy magazine page to the top of your head. And, while splashlights are a really fun look to experiment with for the extra bold,  they may be difficult to wear daily unless you’re a student, artist, or entertainer.

To figure out how to survive this tricky trend cycle we turned to celebrity stylist Kait Marie, who has worked with the tresses of some of Hollywood’s trendies stars, including Amy Smart, Ke$ha and Katrina Bowden.

Alex: What’s your take on the F/W 2013 runway hair color trends?

Kait: Runway is always hard to transfer to reality when it comes to hair color. I would recommend people take hairstyle inspiration from the runway, leaving runway color trends behind. A lot of the fall and winter runway looks this year are very futuristic and will be really difficult to translate. My advice would be to skip them and fall back on Los Angeles classic, beachy-cool looks instead.

Plus, our weather here is so nice year round that it often doesn’t feel right to go darker in the fall. You may not enjoy going for a dark color when it’s still 90 degrees out, even if it’s October, you know?

Alex: So true. So what’s in style for LA brunettes this fall?

Kait: I think subtle ombre is still in in LA big time. Not orange bottoms with black roots, but the soft, natural look that virgin hair would take on if you spent your days in the sun. Multi-tonal looks are also really nice right now. All over dark shades with tiny streaks of dark blond to add dimension are a great choice.

Alex: What can LA blonds do to keep their color on trend?

Kait: Beachy hair! Year round here! I love the blond ombre thing, but I also love the classic California blond.


Alex: Describe the perfect classic California blond.

Kait: I’m talking about that sort of tousled bed-head look that works so perfectly on blonds with a lot of variation in their shade. Going blond can damage the hair, but the upside to that is that it helps to create that beachy roughed-up bend…To get the look I would recommend blonds do a lot of different color highlights and lowlights, without going more than two shades away from their natural color.

Alex: We didn’t see many redheads on the runways this year. Where can redheads take their color to stay on trend this fall?

Kait: I think redheads are harder to trend forecast for because it’s always still just red! Celebs like Christina Hendrix are pulling off super pretty, shiny, bright, single-tone reds that aren’t cartoony, but the woman that works on is rare. I advise my clients not to go red on a whim, because it’s hard to get out, as opposed to other tones. But for those people who really want to go red, they should find a shade they can rock and really look great in. Red is more about finding your perfect color than following trends.

To learn more about Kait Marie check out her website at http://www.iamkaitmarie.com/


Allure Magazine – 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards

In the movie industry, the Academy Awards is the largest and most prestigious award show around, and winning a shiny gold statue is the ultimate goal for any struggling actor in Hollywood.

For beauty, it’s all about the Allure Readers’ Choice Awards. Each year, Allure asks it’s readers to name their top makeup, skin, hair, and body products.  50 lucky winners were chosen, including some of Beauty Collection’s most popular products!  Check out what made the cut below:

Redken – Color Extend Shampoo & Conditioner

Allure Magazine - 2010 Readers' Choice Awards

Redken’s Color Extend Shampoo & Conditioner offers even stronger protection to extend the life and vibrancy of haircolor. Redken’s exclusive Interbond Conditioning System and Fade Resist Complex with powerful micro-net technology and UV filters help lock in color and lock out aggressors, leaving hair color vibrant and radiant with a mirror-like shine.

Calabasas. West Hollywood. Malibu.

Frederic Fekkai – COIFF™ Contrôle Ironless Straightening Balm

Allure Magazine - 2010 Readers' Choice Awards

Want a salon quality blow-out with far less chemicals?  Try the Frederic Fekkai – COIFF™ Contrôle Ironless Straightening Balm.  Apply before you begin your blow dry or wear alone to create a sleek and sexy look.  Not only will your hair be gorgeous, but the Ironless Straightening Balm will strengthen your hair with natural vitamins and proteins.

All Locations.

Bumble & Bumble -Thickening Hairspray

Allure Magazine - 2010 Readers' Choice AwardsThe Bumble & Bumble Thickening Hairspray helps fine hair achieve styling lift-off, but also works wonders on any hair type – thick, thin, or otherwise.  For sexy, voluptuous hair, apply the Thickening Hairspray at all times – it works well as a stand alone product, after the Prep or Tonic Lotion, as well as before heated tools.

West Hollywood.

BioSilk – Silk Therapy

Allure Magazine - 2010 Readers' Choice Awards

Repair and replenish hair with BioSilk Silk Therapy. Infused with silk proteins, this leave-in treatment bonds and strengthens strands from the inside out. Repairs split ends and fills voids in your cuticle layer while protecting locks from harsh environmental conditions. With no weight or build-up, leaves hair with incredible shine and is great for moisturizing skin.

All Locations and Online.

Fresh – Brown Sugar Body Polish

Allure Magazine - 2010 Readers' Choice Awards

Launched as part of the Sugar collection in 1999, the original, all-natural Brown Sugar Body Polish was the first sugar exfoliant on the market.  The real brown sugar crystals serve as a natural humectant to prevent moisture loss, while gently buffing away dry skin cells.  Evening primrose, sweet almond, apricot kernel, and jojoba are also added to nourish the skin and deeply moisturize dry areas.  Citrus oils have also been thrown into the mix, both brightening and toning the skin while leaving behind an unforgettable natural scent.

Calabasas. Malibu.

OPI – Bubble Bath

Allure Magazine - 2010 Readers' Choice Awards

The Bubble Bath OPI Nail Polish is part of the OPI Sheer Romance Collection.  Used at professional nail salons all over the United States, the pale pink hue is highly versatile, while remaining soft, feminine and romantic.  Bubble Bath is also a celeb favorite, seen on the hands of Giada de Laurentiis.

Calabasas. West Hollywood. Malibu.