Question: “I just moved to a new town and the water is H-A-R-D. It’s really messing-up my usually easy hair. What can I do?” — Stephanie
Answer: Hard water is tough on hair because it causes a mineral build-up that can weigh down locks and make hair really difficult to moisturize. And just all-around frizzy. The solution is simple: remove the minerals. You can do this a few ways, and they’re all really easy. Yay! Here are your options:
Option 1 – Shampoo it: Start using a clarifying or chleating shampoo like Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo, $23 (above) or Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo, $1. Just keep in mind that these are very drying, so start by using them once a week to see if that helps. Also pair this shampoo with a deep conditioner to restore loss moisture. This is the low-maintenance solution to getting your hair back in good form.
Option 2 - Filter it: Buy a shower-head filter like the Aquasana Shower Filter, $55 (we wrote about it here) to remove minerals before they actually have the chance to do damage on your locks. Relatively inexpensive and super-easy to install (I did it myself in like five minutes), this is going to keep your hair in the best shape and you won’t have to give up your favorite cleansers and conditioners.
Option 3 – Rinse it: Use an apple cider vinegar rinse once a week followed by a deep conditioner on the ends. And when I say rinse, I mean, literally, mix two cups of distilled water with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, like Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar, $2 and pour it over your locks, swish it around a little bit, then rinse it out. The vinegar removes this mineral buildup and also makes hair really shiny. This, like a clarifying shampoo, is very drying, but also a cheap solution to removing the pesky minerals that your hair doesn’t like.
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This time of year the beauty aisles are teeming with fabulous new product launches that give back to the community and support research for causes that touch us all. Here are a few amazing products we love — we know you’ll love them too.
Sonia Kashuk Proudly Pink Five-Piece Purse Brush Set, $16
Sonia Kashuk, breast cancer survivor and beauty entrepreneur and Target have partnered with the Breast Cancer Research Fund for the seventh year in a row to create an exclusive new and repackaged Proudly Pink Five-Piece Purser Brush Set to raise money in support of the fight against breast cancer. Not only are Sonia Kashuk brushes my numero uno, these are adorable and perfect to stash in your gym bag.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Sandy Hook Green, $26
OPI has partnered with Sandy Hook Promise to launch a new, limited-edition nail color, Sandy Hook Green. Featuring the bright, bold green of the Sandy Hook Elementary school colors, it’s an amazing way to show support for the community and honor the 20 children and 6 educators who lost their lives. Your donation will help provide immediate and long-term aid to families of Sandy Hook and support the continuing effort of advocating for change by promoting an open dialogue about mental health, school safety, family, community and gun safety and responsibility. Wearing this color send a powerful message, and we love that.
Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Kiss of Hope, $24
September was Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, but you can still support the cause by stocking up on Laura Mercier’s Limited Edition Lip Glacé in Kiss of Hope. 100% of the profits will go to Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund with the mission of educating women about the disease, supporting those who were undergoing treatment, and funding research for a cure. This high-shine, perfectly pigmented lipgloss with rich, long-lasting color creates the appearance of fuller lips. Who doesn’t want that? And the shimmering peachy-pink shade enhances any skin tone so it’s also a perfect gift.
I’ve been too busy the last few days dabbling in backstage beauty at New York Fashion Week to braid my own hair, so this week’s Twisted Tuesday look is coming straight from the runway.
I loved what hairstylist Nick Irwin, TIGI’s global creative director, called the “rainbow warrior princess” look he created for the Mara Hoffman spring/summer 2014 fashion show. He added miles of extensions to the models’ hair and then created two very sleek inside out French braids. He finished off the look by wrapping the braids together with a colorful woven belt, which he confessed conveniently covered the area where the extensions met the models’ real hair.
Not sure about you, but almost every time I travel I forget something. On my last trip, it was concealer. Not a product my dark circles and breakouts can do without. I didn’t have a car once I made it to my destination, so I had no easy way to hit the nearest drugstore or mall.
I’m sure that’s why the geniuses at Benefit decided to cook up a seriously adorable airport kiosk call Glam Up and Away. How cute is this kiosk? Even if I’m not in a pinch and need to replace a product I’ve forgotten, I’ll still make a stop by this kiosk just for fun. But, it would have come in really handy when I needed that concealer. The first one just opened in Austin, Tex. but they plan to open 24 more by the end of the year, according to Women’s Wear Daily. That includes one at JFK, which I’ll be heading to in a couple of weeks. Hopefully it’ll be there when I arrive. I’ll no doubt need mascara (the Benefit They’re Real! Mascara, $23, perhaps) or something else I’ve left behind.