Cut Your Own Bangs

Bangs are everywhere you look these days. Vanessa Hudgens has them; Hilary Duff; Emma Stone – the hair trend is in full force. Should you get inspired to do them one day and you don’t want to make an appointment to then chicken out during the wait for the big day, cut your bangs yourself! Surprisingly, cutting your bangs well is simple as long as you become familiar with the steps and you use the right tools. Most important are the technique, correct sectioning and the right scissors.

First thing’s first: Make sure you start with dry hair so that your bangs are cut to the actual length at which you want them to hang.

Sectioning: Collect hair starting 1 inch in from your hairline (in the middle of your face) and gradually thinning towards the sides. Clip the rest of your hair back and out of the way with Bio Ionic iTools iClips. DO NOT section your bangs wider than the outsides of your eyebrows.

Cutting: Using hair-cutting scissors, hold the scissors vertically and cut vertically. Use the tip of the scissors to point cut so your bangs don’t form a very strong, straight line across your face.

– Cut the edges slightly longer for a softer, more natural look.

If you have a cowlick in your bangs: Using a fine-tooth comb like any in the T3 Professional Comb Collection and a Bio Ionic iDry Whisper Light Pro-Dryer, comb your bangs in towards the middle of your face while blow-drying.

Good Luck! And if you try it, let me know how it came out 🙂

Trending: Women with Short Hair

Of course there have always been women in the limelight who wear their hair short (and pull it off very well) such as Halle Berry or Keira Knightly, but I’ve been seeing a lot more celebrities taking the leap. When I say “short” I mean anything from a Pixie hair cut to a bob. Jennifer Aniston and Brooklyn Decker cut their hair into a bob, Hayden Panetierre and Kate Winslet went shorter than that, and Emma Watson went as short as a Pixie cut. Browse their pictures as well as some tips to make the most of each look.

Bobbed Cut

Brooklyn Decker

Jennifer Aniston

If you’re wearing a bob, you want it to be soft and natural looking at the same time as it continues to look as you hope. Use Short Sexy Hair Shatter, Separate & Hold, $12.95 before you blow-dry your hair to get a controlled look that stays put.

In-Between

Hayden Panetierre

Kate Winslet

For short looks like these, the best way to go is piecey, textured styles. Slightly wild but still under your control. Short Sexy Hair Slept In Texture Cream, $13.99 and some Short Sexy Hair Play Dirty Hairspray, $14.99 will do just the trick.

Pixie Cut

Emma Watson

Control every hair on your head when you have a pixie cut. Manipulate it to do exactly as you please. For such a feat, use Short Sexy Hair Hard Up Gel, $23.95.

How to Look Younger

CC by Joe Crawford (artlung)

A lot of people think that the key to looking younger is to get rid of wrinkles but there are a lot of other features that age you. Concealing or getting rid of wrinkles on your face can only do so much. Women who do actually master the art of maintaining a youthful look don’t just have great complexions; they also have whiter smiles, thick hair and a young scent. Following are all the different things to pay attention to in your efforts to appear ageless.

More than wrinkles: Aside from the wrinkles and fine lines on your face, skin tone and radiance make a difference in your seeming age. Some of today’s anti-aging products, such as Bremenn 6 in 1 Face Cream ($48), contain adenosine, a collagen-stimulating molecule that already naturally exists in the skin’s DNA.

Keep hair thick: As you age, your hair thins. Use volumizing shampoos as well as the quickest, most effective solution: volumizing spray mousse like Big Sexy Root Pump Plus Volumizing Spray Mousse ($15.99). For the best results, spray it on the underside of your hair, near the roots.

Conceal chest spots: After time, the sun causes age spots to form on the chest, making you look older. To prevent chest blemishes from forming, wear sunscreen on your chest and switch to a body lotion that has discoloration-reducing ingredients such as the Murad Age Spot & Pigment Lightening Gel ($54.49).

Reduce redness: Another result of sun damage, which ages you, is redness and apparent blood vessels on the cheeks and nose. You can effectively get rid of the red with laser treatments, though they tend to be pricey. A more affordable alternative is to use a yellow-based concealer. Dot the concealer over the red areas and then tap it into the skin with your ring finger until it vanishes. Go over it with a tinted moisturizer like the Murad Correcting Moisturizer ($24.99) or a foundation like Peter Thomas Roth UnWrinkle Foundation ($35.99) that matches your skin tone.

Bright pearly whites: Because stains accumulate on your teeth over the years, whiter teeth make you look younger. If you are using an at-home teeth-whitening system, make sure you don’t go overboard and make your teeth look fake. Your teeth should never be whiter than the whites of your eyes.

Rejuvenated hands: Keep hands looking fresh and hydrated so that fine lines aren’t accentuated by the dryness of your skin. Use and toning and firming hand moisturizer like StriVectin Hand Cream ($37).

Fresh feet: Time will eventually lead to dry, callused feet. Smooth the bottom of your feet with a foot file at the end of your bath and then follow up with a smoothing foot cream like the DDF Pedi-Cream ($29.99). Finally, add an extra touch of youthful fun by selecting a bright nail polish for your toes like the CHI Ceramic Nail Lacquer Meet me in the Copy Room ($5.49).

Perfect your legs: Get rid of aging varicose and spider veins quickly and easily with the help of a sunless tanning product like TanTowel Half Body Classic towelettes ($5.99).

Eat well: Stay away from extreme diets. Drink lots of water and consistently eat healthy for fresher, more vibrant skin.

What “stay young” tips do you have?

Get Gorgeous Curls with the Bio Ionic StyleWinder Rotating Styling Iron

I’m all-eyes when I see J-Lo onscreen. She exudes style and confidence that demands attention. It’s always interesting to see what hairstyle, make-up or outfit she’s wearing so well. You may have noticed that, lately, she is always rocking gorgeous wavy hair. Use the new Bio Ionic StyleWinder Rotating Styling Iron to easily get those beautiful wavy curls.

  1. Start by spraying Thermal-Active Bodifying Blow-Dry Spray to a 2” section of hair
  2. Clamp the Bio Ionic StyleWinder Rotating Styling Iron on your hair where you want the curl to begin
  3. Wrap the remaining length of your hair around the iron
  4. Using your thumb and index finger, roll the clamp to spin the iron
  5. Rotate and wrap your hair all around the barrel until the hair is released
  6. For extra hold on the curl, hold the iron for 5 seconds before starting to spin the iron

What are you favorite tools or products to use for achieving the perfect curl?

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