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I’ve never really struggled with curls or unruly hair, but I understand the annoying aspect of a morning routine that involves taking the time to make sure your hairstyle is on point, because having an asymmetrical bob involves a specific look. I can only imagine the pain of trying to achieve straight hair when yours is frizzy, curly and uncooperative. Luckily, my new hair product obsession is just the answer: one product to use while your hair is wet and one when it is dry — and trust me, they work!

For wet hair

The Bumble and Bumble Concen-straight Smoothing Treatment is a gentle yet potent single-use straightening treatment that will help keep your straight look for up to 30 shampoos. The patent pending technology helps maintain hair’s natural look while creating smoothness, manageability, styling ease, and erases frizz and flyaways. The heat from the blow dryer will unlock the treatment’s artistic potential and help create body and movement. The best part about this product is it doesn’t require you to use a blow dryer; if you want to let your hair dry naturally after applying it, go right ahead, your finished look will include a more manageable texture of your hair. Another plus, it works with all hair types and won’t affect any color in your hair!

For dry hair

The Bumble and Bumble Grooming Crème is composed of natural oils, jojoba seed oil, sweet almond oil, and avocado oil that will help maintain your sleek and shiny look after you’re done styling, while simultaneously hydrating your hair to help prevent damage from the dryer and flat iron. The crème will not only help keep your straight hair straight, but it also gives texture, volume and control. The best part about this product is it can be used by both men and women.

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Hayden Panettiere posted a teaser pic to her Twitter of her new bright blond, blunt bangs — say that five times fast. I think the look is actually really edgy and stylish for a young starlet who has often take the safe route with her hair, keeping it generally the same length and color. Her thick, fringy bangs are a fun way to change up her look. The question is, will she keep them? Or will she pull a Beyoncé and find a way to revert back to her old style STAT.

And, speaking of *ahem* extensions, if you’ve wanted bangs and been afraid of the commitment, HairUWear makes a great clip-in bang extension as part of their Hairdo line (available for $29 at beauty.com). People StyleWatch has a full shot of Hayden sporting her new ‘do, if you want the full effect.

Image Credit: twitter.com/haydenpanettier

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Unfortunately, I can’t help you easily copy Naya Rivera’s amazing abs (those require hours of gym time and probably some diet changes). I can, however, give you the steps to recreating her beautiful, long, loose curls. John Frieda stylist, Clyde Haygood, gave the full scoop on how he got Naya’s hair to look that good.

Step 1 - Prep 

Clyde applied Frizz-Ease Hair Serum Original Formula ($9.99 at folica.com) to Naya’s wet hair before blow-drying. “We wanted sleek, defined waves. We knew this serum would help give us the sleek, controlled style we were aiming to achieve and keep her hair frizz-free all night long.” 

Step 2 - Style

Next, Clyde used a curling iron with a 1 ½ inch barrel. After wrapping each section around the iron, he pinned each curl with a duckbill clip and sprayed Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray ($5.95 at folica.com) to set.  

Step 3 - Perfect

Once the curls cooled, Clyde carefully brushed hair out and spritzed Frizz-Ease 100% Shine Glossing Mist ($5.99 at ulta.com) throughout for definition and added shine. “To replicate the look and feel of the leather outfit, we saturated Naya’s hair with as much of the shine spray as possible for that silky and smooth finish.”

Luckily, I have a little bit of time before I have to worry about greys popping in and covering up roots, but I do know plenty of women who are currently having that problem, so I thought I’d do a little bit of research and find the best products out there to help cover up those annoying grey hairs. My biggest pet peeve when coloring hair is the dry time. Waiting 30 to 40 minutes with a cap on your head and that smell lingering is something unbearable, so on top of finding the best of the best in root cover-ups it was also a goal of mine to find products that would eliminate, or at least minimize, these issues. I uncovered three products that are a little pricey, but are definitely worth having on hand in between salon visits!

The Spray

Women use hairspray pretty much every day so it was only a matter of time before hair color was put into an aerosol can. The Rita Hazan Root Concealer comes in five different colors (blonde, dark blonde. light brown, dark brown/black, and red) and will cover your roots in just one quick spray. Although the light stream helps control where the dye goes, it is very easy to press a little too hard and it is even easier to get a little too much in one spot, so my advice is to try it out a little by spraying some on a napkin to make sure you get the pressure of your finger down before trying to put in on your roots. The best thing about the spray is it won’t get all over your hands or anywhere else—like eyeglasses.

The Marker

When I first came across this one I wasn’t sure it was going to be any good because my experience has taught me that any product that comes in pen or marker form, like the nail art pens, don’t work too well. But it seemed like a good product to at least investigate, and when I did, I really found nothing bad about it. The ColorMark Touchback looks exactly like a flat point permanent marker and it’s used pretty much the same way: you simply color over your roots. Be sure to pull your hair away from your scalp otherwise you will end up with spots on your head (if this happens it’s pretty easy to smudge away with a finger). It dries in minutes and will not flake off when you brush your hair or sweat like some other dye pens.

The Shadow

When I saw this next product I didn’t get how this could work and how they were able to put such a price tag on it, but then I dug a little deeper. The Color Wow Root Cover Up looks like an eye shadow at first glance so the natural reaction is to think, ‘My eye shadow doesn’t always stay on so how will this?’ But to be 100 percent honest, I didn’t read one review that was negative. Although it is not the most cost-efficient option for root touch-ups, it definitely seems to be worth a try at least once. The powder will adhere to your hair, not your skin, so you won’t have to worry about it looking dry or being obvious, it becomes completely camouflaged. The best part about this product is there is no dry time like the other two and no smell.


I was blessed with a stepmother who is a hair dresser, so fighting split ends and damaged hair has never really been a problem for me. Since I know not everyone has the same advantage, I wanted to share three of the best products to fight the damage that heat, pollution and daily blow-drying can cause your hair. Truthfully, the only way to fix split ends once they occur is to cut them off, but there are ways to prevent the damage from occurring and here are the products that do that!

Hair Oil
As annoying as your oily hair can be, it is what keeps your hair looking fresh and rejuvenated. Unfortunately, due to environmental stress, blow-dryers and flat irons, these oils are extracted from you hair so reapplying them is essential. The Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque combines tea tree and chamomile oils to add those essential oils right back into your hair, preventing the ends from splitting. 

Erasing Balm
Let’s be honest, most women color their hair or blow dry it every day, which means damage is expected, so what can we do to reverse this once it’s already happened? The L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm is the answer. This reconstructing balm once applied instantly repairs the five signs of damage, split ends, weak, rough, dull and dehydrated, leaving the hair shiny and healthy. It is specifically designed to treat hair that has been over-processed and chemically treated.

Correction Conditioner
Conditioning your hair properly is probably the most important step in fighting split ends and damage. Nexxus Pro Mend Split End Treatment Daily Shampoo is proven to bind 86% of split ends in just three washes. In order to keep your hair looking healthy, it is essential to use this product every day, on top of your other shampoo and conditioner. The most important step in applying this product is to make sure you mainly apply it to the ends of your hair and leave on for three minutes, that way it has time to bind the existing damage. 

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