Lesser Known Tips & Tricks for Keeping Long, Coarse Hair Healthy

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Photo credit: Flickr/Eddy Van 3000

Photo credit: Flickr/Eddy Van 3000

When Mila Withley offered to write a post on how to care for thick, coarse hair, I was thrilled. As the author of the awesome blog, Hair Straightener Judge, she is an expert on the subject. If you are in the market for a flat iron, this site is a must! There is a wealth of information including reviews and buying guides as well as interviews with popular beauty bloggers. You can check out my interview here.

Though my own hair is thin and fine, I have plenty of experience working with coarse hair. This post in incredibly thorough and I’m in complete agreement with all of her advice. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Thanks, Mila, take it away…

Rough texture, dryness, breakage and a lot of hair that seems to defy any trick or tactic you deploy to make it even somewhat manageable and decent-looking. Sounds familiar?

If it does, your hair falls under the coarse category. Bad news is it’s gonna take some work to make it beautiful and silky smooth. Stay tuned with me in this article and we’ll talk about one or two little known tricks that will make your hair far more manageable.

We’ll go over several easy steps you should adhere to and that coveted smooth and healthy look won’t be reserved for fashion magazines cover any more.

Let’s waste no time and get straight to the bottom of this. Read all of Mila’s tips and tricks after the jump! Continue reading

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Gibson Girl Hair Tutorial

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Illustrator Charles Dana Gibson created the “Gibson Girl,” which came to represent the ideal American beauty in the early 1900’s. She was poised and lady-like but had a confidence that gave her a bit of sass. Her hair, in particular, became a highly sought after style at the time.

Illustrations by Charles Dana Gibson

Illustrations by Charles Dana Gibson

Soft waves, piled high on the head with an ample amount of volume around the face, the look was extremely feminine. Interestingly, though much of the focus was on her beauty, the Gibson Girl was an empowering icon for young women. In addition to emulating her hair and dress, they adopted her attitude and verve as well at a time when the women’s movement was underway.


One of these young women was Eleanor Roosevelt, whose fashion choices continuously reflected the changing times. In the image above, she poses with Franklin and their two children sporting the Gibson Girl hairstyle.

A friend of mine requested this tutorial because her daughter will be Ms. Roosevelt for Halloween this year. (How cool is that?) I was more than happy to oblige! Thanks for the inspiration; this one’s for you, Julie!

The step-by-step “Gibson Girl” hairstyle tutorial is after the jump. Continue reading

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How-to Create Freehand Graphic Nail Art Two Ways

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Whenever I see more complex nail art, my artsy-fartsy side is intrigued. It was only a matter of time before I gave it a try myself. The photos above are my first two attempts at freehand nail art. I used different tools and techniques for each and I’m pretty happy with the way both turned out. I did the black and white manicure on my niece and we copied the patterns off one of her cute shirts. For my own nails, I based the design on an image I found on Pinterest. The best part about this type of nail art is that you can find your inspiration wherever you like.

More about how I created these freehand nail art designs is after the jump. Continue reading

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