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Daily Discoveries (IX)

So for some strange reason, I went to Instyle.com today and started looking through their posts (this is a mag site and it's the first time that I've ever tried going to one of these).  Personally, I blame Boyfriend.  I've turned into suck a kikay freak ever since we got together... but I have to admit, being a Kikay Freak is uber fun!!!


Anyway, I found a relatively interesting article about how to have great-looking hair.  The stuff they wrote actually made sense and it doesn't really require humungous amounts of money or energy, so I've decided to share it with you :) (this is me, being nice)


10 Ways to Sexy Hair


Number 1: Lots of Layers

There's a reason wind machines are a photoshoot staple: Hair that's tousled is more provocative than stiff, straight planks.  So fake the breezy effects of a blower with swinging layers.  If you have medium to thick hair, ask your stylist for choppy layers all the way around your lead (like Jennifer Aniston's).  If you have fine strands, all it takes is a few chin-grazing pieces in front.


Number 2: Condition First

For silky strands, apply a treatment mask to dry hair for 10 minutes before you shampoo.  This allows natural oils to penetrate the cuticle and soften it from within.  After rinsing, lather your scalp with a gentle shampoo to remove dirt and residue.


* Recommended Buy:  Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery hair mask.


Number 3:  Knotty is Nice

The most appealing looks aren't perfect.  Giselle Bundchen's mane an Harry Josh tells us how to re-create her signature rumpled style: "Flip your hair upside down and give it a good shake.  Then flip it back over, scrunch the crown, and finger-comb the ends."


Number 4:  Veer Off Center

"A low side part works on every face shape," says Josh.  Use the end of a rattail comb to draw a line from the hairline at the outer corner of one eyebrow diagonally back to the center of the crown.  It creates a sultry swoop in front while maintaining balance of both sides.


* Recommended Buy:  Speert comb


Number 5: Be a Brunette Bombshell

A rich cocoa hue "has a dramatic quality that you just don't get from lighter shades," says N.Y.C. colorist Jason Backe, who likes Clairol Perfect 10 at-home color kit in Medium Auburn (* recommended buy).  For Beyonce's golder brown, try L'Oreal Paris Feria in Sparkling Amber (* recommended buy).


Number 6:  Ulterior Movements

According to body language expert, Patti Wood, tossing hair back while showing the palm of your hand "is mysterious and sexy."  But avoid twirling hair - it signals insecurity.


Number 7: Indulge Fantasies

No, we're not pushing Princess Leia's braids and bikini!  But next time you reach for a ponytail holder, think sexy secretary.  Twist hair into a low chignon, then secure it with a pencil, chopstick or, our fave multitasker, Clarins's smoldering black liner pencil with a tapered, tuckable end (* recommended buy).


Number 8: Spice Things Up

Our pick: Armani's new frangipani, licorice and patchouli blend.  It's a sexy floral oriental fragrance.  Spritz the nape of your neck, and with every flirty toss of your hair will release the come-hither scent.


* Recommended Buy:  Giorgio Armani Onde Vertige


Number 9:  Dare to Gleam

There's a fine line between glossy and greasy, but new featherweight silicone sprays make it an easy one to navigate.  For touchable shine,, mist spray on palms and run them over the hair.


* Recommended Buy:  Sebastian Professional Trilliant shine spray


Number 10:  Go Untucked

Experts agree that the surest way to fizzle your sizzle is by pushing hair behind your ears.  "It's juvenile and generally not flattering on anyone," says N.Y.C. hair pro Garren.  "Pull your hair back if you're at work, but on dates you can let it fall in your face in that flirty, Kate Moss kind of way," says Harry Josh.




[ Evil Laugh ]