The Ranting Hairdresser

I started my career shampooing old ladies and rinsing perms. After that, I worked at a family salon in the suburbs before moving on to a barbershop in the big city. Now I’m at a “hip salon” in a different big city. Being behind the chair for almost 10 years now means I’ve seen some things. I’ve heard some things.… » 5/07/15 3:10pm 5/07/15 3:10pm

Maybe Beards Aren't Full of Poop Bacteria After All

Last week, the internet erupted with the news that beards, those beautiful things that hide men’s weak chins and childhood acne scars, are chock-full of something more than manliness—and that something is poop. For anyone either excited or horrified by this news (my immediate reaction was to go drag my bearded face… » 5/04/15 1:00pm 5/04/15 1:00pm

The Slacker's Guide to Getting Haim Hair and Becoming the Fourth Haim

It's three a.m. and I'm glued to Tumblr. I'm not a teen, so this is unusual. It's Sunday night, and my non-teenage job requires me to have an active brain in only six hours, but I can't look away from the constantly refreshing scroll—all pictures of Danielle Haim flanked by her sisters Este and Alana. They stare back… » 4/07/15 3:20pm 4/07/15 3:20pm

Paige's 24-Hour Product Diary: It's a Doozy

I have a department store's worth of products scattered across every available surface in my apartment, like a very well art directed fungus. I also work in two very different industries that require entirely different daily looks. I'm not exactly sure where the correct assignment of cause and effect is in those two… » 3/19/15 7:00pm 3/19/15 7:00pm

From Ronald McDonald to I'm Lovin' It: A Curly Girls' Guide

I am the youngest of five children and have been mostly doted upon since day one. I say mostly because on the day I was born, all four of my siblings were mortified by my appearance. Mor.ti.fied. It was my hair: thick and black, sticking up in every direction, untamable. So disturbed were they that they… » 3/06/15 4:10pm 3/06/15 4:10pm

Nancy's 24-Hour Product Diary

Are you using Sachajuan? I spent weeks looking for samples after reading about how their hair products are full of sea algae, or something, and isn't that what Crème de la Mer is made of? Or, at least what mermaids use? Anyway, couldn't find samples so I bit the bullet and spent about $80 total on the Normal Shampoo, » 2/24/15 7:10pm 2/24/15 7:10pm

Guess How Much it Costs Kim Kardashian to Wear Kim Kardashian's Face

Kim Kardashian catalogued her makeup routine for Into the Gloss. This list doesn't feature any products infused with oil from the skin of a pregnant elephant, but there is a $455 Guerlain moisturizer with "a texture that is rich yet generous, melting and impalpable." Here's how much all of it cost. » 2/24/15 2:00pm 2/24/15 2:00pm

It's Not Zendaya's Fault That Giuliana Doesn't Know She Is a Goddess

Zendaya inevitably looks bananas flawless at all times, as we generally note on this here website whenever she makes an appearance in public. But despite having a nigh-perfect red carpet look, Giuliana Rancic and Kelly Osborne took the Academy Awards as an opportunity to make some straight-up racist-ass comments about… » 2/24/15 12:00pm 2/24/15 12:00pm

Black-ish Star Tracee Ellis Ross Talks Hair, Black Standards of Beauty

Last week I published a piece on this site about how a white dude at the opera called me "disgusting" after I refused pull back my naturally curly hair. I wrote that my hair looked "more Tracee Ellis-Ross in Black-ish than Diana Ross's 1983 Central Park performance." Translation: I was having a tame hair day. And now,… » 1/24/15 5:15pm 1/24/15 5:15pm