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We definitely wouldn’t have pegged Miley Cyrus as an overthinker, especially when it comes to hair choices. Which is what makes the mini Facebook rant she just had about her hair somewhat shocking. In it, she recalls how about two months ago, she’d been sitting around bored during some downtime while filming with Woody Allen when she decided to bleach her “natural healthy a$$ hair” using a DIY kit. “Sitting in a random apartment with nothing to do but smoke weed (which I should’ve just appreciated) and f–k with my hair obvi, something inside told me I’d regret it,” she writes, posting a photo of her current pale hair with dark roots growing in.
Of course that’s exactly what happened, and now the singer says she’s missing her God-given color, which we presume is this but have rarely glimpsed due to her affinity for statement hairpieces and dramatic color shifts (remember her “blue hurrr” phase?). “[This] hair color comes in a box … therefore it’s available to purchase and what grows from my scalp naturally is mine and only mine!!!” she writes. “Now I’m out here looking like every Suzy Q & Sally B there is…. Either this sh-t needs to grow out at super speed or I’m about to go in for a fu–en hair cut realllllll quick!!!”
Interesting. Reading between the lines, we can’t help but wonder whether these emotions were stirred by the sudden popularity of bleached hair on the red carpet—Taylor Swift, Kristen Stewart, and Jennifer Lawrence are all working the almost-white thing in a high-profile way right now. Cyrus was way ahead of the trend, bleaching her hair before the 2012 VMAs. These days, the color doesn’t have quite that same impact.
Of course, bleaching hair at home as an amateur can be super damaging, so that could also be part of why Cyrus is not digging the look this time around. We do know she got some professional help soon after the bleach sesh, per this Instagram from hairstylist Chris McMillan. He added some bangs for a “Swedish porn star” vibe.
Cyrus quickly expressed regret about the bangs, too. And by the end of her looong Facebook hair rant, she moves on to a different regret: wasting so much time regretting her most recent hair choices. “If you ever start overthinking sh-t especially something as silly as hair…. go outside, smell a flower, center your thoughts and find something productive to do with your time,” Cyrus writes. “I wish I would’ve taken a toke of my own medicine…. Everything is a learning experience…. Even hair LOL.” Hey, she’s got a point.
Go read the whole post for yourself; there’s so much to unpack. But our main take-away is this: When weighing the choice to smoke pot or bleach our own hair, always choose the former. Totally just kidding. (Swear.)
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I’ve got some pretty serious eyebrows. First of all, they’re dark. Like, pushing jet-black territory. And secondly, they’re thick—essentially the opposite of the pencil thin brows of the ‘90s—with a slightly straighter shape.
When I was growing up, I honestly hated them. I felt like they selfishly demanded all the attention from my face and that when people looked at me, they saw my Sharpie brows and then the rest of me. It’s no secret where I got them from. I have photographic proof of three previous generations of my Japanese family—my father, grandfather, and great-grandfather—all rocking the power brow. Of course, that didn’t make living with them any easier.
I grew up in a quiet suburb of Washington, D.C. and had a lot of American friends. But in the back of my mind I’d always wonder, Why do I look so different from everyone else? I specifically remember going on a school field trip to an amusement park once, and my friends and I all decided to get our caricatures done. To my chagrin, the artist made my brows even more prominent, and I ended up with a sketch that brought front and center the feature I so yearned to downplay.
After years of begging, I finally convinced my mom to take me to get my brows waxed at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door salon, where she had been going for years. My mom was “blessed” (in my eyes at the time) with full but otherwise quite average arches. She’d get them done every so often, sometimes even letting me tag along to the spa, which only made me wish even more to be let in on this grown-up beauty experience. I told her my brows made me feel “not pretty” and that getting them done would make me happy. That was in seventh grade, and I continued to book regular appointments throughout high school, which led to a pretty close relationship with my brow lady, Ruth. (Hi, Ruth!)
This was followed by a period of overzealous tweezing on my part—a beauty rite of passage of sorts. It wasn’t until college that I started to see my natural brows’ true potential: I entered NYU as a Journalism/French double major, and in my sophomore year, I wanted to get serious about breaking into the world of fashion and beauty. That year, I would end up getting my first internship—in the fashion closet at Glamour, actually!
I religiously read fashion magazines up to this point, but for whatever reason, I still didn’t think my brows fit into the idea of “pretty” that I saw in glossy pages every month. It wasn’t until an editor asked me to fill in backstage that I learned the power and potential of a big, brushy brow. Here, behind the scenes in this small corner of New York, were people actually pushing for diversity in ethnicity, body shape, and gender. Finally, I saw people who looked like me. It was so inspiring as a young woman working in the fashion industry, which had a reputation of having narrow ideals of beauty.
Catching my reflection in the sea of glam squads’ vanity mirrors, I couldn’t help but think, You know what? My brows are pretty badass. Also, it probably didn’t hurt that an up-and-coming model at the time named Cara Delevingne was paving the way for bold brows. Within months of her appearing on the runway, suddenly they were “cool” and her individuality was being celebrated as beautiful. (Although for a current brow crush, I’d like to point everyone to this stunning photo of Indian model Bhumika Arora.)
Even though I’ve grown quite fond of my brows, I still keep tweezers around to nix any stray hairs—but nothing else. I’ve learned that unless you are a serious brow whisperer, you should leave the shaping to the pros, lest you risk irreversible damage. Also a big fat don’t: Snipping hairs at home (which can lead to patchy results) and using the wrong shade when penciling brows in. “You shouldn’t be going darker,” Maral Balian, a brow expert at Warren-Tricomi, told me. “It should be one shade lighter.” (Read more on that here!)
Nowadays, I rarely get them done (sorry, Ruth), and when I do, I hop into protective mom mode and insist that the aesthetician only clean up the stray hairs and leave the shape basically as is. To maintain them at home, I use a beloved set of engraved Tweezerman tweezers for any strays, and to keep them in place, I love Anastasia Clear Brow Gel, which dries quickly with a natural finish. On the rare occasion that I have an artist do my makeup, my brows now garner compliments—and sometimes I’ll get the slightest hint of envy from my twin, who reaches for brow pencil on a daily basis.
I see now that my brows are living proof of my heritage, and I love how they add expression and character to my face. I wouldn’t be “me” without them. Beauty trends come and go, and inevitably we’ll be seeing a resurgence of tweezing a few years from now. But staying true to yourself? That’s always in style.
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Is Taylor Swift over her classic beauty phase? It’s the question we’ve continued to ponder since she bleached her hair. The singer has said in interviews before that she tends to go through different fashion and beauty stages every two years or so. And the latest signs keep on pointing that this is definitely a new era of Swifty.
To recap: For her recent Vogue cover, she looked like a flapper girl gone ’90s grunge with a bleached blond bob (a wig she loved so much she decided to actually go for the color). Then at Gigi Hadid’s 21st birthday party, she wore a lipstick shade we never thought we’d associate with T.Swift. Ever. Next up: The Met Gala, where she sported yet another vampy lip that we were still surprised to see.
And this all leads to her look at last night’s BMI Awards: A bronzy, Cali-rocker makeup look. Is that contouring we see?
This clearly has to be the sign that she’s officially in a new phase, right? C’mon, even that choker has ’90s written all over it! We’ve reached out to her longtime makeup artist Lorrie Turk, who’s been charged with creating new and surprising beauty looks for Swift, to get more details on her transformation. We’ll report back when we hear more. But in the meantime, who wants to put a wager on what ’90s look she’ll bring back next? Thin brows? Brown lipstick? Tamagotchis as accessories? Oh wait, Katy Perry already did that.
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I am loving the card kit for January! It’s jam packed with gorgeous pattern paper and cardstock! Not to mention all the awesome stickers and embellishments, and of course the cute snowflake stamp set! The possibilities are endless!
If you’ve ever considered getting a tattoo, you’ve likely run through a laundry list of reasons to hold back. Rightly so, getting a design permanently placed on your body is a BFD. If it weren’t for the fact that the laser removal process is a total pain in the you know where and the possibility of regret is higher than, say, trying out bangs, we’d be tatted up everywhere.
But based on the latest technology in the works, that gut feeling that’s keeping you from setting up an appointment might be a thing of the past. Scientists know your struggle and are working on advancements that will make it easier than ever to experiment with body art. So, whether you’re iffy about the lifelong commitment or just can’t decide on where to place that delicate feather design, here are a few new options being developed that could make the process way easier down the road.
If you’re afraid you’ll change your mind:
Committing to a single design that will be drawn onto your flesh for the rest of your life is pretty daunting, even if you weren’t bombarded with the it’s-so-permanent speech from your parents growing up. Enter: Ephemeral, a new ink formula being developed that disappears in roughly one year. The guys behind the recipe explained the process to TechCrunch: “Tattoo inks today are permanent because of the fact that the dye molecules are too big for your body’s immune system to take away,” said Ephemeral cofounder Anthony Lam. “By using smaller molecules, we’ve encapsulated them inside this spherical structure that’s big enough that your immune system doesn’t take it away. But when you remove it, it essentially eats away one of the components and the dye molecules are flushed out.”
What that means, in non-science speak, is that the ink disappears in two different ways. (1.) You can wait for it to slowly fade over the course of a year. Or (2.) You can go back to your tattoo artist at any point throughout the year and have them trace back over the design with a removal solution.
Although it’s still in the testing stages, the NYU grads are hoping to have the ink on the market—and available at tattoo parlors—by fall 2017.
If you can’t decide on what you want:
With tons of fantastic artists showcasing their designs on social media, it’s borderline impossible to choose what tattoo you want and where you want it. But a new app is hoping to make settling on that decision easier. InkHunter allows you to either upload your own sketch or choose a design from a pre-made gallery to try on your skin in real time.
Even though the app currently only supports black and white tattoos, it’s planning a big upgrade soon (in case you, like Kylie Jenner, are into red ink). Even cooler, if you choose a tattoo from its gallery, the app can connect you with the artist who created the design, allowing you to get the exact image you want from its original creator.
Now we’re not saying go out and get a face tattoo like Justin Bieber did just because of these new options (unless that’s what you’re into, you do you), but advances like these are definitely reason to reconsider a tattoo if you’ve been on edge about one. Need some ideas? Check out these 20 tiny tattoo ideas we love..
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