7 Travel Hair Dryers That Won't Take Up Your Whole Suitcase

A trusty travel hair dryer is one beauty essential that's worth a spot on every packing list. As crucial as this tool is for drying and styling hair, it's not exactly the easiest thing to pack—hair dryers are often bulky, heavy, and take up way too much room in your suitcase. Because of this, I used to rely on the hotel hair dryer, which would leave me with damaged, frizzy hair after spending what felt like hours of begrudgingly drying. Now, I pack a portable hair dryer with me no matter where I

7 Protective Styles Travel Writers Swear By

Travel maintenance extends to nails, outfits, and shoes, but perhaps the most important and difficult upkeep belongs to hair—especially when it comes to protective styles.

As the phrase goes, “beauty is pain,” but the word "pain" should really be switched to "time-consuming" when it comes to protective styling. Styles such as box braids can take well over five hours at any given time depending on the length, size, and volume of hair you have. “I plan my hairstyles on a quarterly basis,” says tr

Rosemary Oil for Hair: Uses, Benefits, and More

Thyme (pun intended) has revealed that there’s more to rosemary oil than its aromatherapeutic perks.

The rosemary plant extract originates from the Mediterranean region, typically used as a food, skincare, and perfume ingredient. But the healing herb is also beloved for its hair benefits — it can restore dry and damaged hair, stimulate hair growth, and control dandruff.

We spoke with two haircare experts, Dr. Michael May, a London-based MD who specializes in hair transplant surgeries, and Ksen

What Is a Dominican Blowout? Everything You Need to Know

What Is a Dominican Blowout? Everything You Need to Know

Over the years, Dominican blowouts have garnered massive popularity in the natural hair space. However, this hair treatment has been around for a while now. When you want an occasional switch-up from your natural curly (or wavy) look, the Dominican blowout is a top natural styling technique.

We spoke with two haircare experts, Madison Dufour, a traveling cosmetologist, and Ghanima Abdullah, a Caribbean-based cosmetologist, for clarity on

How To Practice Skin Neutrality

In 2023, we anticipate skin neutrality (and body neutrality) to make even bigger waves. No one is entirely safe from acne, breakouts, or other common skincare conditions — no matter how closely you follow your regimen or the latest viral TikTok hacks. For many, this reality can cause embarrassment and shame, which is why skin neutrality can help you be more accepting of your skin, flaws and all.

With skin neutrality becoming the new normal, we’re prioritizing healthy skin function over appearan

The Correct Way To Use a Diffuser for Curly Hair

Want to know the secret to taking your curls from drab to fab?

This curl-drying technique can significantly affect how your hair turns out on wash day. That’s why natural curlies should consider adding a diffuser to their beauty routine.

Diffusing is the answer when you want a quick-dry solution that leaves your curls bigger and bolder. It takes less time than air drying and adds definition, volume, and shine in a way that air drying can’t. Diffusing can be a challenging process at first, but

Best Feminine Washes for 2023

Have you ever wondered how to wash your most delicate parts and what to use? The vagina self-cleans regularly, so it doesn’t require much hands-on cleaning from you. However, lightly washing the vulva (the clitoris and labia) with warm water and a mild cleanser shouldn’t hurt. That said, vulva cleaning is a bit more complicated than washing your face, body, or hair. Experts have advised us not to use harsh soaps when washing the vulvar region. The next best alternative? Feminine washes.

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K-Beauty Trends That Make You Glow

It may be the end of 2022, but we thought it’d still be fitting to do a year in review of wildly popular Korean beauty trends that can take you into 2023 with a healthy glow. This year’s beauty scene was pretty epic with K-beauty’s growing influence in mainstream culture. For starters, leaders in K-beauty pushed boundaries even further with innovative gadgets and formulas, from red onion to kombucha.

Here are some of the top K-beauty trends that took the world by storm — and are continuing to d

Body Exfoliation: Everything You Should Know

Body scrubs and exfoliators are wildly popular these days, as there are more body scrubs on the market than ever before — from sugar to salt to coffee scrubs and more. We wouldn’t be surprised if you had scrubs tucked away in your beauty closet. If you’ve never used one before, it’s time to start.

Body exfoliation is a lot like face exfoliation in that it’s the “deep cleaning” step of your body care regimen. Regular body soap generally cleanses surface-level dirt and debris while exfoliating bo

How To Moisturize Your Skin Properly

Proper skin moisturization can make all the difference in your skin’s overall appearance. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, sufficient moisture can help eradicate dullness, dryness, and flakiness to catalyze healthier-looking skin. This article features expert tips on how to master skin hydration — with dos and don’ts for maintaining sufficient moisture year-round and recommended moisturizers for each skin type.

How to choose the right moisturizer for you

Finding a

A Complete Guide to At-Home Acne Treatments

When you’ve tried several store-bought acne formulas, but you’re still breaking out, you might consider a different route: at-home acne treatments. According to research and experts, these at-home treatments, which contain natural remedies like aloe vera gel and tea tree oil, are helpful acne-fighting remedies that can help you achieve clearer skin.

This article introduces you to natural skincare remedies that can calm your acne and improve your skin. Read on to learn the causes of acne, the ef

Skip the Sugar: A Guide To Face Exfoliation

Exfoliating scrubs and brushes offer a variety of skin health benefits, from enhancing your skin’s glow to banishing acne to preventing fine lines.

The two main types of exfoliation, mechanical and chemical, can be equally beneficial. Keep reading to learn more about these two methods, their potential benefits and side effects, and how to exfoliate your face at home properly.

In case you need a little refresher on exfoliation, here’s a brief explainer. Exfoliation is the process of eliminating

Eczema: What It Is and How To Treat It

Eczema: What It Is and How To Treat It

Eczema is a noncontagious chronic skin condition that causes dry and itchy skin. It can affect any area of your skin from head to toe. People with eczema can frequently experience inflammation flare-ups when their condition is out of control. Some eczema-prone individuals may feel self-conscious about their appearance or uncomfortable in their skin. Common coping mechanisms include hiding perceived flaws with makeup or full-coverage clothing.

This article

Rice Water Hair Treatment: What It Is, Benefits, and How-To

When people struggle with hair health problems, like lack of growth or dullness, haircare experts may suggest certain hair treatments to get their healthy hair journey back on track. Rice water treatments supposedly offer several beauty benefits when used to treat damaged hair. Keep reading to find out whether the process is worth adding to your haircare regimen.

This article shares crucial information on the rice water hair treatment, including its suggested benefits and side effects. It shoul

7 Skincare Tips for Melanin-Rich Skin Tones

Skin type isn’t the only factor to consider when deciding how to best care for your skin. Skin tone matters just as much. According to research, individuals with darker skin tones are most at risk of hyperpigmentation and similar skin conditions.

Melanated skin requires specialized care and products — specifically those formulated for richly-pigmented skin tones — to help maintain its healthy state. Finding skincare solutions for deeper complexions used to be a chore.

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“Greying” with Grace: How to Color, Maintain, or Transition Grey Hair

When your roots need a touch-up in the color department, it’s important to consider how much grey hair you currently have when determining the amount of grey hair coverage that’s needed. In certain cases, less is more.

If you only have that one “grey stray” that pops up here and there, a root touch-up pen may be ideal for blending it with the rest of your hair (rather than a full-on dye job). An easy fix for small patches of grey hair that are less undisguisable? A cover-up spray for your roots

How to Preserve Your Wigs, Weaves, and Extensions at Home

Nothing is more devastating than dropping hundreds and thousands of dollars on a new weave install, or even a braid or twist out, only to have to take it down due to poor maintenance shortly after.

Too much neglect could result in a series of headaches that a protective style is supposed to protect your hair from (including hair damage). This can easily be avoided by ensuring that it’s well taken care of from the very first day.

Preserving weaves and extensions will not only require dedicated

For Our Clean & Green Beauty Friends On Earth Day

It’s Earth Day! We’ll be honoring the occasion by also celebrating the clean beauty movement. “Clean beauty” is defined as everyday beauty products that are manufactured without the use of harmful ingredients. You can assume that brands are clean beauty-friendly when they offer toxic-free products that are safe for your body, skin, or the environment.

You’ve likely shopped clean beauty products if you have purchased items with the following buzzwords on the packaging:
• None Natural - Products
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