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PRO VS. FAUX: HAIR STRAIGHTENING

Posted by 03.05.13

Sleek, glossy strands were, once again, a hot style at the recent runway shows, and for good reason: they can make anyone look more polished and sophisticated. But for those born with unruly, curly hair getting pin-straight locks is no easy feat. Here we break down the two most common in-salon straightening treatments, and what you can do at home to get gorgeous, shiny, frizz-free hair.

Japanese Straightening, also known as thermal reconditioning, was introduced in the U.S. a little over 10 years ago, and works by using chemicals (typically sodium hydroxide and thioglycolate) to break down the internal bonds of the hair, changing its texture. A stylist applies the solution to hair, whic

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HOW THE APRÈS-SKI SET DOES BEAUTY

Posted by 02.21.12

Fun on the slopes can do the mind and body wonders, but for our skin, not so much.  The high altitude, sub-zero temps, harmful UV rays and heat indoors can all take its toll on our skin.

“During harsh weather our skin requires much more moisture to maintain the skins protective barrier,” says New York City-based dermatologist Cheryl Karcher.  “The humidity is lower, the cold wind is harsher and sun exposure is more than one thinks.”

Dry, cold climates can do damage to all skin types.  Karcher explains that when in cool harsh weather conditions, it’s vital to maintain the skin’s natural moisture protective barrier.  “That means protection during the day from the elemen

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