Monday, March 10, 2008


I need some help as to how to fix or tame my hair's uncontrolable, frizzy, poofy, dry and brittle condition. As a guy, i would like to grow my hair out but the longer it gets, the poofier it gets and just looks like im trying to grow out an afro. I have naturally wavy hair which i am fairly proud of and would like for my hair to look like in trying to grow longer hair not a fro!!! Can anyone give me any tips?!?!?! thanx


Product, Product, Product! First throw all your wal-mart junk away.
You'll need a hydrating shampoo and conditioner.(try purologhy hydrate pricy but you'll use a dime size amount) next you'll need to get a styling product (try matrix curl life). i know it's work , but how bad do you want it.


Prom hair is all about creating a magical transformation. The big dance is the perfect place to wow your friends with some extra glitz and glamour.

Hair extensions are an ultra fashionable way to take your look from school causal to Cinderella chic. With a simple visit to your favorite salon or beauty supply store, incredible volume, amazing length, or even bangs are at your fingertips.

Hair Extensions 101

Choosing the right type of extensions is the first step toward a prom perfect style. Hair extensions come in two main forms: synthetic or human.

100% human hair gives you amazing versatility. Like your natural locks, you can use all heat appliances such as your coveted ceramic flat iron and blow dryer. Easily create the hairstyle of your dreams without worrying about styling limitations.

Added bonus? Human hair extensions are perfect for coloring! Instantly match your current color with ease or create enhanced definition to your tresses by adding an assortment of highlights. The possibilities are endless!

Unlike human hair, artificial extensions are created with various types of man-made fibers. Heat from your tools will immediately cause this hair to melt and frizz on contact. Make sure to buy these extensions with the right texture already in place (ringlets, waves, straight, etc.). This will eliminate the need for heat styling.

Since 100% human hair extensions may cost more than your gown, it is important to weigh the pros and cons of both options. If you want a quick prom fix, synthetic extensions might be the right choice for you. A simple assessment of your daily styling habits is a great way to choose between the two.

The next item on your extensions checklist involves finding the right application method. Hot or cold? Now, that is the question!

Heat techniques involve using a bonding solution to fuse your hair with the extension strand. A heated clamp melts this bond, sealing the extension to your hair. Rather than traditional keratin tips, opt for a heating method utilizing a polymer tube. This bond easily shrinks on contact for a more comfortable and unobtrusive feel.

Cold methods consist of a variety of different options, including fabulous do-it-yourself clip ins. Stylists can even insert your locks into tiny “tubes” which are crimped shut around the root area with a special tool. Other cold application methods involve braiding, sewing, and weaving.

Don’t forget to consult a salon professional before trying any of the above methods. Prom is not the night for a hair emergency!

If the salon’s not your thing, you can effortlessly apply the do-it-yourself clip in extensions without the help of your hairdresser. Even use this method to experiment with different colors, textures, or lengths.

Hair extensions are definitely a fashion forward way to update your must have prom do!


Short hair is making a comeback! With the right products and tools, you can easily achieve these looks for your special night.

Bobs are that latest style to take over the hair world. The Victoria Beckham cut is everywhere, making it a definite do for Prom 08! This asymmetrical crop is a daring yet sexy way to wear your mane. With longer strands angled around your face and softer texturizing around your neck, this cut will make a high fashion statement for your date.

If you crave a new take on your hair like the Posh Crop, temporary hair extensions are a fabulous alternative! Unique VIP Human Hair Extensions are made of 100% human hair, available in three textures, and up to 36 colors. Their Unique VIP Clipex version instantly clip on to your existing hair. You can cut, curl, and straighten these newly added tresses for a truly unique prom look.

Are curls your must have prom do? Short hair lovers can wear them too!

Opt for a loose wave and avoid super tight ringlets in 2008. For those with naturally straight hair, a 1 inch ceramic curling will easily do the trick. Sectioning hair into medium sized pieces, start curling the hair around your neck and work your way up. Wrap hair around the outside of the iron rather than using the clamp for an easier way to create this style. Continually mist locks with a firm hold hairspray. Try pHormulate's StyleBlast Hair Spray. This will allow for maximum hold and incredible shine, a must have for a long night of dancing!

For those with a coveted natural curl, shampoo and condition with a curl enhancing product line like Bumble & Bumble Curl Conscious. Blow dry your hair with a diffuser attached to help fight the frizz. While drying, scrunch hair with David Babaii for Wildaid’s Bohemian Beach Spray to achieve that perfect wave. Mist a shine spray and style as desired.

Thinking of playing it straight? A perfect blow dry is your answer! While wet, create a product cocktail by mixing together a smoothing balm and a silk leave in conditioner. Work through your locks and dry hair with a ceramic round brush to amplify your natural shine. If needed, use a tourmaline flat iron to remove any stubborn kinks and frizz.

Still want more flair or even added length to these curly or straight styles? Try creating volume in the front with a quick and easy pompadour. With a fine tooth comb, carefully tease the hair close to your scalp and smooth over into a pretty poof. Secure with a matching clip or bobby pin for a long lasting style.

Yet, hair extensions, once again, continue to offer an unlimited variety of new ways to wear these short styles. Match some strands to your dress shade or create instant highlights.


Shoes, makeup, dress, and of course hair! Your tresses are the next best style accessory for the perfect prom. Ladies with long locks, you’re in luck! With the right products and tools, long hair easily transforms into the picture perfect do.

It’s prom and your time to shine. Girls, release that inner glamour girl! With hair shoulder length and longer, loose, voluminous curls create a great style for Prom ’08. Whether you are naturally curly or straight, you can infuse the glamour into your hair with ease.

Created with ceramic and tourmaline technology, today’s curling irons work better than ever before! FHI Heat, a leading producer of styling tools, boasts a complete line of irons equipped with an adjustable temperature feature to suit your hair type (the coarser the hair strand the higher the heat).

The 1" and 1 1/4" FHI Heat Ceramic Curling Irons each fashion fabulous medium sized curls, while the 1 1/2" creates large waves with amazing body and shine. In order to keep your do in check, hairspray is an absolute must for this evening out!

First, mist your entire head with a medium hold hairspray. Try out pHormulate's HairStay Hair Spray. Take your desired size iron, wrapping 1 to 2 inch pieces of hair around the body of the tool. Not feeding hair through the iron itself will eliminate that unwanted bend on your ends from the clamp.

Want an insider trick? Once the curl is made, twist hair according to the curling iron’s shape to form a tight ringlet. Spray a firm hold styling product and loosely bobby pin each section to your head. Try David Babaii for Wildaid’s Mise en Plis Extra Hold Styling Spray. This will allow time for the curl to set in. Now, you are destined to have your style hold up for a night of dancing! Don’t forget to use hairspray once again for extra hold.

Try alternating between medium and large size irons using the bigger barrels for the tresses hugging your neck.

Not good with a curling iron? CONAIR offers their Instant Heat Ion Shine Hairsetter with Multi-size Rollers and Ceramic Technology to achieve that perfectly polished curl. Use the tip of a comb to style and place hair as desired. Once again, hairspray is your best friend!

For extra oomph, add a simple hair accessory encrusted in Swarovski crystals. Available in various colors and styles, you can find one to match almost any prom dress. To finish your perfect prom look, pin back a section of hair, placing it anywhere around the crown area of your head. Ready to really channel your inner glamour girl? A girl can never go wrong in a tiara with beautiful, polished curls!


Prom night and a gorgeous updo go hand in hand! Whether your hair is long or short, this style can be achieved on almost any hair type and cut.


Fun, funky twists are a great way to achieve an updo for girls with shorter locks. To start, you will need an array of embellished bobby pins and clips. Added bonus? Matching these accessories to your dress is a definite style must!

A fabulous natural looking wave is best for this look. First, shampoo and condition your hair with a smoothing system . If you do not own a diffuser attachment for your blow dryer, air dry your hair to avoid unwanted frizz. Use your fingertips to work a molding paste through your mane, creating texture and volume.

Once dry, fashion different sized sections of hair to twist and secure with bobby pins or decorative clips. Depending on your desired look, 2-5 twists will create the perfect prom updo on short hair. Finish with a medium hold hairspray to avoid a stiff appearance. Try Redken’s Quick Dry Instant Finish Spray.

Allow several tendrils to fall freely around your face for a sense of allure.


A low chignon is a chic way to transform shoulder length locks for prom night. This style offers amazing versatility, since it is ideal for either straight or curly hair.

First, bring your hair back into a low ponytail at the base of your neck. Secure to the side below your ear for a sexier take on this style. Once again, a twisting technique is needed! Loosely wrap locks in a circular motion around the bottom of your head. Secure with several bobby pins and use a shine/hairspray combo to finish.

Don’t forget! Messy is key to create a prom perfect chignon. Let your layers shine through. Only use a flat iron or curling iron to freshen up these fallen tresses framing your face.


Compliment long, flowing tresses with the height and volume created by different takes on the stylish pompadour. Product free hair works best with this look since teasing is the main technique.

Separate hair into two large sections, leaving slightly more hair on the bottom half. This will create a partial updo, since only one section will be up.

Tease and hairspray the top section with a fine tooth comb, creating lift at the roots. Smooth over by carefully brushing hair into place. Secure with an embellished clip to keep this style in place. Spray with a firm hold hair spray like pHormulate's StyleBlast Hair Spray.

To complete your ultimate prom look, you can either curl or straighten the remaining bottom section. Make sure to use ceramic tools along with thermal protection products to create an incredible, frizz free shine.


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This fitted strapless dress is deocrated with blue and turquoise jewels. The back is low and open. Sheer, soft fabric makes up the skirt of the dress allowing a hint of leg to come through.


Strapless; fitted bodice; sweetheart neckline
Full skirt with cascading tiers, trimmed with black jewels
Hemline edged with tulle
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Be adorable and daring in this fabulous, fun, tiered skirt prom dress from Betsey Johnson. Designed to flatter your shape with a fitted bodice, the full tiered skirt edged with tulle and hemmed in jewels makes this a stand out for prom 2008. You'll be ready to party the night away in this fun and flirty prom dress and stay totally fresh in this wrinkle-free wonder of a dress. FIND MORE PROM DRESSES LIKE THIS

Prom Makeup Tip Pick your eyes OR your mouth

Prom Makeup Tip #1: Pick your eyes OR your mouth
The biggest mistake people make when putting on makeup is that they highlight both the eye and the mouth. You need to pick one or the other and downplay what you rejected.

How to pick? Simple. What do people compliment you on? Do you have Angelina Jolie's lips or Kate Bosworth's eyes? If you choose to focus on your lips, you'll want to go bright.

Red is hot for prom, as are dark pinks. Just stay away from brown (leave it for your grandmother) and make sure you keep your eye makeup soft and simple.

For the right way to wear red lipstick check out this article . If you want to play up your eyes, go all out with liner, shadow, mascara and even false eyelashes (the ones that AREN'T obnoxious and outlandish). Just make sure you stick with light lips capped with a light gloss.

Smokey eyes are a great look for prom. Here are step-by-step instructions .

Prom Makeup Tip #2: Perfect your skin tone.
Perfecting your skin tone can be more important than eye makeup. But the secret is to make it look like you're wearing hardly any makeup. In this article, we show you how to achieve a flawless face.
While we're firm believers that few women under age 25 need foundation, if you have acne or an uneven skin tone, you'll want to cover it up with concealer and foundation.

To avoid the pancake batter look, only apply foundation on the areas of skin that are discolored or have blemishes (usually the forehead, cheeks and chin). Make sure to choose a foundation that perfectly matches your skin and blend in well along the jawline.

Unsure how to pick the right foundation? Skip the drugstore and head instead to a department store or Sephora, where you can try before you buy.

Prom Makeup Tip #3: If in doubt, mimic a celebrity
A good trick for those of us overwhelmed with hair and makeup choices is to mimic a celebrity look. Whomever you're into, whether it be Mischa Barton (pictured right), Carrie Underwood, Kristin Callaveri or Ashlee Simpson, you can adapt their look for your prom.

Chances are a professional makeup artist did the celebrity's makeup. If you're having your makeup done at a department store counter before prom, you can bring along the picture for your makeup artist to perfect.

It can also be easy to do it yourself since many magazines name the products used on the celebrity. This way you can apply the exact makeup the celeb used. Here are some of our favorite looks:

1. Penelope Cruz's smokey eyes). Remember to keep your cheek color natural and use a very light lipstick. See directions for how to get a smokey eye above.

2. Keep cheeks dewy with a pink blush and plump up lips with a colored gloss.

3. Red lipstick is a great look, just make sure to pick the perfect shade and go light on your eyes, otherwise you'll risk looking like a Cameron Diaz 'don't').

4. Dark-rimmed eyes, like Katherine Heigl's, are gorgeous. Again, a light gloss on the lips will do you.

Tear out a picture of your favorite celebrity and practice the look before the big night. Once you're at prom, no one but you has to know you're the OTHER Mary-Kate Olsen.

Prom Makeup Tip #4: Three things to remember when taking pictures
You'll have those prom pictures for years, so don't forget these three things:

1. Apply liner and lipstick WITH A MIRROR before you pose.

2. Powder your oily areas (forehead, chin and nose) immediately before the picture. Or better yet, keep blotting papers in your purse.

3. Find out how to stand so you look ten pounds thinner.

Prom Makeup Tip #5: What to bring in your purse
Every purse needs blotting papers (better than applying powder all night, which can leave you looking like a mime), lipstick or gloss, powder (just in case), breath mints and a small bottle of hairspray.

One last thing: Remember, a happy, fun attitude is your biggest beauty weapon. Who doesn't look beautiful when they're happy and smiling?


An expensive makeover is not a prom night necessity. Grab one of our makeup secret weapons, and you'll have everyone ask who you're fantastic makeup artist was. Just bat those long (faux) lashes and answer with a coy grin.

Red Lips:
From Marilyn Monroe to Mischa Barton, the perfect red lipstick is a time-tested secret beauty weapon for bombshells. A nice matte shade packs a huge punch, while a toned-down gloss is as easy to wear as a little black dress.

Faux Eyelashes:
So you weren't blessed with Beyonce-esque eye lashes? So what! All you need is a saucy set of faux lashes and you'll be batting those babies like a true dreamgirl. Pick them at any drugstore -- and pick up a lengthening mascara while you're at it, just for good measure.

Liquid Liner:
Any ol' eyeliner will make those peepers pop, but a sleek liquid liner gives you that goddess Cleopatra vibe. Go all artist on those eyes: with a steady hand, thickly line the top eyelid, then extend out to create a bit of a "cat eye."

Skip the tanning booth and invest in a nice shimmery bronzer. Dust on a few swipes of the "sun in a compact" and you'll look like you just returned from a tropical spring break. Give that pretty skin a chance to shine with minimal lipstick and eye makeup.

Take those hands from drab to fab with one simple coat of polish. A glossy red is classic in an Old Hollywood way, while a vibrant pink adds retro throwback to your Barbie doll days. Even an unfussy pale pink will make you look, um, polished.


Essential for any elegant formal, learn how to achieve a perfect red pout in five easy tips and five quick minutes!

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 5 to 10 minutes

Here's How:
Smudge on a liberal coat of creamy moisturizer, let it soak in for a few minutes, then buff off with a soft toothbrush (preferably clean and tooth-paste free!).

Lip plumpers, which give your lips a temporary "sting," can really make a difference. The $10 drugstore variety will last for an hour, while the $100 makeup counter brands will hold up all evening.

Choose a shade of lipliner that matches your lipstick exactly and be sure to line inside your actual lip line. Never try to "overline" to boost the size of your pout.

Use a lipbrush to apply lipstick. Not only can you control where the color goes (your lips are a coloring book; stay in the lines), but you can control how dark the shade is.

Bypass the embarrassing red teeth fiasco by puckering up around your index finger, then pulling it - and any overzealous lip color - out.

Prevent the red lipstick from "bleeding" by applying a touch of concealer around the border of your lips.

Don't play up your eyes. "Pair red lipstick with the lightest possible eye makeup," says lipstick designer Poppy King. A little mascara and beige shadow will do.

Classic red is universally flattering. Pink- and orange-reds look great with olive skin tones, while blue-reds look best on fair-skinned girls.

What You Need:
red lipstick
matching red lipliner
lip brush


Smoky eyes are a dramatic finish to a gorgeous formal dress. Learn how create the glamorous smoky eye effect with our easy steps.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 10-20 minutes

Here's How:

Start your art project with a fresh canvas. Apply a thin layer of moisturizer mixed with foundation to the entire eye area. Blend this in really well, then follow up with a very light dusting of powder.

If you have a steady hand, opt for liquid liner. If your prom night nerves have resulted in a shaky arm, choose a power liner which is both more vivid and thus smoky than pencil eyeliner. Apply a thick line to the top lashes, and a sharp, thin line to the bottom lashes.

With dark shadow in hand, concentrate the color below the crease and lighten as you get to your brow bone. If black shadow sounds too harsh, try a navy blue, dark plum, or matte gray.

Curling your lashes is the key to sleek, smoky eyes. Curl for 30 seconds on each side, then repeat. A blast of heat - dipped into hot water, blasted with a blow dryer - before you curl will add extra drama to those lashes.

A great coat of mascara is the icing on the cake. Apply several quick swoops to both eyes, then repeat. A brush of an eyelash comb with eliminate at clumpy extras.

Dramatic eye makeup calls for low-key lips. Go nude or add a swipe of gloss.
Carry a stick of concealer to tame the dreaded "smoky eye smudge."

What You Need:
Foundation with moisterizer
Sharp black pencil or liquid eyeliner
Dark eyeshadow
Eyelash curler


Here's How: Shop Vintage
An afternoon spent vintage shop-hopping can yield great rewards. Many of today's dresses are modeled after classic ballgowns from the 1950s. Cinched waists, sweetheart necklines, and mid-calf hemlines were all of the runway, and original vintage versions are waiting to be uncovered from the depths of the sequined, rhinestoned, embellished castoffs of the '80s and '90s. Just dig deep.

Be Exclusive
So you don't have the funds to enlist a designer to whip up an exclusive concoction? Getting your hands on an exclusive number is easier than you think. When it comes to fancy frocks, small boutiques routinely stock only one of each dress. Similarly, most independent prom shops have a policy of refusing to sell the same dress to two girls from the small school.

Make Alterations
Even tiny alternations can change the entire look of a prom dress. Tie a bright silk scarf around your waist to create a waist-slimming sash. Shorten the length from floor-dusting to thigh-grazing. Add a glammy floral corsage to a shoulder strap a la Carrie Bradshaw. Swap buttons, switch straps, add embellishments -- let yourself loose in a craft store.

Design It
If you moonlight as a seamstress, pick up a pretty dress pattern and fire up that sewing machine. If designing is your thing, draw some sketches and hire a tailor. When it comes to making your own dress, keep it simple and focus on glamorous extras like rhinestone buttons, sequin appliqu├ęs, and satin ribbons.


This year's prom season is full of color, sparkle and shine.

And there are many ways to look great for the year's biggest social and fashion event without going broke in the process.

The dress is the centerpiece of all prom fashion planning. Many girls begin scoping out possibilities as early as January, and how their dates attire themselves depends in large part upon the dress decision.

Girls want to make one key statement when they arrive at prom, "Look at me -- I'm fabulous!" This season, there are many more ways for girls to look fab than at any time in recent years. The options are staggering, with tens of thousands of red-carpet-inspired styles available in stores and online.

Short cocktail-style dresses are chic alternatives to long gowns. Many dresses feature creative side cutouts or daring bare backs while silhouettes range from curve-caressing and bias cut to pouffy skirts and mermaid bottoms.

Black-and-white combinations are surprisingly dramatic, the shine of jewels and metallic hues lend goddess glamour, dark jewel tones evoke rich elegance and bold colors rule in attention-grabbing shades of turquoise, chartreuse, buttercup and fuchsia.

Prints are all over the place: animal, reptile, abstract, floral and especially polka dots.

"Polka dots are very big," observed Ellen Calig, manager of Lintons at The Waterfront. "Girls are lovin' the dots. Glitz is still in, vintage is still in, and color, color, color."

For girls and parents who can't afford to or don't want to shell out a lot of cash for a gown and accessories, it's not hard to find great looks for less. Many dresses are less than $100 at department stores such as Kohl's and JCPenney and at Internet sites such as, and eDressMe. com -- three of the few that list prices without forcing you to contact a store for that information.

Don't forget about bargains at consignment shops and discount retailers such as Burlington Coat Factory, Marshalls and T.J. Maxx.

And there are some contests that give away free gowns. has been awarding a free dress every week since Dec. 25 and will do so until April 22.

Guys can save money on their looks, too.

Tux-like suits and suit-like tuxes are hot again this season. Some fellows buy a suit they like, dress it up for prom and then wear it repeatedly in the future to stretch their dollar.

Suits are an especially nice look to complement a short dress.

Most boys, however, will rent. Some stores offer a "prom special" basic look with a few options for less than $100. Add-ons can ratchet up the price.

But shop around because more stores are finding creative ways to compete for customers.


Know your budget in advance to avoid unnecessary frustration and wasted time.

• When getting fitted for your dress, consider dancing and other activities on the night's agenda.

Make sure your bra is the right kind for your dress.

• Don't overdo jewelry. Simple dresses generally can handle more bling.

• With detailed stone and beadwork at the necklines or straps, bold earrings look better than a necklace. And stacked bracelets look hot on bare arms.

Coordinate hair and makeup with the dress. Consider an up 'do for a back-baring dress and longer locks for frocks in animal prints and bold designs.

Don't wear shoes the exact color of your dress. That can look boring and costumey.

• Monitor weather forecasts to see if you'll need a wrap, sweater or shrug; be sure any such piece complements your dress and doesn't look like an afterthought.

If you plan to attend an after-prom party, consider saving money by buying a cocktail dress that you can wear to the prom and then reaccessorize for the party.

Tips for guys

Don't select a tux or suit without taking a fabric swatch of your date's dress. There are many shades of turquoise and pink, and you want to complement rather than clash.

• Don't limit yourself to what you can see in a showroom. Stores have access to hundreds more styles, so ask questions and look at their catalogs.

Don't wait too late to tux shop. Sizes and styles often run out.

If you have time and your date is getting a dress custom made, see if you can buy enough of the fabric to have a matching vest, cummerbund, tie, pocket square, hat band, etc., made for you.

• Ask your date whether a wrist corsage or nosegay works better for her look. Or perhaps she'd prefer a small bouquet for home.


What's perfect for prom this year? Pick-ups, pleats and prints, said Carol Fisher of Bridal Country USA in CA.

"The newest thing on the market is the animal print," she said.

"Now, most of your trendsetters will wear these," she said, referring to the bold patterns and animal prints. "And if you can get the trendsetters to wear them, then the other girls, they'll follow. They won't want the same dress, but they'll get one from the same place or the same designer. You want them to know you know the latest styles, you know the trends," Wilson said.

Another trend is the shorter prom dresses, which range from tea-length to mini.
"They're going a little short, but not so much in our area," she said. Wilson said many girls here are looking for straight dresses with low backs.

For the not-so-daring, you can still be in style with some of the popular colors and great accessories of this year.

"Gold has been good this year. Olive green and orange have as well," .

As for accessories, big earrings and sky-high heels are must-haves.

When it comes to men's styles, paisley print ties and vests to match their date's dress, of course. She also said guys have opted to do away with the bow ties and instead go with long neckties.

"Brown tuxedos are big this time around," — not that anyone going to prom this year would remember when they were hot the first time. "We've not had brown tuxedos since about 20 years ago," she said.

Local retailers say its hard to pinpoint the last date to order your prom dress to guarantee it arrives on time. Sometimes the warehouses have the items in stock, and other times they don't. So if you plan to order a dress, get out there and order ASAP.