Posts Tagged Beauty Hacks

1 Woman Used Petroleum Jelly as Mascara, but Here's Why a Derm Says You Shouldn't

Trying out a beauty DIY is risky business. I’ll admit that most of my trust issues stem from the fact that, regardless of what Pinterest “hacks” say, it’s actually a really f*cking bad idea to put toothpaste on your pimples. (Turns out, the teeth-whitening ingredients can actually really irritate your skin.) Similarly, in a video first spotted by Allure , a vlogger can be seen applying a homemade petroleum-jelly-based mix to her eyes as makeshift mascara. While her hustle is seriously impressive, we couldn’t help but become everyone’s mom and wonder: is it safe to put that ointment so close to your eyes?

We reached out to Rachel Nazarian, M.D., F.A.A.D. of NYC’s Schweiger Dermatology Group , to understand the safety – or lack thereof – of this viral lash-plumping procedure. First off, Dr. Nazarian has a few opinions on the ingredient itself, saying, “Petroleum jelly is a tried and true product to lock in moisture and to act as a skin barrier. It is generally great for sensitive skin.”

However, she wasn’t so jazzed about the idea of someone putting it so close to their eyelashes. Since petroleum jelly works well as a moisture barrier, “it may cause blocking of the delicate glands and pores around [the area].” According to Dr. Nazarian, clogging those spots can lead to inflammation “and potentially the development of styes.”

And although it’s common to see makeup artists using toothbrushes to unclump models’ mascara in a pinch backstage at photo shoots or runway shows, repeated use of that process isn’t ideal. “While most toothbrushes tend to be as stiff, or even less stiff, than most mascara brushes, there are many more bristles on a toothbrush than a mascara brush,” Dr. Nazarian said. She added that if you used this hack every day, “Over time, you’d notice less and less eyelashes from the trauma.”

The professional’s final recommendation? “Although it’s tempting to use this beauty hack to save time and money, you’re probably better off saving your lashes and buying traditional mascara.” And with an endless supply of stellar mascaras dropping every day , that’s hardly a chore!

1 Woman Is Going Viral For Her Life-Saving Curly Hair Tips

Four year transformation, all from learning how to take care of my curls from curlyhair

Learning to properly care for and embrace your curly hair can be a bit of a struggle filled with endless trial and error. One woman finally has it down to a science, but it took her four years to get there. Reddit user capslockramen is going viral on Reddit for sharing the details of her dramatic hair transformation, along with her daily routine for keeping her luscious curls in check.

She posted before-and-after photos that show just how drastic her hair journey has been. The “before” snapshot was taken during her senior year of high school when she “hated” her curls so much that she “got a relaxed curl perm, bleached it blond, and straightened [her] hair five to six days a week, without using quality heat protectant.” But that all changed when she went off to college, where she decided to let her blond perm grow out and started experimenting with different products until she found exactly what works best.

Four years later, she’s mastered the art of taming her curls and finally loves her springy ringlets just as they are. “I’ve never felt more in love with my hair,” she wrote in the Reddit post. She also shared her step-by-step styling routine, which is detailed below.

  1. After shower, squeeze excess water from hair.
  2. Flip head upside down.
  3. Apply generous amount of Cantu leave-in conditioner . Run fingers through hair to ensure even distribution.
  4. Scrunch in generous amount of Miss Jessie’s MultiCultural Curls cream .
  5. Scrunch out excess water using a cotton t-shirt.
  6. Wrap hair in said t-shirt.
  7. Stand upright again and let hair sit in the shirt about 10 minutes.
  8. Flip head upside down again and remove t-shirt.
  9. Dry with hair drying facing toward the scalp. Use a diffuser! Put the heat settings on warm (not hot) with the speed on high.
  10. Scrunch hair with t-shirt while drying. This part usually takes me like 20 minutes (definitely have to take breaks so all the blood doesn’t rush to my head and make me pass out).
  11. When it’s close enough to completely dry, spray with medium-hold hairspray. Stand back up normally and fix where I want the part, hairspray that a little.
  12. Done!

Once her detailed routine went viral, amassing nearly 800 comments, the woman responded to other users’ questions with various other tips and tricks for managing curls every day.

  1. Make sure your hairstylist cuts your locks while they’re dry, and avoid using a razor to thin it.
  2. She opts for using a shampoo without sulfates three to four times per week.
  3. Worried about messing up your hair overnight? Try sleeping with a silk cap on or put it in a loose bun using an elastic ribbon as a hair tie.
  4. Brush out your locks before you shower, not after.

When celebrity hairstylist Oscar Blandi caught wind of this woman’s viral hair hacks, he gave additional helpful recommendations for gals with curly manes. Instead of using a t-shirt to dry your hair like the Reddit user suggested, Blandi told Yahoo Beauty how a Turkish towel, which is highly absorbent, may be a better option. “Press the towel on your hair, don’t rub it all over your hair,” he said. “Rubbing your wet, curly hair will create frizz.” After that, apply leave-in conditioner, and then a silicon oil-based product with just a dab of gel. “The combination will keep the hair soft and not crunchy,” he said.

At the end of the day, experimentation is key for people with curly hair, but this woman’s routine and tips seem like a great place to start if you’re looking to kick-start a journey to embracing your ringlets in their gorgeous natural state.