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November 1, 2014

10 Minutes to Bigger Hair: Velcro Roller How-To

Some people do their makeup in the car (dangerous!) or floss their teeth at stop lights (impressive). I drive around with Velcro (aka self-gripping) rollers in my hair. They’re pretty much the greatest thing ever if you want bigger hair (yup). With the holidays and all of those parties just around the corner, you’re going to swear by them. It takes zero skill and only about 10 minutes if you have the right tools. Naturally I got mine at Sally Beauty, where the theme of the month is Thanksgivifting (why didn’t I think of that?!). Consider this hair trick your holiday gift-to-self.


Start with dry hair. Totally fine if it’s dirty! This is what mine looks like on a typical day after round-brushing with So Gorgeous Root Boosting Mousse ($8.29). Not bad, but not big.


Mist hair lightly with a flexible hairspray like So Gorgeous Volumizing Shaping Hairspray.


Start rolling. It’s so easy with self-gripping rollers ($3/set) because they stay put. The smaller the roller the more curl you’ll get. Since we’re going for lift and bounce, I used a combination of 2 ¼ and 3-inch rollers. But you can’t mess it up!

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Once you’ve rolled your entire head, break out your hair dryer (I love Ion One Touch Ionic Professional Dryer).


The blast of heat helps the rollers do their thing more quickly. Dry them on high heat for a few minutes, then blast with cool air to set. Tip: If you have more time, leave the rollers in while you do your makeup—or drive.

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Once rollers are completely cool, gently remove them. For an extra shot of volume, spritz roots with So Gorgeous Dry Shampoo ($7.50). Even if your hair is clean, this step makes all the difference for preserving the style.

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And here you have it. Bouncy and full, just like a professional blow-out! Works every time.

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This month, Sally is thanking shoppers with over 40 gifts with purchase throughout the store. Now through November 30, treat yourself to a  complimentary Pump Up The Volume Set when you purchase of any three full-sized So Gorgeous products like the ones used above. Happy Thanksgifting!

July 25, 2013

Why I Can’t Stop Reading

cindy crawford big hair | beauty bets

When Dr. Oz and his partner-in-crime Dr. Michael Roizen debuted their healthy living site YouBeauty a couple of years ago, I took note. Finally! A beauty + wellness destination built on smart science and common sense, not superficial fluff or heavy green washing. Since then,  YouBeauty has become my go-to resource for feel-good beauty tips, cutting-edge ingredients, and self improvement from the inside out. It doesn’t hurt that YouBeauty‘s intelligently curated ecommerce site BeautySage is just a click away with some of the best natural beauty around. Read on . . .

How to get big, 90s supermodel hair like Cindy Crawford. Hint: I’m reconsidering mousse.

Is your lipstick laced? Don’t be a metal mouth.

New research: Wear Makeup, Look Younger (hello!)

benefits of the mediterranean diet

Is the Mediterranean diet the best diet ever? I’m a believer.

Go three days without shampooing using a few ingenious products that even I had never heard of.

The scary number of people who don’t wash their face + why you really, REALLY should.

low cal cocktails

Low-calorie summer cocktails. Cheers!

Speaking of which, wine boosts your brain power.

Why fat talk is bad for your friendships. Also: Should you toss your skinny jeans?

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These DIY Summer Fruit Treatments have me reaching for the produce.

Everything you ever wanted to know about Botox but were afraid to ask.

I knew there was a reason I liked avocados so much.


May 22, 2013

How to Have a Good Hair Day


I have the prettiest readers! As our #youknowyoulookgood challenge with Vidal Sassoon comes to a close, I just had to share of their good hair day pics + tips. I owe most of mine to hot rollers and a whole lot of hair spray. –Bets

@beautycareme: My fav is big hair & side bangs. Tip: bangs = quick makeover

@amyschlott: Stop washing your hair every day! Washing less has helped my dry hair!

@carlymae: for a good hair day, when all else fails: top knot

@ninabadzen I LIVE for dry shampoo, esp if I’ve managed a good blowout. I want it to last!

@dyane I use coconut oil on damp hair & large sponge rollers overnight.

@_mariahdelucco: #YouKnowYouLookGood when your make-up comes out perfect & you straighten all your hair without forgetting one strand

@beautybets My #1 hair tip: Spritz in dry shampoo BEFORE you go to bed. Wake up with clean hair!

September 25, 2012

Fall Beauty Essential #8: Big Hair

I have a 365-day-a-year love affair with big hair, but this fall I’ve got something new in my product arsenal: Lush BIG shampoo  ($25). A quizzical formulation that I often describe as “kosher salt suspended in goop” (heavenly scented goop, but goop nonetheless). BIG’s heavy dose of sea salt strips away dead skin cells and ubiquitous product build-up from the roots, lifting and sweeping away the debris that weighs hair down, keeping us from the Bridgette Bardot-sized updos we all dream of achieving. Work a palm-sized scoop into your scalp and enjoy a super fragrant, sudsy wash. After a thorough rinse I like to condition using a dab of my favorite $7 conditioner, being careful to hit only the ends so as to not undo all of the wonderful lifting, cleansing action. Whether you follow up with hot or velcro rollers, a diffuser or simply air dry is up to you. No matter what, you’ll be enjoying build-up free, remarkably soft hair with undeniable oomph. And that looks good on any girl—fall, winter, spring or summer.  –Meghan

July 11, 2012

How to Tease Your Hair

For those of you who can’t make it to Blowdry! or just want big hair on the cheap, our Beauty Thrifter, Meghan, has teased out her tried-and-true tips for channeling a classy poof:
Trying to tease too much hair at a time is the number one mistake beginners make. Start with small section of hair, teasing it at the roots, then work your way around the crown, flipping each section of hair forward when you’re done with it. Once you’ve finished one row, work your way back, again, teasing small sections at a time. I save my sides for last since they usually need just a small amount of teasing.
1. Start a few inches in front of where you want your volume to be. I used to start teasing right at the crown, leaving me with a flat crown and puffy back-of-the-head. Now I know that in order to get sassy crown volume, I basically need to start back-combing the hair right behind my bangs.
2. Go big! It’s easier to brush out extra volume (is there such a thing?) than to add more once you’ve finished teasing. Voluminous hair styles are dramatic and attention-getting–don’t be afraid!
3. Practice makes perfect. Like any skill, teasing takes time to master. Watch videos on YouTube (this one really made sense to me when I was learning), try a few different combos of product and combs and in no time you’ll be pumping up the volume like a champ.

Don’t be such a tease! What tips did we miss?

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    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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