Thursday, December 30, 2010

Top Ten Foods for Healthy Hair

Did you know that the foods that you eat can promote healthy hair? We've got your list of the ten foods that will keep your hair strong and healthy:

1) Salmon: Salmon is packed with omega 3 fatty acids, B12 and iron, all of which support scalp health.

2) Dark Green Veggies: Green veggies, again are a great source of iron. Remember, the greener the veggie the more nutrients it contains. So, go ahead and eat your vegetables!

3) Beans: Beans are an amazing source of protein, which keeps hair strong. They also contain iron, zinc, and biotin.

4) Nuts: Nuts are the best source of selenium, a nutrient which keeps your scalp healthy. Many nuts also have zinc, which helps to keep your hair from shedding.

5) Poultry: Again, you're getting a great source of protein which is essential to maintain healthy hair. Protein deficiencies can lead to loss of hair color so it's very important to make sure you're getting enough on a daily basis.

6) Eggs: Did we already tell you that protein is super important in maintaining healthy hair? Well, just in case, try some eggs. In addition to having lots of protein, eggs also contain biotin and B12.

7) Whole Grains: Not only do whole grains contain zinc and B12, but they're also a great mid day pick me up. The nutrients in whole grains not only keep hair healthy but also provide a boost of energy to get you through the day.

8) Oysters: Oysters contain lots of zinc, which is great for your hair. If you're not much for oysters, don't worry. You can also get your fill of zinc from beef and lamb.

9) Low Fat Dairy Products: Calcium not only builds strong bones, but also promotes hair growth!

10) Carrots: You know how your mother always told you to eat carrots for good vision? Well, it's true! Carrots contain vitamin A which in addition to promoting good vision, are a great source of nutrients to promote scalp health.

Most important to remember, is that if you keep a healthy, well balanced diet, you'll be healthier all around, which includes your hair. So, take some time to go to your local grocery store, and pick up some healthy, vitamin rich snacks, and have gorgeous hair in no time!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

How To: Keep Color Treated Hair Healthy

We all know color treated hair is harder to keep healthy. If you want to make a change and opt for some color, it's important to take extra care of your hair to keep it vibrant and healthy. How do you do that you ask? Lucky for you, we've got some great tips to keep your color treated hair beautiful.

1) Before you color your hair, deep condition it. Do this a few days before treatment. Conditioning your hair prior, will ensure that it's in healthier condition which will prevent excess breakage of hair during the actual coloring treatment.

2) Once your hair is colored, be sure to throw out your old shampoo and conditioner and buy products that are specifically for treating and moisturizing colored hair. This is very important, as chemically treated hair is more fragile. Regular shampoos and conditioners may be too harsh for hair, buying new products is a must. Ask your stylist for recommendations.

3) To make your color vibrant for longer, shampoo in cold water. Hot water makes hair color fade.

4) Try to put less heat on your hair. After washing try letting your hair air dry from time to time. Also, try not to curl/flat iron hair as much. Adding heat to color treated hair makes it more susceptible to breakage.

5) Avoid sun damage. UV rays can be detrimental to color treated hair. If you plan to stay in the sun for long periods of time wear a wide brimmed hat or apply a leave in hair spritz that contains sunscreen.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Keep Your Skin Soft in Winter

You can keep your skin soft this winter by following these easy steps:
Take a smart bath
Extra-hot showers and baths rob your skin of the natural moisturizers it needs to stay soft. In winter use lukewarm water, shorten your bathing time to 10 minutes maximum, and take no more than one shower each day. Enrich your bath with products that contain colloidal oatmeal (oatmeal milled to a fine powder); it binds to the skin, prevents moisture loss, and soothes itchiness. Switch to a soap that contains high levels of natural jojoba, olive, or soybean oils but no added scents. Avoid using exfoliants and scrubbing your skin with scratchy pads or mitts. When you emerge from the bath or shower, remember to moisturize immediately with a vitamin E-rich body lotion.

Moisturize the natural way
Frequent application of moisturizer will help replace the water your skin has lost to harsh winter winds. If you have extra-dry skin, look for moisturizers with super-rich oils such as avocado oil, olive oil, or shea butter. If you have a tendency toward oily skin, try a moisturizer with lighter oils such as hazelnut or rose hip oil. Always choose moisturizers without added scents and dyes.

Best Haircuts for Your Face Shape

Everyone of us has had a bad haircut a time or two. How do you avoid this mishap? Most people don't think to choose their cut based on their face shape. If this has never occurred to you, we've got your guide to finding the best hairstyle for your face.

Round Face: The trick to round facial shapes is to make your face appear longer and leaner. To do this, you'll want to have less volume around the face. Try: cuts just below the chin. Layering is also good. If you want to try bangs, keep them longer and side swept.

Oval Face: If you have strong bone structure and an oval shaped face, a blunt bob works great. If you like your eyes, try a bang to bring the focus to them.

Long Face: Longer bangs are great for a longer face. Try them with a chin length bob, to give the illusion of width. Curls are also great for adding width to the face.

Square Face: Curls and choppier ends are great to make your face shape a bit softer. Also, try sleek layered styles.

Heart Face: If you have a heart shaped face, you'll want to draw attention to your cheek bones and eyes. Side swept bangs work well as do soft layers.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Skin on the Airplane

Dry skin is a problem not just in the winter with its cold temperatures, and howling winds, but dry skin can come from using harsh cleansers, having too hot a bath or even getting on an airplane.

The two musts:

A moisturizer is essential - A moisturizer performs several important functions. It replaces lost water and water-binding ingredients (such as glycerin) help keep it in the skin. Find products that cleanse and moisturize, saving you one extra step.

Licking them won't bring relief - it will only make them more dry and chapped. To keep your lips soft and smooth, apply a moisturizing lip salve, especially before bed.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Taylor Momsen for John Galliano

Gossip Girl's resident bad girl, Taylor Momsen is the new face of John Galliano's Parlez-Moi d'Amour fragrance. What do you guys think? Does the ad make you want to go out and buy the scent?

Get a Perm: On Your Eyelashes!

The newest trend in beauty is the perm. But not for your hair, for your lashes? How can this be, you ask? We've all seen those eyelash curlers. Instead of curling your lashes every day, you can now go to the salon and get a perm for your lashes, leaving them curly for up to three months. How neat is that??

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Great Cuts for Short Hair

Thinking about going short but worried your look won't be stylish? We've got some great celebrity inspiration for you. These ladies definitely know how to make the super short look super chic! Take a photo of your favorite cut to your stylists and prepare to look fab!

Fun Holiday Nails: Go Metallic!

Looking for a fun alternative to red this holiday season? Try metallic nails. They're just as festive and totally in style, plus they're a great way to glam up your New Year's Eve ensemble! Our favorites are Bling Dynasty by O.P.I., Silver Dollar by Revlon, and NY 57th by Dior.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy Holidays from CHIC.TV

2011 Trends in Fashion, Beauty, Models and Tech

Best Celebrity Hair of 2010

Another year is coming to an end. We've got a look at our pics for best celeb hair of 2010. These ladies either took risks, or just have naturally gorgeous hair that we can all aspire to!

Monday, December 20, 2010

New Trend for Eyebrows: Go Bold!

Looking for a new look but don't want to make a permanent change? Try bold eyebrows. This trend is great if you just want to experiment with a new look. Not to mention it's super easy to do. Start by brushing brows upward. Then take an eyebrow pencil (you can also use eyeliner or shadow) and carefully fill in small strokes resembling hair. That's it! Quick, easy, and washes off at night. Perfect!

Perfect Stocking Stuffer; Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb Roll-on Stick

Still doing your holiday shopping and looking for a perfect little gift? Try Victor & Rolf's Flowerbomb roll on stick. Retailing for only $20, it's a great, cost friendly alternative to a full bottle of the scent and being so small, travels as easily as it rolls on. Not to mention it smells amazing! This cute little beauty accessory will definitely be a hit for anyone on your holiday gift list!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Star Style: Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba recently revealed a new look. She strutted the red carpet showing off a chic, sleek bob. We've never seen Jess sport a short do but we like it! It frames her face amazingly. Gorgeous!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Quick Beauty Tip for the Perfect DIY Manicure

Dread doing your own manicure because you can't stay inside the lines? We've found a genius tip for cleaning up your nails that'll make them look like you just came from a salon! Use an old eyeliner brush. Dip it in polish remover and carefully rub over any areas of skin that you accidentally applied polish to. It works like a charm, trust us!

How To: Prevent and Repair Split Ends

We've all dealt with split ends before. If you're trying to grow your hair, or just maintain healthy hair it's important to try to prevent split ends. So what are the best ways to do this? We've got some great tips on prevention and repair!

To prevent split ends:

1) Try to put heat on hair only when necessary. After washing your hair, air dry it, and try not to pull out the curling irons and flat irons more than needed.
2) Don't brush your hair too much! Brushing is great but excess brushing can lead to split ends.
3) Splurge on good quality hair styling products. There's generally a reason they're more expensive. The money you spend on products will be saved in less trips to the salon for trims.
4) Have hair trimmed when needed. Don't wait! And be sure to trim hair with good quality scissors.

If you already have split ends and want to improve the appearance of hair:

1) Shampoo hair and deep condition with good quality conditioner. Be sure to leave conditioner on hair for at least 20 minutes.
2) A moisturizing or smoothing serum may help. Apply a dime sized amount to hair and work throughout.
3) When drying hair, make sure hair is completely dried so it doesn't frizz. This makes split ends more noticeable.
4) Be sure to visit your hair stylist as soon as possible for a trim! We know trims can be scary, but they're necessary to maintain healthy hair.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Get The Look: Ali Larter

Ali Larter always looks great on the red carpet. Stylist Patrick Melville shares how to get her soft wavy look.

Blow dry hair, flip hair over and apply a slight mist of hairspray. With a 1 1/4 inch curling iron, wrap one inch sections around and hold there for 10 seconds. Break up curls with fingers and smooth sections around face. Top off the look with another light mist of hairspray.

Hair Beauty Tip: Dryer Sheets!

Looking for a way to remove flyaways? Try a dryer sheet. According to Sally Herschberg of the Associated Press, dryer sheets are great way to tame hair. She does advise, that unscented sheet are most effective.

But the tips don't stop there. We, at CHIC.TV have another great tip for you. Want to make your hair smell great but don't have time to shampoo? A dryer sheet works great for that too! Remove flyaways and have great smelling hair at the same time. Trust us, it really works!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Dry Hair? Chic Lemon Hair-Mask DIY!

A great way to recover your weak and dry hair is by doing a mask mask with lemon juice. Seems like it won't, but it actually leaves hair soft and shiny!

You will need: 2 tbsp. castor oil /almond oil, 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice and 1 tbsp. honey.

Add honey and oil to the lemon juice. Mix all the ingredients well and apply the mixture generously first to the roots and then to the entire length of the hair.

Wrap your hair with a towel. Leave the mask on for approximately one and a half hours.

Use your everyday shampoo and wash your renewed hair. Do the mask twice to attain best results, and stick to the routine once a month!

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Lady Gaga for M.A.C.

Lady Gaga will be signing on as the face of M.A.C's Viva Glam line again and we've got a first look for you!

How To: Get Long Lashes

We all want long lashes, but how do we get them? These days there are tons of ways to make your lashes long and luscious.
1) The easiest way to lengthen your lashes is to use mascara. Some mascaras are made to specifically thicken lashes while others focus on lengthening.
2) Try false eyelashes. There are lots of options here from very natural to long, exaggerated lashes. False lashes also come in individual lashes and whole lashes depending on what you prefer. Best yet, they're not too difficult to apply yourself. Just apply a thin line of beauty glue to the edge of the lash. Flex lash in a horseshoe shape to loosen and press down on top of the lash directly on the edge of your eyelid where your lash line starts. Hold for at least 30 seconds and you're all set!
3) If you want a more permanent solution you have two options. You can go with eyelash extensions. These are the same concept as hair extensions. Many salons and spas offer this service and will apply extensions which will last you for at least a month. If this option still isn't permanent enough for you, visit your doctor and ask about medical treatments that will actually grow your lashes!
So there you have it. Whether you want long lashes for a night on the town or more permanently,there's a solution for everyone!
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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Winter Weather Workouts

Too cold to go for your morning run? Try these indoor workout alternatives:

1) Go shopping! Take a walk around the mall with a friend. Burn calories while enjoying a fun activity.

2) Get a fun exercises DVD. These days you can find DVDs on anything from yoga, to salsa, to ballet. So pick something that you like and pop it in the DVD player!

3) Skip the elevator and take the stairs anywhere you go. This is an easy way to incorporate a workout into your everyday activity.

Condition Your Hair....With Olive Oil!

Instead of spending money on store bought conditioner, try olive oil. It's natural and leaves your hair smooth and shiny. Want to know how it works? We've got your steps to getting perfectly conditioned hair here!

1) Warm 2 tsp of olive oil.

2)Massage olive oil into your hair, beginning with your scalp and working your way down to your ends.

3) Wrap hair in warm towel for about 30 minutes to allow the oil to deeply penetrate the hair. You can also apply a shower cap to your hair and sit under a dryer for 30 minutes.

4) Wash hair with a mild shampoo and make sure to rinse with cold water. This seals the hair shaft, locking in shine.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Holiday Hair: An Easy Quick Chignon

Have a fancy holiday party coming up and don't know how to wear your hair? We've got a quick, easy and chic holiday hairstyle that will only take you five minutes! For a simple chignon, secure your hair in a tight low ponytail. Braid hair and secure end with hair tie. Wrap bun around in a circular motion and secure with several bobby pins. For a more glamorous look add a sparkly hair clip. It's as simple as that! An simple, no fail hairstyle that will wow your friends at your next holiday party!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Beauty 101: Hydration Treatments for the Cold Winter

Hydration is a key component of any health and beauty regimen, but when you’re busy at this time of year, it’s all too easy to forget about drinking the recommended eight glasses of water of day.

Dry, scaly and/or itchy skin seems to be synonymous with winter. Low humidity can be a major culprit, but it is possible that low levels of vitamins A, C and B complex are to blame.
Take lot's of fluids, water, tea, and orange juice, stick it to your routine.

One of the most comforting things to do when you have a chill is to take a hot bath or shower. While warm water is comforting and good for the skin, water that is too hot will strip your skin of its moisture and leave your skin feeling dry. Also, be careful of how much you exfoliate, sometimes we mistake dry skin for dead skin and when your skin is already dry you don’t want to strip it raw. Exfoliating once a week should suffice. Excessive heat in your house or car will also dry your skin out, so lower that heat a few notches and put on an extra sweater.

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Make Up Love: Natalie Portman at Black Swan's NYC Premiere

We already raved about Natalie's hair at the New York premiere of Black Swan, but we just have to mention her makeup! With statement-making red lips, long, dark lashes and romantic curls, Natalie skipped her casual nude looks and chose the dramatic vibe of her new movie Black Swan.

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Holiday Diet Tips

During the holidays we all worry about packing on the pounds. With so many holiday parties, family events and other gatherings that are all full of delicious, fattening foods, how do you maintain your weight? Dr. Wayne Andersen, the creator of Take Shape for Life, shares with us his tips on how to avoid overeating during the holidays.

1) Don't go hungry. Try eating a Medifast meal prior to arriving at the party. This will help curb your appetite.

2) If you are invited to a party, which happens to be a potluck, this is a great opportunity to bring a healthy meal.

3)When you arrive at the party-and you want to partake or try food, use the smallest plate with healthy choices.

4) Be mindful of your healthy choices, fresh vegetables, lean proteins, and salads.

5) Limit or skip foods that are high in calories and low in nutritional value.

6) Take time for yourself! This is a very busy time of the year. Take time to exercise and keep your body moving. Just taking a walk can give you that alone time you need to regroup and get your body moving.

7) Ask your friends and family in advance to forgo food gifts.

*More about Dr. Wayne Anderson: Dr. Wayne Anderson is the Medical Director for Take Shape for Life Wellness program. He is board certified in internal medicine and specializes in weight management. Dr. Anderson graduated from the University of Florida. Involved with Johns Hopkins in collaborating studies to show the efficacy of meal replacements, Dr. Andersen's goal is to provide simple, convenient means for people to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. As the chief architect of Take Shape for Life, Dr. Andersen has built an integral support system that helps people make the necessary changes in their lifestyle to create optimal health. Using a team approach of health professionals working with Certified Health Advisors, Dr. Andersen says we can provide leading edge solutions, medical support and the support of caring individuals to provide the necessary one-on-one interaction so vital in changing people's lives.Font size For more information:,

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Eos Launches Antibacterial Lip Balm

Amazing much? The new lipbalm formula packs consists in .5% Phenol, an effective dose of the same antiseptic ingredient used in other cold-fighting products like Chloroseptic, and could just help keep you from getting sick this winter!!
In addition, the design is supercute and still has Eos' signature yummy smell and flavor. Amazing. Stock up at drugstores for just $3.

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Hair Styles: Alicia Keys

Last night, singer Alicia Keys attended the screening of Biutiful rocking a modern version of a bouffant. I'm sure we all agree that Keys is beautiful and pulls off a lot of looks, but what do we think about this one? Do we love her daring or does the style not quite translate?

DIY Eyebrows

We all know that an arched eyebrow can change the look of your entire face, but many of us can't afford to go to the salon once a week to keep the look up. If you're looking to save a little cash, try arching your eyebrows yourself with these tips:

1) Make sure to have a guide. Find a picture of one of your favorite celebs are take a photo of a friend who has an arch that you like.

2) Outline the arch before plucking or razering. Use an eyebrow pencil to draw the shape that you want your eyebrows to be. This helps to avoid mistakes.

3) In this case, less is definitely more! We advise going for a thicker brow initially and then removing a bit more if needed. If you overshoot and remove too much hair you'll end up with a very thin eyebrow.

4) Be sure to take breaks and check out your work in the mirror. This way if you've made a mistake you can catch and fix it as soon as possible.

5) If you're tweezing, take two asprin about 30 minutes prior to lessen the pain.

6) Be sure to take care of your skin and moisturize the plucked area as soon as you've finished.

And voila! Gorgeously arched eyebrows in the comfort of your own home!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

How To: Choose the Right Mascara

We all know that mascara is a great way to play up your eyes, but how do you know which mascara is right for you? Here are our tips:

  • For daytime use, make sure to wear a mascara that compliments your hair color and skin tone. Many of us are tempted to wear black mascara but it can come of looking harsh on people with fairer colored hair. If you're not brunette, save this color for nights out and instead go for a shade of brown.

  • Your mascara brush is just as important as your mascara. Different brushes create different looks. Do you have long lashes that you want plumped up or do you have shorter lashes and want to add length? Most mascaras will describe on their packaging what the brush is intended to do. Make sure to take note of this and purchase a mascara with a brush that works for you.

  • Another trick: if you have a certain mascara that you like and a certain brush that you like, combine the two! There are no rules in beauty. This trick can work great if you're having trouble finding a mascara and brush from one brand that you prefer.

How To: Wear Bangs

Thinking about a new look for the winter? Bangs are an easy way to spice up your look without making a huge commitment. And, we've got some great tips on how to style this look so that you're perfectly on trend!

  • Flat iron your bangs: In order to wear this look, it's essential that your bangs are evenly and bluntly cut or it will look strange. Flat iron bangs, apply a dry shampoo to dull the shine infused in your hair from the flat iron and then apply a small amount of matte paste to hair to keep it in place.

  • Get a fringed natural look: Run a pomade through the ends of towel dried hair. Blow-dry hair with a round barrel brush giving bangs a slight curl under.

  • Modern, edgy bang: Wash hair. Apply large roller to bangs and sit under a dryer. When hair is almost dry, remove roller and blow dry hair at a low heat setting.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Celebrity Workout Playlists

Get fit like your favorite celebs! Check out their workout playlists below:

Elisabeth Hasselbeck

"Walk by Faith" - Jeremy Camp

"Ooh Aah" - Grits

"Crazy" - Gnarls Barkley

"Hey Ya" - Outkast

"I Will Follow"- U2

"Yeah" - Usher

"Family Affair" - Mary J. Blidge

Kristen Davis

"TiK ToK" - Ke$ha

"Bad Romance" - Lady Gaga

"Empire State of Mind" - Jay Z. featuring Alicia Keys

"I Want Candy"- Bow Wow

"Are You Gonna Be My Girl" - Jet

"Miss Independent" - Kelly Clarkston


"Party Like a Rockstar" - Shop Boyz

"Beautiful Girls" - Sean Kingston

"Do It" - T.I.

"Shut up and Drive" - Rihanna

Jennifer Anniston

"My Friend" - Groove Armada

"Pastime Paradise" - Stevie Wonder

"Let Me Roll" - Seal

"Jane Says" - Janes Addiction

"Landslide" - Fleetwood Mac

DIY Beauty Treatments

Don't have the money to spend on expensive beauty products and spa visits? We've got some great at-home beauty recipes guaranteed to have you looking like a glowing goddess in no time!

Rejuvinating Scrub:

from Body + Soul

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup sugar

15 drops peppermint essential oil

1/2 cup used coffee grounds from a freshly brewed pot

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and thoroughly blend. Transfer the scrub to a wide mouthed jar and store in a cool place until ready to use. The scrub will keep for one to two weeks, longer if refrigerated.

Almond Orange Scrub

from SELF

1 handful almonds

1 orange peel

1 cup grapeseed or olive oil

Blitz all ingredients in a blender or food processor for an antioxidant rich scrub.

Green Papaya Brightening Mask for all Skin Types

from Body + Soul

1/2 cup unripe papaya, diced

1 tsp plain yogurt

1 tsp honey

Blend ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Apply to clean skin and leave for 10 minutes. Rinse off using cool water and pat dry. Finish by applying a gentle moisturizer.

Foaming Vanilla Honey Bath

from Real Simple

1 cup light oil (almond, sunflower or canola)

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup mild liquid or hand soap

1 tbs vanilla extract

Mix ingredients together in a glass jar. To use, shake gently to remix and pour 1/4 cup under running water.