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Author: Alexis Priester

26 Aug

Food Network Stars’ Hair—Ranked

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We are currently living in the “Golden Age of Television”—a space in time where TV is arguably one of the most celebrated forms of media given the undeniable spike in quality. And we don’t just mean the high-def, unnecessarily colossal screens that you may binge watch the latest season of ‘Orange is the New Black” on—we mean the quality of the stories themselves.  If you are into epic fantasy, you have Game of Thrones. If you’re into a strong narrative, there’s Breaking Bad. If you dig period pieces, you have Mad Men (I will love you forever, Roger Sterling). When Mad Men ended, I had no idea what to turn to. I needed something binge-worthy to fill the void. Quickly,...
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25 Jul

Hairstyles You Can Sweat In

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Maybe it’s just me but my biggest reason for not working out is that I don’t have the time or the patience to deal with my hair after it’s over. Sure, I feel motivated and fulfilled once I’ve gotten through a run or a Bikram class, but the idea of managing my curls post-gym sesh is a nightmare. I have my fingers crossed that science will soon develop a sweat-proof blowout but until then, I rely on a few cute hairstyles that will take me from the elliptical straight to the office and out for drinks after work. Plus, we all know a little sweat and dirt never hurt—in fact, it often helps our hair look its best. So stock...
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15 Jul

Men With Better Hair Than Us

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Though we may spend way too much precious time obsessing over our ladies and their gorgeous hair, we certainly can’t ignore all the guys out there who are giving us a run for our money with their fabulous tresses. Here are just a few fellas who have gone above and beyond the crew cut with their enviable locks. We hope that they see this list, call us up, and share their secrets–and maybe ask us out on a date. We are willing to share. Noah Syndergaard and Jason deGrom We may not be Mets fans (Yankees all the way) but we are certainly fans of these guys and their fantastic hair. Cohe Paroix This male model is the definition of hair goals. And bone...
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8 Jul

Great Lengths Educator Spotlight: Nanci Lee

Great Lengths Educators are some of the best in the game. With all the tricks of the trade in their repertoire, these seasoned stylists teach the Great Lengths hands-on certification classes for extension application across the country.  We sat down to chat with the educators at America's Beauty Show earlier this year and we will be sharing their stories over the next few weeks. Up first is Nanci Lee (@nancileehair), a senior stylist at B2V Salon in Los Angeles, California. GL Beauty: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you've been doing hair. Nanci Lee: [laughs] Oh my god, I don't want to say how long I've been doing hair. That's embarrassing! I've been doing hair for about thirty...
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27 Jun

Instafamous Hairstylists Causing Serious Hair Envy

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Picture it: my dimly-lit bedroom, 4am, iPhone in hand, endlessly scrolling through Instagram. Somehow I went from innocently checking in on my ex-boyfriend's third cousin's dog to looking up Vanessa Hudgens' (and her boyfriend Austin Butler's) entire glam squad.  A few screenshots and scours through her tagged photos later, I find myself on Nine Zero One's Instagram (@ninezeroone)—one of LA's hottest salons. Co-owners Nikki Lee and Riawna Capri are to thank for the couple's covetable look. Now I'm ready to book a flight to LA and shell out an exorbitant amount of cash so my hair can look like Vanessa's (or Austins!)  We've all been on those Instagram journeys that bring us endless amounts of hair envy and inspiration. They may...
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16 Jun

Dogs Who Are Definitely Wearing Hair Extensions

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Dogs may be the most beautiful creatures to have ever graced this planet. Those puppy dog eyes, fluffy paws, and adorable little snouts are enough to reduce me to tears every time I make eye contact with a pup on the street. In fact, there are some dogs out there who are just so beautiful that I cannot help but think they have to be wearing hair extensions! I mean, how does that golden retriever have such a long, silky coat? What kind of poodle has such full curls in this NYC humidity? Those Blue Buffalo commercials have lead us to believe that it has something to do with their diet but I know there are some dogs out there...
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23 May

On “Lemonade” and Loving Yourself

It has been a little over a month since Lemonade, Beyonce’s visual album, was released but I find new reasons to appreciate it with every subsequent re-watch and listen. Aside from the overwhelming sense of power, anger, and empathy I feel from the lyrics, I have taken so much from the corresponding film. For me, Lemonade’s most lasting impression is the diverse and inspiring depictions of women of color and their hair. Growing up mixed race in an extremely white community, I had no idea how my hair was supposed to look. The women on my mom’s side, the white side, all had naturally straight hair that they desperately attempted to curl. I have seen many a failed perm and body wave...
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13 May

Pastel Hair is Not Going Away—So Here’s How to Do it Right

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Pastel hair has been queen for what feels like forever now. You would think that at this point, the pretty pinks and subdued blues would feel tired. However, like any good trend with staying power, the pastel shades continue to evolve and stay fresh in our ever-changing beauty world. Here’s how you can make pastels work this season without feeling like it has all been done before.   Opal Take your mermaid hair to the next level by embracing the opal hair color trend. You’ll be as gorgeous as the pearls that inspire this color, with soft and iridescent pinks, blues, and purples highlighted throughout. This is definitely a color move that you’ll want to try with a very experienced hairstylist.   Pastel rainbow...
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7 Apr

13 Timeless Hair Icons Who Continue to Inspire

All that’s old is new again! We are constantly looking to the past for contemporary inspiration. Luckily, there is no shortage of retro hair icons who have left their mark on the world with their lust-worthy locks. Here are a few of our favorites. Veronica Lake Veronica is queen of the most glamorous, side-parted waves to have ever hit the silver screen. During red carpet season, you’re sure to see modern interpretations of her flawless femme-fatale look. Cher Every one of Cher’s ever-evolving hairstyles are fabulous, but nothing can top her super-long and sleek 60s & 70s hair. Rock her middle part and some bell-bottoms and you’ll be ready to hair flip with the best of them. Brigitte Bardot She’s got bedroom eyes with the...
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