For women fighting cancer, feeling good about the way they look goes beyond just vanity. The American Cancer Society found that almost 9 of every 10 women cancer patients reported feeling more confident about coping with their disease - when they felt they looked good. Of which hair plays a huge part. "It was very hard when my hair started falling out," observes one breast cancer survivor. "It really takes away who you are when you look in the mirror."
So Pantene teamed up with the American Cancer Society - the largest non-profit health organization committed to saving lives and improving the quality of life for people facing the disease - on Pantene Beautiful Lengths to help women (and men) grow strong, long beautiful locks. Once they're ready to "pony" up, the next step is to cut and donate their tresses to be made into real-hair wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments.
Be sure to check out the videos above - there are two of them, just refresh your browser to watch the second one - to see Queen Latifah and other celeb royalty who proudly support this initiative.
To date, Pantene has donated 24,000 free real-hair wigs to the American
Cancer Society’s wig banks, which then distribute wigs to cancer
patients across the country. "We created Beautiful Lengths because healthy hair means a lot to us, and the appearance of healthy hair means so much to women battling cancer," explains Pantene. "We want to be there for women when looking and feeling healthy is so important to them."
- Lesley Scott
[Note: This was written in partnership with Pantene Beautiful Lengths. The words are mine.]
As a student at Yale getting an M.F.A. in photography, Endia Beal interned in the IT department...along with her striking red afro. Black and taller than most of her colleagues, short(er) white guys, her tresses had the men curious and wanting to touch it. Instead of ignoring the elephant in the room, Beal
responded like the artist she is by mining it for material. She asked the men not only to touch her hair but to really pull it and then, a week later, she recorded them on video talking about what was for many of them a new experience. "I wanted to allow someone to feel something different, to experience something they never had before, and through that experience, they felt uncomfortable,” she explains, "and then to talk about it kind of amplifies that feeling." (image)
That feeling inspired another really interesting experiment: enabling other women to experience some of what Beal had as a result of her hair and the workspace. The women chosen were white and in their 40s and older, mostly Baby Boomers, a demographic with pretty specific ideas of how you're "supposed" to look in the corporate world. She took them to a salon and gave each one a new "black" hairdo and had them agree that whether or not they were happy with the result, they would sit for a traditional corporate portrait. "I said, ‘I am going to give you a black hairstyle,’ and they were like, ‘You’re going to give me cornrows?’ And I said, ‘No, we’re
going to do finger waves.’ ‘Finger waves? What’s that? You mean from the ’20s?’ And I said, ‘These are a little bit different type of finger waves!’"
Having the women actually go to work wearing their new hairstyles is obviously the next step, but Beal acknowledges that climbing the corporate ladder with a non-conformist coiffure comes with burdens to hurdle. In the mean time, she figured that an art project was a great way to start traversing that gap. Which members of the FOLKSPUN fashion tribe excel at: either keeping alive the arts and crafts that keep us alive inside or, as with Beal's "Can I touch it?" project, placing them in an unexpected context to create fresh and exciting new insights.
The End Times have been grandly predicted hundreds of times in the past, beginning - on record, at least - with the ancient Romans of 634BC who feared the end was nigh when Rome turned 120. Sextus Julius Africanus revised his Doomsday date to the year 800, while in 1186, John of Toledo confirmed that the planetary alignment was primed for our destruction in 1186. Martin Luther placed his bets on "no later than 1600 and Cotton Mather was forced to revise his prediction of 1697 to 1716 when the former failed to materialize. Harriet Livermore (1847), Seventh Day Adventist Margaret Rowen (1925), astrologer Jeane Dixon (1962), Pat Robertson (2007) and fundamentalist Mormon Warren Jeffs (2012) have all been famously wrong. Going forward, Dixon decided to have another crack at it and gives us until 2020, while Sir Isaac Newton's read of the Bible places the date in 2060.
Suffice it to say, Armageddon Prediction is probably not the most rewarding of career choices.
The fact that these various (false) prophets of doom & gloom accurately hone in on people's fears and yet are so consistently W-R-O-N-G makes it unsurprising to me that the Apocalytic fashion tribe - which is prepping for the Apocalypse, but with an eye on style - has two distinct flavors. The first is the most obvious: the very head-to-toe tough leather, Mad Max-channeling fashion badass which takes the predictions (somewhat) seriously. They rock Matrix-style kung-fu leather made for badassery - meaning that when you wear it, you can actually engage in activities like moving, eating & breathing.
The second group, while concerned about the looming threat of total annihilation, is also of the mind that all the predictions have turned out to be bunk. So while the predictions worry them...a bit...they only take them half seriously. And the other half? It's out partying like there's no tomorrow since there probably won't be one. Any blow-out party worth its festive salt requires one hell of a getup. Besides, the monied classes have a long history of dressing up and pretending the good times will never end...right up until the end.
That's why I'm not surprised to see the party-mad Apocalytics attempting to follow in the fashionista-extraordinaire footsteps of Effie Trinket (The Hunger Games) and dressing in a kind of hyper-whimsical way that reminds me of those awesome 80s glam Hair Bands. Just like the 80s hair dudes, Apocalytical tresses are ever higher (and closer to god) while their shared love of makeup would make a clown convention look demure. There is similarly much wearing of leopard by both groups, the silhouettes are sexy and body-con (but not in any way particularly pragmatic) and while the accessories reference "tough", the context makes them silly - fingerless leather driving gloves, anyone?
This *thumb your nose at the forces that be* sartorial vibe is strong in the upcoming "Capital Couture" collection by movie costumer Trish Summerville - cue the laser-cut leathers, over-the-top evening finery and streamlined silhouette, all conveniently timed to drop on Net-a-Porter along with the November release of her work in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. “This is also brilliant fashion in its own right," adds Holli Rogers, the Fashion Director of Net-a-Porter, "and we’re delighted to provide our customers with the chance to purchase limited-edition pieces designed by one of the most original costume designers in the industry today.”
How cute are these "Fitness" wedge sneaks Aerosoles just sent me as one of their lucky Brand Ambassadors?! The heel is a totes do'able 2" with cushioning for comfort & their signature diamond-pattern rubber sole - to give a girl traction on the ground when she's runnin' around reaching for the sky. Yes, you could of course pair them with your leather skinnies, but I also thought they'd be super cute with more of a retro pinup-girl vibe with dark-wash big-cuff jeans, a gingham-check shirt, leopard-print headscarf & red, red lips 'n tips.
GET THE LOOK: shirt - American Eagle AE; jeans - MiH; clutch - Antik Batik "Tulib"; head scarf - Gobbolino on Etsy; fragrance - Victoria's Secret Bombshell; lipstick - Vincent Longo; polish - Topshop Nails
Just think: seven days from today you have, like, a gazillion percent less breakage if you take the Pantene challenge starting today! Just try their Anti-Breakage Collection for a week and be sure to weigh in on Facebook about how much healthier your tresses feel. And it'll take you even less time to forgo the frizz - as in 72 hours to silky with the argan oil-rich Smooth Collection from Pantene, part of the Pro-V system. Both of which seem to have made Eva's hair amazing in these two videos; to see both, be sure to refresh your browser. From locking out humidity to fighting frizz before it has a chance to form, Pantene is dishing out the tips and tricks galore on their Facebook page.
- Lesley Scott
[Note: This was written in partnership with Pantene.]
2. Apply a few pumps of volumizing mousse evenly from roots to tips for lift and texture.
3. Using a medium-round boar-bristle brush, blow hair dry.
4. Clip extension pieces into the crown of your hair, making sure to leave enough out on the perimeters for coverage. "If your hair is fine or a bit short," adds Marcia, "I suggest using clip in extensions to achieve P!nk's 'Marilyn' style. Approximately 3 pieces should do the trick."
5. Spray hair with a heat protect styling spray (her pick: White Sands Liquid Texture Firm) and use a medium-to-large curling iron to curl your entire head. The leave it for a few minutes to cool completely.
6. For streaks of playful color, apply Hypercolor Hair Powder with a makeup brush. Then set the style with a medium hold hairspray, teasing the roots a bit before combing through the curls for this sexy voluminous look.
For this rockabilly pompadour, start with dirty hair.
1. If your hair is really clean, add a bit of a mattifying powder.
2. Section out the crown area and create volume with a large-barrel curling iron. As each curl is formed, pin it out of the way before moving to the next section of hair.
3. Take a nickel size glob of pomade and rub hands together, applying to the sides and back.
4. Brush sides back. If hair is too long, secure with bobby pins.
5. Take pins out of the crown, tease and run fingers through the curls. Spray with White Sands Stuck Up Mega Hold Hairspray for maximum hold and volume.
The fall/winter 2012-13 menswear fashion shows were looking pretty slick and snazzy - a vertible parade of modern dandies. Which means proper grooming is back, especially an artfully coiffed 'do, be it a tousled-but-not-really coif a la Hermes, more sporty & au natural (Calvin) or somewhere in between the Italian ladies man stepping out (Prada) or the too-cool-for-school British lad in Burberry Prorsum.
Whether your man digs a laid-back look or enjoys getting his primp on, he's gonna need to shampoo. Like this Bed Head Clean Up daily shampoo which is formulated with botanical goodies for healthy hair growth - including saw palmetto, sunflower seeds, lemongrass extracts & menthol - but most importantly: looks cool and manly lining the bathroom shelf. Available at Jacks of London - The Home of Male Grooming where they only stock stuff they've actually tried for themselves & belive in.
- Lesley Scott
[Note: this was written in partnership with Jacks of London. The words are mine.]
Although vampires have ruled the pop culture roost for the past few years, with the sun finally setting on the Twilight saga, it's time for a new mythical creature to ascend.
This time from the briny depths ... mermaids!
From fashion, to book movies to beauty - as I discussed in this post (from 2010!) in which I gave you a HUGE heads-up on this watery trend just washing up now - mermaids are in the spotlight right now. "Mermaids are incredibly sexy," says Susan Rockefeller, an Oceana board member and director of *Mission of Mermaids* - a short film about preserving the oceans. "It's really about getting back into that beauty of being connected to the sea. In this fast-paced, Twitter-based world, we need a mermaid moment."
In *Fathomless*, teen mermaids (mer-teens) seduce mortals & steal their souls, while *Wrecked* features a mer-man who rescues a shipwrecked teen (man, those kids, they do love reading about the follies of mer-folk).
Hans Christian Anderson's *The Little Mermaid* has now inspired an action remake and at the Spring 2013 runway shows, Nylon mag noted the "mermaid braids" at Holly Fulton, fish scale prints at Monique Lhuillier and the fact that Zac Posen gave his red carpet frocks fish-fin-like flares.
And the Mama Canary in the monster pop culture mineshaft was recently sporting an anchor tatt described by Lady Gaga as her "Stamp of His Mermaid".
Mermaids even have their own Twitter hashtag #mermaidsarereal and people happily shell out $1000 for rent-a-mermaids to don their neoprene fins & blinged-out bras and entertain at events swimming around in the tanks at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa at events (they breathe through "hooka lines" from the surface).
How chic does she look out & about in L.A. with her sleek 'do & these cool skinnies: The Multi Zip Stiletto in Camouflage from Current/Elliott. Snag her look for day with a slim black tank, some leather flip flops & a two-tone bag that mirrors both the gray color in the jeans & the black of the top. Then, when the sun sets, step out in the same pair of pants, just paired with some notice-me neon brights..and if you're truly ballsy, eyeshadow to match.
TOP (DAYTIME LOOK): tank - Kain; flipflops - TKEES; bag - Rachel Zoe; aviators - Stella McCartney; iPhone cover - MICHAEL Michael Kors
BOTTOM (EVENING): neon sweater - Acne; ankle boots - Jimmy Choo "Gio"; skull earrings - Tom Binn's "Rainbows End"; purple clutch - Bottega Veneta; skull key fob - Alexander McQueen; bright yellow eyeshadow - Makeup For Ever
Said quirky diva (according to Vogue) - who was recently featured in Vanity Fair - just wrapped her first COVERGIRL ad shoot, which will debut in the September issue. Rocking a black-and-white wardrobe, as always, she - and her signature coiffure - are on a mission to encourage the rest of us to use our artistic powers to play, change, transform. "I believe it's time that women truly owned their superpowers and used their beauty and strength to change the world around them," says Monáe. "One of my core values is to help redefine what it means to be a strong and beautiful woman in the music and fashion worlds and to empower the wonderful things that make us unique. Becoming a COVERGIRL is truly an honor and a gift: it opens up a new platform for me to inspire women to feel stronger, braver and more beautiful inside and out."
Janelle does more than talk the talk & wait for her phat endorsement check - she also founded Super7, her non-profit committed to providing essential "Super Powers" to young women and young girls everywhere, focusing on their health, well being, and personal dreams. "
Janelle is a true force of energy and a beautiful spirit who truly delights in her creative journey, not just the destination," adds Esi Eggleston Bracey, VP and General Manager, COVERGIRL Cosmetics. "We're elated and can’t wait to show the world another dimension of her artistic ‘superpowers’ as a member of our COVERGIRL family."