The 80s were a wild time, and that very much includes the beauty trends. Most 1980s hairstyles can be characterized by big volume, crazy texture, and an overall larger-than-life attitude. While there’s no question that some of these looks are better left behind, many of them are becoming popular again — with modern updates, of course. Styles like super high ponytails, massive curls, and even mullets are making a comeback, with celebrities like Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, and Billie Eilish getting in on the trend.
Given that the 90s and early 2000s are so trendy right now, it’s not totally surprising that the 80s are joining the ranks. Plus, 1980s hairstyles are undeniably fun and it’s shockingly easy to bring them into the 21st century. Here, we spoke to celebrity extensionist Priscilla Valles, celebrity extensionist, and Weezy, celebrity hairstylist with Upgrade to hear their thoughts on the 1980s hairstyles that are cropping back up, plus their top tips on adapting these looks for 2022 and beyond.
A full head of this zig-zagged style was super trendy among 1980s hairstyles but nowadays might seem a little much. “I think doing little accents of the crimping iron instead of a full head of crimped hair makes for a cool ponytail,” Valles tells GLAM. “Leaving accents where pieces of the ponytail have it or creating a slick ponytail with a full ponytail crimped is also cute!”
Pretty much no one expected the mullet to make a resurgence, but here we are. “I’m seeing more mullets make a return in a lot of editorial shoots, runways, and print, so it’s only a matter of time before it becomes the new norm,” says Weezy.
To tone the look down for today, Valles suggests keeping the back of the mullet on the shorter side. “A subtle mullet with shorter hair in the back making it less of a dramatic hairstyle is definitely a more modern take on the hairstyle,” she says.
“I honestly don’t think it ever goes away for me personally,” says Valles. “It is always fun, trendy, and girly.” The stylist loves the idea of keeping a side ponytail with an 80s feel by adding a scrunchie, but Weezy offers a modern take. “In this new day in age, I’m seeing the side ponies be done lower on the head and a lot longer in length,” he says. “Some stylists are even adding fun pops of color, braids, and faux locks to the ponytail for more character.”
Everyone wants voluminous hair, and as Valles points out, the beachy wave era has begun to get a little boring. Because curls are so timeless, she suggests staying true to the 1980s hairstyles and using jumbo hot rollers to create them. “For added volume, you can add in clip-in hair extensions too,” she says. “I would recommend my line with Glam Seamless; the quality of hair is the best and most of the colors come rooted for a perfect match and the clips are nice and flat for a natural look. They also have the most hair per set.”
For a softer look, Weezy recommends brushing the curls out. “Nowadays adding the big curls is only the first step to creating the look,” he says. “The curls are now brushed out to create a nice soft wave. I have created a wig that is similar to this style with Upgrade.”
The experts agree that pigtails will always be a fun, flirty style, but you can certainly amp it up for a more modern look. “I would add in some of my clip-in extensions from Glam Seamless to give it extra length and make them thicker,” says Valles. “[You can style] the hair with a heavy side part with a bang or a center part with the pigtails worn them high up top.”
An effortless-cool style, feathered hair is becoming more and more popular these days. Plus, Weezy adds, “it helps the hair appear healthier and adds tons of volume.” One way to revamp the look, Valles says, is to not go so heavy with the layers and instead go for a softer, more gradual look.
There’s no denying that the shag is one of the most low-maintenance 1980s hairstyles. “It’s the perfect way to have your hair dry and is the true test to having a great haircut,” Valles says. She suggests keeping the layers softer and longer for a more modern twist. “They may not be for everyone, but shags are definitely coming back for the more carefree, trendsetters of our time,” Weezy adds. In fact, shag haircuts were one of the most popular hairstyles of 2021.
It is a bit weird that as a collective society we’re so obsessed with serial killer shows and films, but psychologists speculate that our keen interest in the topic is likely because it offers us a way to explore this foreign and dark world that we’d otherwise never understand. Serial killer TV shows, films, podcasts, and books also often tell stories of complex human emotion and psychology. Whatever the case may be, the entertainment industry has certainly delivered when it comes to murder shows. So, if you’re looking for some binge-worthy options — think psychological thriller shows like Mindhunter or classic shows like How To Get Away With a Murder — we’ve rounded up a list that’ll satisfy and spook you to your core.
Almost always, doctors are framed in our minds as benevolent beings here on earth with the sole purpose to heal and cure us. Dr. Death — which is based on a true story — turns that idea completely upside down. This unusual serial killer show tells the completely horrifying story of a spinal surgeon and utter sociopath named Dr. Christopher Duntsch (Joshua Jackson) who performs catastrophic surgeries on patients. It’s every patient’s worst nightmare.
If you’re craving a fictional tale, look no further than You, a Netflix serial killer show that’s now in its third season and already renewed for a fourth. It’s a murder show unlike others with a cult-following of viewers who have somehow become endeared to — and even root for — the lead, a bookish man named Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) who stalks his love interests and essentially gets rid of anyone who stands in his way.
This gripping series debuted in 2013 and has three seasons, the most recent of which was in 2016. It’s not one of the most recent serial killer TV shows on this list, but it’s just as binge-worthy. The Belfast-based psych thriller follows the story of a sporadic serial killer with no real MO (Jamie Dornan) and a determined detective (Gillian Anderson) that’ll do anything to catch the bad guy.
Also in its third season, Mr. Mercedes is a serial killer showthat follows a retired detective’s (Brendan Gleeson) quest to find a murderer that torments him through a series of letters. At his side is a teenage boy and a quirky woman who are equally determined to put an end to this killer’s murderous spree.
It took four decades to finally locate the notorious “Golden State Killer” and late crime writer Michelle McNamara had a big part in solving the case. I’ll Be Gone In The Dark is a six-episode docuseries based on the writer’s titular book and interspersed with interviews from her widowed husband, friends, and people close to the case. If you’re into true crime TV shows or podcasts, this is definitely a winner.
Small-town detective Mare Sheehan (Kate Winslet) is a loner with her own set of struggles, but she’s determined to find the person who killed a local teenage mother. This one’s not your typical serial killer TV show, either. It’s a fascinating and beautiful story that weaves mystery, crime, grief, community, and relationships into one tapestry.
Almost always, our goal as the viewer of a serial killer show is to solve the crime. But in the The Sinner — an anthology series with three seasons and a fourth on the way — we’re shown who the murderer is from the get-go. We even see it happen. The point of the show, starring Bill Pullman, for the viewer at least, is to explore why the murder happened. Each season is a new story.
The Patient (FX)
There’s truly no shortage of serial killer shows, but if you’re feeling like you’ve run dry on shows to binge, we’ve got one more for you to look forward to. Highly anticipated, The Patient (FX) is the story of a recently widowed psychotherapist (Steve Carell) who’s held prisoner by a serial killer with a very strange request. It’s set to debut in late 2022.
Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly are engaged, the couple announced on Wednesday — and of course everything from the engagement itself to the ring is extra af. What else would you expect from one of Hollywood’s most unconventional couples?
“In July of 2020 we sat under this banyan tree. We asked for magic. We were oblivious to the pain we would face together in such a short, frenetic period of time. Unaware of the work and sacrifices the relationship would require from us but intoxicated off of the love. And the karma,” Fox wrote on Instagram alongside a video of the engagement that took place on January 11.
She continued: “Somehow a year and a half later, having walked through hell together, and having laughed more than I ever imagined possible, he asked me to marry him. And just as in every lifetime before this one, and as in every lifetime that will follow it, I said yes…and then we drank each other’s blood.”
But Machine Gun Kelly didn’t just put an ring on it. He designed the ring himself, and it’s loaded with romantic symbolism. Following their engagement announcement, MGK shared a video of Fox’s engagement ring on Instagram, revealing the special meaning behind the massive, two-stone stunner.
“I know tradition is one ring, but i designed it with Stephen Webster to be two: the emerald (her birthstone) and the diamond (my birthstone) set on two magnetic bands of thorns that draw together as two halves of the same soul forming the obscure heart that is our love,” he wrote in the caption.
According to reporting by PageSix, the stones in Fox’s engagement ring appear to be 4 or 5 carats each, putting the ring’s value at an estimated $300,000 to $400,000.
“[MGK] wanted something that was completely original and meaningful to both Megan and himself. He fed me lots of material in an almost lyrical form,” Webster told Vogue. “I used this to create the two rings which become one. I used magnets embedded in the gold to attract the two rings together when worn as one. Possibly the most romantic story I have had to work with.”
On Instagram, the jeweler shared more about the ring’s design: “The design features two interlocking Thorn bands, each side holding one of the two perfectly shaped pear-shape gems. Created in 18ct white Gold, pavé set with colourless natural Diamonds. The Diamond is a D colour antique cut and the Emerald an extraordinary completely untreated Colombian gem.”
Fox and MGK began dating in 2020, and have considered themselves soulmates — or “twin flames” — from the start of their relationship. “Instead of a soul mate, a twin flame is actually where a soul has like ascended into a high enough level that it can be split into two different bodies at the same time,” Fox told Lala Kent on her podcast. “So we’re actually two halves of the same soul, I think. And I said that to him almost immediately, because I felt it right away.”
Just when you thought you’d seen all of the Y2K hair trends make their return, yet another makes it way on your social media feeds. Chunky highlights have already come back around (particularly in the form of money piece highlights), but an even more playful interpretation is currently trending: skunk stripe hair. Unlike the money piece trend, which involves face-framing pieces, skunk stripe hair has a bit more flexibility — and it’s a whole lot bolder.
“Skunk stripe hair is a panel of bleached hair wherever the wearer wants to make this creative statement,” Tina Outen, session stylist and celebrity colorist tells GLAM. “It can be hidden underneath, peeping through the back of the hair or face-framing.” The stripe of dyed hair is meant to mimic a skunk’s two-toned fur, but it doesn’t have to be limited to platinum or gray. Celebrities like Billie Eilish and SZA have put their own spin on the skunk stripe hair trend, experimenting with bolder colors like neon green.
Why is skunk stripe hair trending?
Like many trends from the 90s and early 2000s that have made a resurgence, skunk stripe hair is an excuse to play around with your look. “I think it’s so popular because it’s a fun way to experiment with the contradictory aspects of both dark and platinum hair,” says colorist Bianca Hillier. “If you tend to wear your hair up, it’s also a creative way to blend the two colors together with an updo or even braids.”
“The 90’s are everything at the moment,” Outen adds. “The panel also allows the wearer a chance to experiment with the rainbow color obsession without having to commit to bleaching all of their hair.”
What should you ask for at the salon if you want to try skunk stripe hair?
If you’ve decided to take the plunge into skunk stripe hair, the experts agree that communication is key in achieving the best result. “Ask your colorist and stylist to talk together,” Outen says. “You need both of their inputs on where the most flattering panel for your face shape and skin tone should be. Not everyone suits the brightly bleached blonde next to their skin tone or has the quality of hair around their hairline to take the strength of hair bleaching. You want this statement color to be fun and a joy to express confidently without the worry of suitability and hair damage.”
In addition to an honest conversation, Hillier adds that it’s always best to come to the salon with photos of what you have in mind. “Come prepared with photos of what you want to achieve as well as a verbal description to best ensure you and your colorist have the same vision in mind,” she says.
What kind of upkeep is required for skunk stripe hair?
As with most hair color trends, some level of maintenance is required to keep your style looking its best. Rae Ann Coto, colorist at FEKKAI SoHo Salon says that the upkeep will vary depending on the type of look you’re going for. “If you like the rooty look, then you can either let it grow out or touch it up on the 8-10 week scale,” she tells GLAM. “If you want to keep the color fresh and to the root, touch ups will have to be done on a 4-6 week schedule. If you have a bold color like pink, you will have to reapply the color every few weeks to your ends as the color fades out.”
Hillier adds that an at-home treatment is helpful for keeping color-treated hair healthy and fresh. “Treat your hair regularly with the Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector, which contains patented bond building technology to ensure the integrity of the chemically treated hair,” she says.
With at-home offices and remote positions the norm, it’s no surprise that “work-life” lines are more blurred than they’ve ever been before. The fizzy newness of “work from home” (WFH) has duly worn off, and things like answering emails from the couch, folding laundry while listening to conference calls or snuggling with our fur babes while on deadline is part of our day-to-day routine. However, some people are changing “work from home” to “work from anywhere,” a practice that has been dubbed bleisure travel.
Bleisure travel is a portmanteau for the words “business” and “leisure.” In short, it’s the concept of traveling somewhere near or far — either for days, weeks, or even months at a time — while keeping your current job and working per usual. Ahead, we explore the benefits of bleisure travel, plus offer pro tips to make it work for your professional lifestyle.
The Benefits of Bleisure Travel
Not only is bleisure travel an opportunity to explore somewhere new, but it can be a boon to your mental well-being. “In general, leisure activities are associated with lower levels of stress, anxiety, and depression and an increased sense of well-being. Combine that with travel and you have a wonderful opportunity to enhance your well-being even further,” explains psychotherapist Bianca Rodriguez, founder of You Are Complete.
She adds that travel can help stimulate all of our senses in new ways, which in turn can help pull us out of the ruts we tend to get in when we experience the same environment day in and day out. Ultimately, traveling somewhere new can boost your mood, enhance creativity, and reduce feelings of stress. Further, a study from Cornell University demonstrated that simply planning a trip can lead to a direct increase in happiness.
“For me, sitting on a balcony with a cup of coffee and a beautiful view is when I am not only the most productive, but also get the most joy from my work,” says Colleen Kavanagh, a digital health entrepreneur and the CEO of SoulBeing. “For those of us in colder winter climates, a getaway of warmer weather and sunshine can have a substantial impact on our vitamin D, dopamine, and serotonin levels that lasts for weeks after our return.” This, of course, is a benefit to both you and your employer.
As someone who’s worked remotely for over a decade now, I can also speak from experience here. The first few times I traveled to a new locale and opened up my computer to work, it admittedly felt a bit forbidden. On one hand it felt like I was breaking a rule by being somewhere gorgeous instead of in my home office. On the other, I felt a weird sense of guilt for continuing “the grind” while on vacation.
The key to getting over those feelings is to create an entirely new mental space — one where business and leisure are equally combined. Once you get a firm grasp on that, bleisure travel can be really exciting. For example, on my most recent trip to Croatia — a two-week solo road trip where I still took my conference calls and met all my deadlines — I actually looked forward to cracking open the computer. It made work more exciting, and to be honest, it revived my creativity and helped nix feelings of burnout.
Tips to Make Bleisure Travel Work for You
Want to give bleisure travel a spin? Keep the following in mind as you plan your new destination.
Remember that bleisure is the combination of business and leisure; it provides an opportunity to explore a new location without taking time off work. That said, follow through with work-related commitments, including meetings, deadlines, and timely correspondence.
Meet Some Deadlines in Advance
Try to meet some deadlines in advance or give yourself a head-start on work tasks you know might be the most time-consuming. This will afford you more flexibility on your workcation.
Be Mindful of Indulgences
“One pitfall that I have struggled with is using a new location as an excuse to indulge beyond what I know is ideal for myself,” says Kavanagh. “I love great restaurants and good wine, but recognize that if I am using a trip as an excuse to eat and drink whatever I want night after night, my sleep is often impacted and I end up feeling more exhausted.” At the end of the day, don’t forget that you have to wake up and get back to work in the morning.
Maintain Work Boundaries
Work boundaries are a must whether you’re at home on your couch, lapping up sunshine a tropical island, or cozying up in a winter cabin. By creating clear lines between the workday and your free time, you’ll be able to enjoy your workcation much more. “Set specific times for work versus leisure so that there’s a delineation between both activities,” says Rodriguez. “Having a simple ritual to mark the transition from working to not such as closing your laptop and putting it away can help you make the psychological shift.” Also, avoid checking emails and turn off your Slack notifications once you’ve signed out for the day.
In addition to creating a clear line between work and play, maximize your free time. Of course, this means something different for everyone. For some, it might mean exploring the destination or spending time in nature. Others might prefer a comfy night in making dinner or reading a good book while the sun sets out your window.
As a busy mom, Kavanagh says that work-related travel can often feel more like a vacation than her family trips. So, she’ll use her free time to do things she can’t always prioritize. “For me, this includes luxury yoga or workout classes versus the at-home workouts I usually do in my basement or living room, a deep tissue massage, a hike or walk around somewhere new,” she says. “And most importantly: room service!”
Pencil in Some Legit Time Off
If you have some vacation days to spare, pencil in some authentic time off while you’re away. For example, maybe you take Thursday and/or Friday off to create a longer weekend. At the very least, try to schedule your workcation around a weekend so you still get some ample time to make the most of your getaway.
Many employers have adapted to this new world where employees “work from wherever.” However, some are still getting used to the idea and others haven’t pivoted much at all. Whatever the case may be for you, try to aim for transparency with your employer. Assure them that you’ll still meet deadlines, attend scheduled meetings, and will be available as usual. When the workcation goes off without a hitch, they’ll be able to relax more the next time you (or another employee) leans into bleisure travel, too.
Crystal Hefner is starting off the new year with a clean slate. The former Playboy Bunny and widow of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner took to Instagram to share that she has made some major changes in her life, including removing “everything fake” from her body and deleting all of the “scantily clad” photos from her social media accounts.
“I removed everything fake from my body and deleted all my old photos. I am more authentic, vulnerable and feel that I belong more to myself. I am mine,” Hefner explained in a lengthy Instagram post alongside a black and white selfie.
In the caption of the post, the model explains that after years of living for others’ approval while jeopardizing her well-being, she has been focused on showing her followers the real her. “I was living for other people before, to make others happy, suffering internally in the process.”
“As most of you know, I grew my following during my “Playboy” years. Certain photos grow followings fast. In short, sex sells,” Hefner continued. “I don’t know whether I felt empowered by dressing scantily clad, showing cleavage, etc …or if I just felt it was expected of me or what… but now I can confidently and 100% proudly say, modesty is what empowers me these days, and because it feels so much better internally, it will probably be this way for the rest of my life.”
Hefner’s post comes just over a year after she opened up about a fat transfer procedure that almost cost her her life, revealing that she lost half the blood in her body and needing a blood transfusion after the 2020 procedure. In the Instagram post, she admitted that she finally learned her lesson and called out the unrealistic beauty standards that lead women to such extremes to begin with.
“How our culture defines beauty makes it impossible to keep up with. Women are overly sexualized. I know from the worst kind of experience. For ten years my value was based on how good my physical body looked. I was rewarded and made a living based on my outer appearance,” she wrote. “To this day I need to write reminders of why I’m worthy that have nothing to do with my physical appearance to convince myself that I’m enough.”
In 2016, Hefner had her breast implants removed, claiming they had slowly poisoned her and caused debilitating illness, uncontrollable back pain, cognitive dysfunction, fatigue, and more. She has since been encouraging other women who are looking to alter their bodies to their research and consider other options.
As she explained in her January 10 post, Hefner finally feels that people are “invested in my life in a positive way” and that she now has “an army of supporters that care and see an actual soul behind the lens.”
“If you follow for insight into my past life, my new one, my travels, my health hurdles, lifestyle, you name it… thank you. I will make it my mission to try and help in all ways that I can while staying true to myself. I hope all of you can stay true to yourself and to what feels right for you as well, because there’s a certain power you get from that you can’t find anywhere else. I love you.”
Are foot fetishes common? What causes people to fantasize about feet? Here, all your questions, answered.
Some people are grossed out by feet while others don’t mind the look of well manicured toes. Then there are those people that take their love of feet to a whole new level, so much so that it gives them sexual pleasure. Of course, this level of fondness is known as a foot fetish — and it’s more common than you think. Studies show that feet and foot accessories, think shoes, toe rings, and even dirty socks, are the most fetishized of all non-genital body parts and objects.
What’s more, it’s estimated that one in seven people fantasize about feet. One survey took it a step further, breaking foot fetishes down by sexual orientation and found that 5 percent of heterosexual women, 18 percent of heterosexual men, 11 percent of lesbian and bisexual women, and 21 percent of gay and bisexual men had foot fetishes. As you can see from this survey, though not completely unusual for women, foot fetishes are most common in men.
So, what is it about feet that get people so turned on? The look, the feel…the smell? Could it be a form of submission? There has actually been plenty of research done on foot fetishes to offer us some answers. Most foot fetishes are developed after a sexual experience during which a partner used their feet to arouse the other, causing an intense orgasm. This creates positive reinforcement in the brain that will make a person want to experience this level of pleasure again in the future, setting the stage for a foot fetish.
Long before this research, it was found that the genitalia is adjacent to the feet in the area of the brain where touch sensation is first processed; this means that foot fetishes could be a result of cross wiring in the brain between the foot and the genital area. Another reason some people like feet is for the simple reason that your feet are covered in hundreds of nerve endings, which equal greater and stronger sensations when tickled, massaged or sucked.
Foot fetishes also play a role in many BDSM scenarios, during which a person likes to feel lower than their partner by acting as foot rest or kneeling at their feet as a power play. There are many reasons people are attracted to feet, and there many misconceptions in regard to foot fetishes as well. When it comes to specific turn-ons during sex, there is absolutely nothing wrong with having fetishes or fantasies so long as they do not harm other people.
If you or your partner have a foot fetish, try to ease into foot play slowly. Start with massages and feel the other person out before moving onto other things, like the licking or smelling. Showing adoration for your partner, no matter the body part, will go well when doing it in a way that is respectable of the other persons feelings. If done right the other person will feel honored and attractive and will likely participate greatly in the fetish of your desire. Either way, remember that you are not odd for having such a fetish.
Trust us when we say that we understand the frustration of having almost grown out your nails to the perfect length and then one splits, or paying for a professional manicure only to tear a tip just days later. Since we use our hands all the time, breaking a nail is extremely easy to do, especially if your nails are dry and brittle.
The best thing you can do is prevent breaks from happening in the first place by keeping your nail beds and cuticles hydrated with oils such as coconut oil and jajoba. You can also use vitamin E oil to help keep your nails nice and strong. Something else you can do to prevent chipping or splitting is to keep a base coat on your nails at all times, making sure that it covers the tips.
You should also make sure that your nail shape is conducive to the base of your nail, and the length should never exceed the fringe of your nail bed. Familiarize yourself with the different nail shapes, from round to almond to stiletto nails, and choose one that is best for both your natural nail bed and lifestyle. In other words, pick a shape that is easy to maintain at home. By doing all of this you can easily prevent your nails from chipping and splitting.
But if you are unable to prevent breakage, there are a few ways that you can save and repair your nail. Below we’ve listed out some fast and easy ways to fix a broken nail at home.
How to fix a broken nail
Seal it with nail glue
Gently buff the surface of your nail, then apply two coats of a fast-drying nail glue. Hold the nail together until the glue dries completely. Once your nail grows out, you can clip away the broken bit. Try Super Strong Nail Bond ($13; amazon.com).
Apply a fake nail
One of the easiest ways to fix a broken nail is to apply a press-on nail over the break. This will buy you time as your nail grows out underneath. Some of the best press-on nails use an adhesive that will last up to seven days. We like Kiss Strong Enough Salon Acrylic Nails ($6; ulta.com), which you can paint over to match your other nails.
The oddest way we’ve heard of fixing a broken nail is with the tea bag method. Cut off a small piece of a tea bag and use a thin brush and some nail glue to secure it to the nail, essentially patching the break. Every few days, you will need to apply another coat of nail glue to make sure the patch sticks.
Fill powder has a thicker viscosity than nail glue and is a lot more durable, so this trick is ideal for deeper breaks. First, apply a later of nail glue to the break, then sprinkle the fill powder over it. (You can also dip your nail into a dish of fill powder.) Repeat this process a couple of times, depending on how bad the crack is. Once dry, buff the nail until smooth.
Clip and file it
A lot of times even after you repair a nail, the crack reappears. So the best way to fix a broken nail that isn’t too deep is to simply clip off the broken bit and file down the nail. Trim your other nails to match and finish by applying a protective top coat. We like Sally Hansen Ultimate Shield ($7; ulta.com).
If you have curly hair, you know that taking care of it is no easy feat. Finding a routine and products that works for you and your strands requires patience and a whole lot of trial and error. But luckily, there are a few tried-and-true methods that you can always rely on for beautiful curls. Curl plopping, for example, is a great step to add to your post-wash ritual; it’s a widely used technique that involves gathering your hair on top of your head in a cotton t-short, microfiber towel or even a hairnet. This not only dries the hair but helps keep curls intact — all without using heat tools.
“Curl plopping enhances your curls and reduces frizz giving you a great hair day without any heat styling,” says Janine Jarman, founder of Hairroin Salon and the creator behind Curl Cult. “Great hair without the heat damage is always a win!” When it comes to curl plopping, the towel you use is the most important factor — and traditional towels, Jarman says, are not the way to go. “They absorb too much moisture from the hair,” she says, “making curly hair dry and roughing up the cuticle causing additional frizz.”
Wondering exactly how to plop curly hair? Ahead, check out Jarman’s step-by-step guide for curl plopping, as well as our recommendations for some of the best hair microfiber towels for the job.
After washing your hair, Jarman says the first step for curl plopping is to gently detangle with a wide-tooth comb. Then, squeeze out any excess water with your hands; however, be gentle as too much fussing will cause frizz. After that, it’s time to apply any curl-supportive products (like creams, gels, or jellies) that you prefer. Jarman recommends ones that are paraben, silicone, alcohol-free, like the Curl Cult Enhance Curl Cream ($35; curlcult.com). A lightweight styling cream for all curl types, it helps to sculpt curls and combat frizz.
Now comes the actual plopping: “Flip your head over and pile your hair in the center of a cotton t-shirt, microfiber towel, hairnet, or fishnet stocking,” Jarman says. “Ensure your hair is nicely tucked in and ‘plopped’ on itself.” Rather than twisting your hair into the towel, it should be sitting, accordion-style, right on top of your head. This will help reduce any breakage and keep your curls as volumized as possible. Jarman suggests keeping your hair wrapped for anywhere between 20 and 30 minutes, then finish drying with a diffuser or air dry any remaining dampness in the hair.
If you have short curly hair, Jarman says you can skip the plopping process altogether. ”For short hair, you don’t need to plop but rather gently scrunch the moisture out of the hair with the recommended towel and finish with a diffuser or air dry,” she says.
When it comes to how to plop curly hair, a cotton t-shirt will work just fine — plus, it’s a great use for all those old screen printed t-shirts you have lying around that you never wear but can’t bring yourself to get rid of. If you’re interested in something a little more luxurious, however, there’s no shortage of options. Check out these curly hair wraps and hairnets that are perfect for plopping.
Lovato, who uses the pronouns they/them, revealed the new ink in an Instagram Story on Saturday, January 8. The video shows a large section of the side of their head shaved with a freshly-inked black spider tattoo above the ear. Lovato tagged Los Angeles-based tattoo artist, Dr. Woo, who has done a couple of tattoos for the popstar.
Lovato later gave some insight into the meaning behind the tattoo. “It was Grandmother Spider who taught us many things. She taught us about pottery and weaving. She taught us about fire and light and dark. She taught us that we are all connected on the web — each one of us having our own place in this world,” they wrote in an Instagram story that followed.
Lovato’s new ink comes shortly after news that they reportedly completed a rehab stint in late 2021. A source told US Weekly that “it was their decision to go back to rehab.” In early December, the popstar went back on their prior stance of going “California sober,” aka using marijuana in place of alcohol and other addictive substances, writing on Instagram that “sober sober is the only way to be.”
Spider tattoos are widely popular among people who are in recovery, as they are thought to represent harmony, connection, and strength. There is a great deal of symbolism attached to the image of a spider. Specifically, the black widow, which appears to be what Lovato has inked on their head, generally symbolizes a strong woman.
Still, little else is known about the current state of Lovato’s sobriety or what’s next for the singer. They started off 2022 with a clean slate on social media, wiping their entire Instagram feed of all prior posts. The only post you will find on their page is an artsy collage of a selfie uploaded on January 1. The photo is simply captioned with the “💞” emoji.