Paris Hilton

"Ever since I was a teenager, my mom always told me to stay out of the sun. That was her secret, and I always listen to her. That’s definitely one of the most important things: taking care of your skin. I get facials every single week from Angela Nice in Beverly Hills—she’s the best.

I’m really into buying beauty products. I’ve been using skin creams and eye creams since I was a little girl. I love Crème de la Mer, La Prairie—they have the best eye creams and serums. I also love using serums that have stem cells. My favorite is SkinCeuticals—it’s 90% stem cells, or something. It’s really good. I believe in skincare, definitely.

I love makeup, especially Chanel eye shadows, bronzer, and lip glosses. My favorite foundation is Armani Luminous Silk. And I love Nars Orgasm Blush. I love eyelashes and being girly and feminine and sexy. And I love eyeliner, so when I’m going out, I like to have that look. Tonight I did my own makeup, but I prefer to have someone else do it, because sometimes I get too lazy—I like sleeping or chilling while they put it on. But I don’t wear makeup every day, just when I’m working, or at an event. At home, I never wear it. Everyone says I look better without makeup, that I  look like I’m a teenager. They're like, 'You have such perfect skin, you don’t need it.' It makes me feel happy when people say that.

For my hair, I use a lot of Kérastase products—all of their beauty masques. I get my hair conditioned, like, every single day. I go to Tracey Cunningham for color, or Michael Boychuck if I'm in Vegas.

I have 16 of my own fragrances, so I only wear those. I just love the business, I have so much fun with it. The fragrances have become so successful, I feel very proud of the empire I've built. They do well around the world, but the biggest markets are in Asia, the Middle East, Brazil, Germany, Russia—those areas are major. My fans collect all the bottles."

—as told to ITG

Paris Hilton photographed by Emily Weiss in New York on February 9, 2014.

by Tammy Goodson of Curlychics

So it's March and considering there's still ice on the ground, naturals are scampering to find the ultimate protective style. But what if you are not a fan of protective styling? Can you still protect your hair without having your ends tucked away? Here a few tips:
  • Deep condition- Moisture Moisture Moisture *in my Jan Brady voice*. Weekly deep conditioning for at least 30 minutes helps to replenish loss moisture which is a necessity in caring for textured hair.
  • Hair Steaming- Hair steaming is the God Mother of deep conditioning methods. The steam opens up the cuticle of your hair allowing deeper penetration, leaving it soft and preventing breakage.

  • Protein treatments- Protein treatments are a porous head of hair’s best friend. If you have high porosity strands, moisture retention will be a challenge. Protein helps fill in the gaps that have been created from chemical processing. Incorporating protein treatments into your hair care regimen is essential to the health of your hair.
  • Section Shampoo Method- Shampooing your tresses (with a moisturizing shampoo) in sections allows you to have more control over the process. Smaller sections will result in less tangles, decreased hair loss and will make for a less laboring task.
  • Dry Styling- Dry styling aids in preventing curls from coiling around eachother creating more tangles resulting in breakage. (bantu knots, twist outs, braid outs)
  • Leave in conditioner- What’s better than conditioning your hair? Leaving the conditioner in! A good leave in conditioner will ensure that the detangling process is much easier while adding moisture and maintaining those moisture levels for a longer period of time.
  • Hands off- Try to limit the amount of time you spend “playing” in your curls. All of that twisting and twirling once it has been styled is unnecessary manipulation that could ultimately lead to breakage.
  • Little or no heat- Minimizing the heat exposure to your hair will prevent irreversible damage and changes in your curl pattern. Keep those blow dryers and flat irons at bay as much as possible.

Sharing hairstories and life experiences from a curl’s perspective. Find Tammy at her blog, Curlychics, on Twitter, and Facebook.

What's your routine in these cold months? 

So you’ve determined your curl pattern, but we all know that your Type 4A coils may be nothing like the Type 4A coils of the next woman. Beyond curl pattern, there are four more unique properties that can help you understand the complexity of curls: porosity, density, width and length. Knowing these characteristics of your curls will help you find the right products and techniques to suit them.
One of the curl attributes that is often misunderstood and even left completely out of the curl conversation is hair width.

What is Hair Width?
Hair width is the measure of the thickness or circumference of the individual hair strands and can also be referred to as texture which should not be confused with the way the hair feels.

-Fine strands have a small circumference and width and when held up to light appear thin and barely there. These strands tend to be weak and easily damaged.

-Medium strands have a circumference between that of fine and coarse strands.

-Coarse strands have the largest circumference and width and the most strength. When held up to the light the strands are very visible and when pulled on do not snap easily. Also it is important not to confuse the word coarse with the way hair feels.

Hair Width & Strength
Hair width is so important when discussing your hair because it plays a major role in determining the strength of it, its susceptibility to damage and therefore your ability to retain length. The thickness of your strands is what helps to determine its strength and usually the thicker the strand the stronger it is. Thus, curlies with coarse hair may find that their hair is very strong and is not easily damaged, whereas fine haired curlies may find that their strands break and split easily.

If you are a fine haired curly you may need to be more careful when you handle your hair to ensure that you retain length. As a fine haired curly looking for longer hair you should be limiting the use of hair tools like brushes and combs, and using very little heat. Also curlies should note that most of us do fall into the fine haired category.

Hair Width & Coloring
Curl width is also important to note when getting chemical services done. You may notice that some women are able to get away with doing things like colouring their hair back to back and still have hair whilst other women experiment with chemicals once and have catastrophic results. The reason being that fine hair processes much faster than coarse hair, and many hairdressers over-process fine hair inadvertently.

Also as mentioned before coarse hair tends to be stronger than fine hair and can tolerate a lot more damage, so the ladies rocking fire engine red and Barbie blonde probably have coarse hair.

How to Measure Width
If you don’t know what your curl width is it is very easy to find out.

The Thread Method:
  1. To begin gather shed hair strands from your comb or brush to examine and use tape to stick the strands to a piece of white paper on either end ensuring that they are pulled taut.
  2. Take a strand of thread and pull it apart to separate it into two strands and also stick one of those strands to the paper on either end.
  3. Once done compare your hair strands to the strand of thread. If your hair is thinner than the strand of thread then your hair is fine. If it is around the same thickness then your hair is of medium width and if it is thicker than the strand then your hair is referred to as coarse.
However, it is important to note that with most things curly hair related your hair width is relative and not a set measurement.

Video: The Definitive Strong Brow Tutorial

Anybody with a laptop, internet connection, and face can produce a YouTube beauty tutorial, but it's not often that we're caught off-guard. Such was the case with the inherent talent of newcomer Emmy Blotnick. How long will it be until you see her name quoted as the makeup artist on an ITG Backstage post? Watch her "How to Really Get Pretty, Strong Eyebrows" tutorial [above], and see for yourself.