Ben Mollin on Hair Wars, Shear Genius, and His Favorite Hair Trends

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October 13 at W Hotel in Scottsdale won't just be a typical Sunday night. It will be a chance for Arizona to get to know Ben Mollin and the most talented salon teams in Arizona, who will bring out all the stops during Hair Wars the Supreme Salon Tour.

Lucky for us, Mollin (whom you might recognize from Bravo's Shear Genius) is the host of this unforgettable hair affair. From a stylist doing hair out of his living room and record shops to being a world-renowned hair tamer and educator, his career has had quite the trajectory. Mollin caught up with Jackalope Ranch to dish on the upcoming event, chat about his love for brutal metal, how his wife and partner Angela inspires him, and how he considers himself the luckiest man in the world.

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Your Guide to DIY Acidic Beauty Remedies

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Gigi Arredondo
Don't let those roof rats eat all the citrus or throw away that near-expired milk, beauty buff. Those are valuable acids that can be used to make your face shine. These naturally acidic home remedies can brighten, tighten, smooth -- and they're probably already in your kitchen or backyard. Here are some common ingredients from strong to gentle that can concoct the perfect at-home peel.

Acetic Acid: This is commonly found in vinegar and is more acidic (about five percent) than many over-the-counter cosmetic products. The high acidity level makes skin inhospitable to blemish-causing bacteria. It also can help in the fading of surface scars and reducing redness due to acne.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Create a toner type of peel with one part ACV to four parts water. Rub it on your face for one to three minutes. Wash it off, pat skin dry, and follow with a moisturizer. Those with sensitive skin should be careful; this stuff is strong.


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How to Choose the Best Bangs for Your Face Shape

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Kirsten Dunst in Bachelorette

Bangs can be a good disguise for any women by creating softness, accentuating eyes, showing off those cheek bones, and creating a more youthful look. Choosing the style of bangs for you can be tough, but we've assembled this guide to getting the best bangs for your buck by pairing seven different face shapes with their best-suited fringe.

Round: If your face is round like Kirsten Dunst, then try a deep side part bang that grazes the cheek bone. Fringe hitting mid cheek bone will help to elongate and open up your face whether you part in the center or always keep it to the side.

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10 Most Expensive Celebrity Beauty Treatments

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Nick Warner from Windsor, England (Wikimedia Commons)
Kate Middleton at the Garter Procession, 2008
They say beauty is only skin deep, but apparently even shallow good looks can cost a fortune if you're a Hollywood hotshot. We all know that movie stars and the like are prone to spending ridiculous amounts of money on things, but in case you forgot that it takes a village (of rich, talented people) to keep them looking the way they do, here's a list of their priciest beauty secrets to serve as a reminder.

Kate Middleton: Bee Venom Facials
$255 a treatment (though bee venom can cost as much as $55,200 per ounce)

We're just going to assume that the price of bee venom directly correlates to how much of a pain in the ass it must be to collect. Regardless, dropping a couple hundred on a facial is pretty extreme. In Princess Kate's defense, there are a whole lot of people interested in her looks. though, and rumor has it she was introduced to the treatment by her stepmother-in-law, the Duchess of Cornwall. So maybe we'll give her break.


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Bird Poop Facials Available in New York

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We've seen our fair share of bizarre beauty treatments --- snake venom creams, flaming alcohol-soaked towel masks, and who could forget the flesh-eating "spa fish." Nevertheless we are cringing at the latest spa treatment to come out of New York.

Introducing the bird poop facial.

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Five Baking Soda Beauty Tips

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Baking soda mixed with vinegar

Floating around in our cabinets is a magical ingredient that can help deodorize, exfoliate, and cleanse. Let us introduce to you: baking soda. This chemical compound, whose proper name is sodium bicarbonate, can be a key ingredient in your beauty regimen just as readily as a batch of chocolate chip cookies.

This white powder works differently when mixed with acids or bases. Mildly abrasive and pH-balancing, baking soda helps to neutralize acids, oils, and odors. And that means you can use it lots of different ways. Here are five beauty remedies to try with the everyday ingredient hiding in your cupboard.


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Three Best Beauty Blogs for Hair and Makeup Junkies

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Those lucky biotches who have beautiful hair, flawless skin, and perfect eyebrows are completely annoying with their "I just rolled out of bed and I am perfect" BS. They saw a "how to" on a blog but won't tell which one or reveal the fact that their ish is not natch. Well, we will have your shiny hair and perfect nails, because we've found your secrets. Luxurious hair, the perfect manicure, and flawless skin are things that we all strive to master, and beauty blogs are the answer.


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Five Summer Nail Trends You Have to Try

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Anna Stimson

Sporting on-trend nails this summer means going big or keeping your mani to yourself. Choose one of these looks or choose to rock them all. Whatever you decide, keep in mind that bling and bold shapes are accessorizing fingers across the Internet -- and they take up less room in your summer suitcase than jewelry. Here are five nail-art trends you have to (at least) try this summer.

Nail Charms: Adding nail charms to your finger this summer is a fun way for beauty buffs to make your mani stand out. Studs, spikes, rhinestones and even tiny little bows can be fun and help accessorize (just make sure your outfit is toned down).

Tip: Start with a single polish color on all nails. Then mix in metallic rhinestones and matte beads or studs and bows. Do one nail or do them all -- your options here are endless.


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Barbie Got Back: Artist Creates Doll with Real-Life Proportions

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Left, Barbie as sold today; right, a doll with average human proportions
By now, most of us have heard that if Mattel's Barbie were a real person with the toy's proportions, she wouldn't just be clinically anorexic but, like a piece of badly rendered CGI animation, would succumb to the laws of physics and bend and snap (and not in the cool, Legally Blonde way). Literally, not even professional models are built like that.

Artist and researcher Nikolay Lamm has spent the past few months using a combination of 3D modeling and Photoshop to create images that flip the idea around -- what if the doll resembled an average, healthy 19-year-old woman?

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Try These 5 Easy Summer Hair Tutorials

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Whether you are working this summer, going on vacation, attending weddings, or just lounging by the pool, there's no escaping getting ready.

Here are five easy-to-follow tutorials that'll help you get the trendy hair you've been drooling over -- from messy fishtail braids to perfectly tied-up top knots. Most of these 'dos are relatively easy to create and require tools that you probably already have.

Remember: practice makes perfect. There are no excuses for unkempt hair.

See also:
Give Up on These 5 Impossible Hair Trends
Tabatha Coffey Talks Bravo, Being So Over Ombre Hair, and Beauty Tips
10 Self-Tanner Tips, Tricks, and Techniques


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