Numbing Creams For Tattoos Are Trending—But Are They Safe?

Getting a new tattoo is exciting, especially if it's your first. Everyone warns you that getting a tattoo hurts, but what's a little temporary pain for a lifetime piece of body art, right? Spoiler: Getting a tattoo is typically more than a little pain, especially in areas where there is less flesh between skin and […]

30 Easy On-the-Go Hairstyles for Naturally Curly Hair

Curly hair is a blessing, but it's not always easy to manage. Once you've mastered what works for your curls, it can be tempting to stick to one or two basic styles—but you certainly don't have to. Need proof? Just take a cue from each of the looks below. Each of these red-carpet-worthy styles is […]

How to Air-Dry Hair, According to Stylists

At its simplest definition, the term "air dry" is very self-explanatory. If all you want is for your hair to dry without using a dryer, all you need to do is walk out of the shower and wait for the air to do its job. Many even consider air-drying to be a good "break" for […]

Hair Rebonding: Is the Smoothing Treatment Safe?

For those of us with curly or wavy hair, creating a sleek, straight appearance requires a fair amount of blow-drying, heat styling, and protection against the elements. Somewhere between a keratin treatment and Japanese straightening lies the hair rebonding method, a chemical process that creates a straight texture, maximizes shine, and imparts an overall lower-maintenance […]

Azelaic Acid Is the Underrated Acne Ingredient Beloved by Derms—Here’s Why

When you think of acne treatments, azelaic acid might not be the first ingredient to come to mind—or, let’s be honest, even the fifth ingredient—but it should be. Whether you use it as a cream, gel, or foam cleanser, this treatment may banish bacteria and reduce redness brought on by different skin conditions. Azelaic acid […]

Are Scalp Massagers Worth The Hype? We Asked Experts

Okay—we'll admit: We haven't always been the best at scalp care. With a focus and emphasis on hairstyling and appearance, it's easy to get carried away with your strands' lengths and skip out on its foundation. Still, scalp care is an essential part of any hair care regimen.  If you have natural hair, like me, […]

Why Salicylic Acid Is Recommended For Clear Skin Too

Unlike some of the questionable acne remedies found on the Internet, an exhaustive amount of research exists to support salicylic acid as an effective acne treatment, which is why this is probably not your first time hearing about the ingredient. If you’ve ever dealt with acne, we’d be willing to bet you’ve even tried a […]

9 Places You Should Never Forget to Apply SPF

Here’s a sobering fact: skin cancer is the number-one type of cancer in the United States. With summer in full swing, it’s more important than ever to have sun safety top of mind. We’ve got you covered when it comes to all things sun and skin here at Byrdie HQ, whether you’re curious about the […]

50 Long Pixie Cuts to Try No Matter Your Styling Skill Level

We're calling it now: The days of long, fussy hair extensions are over. Now, it's all about the messy, low-maintenance chop. In particular, pixie cuts with layers and complexities are perfect for effortless, post-quarantine style. But are you ready to make the cut? “Be honest with yourself and your stylist,” says Adrianne Johnson, stylist at Maxine […]

Microbiome Diet 101: How It Works, Benefits for Gut Health

Detoxing usually involves cutting out certain food groups, but before you commit to a liquid-only diet for seven days, consider a different type of cleanse: the microbiome diet. Natural health enthusiasts swear this anti-inflammatory food plan can help with skin a host of health concerns from acne to depression by rebalancing the bacteria in your digestive system […]