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No Fro!

imageWhen I think about Brazil, images that first come to mind are caipirinhas, string bikinis and of course, extreme bikini waxing. For a culture that’s so obsessed with stripping, it’s surprising that the hottest new hair-straightening technique to hit salons stateside is, you guessed it… Brazilian!

Based on a protein-packed chemical solution that magically eliminates even the frizziest of fros, no matter how bad the humidity, the Brazilian hair-straightening process is perfect for girls on the go who want a professional, pin-straight coif every day of the week. Sexier and safer than Japanese thermal conditioning, Brazilian hair-straightening treatments are formulated with Keratin, a natural substance that strengthens strands without singeing them, leaving your hair with a silky sheen. A saving grace for fancy affairs and weddings, Brazilian hair straightening even brings life back to dull and damaged color-treated locks.

imageTired of pulling your hair back into a painful ponytail or bun like my friend Jennifer Dowling-Coticchio, the pretty blonde shown in these before and after snapshots? A busy Wall Streeter who used to spend 2 painstaking hours prepping her unruly waves for work, Jennifer recently test drove the temporary treatment and has never looked (and felt) better. Since being Brazilified this summer, Jennifer now struts out the door with a magnificent and manageable blow-dried mane in a matter of minutes, without the accompanied carpal tunnel syndrome.

Ready to simplify your morning routine? If you’ve got 4 hours to spare, head to a salon to trade in your Roseanne Roseannadanna pouf for an ultra-sleek finish that lasts up to three months. Some words of wisdom: better not breathe during the treatment, as it contains formaldehyde, a known carcinogen that can irritate the eyes and lungs if the fumes are inhaled. Also be prepared to look like a grease monkey for the first 4 days following treatment, as shampooing or even wetting hair is strictly verboten (water instantly strips off the solution). If you can survive all that, you and your hair will get along just fine.

Where Jennifer Got Brazilified: Cactus Salon & Day Spa, located at 1109 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY. To book an appointment, call 516-932-0458 or visit Make sure to ask for hair color specialist, Danielle Bernous.

Where To Get Brazilified: Visit or to find a salon near you. Price Range: $150-$600 (depending on length of hair and thickness)



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imageAlthough I’m only half American (the other half, Canadian), I can identify with this country’s obsession for bodily perfection and quick service. After all, America’s two most famous exports are Hollywood and fast food. From do-it-yourself teeth-whitening kits to cosmetic fillers, everyone’s consumed with perfecting their self image… instantly. The latest addition to this list is Snap-On-Smile, a quick fix for sporting a movie-star mouth.

Since most of us weren’t blessed with a gorgeous Julia Roberts grin (or bank account), Dr. Mark Liechtung, a Manhattan-based dentist created Snap-On-Smile, a less pricey, pain-free and quicker alternative to traditional and non-reversible techniques such as veneers and caps. Ideal for dental phobes who cringe at the thought of needles and drilling, Snap-On-Smile is a surprisingly natural-looking and non-invasive cosmetic alternative. Whether you’re suffering from Lauren Hutton gaps, tobacco stains or missing teeth, there’s a Snap-On-Smile solution for every problem. Not just for weddings or job interviews, this dental breakthrough promises a picture perfect grin every day of the year.

Sounds too good to be true? Just call your local practitioner for a Snap-On-Smile consultation. Choose from 23 shades and 18 designs, custom made from flexible resin arches that fit snugly over your upper and lower teeth. And since Snap-On-Smile’s arches resemble the real thing, no one will even know you’re wearing ‘em but you! Plus, they’re super thin, lightweight and stain resistant, so you can eat and drink without removing them. Buyers beware: perfection doesn’t come without a price (up to $1600 for a set). And be sure to brush your mouth pieces regularly to prevent hellacious halitosis.

  • Snap-On-Smile
  • 877-7-SNAPON
  • $900-$1600 for a set
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Word Of Mouse

imageHaving choices is great. Having too many options can be overwhelming – especially in a city like New York.

That’s why WordOfMouse only recommends the best of NYC, including restaurants, shops, gifts, and ideas for how to spend a free weekend. Recommendations come from a panel of experts on topics like food, fashion, nightlife, fitness, and travel.

Sign up for the free newsletter, and you’ll get a great, brief tip from a trusted expert every Tuesday and Thursday. Because sometimes less really is more.

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Cutting Edge

imageWhen it comes to shaving my legs and armpits, women’s razors just don’t cut it. It’s not because I’m Chewbacca, it’s just that those mass-produced drug store brands have never given me a buttery-smooth finish. But now, with the new The Art of Shaving for Women, I no longer need to steal from my hubby’s shaving kit.

With the cult following garnered from the original The Art of Shaving line for gents, co-founders Myriam Zaoui and Eric Malka decided to create another cutting edge concoction, but created for females with sensitive skin. A femme-tastic range of pastel pink “gardening tools” geared specifically for gals, this state-of-the-art shaving system will prettify your medicine cabinet as well as your skin. The luxe, 5-piece line includes pre-shave oil, shaving cream, a shaving brush, after-shave body milk and ingrown hair night cream (who knew?) – all the fixins you’ll need for a first class shave. No funky fragrances or irritating alcohol formulas, these oils and lotions are packed with premium, all natural rose-infused ingredients that soothe, calm and hydrate the skin. Buyers beware: gorgeous gams don’t come cheap ($60 alone for the shaving brush made of pure badger hair). But, since everything in The Art of Shaving for Women line is sold separately, you needn’t feel pressured to splurge on the whole kit and caboodle.

More than just a swanky shaving system, The Art of Shaving for Women even includes an online tutorial with expert tips to avoid those nicks. At least being hairy is now a hell of a lot more fun.

  • The Art of Shaving for Women
  • 800-493-2212
  • $18-$60 (all items are sold seperately)
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