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A Beginner’s Guide to Wig Maintenance and Styling

As far as maintenance and longevity go, that depends on the type of wig you’re working with—as well as your upkeep habits. “Human hair wigs last longer than synthetic wigs,” says Johnson.“A good quality wig can last for months, or even years, with the right maintenance schedule,” she adds. When they’re well taken care of, a human hair wig can last over a year, and synthetic wigs can last for up to six months.

And while you can shampoo and condition your wigs to keep them looking and feeling fresh, Johnson recommends following tips directly from the wig manufacturer, too, to make sure they have the longest lifespan. “It’s important to use products that the manufacturer recommends. Some synthetic wigs can’t be washed at all, while some require special cleansing products,” she explains. Human wigs should be washed every seven to 10 wears, while synthetic wigs should be washed every 15 to 20 wears. I shampoo and condition both my human hair wigs and synthetic wigs accordingly, but I’m careful not to overwash since it can ruin the quality of the hair and decrease the wig’s lifespan.

Proper upkeep also relates to how long you keep your wig on, especially at night. “If you can take your wig off while you’re sleeping, please do so,” says Johnson. “This gives your natural hair time to breathe, maintains the longevity of the wig, and cuts down on styling time. It’ll be ready to go for the next morning without a ton of touch-up time.” This means that as long as you stay on top of your wig’s care, you can wear styles for weeks at a time before having to switch up to something new. 

Of course, a lot of people do sleep with their wigs on at night—myself included, on days when I’m feeling ~particularly~ lazy. When that happens, I like to tie down the front of the wig with an edge scarf and place a silk bonnet on top to help keep everything in place. 

Wig Removal & Storage

No matter how good a wig looks, you can’t keep it on forever. Luckily, wig removal is a fairly quick process, though it needs to be done with care and safety in mind. (Trust, the last thing you want to do is rip it off and yank strands from your natural hairline.) 

“If glue or lace tape was used, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use the adhesive remover that they recommend,” says Johnson. However, for wigs that aren’t glued down, SHE recommends using a bit of diluted rubbing alcohol to remove any product from your forehead if necessary. 

If you’re storing your wig for a long time instead of just leaving it overnight on a mannequin, it’s best to wash it before. “Deep clean your wig with a clarifying shampoo, like Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Shampoo, for breaking up any old and leftover products that may be trapped in the wig,” says Thomas. “After shampooing you always want to deep condition the wig.” His go-to is Silicon Mix by Avanti and he suggests leaving it on the wig for about 15 minutes, followed by rinsing and air drying. You can air-dry your wig on a wig stand or wall hook if you don’t have one. 

Last but not least: Tend to your natural hair. I always deep clean and condition my own hair right after a wig removal, so there’s no glue, hairspray, or styling residue in sight. Then, I’m ready for my next one.

Amy Schneider Just Broke a Huge Jeopardy! Record

Amy Schneider, reigning queen of Jeopardy!, just added another title to her name: second-longest winner in the game show’s history since it lifted the cap on consecutive wins in 2003.

In case you’re not in her fan club yet, here’s a quick recap: Amy Schneider is an engineering manager from Dayton, Ohio, shattering glass ceilings everywhere she goes. She’s the first woman contestant to win over $1 million, the most successful woman, and the most successful openly trans person to ever compete on Jeopardy! 

Her winning streak began on November 11, 2021. And then on Monday, January 24, Schneider won her 39th game in a row. With this win, she surpassed Yale PhD student Matt Amodio’s 2021 38-game streak. This win brings her second only to current host Ken Jennings, who holds a 74-game streak from 2004. In a tweet from the Jeopardy! account following her win, Schneider said it was “comforting” to have Jennings on stage with her, as he’s the only one who knows the position that she’s in.

“It still feels unreal,” Schneider said in the Twitter video. “Knowing that I had this chance, I was definitely thinking about it. Then Ken said it, and I thought, ‘All right, I just accomplished this huge thing,’ and it was pretty great.”

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Coming up later for Schneider is the Tournament of Champions. She is the first openly trans contestant to qualify, and she’ll be going up against Amodio, whose title she just earned. 

“There was a time when I was like ‘I might be going up against Matt,’ and I was worried about it and I still kind of am, but I’m excited to have the opportunity,” Schneider said of the match-up. To Amodio, she says in her statement, “It was a real pleasure watching you and it’s really going to be an honor playing against you and it’s gonna be a tight competition.”

Britney Spears Dyed Her Hair Purple Because “I’m Bored, OK?”

We have all been there at least once in our lives: so bored that the only way you can cure it is with a fresh (and maybe drastic) new haircut or color. As it turns out, not even celebrities are immune to making brash hair decisions in a state of malaise, as proven by Britney Spears‘s new look. The pop icon shared a video to Instagram on January 21 revealing that her perpetually blonde hair is now a smoky shade of lavender purple.

“Here’s me with purple hair… I’m bored, ok ???” she captioned the Reel. “Very bored so my nail girl said do it !!!! Girl .. I did it but not sure I like it but hey … Here’s me in a 100 dollar mini dress with my boots.”

Whoever is doing Brit’s manicures these days, I have to thank because it’s filling me with pure glee to watch the singer play around with her image in an entirely new way (not something we’ve gotten to witness in recent years for… obvious reasons). Clearly, the rest of Spears’s fans are into it, too: the video has earned almost 8 million views at the time this story was published, and its comment section is rife with purple heart emojis. 

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Spears hasn’t given us a close-up look at the new color save for this unfortunately quick video — nor has she confirmed whether the look is here to stay for the long run. Whether it’s permanent or just the result of a temporary spray/tint/etc., we hope it’s not a one-time deal. 

This story originally appeared on Allure. 

Celebrity News Doesn’t Make You Stupid. Ignoring It Might.

Any person with a limited imagination—a dad, a date, almost any man–can tell you that following celebrity news is stupid, even sinister. It’s rotting our brains; it’s causing societal decay! Pinballing between condescension and contempt, they’ll make sure you understand: If you follow celebrity news, you lack substance.

“Let us have our pop culture gossip and we’ll leave you your fantasy football league,” laughs Emily, who built a following of 200,000 people in two months on TikTok under the handle It’sBecomeAWholeThing with frank, funny videos analyzing celebrity news. For Emily, who has a day job working for a charity, celebrity culture is a form of escapism. But her videos play less like gossip vlogs and more like the work of an NPR pundit crossed with a true-crime enthusiast and a dirtbag podcaster. She is part of a growing group of creators who decode blind items, analyze paparazzi shots, cross-reference timelines, and note tiny details, like the agency credit on a photograph. For many people, the allure of celebrity is the fantasy. But for a growing group, the fun part of celebrity is figuring out which part is fake.

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Examples of Emily’s TikToks: Footage of celeb couples taking adorable coffee walks, shot at close enough range to see that the coffee cups are empty and bone dry. In another video, she tabulates every branded Instagram post a certain celebrity couple did in the lead-up to their lavish wedding. The branded posts are funny at first, and then outlandish, and then suddenly, it’s clear how much financial interest there was in a wedding that looked to the public like a pure celebration of love. 

“It’s really important we’re seeing a rise of people who are analyzing these things and deconstructing these things,” says Jordan, another creator, under the handle JordanMaryAdele, who says she puts two-to-three hours of research into each of her minute-long videos analyzing celebrities. “It’s naive to say it doesn’t matter, because it does—we’ve made it matter.”

These creators are not fans or stans, trolls or haters. They are, as Emily jokes, a “grassroots” movement: think Instagram’s Deuxmoi, think YouTubers like Intelexual Media and Mina Le, think the three (yes, three) popular podcasts that analyze celebrity memoirs (Celebrity Memoir Book Club, Celebrity Book Club, and Celebrity Book Club, of course!) They all offer the bluntness of the Perez Hilton blogger era without the abject cruelty. These creators and their audiences are the people who watched Britney Spears raised up, hunted down, tossed aside, and eventually, set free. They witnessed decades of Monica Lewinsky jokes give way to Lewinsky producing her own prestige TV show, and saw Paris Hilton go from consummate party girl to releasing a documentary on childhood trauma. This is an audience who learned to distinguish between reality and reality TV. They saw the unmasking of violent men—many of them celebrities—during the #MeToo movement. They migrated from LiveJournal to Tumblr to Snapchat to Instagram to TikTok. 

Damon Albarn Apologized to Taylor Swift for Saying She Doesn’t Write Her Own Songs

“That doesn’t count. I know what cowriting is. Cowriting is very different to writing,” he said. “I’m not hating on anybody, I’m just saying there’s a big difference between a songwriter and a songwriter who cowrites. Doesn’t mean that the outcome can’t be really great.”

He continued, “A really interesting songwriter is Billie Eilish and her brother. I’m more attracted to that than to Taylor Swift. It’s just darker—less endlessly upbeat. Way more minor and odd. I think she’s exceptional.” Quick follow-up question for Albarn: If Eilish writes her music with her brother, wouldn’t that be considered cowriting? Anyway….

Unfortunately for the Blur frontman, who currently has 327.9K followers on Twitter, Swift caught wind of his statements—and so did her 89.8M Twitter fans. “@DamonAlbarn I was such a big fan of yours until I saw this,” Swift replied to a tweet by the L.A. Times. “I write ALL of my own songs. Your hot take is completely false and SO damaging. You don’t have to like my songs but it’s really fucked up to try and discredit my writing. WOW.”

Her response didn’t end there. In a second tweet, she added, “PS I wrote this tweet all by myself in case you were wondering.”

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Of course, Swift fans were quick to swarm to their favorite artist’s defense, many pointing out that she wrote her third album Speak Now without any collaborators because she was sick of comments like the one from Albarn.

“I’ve had several upheavals in my career. When I was 18, they were like, ‘She doesn’t really write those songs.’ So my third album I wrote by myself as a reaction to that,” Swift told Rolling Stone in 2019.

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Some fans even joked that this exchange is some sort of elaborate plan to kick off promotion for Speak Now (Taylor’s Version).

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All jokes aside, this is probably a good time to remind Swifties that while it’s totally okay to defend your faves online, harassment, abuse, and threats are never acceptable behavior. Either way, Albarn may want to turn off his notifications for a while.


Taylor Swift Slams Artist Who Says She Doesn’t Write Her Own Songs: ‘It’s Really F-cked Up’

We’re all aware that Taylor Swift writes her own music, right? I mean, she’s one of the most influential songwriters of our generation—if not all time—thanks to albums like Folklore, Evermore, Red, etc., not to mention songs she’s written for other artists. Even Swift’s naysayers often use her songwriting as a criticism by complaining that most of her music is written about her exes (a seriously misogynistic claim that is not even worth responding to).

Well, apparently there is someone who didn’t know that Swift is the mind behind all of her music, including the tracks written in collaboration with other artists like producer Jack Antonoff—and the “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)” singer wasn’t having any of it. 

In a new interview with the Los Angeles Times, British musician Damon Albarn denounced Swift as a songwriter, saying, “She doesn’t write her own songs.” When the interviewer pointed out that Swift does, in fact, write and cowrite her music, he doubled down. 

“That doesn’t count. I know what cowriting is. Cowriting is very different to writing,” he said. “I’m not hating on anybody, I’m just saying there’s a big difference between a songwriter and a songwriter who cowrites. Doesn’t mean that the outcome can’t be really great.”

He continued, “A really interesting songwriter is Billie Eilish and her brother. I’m more attracted to that than to Taylor Swift. It’s just darker—less endlessly upbeat. Way more minor and odd. I think she’s exceptional.” Quick follow-up question for Albarn: If Eilish writes her music with her brother, wouldn’t that be considered cowriting? Anyway….

Unfortunately for the Blur frontman, who currently has 327.9K followers on Twitter, Swift caught wind of his statements—and so did her 89.8M Twitter fans. “@DamonAlbarn I was such a big fan of yours until I saw this,” Swift replied to a tweet by the L.A. Times. “I write ALL of my own songs. Your hot take is completely false and SO damaging. You don’t have to like my songs but it’s really fucked up to try and discredit my writing. WOW.”

Her response didn’t end there. In a second tweet, she added, “PS I wrote this tweet all by myself in case you were wondering.”

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Of course, Swift fans were quick to swarm to their favorite artist’s defense, many pointing out that she wrote her third album Speak Now without any collaborators because she was sick of comments like the one from Albarn.

Taylor Swift Slams Artist Who Says She Doesn’t Write Her Own Songs: ‘It’s Really F*cked Up’

We’re all aware that Taylor Swift writes her own music, right? I mean, she’s one of the most influential songwriters of our generation—if not all time—thanks to albums like Folklore, Evermore, Red, etc…not to mention songs she’s written for other artists. Even Swift’s naysayers often use her songwriting as a critique by complaining that most of her music is written about her exes (a seriously misogynistic claim that is not even worth responding to).

Well, apparently there is someone who didn’t know that Swift is the mind behind all of her music, including the tracks written in collaboration with other artists like producer Jack Antonoff—and the “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)” singer wasn’t having any of it. 

In a new interview with the Los Angeles Times, British musician Damon Albarn denounced Swift as a songwriter, saying, “She doesn’t write her own songs.” When the interviewer pointed out that does, in fact, write and co-write her music, he doubled down. 

“That doesn’t count. I know what co-writing is. Co-writing is very different to writing,” he said. “I’m not hating on anybody, I’m just saying there’s a big difference between a songwriter and a songwriter who co-writes. Doesn’t mean that the outcome can’t be really great.”

He continued, “A really interesting songwriter is Billie Eilish and her brother. I’m more attracted to that than to Taylor Swift. It’s just darker—less endlessly upbeat. Way more minor and odd. I think she’s exceptional.” Quick follow-up question for Albarn: If Eilish writes her music with her brother, wouldn’t that be considered co-writing? Anyway…

Unfortunately for the Blur frontman, who currently has 327.9K followers on Twitter, Swift caught wind of his statements—and so did her 89.8M Twitter fans. “@DamonAlbarn I was such a big fan of yours until I saw this,” Swift replied to a tweet by the LA Times. “I write ALL of my own songs. Your hot take is completely false and SO damaging. You don’t have to like my songs but it’s really fucked up to try and discredit my writing. WOW.”

Her response didn’t end there. In a second tweet, she added, “PS I wrote this tweet all by myself in case you were wondering.”

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Of course, Swift fans were quick to swarm to their favorite artist’s defense, many pointing out that she wrote her third album Speak Now without any collaborators because she was sick of comments like the one from Albarn.

Evan Rachel Wood Says She Was ‘Essentially Raped On-Camera’ by Marilyn Manson

Evan Rachel Wood is opening up about more traumatic abuse she says she suffered at the hands of Brian Warner, a.k.a. Marilyn Manson.

Wood was entangled with Warner from 2006-2010, starting when she was just 18 years old and he was 36. Though the actor testified to congress in 2018 about her experiences with emotional, physical, and sexual abuse by a romantic partner, Woods did not publicly name Warner as her abuser until February 2021. (Manson has denied the allegations.)

“The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson,” she wrote in a statement. After she spoke out, four other women accused the singer of physical abuse and sexual assault. “He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years. I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander, or blackmail. I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins any more lives. I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent.” 

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Now, in a new documentary, Evan Rachel Wood detailed Warner’s alleged “first crime” against her during the filming of his 2007 music video “Heart-Shaped Glasses.” In part one of Phoenix Rising, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, the Westworld actor said that she was “essentially raped on-camera” by Warner when she was 19 years old. 

“It’s nothing like I thought it was going to be,” Wood said in the documentary, per People. “We’re doing things that were not what was pitched to me. … We had discussed a simulated sex scene, but once the cameras were rolling, he started penetrating me for real. I had never agreed to that. I’m a professional actress, I’ve been doing this my whole life; I’ve never been on a set that unprofessional in my life up until this day.”

23 Great Lip Oils to Add to Your Beauty Bag

The early aughts are back in the world of beauty, but with the best lip oils, you can get that same dreamy sheen that once came from goopy throwback glosses—without the stickiness that made them more of a hassle than anything else. And with the matte lip look recently backseat over the past year, more people are opting for lush, hydrated pouts that will catch the light just right. 

Beauty brands are concocting nourishing blends of new-age lip oils that promise a wash of hydrating ingredients with a pop of shine and tint. Think of them as lip gloss’s elevated sister that’ll bring a healthy glow with moisturizing ingredients to steer your pout clear of flakes and dryness. It’s no surprise that TikTok is totally obsessed, and the product has been popping up on our For You Pages left and right. From the viral Dior Lip Glow Oil to budget-friendly options, here are the very best lip oils to shop right now.

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Euphoria Fans Spotted a Grey’s Anatomy Easter Egg in Last Night’s Episode

Fans are convinced that the latest episode of HBO’s Euphoria includes a nod to Grey’s Anatomy. (Warning: minor spoilers for Euphoria and throwback spoilers for Grey’s Anatomy, ahead.) 

Eric Dane, who plays Cal Jacobs on the dark HBO drama, is perhaps most well-known for his role as Dr. Mark Sloan (a.k.a. Dr. McSteamy) on Grey’s Anatomy. The character was Dr. Derek Shepherd’s (Patrick Dempsey) former bestie, but they had a falling out after McSteamy slept with Derek’s wife, Dr. Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh). In the Grey’s Anatomy universe, both characters are dead. RIP. 

But the only thing McSteamy and Cal Jacobs had in common up to this point is Dane’s handsome face. In Euphoria, Dane plays the very problematic father of teen psychopath Nate Jacobs (Jacob Elordi). The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. In Euphoria season one, Cal had sex with Jules (a minor, played by Hunter Schafer), taped the encounter without her consent, and was an all-around piece of human garbage. 

In season two, things don’t get much better. After Nate was assaulted at a party over his own actions against Jules, Cal uses intimidation and bullying techniques to hunt down and stalk more teens! However, in episode three, which aired on January 23, fans were given a little more backstory that helps explain—but absolutely does not excuse—Cal’s unchecked anger.

This is where Grey’s Anatomy fans took notice. Back in his own high school days, Cal had a best friend he was deeply in love with but ultimately could not be with due to a homophobic society and the fact that Cal got his high school girlfriend pregnant. This best friend/lover’s name was Derek. 

Fans on Twitter immediately noted the possible nod towards Dane’s former television gig—and they thought it was pretty damn rude of creator Sam Levinson. “The writers naming Cal’s best friend Derek is really evil,” one fan tweeted. Another user tweeted, “Cal’s best friend’s name being Derek though?! Sam Levinson knew what he was doing.”

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“The way Cal’s childhood best friend was named Derek & all I could think about was them,” another fan tweeted alongside a photo of the two fictional doctors. One fan even suggested Grey’s Anatomy could have been Cal’s future if Nate’s mom never got pregnant. There are definitely some serious flaws to that logic, but it’s a good joke.