Given what I do for a living, I ruminate over things like dramatically cutting my hair less than you’d think. My general view is, it’s just hair, it’ll grow back. I know all the stupid stereotypes about short hair (most of them centering around a woman’s femininity), but being a child of the ’70s, that makes me more apt to […]
Does it feel like you vacuum all the time, but with minimal results? Unless there’s something wrong with your machine, the problem could actually be in your method. If you take the same route with your vacuum every time you clean, it’s time to rethink your strategy. According to Mike Reed, the owner of Austonian Fine Rug and Carpet Care, […]
Nobody likes going to the doctor, but there are certain appointments that simply can’t–and shouldn’t–be avoided. To ease the pain, book your appointment strategically to minimize in-office wait time.
You’ve resolved to eat more salads this year, but oops…you went a little heavy with the dressing. Next time this happens at home, there’s a simple solution. To save your greens from turning into a goopy, soggy mess, just toss them back into your salad spinner for a quick spin. The excess dressing should fly right off. Need some lettuce […]
While we’re big fans of using a corkboard to keep our necklaces in order, we were pleasantly surprised when Lisa Anne Kiraly from Lindenhurst, NY, tagged us on Instagram in her genius necklace organizing idea: We took to Twitter to show off her space-saving idea, and a few more Real Simple readers come forward with their jewelry organization secrets: @RealSimple this is […]
If the new year has brought with it a significant flux in your weight, it may be time to get remeasured for a bra. Susan Nethero, the founder of Intimacy, a national chain of lingerie stores, recommends getting refitted for a bra after a gain or loss of ten or more pounds. The variation in weight at that point is […]
Wonder why your nose tends to get all red after being out in the cold? Blood vessels dilate when the temperature drops. The good news: flushed features should fade soon after you come indoors. To speed up the process, apply a warm (not hot) compress to the skin for a few minutes.
If your hair falls victim to extreme dryness and breakage, follow this tip from Chrystofer Benson, artistic director for Matrix, a hair-care line: Go easy on the heat styling. Says Benson, “If your iron has a temperature gauge, never turn it past 410 degrees.” Even if your iron goes above that temperature, keep your dial at medium-high—Benson explains that anything […]