The Lazy Girl Trick for Styling Glamour Waves in 4 Steps
When we close our eyes, we can’t stop seeing the glamour waves that dominated the Emmy Awards red carpet. We mean, they’re straight-up dazzling, not just because they look so perfectly done, but also because the curvy texture is so far from the rolled-out-of-bed locks we’re used to seeing/wearing these days. Heart-eyes emoji aside, we started to think: Does this mean that, just maybe, lazy-girl hair days are coming to an end? Nope, we would never let that entirely happen, you guys. Obviously, we had a way up our sleeves to get the same starlet-level look in just five minutes flat.
The key with this hair hack is knowing how to manipulate *your* curls. The second thing is making sure you use the right products to get that sleek, streamlined look. Those factors will vary between hair textures, but I’ve narrowed it down to some of my go-to techniques and products that have worked on every hair type I’ve used ’em on so far.
What award-show looks do you want us to break down? Tell us what styles you’d like to see us DIY in the comments below.
Prep: Set the Wave
Whether you have curly or straight hair, use a curling iron to either emphasize the shape of the curls you already have or to curl your locks. To get this Old Hollywood look, big barrel curls are best (just pin ’em with duckbill clips and remove them once they fully cool). TBH, you can get the same glammed-out look with any size or shape of curl — messy crimped waves, tight springy curls or loose beach waves — just make sure your style is fully set and follow these four easy glamour hair hacks.
Step 1: Place Extreme Side Part
Use a comb to gently brush your hair over to one side of your face.
Step 2: Shape Your Curls
The wave pattern is already in your hair from the set you did, so now you just need to reinforce the shape by manipulating the curls a little. Do this by using your fingers to gently comb through the curls, allowing the shape to almost take on a life of its own. You can use a fine tooth comb to gently comb through the outer layer of your hair to get that smooth, chic finish.
Step 3: Amp Up the Softness + Shine
With this style, you want both a solid hold and touchability. I love EVOLVh Super Finish Polishing Balm Smooth ($32) for this type of styling — it’s lightweight enough that it won’t weigh your curls down, but strong enough to hold the shape you need with a little bounce. Apply a dime-sized amount to the palm of your hand and rub together to create a thin even coating of product on both hands. Then carefully go over your waves to polish, give shine and hold the shape of your curls.
Step 4: Use a Finishing Spray
Finish the look with a flexible strong holding hair spray like Kenra Professional Volume Spray 25 ($17). This product will leave you with a nice shine but not that crunchy hairspray hair.
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Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com