How to delete apps on any device to free up storage space and save battery life

How to delete apps: a full guide for every device
You can delete unneeded apps from any device in a few simple steps.

  • You can delete apps on any device to save storage space and battery life while decluttering your home screen.
  • To delete apps on iPhone, iPad, Android and Apple Watch, simply tap and hold the app icon.
  • To delete or uninstall apps on Mac or Windows 10 computers, you have to use Launchpad or Settings.
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Deleting apps is a great way to clean up your digital space, though the methods for getting it done will depend on the device you’re using.

Here’s a quick guide to deleting apps, whether you’re using an iPhone, iPad, iCloud, Mac, Windows, Android, Apple Watch, Chromebook, or Apple TV.

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How to delete apps on an iPhone or iPad

To delete apps on iPhone, simply go to your home screen, and tap and hold the desired app to access the option to “Remove App.” Then, select “Delete App.” That will also get rid of any data associated with that app.

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Tap “Remove App” and then “Delete App” in the next pop-up.

On an iPhone with iOS 14 or later, you can also hide an app from your home screen by saving it to your App Library – after selecting “Remove App,” choose “Remove from Home Screen” instead of “Delete App.”

The process to delete apps on an iPad is the same. But instead of first selecting “Remove App,” you’ll simply select “Delete App.” Like on iPhone, deleting an app on an iPad will also delete the data associated with the app.

To free up space in your iCloud account, go to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, then select your name, hit “iCloud,” and “Manage Storage.” From there, go into the “Backups” section and you’ll see your list of apps, which you can then delete.

How to delete apps on a Mac

You can’t delete some of the apps on your Mac, but for the ones you can, the Launchpad is the easiest route to getting it done.

Simply open it and then click and hold the app. An “x” should appear in the top-left corner of the app icon. Click the “x” to delete the app on your Mac.

Mac Launchpad screen
A small “x” will appear at the top-left of any apps that can be deleted.

How to delete apps on Windows 10

Deleting programs on Windows 10 is a bit more complicated as simply deleting the program folder or file can cause problems.

Instead, it’s best to go through the “Apps and Features” page in the Settings app. Once there, simply select the app and click “Uninstall.”

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You’ll have to “Uninstall” programs and apps on Windows 10.

Like Mac computers, however, some apps cannot be deleted.

How to delete apps on Android

To delete apps on Android, you can simply press and hold the app, then drag it to the “Uninstall” text at the top right of the screen (next to the trash icon) to delete it.

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Tap, hold, and drag an app to the trash can icon.

How to delete apps on an Apple Watch

There are two ways to delete apps from your Apple Watch: from the Watch app on your iPhone or from the apps screen on your Apple Watch.

On your Watch, you can tap and hold the app icon. An “x” will appear over the icon, which you can tap to remove the app from the device. If your apps are in a list view, you can swipe to the left on an app and tap the trash can icon to delete it.

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Swipe left and tap the trash icon if your apps are in list view.

On your iPhone, open the Watch app and, on the “Watch” tab, select the app and then toggle off the option to “Show app on Apple Watch.” You can also turn off automatic app installation from there.

How to delete apps on a Chromebook

Deleting apps on a Chromebook is simple: Select and open the launcher, then right-click the desired app, and select “Uninstall” or “Remove from Chrome.”

On the other hand, if you want to delete apps from Google Chrome, go to “chrome://apps” in the browser and, like with Chromebook, right-click the desired app icon and then select “Remove from Chrome.”

Chromebook delete apps screen
After right-clicking an app, select “Remove from Chrome…” in the pop-up.

How to delete apps on an Apple TV

You can only delete apps on newer Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD models – otherwise, you’ll only have the option to hide them from the home screen.

But for those who can, the process is simple: Scroll to the app on your home screen, then if you have a remote with a touchpad, press down in the center of it until the apps begin to wiggle. If you don’t have the touchpad, press and hold the select button. Then hit the play/pause button to open the menu to delete the app.

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Select “Delete” to remove an app.

How to delete apps from the Launchpad menu on a Mac computer in 2 ways, depending on how you downloaded themHow to delete apps on your Samsung Galaxy, or disable apps that can’t be removedHow to lock apps on your iPad using Apple’s ‘Screen Time’ feature for limiting app usageHow to transfer all of your apps onto a new iPhone, using iCloud or the App Store

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The best yoga pants in 2021, according to a yoga instructor who’s tested dozens

  • As a yoga teacher and decades-long practitioner, I live in yoga pants.
  • I went on a proper search for the best yoga pants and the top choices on the market.
  • I’ve rounded up my favorites, including my top maternity leggings, below.

There are few clothing items as versatile as the yoga pant. They’re not only great for yoga class but also ideal for running errands-and sprints. This is why they’re a staple in so many of our wardrobes. All yoga pants aren’t created equal, though. And the difference between poorly and expertly-made leggings can determine whether your yoga practice is distracted and fidgety or calm and blissful.

As a yoga teacher and decades-long practitioner, I’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of yoga pants with my fair share of ill fits and too-thin see-through fabric. These years of informal testing led me to know exactly what to look for when formally sampling the yoga-pant market. Specifically, the material’s comfort and cut are the two most important factors.

As a yogi watches their breath and tackles challenging physical postures, a nagging fold of fabric that needs to be adjusted (and readjusted) can take them right out of the peaceful moment that they were working so hard to achieve. That’s why the best yoga pants are the kind that you don’t notice you’re wearing.

The ideal material, on the other hand, can vary based on what you want your yoga pants for. For example, the ideal hot yoga pants won’t be made from the same fabric as those for a fall outdoor class. And maternity yoga pants’ material won’t compress as a performance pair might.

With these considerations in mind, we scrutinized some of the most popular and newest pants on the market. The details on our testing process are below.

How we tested

To assess how the cut and fabric felt and moved in different situations, I wore each for a diverse range of activities. I sported each pant for three yoga sessions and one non-yoga workout. Each pant was also my attire for one full day of varied activities, from running errands to watching Netflix. Each bottom was washed twice.

The best yoga pants in 2021:

The best yoga pant overall

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Everlane’s Perform Legging is comfortable for all-day wear, yoga, and other workouts. Its high quality and relatively low price distinguishes it from comparable pants.

Pros: Comfortable, ethically made, affordable

Cons: Thin material, so these aren’t great for outdoor yoga (or wear) in cold weather.

When most people think of yoga pants, Everlane isn’t among the first brands that come to mind. But since discovering this legging, I have been recommending it widely.

As a nod to their focus on ethical production, the bag that housed the leggings announced that it “is made from recycled plastic,” and the tag on the pants invited me to visit their website to learn more about the “ethical manufacturing process.” I took them up on the offer and the site took me to a factory in Sri Lanka and told their story. Yoga is more than a physical practice. It’s also a philosophy and way of life, which has a strong focus on ahimsa, or non-harming. It felt good to know that the pants’ production was aligned.

But it wasn’t just the backstory that made me fall in love with these pants. They’re thin and sleek with few seams and made from recycled nylon and elastane. The light compression from the extra-high waist, reminded me to use my ab muscles, even in simple poses like tadasana (mountain pose). And, most importantly, when I put them on, they felt so good that they made me want to get on my mat and practice yoga. Not all pants can inspire a workout.

During my yoga practice, the leggings checked all the boxes. They were flexible, so easy to move in, and they were comfortable. They lived up to the hype of being made from a “premium performance fabric from a renowned Italian mill.” 

I also appreciated that these pants have no visible logo. My yoga practice is a time to step away from the material world, and the absence of a small symbol of consumer culture was a nice touch. They’re also well below the $100+ yoga pant price point at $58 per pair, leaving more cash to fit in the cute pocket in the waistband.

The best outdoor yoga pant

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The Alo High-Waist Lounge Legging is ideal for outdoor yoga classes in cooler climates, or for indoor low-intensity yoga classes and workouts. 

Pros: Warm, soft

Cons: Not great for indoor high-intensity yoga or exercise

As the pandemic has shuttered studios, many teachers have moved classes to parks and parking lots with socially distanced mats. This has been great for those of us who need to practice with others so can’t just Zoom a class. But what do we wear? Thin yoga pants are great for feeling free and agile during practice, but they’re not great for winter walks or outdoor classes in cooler weather. 

Of all of the pants that I tested, the Alo High-Waist Lounge Legging was the only one that had a level of thickness to provide strong protection from the wind chill of cold days. They’re still flexible, though, with Alo’s signature four-way stretch. 

When I wore these outside, they were perfect, and for lounging indoors or doing light movement, like restorative yoga or stretching, they were also great. But when I wore them indoors for more intense workouts, they were too hot for my comfort. 

Overall, these pants with Alo’s “velvety” Alosoft fabric are a dream. As the name would suggest, they feel incredibly soft against your skin, and the ribbing at the waist and ankles make them even cozier and more flattering. 

The best non-legging yoga pant

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The Sweaty Betty Gary Yoga Pants are a great alternative to leggings on days when you don’t want to feel constricted.

Pros: Comfortable, great for modesty

Cons: The thin material is not great for outdoor classes or colder climates

While you may be questioning your decision to ever wear skin tight jeans after months of quarantine, the question about why we wear tight pants is especially relevant in yoga. When I went to India to study with my yoga school, they warned us Americans that our idea of “yoga pants” wouldn’t be acceptable attire there. Looser pants were the norm. 

But the problem with baggy yoga pants can sometimes be that the fabric flies all around and makes movements clunkier. And in inversions, loose trousers may even succumb to gravity and fall down from your ankles to your hips. 

I love Sweaty Betty’s Gary Yoga Pant because they’ve thought of all of that. These pants are loose, comfortable, and lightweight, but they also work well for practice. They’re tapered at the ankles, so they didn’t fall when I was upside down. Plus, the polyester/elastane blend fabric was roomy and stretchy enough that I could move into deep poses carefree. As Sweaty Betty advertises, they’re “100% squat proof.”

When in-person yoga becomes the norm again, I’ll probably mostly wear traditional leggings, but on days when I want to feel less constricted, these would be my go-to pants.

The best pant for hot yoga

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The adidas x Karlie Kloss Primeblue High-Waist Long Tights‘ thin and airy design make them perfect for sweaty sessions. 

Pros: Light weight, affordable price, sustainably crafted

Cons: Prominent branding, too thin and airy for cold weather, can’t be tumble dried

Even with most hot yoga studios temporarily closed, many aficionados find ways to get in a heated practice at home by blasting space heaters and shoving blankets underneath doors. For these steamy classes, the right yoga pants can make a big difference. When drenched, certain fabrics’ compression and thickness leads to too much weight and cling to be comfortable. The adidas x Karlie Kloss Primeblue High-Waist Long Tights are a great thin option that avoids those pitfalls.

The pants are great for any workout, but especially good for sweaty activities like runs and heated classes. They’re made from primeblue, a material partially made of upcycled plastic, which would have otherwise ended up in oceans. They also have elastane.

These pants were comfortable for cardio workouts and unheated yoga as well. But they were less ideal for outside wear, at least in the fall and winter. Each leg has six small holes about half way down, and there’s a thinner, ribbed fabric interspersed with the main material. These touches made the leggings ideal when my heart was pumping but less so for running errands on a windy day.

Also, the branding made these pants feel less able to switch from a workout to a dressier engagement. The branding, a small “Aeroready” on the back waist, and 10 inches of “Karlie Kloss” and the Adidas logo down the hip make it clear that these are exercise leggings.

The best high-waisted yoga pant

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If you love high-waisted yoga pants, the Alo High-Waist Airlift Legging is a great pick for comfort and style. 

Pros: Versatile, comfortable

Cons: Have to be hand washed separately

When I first tried on the Alo High-Waist Airlift Legging, I felt like I was getting dressed up. The double-knit Airlift fabric’s silky sheen and high waist made them feel more sophisticated than the yoga pants I had been wearing every other day. 

High waists vary. Some land below my belly button while others nearly reach the bottom of my sports bra. I appreciated that these pants were of the higher variety. Having a higher waist supports my yoga practice because the touch of pressure on my stomach nudges me to engage my core. I’m not sure if it was that engagement, the micro-performance fabric, or both, but the pants did smooth my mid-section. And with the higher high waist, I didn’t have to worry about the pants rolling down during forward-folding poses like uttanasana or paschimottanasana. 

Another advantage of these pants is that they’re thin, but not too thin. The light fabric and its four-way stretch is great for postures that call for deep stretches, like split pose, but they’re not so light that they expose what’s under them — in other words, no visible underwear lines. The front smoothing panel is great for that protection or, as Alo says, “commando comfort.” 

The best maternity yoga pant

The Best Maternity Yoga Pant - Beyond Yoga

If you’re a yogi with a bump, these pants will give you a fit that rivals those of your pre-pregnancy pants. 

Pros: Soft, comfortable and great fit

Cons: Limited duration of usability; the extra high waist is great for a bump, but with this extra fabric, they may not be ideal far beyond pregnancy

Maintaining my yoga practice during pregnancy was crucial, not only because I’ve been practicing daily for years and wanted to keep up my strength and flexibility, but also because a prenatal practice has been shown to reduce labor pain and length. As my bump grew, however, my yoga classes—and pants—had to change. Traditional vinyasa flows became too intense, and the waists of my favorite leggings kept getting lower and tighter. It was time for prenatal classes and new yoga wear. 

Of the maternity pants that I tried, the Beyond Yoga Spacedye Love The Bump Midi Maternity Legging stood out as the best. Most yoga apparel companies don’t make maternity pants, but Beyond Yoga is one of the exceptions. Their expertise in the space showed. 

These leggings are buttery soft and fit exactly like my favorite pre-pregnancy pants. The one exception, however, is the super high waist. This top portion can be worn up, reaching just below your bra, or folded down for a more traditional yoga pant look. Personally, I preferred wearing the waist up, so that during practice, the pants would stay in place perfectly.

As I sat in squats and reached my limbs into bird-dogs, the leggings’ Spacedye fabric, which delivers on its promise of an “ultra soft feel,” stretched with me like a second skin. And as my belly has expanded over the past few weeks since I first wore them, the fit has remained just as good. I’m excited to have these pants see me through the rest of my third trimester and beyond.

What else we considered:

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  • Lululemon Groove Pant Flare Super HR ($98, sizes 0-14): As expected from Lululemon, these pant’s Nulu™ fabric is light and soft. They’re great for all day wear, and the high waist adds to their comfort. They weren’t a top choice, though, because their flare cut makes them less ideal for a fast-paced yoga practice. In inversions and seated forward folds, the excess fabric was a bit distracting.
  • Outdoor Voices Springs 7/8 Legging ($78, sizes XXS to XXXL): These were the only yoga pants that I got compliments on. Outdoor Voices’ signature color block design helps these leggings to stand out from competitors and is a creative way to have their pants be immediately recognizable as Outdoor Voices without needing a logo. I was comfortable in these leggings working out, running errands, and practicing yoga, and I also loved how they looked. But they didn’t make the top list, because I found the textured polyester and spandex fabric less comfortable than that of the other pants.
  • Beyond Yoga Heather Rib Jogger ($110, sizes XS to XL): These are another great option for a non-legging yoga pant. They’re very comfortable, and when I put them on I didn’t want to take them off for days. That said, they didn’t make the top choices, because they’re more fitted than I would like when I’m looking for a non-legging pant. A large part of the appeal of the non-legging pant to me is to not have a form-fitting shape, and these felt a little too close to leggings for me.
  • Seraphine Maternity Activewear & Yoga Power Leggings ($59, sizes XS to XL): At nearly half the cost of the other maternity leggings we tested, these are a great option if you want to invest less in pants that you’ll only be wearing for a couple of trimesters. Though I didn’t find the fit as ideal as that of the top maternity pic, these were comfortable and held up across activities. The pant legs are made of a sweat-wicking material, which made it feel like there’s some distance between me and the fabric. (This was nice at a time when I’m already feeling constricted enough!) And, the belly band is made of soft jersey material, which was comfortable to wear over my bump all day long.
  • HATCH Before, During, and After Legging ($98, sizes XS to XL): I loved these leggings. Made of 92% modal and 8% spandex, the fabric is super soft. Though they feel as cozy as pajamas, they don’t look like them, and can be easily dressed up with a nice top and non-athletic shoes. These aren’t explicitly yoga pants, but they worked well in maternity-style yoga classes, which exclude sweaty, vigorous sequences. What these pants lacked in yoga-pant-perfection, they made up for in their versatility.
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27 of the best skincare products available on Amazon, according to thousands of rave reviews

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  • There are plenty of standout products hiding in plain sight on Amazon.
  • Below, I’ve compiled a list of 27 skincare products with near-perfect reviews.
  • You’ll also find the overall Amazon rating and what they’re built to do for your skin.

Have you ever reached the end of Amazon page results?

To me, it sounds more like a riddle of what would happen if you were to reach the ends of the earth or beat an unbeatable video game. Does the internet break? Does time cease and then, rapidly, ominously, move backward?

Guessing by Amazon’s sheer selection size, we aren’t going to find out any time soon so put that existential dread to bed. The online behemoth’s plethora of options makes it both the most convenient place to buy things you already love, and one of the tougher places to apply its frequent discounts to new worthwhile buys – like skincare, which can be more expensive than it warrants thanks to beauty industry markups.

Below, I’ve compiled a list of 27 solid skincare products flying under the radar on Amazon that you may want to check out the next time you need a vitamin C serum and don’t want to drop $100 or more. The following cult favorites have hundreds – if not thousands – of five-star reviews you can vet yourself before buying, too.

27 under-the-radar skincare products with near-perfect Amazon reviews:

CeraVe Salicylic Acid Cleanser

CeraVe Salicylic Acid Cleanser

CeraVe Salicylic Acid Cleanser (small)

Overall rating: 4.7/5

Five-star reviews: 1,150+

This exfoliating face wash uses the acne-clearing agent salicylic acid, which keeps blackheads and pimples at bay. The BHA gently scrubs away dead skin cells, and it uses a less harsh and more budget-friendly formula than many other face scrubs.

Mederma Advanced Scar Gel

Mederma Advanced Scar Gel

Advanced Scar Gel (small)

Overall rating: 4.4/5

Five-star reviews: 1,300+

Whether you struggle with new or old acne scars, Amazon shoppers love using this gel to treat scarring. One swipe per day of the clinically approved cream can start improving the appearance, color, and texture of scars.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face & Body Stick

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face & Body Stick

Ultra Sheer Face & Body Stick (small)

Overall rating: 4.7/5

Five-star reviews: 1,150+

Amazon users say that even those who hate using sunscreen will like this one. They also say the stick formula glides on smoothly and works well, but you’ll just want to be careful not to miss any spots. Since there’s no fragrance, it’s a friendlier option for sensitive skin.

Dr. Squatch Pine Tar Soap

Dr. Squatch Pine Tar Soap

Dr. Squatch Pine Tar Soap (small)

Overall rating: 4.4/5

Five-star reviews: 3,800+

If you have super dry skin, this natural soap made with shea butter, oatmeal, and sand exfoliates without stripping moisture. Many reviewers said they used this soap up quickly, so make sure to store it away from the water if you want to prolong its use.

Mighty Patch Hydrocolloid Stickers

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Mighty Patch Original (36-count) (small)

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Five-star reviews: 3,100+

The skincare community has adopted this new spot treatment for its gentle approach to targeting acne — no popping necessary. Our team loves it too. Just clean the area you want to apply it to, stick a patch on, and wait overnight. 

Schick Hydro Silk Facial Razor

Schick Hydro Silk Facial Razor

Silk Touch-Up Multipurpose Exfoliating Dermaplaning Tool (small)

Overall rating: 4.6/5

Five-star reviews: 5,300+

Easily shave off peach fuzz, remove dead skin, or clean up your eyebrows with this multi-purpose facial tool. The blades have tiny guards so it makes face shaving less intimidating and safer to use. 

Aquaphor Healing Ointment

Aquaphor Healing Ointment

Healing Ointment (small)

Overall rating: 4.8/5

Five-star reviews: 4,325+

Comparable to Vaseline, this thick ointment cream is used to relieve dry, cracked skin. People often use it to treat severe eczema and psoriasis. But even for more tame skin, a little bit goes a long way and is useful to have if you live in an area with cold weather or frequently use hand sanitizer. 

Silicone Face Cleanser Brush

Silicone Face Cleanser Brush

Silicone Facial Cleansing Brush (small)

Overall rating: 4.6/5

Five-star reviews: 2,300+

These handheld brushes are a gentler alternative to washcloths and a more effective technique than your hands. For people with sensitive skin who cannot use harsh scrubs, this turns your everyday facial cleanser into a light exfoliant. 

Thayers Facial Toner

Thayers Facial Toner

Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toner (small, Preferred: Amazon)

Overall rating: 4.6/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 4,300+

Thayers’ witch hazel toner is a cult favorite of the online beauty community, and it’s consistently one of Amazon’s most popular skincare products under $25. Rose water, aloe vera, and a proprietary witch hazel extract work gently and efficiently to cleanse and hydrate skin, tighten pores, and control oil production.

Thayers supposedly creates the only witch hazel products made of non-distilled extract from the witch hazel shrub, meaning they should maintain the highest levels of therapeutic tannins (mild antioxidants that nourish the skin).

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

Indian Healing Clay Mask (small)

Overall rating: 4.6/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 1,700+

This underground beauty community Holy Grail has shown up everywhere from the Sephora beauty blog to Youtube vlogs. I wrote my own love letter to it after receiving a glowing recommendation from a colleague.

It’s been called the ‘world’s most powerful mask’ and with good reason: the 100% natural calcium bentonite clay draws out all the impurities deep in your skin, and, especially if mixed with apple cider vinegar, effectively exfoliates the surface of the skin for a smoother, more even texture.

Esarora Ice Roller

Esarora Ice Roller

Ice Roller for Face & Eye (small)

Overall rating: 4.6/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 2,550+

The Esarora Ice Roller is designed to shrink pores and puffiness and act as minor pain relief for migraines, sunburns, and sinus discomfort.

Dermal 16-Pack Sheet Mask Set

Dermal 16 Pack Sheet Mask Set

Korea Facial Mask Sheets (small)

Overall rating: 4.5/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 3,500+ 

This combo pack is designed to cover pretty much every common skin concern, with each sheet mask using a different specialized ingredient — from snail extract to hyaluronate to cucumber. 

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Best budget beauty picks_Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Drying Lotion (small)

Overall rating: 4.6/5

Five-star reviews: 2,700+

The powerful drying lotion has been described as “magic” for zapping whiteheads overnight. Dab a bit on your whitehead and it should be gone in the morning. A little goes a long way and the bottle can last you half a year.

Insta Natural Vitamin C Gel Facial Cleanser

Insta Natural Vitamin C Gel Facial Cleanser

Vitamin C Gel Facial Cleanser (small)

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Five-star reviews: 3,800+

Insta Natural’s gel facial cleanser combines vitamin C, organic aloe, and green tea extract for a gentle face wash that works to remove dull cells, fade sun spots and discoloration, and leave skin feeling hydrated and clean. 

New York Biology Dead Sea Mud Mask

New York Biology Dead Sea Mud Mask

Dead Sea Mud Mask (small)

Overall rating: 4.5/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 2,500+

New York Biology’s Dead Sea Mask is designed for all skin types. It’s infused with minerals, aloe-vera, chamomile extract, vitamin A, sunflower seed oil, and jojoba oil, and claims to leave you with a clean, refreshed feeling.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water (small)

Overall rating: 4.7/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 2,375+

Micellar waters are beloved for their ability to refresh and cleanse skin while respecting its natural moisture barrier, and they’re often used as the first step in a dual-cleansing routine. Garnier’s version has racked up thousands of glowing reviews for its gentle, effective cleansing. 

LilyAna Naturals Retinol Cream Moisturizer

LilyAna Naturals Retinol Cream Moisturizer

Retinol Cream Moisturizer (small)

Overall rating: 4.4/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 6,800+

LilyAna Naturals’ Retinol Cream Moisturizer works to fade sun damage, dark spots, and acne scars, and to reduce fine lines. It also contains a hydrating combination of hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, green tea, shea butter, and jojoba oil to balance the dryness of retinol with prescription-strength effectiveness. 

EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen

EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen

UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 (small)

Overall rating: 4.7/5

Five-star reviews: 3,400+

EltaMD UV is an oil-free facial sunscreen that has zinc oxide with broad-spectrum coverage to protect against UVA and UVB rays. It’s lightweight, silky, and good for sensitive- and acne-prone skin as well as those dealing with rosacea and discoloration.

Mario Badescu Rosewater and Green Tea Facial Spray Duo

Mario Badescu Rosewater and Green Tea Facial Spray Duo

Facial Spray Herbs/Rosewater and Cucumber/Green Tea, 8 Fl Oz (Pack of 2) (small)

Overall rating: 4.5/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 1,350+

Mario Badescu’s bestselling duo includes two of its cult-favorite facial sprays: Rosewater and Green Tea. Both combine gentle and non-irritating aloe and herbal extracts to serve as a “pick-me-up” for dry, tired skin — either on their own or to set makeup.  

CeraVe Hydrating Face Wash

CeraVe Hydrating Face Wash

Hydrating Facial Cleanser (small)

Overall rating: 4.7/5

Five-star reviews: 2,500+

CeraVe’s bestselling cleanser is formulated with essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid that cleanses, hydrates, and helps build up the skin’s own protective barrier. It’s fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, and non-drying to aid the skin’s natural moisture levels.

LilyAna Naturals Vitamin C Serum

LilyAna Naturals Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid (small)

Overall rating: 4.3/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 3,200+ 

This fast-absorbing vitamin C Serum works to brighten and even skin tone as well as boost its collagen production. Vitamins E and C fade hyperpigmentation, fade scars, and reduce fine lines, and it should be gentle enough for all-over use. LilyAna Naturals also has a 100% money-back guarantee, in case it’s not a fit for you.

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

Best budget beauty picks_CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

Moisturizing Cream (small)

Overall rating: 4.8/5

Five-star reviews: 4,450+

CeraVe is a trusted drugstore brand with a dedicated band of followers. This face and body cream for normal-to-dry skin moisturizes, restores, and maintains a protective skin barrier to keep skin looking and feeling rejuvenated.

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant (small)

Overall rating: 4.6/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 2,100+

Paula’s Choice is best-known for its gentle, transparent skincare products, and this Skin Perfecting 2% BHA is a good example. It has 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid to unclog and minimize enlarged pores, exfoliate dead skin, and reduce fine lines. The exfoliation should also brighten and even out skin tone. 

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Overall rating: 4.7/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 2,650+

Neutrogena’s 1.7-ounce, non-comedogenic gel face cream is a godsend for ultra-dry skin. It’s packed with hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally found in the skin, that can absorb up to 1,000 times its weight in water. 

TruSkin Vitamin C Serum

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Overall rating: 4.3/5

Five-star reviews: 9,900+

Some vitamin C serums go for $160 and up, but this one has garnered a loyal following for much less (you should also check out Maelove’s $28 Glow Maker). It lightens dark spots, reduces fine lines, and improves clarity with a blend of nutrients designed to aid collagen production. You’ll find ingredients like vitamin C, botanical hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, and aloe vera, witch hazel, and organic jojoba oil to nourish skin.

Microdermabrasion Facial Scrub & Face Exfoliator

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Overall rating: 4.4/5

Five-star reviews: 1,600+

Exfoliate dead and dull skin cells and moisturize your skin’s base with this microdermabrasion facial scrub. It’s designed to buff away dirt, grime, and tired skin cells to reveal brighter, healthier skin underneath. Afterward, the skin should appear more even and feel softer and smoother to the touch. Aloe vera and manuka honey help replace moisture. 

LilyAna Naturals Eye Cream Moisturizer

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Overall rating: 4.3/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 5,600+ 

Vitamin C, vitamin E, rosehip seed oil, and organic hibiscus flower extract work to brighten, firm, and tighten the delicate skin around your eyes. 

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30+ of our best Father’s Day gift recommendations of 2021

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Father’s Day is just a few weeks away, and now is a great time to start looking for thoughtful gifts. This year, some people may be celebrating in person with their father or father figure for the first time in more than a year, and some will be spending the day together virtually. Others, for a variety of reasons, may have a difficult relationship with the day. No matter what Father’s Day looks like for you this year, we’re here to help you find a great gift for dad.

If you’re still in search of the right gift, we’ve rounded up all of our Father’s Day gift guides below, including virtual options for those who may be spending the day away from family.

Looking for gifts for another occasion, person, or just because? We’ve got you covered there, too. See all of our gift guides here.

Here are our best Father’s Day gift ideas:

Gifts for Dad on any occasion

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Thoughtful gift ideas for Dad, from personalized vinyl wall art to an at-home massage service

Although Father’s Day is a welcome occasion for gifts, it’s always a good time to celebrate your Dad or chosen family. This list of gifts is full of year-round gift options for fathers and father figures.

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Thoughtful Father’s Day gift ideas, from a personalized comic that makes dad the hero to a portable grill

As senior reporter Amir Ismael wisely puts it in this guide, “Father’s Day means many are met with the struggle of what to get dad every June.” You’re not alone, and we’re here to streamline the Father’s Day gifting process.

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Affordable, Prime-eligible gifts

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Awesome Father’s Day gifts you can get on Amazon — all under $50 and Prime-eligible

Affordable and efficient: These gifts meet both criteria. Look no further than Amazon Prime for Father’s Day gifts that will arrive at your doorstep in about two days. All of these gifts are under $50.

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Father’s Day gifts under $100 that he’ll actually use and appreciate

Sometimes the most thoughtful gifts are also the most functional. Get your dad or father figure a gift that he’ll get plenty of use out of over time. All of these gifts are less than $100.

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Thoughtful, affordable Father’s Day gifts

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Thoughtful yet inexpensive Father’s Day gifts that won’t cost more than $25

There’s a misconception that gifts have to hit a certain price point to be thoughtful, but any gift, no matter the price, is valuable. This list has plenty of affordable Father’s Day gifts to choose from for less than $25.

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Creative Father’s Day gifts under $50

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Father’s Day gifts under $50 for dads who love hiking, tech, movies, and more

No matter what your dad or father figure is interested in, there’s likely to be an affordable gift that suits their needs. This list covers many potential interests, and all the gifts are under $50.

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Father’s Day gifts with a hint of humor

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Funny but useful Father’s Day gifts that’ll give your dad a good laugh

Gag gifts are often thought of as a one-and-done endeavor, but they don’t have to be. These hilarious Father’s Day gifts are also quite useful.

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Father’s Day gifts for first-time dads

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Unique gifts that will make new dads feel appreciated this Father’s Day

If they’re a new parent or guardian, the stakes feel higher to truly nail their first Father’s Day gift. We’ve got you covered with a series of gifts for new dads and father figures.

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Father’s Day gifts for the outdoors enthusiast

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Father’s Day gifts for the outdoorsy dad in 2021

If they’ll be ringing in Father’s Day with a hike, boat, or bike ride, look no further. Here, you’ll find practical and useful Father’s Day gifts for the outdoorsy parent in your life.

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Gifts for those who love to fish

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Fishing gifts to fuel Dad’s favorite hobby this Father’s Day

If your dad or father figure would rather be fishing than doing nearly anything else, you’ve come to the right place. This gift guide is full of fishing gifts they’ll love.

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Gifts for Father’s Day and far beyond

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Clever and thoughtful gifts for him — at every budget

Although this list isn’t specifically for Father’s Day, its vast gift selection caters to nearly all budgets and interests, so you may find the perfect gift for them here.

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Amazon gifts for all occasions, including Father’s Day

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Thoughtful gifts for him available on Amazon, from a mini massage gun to a top-notch espresso machine

This guide includes gifts for nearly every occasion, and there’s no shortage of Father’s Day gifts in here. Best of all, many of the gifts arrive in just two days with Amazon Prime.

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Father’s Day gifts for significant others

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Gift ideas for your boyfriend — from a speedy iPhone charger to sustainable sneakers

This list covers many unique and functional gifts for boyfriends, and many of them are perfect for Father’s Day, too.

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Amazon-specific gifts for boyfriends and partners

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Gift ideas your boyfriend will love — all available on Amazon

All of these gifts can be ordered on Amazon and will arrive quickly. Although the gift ideas are for boyfriends, many of them are great for Father’s Day, too.

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Gifts for your husband or partner for any occasion

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Thoughtful gifts your husband will appreciate

In this gift guide, we include a variety of gifts that can work for partners on any occasion, including Father’s Day.

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12 Columbia University courses you can take online for free, from machine learning to inclusive teaching

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As with many top colleges, you often need relatively deep pockets and stellar test scores to attend an Ivy League school like Columbia University. But, like most of the world’s top universities, Columbia also offers a handful of its courses online entirely for free.

You can audit over 30 of Columbia’s online courses at no cost on edX, a non-profit founded by Harvard and MIT to lower education barriers such as cost and location. Courses range in subjects from Civil War history and Buddhism to data analysis and public health.

You can also pay to earn a certificate in one of these courses, or sign up for multi-course programs designed for building deep knowledge or valuable skill sets – like machine learning. While Columbia’s professional programs cost between $99-$996 on edX, they provide students with certifications they can add to their resume or LinkedIn – or, in some cases, even exchange for college credit at eligible universities.

12 online Columbia University courses you can take for free:

Introduction to Corporate Finance

Free Columbia courses Corporate Finance

Length: 4 weeks

Cost: Free to audit; $225 for a verified certificate

Required for all first-year MBA students at Columbia Business School, this introductory course teaches students the key financial concepts and rules that can be used for evaluating and valuing investment opportunities.

This course is also part of a professional certificate program on Corporate Finance.

It’s recommended that students be familiar with basic accounting concepts and Microsoft Excel.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI)

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Length: 12 weeks

Cost: Free to audit; $249 for a verified certificate

This course is for anyone who wants to learn the history and fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence (AI) — and how to apply both of them. Students gain insight into building intelligent agents and machine learning algorithms as well as solving real AI problems using Python.

It’s recommended that students have a working knowledge of Python programming and probability as well as linear algebra and calculus. 

This course is part of a MicroMaster on Artificial Intelligence. You can find an explainer on edX MicroMasters here.

*Note: This course is currently archived (with future dates TBA), but you can still access the materials for free.

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Machine Learning

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Length: 12 weeks

Cost: Free to audit; $249 for a verified certificate

Students learn the essentials of machine learning and the algorithms that strengthen data analysis without human intervention. The course’s main perspectives are probabilistic versus non-probabilistic modeling and supervised versus unsupervised learning.

It’s recommended that students have a working knowledge of calculus, linear algebra, statistical concepts, and coding, as well as comfort with manipulating data. 

This course is part of a MicroMaster on Artificial Intelligence. You can find an explainer on edX MicroMasters here.

*Note: This course is currently archived (with future dates TBA), but you can still access the materials for free.

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The Civil War and Reconstruction – 1850-1861: A House Divided

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Length: 15 weeks 

Cost: Free to audit; $50 for a verified certificate

Exploring the impact that the institution of slavery had on the US’s national and southern economies and political identity, this course highlights the growing tensions that eventually led to the outbreak of the Civil War. 

This is the first part of a three-course XSeries, The Civil War and Reconstruction. (XSeries are programs designed to impart deep knowledge on a popular topic.) 

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Marketing Analytics

Free Columbia courses Marketing Analytics

Length: 12 weeks

Cost: Free to audit; $249 for a verified certificate

Students learn how to develop quantitative models that leverage business data, statistical computation, and machine learning to forecast sales and support important marketing decisions. 

It’s recommended that students have an undergraduate familiarity with probability, statistics, and calculus, as well as a familiarity with R or a similar programming language. 

This course is part of a MicroMaster on Business Analytics. You can find an explainer on edX MicroMasters here.

*Note: This course is currently archived (with future dates TBA), but you can still access the materials for free.

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Indian & Tibetan River of Buddhism

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Length: 12 weeks

Cost: Free to audit; $49.99 for a verified certificate

In this course, students learn the origins of Buddhist philosophy by exploring its history throughout India, South and Southeast Asia, Tibet, and Central Asia. Students also learn about the basic principles of Buddhism.

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Inclusive Teaching: Supporting All Students in the College Classroom

Free Columbia courses Inclusive Teaching

Length: 6 weeks

Cost: Free to audit; $49 for a verified certificate

This introductory course guides educators through the principles of inclusive teaching — from instructors’ assumptions about students to designing for accessibility — and how they can apply them in the classroom. 

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Find Your Calling: Career Transition Principles for Returning Veterans

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Length: 6 weeks

Cost: Free to audit

Intended for military veterans who are entering the civilian workforce, this course provides guidance on how to transfer skills gained in the military to different career fields, using research and expert advice.

This is the final part of a three-course XSeries, Veteran Transition: Academic Excellence and Career Readiness. (XSeries are programs designed to impart deep knowledge on a popular topic.) 

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Fighting for Equality: 1950-2018

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Length: 10 weeks 

Cost: Free to audit; $50 for a verified certificate

Students examine the fight for women’s equality between 1950-2018, beginning with how the Cold War’s reinforcement of suburban family ideals impacted women’s trajectory and ending with grassroots activism such as the Me Too movement and the 2018 midterm election. 

This is the final part of a four-course XSeries, Women Have Always Worked. (XSeries are programs designed to impart deep knowledge on a popular topic.) 

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Data, Models and Decisions in Business Analytics

Data, Models and Decisions in Business Analytics

Length: 12 weeks

Cost: Free to audit; $249 for a verified certificate

Students learn the fundamentals of using data-driven models and analysis to make practical business decisions — especially in times of uncertainty — through practical business examples.

Topics include probability; statistics; regression; stochastic modeling; and linear, nonlinear, and discrete optimization. 

Students should have an undergraduate familiarity with probability, statistics, and linear algebra — as well as a working knowledge of Python and basic programming concepts in a procedural programming language. 

This course is part of a Business Analytics MicroMasters program. You can find an explainer on edX MicroMasters here.

*Note: This course is currently archived (with future dates TBA), but you can still access the materials for free.

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Animation and CGI Motion

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Length: 12 weeks

Cost: Free to audit; $249 for a verified certificate

The Director of Columbia’s Computer Graphics Group teaches you the science behind movie animation through seven themes: mass-spring systems, collision handling, rigid bodies, elastica, fluids, and a final project. 

It’s recommended that students have programming knowledge in C or C++ as well as in multivariable calculus (partial derivatives) and linear algebra. 

This course is part of an Artificial Intelligence MicroMasters. You can find an explainer on edX MicroMasters here.

*Note: This course is currently archived (with future dates TBA), but you can still access the materials for free.

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Indigenous Peoples’ Rights

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Length: 10 weeks 

Cost: Free to audit; $50 for a verified certificate

Students learn about the role Indigenous Peoples have reshaped international norms and institutions through their global movement and contributed to important global debates — including human rights, development, and climate change. Particular attention is paid to the right to self-determination; cultural rights; and the right to land, territories, and resources. 

The course instructors are Andrew J. Nathan, a political science professor, and Elsa Stamatopoulou, director of the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Program (ISHR) who joined Columbia after 30+ years at the United Nations. 

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The 13 best hair dryers for every hair type, according to stylists

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  • Your hair dryer can be the difference between a good hair day and a not-so-good hair day.
  • The best blow dryer for your hair type is less about the dryer and more about the accessories.
  • We spoke with many experts to gather the 13 hair dryers they’d recommend to anyone.

When it comes to hair care accessories that can be surprisingly expensive, blow dryers are pretty high on the list. It’s easy to assume that the most expensive tool will always be the best, or work the quickest, but as the experts will tell you, this isn’t always the case. And when it comes to different blow dryers for different hair types, most experts will tell you it’s actually not the blow dryer itself you should be considering – it’s the accessories.

If you’re not quite sure yet whether to prioritize speed, comfort, or luxury when choosing your new blow dryer, though, here are the five best, expert-approved picks to help you make your decision, no matter what budget you’re working with.

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The best hair dryers for curly, coily hair

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

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Yes, the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, which is almost silent when it turns on, is as good as everyone says. The attachments are just as important as the dryer itself, though. Matrix brand ambassador Rachel Bodt explains that the attachments help with how tight you want the air concentration. “The smaller the nozzle, the more direct or tighter the airflow,” she says. Ulta senior vice president of store and services operations, Matrix artistic director, and celebrity stylist Nick Stenson says the diffuser attachment is the best for drying curls without causing any frizz.

Praises for the Supersonic keep coming, as advanced stylist Adriana Papaleo also says the diffuser is ideal for use on curly and wavy hair types. “Spreading the air over a flatter, larger surface area allows you to dry the hair quickly without disturbing the curls.” Mane Addicts celebrity hair stylist Kathleen Riley says her favorite attachment is the diffuser because it helps define curls and add volume. “The hair dryer also comes with a smoothing nozzle and styling concentrator, which are both great for more refined looks,” she says. 

Hairdresser and curl expert April Kayganich says the Supersonic‘s technology dries hair faster than any other hair dryer she has used. In fact, she rarely uses the highest heat setting. Kayganich makes sure to point out that if you invest in a quality hair dryer that you love, remember to actually take care of it. “The external filter should be cleaned once a week, and also, once a month, you should soak the filter in warm, soapy water,” she says. 

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Trademark Beauty Easy Blo

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Though suitable for all hair types, Leigh Hardges, a hairstylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago, loves using the Easy Blo for curly and coily hair. Blowing out these hair types is necessary before getting into the straightening process, which can be a time-consuming task. “I’ve been working with the Trademark Beauty Easy Blo, which has made this step easier, since the blow dryer and brush are combined,” Hardges says. 

She also appreciates the two different bristle types in the brush head, as they provide even tension while heat stretching hair. This is a bonus for folks with curly or coily hair. When using this dryer, you want to start at the nape of your neck and work your way up, according to Hardges. She recommends beginning on the high heat setting and then switching to the cool setting during the final pass through the ends. “This will give the hair a high shine because the cool air helps to smooth the cuticle,” she says.

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One Styling Beauty Epic Lite Pro Hair Dryer

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If you’re searching for a super light hair dryer that won’t leave your hands aching, the Epic Lite Pro Hair Dryer is a worthy pick. It weighs in at less than one pound, making it one of the lightest options in this guide. “The ergonomics of the dryer have saved my hands over the years. It’s lightweight, yet very powerful. I also like this tool because it isn’t too loud,” says Shelly Aguirre, a hairstylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago. 

“The air flow is concentrated to assist in laying the cuticle down to increase shine, so be sure not to remove the concentrator nozzle,” Aguirre says. The concentrator nozzle gives you shine, but you shouldn’t forget about the volumizing finger diffuser attachment. It’s great for achieving a tousled look or natural-looking waves. 

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BaBylissPRO Rapido Dryer

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If you prioritize weight when looking for a hair dryer, this one from BaBylissPRO is one of the few in this guide that weigh less than one pound. However, the Rapido Dryer still performs with power. The hair dryer is made in Italy and has a Ferrari-designed, high performance engine that stays quiet when in use. 

The Rapido Dryer is great for all hair types and textures, but the attachments are important for more specific needs. “The concentrator nozzle is an all around great tool for precise air flow and smoothing out the hair entirely,” says Matrix brand ambassador Sharon Spellman. BaBylissPRO also offers other dryer attachments, not included in this set, that can help you achieve different looks. In particular, the Rapido Dryer Diffuser gently lifts and separates your strands to give you frizz-free curls. 

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The best hair dryers for thick, coarse hair

BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Hair Dryer

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The Dyson Supersonic might seem amazing in theory, but it isn’t necessarily a realistic purchase for people who are shopping on a budget. For an alternative, founder of Salon deZEN Maria Elizabeth suggests the BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Hair Dryer, especially for those who are trying to achieve a sleeker or smoother blowout. 

“With 2000-watt performance, ergonomic handling, several heat and speed settings, and a cool shot button to help seal up cuticles, the BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Hair Dryer delivers less frizz and cuts down dry time,” Elizabeth says. “It is a great option for all hair types, but is specifically great for coarse and thick hair, as it assists in creating sleek styles.”

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Elchim 2001 Classic Dryer

Elchim 2001 Classic Dryer

The Elchim 2001 Classic Dryer has its name for a reason — it’s a classic that can do no wrong. Made in Milan, it’s best for thick, coarse hair, and reduces drying time. Hairstylist and male groomer Matilde Campos has used this blow dryer for several years and still loves using it. 

“If you have thick, curly hair and need to make it straight, shiny, and frizz-free, this will make it happen,” she says. “It has a cooling option that cools in seconds, and it can be placed back to its hot feature without skipping a beat.” You should know, however, that this hair dryer tends to get hot, so you’ll want to move quickly while doing your hair, Campos suggests. 

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The best hair dryers for frizzy hair

InStyler Mini Travel Dryer

InStyler Mini Travel Dryer

For those who need a super simple, travel-sized hair dryer, look no further than the InStyler Mini. InStyler makes traveling easy, as the dryer measures in at 7.75 x 2.6 x 6.5 inches and only has high and low heat settings. But that doesn’t mean it’s any less effective. 

“This mini blow-dryer is a diamond in the rough. It carries the same power as a normal sized blow dryer,” Campos says. “It’s compact and perfect for travel.” Plus, the concentrator nozzle keeps airflow focused in one direction and smooths the hair, adds shine, and gives you a frizz-free finish. 

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T3 Cura

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The Cura not only weighs just one pound, but also sports an ergonomic handle. Both of these elements mean your wrist won’t be aching while using this light blow dryer.

Most importantly, the dryer and its two attachments help to eliminate frizz thanks to T3 Digital IonAir Technology. The drying concentrator nozzle is perfect for rough drying, while the styling concentrator nozzle is good for styling one section at a time. Campos recommends moving your hair around from one side to the other when drying your hair, instead of turning your head upside down. “It will decrease the amount of flyaways,” she says.

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The best hair dryers for all hair types

Dyson Airwrap

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By now, most of us have seen brushes, styling tools, and blow dryers combined into one. But do they actually work? According to hairstylist Bianca Hillier, the Dyson Airwrap does, especially for those with fine to medium hair who are trying to add volume. 

“You can adjust the heat settings and also adjust the tool to be used when creating a variety of styles,” Hillier says. “It’s lightweight, which makes it easy for traveling and daily use.” She also notes that you get the best results when using it on damp, rather than wet, hair.

“The Dyson Airwrap is the complete package,” Campos says. For a pro tip, “Use the cool shot at the end. This will hold your style for much longer.” She also appreciates the various attachment options. The barrels create curls and waves, while the brushes control the hair and add volume.

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Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000

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The Pro Dryer 2000 gives you luxury results with a reasonable price tag. As celebrity hairstylist Clariss Rubenstein says, there isn’t a blow dry this tool can’t handle. When buying a hair dryer, Rubenstein looks for strong heat and power for getting a quick and efficient blowout. The Pro Dryer 2000 has all that and more. 

As Harry Josh himself explains, the best tip for getting a professional-looking blowout with this tool, or any tool, is to know your hair well and use a quality dryer. “Utilize a nozzle to direct air at a smaller space, then start at the roots and work your way to the ends, in the direction of the hair cuticle, which will add shine.” He also notes that heat settings, diffusers, and different types of brushes should all be considered when adjusting the experience for your specific hair type.

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ghd Helios Hair Dryer

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Serving up airflow that travels at 75 miles per hour, the Helios is light and quiet, yet powerful. “This blow dryer will cut your drying time in half. It’s durable and magically smooths your hair for the perfect finish,” Campos says. She also loves the chic look of the white and rose gold model.  

“The contour nozzle works wonders. Use it while styling to concentrate on smoothness and shine,” Campos says. She also shares that you should remember to use the cooling feature to add some extra shine. 

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Bioprogramming Club Repronizer 4D Plus

Bioprogramming Club Repronizer 4D Plus

One common cause of damaged hair is overusing heating tools. This is where the Repronizer 4D Plus comes in handy. “Not only will it not cause damage, it will improve the condition of your hair and scalp,” says master colorist and senior educator Hitomi Ikeda

While this hair dryer works for all hair types, Ikeda says it’s especially effective for anyone with super damaged hair and who might be hesitant about using heat on their hair. She suggests switching between applying hot and cold air. This brings out the natural shine in each and every strand. As a pro tip, “It’s even more effective if you keep applying cold air to your scalp every day other than when you dry your hair.”

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Sedu Revolution Hair Dryer 4000i

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When it comes to a light-as-air blow dryer that’s also travel-friendly, Hillier recommends the Revolution Hair Dryer 4000i. “This blow dryer gets hot enough on even the low setting to smooth out any textured hair, whether it’s coarse or fine,” Hillier says. “There is a sneaky cool blow button that helps completely set the styled look and finish the job.”

“Regardless of hair type, you must always use a heat protectant,” Hillier says. This applies to each and every blow dryer and heat tool, regardless of how safe it may be for hair.

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The 11 best places to shop for kids clothes in 2021

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  • When shopping for kids clothes, consider upcoming growth spurts, seasons, and sales
  • We did the testing to find the best kids clothing stores and brands for kids of all ages and needs.
  • We also rounded up our favorite pieces for the summer, including rompers, shorts, tees, and dresses.
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Both new and seasoned parents know the struggle of buying kids clothing. Whether it’s for a baby’s first birthday or a teen’s school dance, it’s difficult to avoid spending too much on clothes that almost immediately get stained, torn, or outgrown.

Even though I love and work in fashion, my daughter spent most of her first year in hand-me-down onesies. Now that she is approaching her second birthday, I’m itching to dress her in cuter clothes. But it can be daunting to sort through the variety of kids clothing online.

Quality and prices vary widely, and finding the time to navigate a retailer’s website is no easy feat. Add to that kids often-changing preferences and the struggle of finding functional yet on-trend clothing. To help guide you, we’ve looked at many retailers. For each one, we considered the range of styles, sizing inclusivity, quality of materials, and prices.

Here are the best places to shop for kids clothes in 2021

The best baby clothes

Places to buy kids clothing_Janie and Jack

Janie and Jack baby clothes make every day a special occasion with their fun prints and high-quality fabrics.

Janie and Jack’s clothing run true to size, which makes online ordering easy and fast. The brand offers a large selection for infants and a variety of pieces, including bodysuits, sweaters, dresses, and swimsuits, as well as accessories like shoes, hats, socks, and bows.

The colors and fabric look new even after repeated washing, though we do recommend line-drying the garments because cotton can shrink in machine dryers. My daughter lived in her Janie and Jack swimsuits this past summer, and the material did not droop or fade in the sun. 

What we like:

Baby Embroidered Romper (small)Baby Floral Smocked Romper (small)Baby Raglan Lobster Jumper (small)Baby Button Strawberry Button Romper (small)
The best baby clothes on a budget

Places to buy kids clothing_Carter's

Carter’s offers a large selection of affordable baby clothes that hold up well after repeated washes.

For everyday staples, Carter’s is a reliable brand with value packs and simple styles that are great for babies who may cycle through several outfits in a day. There are cute bodysuits and sleep sets, as well as hoodies, jackets, shoes, and other accessories. Carter’s runs frequent sales, but even pieces that are full priced are budget friendly. 

I have a variety of Carter’s pieces that have been handed down from at least two other parents, and the garments are still in good shape. The cotton does shrink a bit after a while and some pieces run big, but there have been no noticeable tears or holes. 

What we like:

Zip-Up Cotton Sleep & Plays (2-pack) (small)Organic Cotton Gauze Bubble Sunsuit (small)Little Planet Organic Cotton Overall Jumpsuit (small)Floral Linen Tank (small)
The best toddler clothes

Places to buy kids clothing_Tea Collection

Tea Collection offers everyday and special occasion toddler clothing in unique prints and patterns on soft fabrics.

Tea Collection pieces are some of my favorites for their distinctive prints and patterns. The quality of the fabrics, buttons, and seams on the garments is on par with adult clothing, and the designs are practical, modern, and inspired by global styles. With the exceptional quality comes a higher price tag, however. 

Though items are machine washable, using a delicate cycle and skipping the dryer will help them retain their shape and color. The brand also donates 10% of their profits to charitable organizations like the Global Fund for Children and the Homeless Prenatal Program in their home city of San Francisco, California.

What we like:

Pocket Printed Tea (small)Print Mix Skirted Dress (small)Tie-Waist Shorts (small)Plaid Camp Shirt (small)
The best toddler clothes on budget

Places to buy kids clothing_Old Navy

Old Navy is a budget-friendly one-stop shop to outfit your toddler and the whole family.

The quality of Old Navy clothing exceeds expectations when considering the brand’s ultra-low prices. The patterns are fun and cheery, and the versatile pieces have great value. For example, toddler pajamas come in fun prints for just $10. Its vast inventory includes basic sweats and tees, jackets, blouses, button-downs, dresses, jeans, pants, shorts, and swimwear as well as accessories like socks and shoes.

I’ve found that their sleepwear runs small, but other pieces are true to size. While the clothing won’t hold up as well as our top pick for toddlers, Old Navy runs frequent sales, so stocking up for the entire family is budget friendly.

What we like:

French Terry Tie-Dye Sweatshirt and Shorts Set (small)U-Shaped French-Terry Shorts (2-pack) (small)Printed Tie-Sleeve Romper (small)Printed Oxford Shirt (small)
The best kids clothes

Places to buy kids clothing_Maison Me

Maison Me is Maisonette’s in-house label with classic everyday designs that hold up to wear and tear.

Maison Me garments are made to last with pieces constructed from thick and sturdy fabrics that won’t wear out. The classic designs include traditional polos, plaid dresses, lots of striped pieces, and adorable florals. One of my favorite pieces that I tested with my toddler was a pink two-piece track suit that was ideal for play. I also found the leggings and drawstring pants were comfy and well-made.

The brand recommends machine-washing its clothing on cold and tumble-drying on low for optimal care. In my experience, this preserves both the quality and size of the garment.

What we like:

Pearl Lace Collar Dress (small)Clay Zip Hoodie (small)Reese Ribbed Legging (small)Gunnar Drawstring Pant (small)
The best kids clothes on a budget

Places to buy kids clothing_H&M

H&M has a diverse selection of organic clothes, all at bargain prices. 

H&M‘s environmental consciousness, budget-friendly prices, and diverse selection make it a great option for rapidly growing kids. The colorful prints, fun details, and prices are hard to resist. I started shopping there when my daughter was a baby, and as she grew, I continued to buy their affordable eco-friendly clothes. 

H&M offers kids clothes up to age 10 and a more sophisticated line for ages 8 to 14. They also sell accessories like tights, hats, shoes, and hair clips. If your child is Frozen-obsessed like mine, you’ll also love H&M’s partnerships with Disney, among others. The offerings are well-made, true to size, and wash easily.

What we like:

Patterned Jumpsuit (small)Cotton Henley Shirt (small)Sweatshorts (small)T-Shirts (5-pack) (small)
The best adaptive kids clothes

appaman adaptive kids clothing

Appaman’s Adaptive line caters to kids who have challenges with dressing, thanks to thoughtful and unique design features.

Appaman’s Adaptive line features accessible versions of its most popular clothing to empower kids to dress themselves. An ideal line not only considers accessibility but also style choices that are on par with nonadaptive lines, according to Debbie Stone, founder and executive director at Pop.Earth, a nonprofit committed to providing wellness options for people with autism and developmental disorders.

Garments have Velcro closures, magnetic zippers, and internal pant loops for dressing one-handed. Velcro ankle cuffs allow for prosthetics, orthotics, and other medical devices. The selection is somewhat lacking, with 42 pieces at time of publication, but the garments wash and wear exceptionally well. Though on the pricier side, the quality is unparalleled.

What we like:

Rhodes Shorts (small)Hot Dog Playa Shirt (small)Naxios Dress (small)Dockside Shorts (small)
The best adaptive kids clothes on a budget

cat & jack target adaptive kids clothing

Target’s Cat & Jack line includes clothing with abdominal access, snap closures for easy dressing, no tags, flat seams, and thumbholes to keep sleeves in place.

A major retailer like Target can broaden the range and accessibility of adaptive clothes. “At Pop.Earth, a charity for autism and special needs, I hear from numerous parents how important it is that clothing lines pivot to include these people,” said Stone. Cat & Jack is a favorite of the parents I polled, and while its adaptive offerings are somewhat limited, the prices are unbeatable. 

Cat & Jack makes leggings, pants, polos, tees, dresses, swimwear, jackets, and more. Like Carter’s, the clothing wear and wash well despite their lower price point. Garments also come with a one-year return policy with receipt if you’re not satisfied.

Toddler Abdominal Access 4th of July Dress (small)Dinosaur Woven Button-Down Shirt (small)Adapative Chino Pants (small)
The best tween clothes

nordstrom tween clothing

Nordstrom has a wide variety of tween clothing from popular brands and one of the best return policies.

Nordstrom is one of my favorite places to shop as an adult, and the options for tweens are just as impressive. There are well-known brands like Ugg, Hannah Banana, and Steve Madden, and a variety of other lesser-known brands that are equally cool among the tween set. Prices run the gamut, and offerings include everything from Nike and Adidas sweatshirts to sparkly, formal dresses. If you’re looking for a deal, there are great sales around the holidays as well as during its annual July sale.

Quality depends on the brand you buy, but I’ve found that pretty much everything I’ve purchased at Nordstrom withstands wear and tear. The product pages include recommended care instructions if you want to know before you buy. Nordstrom also offers free shipping and returns as well as local curbside pickup.

What we like:

Breathe Swoosh T-shirt (small)Crossback Jumper (small)Twill Shorts (small)The Markie Mid Rise Shorts (small)
The best tween clothes on a budget

Places to buy kids clothing_Kohl's

Kohl’s has tons of affordable brand-name clothing, and Kohl’s cash can get you even more savings.

Kohl’s is a go-to for tweens, thanks to its reasonable prices on brand-name items, including clothing from Levi’s and Under Armour. You can shop by price on the website, with thousands of offerings from $6 to $20. You can also sort by age range, occasion, and size, including extended size options.

Many pieces have printed designs or phrases, but there are basics as well. Some of the lower-cost clothing may be a bit thin and flimsy. Though they won’t last multiple seasons, they are great for messy art classes or sports practice.

Short Overalls (small)Logo Graphic Tee (small)Cameo Maxi Dress (small)Tech Cargo Shorts (small)
The best teen clothes

Places to buy kids clothing_American Eagle Outfitters

American Eagle Outfitters has an excellent selection and range of size options, and its rewards program is budget-friendly.

American Eagle’s basics and on-trend styles make it our top pick for teen clothing. It also beats out the competition in terms of affordability, thanks to its rewards program and sales that often include savings of 25%. Between AEO and Aerie labels, the selection is vast. Denim styles include the brand’s bestselling high-waisted jeggings and straight fit jeans. You’ll also find tees, sweatshirts, blouses, dresses, joggers, comfy loungewear, swimwear, and accessories like socks and shoes.

American Eagle has a rewards program, which offers cash rewards, members-only sales, a birthday coupon, free shipping, and returns. Garment construction can sometimes be irregular — crooked seams or an uneven hem on a dress, for example. However, the jeans last for years and get more comfortable after multiple washes.

What we like:

Tie-Dye Lettuce Edge Baby Tee (small)Super Soft Tri-Blend T-Shirt (small)Floral Tie Strap Midi Dress (small)AirFex+ Patched Denim Short (small)
What else we like

gap teen clothing

While the following stores and brands didn’t quite make the cut, if you haven’t found what you’re looking for among our top picks, consider the following.

Gap Teen: Through its new eco-friendly initiative, NXT Gen Gap, Gap offers quality basics with an ethical backstory. However, its inventory and deals fall short of our teen pick, American Eagle Outfitters.

Mori: Mori makes excellent sleepwear for babies and toddlers, but it doesn’t have much of a selection for everyday clothing.

All The Babies: This organic, vegan line is mostly limited to cozy sweatshirts and cotton bodysuits. It runs a program that donates used garments to families in need.

T.J. Maxx: We love T.J. Maxx for great deals on name-brand clothing, but it doesn’t offer a large variety of sizes online. Shopping in-store also takes time and is hit or miss. 

J.Crew: J.Crew has high-quality, well tailored pieces for the whole family. While its children’s clothing lasts a long time, the garments are quite expensive.

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What does TLDR mean? Understanding the internet shorthand for lengthy text and its various uses

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TLDR means “Too Long Didn’t Read.”

  • TLDR is an acronym that stands for “Too Long Didn’t Read.”
  • TLDR is commonly used to summarize lengthy content and can signal a sort of executive summary at the start of news articles or emails.
  • The abbreviation can come off as rude, so it’s best to avoid using TLDR as a response in professional settings.
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If you’ve spent any time on online forums or in the comments sections of news websites or social media posts, you’ve more than likely encountered the internet shorthand “TLDR.”

What TLDR means

TLDR is a common online abbreviation that stands for “Too Long Didn’t Read.” If that sounds a little rude or passive aggressive, you’re aptly sensing one of its uses; that is often the way TLDR is used in response to densely worded articles online. While TLDR is the most common usage, you may also see the semicolon inserted in the acronym, as in: “TL;DR.”

Like most memes and acronyms, the origins of TLDR are murky, though the Merriam-Webster dictionary cites the first known use to be in 2002. The meaning of the acronym is pretty obvious, however, and can generally be taken at face value – it’s a fast way to say that the referenced article, post, or message is so long that it wasn’t worth the full read.

When to use TLDR in a business setting

TLDR is an informal acronym and as such, you should be very careful using it professionally; consider your audience and its comfort level with internet slang. A good rule of thumb is that you would not use “TLDR” anywhere in which you wouldn’t feel comfortable writing “LOL” (laughing out loud) or a similarly informal acronym.

There’s probably no scenario in which you should respond to professional messages with “TLDR.” As mentioned, this is easily perceived as sarcastic, rude, and unprofessional.

Even so, it can be appropriate to use TLDR within your communication to signal your own summary. For example, you could place a heading called “TLDR” at the top of a lengthy email and follow it with a bulleted list that summarizes your main points.

Or, if you are adding a link to a third-party article, you could parenthetically add TLDR with a short summary, such as “Please see this article (TLDR: It’s a summary of how APIs work).”

Regardless, it’s best to err on the side of caution if you have any concern that the use of TLDR is too informal for your audience.

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The best hairbrushes for every hair type, according to experts

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Best hair brush pattern including Mason Pearson brush, Chi Turbo Round Boar Brush, Sabado Detangling Brush, and Tangle Teezer The Scalp Exfoliator & Massager
  • The best hairbrushes for you are based on your hair type and desired style.
  • It’s recommended that you have multiple brushes for different purposes, like detangling and styling.
  • Three hair experts weigh in on the brushes they recommend across all hair textures.

Few hair brushes are one-size-fits-all. Choosing one requires a knowledge of your own hair texture, the styles you’re looking to create, and the options on the market that can help you achieve them while preserving the health of your strands. But in case you haven’t yet considered all this before pursuing the hair accessories aisle of your local drugstore, look to the experts who can pinpoint the exact brushes made for you.

With knowledge and experience working across all hair types, the stylists ahead are breaking down several brushes for each kind of crown. After all, you should be using more than one across different needs and styling approaches. “Everyone needs multiple brushes,” shares Clariss Anya Rubenstein of boutique salon Gloss in Los Angeles, “Detangling, a brush used for styling (such as a round brush if you’re going to do a blowout), and a brush to use on your dry hair.” With further insights from curl expert April Kayganich and certified trichologist/inventive colorist Bridgett Hill, the below advice covers four different types of tresses, including straight, wavy, curly, and coily (or Type 1-4, respectively). Read on for which brushes will yield the best styling results – with some overlap between types, as well – without sacrificing hair health.

Here are the best hair brushes for every hair type

The best brushes for straight hair

The best brush for detangling

Best brush for straight hair Wet Brush

“It is important to have the correct detangling brush for your hair type so that it is effective in brushing the hair through thoroughly without causing breakage,” says Rubenstein, whose clients include Gemma Chan, Mindy Kaling, and Kaley Cuoco. For fine to medium hair, she recommends the Wet Brush Original Detangler, an option that’s garnered nearly 40,000 five-star reviews on Amazon alone. Kayganich calls out this option, as well, adding that it can also work across multiple hair types. “I will say the Wet Brush is amazing because the bristles are smaller and prevent breakage/there is less breakage when detangling.”

Rubberized Wet Detangle Shower Brush (small)
The best brush for heat styling

Best brush for straight hair Olivia Garden

When applying heat to your strands, Rubenstein suggests tools by Olivia Garden. “For pin-straight hair, I typically style with a ceramic round brush,” she explains, referring to the brand’s Ceramic + Ion Thermal Hairbrush. “The ceramic heats up, without overheating like a metal brush, and acts as a roller in order to create some bend and volume in the hair.” The brush comes in a range of barrel sizes — from a half-inch to three and a half-inch — depending on the length of your hair and preference in how big or tight of a wave you want to create through heat styling. Kayganich also adds that she recommends all the Olivia Garden brushes “for doing round brush blowouts on natural hair.”

Ceramic + Ion Thermal Hairbrush (small)
The best brush for smoothing

Best brush for straight hair Mason Pearson

As a trichologist, Hill not only brings her hairstyling experience to this discussion but also a deep knowledge of scalp health. For her, one of the best brushes for smoothing and controlling Type 1 hair comes from noted beauty brand Mason Pearson. “The quality of natural boar bristles and the ventilated cushion design is gentle enough to stimulate the scalp and glide through the hair, creating a root-to-end detangling experience for straight hair all while distributing sebum from the scalp to the ends,” Hill says. The brand’s boar or boar-and-nylon mix brush will both work for this, she adds.

Pocket Bristle Hair Brush (small)
The best brushed for wavy hair

The best brushed for detangling

Best brush for wavy hair Tangle Teezer

Hill says that those with wavy hair, be it fine, medium, or thick, should have brushes for detangling, heat styling, and controlling hair fibers for polished looks. For the first of these, she recommends the Tangle Teezer. “It creates a gentle tension to allow the teeth of the brush to detangle wavy hair to remove knots and is sturdy enough to be used to work hair masks and treatments throughout the hair fiber.”

The Ultimate Detangler (small)
The best brushed for smoothing

Best brush for wavy hair Ibiza

“If I’m using a round brush to smooth wavy hair, I love Ibiza boar bristle brushes,” says Rubenstein. “They give hair great tension, smooth frizz, and they have a cork handle to make it easier on your hands and wrists.” Hill, too, appreciates the made-in-Spain brand that’s “known for their ‘grip and slip’ design and natural boar hair and nylon bristles.” Hill says the brushes (available in three barrel sizes) work across multiple hair types, as well, as they “offer the perfect amount of tension while respecting the integrity of the hair fibers.”

Brush B3 Medium 55mm (small)
The best brush for beachy waves

Mason Pearson Bristle and Nylon Brush

Those with wavy hair might have a range of different strand textures, including S-shaped curves, bends, and loose curls. And there are brushes you can use that will help maintain that natural just-got-back-from-a-beach-day quality. “If I’m brushing through wavy hair but want to maintain a beachy texture I would use a Mason Pearson Mixed bristle brush and reactivate the wave using product and my fingers,” says Rubenstein, specifically calling out the brand’s boar-bristle-and-nylon version. While the brushes may be seen as more of an investment haircare item, it does come with praise from multiple follicle experts. “Mason Pearson is incredible for maintaining hair health,” adds Rubenstein.

Bristle and Nylon Brush (small)
The best brushes for curly hair

The best brush for slicking

Goody Styling Essentials Wood Grain Hairbrush

“When slicking down the curls, a taught tightly compacted bristle placement is required to achieve an ultra-sleek look,” says Hill. She recommends the Goody Styling Essentials Wood Grain Hairbrush for creating this polished finish for both those with curly hair and tight coils, as well. “This is an inexpensive brush that can withstand the use of heavy styling products, as gels, lotions, and serums are typically applied heavily to achieve smoothness.” 

Styling Essentials Brush (small)
The best brush for straightening

Ion Golden Wood Boar Porcupine Round Brush Large

If the goal is to straighten your naturally curly or Type 3 hair through heat application, Hill recommends the Ion Golden Wood brushes, an affordable option that can help maintain hair health while styling. “The mixture of the boar/porcupine brush are compactly positioned to provide the tension to elongate and stretch the curl while minimizing damage.” 

Golden Wood Boar/Porcupine Round Brush Large (small)
The best brush for shine

Chi Turbo Round Boar Brush

Another brush option for providing smooth and sleekness when heat styling curls, is the Chi Turbo Round Brush. “The ceramic barrel allows for heat to be evenly distributed along the hair fiber and the natural bristles promote sheen and evenly spreads the heat protectants along the hair fibers while styling,” explains Hill of this selection. The boar bristle brush comes in three barrel sizes, depending on the desired wave.

Turbo Round Boar Brush (small)
The best brushes for coily hair

The best brush for protective styling

Felicia Leatherwood Detangler Brush

For hair with tighter curls and coils, Kayganich — who works with all hair types but is known as a “texture specialist” — says brushes aren’t always her go-to tool. “I actually prefer not to use brushes if I can avoid it, but if I do want to use a tool, I prefer finger detangling first then using a wide-tooth comb,” she explains. “If my client is someone that does a lot of protective styling like two-strand twists, or to add emphasis to their hair pattern if they are wavy, they can all benefit from the same type of brush. I usually recommend the best brush by Felicia Leatherwood for anyone that has wavy to coily hair.”

The design stands out for its flexible bristles that are only attached to each other at one end of the brush, allowing the rows of teeth to move partially independently as they glide through the hair shaft.

Detangler Brush (small)
The best brush for thick hair

Sabado Detangling Brush

For those with the thickest of manes, Kayganich says one of her favorite brushes rings up on Amazon for a cool $6: the detangling brush by Sabado. “It’s gentle on hair and I love that it spreads out like a fan,” she shares. “This would probably be my favorite for very dense hair or hair that is super curly and very coily.”

Detangling Brush (small)
The best brush for all hair types

Tangle Teezer The Scalp Exfoliator & Massager

While there are a few brushes listed above that cross over as recommended tools for those with or without curls, Hill adds that there’s a category of hairbrushes that work for everyone: scalp brushes. “It is necessary to activate the scalp muscles and improve circulation as well as remove debris from the base of the hair follicle,” says the trichologist.

Hill suggests using scalp brushes as a part of your hair-health routine. Pair with an oil- or serum-based pre-shampoo treatment and The Scalp Exfoliator and Massager by Tangle Teezer, she says. “[It will] aid in assisting the active ingredients to penetrate deeper due to the design of the brush’s teeth,” says Hill. “The ergonomically designed handgrip on the brush allows for better control to activate and keep the scalp muscles firing. The dual teeth also allow for stimulating massage and soothing capabilities.”

The Scalp Exfoliator & Massager (small)
The best brush…may be no brush

As previously mentioned, Type 4 hair may not need as many, or the same kind of, hairbrushes as other types, depending on an individual’s desired style. “I really think not using a brush is actually the best approach,” says Kayganich. “We have to feel the hair. What is the texture? Is it fine, medium, or coarse? You can have super coily, tight hair that is super fine and a brush would break it.”

She explains that water can weaken hair, which is composed of hydrogen bonds, and therefore hastily brushing through it isn’t advised. “When you introduce a brush without letting your conditioner sit in your hair and aid with detangling, you’re more prone to breakage,” she adds. Essentially, an understanding of your personal hair type is imperative for not only choosing which brush to use but if to use one at all.

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17 party-ready Airbnbs in the US for a bachelorette trip, including Napa, Miami, Nashville, and more

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  • Airbnbs allow bachelorette parties to stay together and often offer elevated amenities for groups.
  • We found the best Airbnbs for bachelorette parties of varying sizes, from 6 to 16 guests.
  • These standout stays for soon-to-be brides are in a range of popular locations from Miami to Vegas.

With vaccination efforts well underway, many brides are eager to get back to celebrating their upcoming nuptials -and that includes a bucket-list bachelorette weekend. While quarantine rules and travel restrictions still make international girls’ trips tricky, the US is packed with fun destinations where every bride tribe can have a good time.

As someone who’s planned four destination bachelorette weekends herself (and been to countless others), I’ve found that home rentals like Airbnbs are usually your best bet in terms of accommodations. They tend to be more affordable, make you feel at home, allow everyone to stay together, and since you’re coordinating with an owner, you can usually customize arrival times and other details to your liking.

From a renovated chapel in Charleston to a Napa stay on a working vineyard, we found Airbnbs in top US cities for the bachelorette bash you (or your best girl!) have always dreamed about.

Browse all of the best Airbnbs for bachelorette parties below, or jump to a specific area:

Here are the best Airbnbs for bachelorette parties, sorted by area and then by price from low to high.

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Hideaway house with views of the Strip

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The price is right at this Vegas spot. If you’re seeking an affordable option for you and your girls to stay that’s close to the Strip yet still feels like a retreat, this is it.

This two-story house sits in a gated golf community with 24-hour security and a pool. Outside you’ll find a ping-pong table, cornhole, a stone fire pit, and an outdoor seating area. Inside is equally inviting with two fireplaces (including one in the master), a large vanity where you can get ready to go out together, a big dining table for group breakfasts or a girls’ night in, and plenty of comfy seating. With two and a half baths, deep soaking tubs, big walk-in showers, and double sinks, no one will have to fight for space to get ready.

You can get to the Strip in just five minutes.

Frank Sinatra-themed townhouse

Frank Sinatra themed townhouse in Las Vegas

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Frank Sinatra brought style and swagger to Sin City, and this midcentury modern townhouse gives the classic crooner the respect he is due. Case in point: there is a giant wall mural of him by the stairs.

Step inside and get swept away by the home’s Hollywood glam; there’s a lime green piano in the living room, luxe velvet seating throughout, a palm frond accent wall, a checkerboard couch, a bright red bathroom with a Marilyn Monroe shower curtain, huge flatscreen TVs mounted above walkways, high ceilings, whimsical wall art, and so much more. It’s an explosion of color, luxury, and Instagram-worthy corners.

Best of all, it’s in a fabulous Las Vegas location, just five minutes from the airport, and within walking distance to the Strip.

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Art-filled two-story apartment

Gorgeous Three Bedroom in the Warehouse District of New Orleans

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The Warehouse District is where New Orleans’ 19th-century industrial past meets its artsy present. Go here to check out Julia Street’s “Gallery Row,” monthly art walks, sleek coffee shops, James Beard Award-winning chefs and the National World War II Museum, all housed in old brick buildings and warehouses.

In the heart of it all, this bright, airy apartment manages to be both modern and rustic. Spread across two stories, white brick accent walls, high ceilings, and tall windows make the space feel huge and filled with light. The decor is minimalist, but fun. A bright blue velvet couch, gold figurines shaped like hand gestures, a glass desk, statement headboards, and colorful abstract art nod to the neighborhood’s creativity, while farmhouse-style kitchen cabinetry and a barn door entry into the master bedroom give it a “homey” feel. 

If your bride wants to go out, it’s just a seven-minute drive to Bourbon Street.

Tropical oasis near Bourbon Street

Art filled tropical oasis near Bourbon Street in New Orleans

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This colorful house is just minutes from the French Quarter and boasts art around every corner, including murals, paintings, and original pieces by New Orleans artists.

The backyard space was practically made for a party, so you won’t mind the three-night minimum. There is a heated pool with bright orange in-pool loungers, fountains, a 75-inch flatscreen TV, side tables and chairs, a chef’s grill, and a built-in dining table for up to 10 people. The art element comes full circle with the mural on the back fence, quirky furniture pieces, and vibrant tropical plants surrounding the pool. 

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Deluxe apartment with Balcony Steps from Bourbon Street in New Orleans

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Give your bride the quintessential New Orleans experience when your party takes over the “Degas” suite of an 1830s townhouse. Walk through a brick archway and lush garden right on St. Philip Street, and look for a bright orange building with Mardi Gras flags hung over wrought-iron balconies.

Inside, this apartment mimics its French Quarter neighborhood with quirky, glamorous decor. The living room features a giant wall mirror, a jeweled lamp, a leather couch with fur throw pillows, a floating bar lined by four metal stools, and a bistro table with white leather high chairs. Dreamy and whimsical, both bedrooms have textured lilac walls, tufted velvet benches at the foot of each bed, and 18th-century windows overlooking the parades below.

Make drinks and “cheers” to the bride on your furnished balcony, in the lush courtyard below, or at a jazz club on Bourbon Street, which is just a block away.

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Sky-high condo in Brickell

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Lining Biscayne Bay in mainland Miami, Brickell is Miami’s financial district. In this pedestrian-friendly area, you’ll find towering high-rises host hotels, apartment complexes, and some of the city’s trendiest restaurants and bars.    

Floating high above it all, this spacious corner apartment boasts a wraparound balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows looking right out at Biscayne Bay. The space is simple, but sleek, with a picnic-style dining table and a couch with a smart set up so people can sit on both sides. The condo had a full renovation in March 2020, so the paint, wood floors, furniture, and suite of kitchen appliances are all brand new. Guests will get free access to a 24-hour gym, steam rooms, a hot tub, two swimming pools, and an adult lounge. There is even a liquor and fine cigar store, restaurant, and a hair salon all on-site.

Spacious haven with two full homes

Two homes in one in Miami

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If you’re planning a huge bachelorette bash in Miami, you’ll absolutely love this gated property, which actually includes two houses (a front and a back house), plus a backyard fit for a girls’ weekend. The location isn’t bad either and puts you just minutes from the haute shopping in Miami Design District, Wynwood’s trendy restaurants, and world-renowned South Beach.

Both homes have a serene, mostly-white design scheme with accent walls in bold shades of blue or green or even palm frond wallpaper. Outside, there are strung lights, an above-ground pool, lounge chairs and couches, a daybed, a hot tub, a grill, and a dining table, all spread across a patio and lush lawn. 

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Wine Country garden getaway in California

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This airy, modern-rustic home is just right for a relaxing girls’ getaway. Grab your favorite ladies and catch up in the bold living room, which has a bright red leather couch, a brick fireplace, and floor-to-ceiling window doors that open up to a lush and colorful private garden.

Wake up and cook breakfast in the dark green, retro-1950s kitchen, or simply brew a piping-hot espresso to sip while you take in the morning views from the large front yard. Modern amenities and soft, comfortable beds give you everything you need, while scattered family heirlooms make the vibrant space feel distinctively cozy. Just minutes from historic downtown Santa Rosa and many wineries and breweries, this home is a great base for exploring California wine country.

Home on a working vineyard with an incredible pool

A home on a working vineyard in California

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Stay on an actual working vineyard in Sonoma County when you book this dream home, which sits on five acres and has an infinity pool, a hot tub, an idyllic outdoor deck with poolside couches and chairs, a wraparound porch, and unbelievable views of the surrounding rolling hills. 

An idyllic post for an indulgent girls’ weekend, there is a firepit, a bocce ball court, outdoor showers, and a grand, 17-foot sliding bay door that opens out to the light-strung deck and makes the house feel like true indoor-outdoor living. This house is just minutes from downtown Sonoma and tasty wineries. 

However, be aware that there is currently a four-night minimum, so this home is best suited for those looking for a longer getaway and willing to splurge.

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Boho-chic bungalow

Boho chic bungalow in Palm Springs

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Step inside this colorful, boho-chic bungalow and you won’t know where to look first. The whole house is a kaleidoscope of colors and patterns. Take the living room, where you’ll find a blue palm rug sits atop a darker blue, zig-zag tile floor, complemented by a tufted gray velvet couch with a pink striped throw pillow, mustard yellow floor cushions, gold vases, a tall cactus, a wood lattice divider, and a fireplace framed by retro blue and pink tiles.

One bedroom has a black-and-white plaid tapestry wall with an evil eye, while another has a dark swirl accent wall and a hanging wicker chair. There’s a game room with air hockey, foosball tables, and “pop-a-shot” game.

Outside, the fun continues with a firepit, a pool with a giant unicorn float, and rainbow lettering on the surrounding fence.

 

Instagram-worthy home with a pool

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From outside, this white, bougainvillea-clad stone villa looks like it was plucked off the cliffs of Santorini. Walk inside, and it’s an Instagrammer’s dream.

There are accent walls covered in bright yellow-patterned wallpaper, hanging swing chairs with pom-pom pillows, vases shaped like jaguar heads, beds draped with pom-pom garlands, a white furry ottoman that doubles as a coffee table, a bar with color-coordinated koozies, a foosball table, giant “GET NAKED” lettering in one bathtub, tiled art in another shower and retro-patterned wallpaper framing the fireplace. When you aren’t taking pictures, head outside and tan by the pool (or “Swim Club,” as the sign says), stargaze from the hot tub, sway in the hammock, or light the grill and throw an outdoor dinner party on the covered deck.

This villa offers views of the Santa Rosa Mountains and is minutes away from hiking, biking, and downtown Palm Springs.

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Four-story funhouse

Four story funhouse that's close to everything in Nashville

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Spread across four floors, this townhouse will have the bride and her girls reliving their childhood in no time. One of the first things you’ll notice is the scratch-and-sniff banana wallpaper in the living room and kitchen (it smells like real Chiquita bananas), followed by a bubble gum machine, board games galore, bunk beds, metallic figurines shaped like balloon animals, cartoon art, and a “Recharger” station with coffee.

You can have drinks with the bride on the furnished, top-floor balcony, or hang just inside and play darts or the 60 plus games on a vintage arcade machine. If you’re the bride or the lucky partygoer who gets to sleep in the master bedroom, you’ll fall asleep under a ceiling painted like an actual blue night sky.

Colorful party house downtown

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About a mile and a half from downtown Nashville, this home fitting calls itself “Nashville’s Original Bachelorette House.” And for good reason. It has a Dolly Parton-themed master bedroom (complete with a Dolly Parton CD wall), a “Mean Girls” room, and a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” kitchen.

If all that’s not enough, there’s a rainbow staircase, a plant wall with a neon-pink-lit “Get Nashty” sign, and framed photos of shirtless Usher, Adam Levine with a puppy, Orlando Bloom, and Ryan Gosling for the ultimate eye candy. On a beautiful night, grab your girls and drink wine by the firepit on the outside deck.

Be aware there’s a three-night minimum stay here, but trust us, you won’t mind.

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Unique architectural gem

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This architecturally-unique space almost feels like a boutique hotel. You walk in on the second level of this three-level home, which has a sunken living room surrounded by a kitchen and dining room, and a lofted third floor floating above.

The design scheme is dark, but not dreary; a color palette of neutrals, dark woods, blacks, and grays are offset by tall windows that fill the place with sunlight. Occasional fun pops of color, like red kitchen cabinets, bright green balcony ceilings, and a three-story black spiral staircase, add even more character. The soaring ceiling is covered in navy and gold-patterned wallpaper with a candelabra chandelier (complete with hanging church crosses), dangling from its center. The end vibe is a stylish Charleston-meets-Haunted Mansion vibe that will surely make for a memorable stay. 

Converted chapel right downtown

A converted chapel right in downtown Charleston

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Just a few blocks from gorgeous King Street, Charleston’s trendiest neighborhood, this wedding chapel-turned-home will literally have your bride walking down the aisle.

Much of the chapel’s original architecture is still there, including the original chapel doors, a floating pine staircase, and 20-foot ceilings over the living room and kitchen. This light and airy features a serene neutral color scheme with a cream couch, granite-topped kitchen counters, and five soothing bedrooms so the whole crew can spread out.

Outside is also a major draw for groups, with a back patio with a hot tub, a firepit, a grill, and an outdoor dining area for all to enjoy.

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Rustic chic house with a pool

Rustic chic house in Scottsdale

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The decor at this Scottsdale home is modern rustic-meets-glam, with a farmhouse kitchen and dining room, dark teal kitchen stools, velvet throws, a bar with a chalkboard wall, mounted succulents, eclectic pillows, and flower-covered footstools. A long wooden dining table makes for a nice place to enjoy a group meal with views of the backyard.

Outside you’ll find a pool, a hot tub, and a BBQ. Big french doors open off the living space to create an indoor-outdoor feel. Old Town Scottsdale’s trendy restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and nightlife are just two blocks away.

For a special treat, sign up for a poolside massage or a yoga class — your Airbnb host can arrange for either to be set up directly at the house. However, be aware there’s a three-night minimum here. 

Scandinavian lounge in Old Town

Scandinavian lounge in Old Town Scottsdale

Scandinavian lounge in Old Town

This newly renovated home has a stylish Scandinavian feel and plenty of space, with a huge kitchen complete with seating at the marble island, as well as a round wooden dining table. Bedrooms are mainly black and white in color scheme, but have character via fun wallpaper, sliding barn doors, and accent rugs. 

What makes it a must-stay, however, is its outdoor space. There is a large patio with a light-strung pergola, an outdoor dining table that can seat up to 12, a separate outdoor lounge area, accent chairs, and a heated pool lined by five chaise lounges. If that’s not enough to keep you entertained, walk over to the nearby Entertainment District, where you’ll find a buzzy nightlife scene, sleek clubs, pool parties, live music, and the hottest restaurants and bars.

FAQs

What are the best places for a bachelorette party?

The best place for a bachelorette weekend is whatever works for your party! When choosing a destination, the first thing to consider is what the bride wants to do. Does she want a quiet spa weekend? Does she want to go clubbing? Does she want to go camping? Is she looking forward to eating delicious food and hanging by a swanky pool with her best girlfriends all weekend?

From there, some general things to consider are location, cost, and activities. If you have a lot of girls coming in from all over, you might want to choose a destination with a big airport that’s easy to access. If your goal is to keep your costs low and your itinerary fun, choose a city with lots of great options for every budget and interest.

Some of the most popular destinations for bachelorette weekends are Nashville, Charleston, California wine country, Miami, New Orleans, Scottsdale, and Las Vegas.

How much does a bachelorette party typically cost per person?

The cost of your bachelorette weekend depends entirely on where you go and what you plan to do while you’re there, but typically, guests can expect to pay $300 to $400 for the weekend essentials (i.e., accommodations, decorations, bachelorette weekend shirts, a couple pre-planned activities, plus snacks and drinks for the house).

Keep in mind that the guests split all of the bride’s costs, and you’ll be responsible for getting yourself to and from the destination and some meals and drinks while you’re there. 

What are some tips for throwing a destination bachelorette weekend?

Like any group trip, bachelorette weekends cost money, so it’s important to give your guests at least a few months to plan. Ask for any dietary restrictions before booking restaurants. If you’re planning a generally expensive weekend, be sure to include affordable activities and meals, too.

If you’re a maid of honor or bridesmaid planning it, you’re going to be the “cruise director” for the weekend — so it’s up to you to keep things upbeat and fun and make sure everyone feels included. Most importantly, tailor the weekend to the bride. If she feels loved, you’ve done your job.

Are Airbnbs safe?

Experts say private rentals like Airbnbs are very safe since you can minimize contact when you book a standalone property, and won’t have to encounter crowded common spaces or interact with people at check-in desks.

However, if you plan to gather a group of people from different households be sure to continue following CDC guidelines. If your group isn’t fully vaccinated, you’ll especially need to take extra precautions like quarantining and taking COVID-19 tests. 

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