Your Elastic Hair Tie is Trying to Kill You, Amongst Other Beauty News

But hey, at least you're not reading this from a lice salon.
Publish date:
November 25, 2015
infections, celebrities, hair ties, blonde, lice, nicki minaj, Salma Hayek

I am typing this with a skinny, black hair elastic around my wrist. I almost always have one there. Maybe you do, too. (We have so much in common, you and I.)

Sometimes, I keep one of those ribbon-style hair ties on my wrist because I occasionally buy into the myth that they look more stylish and bracelet-like than the regular ones. But after hearing about this first news story, I may never wear one of those again—and definitely not the glittery kind (not that I was ever the glittery-hair-elastic type).

A Kentucky woman can blame her glittery ribbon hair tie for a super-gross wrist infection

Audree Kopp noticed a red bump on her wrist a couple of weeks ago while she was moving, and she understandably thought it might be a bug bite. But when it didn't go away, she went to the doctor, who prescribed antibiotics that might as well have been Tic Tacs because the damn thing kept growing.

Kopp decided to go to the hospital, which was wise; they admitted her for emergency surgery on the abscess, filled with pus from three types of infections that could have caused sepsis if they had gone untreated. But it wasn't until this drainage that she learned from Dr. Amit Gupta that her glittery ribbon-style hair tie was the cause.

"Gupta said bacteria from Kopp's hair tie likely got under her skin through her pores and hair follicles," WLKY reports.

Kopp says she's going back to regular hair elastics because they're easier to keep clean, but Dr. Gupta told WLKY something that makes all hair ties sound like time bombs: "Be careful—you can't put all these hair ties around the wrist, particularly because it can cause problems with the skin, it can cause infection."


There are two things Salma Hayek won't do in the morning

It's hard to believe someone as freakishly beautiful and chic as Salma Hayek is relatable, but she totally is. She's lazy in the morning just like the rest of us, especially when it comes to beauty and fitness.

"Some people have the discipline to exercise in the morning, and I didn’t develop that," Hayek told W magazine, explaining that she regrets not getting into the habit of regularly exercising when she was younger.

Her other example of morning beauty laziness can actually be justified by something that makes a heck of a lot of sense.

"I’ve never washed my face in the morning. Your skin regenerates all the things that you lost during the day when you’re sleeping: the right pH balance, oils and collagen. Everything comes back to the skin at night. Then you go and wash it off in the morning. Why?"

So that's not really laziness as much as genius-ness.

Nicki Minaj is once again blonde, which is apparently both a color and a personality trait

I thought the whole idea of someone "acting blonde" or being a "dumb blonde" was an antiquated stereotype, but it appears someone who Nicki Minaj pays attention to named Grizz still believes blonde is a personality trait—and she apparently embraces that idea.

Check out the caption on this recent Instagram photo revealing she's back to blonde:

I know first-hand that refreshing your hair color can make you feel more confident, but the notion that you can act like a hair color? I don't subscribe to that magazine.

A new Canadian salon caters only to people with lice

Talk about an exclusive salon! A woman who wanted to simultaneously help fight lice and the stigma that comes with having them has opened a salon in Winnipeg where she can delouse over half a dozen people each day.

"The kits at home don’t work," Sarah Phillips, told Metro. Phillips owns Slice of Lice, which I desperately hope she renames. "If you miss a bug, if you miss any egg and think you’re good, they’ll just start multiplying again within three weeks."

Phillips—who insists that, contrary to popular misconceptions, lice prefer clean hair and just want to get to your delicious head blood—says her services aren't just more effective than home remedies, but more relaxing, too.

"I think of it more of a spa experience because it’s a little bit less stressful than having to do it yourself."

You've never seen a "100 Years of Beauty" video like this one

I know how much you guys love Cut's centurial roundups of beauty looks, which, for the most part, follow the same formula each time. But the latest one breaks from the norm in terms of both the topic and the method.

Cut covers 100 years of American tattoo styles, and in the process, literally covers one woman with 11 very real, very permanent tattoos—all over the course of a week!

  • Would you ever get multiple tattoos in just one week?
  • Do you wash your face in the morning?
  • Do you think someone can "act blonde"?
  • Did you fling your hair tie across the room after reading that first story?