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Vogue’s Lauren Valenti lists the best beauty looks from the Grammys 2022

Music’s biggest night is back, and true to form, the Grammys 2022 were a playground for stars to let their hair down–literally and figuratively. Honoring the event’s legacy of unforgettable, boundary-pushing beauty, this year’s festivities saw nominees, presenters, and attendees unapologetically taking risks with hair and makeup.

It wouldn’t be the Grammys without a little subversive shock value, and the evening supplied just that, from dramatic hair transformations–see Doja Cat’s fresh white hot platinum–to imaginatively-crafted makeup statements, like Laverne Cox’s ultraviolet smoky eye or Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner’s graphic yellow liner, that have us reaching for our most retina-burning neon eye shades. And of course there was no shortage of pitch-perfect lips, with Olivia Rodrigo serving up a must-have shade of dusty rose to complete her punkish look. From the boldest makeup touches to the hair creations that inspired awe, here are all the best beauty looks from the Grammys 2022.

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Essie has announced its philanthropic partnership in the US with The Foundation for Art & Healing’s Project UnLonely.

Project UnLonely is designed to focus public awareness on the negative physical and mental health consequences of loneliness, while exploring and promoting creative arts-based approaches to address the impact.

“At Essie, we’re obsessed with color and its power to bring people together through storytelling,” said Isabelle Carramaschi, Vice President of essie. “We’ve never been more connected by technology, but an overwhelming amount of people are simultaneously struggling with a level of disconnection never seen before. As a brand that drives personal connections and has a large community of Gen Z cohorts, essie feels a responsibility to help create a positive change. Hands All In aims to create colorful connections to uplift those who feel lonely.”

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US Congress moves to ban discrimination of race-related hairstyles

Afros, braids, dreadlocks: the US House of Representatives on Friday voted to ban discrimination based on hairstyles associated with a particular race or national origin. The Crown (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) Act must still be approved by the Senate.

The bill (H.R. 2116, aka the CROWN Act of 2022), which now moves to the Senate, explicitly aims to protect Black Americans who have been forced to cut their hair or style it in a certain way while at school or work. "As a Black woman who loves my braids, I know what it’s like to feel isolated because of how I wear my hair," said Cori Bush, a Black representative from Missouri, just before the vote.

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Is Rihanna's Fenty Beauty set to enter the Metaverse?

Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty brand is rumoured to be entering the metaverse, with the star filing a trademark to sell the products as virtual cosmetics.

The trademark applications are said to have been filed through Roraj Trade LLC, and include ‘downloadable virtual goods comprising cosmetics, makeup and hair accessories’ for use in online virtual worlds, retail stores, online environments, NFTs and digital media.

Fenty Beauty has also applied to sell ‘online, non-downloadable virtual goods’ in the metaverse.

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Hair product sales expected to post double-digit revenue growth in the US

With nearly 50% of US consumers willing to spend more on hair product that works for them, The NPD Group expects hair product sales to post double-digit revenue growth in the US through 2024.

According to the market research firm over 90% of U.S. consumers continue to show strong purchase interest for hair-related products and are even taking their routines to another level. This category is expected to continue along its positive sales trajectory through 2024, averaging 15% growth in the U.S. over the next two years.

Compared to the previous six months, more consumers plan to purchase more targeted hair-related products, including hair and scalp treatments, relaxers, chemical straighteners, hair gummies, and vitamins, according to the latest “Future of Hair” report from NPD.

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