Beauty Travelogue: Beijing

Chinese women are famous for their ageless skin and healthy hair. We go on a search for their hidden secrets.

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February 22, 2012 11:00 AM
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Hair Today

I've lost years off my life wrestling with a blowdryer and flatiron to feign the thick, straight hair Chinese women are born with. So when celeb stylist Tony Li tells me, "Asian women don't want straight hair," I have to fight back my fury. His clients, like actresses Ziyi Zhang and Fan Bing Bing, want layers, volume, and texture. Women flock to Tony Studio, his posh chain of minimalist salons, for perms that will give them a hint of messy, untamed waves. Red and chestnut-brown dyes are also a favorite. East or West, we all want what we don't have.