The long history of racist beauty standards alone cannot explain the ongoing global use of harmful skin lighteners.
While popular portrayals of hairdressers and beauticians present them as "bimbos", salons can also provide a refuge for clients to share painful realities.
The more people watch TV the more likely it is that they prefer a slimmer female body size.
The technician who gave you that shiny manicure may be inhaling dangerous levels of toxic chemicals on the job.
Moulding eyebrows to make a statement is nothing new. A journey through history, across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States, shows some of the highs and lows of brow fashion.
New research shows how attractive employees can rub some customers the wrong way.
A botched beauty procedure can be more than just unsightly – it can be dangerous. Here are some things to keep in mind when seeking a skin treatment.
Many historic ideas about women's beauty - from prizing firm breasts to emphasising the 'natural' - continue to resonate today.
Beautiful people tend to lead more charmed lives. Could their attractiveness also color their views on issues like abortion, premarital sex and gay marriage?
Using physical and psychological traits, researchers are building a system which can rate a person's attractiveness.
Who's really benefiting from a health care system that provides free or low-cost plastic surgeries for the poor?
People who’ve gotten nose jobs are also trying to revert to a more natural look.
Despite skin conditions such as acne having no negative health effects, they can take a huge toll on the confidence and mental health of the person.
Today, beauty counts for little in the judgement of works of art. But our felt experience of beauty connects us with an object's maker, revealing a pure moment of humanity.
Recent scientific studies have claimed that transfusions of blood from teenagers can help delay or reverse the ageing process. Do they stack up?
The longing for lighter skin remains a taboo topic in African-American communities.
Collectable cigarette cards once depicted 'exotic' beauties, classified by the colonial eye. And today's beauty contests still present women as exotic representatives of their nation.
For centuries, women with dwarfism were depicted in art as comic or grotesque fairytale beings. But artists are challenging these portrayals and notions of beauty and physical difference.
The history of dangerous cosmetics shows us the harms that women have suffered to meet expectations of what is beautiful.
In New York City, hair salons are one of the few cultural spaces for Dominican women to bond. But they also perpetuate legacies of racism and colonialism.