This Chat Bot Tells You Exactly Which Products To Use — But There's A Catch

Scalp scrubs, hair mists, even micellar water — the hair aisle is becoming as confusing as a 10 step Korean skin-care routine these days. And while you could always skim online forums or reviews, we’ve got a life to live. Maybe that’s why we were so excited when celeb hairstylist Jen Atkin announced her latest venture: a chat bot on Facebook that allows you to ask personal hair questions on the spot — without having to step foot into an actual store or take a deep dive down Reddit.

We logged on to take her Ouai Hair Quiz in Facebook Messenger and enthusiastically answered each question. What is your condition at the root? Dry. What is your condition at the end? Dry. Is your hair thinning? No. The list went on. When we finished, the algorithm spit out a regimen that was on par with what a hairstylist would probably tell you. For a staffer with dry roots and ends that needed damage repair, it prescribed a repairing shampoo, conditioner, and mask. Solid. For someone with oily roots and dry limp waves, it suggested a volumizing shampoo with a wave-enhancing conditioner on just the mid-lengths and ends and an oral supplement to fight excessive grease. Right on.

But… that’s about all it could do. In our wildest dreams, we think we had hoped Jen Atkin (or someone pretending to be her) would be on the other side, comforting us when we burned our hair off with a curling iron, giving specific advice for that weird cowlick at our crown, or offering pointers when we overtrimmed our bangs at home. But when we went off book and started asking non-automated questions, the system melted down thinking we were requesting a return.

So, in the end, maybe it’s not the most groundbreaking service — sites like Sephora already have live chats to help you shop. (And those are across different brands). However, it is helpful for those of us who’d like to get a personal regimen with products that Chrissy Teigen and Kendall Jenner swear by. We’ll just save our more specific questions for Jen’s next Instagram Live — which, luckily, she does often.

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North West's Pizza Order Is So Adorable

North West isn’t exactly your average kid. Her mother is a reality TV star and business mogul, and her father is a Grammy-winning rapper and fashion designer. That’s how she landed her own chat with Interview Magazine, and how we found out (breaking news!) what her favorite type of pizza is.

It took a whole team of celebs to interview North, but Kaia Gerber — who also just so happens to have famous parents, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber — asked North West the one question that truly matters: “What do you like on your pizza?” And she had the cutest response. She told Gerber, “Just cheese! Cheese, cheese — everywhere cheese.” Her answer just proves that despite growing up among Hollywood’s most rich and famous, North West really isn’t so different from how we were at age 4, and even now, we can still appreciate a pizza topped with a delicious, heaving helping of cheese.

She was also asked important questions about her life by Sean and Jayden Federline, Millie Bobby Brown, and Penelope Disick. Now, important questions to a 4-year-old may look a little different from the important questions that adults get asked. For instance, North was asked about her favorite Disney princess, what she likes best about having a little brother, and if she wanted to build two tree houses with her cousin and live side-by-side as neighbors.

North is only 4 years old and in big part thanks to her ultra-famous parents, she has already become a style icon, whose clothes are talked about constantly. It’s true regular 4-year-olds don’t often get interviewed in magazines by famous celebrities, but North’s answers to her hard-hitting questions helped us realize that she’s actually a pretty normal child, especially when it comes to her favorite pizza order.

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The 7 Most Instagrammable Hotels In London

London is home to a strong set of uniquely diverse accommodations: You’ll be able to find funky boutique concepts coexisting with centuries-old Grand Dames, and that selection continues to expand by the day.

Many hotels have done a outstanding job of distilling the British capital’s rich history and stylistic flair into their designs, but a few of them stands out from the pack when it comes to social media potential. Ahead, we’ve rounded up seven unique hotel rooms that will guarantee you likes aplenty.

Hotel 41

This stunning property is known for its striking black-and-white color scheme and close proximity to the Royal Mews, also known as “The Queen’s Garage”.

Photo: Courtesy of 41 Hotel.

Hotel 41

The Master Suite features a pyramid glass roof, where you’ll be able to take in London’s skyline in its full glory.

41 Buckingham Palace Road, Westminster, London SW1W 0PS; 020 7300 0041

Photo: Courtesy of Hotel 41.

Blakes

This former Victorian townhouse is transformed into a boutique gem by famed interior designer Anouska Hempel. The rooms are outfitted in antique chinoiserie furniture and vintage knick knacks collected from all over the world.

Photo: Courtesy of Blakes.

Blakes

Designed by British fashion guru Matthew Williamson, the hotel’s courtyard garden stands in stark contrast with the classic rooms. The colorful mural, golden birdcage, and giant zebra statue are just a few design touches that were perfectly made for Instagram.

33 Roland Gardens, Kensington, London SW7 3PF; 020 7370 6701

Photo: Courtesy of Blakes.

The Zetter Townhouse, Clerkenwell

This eclectic hotel is designed to make guests feel like they are crashing at the private residence of a peculiar relative.

Photo: Courtesy of The Zetter Townhouses.

The Zetter Townhouse, Clerkenwell

With kitschy British memorabilia and vintage trinkets seen all around, we’d say that the hotel is doing a marvelous job at establishing that quirky Brit persona.

49-50 St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JJ; 020 7324 4444

Photo: Courtesy of The Zetter Townhouses.

Henrietta Hotel

This boutique hotel has recently become pure Instagram like bait. And it’s no surprise: With marble baths, brass lighting fixtures, and rich velvet lounge chairs all making an appearance in the rooms, it’s a gorgeous combination.

Photo: Courtesy of Henrietta Hotel.

Henrietta Hotel

The social media pièce de résistance is undoubted the millennial pink bathroom. Can you imagine the amount of books the hotel is getting because of this room?

14-15 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8QH; 020 3794 5313

Photo: Courtesy of Henrietta Hotel.

Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

This trendy East London hotel marks the first hospitality venture for Nobu, a restaurant chain beloved by the rich and famous.

Photo: Courtesy of Nobu Hotel.

Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

The Japanese-inspired interiors feels minimalist yet elevated, with a simple design palette of wood, concrete, and brass.

10-50 Willow Street, London EC2A 4BHl; 020 7683 1200

Photo: Courtesy of Nobu Hotel.

The Curtain

From exposed brick to rustic furnishings, the Shoreditch location of this new hotel is echoed in the hotel’s hipster-friendly decor.

Photo: Courtesy of The Curtain.

The Curtain

The rooftop pool and Moroccan-style brasserie are quickly becoming one of the city’s most popular hangouts. The hotel also houses Red Rooster, a restaurant serving American comfort food.

45 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3PT; 020 3146 4545

Photo: Courtesy of The Curtain.

The Hoxton, Shoreditch

This hotel lobby feels like a communal living room with industrial touches — wire bookcases and mixed-and-matched furniture pieces.

Photo: Courtesy of The Hoxton.

The Hoxton, Shoreditch

The rooms may not offer much square footage, but they are by no means lacking in cool factor.

81 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3HU; 020 7550 1000

Photo: Courtesy of The Hoxton.

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Disney Apologized For Not Letting A Little Boy Be A Princess — But It Still Breaks Our Hearts

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Disney Apologized For Not Letting A Little Boy Be A Princess — But It Still Breaks Our Hearts

Before reading this, please watch the video below. Don’t tell us looking at Noah McLean-Glass play in his Princess Elsa dress doesn’t make you feel something. He’s almost unbearably adorable, and it’s heartbreaking to know that he’s, as of yet, blissfully unaware of the shit storm society will inevitably unleash on him if he keeps playing princess.

It’s already begun. NBC News reports that Disneyland Paris apologized (well, thank god) after an employee told the 3-year-old’s mom that he couldn’t participate in the park’s Princess for a Day experience because he’s a boy.

His mom Hayley McLean-Glass wrote in a post on her blog (which is called Sparkles & Stretchmarks and thus wins the mommy-blog name game forever) that Noah, a Frozen super-fan, had been “buzzing with excitement” when he learned that he could get a princess makeover. She had decided to give him the experience as an early Christmas present.

“I knew that there would be NOTHING he’d love more than to get to wear a pretty dress, put makeup on like mummy does, and have his photo taken being one of his beloved Disney Princesses,” wrote Hayley, who is from Devon, England.

Here’s the message Hayley got in response:

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“I was so angry, I literally couldn’t stop shaking for half an hour afterwards,” Hayley told ITV News, NBC News’ British partner. “I was just so shocked. I’m his mother, and if I’m okay with him doing it, who are Disney to tell me that he can’t?”

Disneyland Paris apologized and said this was an “isolated incident.”

“An isolated incident, the cast member’s response is not reflective of any policy or belief held here at Disneyland Paris,” the company said in a statement to ITV News. “We… sincerely apologize to Hayley and Noah for the distress caused… We are going to ensure this does not happen again… Of course, both boys and girls are welcome to enjoy the Princess for a Day experience in addition to all our other special activities.”

The park may have apologized, but this “isolated incident” doesn’t exist in a vacuum; it’s yet more proof that gender discrimination is alive and well. This type of gender discrimination puts people in boxes early on and doesn’t let kids be who they want to be. Noah’s story reminds us of this Twitter thread, posted earlier this month, by a clown who was asked by a 4-year-old boy to paint a blue butterfly on his face. His mom said to “give him something for boys” instead. Her choice? A skull and crossbones.

“We are teaching them that anger & violence r the only things they are allowed to experience. That to value beauty & elegance is shameful,” she concluded.

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If You Aren't Already Obsessed With Lakeith Stanfield, You Will Be Soon

I first encountered Lakeith Stanfield in Donald Glover’s TV series, Atlanta. He hilariously plays Darius, a wise and imaginative drug dealer who always has something to say. So, when I saw him Get Out, as a man whose body has been stolen and mind replaced, it was like seeing a whole different side of him. Since, he’s been in Crown Heights, The Incredible Jessica James, and Death Note, which he proudly proclaims is the worst movie of 2017. Fans agree.

Just like his choice in projects, Lakeith Stanfield is all over the place. He’s the physical embodiment of black boy joy. Off-screen, Stanfield can be random and impulsive. Sometimes it’s a little too much, like when he accepted the Critic’s Choice award for Best Comedy on behalf of Silicon Valley. But since carefree is also his approach to his acting career, it’s obviously working out in his favor.

“What I do is I blank out my mind. I have nothing in my head when I step on set,” Stanfield described to Vulture. “I can barely remember my line, and I’m immersed completely in the moment, so whatever happens is gonna happen.”

While some celebrities have adopted a quirky personality to feel relatable to their fans, Stanfield uses his authenticity to create distance.

“That’s another reason you have to stay grounded, because if you don’t, then you just begin to do it and become like a little monkey,” he explained. “Especially the way my lifestyle is going right now, as things begin accelerating and moving forward, it’s important I understand the things that matter.”

“If I lose sight of that,” he continues, “then I lose sight of where I’m supposed to be going. And all of a sudden I wake up and I go, What the f*ck is going on?”

Stanfield is a breath of fresh air both in Hollywood, and for the entire country. As the movie industry finally allows actors of color to take on stronger roles, Lakeith Stanfield is at the forefront. We suggest you become obsessed now and save time later. We already can’t get enough.

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