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Crunchy is not for hair!

December 9, 2010

Today’s post is about avoiding the 80’s super-crunchy top ramen noodle-esque hair.  Why? Because it hurts my feelings to see what could be beautiful bouncy coils of curly cuteness turn into a rat’s nest.  So, how many times have you curly cuties reached for the mousse or gel to tame your tresses? Don’t answer, I already know.  Well, the solution to your problem starts as soon as your shower is complete.  I will give you a few simple rules to follow that will change your life …forever. Ready? O.K.

1.  Start with a moisture rich shampoo and conditioner. The one thing that curly hair tends to lack is moisture because the natural oils from your scalp take forever to get down to the hair shaft and once the hair dries, it dries with no oils and turns into a dry frizzy mess.  After shampooing you want to add conditioner to your hair (concentrate on the ends) and comb through with a wide toothed comb.  This helps separate the hair while evenly distributing the product. So starting with products that are made to add moisture to all of your hair is the first rule.

2. While your hair is still soaking wet, you want to wring out your hair with your hands while still in the shower.  Add your preferred product for curly hair.  The best way to do it is to start off with a little bit of product so you don’t over saturate the hair. Add more as needed.

3. The second rule is really really important kids…so pay attention. NEVER EVER EVER rub your hair dry: this will break and damage your hair and cause frizzyness.  Let your hair air dry or blow-dry with a diffuser. The less you touch your hair the better it will look.

4. Once the hair has completely dried use a gloss serum to soften the curls.  Take a small amount and lightly scrunch your curls. This will add shine and keep the curl product from creating stiffness in your hair.

5. NEVER EVER EVER run your fingers through your hair – it will cause your locks to frizz.

 

Recommended products :

Professional Products:

Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Shampoo and Conditioner

Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Hair Cream for either thick or fine curls.

Kerastase Serum – Apres Soleil

Budget Friendly Products:

Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo and Conditioner – Curl and Shine

Garnier Fructis Soft Curl Cream

John Frieda Frizz Ease Shine Serum

 

Turn up the volume!

November 10, 2010

Thin hair or thick hair, whatever the type, you can have gorgeous voluminous hair! Its true, I’m not lying. But there are some simple rules to follow. Are you ready? Ok.

1. Start off with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner ( my recommendations for products will be listed at the end of this post);

2. Prior to blow-drying and after towel drying, you MUST use a volumizer! Make sure to spray or apply this product directly to the roots of your hair, since that’s where you want the volume;

3. Now to style. The simplest way to achieve volume here without using a brush is to flip your head forward and blow dry the hair aiming the nozzle directly at the roots toward the floor using your fingers to lightly comb through. Then, once it is almost completely dry flip your head back up and part your hair a center section of hair from the outer edge of your eyebrow to the outer edge of your other eyebrow in thickness and a to the crown of your head in length.  You don’t need to do more than that since the volume is coming from the top of the head, once it falls it will blend in seamlessly with the rest of your hair.  Below is a picture of a full roller set, you can opt to do this for a more red-carpet ready glam look, but for everyday wear only the top section of the hair will do.

4. Now blast your hair (rollers in) with heat from your blow dryer and then let your hair cool for about 10 minutes.  Mist the hair with a flexible hold hairspray (nobody likes crunchy hair) This allows for the hair to set.

5. Take down your rollers and lightly finger comb your hair, set the do with another spritz of your hairspray and voila! Sexy, bouncy volume to die for.  Thank me later.

Here is a list of my recommendations for hair products in both professional and budget friendly brands:

Shampoo and Conditioner :

Professional:

Kerastase Bain Volumactiv Shampoo and Kerastase Resistance Volumactiv Complexe Fibrepains Lait Conditioner

Budget Friendly:

Pantene Pro-V Flat to Volume Shampoo and Conditioner

Volumizer:

Professional:

Kerastase Resistance Volumactiv Expansion Spray (This is by far my favorite and go-to product for volume. It gives your hair body and bounce without feeling tacky and sticky.)

Budget Friendly:

Pantene Pro-V Volume Mousse (Be sure not to over saturate your hair with mousse or it will feel crunchy)

Professional:

Bumble and Bumble Does it All Hairspray

Budget Friendly:

L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray

Velcro rollers can be purchased for as cheap as $5 from your local beauty supply store or Walgreens, CVS, Duane Reade etc.

Enjoy the bounce dolls!

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