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12 Curly Hair Tips That Will Have You Loving Your Locks

The Ultimate Guide to Curly Hair Tips

I can assume if you’re reading this that you have curly hair and like so many of my curly haired clients, you hate your curly hair . . . right? Well, not so fast! Haven’t you heard others tell you how they wish they had your curls? You just haven’t learned to love each and every curl that crowns your pretty head yet. I am here to convert you with some of my favorite hacks for curly hair:

Curly Hair Tip #1 Get The Right Haircut! ~~ Some hairdresser’s are scared of dealing with curly hair and only know how to cut it like they would other hair types, and this is where the problems for your hair begins. When cutting curly hair you don’t want to end up with a triangle head or god forbid the poodle look –eek! This is my nightmare, so I can only imagine how you all feel walking out of a salon if you have had a bad experience.

 

Learn how to communicate with your hairdresser. A hair stylist cutting a clients hair.

I’ve learned when cutting curly hair, to always use cutting scissors and not thinning shears. Visual cutting is really important for taking weight out and shaping curly hair. I always cut curly hair at an angle, that way you keep the natural movement of the curl happening. Also, I’ve found standing back and looking at how the curls falls naturally after being cut, is huge in getting a great shape. I use my cutting scissors to take each section and softly cut into the hair to remove weight. Long layers are good to help take the weight from the bottom of your hair without causing the dreaded triangle shape. No short layers, especially with long hairstyles, as this is when you end up with a curly mullet (it’s not the 80’s).

Curly Hair Tip #2 Use the Right Products ~~ Now to keep your hair looking as yummy as possible, you need to use good products formulated for your hair type. No hard sell I promise, as I’m sure you have a whole drawer or cupboard full of hair products and could probably open up your own store :) The good news . . . with the right kind of hair products, you only need 4 or 5 max.

I use Schwarzkopf products and I am in love with the Schwarzkopf Curl Bounce line. OK, I’ll get the boring science part over, but it really works, I promise! The Curl Bounce line contains the innovative Polyquaternium 72, Panthenol and Cactus Flower extract. This restores the natural balance of moisture in your curls and the memory agents control frizz. After only a couple of washes, you’ll see great results. Like magic, it remembers your curl type.

Curly Hair Tip #3 The Comb Out and Rinse ~~ After you shampoo and condition your hair in the shower, use a wide toothed comb to detangle your curls before your final rinse. Then rinse for about 10 seconds with cold water, this helps close your cuticle and helps smooth and control your curls.  Never towel dry curly hair by rubbing your head, you know you do it!  This causes friction and will make your curls frizzy and you’ll spend way too long trying to comb through your matted hair. Instead, squeeze water out with a towel, you will be amazed at the difference.

Curly Hair Tip #4 The Diamond Shape ~~ Great haircuts for curly heads have a diamond shape. Keeping the height and weight toward the top and cheekbones, and having hair tapered around the face. Have your hair stylist carve out your curls to create definition and movement.

Curly Hair Tip #5 Restructuring ~~ Curl can be fragile, so you need to strengthen while taming frizz, adding manageability and restructuring from the inside out. That’s a tall order, but the new Rusk Multi 12-in1 Miracle Treatment does all that and more . . . it’s like getting your curly locks into rehab.

Curly Hair Tip #6 Try Loose Curls ~~ When classic spirals get boring, create a loose, less-defined look with finger-combing technique. Work a lightweight anti-frizz serum through damp hair to detangle and separate curls . . . . try Paul Mitchell Smoothing Gloss Drops. Next, flip your head over and apply a curl-activator like VO5 Curvaceous Curls Styling Mousse. Then take haphazard sections and twist them like a rope, wrapping each one around your finger before pinning in place. Blow-dry using a low heat setting, unpin the twists and gently shake your ringlets loose.

Curly Hair Tip #7 Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize ~~ Curly hair’s biggest challenge is lack of moisture . . . the natural oils from your scalp do not travel to the ends because of the curl pattern. Keeping it hydrated is key! Start with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner and they recommend a weekly deep treatment with MoroccanOil Intense Hydrating Mask. Wearing hair curly requires products that control frizz and add definition.

Curly Hair Tip #8 Skip a Couple Shampoos ~~ Curly girls who want a change can start by flat-ironing. Next, you maximize your style over time by skipping shampoos for a few days. On the second day when curl starts to come back, run a flat iron through hair and mist with Redken Wax Blast 10, which acts as a light frizz-tamer. Day three, use a dry shampoo on the scalp, like Redken Powder Refresh), brushing it through and applying heat from your blower if needed. On day four, pull your hair back into a ponytail, wet down your bangs if you have them, and blow-dry the fringe only.

curly hairstyles

Curly Hair Tip #9 Keep it Healthy ~~ Keeping hair healthy is essential for control and frizz-prevention. I recommend Redken’s Fresh Curls system, which includes a shampoo, a conditioner, Styling Mousse, Curl Refiner, Spin Control and Curl Boost Spray Gel. How do you know which to use for what? The mousse is designed to add oomph to looser, “lazier” curl. The Curl Refiner is like a leave-in conditioning treatment, making it perfect for keeping long, curly hair hydrated and soft.

Curly Hair Tip #10 Fluff it Up! ~~ Okay, you know you have to hydrate curl, but what do you do once the conditioner is on? Detangle with a wide-toothed comb,. Next, scrunch with a towel: don’t “rub” the hair dry or you’ll ru9in curl definition and create frizz. Don’t brush your hair. Work in Wella Professionals Enrich Bouncy Foam, a leave-in reconstructor that conditions curl. Follow with Wella Professionals Elastic  Energy curl-enhancing mousse, applying it evenly through hair and finger-combing it in. Once hair is dry, place your fingertips at the roots and give yourself a scalp massage. This fluffs up the interior without disturbing the exterior. Diffuse-dry with your head bent forward, and you’re done.

Curly Hair Tip #11 Give it an Undercut ~~ For coarse hair, consider leaving the length. Add lots of face-framing layers, and ask for “undercutting” to remover bulk and weight.

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9 Simple Straight Hair Hacks

Straight hair with some body, if this is your hair type count yourself lucky

Unlike the fine, thin or coarse, heavy hair that is in the straight hair category, your hair will hold when styled. . . at least for some time. It can be formed and usually shaped into soft bouncy curls, although to get these looks you’ll need to do some type of styling to your hair. Your hair takes nicely to chemical treatments, perms, hair color and highlighting when done right with the right hair care products. Your hair type is also receptive to a variety of hair cutting techniques, one length hairstyles, asymmetrical bobs, layering of all sorts, texturizing and razor cuts. Your face shape and your individual lifestyle issues will be more of a determining factor in finding the right hair style for you than your hair type, being that you can do so much with it.

 

Carrie Underwood straight hair tips

Carrie Underwood with loose, free falling, curls. Carrie has your hair type, to replicate her look iron-curl in large sections. If your hair is long, you will be able to easily wear it straight by simply blow-drying with a straightening serum and a flat brush, or flat iron. Just as easily you can coax it into this season’s hair style of loose, soft waves with a large barrel curling iron, 1 1/4 inch barrel is a great size for these waves. Use a Thermal Active Spray before curling to protect your hair and to hold in the curl. Kenra’s, Thermal Active Spray, is a good choice among others.

Your hair should be washed daily or possibly every other day with a gentle shampoo. If your hair has been colored or permed, choose a shampoo specified for that to keep it in good shape. Your hair will benefit from using a clarifying shampoo periodically, if you use product on your hair. Also a deep conditioning treatment after using a clarifying shampoo can give your hair a big lift in shine and body. You can use any good heavy conditioner as a deep conditioner.

9 Simple Straight Hair Hacks

Tip 1 ~~ To make straight look great, try a heavy bang and lots of textured layers . . . Don’t be shy with taking the layers shorter for a shaggy look. Keep the bang heavy, rounded and right at brow-length for a modern look. For a dual-textured style, dry bangs straight and sleek, then loosely curl the rest of your hair.

Tip 2 ~~ To add movement and body, start with a hair primer. Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier creates even porosity, which allows even distribution of other styling products. Follow with Wella Professionals Flowing Form, which has a light-to-medium hold for manageability and flexibility. Then blow-dry sections toward your face using a natural boar-bristle paddle brush like a Mason Pearson brush.

Tip 3 ~~ Make straight hair fun and versatile by switching up the texture. Wear your hair down and straight the first day. Then, braid your hair and sleep on it. The next day, pull out the braids and you’ll have soft, undulating waves. On day three, you can still skip the shampoo and pin your hair up into a loose updo, using the remaining waves to add tendrils and extra texture.

Tip 4 ~~ Get out the volumizing spray, like Bumble and bumble surf spray, which injects body and texture in minutes . . . Just spray directly on your dry hair and scrunch. Or try two big braids. Before going to bed, lightly mist surf spray into your dry hair. Split your hair down the center and create a braid behind each ear In the morning, release the elastics and finger-comb. Finish with a little light spritz of hair spray.

Tip 5 ~~ If it’s thick, it’s important to maintain balance in the silhouette to avoid a bushy look. Add a little lift as you blow-dry the top and crown area. Keep your hair close to your head as you dry the shaft and ends. Section the top area out of the way and dry under layers first. I like to apply Biomega Up All Night Volume Foam to the bang area if lift is needed, and Aquage Straightening Ultragel to the rest of the hair for control.

Tip 6 ~~ Another way to make straight hair simple and fresh is to try an undone bun To create it, mist Redken Vinyl Glam 02 shine spray onto your dry hair, then sweep it back with your fingers. Fasten it into an eye-level ponytail, then twist and wrap your hair to make a bun and pin it into place.

Tip 7 ~~ With straight hair, you can either style it smooth or add curl. If you’re going to be wearing your hair straight, keeping your locks healthy and shiny is what’s most important. Using Moroccan Oil Treatment every time you shampoo helps keep the cuticle smooth and healthy.

Tip 8 ~~ To add control without weight, use a styling cream like Nez Kupetian Flex Shine & Control styling cream. After applying the cream to damp hair, blow-dry by lifting each section up and directing the air flow from your dryer toward your scalp.

Tip 9 ~~ No Heat Curls

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The Art of Hair Extensions; Find Out How

We Are Not The First Generation to Embrace Hair Extensions

Let’s face it. We’ve been helping out Mother Nature since time began. Think about it. In ancient Egypt with Cleopatra and her pals, elaborate wigs were all the rage. In other parts of Africa, from BCE to A.D., women used whatever it took, wool, leaves, cotton to add length to their beautiful braids. On these shores our Revolutionary War grandmothers wore animal hair powdered white and piled high atop their heads.

We’re still doing it . . . Except that now we’ve got an attitude about it. Piling on some store-bought hair is seen as a cop-out, the last province of the pretentious. But as I see it, there’s nothing wrong with gilding the lily. Maybe you want to experiment with a new look. Maybe you want to give your hair a rest. Maybe your hair is thinning and you want to give it a little extra oomph. Maybe you like flinging hair over your shoulders every once in a while. Why not? Go for it.

Hair Extension Tips

Hair extensions give women the ability to have gorgeous, long hair in an hour or less. Sounds like a dream come true! In many ways extensions are, but they need to be selected and managed carefully. That’s where a good professional comes in. While it’s possible to do extensions yourself, it is not recommended. You can end up wasting money and becoming the butt of jokes. Going to a salon ensures that your extension will look natural and makes a positive enhancement to your beauty arsenal.

Your Choices

  • Methods of Attachment ~~ There are several ways the salon can attach the extensions – with clips, caps, keratin and with sewing to your existing hair itself. Extensions with clips can be taken down or modified anytime. If you have chosen the caps method or the sewing method, these extensions require maintenance every month. If you have chosen the keratin option you need to know that they are inserted for 5-6 months and then maintenance is needed as well. The most harmless method is using clips. These are tic tac barrettes with silicon parts which are sewn to the strand and then the strands are connected to the hair.
  • Human Hair or Synthetic Hair ~~ Also, it’s important to consider whether you prefer real or synthetic hair. Real hair is much more expensive than the synthetic hair, but it’s much more durable and easier to maintain. Extensions made of real hair can be treated in any way you would your natural hair – with a flat iron, curling, hair dryer, or diffuser. And can be even dyed unlike synthetic hair.
  • Hair Types ~~ Hair extensions can be obtained in a variety of different hair types. Be sure to ask your stylist about what options they would recommend to most effectively match your existing natural hair type.
  • Size and Strand Count ~~Consider your different size options as well. The most preferred in our salon are 50-55sm and 65sm. If you have elected to use extensions with strands, you will need 120-150grams of hair depending on how thick your hair is. But if you go with keratin strands, we recommend using 150-200 extension pieces.

 

Lauren Conrad hair extension tips

Keeping Your Hair Extensions Beautiful

Now you have beautiful, long hair! Here are some tips on how to keep it looking gorgeous.

  • Combing Your Hair ~~ Combing should be done regularly, and you need to use the appropriate tool. The brush should be soft to allow gentle combing of the hair in order to prevent tearing and thinning from the frequent usage. Start from the hair ends, as you would do with your natural hair, detangle first this zone and then move to the next hair levels. Be careful with the extensions as excessive pulling could lead to tearing which can transform your marvelous and soft hair into something less desirable.
  • Shampooing ~~ Washing your extensions is important for maintaining them as long as possible, and there are several rules to follow to be sure your hair extensions will look good. First, detangle before the shampoo, second, use a good shampoo and third (and perhaps the most important) – do it slowly and carefully.
  • Drying Your Hair Extensions ~~ Leave your extensions to dry naturally. After washing your hair, put the layers on a towel or hang them and let them dry naturally. Keep in mind that the direct sunlight or the hair dryer is not recommended. If you have time, avoid drying with a flat iron or a hairdryer in order to keep your extensions in perfect condition for as long as possible.

Ponytail Extension

There’s something very seductive about instantly acquiring a massive mane; it can make you feel like Miss Glamorous. If you’re going to fake it, you’ve got to do it right. And doing it right means, above all, making sure that your natural hair is kept clean, conditioned and stress-free. Hopefully this article will help you accomplish that end.

Claudia
Contributing author Claudia Egnal has been in the beauty industry for nearly 30 years. With a wide array of cutting and coloring skills, she specializes in hair extensions, color, highlights and cutting. Her newest salon, JULDAN, opened in JULY 2012 and continues to grow due to the talent of her diverse staff and team. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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