No time to wash your hair?

Did you know you can use cornstarch to absorb the oil? Yes, it works just like a dry shampoo. Just sprinkle up to 1/4 cup throughout your hair, and get those roots where the oil is most prominent. Let it sit for 3-5 minutes and brush or shake it out. No one will ever know!

-StraightBelle

CHI Wet-to-Dry Flat Iron Tips

Getting started with a CHI Auto-Digital Wet-to-Dry Flat Iron: 

CHI Wet-to-Dry Flat IronPlug the CHI Auto Digital Ceramic Flat Iron into the correct power supply.
          Turn the power switch “ON”.
          Turn the power switch to “OFF” position after the usage.

Select the Temperature:
The CHI Auto Digital Ceramic Flat Iron offers complete versatility for temperature setting. The controls allow you to set the temperature and the time. The digital monitor allows you to see the precise temperature for your requirements. You may also set a timer for automatic shut off when you are done with styling.

CHI 44 Iron GuardBefore you Straighten:
Shampoo and Condition the hair with your favorite CHI shampoo and conditioners.
Always make sure that your hair is 90-95% dry and combed through.
Apply your favorite CHI styling products to the hair. We suggest: 
CHI 44 Iron Guard and CHI Silk Infusion.

Using your CHI Auto-Digital Ceramic Flat Iron
Section the hair and start with a section approx. ½ inch (1 cm) in thickness. 
Start from underneath and work your way up.

Thinner sections = more intense, thorough heat
Thicker sections = less heat directed to the section

Continue styling ½ inch sections until entire head is finished.

-StraightBelle

Not tonight, I’m deep conditioning my hair…

Back in the day, one of the greatest excuses to pass on a potentially bad date and stay home on a Friday night was, “I’m washing my hair.” Funny, those guys never picked up on the real meaning, but I think those girls had a great idea when they made that one up. I must admit, from time to time I enjoy using a Friday night for a deep conditioning hair treatment, a home hair coloring, a mani/pedi, some eyebrow maintenance…sometimes an entire night of beauty. It’s especially good if I plan on going out Saturday night!

I usually choose Friday nights for a deep conditioning hair treatment because I’m always super tired after a long week of work, and I find it a nice way to treat myself, relax, and take care of my hair at the same time.  Plus, my deep conditioning treatments have a tendency to leave my hair unusually soft and hard to style. That’s fine for my Saturday morning when I’m running errands, going to the gym, doing some cleaning around the house. It’s not something I want to deal with on a Monday morning when I’m getting ready for work!

Tonight I plan on using one of my favorite hair moisturizing treatments – Mayonnaise. Yep, mayo. This treatment is great for seeping deep into those hair strands and adding much needed moisture, especially in the winter months. At first I was a little concerned about putting ‘food’ on my hair, but I got over it pretty quick after seeing the results, and it is now one of my favorite natural beauty secrets.

The treatment is easy too:
Just massage 1/4 to 1 cup (depending on hair length) of Mayonnaise into dry hair. Make sure to use this time to massage your scalp as well – that’s the relaxing part! I use a little at a time, concentrating on my dry ends and work my way up towards my scalp. You can also just do the ends if you feel that’s where you need to focus the hydration.

Once your hair is coated thoroughly (and remember, less is more in this case!) wrap your hair in a pile on top of your head and cover with a plastic shower cap. If you don’t have a shower cap, a plastic bag, or even saran wrap works just as well. You really just want to keep the mayo seeping into your hair and not getting all over the place, it is very greasy. I also like to wrap a towel around the plastic bag. It’s more secure and comfortable and it keeps my head warm while the mayo goes to work.

With head wrapped in plastic (my husband just loves this look I’m sure), set a timer for 10-30 minutes depending on your hair length and dryness. I’d say 10 minutes would work for everyone but you 30 minute girls know who you are! I could probably go at least 45 minutes with this treatment, but I truly think 30 minutes is plenty of time for a great deep condition.

After you think you’ve gone long enough, rinse the mayo out thoroughly in the shower with warm water. You’ll immediately notice the difference in your hair’s texture and manageability. After rinsing, shampoo and condition as usual. You will probably only need a tiny bit of conditioner after a treatment like this. You’ll find your hair is super soft and extra shiny.

So once and a while pick a Friday night for yourself, put the fancy schmancy treatments away and give mayo a try, I bet you’ll love the results!

-CurlyBelle

Thinning Hair? Meet Nioxin

For nearly twenty years, Nioxin has worked at unraveling the complex challenge of how best to address, and most importantly, how to provide a solution for thin-looking hair for the millions who battle this discouraging problem. After years of research it is clear to them that the health of the scalp is directly related to the health and growth cycle of human hair, and practicing proper scalp hygiene requires a careful process of preventive maintenance and daily care.
 
Nioxin Sytem 1 Starter KitFor Nioxin, it takes more than one step or one product to achieve a healthy, nourished scalp. It’s important to use a system of customized products for your hair type and condition—products that cleanse the hair shaft, the environment on the scalp skin and the follicle tissue.
 
Then, it’s essential to moisturize and energize the cellular activity of the scalp skin and the living hair, nourishing the hair follicle and surrounding tissue. This process requires using select cleansers, conditioners and treatments, supplements and styling products that contain bionutrients, like vitamins, proteins and amino acids.
 
Did you know?
Many conventional shampoos, conditioners and styling products simply coat the hair and create buildup on the scalp. The scalp must be treated properly to keep the scalp environment and hair looking young, healthy and vibrant.
 
Only Nioxin has the unconventional ingredients and unconventional products for that process. Nioxin products are formulated to be Skincare for the scalp because beautiful, healthy-looking hair starts where your hair begins—with the scalp.
 
Through a daily regimen of cleansing, moisturizing and nourishing, each Nioxin system works to help improve the appearance of thinning hair while creating and maintaining an optimum scalp environment in three easy steps:
 
Nioxin System 1 Shampoo

Step 1
CLEANSE: Your daily volumizing cleanser should gently remove residue and DHT from the hair and scalp to promote a healthy scalp environment.

It should also provide nourishing vitamins, proteins and amino acids. See Nioxin Shampoo Cleanser System 1.
 
 

Nioxin System 1 ConditionerStep 2
MOSTURIZE:
A daily volumizing hair and scalp conditioner should moisturize and energize while promoting a healthy scalp environment with soothing essential oils, special anti-oxidants and enzymatic complexes.

See Nioxin Scalp Therapy Conditioner System 1.


 

Nioxin System 1 Scalp TherapyStep 3
NOURISH: A daily leave-in scalp treatment should contain an SPF 15 sunscreen that protects the scalp skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays – while delivering essential botanicals, nutrients, antioxidants and cytokines (proteins) onto the scalp skin and hair to help safeguard against environmental residue and DHT buildup on the scalp. See Nioxin Scalp Treatment System 1.


 
The Nixon Technology
BioAmp™ adds thickness and strength
Activ-Renewal™ gives a more youthful-looking scalp and fuller, healthier hair
Scalp Access™ Delivery System helps protect nutrients as they moisturize and energize the scalp and hair combined with SPF 15 scalp protection against UV rays.
 
The world-renowned team of Nioxin researchers have developed the most advanced, natural-based system to improve the appearance of fine and thinning hair — Nioxin Thinning Hair Systems. Nioxin has numbered its systems to make it easier to choose the 3-step system that best fits your needs.
 
The Nioxin systems scientifically work on the hair that is developing in the follicle in the Growth Cycle, by feeding nutrients and making needed repairs. With a variety of different treatment options, you will achieve the results you want with Nioxin, Skincare for the scalp.
 
For more information and product details visit our Nioxin section.

-StraightBelle

What’s so great about Ionic Technology?

Question:
What’s so great about negative ions? – EVERYONE asks this one!

CHI Original Ceramic 1Answer:
Great question! For this answer we looked at one of the most ionic irons out there: The CHI Original flat iron. According to CHI – they are like the godfather of flat irons, so they know what they’re talking about – negative ions are very important in the hair straightening, or better yet, the hair smoothing process.

Everyone’s hair carries a positive electrical charge that is caused by dryness. Over time, this positive charge increases, and as your hair becomes drier, more hair cuticles open, creating ‘ragged’ unhealthy looking (and feeling) hair that is difficult to style, and let’s be honest, looks like it has seen better days. Enter the flat iron, or even the hair dryer that creates negative ions.

When the flat iron or hair dryer is heated, negative ions are created. The negative ions created by the appliance cancel out the positive hair charges, and while you glide down your hair with the iron, or blow dry, you smooth down those ragged open hair cuticles. That’s why I said hair smoothing instead of hair straightening. If you use your flat iron to create curls it will still smooth down the hair cuticles allowing them to lay flat and frizz free, but still enable it to curl. Nice! Remember, flat irons aren’t just for straightening anymore.

Smoothing down the hair cuticles will seal in your hair’s own natural oils and moisture. This is very important to the health and look of your hair. An increase in natural oil creates healthier, more vibrant looking hair that is also more manageable and full of shine (instead of dry and dull locks). This will also explain why your highlights look brighter when you use your flat iron too.

So in the flat iron world, nothing is more positive than tons of negative (ionic) activity!

-CurlyBelle

Curling Irons – Choosing a Barrel Size

Wow! There are a lot of choices in the world of hair appliances, especially with curling irons. Sometimes it can be really difficult to choose which one is right for you. All you want to do is create some nice, frizz-free curls. Maybe you’re going out? Will your iron create long, loose curls? Maybe you want to use a curling iron every day to flip the ends of your bob…. which curling iron will give you the look you want?
Hot Tools 3/4With plenty of different barrel sizes available, you are certain to get lots and lots of curls, but the barrel width you choose really depends on your hair length and the type of curl you want to create. Based on the information we found, we have created a handy little guide to help you choose the curl creating iron that is best for you:
3/8 inch barrel: Great for short hair. It creates soft, tight curls, bangs and wisps. Think tendrils.
5/8 inch barrel: Creates smooth, tight curls, on medium length hair. Fantastic for flips.
3/4 inch barrel: Great for all hair lengths, produces medium size curls and waves. The universal size, good for anyone.
1 inch barrel: Creates full curls and waves and root lift. Great on most hair types for creating that long, loose celeb look.
1-1/4 inch barrel: Suggested for large, loose curls, waves and root lift. Think of the volume you can get at the roots.
1-1/2 inch barrel: Best for longer hair, large loose curls, waves and root lift. The biggest, baddest curls ever.
2 inch barrel: Perfect for creating the ultimate loose curls and waves on long hair.
Spring curling iron or Marcel curling iron, you will absolutely love the curls and waves you can create with all of the different sizes. Now you just need to pick one….or two!Need help deciding? Visit our Curling Iron section to see the large assortment we have available, in every size you can imagine, or check out our Best Curling Irons section to see our best-sellers. 
Already have a favorite curling iron? This quick video will show you how to create the curls of your dreams!

-CurlyBelle

Joico is Full of …. Keratin

Joico Hair Care

The History of Joico
During the early years, Joico was looking for a way to create hair care that delivered the most effective reconstructive process. Although the company began with a formula using nucleic acids for reconstruction, within one year another important discovery occurred that would forever change the hair care industry. Joico’s scientists discovered how Human Hair Keratin Protein could be captured and used to truly rebuild hair.

Joico Deep Penetrating ReconstructorFor the first time in history, Joico began using Human Hair Keratin Protein (HHKP) in all of its products to strengthen and rebuild hair with a benefit that went beyond simply offering a cosmetic or temporary feel to the hair. Using Human Hair Keratin Protein made sense. Because hair needed to be rebuilt with all of the 19 amino acids found naturally in hair, hydrolyzed human hair was the only option to achieve this result. Joico began to acquire HHKP from different sources only to find that researchers were discovering new ways to improve on the formula. Joico took great pride in offering the finest quality products with the best possible results. (Pictured: Joico K-Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor.)

Joico KPak Curl RevitalizerAt the time, HHKP had a molecular weight and size of 150-300. Although Joico now uses a wider range of molecular weights, it was a great start to a journey committed to the art of perfecting healthy hair. Joico continued its journey as a leader on the forefront of reconstructive hair technology. Once again, science discovered a way to make the original formula more effective, and Joico wasted no time in utilizing this new technology. Researchers proved that HHKP could be processed into MWS of 150-1800 with even more effective and quicker reconstruction results than the original formula. Then Joico’s own Triamine Complex formula is developed to offer reconstruction from cuticle to cortex, Triamine Complex mimicked the exact same percentages of all 19 amino acids found within the hair to form a perfect balance of reconstructing proteins. (Pictured: Joico K-Pak Curl Revitalizer.)

Over time, science revealed the importance of focusing on the cuticle for optimum condition. Researchers demonstrated that if you can control the cuticle, you can control the integrity of the hair. It  was also discovered that the majority of reconstruction occurs during the conditioning process. Because of this, Joico created a new formula called Cationic Triamine Complex.

Joico Kpak Smoothing BalmAlthough Triamine Complex was utilized in all Joico products at the time, Cationic Triamine Complex was added to only conditioners and reconstructors for optimum hair repairing benefits. Cationic Triamine Complex offered the same 19 amino acids found in hair with the same molecular weights and sizes intact, but the formula also featured a positive charge that attracted to the negatively charged cuticle layer. (Pictured: Joico K-Pak Smoothing Balm.)

Finally, optimum cuticle and repair protection could be achieved in the quickest and most effective way possible while preventing further damage to the interior of the hair fiber. The end result was stronger, healthier hair with the greatest protection available. Although Joico had already mastered the Triamine Complex and Cationic Triamine Complex formulas to mimic hair reconstruction, scientists once again found another extremely important discovery that would change the way Joico reconstructs the hair in the years to come: more effective molecular weights and sizes that resulted in 150-2500 MWS and every size in between for the ultimate in hair reconstruction.

Joico Kpak Styling Cream ElixirJoico hair care combines technology, artistry, commitment and integrity into every product to ensure healthy, shiny, beautiful hair. With a unique combination of cutting-edge technology, innovative product development and inspiration from the worlds of art and fashion, Joico is in the forefront of professional beauty. By delivering Shampoos, Conditioners and Styling Products that enhance the integrity of the hair and provide exceptional results, Joico relies on ongoing technology and remarkable ingredients to consistently produce superior product performance. Founded by a hairdresser who discovered the reparative qualities of human hair keratin protein and formulated Joico K-Pak Reconstructor, Joico has continued to provide innovate hair care products for daily care, as well as fine, dry, coarse, color-treated and damaged hair types as well. (Pictured: Joico K-Pak Styling Creme Elixir.)

From the catwalk to the street, from Hollywood to Seventh Avenue, from the chic enclaves of Europe and beyond, Joico sources the fashion and cultural influences that professionals rely on for inspiration. With inspiration like this, artistry soars. That’s why, when it comes to the Art of Healthy Hair, Joico always has been—and always will be—the first choice of the modern hair care professional. Joico, The Art of Healthy Hair.

-StraightBelle