A Celebrity Hairstyle Slide Show

If you’re considering a hip new ‘do, sometimes all you need is a tiny bit of inspiration. This video montage features hairstyles on some the most uber-stylish celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce Knowles, Scarlett Johansson, Hillary Duff, Angelina Jolie, Tyra Banks, Iman and more…really, everyone’s on this video. A picture paints a thousand words, a video just does it faster.

Brazilian Keratin Treatment 411

A Brazilian Keratin hair treatment (BKT), also known as “escova progressiva”, is a considerably costly salon procedure that promises to transform frizzy, dull, dry hair into silky smooth, shiny strands that last for up to 4 months. Sound too good to be true? It is. Unless you like wearing a gas mask at the salon.

Wildly popular in all the blogs and a hot topic in those social networking forums I love to hangout in, everyone seems to be thinking about getting one. Wait! I type. Before you call your stylist to book your salon appointment, make sure you have all the info you need to make your choice. Silky hair is good, but with a Brazilian Keratin Treatment you might be getting more than you planned.

What you and your stylist may not know is that the active ingredient in these BKT “wonder” treatments is formaldehyde, which is a dangerous chemical, especially if you breathe it in. Hence the protective equipment – face masks, gloves, ventilation fans – as a safety precaution when giving or getting a treatment. Is straight hair worth wearing a gas mask? Now THAT’S something to consider.

According to Allure Magazine (we love them!) “some of the most popular BKT treatments contain at least ten times more formaldehyde than the .2 percent considered safe by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel. The FDA doesn’t currently regulate cosmetics, but they are investigating the safety of escova progressiva treatments.” Now, I’m no expert, and I have considered a BKT when I originally heard about them, but ten times more formaldehyde really sounds like a bad idea. Very bad. There’s no way that’s good for you.

The best, or I should say worst part about the Allure Magazine expose? I’ll loosely paraphrase here, but the gist is: “Keratin has nothing to do with straightening. Nada. There is nothing in Keratin that will change the structure of the hair, it’s the formaldehyde that makes the treatment work. Keratin is window dressing and provides a good marketing story.” Sounds like a sham to me. And really, who wants that kind of toxic treatment?

I’ll opt for my own straightening treatment – a super smoothing shampoo and conditioner combo, followed by a silky straightening lotion, a great flat iron and a strong thermal protectant. And maybe a trip to Brazil!

-CurlyBelle

Credits: Allure Magazine

For more info, check out this article: Brazilian Keratin Treatment FAQ’s.

Curling Iron Tips from a Pro

It’s 2008 and that crazy-crunchy-curly look of the ’80’s is WAY over. It’s time to update your curling iron techniques to create softer, sexier curls. In this video, celebrity hairstylist Hasblady Guzman transforms air-dried curly hair into a sophisticated up-to-date look with a Hot Tools 2″ Curling Iron and some professional techniques that you can do at home. Pay extra attention to how she styles those “what to do with” front pieces. The results are modern, touchable curls.

Bye, bye crunchy curls, hello gorgeous.

-CurlyBelle

Ten Healthy Hair Tips

If you’re looking to improve the health of your hair, these ten tips are tops!

1- Never wring your hair with a towel, gently blot instead.

2- Switch your hair dryer to a cooler setting when hair is 60%-70% dry and finish.

3- Remember to deep condition once a week.

4- Use your flat iron on the lowest setting that will still straighten your hair.

5- Always a thermal protectant before using a heat appliance.

6- Don’t brush wet hair, it’s too vulnerable, use a wide tooth comb instead.

7- Use a conditioner with Panthenol, Keratin or Vitamins to add strength and nutrients.

8- Be gentle, use damage-free ponytail holders.

9- Reduce sun exposure by finding hair care with UVA/UVB protection.

10- Don’t skimp on nutrition – drink lots of water, eat whole grains and veggies.

-CurlyBelle