Quick Tips for Frizz Free Curls

Curl divas can tame those coils in a frizz-free flash with these top tips from Christo for Jane TV. This video highlights when to use mousse vs. gel (I’m a mousse fan myself) and when not to touch those tendrils! Did you know that curls like to be left alone to do their own corkscrewing when wet? Yep, stay away.

Dry, Dull Hair is NOT a Good Look

ABBA Pure Shine DropsBe honest, is your hair dull and dry? Are those ends brittle (translation – scary!) and parched? Dry hair is not only lackluster and lifeless, it’s usually unhealthy too. We all know dull, frizzy hair is not a good look, so why not fix it?
 
If you are experiencing dull, lifeless hair, smooth things over with ABBA Pure Shine Drops. This super smoothing, shine enhancing elixir seals in moisture and adds a high gloss shine to every hair type with only few tiny drops. And in this case, less really is more – a drop or two does just fine! ABBA Pure Shine is loaded with Rice Bran Oil that restores natural luster to those dull strands and, my favorite feature of all – it fights frizz.

These drops are dedicated to improving manageability, and can be used on wet or dry hair. I like to use a tiny bit on the ends on wet hair to seal in the moisture, then I usually follow with an entire “once over’ with another two or three drops on my hair when it’s dry. This helps seal my strands and locks out the frizz factor.

It’s also extremely lightweight, safe for color-treated hair, and of course it’s from ABBA so rest assured it is 100% Vegan, Sulfate Free, DEA Free, Cruelty Free and Eco-Sensitive. All good stuff. Why wait? Go ahead and banish the brittle, dump the dullness, and fight the frizz for good with ABBA. You’ll notice the difference after just one drop.

Ten Smooth Hair Tips from Aveda

Aveda1. Start clean. Always begin with freshly washed hair. This is especially important if you want your sleek/smooth blow-out to last for several days. Start with the right shampoo and conditioner. Aveda Smooth Infusion Shampoo and Conditioner cleanses and conditions to create a perfect foundation for smooth sleek hairstyles.

2. Protect hair from heat. Always blot wet hair with a towel to remove excess moisture. Don’t rub! It creates frizz. Spray Brilliant Damage Control on damp hair to detangle, reduce breakage and protect from thermal damage.

3. Apply before you dry. Always use a styling product before blow-drying your hair. Apply small amount of Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother evenly from roots to ends to protect from heat styling and defend against humidity for up to 12 hours.

4. Quick dry. To shorten the time it takes to dry your hair, �rough-dry� it using only your hands. Use this technique until hair is about 80% dry.

5. Divide and conquer. Use clips to section hair off into small, manageable sections. Each section of hair should be no larger than the width of the brush you are using. By blow-drying hair section-by-section you ensure a nice, smooth and consistent blow-dry.

6. Give frizz the brush-off. Using an Aveda Wooden Styling Brush and a blow-dryer with a nozzle attachment on high-heat, direct the nozzle downward starting at the top of the section all the way to the ends. This helps smooth the cuticle down, while eliminating frizz. Continue this technique section by section.

7. Cool it. When hair is 100% dry, use cool air to set. This closes the hair’s cuticle and ensures your smooth blow-dry will last longer.

8. Finish what you start. Always apply a finishing product on hair before flat ironing for added slip, shine and heat protection. Run small amount of Light Elements Smoothing Fluid through hair and follow section by section with flat-iron heat.

9. Keep it dry. If you want to finish your hair with hair spray, make sure you use a very dry spray so that the hair does not get wet and revert to unwanted curl/wave. Aveda’s Air Control Hair Spray features a water-free formula that sprays on dry, provides light/flexible hold and helps protect hair from humidity.

10. Sleep on it. In order to help extend the life of your blow dry, it helps to sleep on a silk pillow case or wrap your hair in a silk scarf before bed. This keeps the hair from rubbing up on the pillowcase and causing frizz. For thick/coarse hair, apply Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother before bed. This helps maximize smoothness and helps prevent excess volume in the morning.

-StraightBelle

Curl Alert: Nexxus Alluring Curls

Creating gorgeous, frizz free curls just got easier with the latest curl enhancing products from Nexxus! The curls in this video are long-lasting and touchable, never sticky or stiff. If your curls are crunchy, get out of the ’80’s and join the bouncy revolution! We especially like the Alluring Curls lotion to fight the frizz and add definition and shine. Curls love to bounce!

The curling tips in this video are great and you’ll love the results from the products. It’s amazing how they get these curls to stay long and loose without a stray in sight. Now that’s impressive!

-CurlyBelle

Second City Style Beauty Olympics 2008: Hair Category Winners

Do you like hair care products with panache? Appliances that get accolades? Conditioners that get kudos? Us too! Here is a list of hair category award winners of the Second City Style 2008 Beauty Olympics:

Shampoos and Conditioners
Fine and limp: Fekkai MORE Scalp-Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner
Coarse and/or Curly: Herbal Essence Totally Twisted
Damaged hair: Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Moisture Shampoo
Dry scalp: Head & Shoulders

Fortifying Cream Conditioner: Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment

Styling Products
Styling Cream: Jonathan
Shine Enhancer: Alterna
Taming Serum: Aveda Light Elements (editor’s pick)
Straightening: Mark Salon Straight Anti-Frizz Serum With Invigorating Orange
Anti-Frizz: Fekkai COIFF Anti-Frizz Silkening Créme
Volumizer: COIFF Lifting and Texturizing Spray Gel
Hairspray: Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray

Styling Tools and Accessories
High-Powered Blow-Dryer: FHI Nano Salon Pro 2000
Travel Blow Dryer: T3 Tourmaline Overnight Ionic Ceramic Travel Dryer
Flat Iron: FHI Platform Iron
Wet/Dry Iron: T3 Tourmaline Professional Ionic Wet or Dry Iron
Curling Iron: Hot Tools
Round Brush: Spornette Mixed Bristle
Paddle/Flat Brush: Mason Pearson Handy Bristle
Inexpensive Paddle/Flat Brush: Umberto Beverly Hills
Travel Brush: Fekkai Travel Brush

Want more? See the entire list.

-StraightBelle

Controlling Frizz on Curly Styles

This video gives some top frizz fighting tips!

For more tips and tricks on banishing frizz, check out this article: Frizz Fighting Tips That Work!

-StraightBelle

Curl Conscious? Meet Bumble and bumble Kinky Chick

Bumble and bumble Kinky Chick Curl CremeHave your crazy, kinky curls met Bumble and bumble? They have an entire Curl Conscious line of hair care that is straight out of curl central and I’m curls over heels in love with their Kinky Chick Curl Creme.

The Curl Conscious line also has shampoos and conditioners too, but if your curls are new to the brand, I’d suggest you go straight for the Bumble and bumble Kinky Chick Curl Creme to start. It’s a great styling product for those ‘enthusiastically’ curly curls and is the perfect treat for curls that need a little tough love.

Kinky Chick is a revolutionary curl enhancing cream made especially to soften and add definition to medium-to-thick curly hair. Most curls are not one size fits all and it’s nice that this product is tailored for those of use with thick, unruly tresses. We all know someone (and it’s usually me) who is commonly known as “the girl with all that curly hair” – this product is for her!

Just rub a tiny bit from roots to ends on your wet curls and wind, twist, twirl or scrunch your hair as usual. The creme will instantly soften and tame your mane without leaving it droopy or flat – a curl killer for sure. It also helps conquer your curl’s arch enemy – frizz.

Styling tip: Lots of curls? Lots of curl creme!

I also use a tiny bit more after I blow-dry to add more definition to some of those more “spirited” curls that just won’t behave. This curl loving creme makes them calm down quickly without a fight… whew!

Start softening and defining your unruly coils with Bumble and bumble Kinky Chick. Remember, crunchy curls are soooo 80’s. Bouncy, behaving curls are what you want!

-CurlyBelle

Frizz Fighting Tips that Work!

With warm humid weather, it is hard not to have frizzy hair. I read a post in Wired Berries by Valerie Gladstone on how to avoid frizzy hair. The methods provided were every simple and easy to understand. I have summarized a few very useful ones here. Read on!

Method #1: Look for frizz-control shampoos and conditioners. The conditioner should be a 2-to-5 minute daily use treatment that you leave in for a few minutes and then rinse out. Just before rinsing, run a wide-toothed comb through hair, getting out the worst of the knots.        

Method #2: Shampoo less. Use small amounts of conditioner instead and rinse hair well. You should notice a difference in a few days. Do watch out for shampoos that gives you suds beautifully because it uses harsh ingredients that will strip your hair of moisture and the added dryness causes frizzies.

Method #3: Treatment. Every once or twice a month use a good deep-conditioning or hot-oil treatment. You could also pick one night a week to leave in a conditioning treatment. Important note: Do sleep with a shower cap to avoid staining your bedsheet and pillowcase]. Rinse your hair well the next morning.

Method #4: Anti-ammonia. Avoid standard-issue coloring products, which often come with ammonia. An ammonia-free product that contains moisturizers will not only pump up your color, it’ll fatten the hair shaft and impart some great shine.

Method #5: Avoid blow-drying your hair. Blow-drying your hair increases the dryness and flattens waves or curls. I avoid blow-drying by letting my hair dry naturally. But if you really need to use the hair dryer, get one with a diffuser (see Philips’ website for example) because it emits heat evenly and with less intensity.

Special note: Apply an anti-frizz product before blow-drying and don’t hold the diffuser too close to your head (at least 4-inches away). Lift it up in bunches if you need to get underneath and scrunch the curls with your fist while letting the diffused heat blow over your head. Important note: Do not brush or comb your hair because the frizz may return.

An important fact you should know: Shampoo is for your scalp, while conditioner is for your hair (only apply to the portion below your ears).

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