A Curling Iron That’s COOL…

Question:
I need to find a good curling iron, can you recommend one?  – Vivian via email

Bed Head Tourmaline Nano-Ceramic Curling IronAnswer:
Right now I’m loving the Tourmaline Nano-Ceramic curling irons from Bed Head, they are some of the best curling irons I’ve seen, and I’ve seen plenty! The Bed Head curling irons have Tourmaline technology that generates about a bazillion negative ions, combined with Nano-Ceramic barrels to smooth your hair with gentle, far-infrared heat while they create curls. This translates into faster styling and longer lasting frizz-free curls without damage. I’m all over that.

I also am a huge fan of the fiber optic heat indicators. They’re not just cool to look at, they’re smart too. They change colors when you change heat settings, this way, you always know when you’re using high heat vs. low heat – what a great perk to keep you from frying your hair. (Don’t forget to use a heat protectant!)

If you aren’t sold already, this will get you: These irons have a three year limited warranty from the manufacturer. Most warranties are only one year, tops, and a one year warranty is great considering that it’s a heat appliance and you use it constantly! Some appliances don’t even have a warranty. Any manufacturer that offers a warranty that long is pretty darn sure the appliance will provide consistent results for an extended length of time.

State of the art technology for long-lasting frizz-free curls, fiber optic indicators and a kickin’ warranty? You really can’t ask for more in my book.

Swing by our Bed Head section to see the entire product line, it’s awesome. Thanks for asking!

-CurlyBelle

Can I use a Maxiglide on ethnic or relaxed hair?

Question:

“I am African American with thick, relaxed hair. Can the Maxiglide straighten my ethnic hair type? Will the ‘steam’ frizz this type of hair?”
Tammie via email

Maxiglide Flat IronAnswer:
You can definitely use the Maxiglide Flat Iron on ethnic or relaxed hair. I recommend using it on dry hair along with a thermal protectant to lightly coat your hair before you start styling. The thermal protectant along with the ceramic iron will close the cuticle therefore helping hair stay soft and straight and not frizz in humid temperatures. Plus, if your hair is already delicate, you want it as protected as possible.
To use the Maxiglide if your hair is especially frizzy, dry, brittle or stubborn hair, first, without applying a lot of pressure, barely close the iron and quickly go over the frizzy, brittle part of the hair which is usually the last 3-7 inches before the ends, with 1 or 2 bursts of steam. (This will soften the hair, much like you would iron out a tough wrinkle in a shirt). Then go over the entire section from the roots to the ends WITHOUT THE STEAM.

Please note I do not recommend the use of any heat styling appliance on very, very damaged, fragile hair, and I would always use a flat iron with a thermal heat protectant, for added protection to my hair.

For more questions and answers about the Maxiglide Flat Iron you should definitely check out this article: Maxiglide, Everything you want to know and more, you’ll love it!

Need some visual aids? The following video willl help you get started and straightened in no time…

-StraightBelle

My Relaxed Hair is Thinning

Question:
I am African American and my hair is breaking. I do not color my hair, but it is relaxed and it’s breaking at the ends and I’m also noticing some thinning. I also have dandruff and I need something that works fast! What do you suggest?
– Mabel via phone

Answer:
Did you know you lose about a 100 hairs a day naturally? Anything more than that could mean early stage thinning hair, damage/breakage, an unhealthy scalp – and most likely, all three.

First I would address the scalp and thinning issues with a hair solution hair care like Nioxin or Murad. Based on your hair type and thinning I think Nioxin would be best for you. It’s a three step system (cleanser, conditioner, treatment) to be used daily, and in the aforementioned order.

Nioxin System 3 KitNioxin hair care comes in a number of different programs depending on your hair concerns and for you I would suggest using System 3. This formulation was specially developed for chemically enhanced hair that is in the early stages of thinning.

Think about it, your scalp is essentially skin, so you want to keep that in optimal health so new, healthy hair can grow. If your scalp is unhealthy, it will definitely lead to hair thinning and other hair concerns such as dandruff, breakage, etc. Additionally, your hair is also relaxed, you need hair care that will not only heal, but protect your scalp environment.

All of the Nioxin thinning hair care products work on hair that is developing in the follicle in the Growth Cycle, by feeding nutrients and making needed repairs, but Nioxin System 3 contains an exclusive Glyco-fused Complex that will protect your scalp from the over-drying and irritation caused by those chemical treatments you love to get. Nioxin also helps reduce the breakage and damage you are experiencing as well by strengthening the new hair growth by nourishing your scalp.

We carry all three pieces (shampoo, conditioner and treatment) separately, but we also have a starter kit that makes it easy to start caring for your thinning hair in 3 simple steps. Let us know how it goes!

-StraightBelle

Creating Curls with a HAI Elite Rod

Question:
How do I create curls with the Hai Elite Rod?
“I just bought the Hai Elite Rod and want to create some curls, but there is no instruction booklet. Can you help?” – Kimberly
 
Answer:
SURE!
Here are some instructions on using the HAI elite Rod, I hope you find them helpful.

HAI elite Rod The HAI elite Rod makes it really easy to create curls. With other curling appliances and irons you roll the iron up around the section of your hair towards your hair horizontally. With the HAI elite Rod’s unique design you can now create longer lasting curls by wrapping each section of hair around the Rod by holding the appliance vertically.

To create curls with the HAI elite Rod, simply take a small section of your hair (1″ wide or less) and wrap the length of hair around the rod, do not let go of the end of your hair, and hold for 5 seconds. Then release the hair.

A smaller section of hair will create tighter curls.

A larger section of hair will create loose curls and waves.

For a more natural look try alternating the way you wrap your curls. Wrap one section over and around the Rod. Wrap the next section under and then around the Rod. This will give the free-flowing casual appearance natural curls have, by creating curls in a variety of directions.

You may also vary the sizes of the sections you style, some thick and some thinner to create curls of various sizes.

Enjoy your curly look!

-CurlyBelle

Help! My hair is breaking!

Question:
“Hi. I have a question about flat irons. I have a CHI right now and I have used every major brand of heat protectant, including the CHI brand. Nothing seems to work. My hair is breaking and splitting even though I only use my flat iron once or twice a week. I am wondering if it is my iron, which is only a year old or my protectant? I visited your website and saw a lot of different irons, and they all seem to have the different benefits. Could you suggest a really good protectant and possibly a really good iron. My CHI cost well over $100 but if I can get better results with a different iron that would be great. If I have to pay a little more, that’s okay too. Thank you for your help.”
– Keoika via email
 
 
Answer:
If you are experiencing breakage, I can definitely recommend some tips for you to help with your hair straightening:
 
Davines Love Smoothing Conditioner1 – I notice that if you can get your hair as straight as possible before using your flat iron, that helps a lot. Try using a smoothing shampoo and conditioner first to relax your hair and prevent any frizz. We have a few brands you might like, Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo and Davines Love Smoothing Conditioner (left), or try L’anza Strait-Line Smoothing Shampoo and L’anza Strait Line Smoothing Conditioner.
If you can conquer any dryness and frizz before adding heat, it’s a GOOD thing.

HAI Ceramic Tourmaline Boar Bristle Brush2 – If you blow dry your hair straight first with a brush, try to use a quality ceramic brush that reduces breakage and also helps to smooth the hair’s cuticle and prepare it for straightening such as the HAI Ceramic Boar Bristle Brush (left).
Bonus points – this brush is Ceramic, Ionic and Tourmaline, all important for keeping hair smooth without damaging while brushing and you’ll love the gentle boar bristles!
Your brush could be contributing to the breakage – no one wants that!

Redken Extreme CAT Treatment3- Use a restructuring treatment to strengthen your hair from the inside, we have many of these, Redken Extreme CAT Treatment (left) sounds like it would work well for you.

I’d also suggest a nutritive leave in serum such as Kerastase Nutritive Oleo Relax Leave-in Serum.

Bonus Points: Kerastase Oleo Relax is one of my favorite frizz-fighters! It’s also an InStyle Magazine Best Beauty Buy Winner “Best Straightening/Anti Frizz Product” so of course I know you’ll love how it works on your hair. 

Joico Kpak Leave-in Treatment4- Definitely invest in a good thermal protectant, CHI is for ‘normal’ hair but if you hair is already delicate and damaged I’d suggest going with something stronger such as:

Redken Smooth Down Heat Glide or Joico K-PAK Leave-in Protectant (left).

Look for these buzzwords: Leave-in, treatment, reconstruct, strengthen, repair, damaged hair, intensive… you understand. It’s best to find a treatment dedicated to treating and repairing the damage. Once your hair is in better condition, you can use a daily product like CHI Silk Infusion, but for now with your hair in such a weakened state, I’d go for something restorative for a few months.

ghd MK4 15- You probably need a different flat iron. Not all flat irons work the same for everyone because everyone’s hair texture is so different. I think these three might be good for your particular hair concerns:

GHD MK4 1″ Ceramic Flat Iron (above left) – it’s a higher price point than the CHI Original, but in my opinion is a superior iron for your hair type, and has a 1 year warranty. The ceramic, ionic technology will help smooth your hair without snagging, or causing breakage. I also find the GHD irons grip your hair better and smooth the strands, not just ‘flatten’ them.

Babyliss Nano Titanium Flat IronBabyliss Nano Titanium 1-1/4″ Flat iron

This has brand new technology to smooth up to 40% faster and a 4 year warranty, which is unheard of in this industry. Plus the larger plate width makes straightening longer hair a breeze. With hair like yours, you want to straighten fast, in one pass, and Nano Titanium is a killer new material that does just that! You’ll be seeing a lot more irons with this technology in the future, it’s THAT good.

Maxiglide Flat IronMaxiglide Flat Iron 

This has ceramic plates and steamburst technology to protect the ends of your hair before you smooth and straighten which would be good for you, plus a 1 year warranty. This is my third choice, and I like the steam feature but I’d be very careful of the ceramic detangling pins, make sure you comb  your hair before you straighten each section.

In general, you want to keep your hair healthy and protected, so any product that says ‘leave-in’ is a great step in the right direction towards reducing the breakage and improving the overall health of your hair. If you only use your iron 1X a week and you have breakage, all signs indicate that your are using the wrong flat iron for your hair type. I’d try switching flat irons and investing in a stronger, more protective line of hair care that is better for your delicate, broken strands.

Let us know how it goes.
 
-CurlyBelle

Happy New Year!

Hi Everyone!

Don’t you just love this time of year? The weather is colder, the days are hectic but fun, families get together, and you can glam it up all you want without looking over dressed. It’s the perfect time to meet up with close friends, drink hot chocolate (with extra marshmallows and no guilt) and show off those fabulous new boots you’ve been waiting to wear. Now that it’s 2008, I can already feel the excitement that comes with a New Year – new beginnings, good friends, and puffy white snow (that hopefully won’t wreck my new boots LOL). Happy New Year!

What’s a Nano Titanium Flat Iron?

Question:
What’s Nano Titanium? Should my flat iron have this? I want an iron that won’t damage my hair and my friend told me to get a ceramic one. Is this better?
– Chris via phone

Answer:
With so much tech-talk about flat irons, you could really go crazy! Here at StyleBell we try to make sure that we find out what technology each appliance has and, more importantly, what this technology does to your hair so we can share it with you. Nano Titanium is a state-of-the-art material used in some of the flat irons and hair dryers we carry from BaByliss, so here’s the scoop:

Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Flat IronFlat irons, hair dryers and other heat appliances conduct large amounts of heat to help smooth your hair strands and according to BaByliss, Nano Titanium is an exceptional conductor of this heat, even better than ceramic. This innovative material maintains stability in ultra-high temperatures and emits negative ions known to smooth the positive ions in your hair. This is the same smoothing process as a ceramic or tourmaline flat (or curling) iron, but it uses a different material that happens to retain the much longer.

Whether you are using a flat iron or hair dryer, utilizing these negative ions in this beneficial way creates a faster way of straightening and drying the hair. It also helps keep the hair in good condition by locking in the hair’s own natural moisture. Read “no damage”. Anytime you can keep the natural moisture in you hair, it’s a good thing. It keeps your hair shiny and in better condition.

Nano Titanium is also an exceptionally smooth surface for flat irons and curling irons so they will glide down your hair without pulling, tugging or breaking your delicate hair (I love that). The BaByliss PRO Nano Titanium Straightener yields the maximum amount of far-infrared heat that  penetrates the hair from the inside out to straighten gently, without causing damage (I love that too).

Not only is Nano Titanium is a great new material for flat irons, curling irons, hair dryers, you’ll be impressed with the results you see after one use. The latest technological advances always catch my eye and I expect to be seeing a lot more products with this innovative material in the future. It really is one of the superior materials in hair appliances I’ve seen.

To see more Nano Titanium products visit our BaByliss section.
-CurlyBelle

My hair, my iron or too much product?

Question:
I use chi silk infusion with my chi nano flat iron and I noticed that my hair looks oily at the roots, am I using too much or should I switch products? My sister told me chi silk infusion works for her and gets her hair smooth, so I hoped it would work just as good for me. My hair isn’t oily all the time. Can you help?

– Victoria via email

CHI Silk InfusionAnswer:
Most people go a little too heavy in the product department so at first I would make sure that you aren’t using too much. With a product like CHI Silk Infusion, a little goes a long way, and if your hair has enough of its own natural moisture (read “it isn’t dry”) you don’t need much product for it to be effective.

Everyone’s hair has natural oils in it and these oils are usually more abundant and more noticeable at the roots where your hair grows. I would go very lightly with the product on the root are and concentrate more on the ends of the hair, where it is more susceptible to drying and damage, and needs the most protection from the heat.

When you straighten, your flat iron will use ions to smooth your hair and seal in its natural moisture and shine. This will also bring out more natural oils and can also be contributing to a more oily look.

If you still notice an oily look using less product, you might want to switch to another shampoo and conditioner to address the problem, but if your hair isn’t always oily, this sounds to me like ‘product overload’. The look you want is smooth and silky, never oily or greasy.

You should also take a glance at the tip below, a little cornstarch will help fix your style if you have too much natural oil or too much product on your hair. It’s especially good near the roots, which is great for your concern. Thanks!

-StraightBelle