Top Five Flat Iron Styling Tips

FHI 1 inch Flat IronFlat irons are best known for creating straight styles, but you can also add body and volume, create curls and make waves as well. It just takes a little product, practice and patience. If your flat iron has a rounded style barrel (and most of them do!) you’re ready to create these must-have styles with ease. These top requested flat iron styling articles and videos to get you styling like a pro!

Straight Styles: Flat Iron Straightening Success, a step-by-step tutorial for the straightest strands around.

Adding Volume: Pump up the Volume on your Bob, transform your bob from flat to fab with these top tips.

Curly Styles: Creating Curls with a Flat Iron, yep, bouncy coils in no time.

Waves: Make Some Serious Waves with a Flat Iron, tips for making those waves you crave.

Styling Tips: Flat Iron Styling with GHD, showcases tips and tricks with a ghd flat iron and some strand supporting styling products.

Got your favorite flat iron? Get going!

-CurlyBelle

Does Your Hair Care Fight the Signs of Aging?

PureOlogy NanoWorks LuxuryHairMasqueMeet Pureology NanoWorks LuxuryHairMasque. This rich, indulgent hair masque combines powerful ingredients to strengthen, repair, condition you hair while boosting color radiance and shine. I suppose we’re all getting older (except me of course!) but that means so is our hair. Have you ever thought of your hair as aging?!? It’s a good thing Pureology is here.

I already love the Pureology brand for working its colored-hair magic, keeping my strands vibrant and glossy, so of course I’m thrilled with this newest addition to the PureOlogy’s NanoWorks System. I’m also a huge fan of hair masks and treatments so anything called “luxury hair mask” is right up my alley.

This thick, luxurious masque is a decadent treatment chock full of good-for-your-hair ingredients that sound like a trip to the farmer’s market, instead of hair care. I’m talking about the Antioxidant Fruit Synthesis – acai berry, pomegranate and blueberry – to deliver oxidizing agents that deliver a youthful sheen and boost color vibrancy. Plus, Certified Organic Botanicals including three types of antioxidant rich Mushrooms – Mucor Miehei, Shiitake, and Mannentak – that deeply moisturize and smooth your hair and help reclaim those youthful, shiny strands. Sounds yummy, and it works!

Let’s not forget about the breakthrough technology we’ve already come to expect from Pureology: The Anti-Age Complex with silicones, green tea, citrus and wine extracts to help rejuvenate, smooth, and strengthen the hair to its optimum, youthful condition. Youthful, I love it. And, as with all Pureology products, it’s 100% vegan and never tested on animals.

Bonus Points: It also provides a thermal protection barrier to protect our tresses from our beloved heat appliances, and it smells delish. Don’t worry, the scent is an EU Complaint, allergen-free fragrance, so you won’t overwhelm any subway squeezing friends with an “omg, who’s wearing that perfume?” scent. Nope, this has subtle scents of jasmine, vanilla, amber and rose, which is pure heaven.

-CurlyBelle

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

Hair Drying Help: A Better Blowout

This video covers everything you need to achieve the results the pros get at home. From applying the products to using that little concentrator attachment (nice!) this is your blow-drying 101 lesson to getting those professional results. You’ll see some great tips on using a hair brush to add that extra sexy volume to your style too. Blow-dryers ready? Begin!

You might also be interested in reading this: Better Blowout, Straighter Strands.

Beachy Waves with a Flat Iron

Beachy waves are always in style, but even more so for Spring 2008 when tousled, textured hair is the top tress trend. Sarah Victor presents an awesome step-by-step tutorial with a one inch flat iron and some strategically placed hair clips. If waves are what you crave, this styling video is your new BFF. Remember, it’s all in the wrist twist!

Highlights – Hair Happenings Around the Web

Maintaining curly hair can be a challenge. Lipstick, Powder ‘n Paint shares the perfect products for curly hair.

Spoiled Pretty tells us about good hair days!

The Makeup Divas reviews Alterna 10 Science hair products.

Mischo Beauty shares a lesson on hair porosity in her Mischo Beauty School: Hair Porosity 101 post.

And, just in case you missed ours:

StyleBell shows you How to Fake Eva Longoria’s Bob.

CEW Names the Insider’s Choice Finalists in Hair for 2008

HAIR CARE & COLORING: Hair Care and Coloring Product – Mass
Burt’s Bees – Very Volumizing Pomegranate & Soy Shampoo

Clairol – Nice ‘n Easy ColorSeal Conditioning Gloss

Garnier – Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray

John Frieda Collection – John Frieda Frizz-Ease Thermal Protection Serum

L’Oréal Paris – VIVE Pro Nutri Gloss Shampoo for Medium to Long Hair

HAIR CARE & COLORING: Hair Care and Coloring Product – Prestige
Aveda – Aveda Be Curly Curl Control

Frederic Fekkai – COIFF Contrôle Ironless Straightening Balm

Kérastase Paris – Ciment Thermique

Origins – Origins Organics Conditioning Hair Oil

PHYTO – PHYTODENSIUM SERUM

-StraightBelle

Caring for Color-Treated Hair

Now that you’ve dyed those grays, make sure they stay away as long as possible by using color-treated hair care (check out Lanza, Murad, Chi, Abba and Pureology, to name a few!) and a leave in conditioner. This quick video gives some more expert tips and tricks on keeping color treated hair looking it’s best before it’s time to color again.