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

Winter Hair Needs Special Care

You make time for brunch with friends and for date night, so why not get in the habit of scheduling time for a hair treatment? Hair is especially fragile when the weather is colder. Between the super hot showers and the harsh winter weather your hair is prone to static and damage constantly. Good thing there are plenty of deep conditioning, moisturizing, replenishing and restorative hair treatments you can use at home that are dedicated to keeping those locks in perfect health.

Whether you pick a deep conditioning mask, a fortifying hair restructuring serum, a leave-in hair strengthening cream or a thermal color protectant, there are wide array of options available that with minimal time and effort will produce fabulous, salon quality results without a big investment. Here are some top winter picks by hair type:

Davines DEDE Leave-In MistFine, Lifeless Hair: The #1 culprit of bad hair days everywhere is fine, limp hair that just lays there lifeless. If this isn’t bad enough, in the winter it sits under a hat getting flatter by the second. Try something like CHI Nourish Instense Fine Silk Masque or Davines DEDE Leave-in Mist (pictured) to liven up that disappointing ‘do.

Dry, Damaged Hair: Broken, damaged hair lacks moisture big time. This problem gets magnified in the winter time when your skin and hair lose the most moisture, and is especially bad if you hair is curly or textured. Try products like Kerastase Nutri Sculpt Leave-in Repair and Joico K-PAK Deep Penetrating Reconstructor to undo all that damage. Dry hair can turn brittle in the winter, especially the ends.

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Scalp TreatmentDry Scalp: This is a common winter problem that Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Scalp Treatment (pictured) washes away quickly with therapeutic tea tree oil and eucalyptus.

Color-Treated Hair: You want to keep your color looking vibrant and glossy, not dull and dried out. L’anza Color-Preserving Trauma Treatment will give your locks the moisture they need without washing out the color.

Normal: Yes, even normal hair needs a boost in winter weather. Try a leave-in lotion like CHI Silk Infusion to keep your strands silky smooth during those super cold months.

So save that money for ice skating and hot chocolate and do your nutritive treatments at home. These daily, weekly and bi-monthly treatments will keep your hair healthy and hydrated all winter long.

-CurlyBelle

Winter Hair TLC

Cold weather can be especially hard on your hair. It’s subject to drying from super hot showers and static from being trapped inside big warm hats. It’s also under constant stress and damage from being brushed, pulled, twisted, blown, straightened and even tied up. For the most part we are gentle people, but really what we do with those hair brushes – GOSH! Why not give your hair a little TLC this winter? Find a gentle shampoo that doesn’t strip the natural oils, a deep conditioning treatment to replace the moisture and shine, and a good thermal protectant to protect your hair from the excessive heat of those hair appliances we love so much. Go ahead, give your hair a little TLC, you strands will thank you.

Pureology is Pure Volume!

Pureology Pure Volume ConditionerI am a big fan of any conditioner that adds a lot of moisture and body to my hair without weighing it down. Usually, if I go for volume my hair seems to get a little dry, and if I go for moisture there is no volume. Then I think, hmmm, should I just go for color-treated? ARGH! What is a girl to do?

Now I know, go straight for Pureology Pure Volume Conditioner. It’s a weightless conditioning creme which controls fly aways and adds body and shine to your hair. Normally when I see the word “weightless” I think “useless” but not this time! My hair has a nice smooth sheen to it, and there is plenty of added volume. Plus it doesn’t feel greasy or like I used too much conditioner.

Bonus Points! It’s specially formulated for color-treated hair, 100% vegan with no animal testing, alcohol free and offers thermal and UVA/UVB protection. (And yes, they have a Pureology Pure Volume Shampoo too!)

-StraightBelle

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

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

4 Step Hair Care According to ghd

ghd

Step 1:  Cleanse & Nourish
When heat-styling, it’s essential to prepare your hair properly. From cleansing shampoos to nourishing conditioners to specific hair care treatments, you should create the perfect base for your styling creativity. The products you choose should replenish, rejuvenate and condition your hair for maximum long-term protection & health – and look for products with UV protection, so you’re safe from the sun, too.

ghd Thermal Protecting SprayStep 2: Protect
Thermal protection is necessary for all different hair types. This is also where you should try to find a product with UV protection as well as a thermal barrier ingredient which will deflect heat away from the hair’s surface, and create an invisible force field around the cuticle to prevent heat damage and moisture loss. That way, you can heat-style to your hair’s content – with your hairdryer, styling irons or any other heat source without damaging your hair. Check out our great line of GHD Thermal Protectants.

ghd Obedience CreamStep 3: Style
The third step should be a styling product that will help you achieve your styling goals. Look for products that create volume, texture and control, and especially those that are heat-activated, and created to work along with flat irons and styling irons. A heat-activated protection shield should form around the hair and re-activate whenever you brush or apply heat to the hair. That way you can style with confidence; with no limit to your creativity. GHD Obedience Cream is fabulous for smoothing that style fast and will work wonders with your GHD MK3 Flat Iron.

Step 4: Finish
Lastly, you should put the perfect finishing touch to heat-styled hair, whatever your hair type, style or desired result. You can add hold, go for a brilliant shine or take on a contemporary matte finish – there are great waxes and balms out there too. Just make sure you don’t go overboard. A little goes a long way with a finishing product. Especially if it adds a shine. You want shiny, not greasy.

ghd MK3 1GHD is a leader in heat-styling with professional ceramic styling irons plus GHD Thermodynamics, a collection of heat styling products. Visit our GHD section for more information and product details.
 
-StraightBelle

Fix My Overworked Hair!

My hair is overworked, what do you suggest to get it back in condition? I use my blow dryer and flat iron everyday and my hair is long, dry, and color-treated, you name it. Thanks!  -Mindy via email

ghd Thermal Protecting Spray Weak-Damaged HairAnswer: Hey, that sounds like my hair from time to time – LOL! First I would suggest giving your hair a rest from the flat iron and blow dryer. A small break from all of the heat styling will give your hair a chance to recover. Air drying from time to time would be great but I know that’s not always a great look for some of us! AND of course, I’m sure you know never to go near a heat appliance without a thermal protectant. I say this all day long because they work. A heat protectant like this one (left) from ghd will save your hair, it’s specially formulated for weak/damaged locks like yours. You should also check out this article: Flat Iron Styling – Healthy Heat Protection, it will help find the protection that’s right for you.

My next suggestion is find a good treatment product that will repair the damage, eliminate the dryness and help strengthen your hair from the inside out. Thankfully for us styling junkies there are plenty to choose from to keep our strands happy and healthy. Feel free to check out our Hair Treatment section to find everything you need to get your hair in better condition.

For your particular concerns, I’d suggest trying some of these products below to improve your hair health and texture:
Redken Extreme CAT Protein TreatmentThree times a week – try one of these: Leave on hair for a few minutes, then rinse out:
Redken Extreme CAT Protein Reconstructing Treatment (left)
Davines Nounou Nourishing Repairing Mask

Once a week: Leave-in treatment, do not rinse:
Joico K-PAK Deep Penetrating Reconstructor

Daily, until you see improvement – especially on your ends:
Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Leave-in Treatment for Distressed Hair – I swear by this one!

And of course, my absolute hands down, must have, cannot live without, product of all products:

Kerastase Nutritive Oleo RelaxKerastase Nutritive Oleo Relax Leave in Serum – not so much a treatment product as much as a maintenence product for when your hair is under control – this will keep it that way. 

With restructuring products like these, your over-processed, over-styled, over-worked hair can be a thing of the past. Let me know how they work!

-CurlyBelle