Need Help Keeping Your Hair Color?

Do you spend a good deal of money and time getting the perfect hair color?  Color can dramatically change your look and overall appearance within one application.  It is a great way to lift an “in the rut” look.  The problem comes in managing that color.  Washing and rinsing with the incorrect shampoo can leave your stunning color not so stunning.  Here is our guide to keeping that color at it its peak.

Top Pick for Color Protecting Shampoo
Davines Nounou Shampoo for Color Treated Hair

Top Pick for Color Protecting Conditioner
ABBA Pure Color Protect Conditioner Creme Masque

Best All Natural Color Protect Remedy

1) Take a ripe avocado, yes the fruit, and crush up.  Massage into your hair and scalp and let sit for 15 – 20 minutes.  Your will be soft and silky and you will praise the color retention! 
2) Do you have a brown to dark brown hair?  Try this coffee inspired deep conditioning system.  Mix ground coffee or espresso beans with your conditioner.  Apply to hair and leave in for 20 – 25 minutes.  Rinse out.

Celeb Style: Leona Lewis

leonalewis.jpgLeona Lewis the next Whitney?  I hope she doesn’t go down that road need I say more!  All joking aside, Leona is the total package with fantastic vocal cords, incredible complexion, and fabulous hair!  You know with Davis and Cowell backing her she is definitely going to go far.  Did anyone see her on Oprah? Leona’s hair looked incredible – A combination of tousled beach hair with large 2 inch waves and streaks in just the right golden brown hue that accentuated both her hair and eyes.  A good highlight job can go a long way!  

Get Leona’s Look:  1) ABBA Pure Curl Finish Curl Activator, 2) Davines Defining Volume Mousse, and 3Hot  Tools 2 inch Professional Spring Curling Iron 

Knowing Your Hair’s pH Level Makes All the Difference

Understanding your hair’s pH level is important for proper hair care. During the changing seasons our hair can sometimes take a while to adjust to the change in temperatures, but it can also take some time to adjust to the new products we are using on our hair.

Sometimes the products we have been using on our hair for months no longer work and our hair either becomes too dry or too oily. It can sometimes be very difficult to find the right balance. But if you want to learn how to restore your hair’s natural pH level, its really quite a simple process once you understand your hair. The natural oil that our hair secretes is a natural oil called sebum. Sebum maintains the moisture and balance in our hair. The hairs natural pH balance is between 4.5 and 5.5 scale. But what is most important is that we understand how to measure our hair’s level of Alkaline or Acid. The scale is from 0 (strongly Acidic) to 14 (Strongly Alkaline). Having a level of 7 represents neutrality.

In order to understand what products you should be purchasing, you need to understand what the right level is for you and your particular hair type. If you are using products that have a high pH level, than you are stripping your hair of its natural essential oil. In this case our hair becomes much too dry, making it prone to breakage and further damage.

The key to healthy hair is to understand the needs of your hair and taking the time to know what your hair really needs.

-Janice Johnson, founder of the Curly Hair Salon and editor of the Curly Hair Guide

P.S. Many hair care brands state the pH levels on their products – Davines and Abba to name a couple.

Celeb Style: Brooke Shields

Brooke ShieldsFrom the Blue Lagoon to the Lipstick Jungle, Brooke Shields has always had beautiful, thick hair with tons of body and shine. For your own thick tresses try the shine enhancing duo from Abba. Abba’s True Shine Shampoo and Conditioner is 100% vegan, eco-sensitive, sulfate-free hair care that harnesses the healing power of nature to keep your strands vibrant and voluminous like Brooke’s.

Abba Natural Ingredient List

Abba Hair CareAt StyleBell we are absolutely gaga over ABBA Pure and Natural Hair Care. The ingredient list on the shampoos, conditioners and styling products is so yummy…but what does is all mean? Here is a quick glossary of the key ingredients in the ABBA products we like so much, and how each herb and extract pampers your hair with a bounty of botanicals.

Key Ingredients:

Arnica – Herbal therapy for conditioning

Banana Extract – Certified organic, natural source of protein, calcium and potassium, great moisturizing agent for dry, brittle hair.

Biopen – An all natural preservative, utilizes a cocktail of herbal extracts that provide benefits to the hair in addition to acting as a product preservative.

Basil – Adds moisture and prevents split ends

Chamomile – Herbal therapy for conditioning

Cinnamon Bark Extract – Controls scalp and skin oil

Comfrey – Adds moisture and prevents split ends

Conditioning emollient and shiner – Provides sheen and lubricity

Echinacea – Adds moisture and prevents split ends

Fruitbio Complex – A complex of fruit acids in association with green tea found to smooth hair cuticle and repair damage. Works well on permed or color treated hair. 

Horsetail – Adds moisture and prevents split ends

Hydrolyzed Soy Protein – Natural protein for added strength and increased hair moisturization.

Japanese Flower (Orange, Jasmine, Rose and Oak Moss) – Essences provide a balancing aromatherapeutic aura

Jojoba – Imparts moisture and shine

Lactic Acid – Natural AHA, derived from fermented beets, has intense hydrating properties

Lavender – Herbal therapy for conditioning

Lavender Flower Extract – Refreshes and soothes

Lemongrass and Orange Peel Oil – Provides added luster and sheen

Lupin Amino Acids – Small powerful proteins aid in moisture retention and increased hair strength.  

Moisturizing Phytoamine Biocomplex – Extracts, Proteins, and Amino acids, combined, to promote hair moisturization.

Oregano Extract – Natural anti-oxidants and antiseptics

Papaya Extract – Certified Organic, high in vitamins C and A, provides mild exfoliation properties and moisturizes hair and scalp.

Panthenol (Provitamin B) – Adds protective properties to hair, preventing breakage and helps moisturize, while building body and volume to hair. Increases shine and manageability and ease in combing.

Rice Bran Oil – Improves the condition and manageability of the hair.

Rosemary Extract – Adds luster and shine

Thyme Extract – Natural anti-oxidants and antiseptics

Wheat Gluten – Natural proteins for added strength and increased hair moisturization.

Wheat Protein – Rebuilds strength and elasticity to dry hair.

White Tea – Powerful antioxidant, which deactivates free radicals and oxidants providing healthier, shinier hair.  

Wow, that’s a lot of good-for-you botanicals and herbs all rolled into one best-selling line of hair care. Whether you are looking to add balance, moisture, or shine, maintain curls or color or just detoxify, you can experience the latest in plant, herbal and aroma therapies with ABBA, the secret to beautiful hair.

Feel free to check out our ABBA Hair Care section for specific product details.  

-Curly Belle

Celebrate Curls!

Whether you have naturally kinky hair, soft curls, or loose waves you can find everything you need to keep your curly hairstyle looking great. Born without curls? These top tips will help you create more defined, longer lasting curls with hot rollers, curling irons, or flat irons with curved plates. From carefree corkscrews to ravishing ringlets, if you have curls, these tips are for you.

CHI Curl Preserve Leave-in TreatmentHumidity Proofing

In my opinion, carefree curls are always in style, but only if they look healthy and defined. If you have curly hair you already know that humidity is curl enemy #1 and there is nothing worse than a head full of frizzy curls. Start with a curl-friendly shampoo and conditioner to start your style off right! Keep your curly hairstyle free of frizz and fly-aways with some of my favorite frizz fighters:  

Bain de Terre Anti-Frizz Recovery Complex Smoothing CreamDefining Moments

Whether your curly style is long and loose or tightly wound, curls need definition to look healthy. The less definition to a curl, the more unfinished and unhealthy it looks. Tousled, sexy curls are pretty, unruly, messy curls make people cringe. Coax your curls into shapely, sexy, curves with these best-selling curl definers:  

Davines Momo Curl Enhancing Serum, Abba Instant Recall Curl Activator, Fudge Skrewd Curl Enhancer, Bain de Terre Anti-Frizz Smoothing Crème Recovery Complex (pictured), Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Curl Creme Wavy Woman.

CHI Turbo Hair DryerDiffuse the Situation

You may think a diffuser is a curl’s best friend; but only if it’s attached to a great hair dryer. Built on the principle that curls should be pampered and not blown dry into a knotty mess, diffusers come in many varieties perfect for short curly hairstyles and long alike. Shorter styles dry faster, longer lengths take more time, so be sure your diffuser works well with your hair dryer to crank out enough airflow for the length of your locks. These hair dryers are sure to deliver power and pampering with or without your diffuser:

Elchim Galaxy Hair Dryer, CHI Turbo Hair Dryer (pictured), Solano Platinum Hair Dryer, Babyliss Pro Ionic Hair Dryer Diffuser.

Terax Gloss Finishing SerumMega Shine

Straight hair seems to shine effortlessly, but it’s a myth to think that curly hairstyles cannot be super shiny too. You just need the right products…in the right amounts. Whether you choose a glossing styling spray, a shine enhancing lotion, or a polishing crème, just remember that less is more when applying any shine enhancer. Turn your shine up to eleven with these mega shine must-haves created especially for curly locks:

Davines Love Curl Enhancing ConditionerCurl Friendly Choices

Curl texture plays a big part in how cooperative your curls can be, and there are lots of curl friendly product lines on the market today that are tailor made for your type of curls and styling needs. From shampoos and conditioners, to styling creams and hairsprays, there are brands dedicated to making curls look their curviest. Bravo to these curl friendly brands:  Bumble and bumble Curl Conscious, CHI Curl Preserve, Davines Love Curl Enhancing (pictured), Abba True Curls.

Maiysha from Ford Models talks about the products and approaches she uses to celebrate her own curls. 
Celebrate your own curls and check out some of the products used in the video: Redken Extreme Anti-Snap, Hot Tools Curling Irons, Redken Smooth Down Cream, Ceramic Hair Dryers.
With products like these you can get your curls into sexy, carefree curves and coils in no time! Want to see more curl friendly products? Visit our Curly Hair Care section.

-CurlyBelle