A Winning Shampoo and Conditioning Sidekick

Abba True Shine ConditionerI am usually not a big fan of the matchy-matchy, but I do believe in using a shampoo and conditioner duo dedicated to your particular hair texture and type from time to time. Whether your hair is straight or curly, black, brown or blonde, color-treated or thinning, or a combination of these, there is a specific set out there tailored for your individual hair concerns and needs.

Using a shampoo and its conditioning cousin together on a regular basis actually increases the benefits of each, and really gives your hair that one, two punch it needs. Over time my hair gets ‘used to’ certain products so I tend to switch back and forth between brands every few weeks, but I always keep the following (from the straight hair section) in my shower rotation. There is a reason for the matching names, they work together – what a concept right? Check out these product lines, they definitely do not disappoint:

Silky, smooth and straight: Pureology Super Straight, Abba True Shine (pictured above), L’anza Strait-Line, Frederic Fekkai Glossing.

Davines Love Curl Enhancing ConditionerCurls, twirls and waves: Davines LOVE Curl Enhancing (pictured left), Bumble and bumble Curl Conscious, Abba True Curls.

My hair has “natural” highlights (shhh!): CHI Ionic Color Protector, Pureology,

Thinning, flat or fine: Murad Professional Treatment, Biolage Bodifying Volumatherapie, Nioxin.

So many of us have a combination of hair concerns and styling needs and the good news is there are plenty of choices out there. Thanks to focused formulations and innovative ingredients we can each find our own dynamic duo. See? Sometimes matchy-matchy is a good thing.

-StraightBelle

Not Enough Lather?

Biolage Bodifying ShampooBiolage Volumatherapie Tip: If your shampoo is not lathering, your hair is not wet enough. Add water, not more shampoo!

-StraightBelle

Hair Care Kudos!

Looking for a styling product with some panache? A conditioner with a cult following? Look no further! These five hair care products steal the spotlight when it comes to creating award winning styles.

The Terax line’s star product is so revolutionary in making hair ultra soft that InStyle magazine awarded Terax Crema its prestigious “Hall of Fame Award”. Formulated to provide additional moisture and strength to dry or damaged hair, while giving extra shine, volume and color protection, this honor was awarded after it was named “Best Overall Conditioner” five times in a row. See more from Terax.

Meet InStyle Magazine’s Best Beauty Buy winner – Best Straightening/Anti-Frizz Product – Kerastase Nutritive Serum Oleo-Relax. Kerastase Nutritive Oleo-Relax Leave-In Smoothing Sérum smoothes dry, rebellious hair and makes it softer and smoother with long-lasting frizz protection. A few pumps on towel-dried hair will take those unmanageable, unruly locks from dry to shiny right before your eyes. Exclusive Nutri-huile complex contains beneficial Shorea Seed Butter and Palm oils to soften the hair fibers and provide deep nutrition to hydrate parched hair. See more from Kerastase.

Biolage Smoothing GelBiolage Smoothing Gel Smooththerapie 
Control your dry, frizzy hair with Biolage Smoothing Gel. The exclusive Smooththerapie formulation gives fine-to-medium hair types smoothness and long-lasting control without weighing the hair down. Unique micro-emulsion technology with Silicones, Grape Seed and Avocado Micro-Oils controls flyaways and frizz, leaving hair naturally soft, healthy and smooth. Additional humectants provide light moisture to prevent dryness, and keep hair silky, not sticky. Winner of the exclusive Beauty Launchpad Reader’s Choice Award for Favorite DeFrizzer. That gets an A+ in our book. See more from Biolage.

BioSilk Silk Therapy Tri-PackBioSilk Tri-Pack Silk Therapy
This BioSilk Tri-Pack is an Allure Magazine Award winner and you know Allure sets the bar high! BioSilk hair care products combine the luxury and power of silk and always leave hair with improved strength and a silky smooth, frizz-free shine. This set was designed to include the three best-sellers in one value priced set. You’ll receive BioSilk Silk Therapy, BioSilk Therapy Shampoo and BioSilk Therapy Conditioner all for one low price. These lightweight products work together to strengthen and repair dry hair with pure silk protein molecules. See more from BioSilk.

Bumble and bumble Sumotech is an InStyle Magazine Best Beauty Buy of 2007. This paste/wax hybrid synthesizes the malleability of natural waxes with the structural integrity of microfibre-reinforced resin polymers. Translation: It’s fantastic, elastic stuff that lets you mould and remould hair with serious but supple hold. Sumotech pomade provides structure, texture and separation to any hairstyle while adding flexible support with a matte finish. See more from Bumble and bumble.

With award winning products like these, you’ll be sure to get a great style and some great compliments. Who doesn’t want that?

-CurlyBelle

My fine hair needs body…

Question:
My fine hair needs body. What should I do? I have pin straight hair that is baby fine. How do I give it volume?
– Dianna via email

Answer:
You’re not alone! It can be difficult to give volume to baby fine, pin straight hair, but lucky for you there are a lot of products on the market dedicated to adding body to your shall we say, voluminously challenged style? (Hint, hint, you should also check out our article on Adjust-a-Curl, it’s right up your alley!)

Start in the shower with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner combo like these from Biolage, but go easy on the conditioner.

Biolage Bodifying ConditionerBiolage Bodifying Shampoo Volumatherapie and Biolage Bodifying Conditioner Volumatherapie (pictured left).

If your hair is limp all over, try a thickening boost spray, mousse or gel to add a little texture to your strands.

Look for products with any or all of these buzzwords: Volumize, texture, lift, body, thicken, you get the idea. Your bathroom counter should be loaded with lotions and potions dedicated to adding volume. Stay away from anything that makes your hair “too soft”, in your case that might translate into “very flat”

Fudge Oomf Thickening BoostHere are three products you should take a look at: Fudge Oomf Thickening Boost (pictured left), Murad Volumizing Airfoam, or Pureology Texture Twist.

I would also suggest a root lifting product, sometimes fine hair is especially flat at the roots. Thankfully that’s easy to fix with a little dab or spray of a volumizing root lifting procut. These products are especially made to give your hair fullness, body and height right where you need it – at the top. Check out these two, they are very good at eliminating ‘flat-head’ looks: Pureology Root Lift

Pureology Root Lift (left) or L’anza Volume Root Effects – I have a hard time deciding which is better – both are very good for adding volume to the root area.

Lastly, you can always try the upside down blow dry – one of my favorites – this tends to help the hair dry with a little more body. Try adding a little hair spray while you’re upside down, it will help create the texture and volume you are looking for and it will ensure longer lasting body.

Pin straight hair can be a challenge in the volume department, but with products like these you’ll get more volume than you might expect. Thanks for asking!

-StraightBelle