Valentine’s Day: Romance Begins With Your Hair

Do you have someone special to celebrate next week with?

Well, whether you do or do not, this is a great excuse to celebrate yourself and up the “wow” factor. We consulted celebrity hairstylist, Paul Labrecque, who shared his secrets for achieving muse-like curls, seductive waves, lovely chignons and a few additional flirty looks that are perfect for the holiday.

Sexy, Soft & Touchable Curls
If you have naturally curly hair, this type of curl is so easy to achieve—you just have to choose the right product!

An anti-frizz curl activator (such as Paul Labrecque Curly Style) is the perfect item to begin with (Curly Style has been recognized by Allure magazine as a Best of Beauty 2009 winner). It forms curls without making them crisp, fragile or frizzy. Put a dollop on damp hair, then twist sections of hair around one of your fingers. Let hair dry naturally or use a diffuser for added volume.

Don’t despair those with straighter hair, this look can still be yours!

Spray damp hair with a volumizer (like Paul Labrecque Volume Style) and then rough dry it with your hands. Once hair is dry, use two different sized barrel curling irons—one smaller and one larger, to achieve a beautiful textured look that’s random and uneven. When the ironing is done, use an alcohol-free silicone product to work through hair with your hands to separate and free hair to make the style complete.

For another stunning curly look that’s one of Paul’s favorite easy to achieve romantic looks…it only appears quite complicated!

Gather curly strands into a loose pony and make sure not all of your ears are exposed. Fold the ponytail under and secure the ponytail band to the hair at the nape of your neck with two crisscrossing pins. Finish by spraying a light shield of glitter on your hair—the sparkling whimsy is both playful and put-together

Seductive & Loose Waves

Make sure hair is very wet before you begin styling…

Apply a curl activating gel and a leave-in conditioner (Paul Labrecque’s Curly Style and Repair Style are excellent choices— the products were created specifically for hydration and curl separation). After product is applied, twist wet hair into ringlets. Slowly dry hair with a diffuser and make sure you don’t break the curl. It’s very important you don’t move your hair while drying since too much touching during this phase could cause frizz. Once hair is dry add a shine serum for extra gloss (such as Paul Labrecque’s Curly Finish– this lightweight Camelia Oil spray won’t weigh hair down, and its glossy finish makes waves look radiant and very seductive.)

Quick & Chic Chignons

Start with hair in a tight ponytail…

Make sure the ponytail is smooth and set with a firm hold spray (like Paul Labrecque’s Volume Finish). It’s also important to spray the underside of the ponytail. You can do this while back combing the hair at the bottom of the tail into a fan. Quickly smooth the top section of hair over this fan and twist it under, leaving one piece of hair free to wrap around the ponytail. You can pin this hair in place with bobby pins and spray the style one more time for extra hold so it will last all day or night.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Curling with Asian Hair

Hi!
I have a wedding to attend in about 2 weeks. I have been trying to curl my super straight hair and spraying various products to see what will make the curls stay. Nothing seems to work! I have super straight asian hair and everytime I curl my long hair, the curls just become straight within 1 hour or so. How do I get those pretty curls to stay in my hair? What hair products and curling iron would you recommend? Could you give me a step by step on what hair products to apply first?  Thank you so much!! I’ve been trying for years to get curls to stay in my hair and nothing has worked.

Dear StyleBell Reader,

It is very difficult to curl Asian hair and to retain the curl once completed.  Styling products are definitely your friend and probably the only way you will be able to keep that curl all night.  I would try using both a mousse and a hairspray to keep the bounce in your curl.
1) Put a light mousse on your hair while damp, Davines Volume Soft Hold Mousse is a good choice.
2) When curling each group of hair you can use any curling iron which has high heat like the Hot Tools Curling Iron with variable temperature.
3) While curling each group of hair, spritz hair spray each time.  This will provide better hold.  Davines Glam Power Spray is an excellent choice. 
4) Once you are complete with your curls spray more hairspray on the style.

Sexy Beach Curls in Under 10 Minutes

Celeb stylist Johnny Levine details a simple technique to achieve the “just walked off the beach” sexy curl.  Equip yourself with a Hot Tools 1 1/2 inch Spring Curling Iron and Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Styling Wax and you can recreate this look within minutes!    

Ten Curly Hair Tips from Aveda

AvedaNow you can keep your curls in perfect coiled condition with the Aveda Be Curly curl enhancing product line and these top ten tips.

1. Start with the right shampoo and conditioner. Try Aveda Be Curly Shampoo and Conditioner moisturize and reduce frizz to set you up for styling success.

2. Always blot wet hair dry with a towel. Don’t rub! Rubbing creates more frizz.

3. Try not to shampoo every day. The natural oils in your scalp are beneficial to the health of your hair.

4. Refresh scalp and hair style between washings. If you decide to skip a shower one morning, simply spritz hair with Aveda Light Elements Reviving Mist, scrunching as you go to revive and refresh curls.

5. Curly hair needs moisture. Use Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer when hair is damp and Be Curly Curl Control once hair is dry to keep curls moisturized, defined and frizz-free.

6. Blow dry hair on low speed with high heat. And use a diffuser. This gives you defined, frizz-free curls. For extra lift and volume, flip head upside down when blow drying.

7. Avoid running fingers through hair as it dries. It causes curls to separate and become frizzy. For on-the-go touch ups keep Aveda Be Curly Curl Control in your purse to redefine and de-frizz as needed throughout the day.

8. Don’t brush or comb curly hair when dry, it removes curl and causes frizz.

9. Spritz curls with a firm hold hairspray. Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Hairspray prevents frizz in humid and/or windy conditions.

10. Wrap hair in a silk scarf before bed, it helps prevent frizz while sleeping.

-CurlyBelle

Curl Alert: Nexxus Alluring Curls

Creating gorgeous, frizz free curls just got easier with the latest curl enhancing products from Nexxus! The curls in this video are long-lasting and touchable, never sticky or stiff. If your curls are crunchy, get out of the ’80’s and join the bouncy revolution! We especially like the Alluring Curls lotion to fight the frizz and add definition and shine. Curls love to bounce!

The curling tips in this video are great and you’ll love the results from the products. It’s amazing how they get these curls to stay long and loose without a stray in sight. Now that’s impressive!

-CurlyBelle

Curl Conscious? Meet Bumble and bumble Kinky Chick

Bumble and bumble Kinky Chick Curl CremeHave your crazy, kinky curls met Bumble and bumble? They have an entire Curl Conscious line of hair care that is straight out of curl central and I’m curls over heels in love with their Kinky Chick Curl Creme.

The Curl Conscious line also has shampoos and conditioners too, but if your curls are new to the brand, I’d suggest you go straight for the Bumble and bumble Kinky Chick Curl Creme to start. It’s a great styling product for those ‘enthusiastically’ curly curls and is the perfect treat for curls that need a little tough love.

Kinky Chick is a revolutionary curl enhancing cream made especially to soften and add definition to medium-to-thick curly hair. Most curls are not one size fits all and it’s nice that this product is tailored for those of use with thick, unruly tresses. We all know someone (and it’s usually me) who is commonly known as “the girl with all that curly hair” – this product is for her!

Just rub a tiny bit from roots to ends on your wet curls and wind, twist, twirl or scrunch your hair as usual. The creme will instantly soften and tame your mane without leaving it droopy or flat – a curl killer for sure. It also helps conquer your curl’s arch enemy – frizz.

Styling tip: Lots of curls? Lots of curl creme!

I also use a tiny bit more after I blow-dry to add more definition to some of those more “spirited” curls that just won’t behave. This curl loving creme makes them calm down quickly without a fight… whew!

Start softening and defining your unruly coils with Bumble and bumble Kinky Chick. Remember, crunchy curls are soooo 80’s. Bouncy, behaving curls are what you want!

-CurlyBelle

Curling Iron Techniques: Tight Curls

Brush up on your curling iron techniques with this short video that promise to have those curls coiled in no time!

For spirals ala “Beyonce” in the video, try a 1/2″ curling iron – the smaller the barrel width, the tighter the curls!

-CurlyBelle

Why Conditioner is a Curl’s BFF

Liz (a curl diva!) from Expert Village explains the importance of deep conditioning curly hair and emphasizes using hair treatments to keep those curls full of bounce and shine.

Just remember: Happy curls are healthy curls, so always use a leave-in conditioner. I use one every day (really!) and my curls love it. You can click on this link to find some curl friendly products ready to caress your curls.

-CurlyBelle