Add Shine to Your Curly Locks!

devacurl mirrorcurlsThis is for all you curly girls out there.   DevaCurl launches MirrorCurls!  Curly girls will finally be able to add shine without drying their curls. MirrorCurls is a lightweight conditioning serum that enhances shine, eliminates frizz, and dissolves instantly in water.  This means no build-up! MirrorCurls can be used on wet hair prior to setting or as a finishing product on dehydrated dull hair. The long-lasting shine formula protects, hydrates, and conditions hair with a blend of sunflower oil, balm mint, lemongrass, chamomile, and rosemary.  It is also silicone-free, water-soluble, botanically infused, and 99% naturally derived!

Your Curly Hair Defined by DevaCurl

DevaCurl is definitely the curly girl’s best friend!  I recently had the chance to connect with DevaCurl and it was amazing.  I learned so many new and intriguing facts about curly hair that I had to share with you!  Below is DevaCurl’s 411 on everything curly!
Curls are like fingerprints; no tow curls are alike.  All curls need individual attention – a little nurturing and some tLC – to become their curly best.  The question is, which Curly Girl are you?  DevaCurl, the premier Curly Experts, will iron out the kinks in this hair mystery and help you find your inner Curly Girl.  The good news is there are some tired-and-true Curly Girl categories that hold the key to your hair’s needs and to maximize its curly potential.
When you look in the mirror, what do you see (or what do you think you should see)?
The Corkscrew – You know you have corkscrew curls if:
Your hair role model is Lorraine Massey, the “original” curly girl
When cut too short, “tightly wound” doesn’t even begin to describe it
You have coily curl texture
Your curls beg for moisture and soak up as much conditioner as you give them
The frizz factor has made you question whether it’s even worth going outside on a rainy day
The Botticelli – You know you have Botticelli curls if:
Your hair role model is Sarah Jessica Parker
Your curls gracefully cascade instead of sticking straight out
Your curl texture is fine to medium
Those gorgeous curls on the bottom layer of your hair are often overshadowed by the not-so-curly top layer
Wavy Curls – You know you have Wavy Curls if:
Your hair role models are sex kittens, Eva Mendez and Penelope Cruz
Your hair occasionally develops a natural wave, which you’ve tried to blow straight
Your hair texture can be fine to medium, wavy or straight
Your hair has a tendency to look unkempt
Your hair often looks flat at the crown
S’wavy Curls:  You know you have S’wavy curls if:
Your hair role model is Kate Winslet
Your hair seems straight, but could be encouraged to do a bit more
You think your hair is incapable of the perfect wave

DevaCurl is definitely the curly girl’s best friend!  I recently had the chance to connect with DevaCurl and it was amazing.  I learned so many new and intriguing facts about curly hair that I had to share with you!  Below is DevaCurl’s 411 on everything curly!

Curls are like fingerprints; no tow curls are alike.  All curls need individual attention – a little nurturing and some tLC – to become their curly best.  The question is, which Curly Girl are you?  DevaCurl, the premier Curly Experts, will iron out the kinks in this hair mystery and help you find your inner Curly Girl.  The good news is there are some tired-and-true Curly Girl categories that hold the key to your hair’s needs and to maximize its curly potential.

When you look in the mirror, what do you see (or what do you think you should see)?

The Corkscrew – You know you have corkscrew curls if:LorraineMassey

  • Your hair role model is Lorraine Massey, the “original” curly girl
  • When cut too short, “tightly wound” doesn’t even begin to describe it
  • You have coily curl texture
  • Your curls beg for moisture and soak up as much conditioner as you give them
  • The frizz factor has made you question whether it’s even worth going outside on a rainy day

sarah_jessica_parkerThe Botticelli – You know you have Botticelli curls if:

  • Your hair role model is Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Your curls gracefully cascade instead of sticking straight out
  • Your curl texture is fine to medium
  • Those gorgeous curls on the bottom layer of your hair are often overshadowed by the not-so-curly top layer

eva mendezWavy Curls – You know you have Wavy Curls if:

  • Your hair role models are sex kittens, Eva Mendez and Penelope Cruz
  • Your hair occasionally develops a natural wave, which you’ve tried to blow straight
  • Your hair texture can be fine to medium, wavy or straight
  • Your hair has a tendency to look unkempt
  • Your hair often looks flat at the crown

kate_winsletS’wavy Curls: You know you have S’wavy curls if:

  • Your hair role model is Kate Winslet
  • Your hair seems straight, but could be encouraged to do a bit more
  • You think your hair is incapable of the perfect wave

Thanks DevaCurl.  Read more about DevaCurl at www.devachansalon.com!

Curly Hair Karma

sgfoxI’ve had curly hair since before I was born. I know this because hair doesn’t get this spirited unless you have good (on some days) karma or bad (on some days) karma. And judging by my reaction to my curly hair, I must have spent my past lives beating the crap out of my people while they toiled and I waved around a mutton leg during a feast giving unreasonable orders—curly hair was my consequence, my comeuppance.

Now, I don’t really believe in past lives. I rank past lives right up there with trying to keep my hair straight on a humid day, neither gets you anywhere but back to where you are—in this century, with this head of hair. But when I look at the glossy, straight haired women in my office, it’s hard not to think that our hair was put on our heads for a karmic reason. The sleek blondes must have been good people in their past lives. They were meant to fit in— everywhere—the country club, sororities, through a doorway. But not those of us with our springing, frizzing, bursting-out-all-over curls. We were left to make our own path— after we’d spent the first part of our lives trying to fit in by trying to tame our Medusa locks.

For me, it all began with the almighty orange juice cans that promised straight hair glory… if I could manage to get my curls to curl around the curve of the can. A big if. The first rule of thumb with curly hair is that it will only curl the way it wants to curl, and guiding a curl will only lead to a feeling of hopelessness.

After the OJ cans, a Lebanese friend introduced me to the pull-wet-hair-as-tight-as-possible-into-a-ponytail-and-wrap-ponytail-smack-up-against-the-head-and-secure-with-bobypins-until-hair-dries-76-hours-later method. It was actually a pretty adequate method, providing the places where the rubber band and bobby pins crimped the hair weren’t too unattractive—and there was only 6 percent humidity in the air.

Segue to the TV show Charlie’s Angels, starring lovely haired Farrah Fawcett. Ha! For a brief shining moment, providing the humidity wasn’t too heavy and the stars and moons lined up the right way, thohair3se of us with curly hair had it over the stick straight haired girls. Our hair could hold the glorious tube curls that had to run up the sides of our heads just so. Spritz in a little Sun-In for some brassy red highlights (that were meant to be blond) and— oh yeah—hello, beauty. (Note: I burned my high school senior pictures.)

And for about ten brief shining minutes, curly hair was in. Unfortunately, so were perms, and naturally, the sleek hairs had it over us. They could get perfect (and, okay, perfectly ugly) ringlets, while those of us with curly hair were left with our mass of confusion.

Further proof that curly hair was a karmic thing. We were supposed to suffer to make up for past regressions.

Or so was my theory. And from listening to others in the same frizzy situation, it was obvious that my theory was as sound as E=mc2 science.

Travel did nothing to help me come to terms with my hair. As a curly haired friend of mine once said, “Having curly hair in Paris is about as acceptable as having venereal warts.” Not ever having had those, I could at least commiserate with those who had because I understood the full-frontal anguish that came with having curly hair. And she was right. I’ll eat blood sausage if anyone can send me a picture of someone with curly hair legging it up the Champs Elysees. When I lived in Paris, I slept with one large Velcro curler in my hair. If I could at least keep my bangs tamed, that would be fine. I was, after all, getting older. Hence, the battle of the hair cuticles was beginning to wear me down.

Cut to (bypassing years of desperation and frustration while trying anything that came down the pike that promised sleek, tamed hair) the beginning of the new millennium and the exquisite hair tool called the ceramic ionic flat iron. Of course, no tool under $100 would work, but I didn’t care if I had to spend $500 plus; if the tool really proved to make my hair straight and hold it through a deluge of rain and humidity, I’d steal from our daughter’s college funds if I had to. Easily justified. If Mommy is happy, Baby thrives. If Baby thrives, Baby will grow up to be a smarty-pants and win scholarships to Harvard.

Our daughter is only ten years old, and although she is not yet old enough for the Ivy Leagues, she is thriving. Naturally, I chalk this up to my $250 GHD ionic flat iron . I spend maybe 15 minutes over coffee and The Today Show straightening my hair, and after that, only a complete dousing of water will revive the curls. Living in high-humidity Maryland, I even put the hair to the test. A 27-block-walk down York Road in heavy fog landed me at Stoneleigh Bakery with spaghetti-straight hair. (Zoom in on a close-up of me with my fist in the air, going YES!)

Finally, after decades of hair discontent, I have found hair happiness. Or almost. Now when people give me compliments about my straight hair, I feel an urgent need to explain that I really have curly hair. And when I meet other women who wear their hair naturally curly, I feel I’m a traitor. I do have a medical reason, though, for needing straight hair. Or at least I think I do, or I did, or I dreamed it up or something. It sounds good, any way. Of course, I haven’t forgotten the karmic factor. My hair won’t let me. Just when I’ve gotten the kinks worked out, I started to sprout gray hair. What’s next, you karmic gods? Chin hairs? At what age do ear hairs cut in? And if I cut them back? Then what?

The moral of this story is: Be good in this life, so you don’t have to come back in the next life living bad hair days. I’d like to stay and try to explain, but I’m heading outside to my car. Someone once told me that the only time a woman will ever notice chin hairs is when she’s driving down the road, looking in her rearview mirror, and I want to catch this stuff early.

By Sarah Gilbert, Baltimore Style

Sarah Gilbert Fox first got her writing start as a beautician who had written a short story called “Beauty School” for Roy Blount, Jr.‘s book, “It Grows On You.” From there, she went on to finish beauty school, and cut hair at The Celebrity Styling Shop to earn money to make her way through college. Her Master’s Thesis was the book Hairdo, published by Warner Books (now Grand Central Publishing) to high acclaim; the book went on to be published in 14 different languages. She recently moved to Baltimore, primarily to test her theory of “High Humidity Effects of the Ionic Flat Iron on Curly Hair on York Road”.

Copyright © Sarah Gilbert Fox

My Secret to Maintaining Tangle Free Curly Hair

ouidad-boostOuidad is my new brand!  Celebrity stylist Ouidad, think Sarah Jessica Parker and Minnie Driver, created a line of products that are specifically designed for curly hair.  She’s a stylist. She’s a salon owner. She’s an educator. She’s an author. But most importantly, she’s a woman with curly hair. For years Ouidad struggled with her own head of curls, which led her to dedicate the past 30 years of her life to building a respected reputation as “THE curly hair expert.”

Ouidad realized that curly hair tends to be dehydrated due to its spiral structure. Straight hair’s cuticle (hair’s protective outermost layer) has a smooth, resistant surface. Curly hair’s cuticle layer is lifted away from the hair shaft causing the hair to lose moisture, resulting in dry, frizzy unmanageable hair. When the molecular layer is filled with amino acids and proteins, the hair will have its own internal weight and will not react to humidity. Why? The answer is simple: there is no room for water to seep in, so hair looks smoother, shinier, and it behaves.  Quidad has been able to launch specific products that are designed to boost a curly hair girl’s inner curly beauty!

My definite must have from this line is the Ouidad Botanical Boost Conditioning and Refreshing Spray!  The Bontanical Boost is a lightweight leave-in conditioner chock full of soothing, moisturizing and restoring vitamins, amino acids and botanical extracts.  It is the ideal detangler and refresher for curls and body.  In the morning when I wake up I spray a little on throughout my hair because of course I can’t get my locks wet.  I selectively comb through and it is completely revitalized.  I love it so much I use it on my kids!!!  Get more information at Ouidad.   I am sure you will love it.

Help for Curly Hair!

Is your hair a giant puff ball when you wake up in the morning? Are you just fed up with handling your curly locks. Ford Model Erin with the help of Aveda gives you tips on how to handle your curly locks.

Hydrating Shampoos Picks for Curly Hair

Can’t get a brush or wide tooth comb through your curly locks?  Growing up your Mom just didn’t know how to handle your mop?  You are not alone!  Many women talk to me about the worries and issues of curly hair.  Curly hair locks definitely need a little more TLC than the straight hair counterparts. Hydrating your hair with a hydrating shampoo is an important step in keeping hair healthy, bouncy, and shiny.  Looking for a hydrating shampoo check out our list below:davines hydrating shampoo

 

 Davines Momo Shampoo Moisturizing Dry and Dehydrated Hair

 

 

 

 

terax hydrating shampoo

 

Terax Miele Hydrating Shampoo with Honey and Elder Flower

 

 

 

 

chi hydrating shampoo

 CHI Nourish Silk Shampoo Intense Hair Bath Hydrating Farouk

 

 

 

 

 

Need more advice, Expert Village details the benefits of using hydrating shampoo for those curly locks. Check out this fantastic video.  Enjoy!

 

How to Manage Curly Hair

Those curls those curls how do I manage those curls?  Is that your daily mantra?  Throw your flat irons in the garbage and cancel your Japanese straightening appointment!  Miyesha’s video will help you go au natural curly within weeks with these incredible curly hair management tips!

Tip 1:  Wash your hair once a week. Do not wash your hair daily as this will dry your hair out. Instead of washing rinse and condition daily.
Tip 2:  Change conditioner brands. Hair tends to get used to hair products and switching them will keep your hair looking its best
Tip 3:  Lightly towel dry your hair.
Tip 4:  Always use a diffuser when blow drying your hair. A diffuser will limit the hair dryer’s air flow and concentrate the heat to help dry your hair. Every so often allow your hair to air dry.
Tip 5:  Use the Redken Anti Snap Extreme Leave In Treatment to help prevent breakage and keep hair healthy.
Tip 6:  Use the Redken Smooth Down Detangling Cream to polish hair and retain moisture.
Tip 7:  Use a mini curling iron, Hot Tools 3/8” Curling Iron, to help accentuate individual curls and create a polished look.

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