Celeb Style: Shakira

ShakiraShakira’s massive mop is always sexy, never messy. She knows that a happy curl has two best friends – a diffuser and some frizz-fighting curl cream. The CHI Turbo Hair Dryer provides power and pampering to curls, and it’s matching diffuser won’t allow them to blow into a knotty mess. Then show your curls some love with Davines Love Curl Enhancing Serum and kick that frizz to the curb.

Set Your Style

Bain de Terre Flax Seed Finishing SprayAfter you have finished styling your hair and you’re looking fab, don’t you want to make sure your efforts are seen by everyone?

There is nothing worse than smoothing every last hair strand into perfect position before heading out the door to realize your fly-aways and split ends are showing by the time you arrive.

You didn’t spend all your time coaxing those curls into perfect corkscrews to have them unravel! You didn’t straighten those strands into silky submission to have them misbehave an hour later!

A good finishing spray is built on this principle. Some add shine, some add control and others create volume or texture, or both. But whether you like it poofy or sleek, your hairstyle needs a finishing spray. Definitely.

Shine Seekers: Davines Defining Glam Power Finishing Spray is the definition of glossy glamour.

Strong Hold: CHI Helmet Head. Hello, it’s called helmet head for a reason.

Softer Styles: Flexible, touchable hold is yours in a flash with Reflex Spray from the L’anza Art Elements line.

Scent Snob: Try Bain de Terre Flax Seed Infinite Hold Finishing Spray – it’s the perfect unscented styler.

Style it, finish it. Words to live by!

-CurlyBelle

Celeb Style: Jessica Alba

Jessica AlbaHow much do you love Jessica Alba’s hair? It’s got tons of body and volume and looks so “sexy without really trying”. Want to capture this look at home? No problem! Meet the Babyliss Jumbo 5 Roller Set. The mega wide 1-1/2” rollers will give you those big glamour-girl curls in no time. Try a little Bumble and bumble Curl Conscious Curl Cream before you use them to add extra texture to your strands, then fire up the Babyliss and curl away. Hint: For hard to hold hair; use a little Davines Defining Glam Power Finishing Spray while the curlers are setting to really ‘freeze’ the style. We’re talking va, va, va, VOOM volume.

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

Celeb Style: Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham 

The bob you just can’t ignore, not that you would ever want to! This bob, or I should say POB, is getting mucho press and every time I turn around it seems like someone else has just gotten this mop chop. But what a transformation! This super cute cut is extremely flattering on a variety of face shapes and looks great on everyone I’ve seen it on.

A few tips for this hairstyle: Use a smaller flat iron like the CHI Volume 3/4″ Flat Iron. The slim plate width is perfect for a shorter style like this and the rounded edges make it the perfect tool for flipping those ends. Posh’s ends are pure perfection… ALWAYS.

I’d also start with a smoothing styler like Lanza Strait Line Smoothing Balm. Just work a little through wet hair to ensure your strands stay silky smooth. Finish with a light finishing spray that adds a glossy shine. Davines Defining Glam Power Spray perhaps? That would keep those ends in check while imparting that celebrity shine. How Posh!

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

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

Five Frizz Fighting Favorites

Kick your frizz to the curb with these top five products dedicated to smoothing your strands in seconds flat. Some add a silky shine, some a thermal protection barrier, while others repair split ends, but all eliminate the worst FRIZZ you can imagine.

Bain de Terre Anti-Frizz Recovery Complex Shine SerumBain de Terre Anti-Frizz Recovery Complex Shine Serum

As the breakout star of the entire Bain de Terre product line, and one of our best-sellers, this advanced formula serum contains microscopic spheres that slowly release rose hip and evening primrose oils to restore luster and impart a high gloss to dull, dry, overworked hair. This anti-frizz recovery complex instantly repairs the outer cuticle layers of the hair to mend and prevent split ends. Encapsulated melanin, a natural pigment, provides stronger color protection against damage and fading.

How I like to use it: Use a few drops of Bain de Terre Shine Serum on wet hair to restore the hair’s natural luster and repair the dryness and split ends, then a few more drops on dry hair to finish your style and add a hi-gloss shine.

Bonus points: The infused essential oils will leave your hair with a healthy smooth shine that’s never greasy, and you just may wonder where all your split ends have gone! See more Bain de Terre.

Davines Momo Anti-Frizz FluidDavines Momo Moisturizing Anti-Frizz Protective Fluid

Eliminate frizz and restore the richness and shine back to your hair with Davines Momo Moisturizing Anti-Frizz Protective Fluid. This super moisturizing fluid keeps curly and frizzy hair soft and smooth by counteracting the effects of humidity with the perfect mix of botanicals and hydration agents. Rhizobian Gum moisturizes and adds natural body, Elder Extract creates a protective barrier, and Grapefruit Seed Extract provides pollution protection. If that isn’t enough, Davines also added a dose of Jojoba oil, Silicones, and Mica to restore the softness and shine dry, frizzy hair so desperately lacks.

How I like to use it: It’s is a superb accompaniment to the Momo Shampoo and Conditioner of course. (But it also works just as well on its own for you Davines newbies).

What to expect: You can Eliminate frizz with a capital “E”. Yes, I said E-L-I-M-I-N-A-T-E frizz. See more Davines.


Frederic Fekkai Glossing CreamFrederic Fekkai Olive Oil Glossing Cream

Frederic Fekkai Glossing Cream with Pure Olive Oil transforms frizzy, dull hair into silky, hydrated strands. Replace moisture and improve the manageability of your hair with this sheer styling cream infused with natural humectants and Olive Oil Extract. Specially formulated to provide continuous hydration and add a glossy, brilliant shine, this Glossing Cream will leave hair noticeably radiant and silky smooth. Added sunscreens protect hair color from fading caused by UV rays with added UVA/UVB inhibitors.

How I like to use it: A little all over your head before blow drying, then rub a tiny bit afterwards to really bring out the shine.

What I love: This potent potion packs a pow, giving you a hi-gloss shine in a sheer lightweight texture. The sheerness is a total plus as I tend to be heavy handed with product application. See more Frederic Fekkai.

Terax Gloss Finishing SerumTerax Gloss Finishing Serum 

Want to bring back the gloss and radiance to your hair without the greasy feeling of a normal gel? Who doesn’t? Terax Gloss Finishing Serum to the rescue. This 100% pure silicone styling gloss tames flyaways and gives hair a supreme shine without weighing it down. This super concentrated serum contains Vitamin E to provide protection from free radical damage, and the glass bottle features a locking pump that’s great for travel.
How I like to use it: On dry hair for that added frizz protection barrier and glamour girl shine, even on my thick, curly mop.
Bonus points: No oil slicks here. Terax gloss is non-greasy, meaning less mess and an easy application, how fabulous! See more Terax.


Kerastase Nutritive SerumKerastase Nutritive Serum Oleo-Relax
Trade in your dry, dull hair for silky smooth strands with this leave-in treatment from the Kérastase Oléo-Relax collection. Not only is this one of the best frizz fighters we’ve seen (and my personal favorite!) it’s an InStyle Magazine’s Best Beauty Buy winner “Best Straightening/Anti-Frizz Product”. This leave-in smoothing serum smoothes dry, rebellious hair making it softer and adding 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.

Bonus points: A little on wet hair will not only protect and de-frizz, it also helps take out the tangles!
What I love: Oleo-Relax won’t weigh your hair down, especially if you have curls like I do, and I swear it improves the texture of your hair with just a pump or two of product. See more from Kerastase.

Whether you choose a super-serum, a smoothing styler, or a glamourous glosser, with products like these your strands will stay silky smooth for hours. And frizz? Fuggehaboudit!

-CurlyBelle