Is Natural Beachy the New Look?

Kate Hudson's Beachy Hair

Kate Hudson

So I have to admit I have been tempted to put my flat iron aside and let my hair go au natural wavy!  What has gotten in to me.  I always tell my bff’s that I can feel the trends.  I guess it comes with the territory.  So my quoted on next hair trend is the au natural beachy look.  How to get this look is as easy as waking up in the morning.  I have been using some incredible beach curl enhancing sprays that really work in creating a very subtle wave that is very natural.  My top picks:

David Babaii Bohemian Beach Spray

 Frederic Fekkai Luscious Curls Wave Spray

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray

Although the summer is almost over your hair will look fab in its au natural state with a little pick me up.  Very sexy and very now.

Backstage: Frederic Fekkai COIFF

A sneak peek behind the scenes video featuring Frederic Fekkai at the Fekkai COIFF photoshoot. Me likey the products!

Credits: Shot by Peter Lindbergh

Do I Need a Humectant?

“I’m going on a trip to Miami and it’s very hot and humid there. I love the sunshine, but whenever I go there I have very bad hair days. I never know what to put on my hair in that weather. Should I use a humectant or an anti-humectant? What is the difference?” – Betsy, via email

Hi Betsy! I have thick, curly hair and I definitely consider humidity my #1 arch enemy. It’s one of the biggest contributors to bad hair days everywhere and it’s very hard to avoid. Face it, you can’t escape the weather. Even when you’re inside the humidity will find you, but there are certain products to help you repel it.

On humid days, hair seems to quickly soak in the extra moisture from the air leaving you looking like the top contender in a frizzy hair contest. But what to do? You want to find a product that provides a barrier between your hair and the air’s moisture. Curly or straight, you want an anti-humectant.

A good anti-humectant is a non-water based product (obviously you don’t want more moisture) that will coat your hair strands and keep the moisture out. Think waxes, serums, silicones and shine products. Anything that provides a barrier between your hair and the environment. Top anti-humectants are:

Frederic Fekkai Glossing CreamBioSilk Silk Therapy, Terax Gloss Finishing Serum, Bumble and bumble Sumotech Pomade, Biolage Smoothing Serum, Frederic Fekkai Glossing Cream (pictured).

A humectant product does just the opposite, it preserves moisture in the hair. If your hair is dry, parched and lacks hydration you want a product that will help increase the moisture content. You should be on the lookout for any water based products dedicated to hydrating and conditioning your hair. These products will help moisturize the hair strands:

L'anza Tamanu Cream ShampooL’anza Tamanu Cream Shampoo, Kerastase Nutritive Bain Satin 3 Shampoo, L’anza Kukui Nut Conditioner, Bumble and bumble Tonic Lotion.

Don’t be surprised if you need both at the same time, especially if your hair is on the dry side. Try a hydrating shampoo and conditioner (humectants) to replace the moisture in your hair, and then follow with a smoothing balm and shine serum (anti-humectants) to style your strands and lock out the dreaded “H” word – humidity.

-CurlyBelle

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

A Forecast from Frederic Fekkai

Frederic Fekkai speaks to Fashion News Live about the upcoming style forecast for lovely locks summed up in three words: Shine. Volume. Texture… our three favorites!

“I have been waiting for the day to come when women finally embrace their natural curls.”
-Frederic Fekkai

Did you know that Frederic Fekkai Luscious Curls Wave Spray is one of our all time bestsellers? Yep, he really knows his hair!

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