Fabulous Natural Frizz Fighters

A few days ago, I was at an event with a few beauty editor friends of mine, and I commented that my hair was naturally very curly and frizzy. No one believed me…and that made me ridiculously happy.

For as long as I remember, I hate frizz. I hate my curls. And I do all I can to make them as much a well-hidden secret as possible.

Sometimes, I succeed – other times I fail miserably, and for many of us, it’s a constant uphill battle against fuzz, frizz, and bad hair days.

In an effort to assist us all, I consulted Mahisha Dellinger. She’s a curly-haired expert and creator of the CURLS organic hair collection. She commiserated with our plight – big-time – and fabulous frizz fighting tips we can all take advantage of. Mahisha points out that those of us with curly hair are actually more frizz-prone – it goes down to our hair molecules, but that doesn’t mean we can’t fight it!

This oddly made me feel better. It’s nothing I’m doing wrong, per se. Nature just decided to mess with my head. Literally. But you wouldn’t believe the ingredients Mahisha recommended to fight the good frizz fight!

Vinegar???

Yes! A distilled white vinegar rinse is a great in the shower frizz fighting technique all hair types can add to their regime to banish frizz.

Here’s what to do:

Rinse hair with warm water to remove product, but don’t shampoo. Then apply vinegar directly to hair and scalp. I like to use a bottle with spout top for easy distribution. Gently massage. Rinse. Condition as usual. Not only is vinegar great at reducing frizz by sealing the cuticle by restoring it to its natural ph balance, but it also removes build up and adds sheen, leaving your hair super-soft.

Don’t do this too often though – once a week should be perfect – more than that can dry your hair out!

A Bit of Honey
We all love sweetening with honey, and so does our hair. Honey, when mixed with a little conditioner (for fine hair) or applied directly to your hair, after shampooing and before conditioning, for medium to densely textured hair; will have great smoothing/defrizzing effects!

Mahisha’s At-Home Recipe
1 can of pure coconut milk
1 ripe avocado
2 tablespoons of pure honey
2 tablespoons of olive oil

Gather all your goodies together and put in blender. Mix at high speed until a smoothie consistency. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. You can warm up your hair smoothie in the microwave before next application…just enough do de-chill. Then, apply to your hair!

Instructions:
Section hair into 4 segments.
Generously apply evenly to hair, from root to ends concentrating on ends, as they are the most prone to frizz.
Smooth hair into a protective style (e.g. braided ponytail, or bun).
I’m trying this at home, and it’s working fabulously – I can’t wait to see the results you get!

By Aly Walansky

How To Shampoo Curly Hair

Ouidad, the curly hair expert, gives StyleBell a step-by-step on how to shampoo curly hair. It is very important to not tangle up the curls but to gently cleanse the scalp.

Shampoo Curly Hair Steps:
1) Rub & distribute shampoo
2) Massage the scalp not the hair
3) Detangle the hair with a “Piano Effect”
4) Shampoo hair only 1 or 2 times a week
5) Use only luke warm water to rinse the hair

Restore Hair’s Strength and Shine with Moroccan Oil

MorocanOilA Trip to Morocco…
Touted as a revolutionary styling and finishing product, Moroccan Oil is one of the latest in innovative, healthy hair treatments. Just apply a few tiny drops to clean damp hair from roots to tips and you’ll immediately notice a natural, silky softness in your hair’s texture without that greasy, heavy feeling you might find with other hair serums.

With just a few drops, Moroccan Oil instantly goes to work seeping deep into your roots, repairing all of your split ends, while nourishing your scalp with beneficial antioxidants and Vitamins E and F. This super serum works well on all hair types and is especially good at making tangles and those tiny knots disappear with ease – no more tugging and breakage! And the smell is yummy! A a fabulously subtle, incense-y scent that leans more towards a spicy-Caribbean coconut than a sugary tropical aroma. Very nice!

Moroccan Oil promises no build up (and it didn’t!), protects against UV damage and other environmental pollutants, and provides unbelievable shine. I really like the shine without oil factor, even though it’s an oil base, it isn’t greasy. 

 It also claims to speed up your drying time by 40%… I didn’t notice a significant decrease in styling time, but I definitely noticed more manageable, healthier strands after one use. If you’re looking to reverse your daily hair damage, go for Moroccan Oil, the healthy shine alone will make you a believer. Click here to buy it now at StyleBell!

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.

Quick Tips for Frizz Free Curls

Curl divas can tame those coils in a frizz-free flash with these top tips from Christo for Jane TV. This video highlights when to use mousse vs. gel (I’m a mousse fan myself) and when not to touch those tendrils! Did you know that curls like to be left alone to do their own corkscrewing when wet? Yep, stay away.

Dry, Dull Hair is NOT a Good Look

ABBA Pure Shine DropsBe honest, is your hair dull and dry? Are those ends brittle (translation – scary!) and parched? Dry hair is not only lackluster and lifeless, it’s usually unhealthy too. We all know dull, frizzy hair is not a good look, so why not fix it?
 
If you are experiencing dull, lifeless hair, smooth things over with ABBA Pure Shine Drops. This super smoothing, shine enhancing elixir seals in moisture and adds a high gloss shine to every hair type with only few tiny drops. And in this case, less really is more – a drop or two does just fine! ABBA Pure Shine is loaded with Rice Bran Oil that restores natural luster to those dull strands and, my favorite feature of all – it fights frizz.

These drops are dedicated to improving manageability, and can be used on wet or dry hair. I like to use a tiny bit on the ends on wet hair to seal in the moisture, then I usually follow with an entire “once over’ with another two or three drops on my hair when it’s dry. This helps seal my strands and locks out the frizz factor.

It’s also extremely lightweight, safe for color-treated hair, and of course it’s from ABBA so rest assured it is 100% Vegan, Sulfate Free, DEA Free, Cruelty Free and Eco-Sensitive. All good stuff. Why wait? Go ahead and banish the brittle, dump the dullness, and fight the frizz for good with ABBA. You’ll notice the difference after just one drop.

Second City Style Beauty Olympics 2008: Hair Category Winners

Do you like hair care products with panache? Appliances that get accolades? Conditioners that get kudos? Us too! Here is a list of hair category award winners of the Second City Style 2008 Beauty Olympics:

Shampoos and Conditioners
Fine and limp: Fekkai MORE Scalp-Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner
Coarse and/or Curly: Herbal Essence Totally Twisted
Damaged hair: Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Moisture Shampoo
Dry scalp: Head & Shoulders

Fortifying Cream Conditioner: Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment

Styling Products
Styling Cream: Jonathan
Shine Enhancer: Alterna
Taming Serum: Aveda Light Elements (editor’s pick)
Straightening: Mark Salon Straight Anti-Frizz Serum With Invigorating Orange
Anti-Frizz: Fekkai COIFF Anti-Frizz Silkening Créme
Volumizer: COIFF Lifting and Texturizing Spray Gel
Hairspray: Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray

Styling Tools and Accessories
High-Powered Blow-Dryer: FHI Nano Salon Pro 2000
Travel Blow Dryer: T3 Tourmaline Overnight Ionic Ceramic Travel Dryer
Flat Iron: FHI Platform Iron
Wet/Dry Iron: T3 Tourmaline Professional Ionic Wet or Dry Iron
Curling Iron: Hot Tools
Round Brush: Spornette Mixed Bristle
Paddle/Flat Brush: Mason Pearson Handy Bristle
Inexpensive Paddle/Flat Brush: Umberto Beverly Hills
Travel Brush: Fekkai Travel Brush

Want more? See the entire list.

-StraightBelle