Controlling Frizz on Curly Styles

This video gives some top frizz fighting tips!

For more tips and tricks on banishing frizz, check out this article: Frizz Fighting Tips That Work!

-StraightBelle

Frizz Fighting Tips that Work!

With warm humid weather, it is hard not to have frizzy hair. I read a post in Wired Berries by Valerie Gladstone on how to avoid frizzy hair. The methods provided were every simple and easy to understand. I have summarized a few very useful ones here. Read on!

Method #1: Look for frizz-control shampoos and conditioners. The conditioner should be a 2-to-5 minute daily use treatment that you leave in for a few minutes and then rinse out. Just before rinsing, run a wide-toothed comb through hair, getting out the worst of the knots.        

Method #2: Shampoo less. Use small amounts of conditioner instead and rinse hair well. You should notice a difference in a few days. Do watch out for shampoos that gives you suds beautifully because it uses harsh ingredients that will strip your hair of moisture and the added dryness causes frizzies.

Method #3: Treatment. Every once or twice a month use a good deep-conditioning or hot-oil treatment. You could also pick one night a week to leave in a conditioning treatment. Important note: Do sleep with a shower cap to avoid staining your bedsheet and pillowcase]. Rinse your hair well the next morning.

Method #4: Anti-ammonia. Avoid standard-issue coloring products, which often come with ammonia. An ammonia-free product that contains moisturizers will not only pump up your color, it’ll fatten the hair shaft and impart some great shine.

Method #5: Avoid blow-drying your hair. Blow-drying your hair increases the dryness and flattens waves or curls. I avoid blow-drying by letting my hair dry naturally. But if you really need to use the hair dryer, get one with a diffuser (see Philips’ website for example) because it emits heat evenly and with less intensity.

Special note: Apply an anti-frizz product before blow-drying and don’t hold the diffuser too close to your head (at least 4-inches away). Lift it up in bunches if you need to get underneath and scrunch the curls with your fist while letting the diffused heat blow over your head. Important note: Do not brush or comb your hair because the frizz may return.

An important fact you should know: Shampoo is for your scalp, while conditioner is for your hair (only apply to the portion below your ears).

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The Hollywood Hair Guy’s Frizzy Hair Fix

American Idol hair stylist Dean Banowetz shows us two quick tips on banishing frizz and static electricity in your hair. He’s know as “The Hollywood Hair Guy” for a reason, these tips are tops!

-StraightBelle

Kerastase Creme Elasto-Curl is a Curl DO!

Kerastase Creme Elasto CurlKerastase Nutritive Creme Elasto-Curl is a definition forming creme for thick, curly hair. That’s what the bottle says. But does it work?

I’m always on the lookout for anything that claims to enhance curls and control frizz. But seriously, don’t all products designed for curly hair claim to do this? I must admit, a lot of products I have tried fall short of this claim, though every time I try a new product, I am as enthusiastic as ever with hope!

If you have curly hair, you know how this feels. You get all excited to try a new curl enhancing cream, and midway through using it, you realize it’s not going to do what you want it to do. Then the big let down, your hair looks worse.

Well Kerastase can change that. Their Creme Elasto-Curl helps condition and improve curl definition, while it adds shine, suppleness, and softness. And yes, it really does help control frizz. Kerastase offers a complete product line of hair care products and hair treatments created to restore and maximize your hair’s natural beauty. And there is nothing better than nice natural curls!

Enjoy the total Kerastase experience at home, you won’t be sorry! If you’ve read my blog posts you know that I’m already a huge fan of Kerastase Oleo Relax too!

For curly hair styling tips from Kerastase check out this video: Modern Curls with Kerastase Oleo Curl. Curls RULE!

-CurlyBelle

NY Times Article: Brazilian Keratin Treatments

This article was featured online in the Fashion & Style Section of The New York Times in  July, 2007:

AFTER 14 years of relentless highlighting, bleaching and chemical straightening, Deborah Epstein, 32, a law student from Forest Hills, Queens, had ruined her unruly brown curls. Dull, brittle and difficult to style, her hair was so fragile a ponytail holder could snap it off. 

Moreover, all it took was a molecule of moisture and her hair frizzed. And no amount of expensive products, deep-conditioning treatments and weekly salon blowouts could tame her mane.

But in April, Ms. Epstein tried the Brazilian Keratin Treatment at the nuBest Salon and Spa in Manhasset, N.Y. The results were so spectacular, she wept.

“I got very emotional,” she said. “It was mind-boggling how beautiful my hair looked: straight, shiny, sleek and more important, healthy. I have no products in my life now. I wash my hair, air-dry it and then the last 10 minutes, I blow it and it’s pin-straight.”

Such a gushing testimonial is not unusual, stylists say. “For a woman who had a thorn bush for hair and now it’s like silk, well, we’re talking revolution,” said Mark Garrison, who offers the treatment at his salon in New York.

Originating in Brazil, where it is usually called escova progressiva (progressive blow-dry), the treatment has been trickling here for a few years but has become widely available only in the last six months.

While it appears that no major American hair or beauty companies are now selling it, a cottage industry of hairdressers has emerged, importing products from Brazil or creating their own formulations.

So far, the brands include Brazilian Keratin Treatment, Brazilian Hair Straightening and Brazilian Blowout. “Right now, it’s blowing everything away,” said Meryle Nemeth, the nuBest stylist who administered Ms. Epstein’s treatment, one of about 500 she’s done since February, when it became available at the salon. “I’ve never seen anything take off like this as far as relaxing hair. Everyone wants it for summer, for affairs, for weddings. I’m talking all ages, 12-year-olds to 70-year-olds.”

Sarah Brown, the beauty editor of Vogue, said the treatment is perfect for those with tumbleweed hair who are trying to simplify their lives. “For people who can’t master a salon blowout at home or go get a weekly blowout, a treatment like this is seriously liberating,” she said.

Technically, it is neither a relaxer nor a straightener, both of which use caustic chemicals to change the texture of the hair. The Japanese straightening method, also known as thermal conditioning, has fallen out of favor because many users reported extensive damage, particularly when the process was repeated. The Brazilian is also different because it can be used on most hair types, even the previously color treated, without causing harm, proponents say.

The multistep treatment takes 1 ½ to 4 hours, and costs $150 to $600, depending on the length and thickness of the hair. A stylist applies a solution made with active keratin, a protein akin to a component of human hair.

Using a 450-degree iron, the hairdresser seals the formula onto the outer layer of the cuticle. The formula adheres to the cuticle’s inherently rough edges. Thus, it is said, it traps moisture, hydrating the hair, and adds a glossy veneer.

The results last six weeks to a few months, depending upon how frequently the hair is washed.

There are risks. There’s the hot iron. And the formula often contains formaldehyde, a known carcinogen that can irritate the eyes and lungs if the fumes are inhaled. A spokeswoman for the Food and Drug Administration, however, said that the agency has no restrictions on the use of formaldehyde in cosmetics.

Uncurliness comes with a caveat. Emily Dougherty, the beauty editor at Elle, warned: “You need to do due diligence and challenge your stylist. Ask questions about where this chemical cocktail is coming from.”

And keep in mind, just because something is called Brazilian doesn’t mean it is always beautiful.

Credits: New York Times, Curls Split! Ringlets Be Gone!
By: ELIZABETH HAYT
Published: July 19, 2007

For more information on Brazilian Keratin Treatments, see our article: Brazilian Keratin Treatments 411.

What Makes Hair Curly?

Sarah Jessica ParkerWhether your hair is stick straight or full of corkscrew curls, you have your genes to thank.

But how exactly genes control the shape of hair has been debated. Scientists once thought that the curliness of hair was determined by the individual hair shafts, but have since discovered that the shape of the follicle (the part of the skin that grows the hair) determines both the shape of the hair and the angle it grows in with respect to the scalp. Curly hair is shaped like an elongated oval and grows at a sharp angle.

Curly hair tends to be much drier than straight hair because it is easier for the oils secreted from the scalp to travel down the shaft of a straight hair than a curly one (this is why curly hair often turns into frizzy hair).

And as anyone with curly hair knows, humidity can make your hair even curlier (or frizzier). The reason: Hair fiber absorbs the water and forces the shaft to revert to its original (less straight) structure.

Credits: LiveScience.com, Andrea Thompson

Get Your Hair Dangerously Straight with Herbal Essences

Herbal Essences Dangerously StraightDid you know you can get your hair Dangerously Straight with Herbal Essences? Yep, the entire product line is dedicated to relaxing your hair’s texture, banishing frizz, and creating sleek chic locks. The Dangerously Straight collection goes toe to toe with those hoity-toity brand name brands and delivers the same straightening powers as those pricey potions at a fraction of the price. Infused with honeyed pear and silk, this sweet smelling collection provides hold without being sticky, repels humidity (which we love!) and provides a brilliant glossy shine.

This short video will show you how to take your hair from wet to wow in a few easy steps, and features some of the best blow drying techniques we’ve seen! The secret to sleek and smooth hair is only steps away…

The best part? Herbal Essences Dangerously Straight is all in your local drugstore waiting for you.

-CurlyBelle

Take Your Hair Beyond Straight

Beyond Straight Temporary StraightenerIf you have curly hair, you realize that going straight isn’t a few quick swipes with your flat iron. No, for you it’s an entire lengthy process of sectioning and blow drying to try to straighten your hair before you even turn your flat iron on. Why not get a little help with a straightening glaze designed to unwind, uncoil and detangle those tresses?

If you want to straighten and smooth your style sleeker than you ever thought possible, try Beyond Straight Temporary Hair Straightener by Maxius Beauty. Straight from the makers of the Maxiglide flat iron, this non-chemical temporary smoothing glaze straightens strands with ease – even those unruly, shall we say overly coiled curls?

This aptly named super-styler not only relaxes curls, it also provides a thermal protection barrier from heat styling appliances (ahem, Maxiglide) and eliminates frizz and fly-aways. It contains a natural blend of Matricaria, Kiwi, and Henna Extract to hydrate and condition your hair, and added Vitamins A and E, Wheat Protein and Panthenol to build volume and thickness while softening and straightening your hair.

How to use it: On wet hair, pour a little bit into your hands and distribute throughout your hair with your fingers. I’d suggest adding a little more and lightly coating your ends – this is where you get those teeny tiny knots that sometimes cause snagging while styling. Beyond straight detangles and conditions, which we know is a must for curly hair that always needs lots of both.

After applying, fire up your blow dryer and show those curls and frizz who’s really in charge. You’ll notice your hair is more manageable, and super straight in no time with less effort. If straightening your hair usually takes you forever, you’ll love this stuff. It will help create a smooth canvas of hair that’s ready for your flat iron. And when you use your flat iron, you’ll notice smoother glides and less passes down the section. Less passes means less time, less energy, less damaging heat to your hair. All good things.

Hard to straighten hair has just met its match, push the limits of your own hair straightening with Beyond Straight.

-CurlyBelle

(who could actually pass for StraightBelle after Beyond Straight!)