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

Curl Alert: Nexxus Alluring Curls

Creating gorgeous, frizz free curls just got easier with the latest curl enhancing products from Nexxus! The curls in this video are long-lasting and touchable, never sticky or stiff. If your curls are crunchy, get out of the ’80’s and join the bouncy revolution! We especially like the Alluring Curls lotion to fight the frizz and add definition and shine. Curls love to bounce!

The curling tips in this video are great and you’ll love the results from the products. It’s amazing how they get these curls to stay long and loose without a stray in sight. Now that’s impressive!

-CurlyBelle

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

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

Iron Deficiency and Hair Loss

The hair care industry is a billion dollar industry. A perm, relaxer or color ranges in price from $65 to over $100 and most women get their hair retouched every 2-3 months. That’s a lot of money spent per year!

The models that grace the pages of magazines and on television commercials shaking their heads to show off their fabulous locks is one of the major reasons that the industry is doing so well. Women want to look their best and will find any means to do so. Why wouldn’t anyone want to look fabulous! We see our favorite celebrities do it so why not us?

However, there is one area of the hair industry that is not publicized as much, and that is hair loss in women, which has become very common in many women. This can be an incredibly devastating experience for many women. The loss of hair can lead to feelings of embarrassment and shame.

A three-year study of women suffering from loss of hair in the late 1990’s had identified iron deficiency as the cause of hair loss in 72% of pre-menopausal women. This loss of iron could lead to anemia. But women should not wait for their doctor to diagnose them with having anemia (defined as too little iron in the blood). They should focus on maintaining a healthy diet.

Here are some recommendations:

Try to get your recommended daily iron intake. Some women with iron deficiency have experienced many strands and sometimes handfuls of hair going down the drain when washing their hair and they were not pregnant (note: pregnancy can sometimes cause premature loss of hair).

So, your best bet is to avoid these nightmarish experiences and increase your iron intake on a daily basis. Make sure your diet contains enough meat, fish, eggs, cereals, peas and beans. Try eating more dried fruits, legumes and dark leafy greens, which are very high in iron content.

If you are experiencing hair loss, contact your doctor immediately. If you are taking any medications your doctor should be able to determine if this may be the cause.

There are many factors which can cause hair loss, iron deficiency is only one of them.

-Janice Johnson, founder of the Curly Hair Salon and editor of the Curly Hair Guide

P.S. There are plenty of women suffering from hair loss, don’t be ashamed! If your bald spots are showing, conceal them! We conceal our zits don’t we? Check out Toppik – it’s an easy and undetectable way to gain your look (and your confidence) back!

Weekend Beauty Read

SugarShock thinks she may have found her signature scent, and as it turns out, it’s the perfect perfume for spring.

The Makeup Divas reviews Mac Fafi Lipsticks.

The Daily Cookie brings you the scoop behind Danity Kane’s Welcome to the Dollhouse album cover photoshoot. Check out her exclusive Q&A with makeup artist JJ Jacobucci!

Beauty Anonymous brings you Chanel Limited-edition Highlighting Powders Duo!

A Touch of Blusher picks the top 10 spring 2008 collections.

Mischo Beauty shares a lesson on sun damage and the importance of using sunscreen.

Temtpalia has a weekend getaway you’re bound to enjoy at the Pacific Palms Resort & Spa.

Raging Rouge gets her drink on in the only way a pregnant woman can… with tarte Cheek Stain in Tipsy.

15 Minute Beauty Fanatic shows you how to recreate Stila’s look from Wayne Lee Fall 2008!

The Beauty of Life finds a way to keep her skin sparkling with Bliss Steep Clean!

Cybelesays checks out the latest in organic fragrances with a new favorite from Tsi~La

Stylish Opinion finds any reason, any reason at all, to try out caffeinated soap.

The Beauty Blog Network interviews new member Mischo Beauty.

Elke shares her fav drugstore beauty products.

Beauty and Personal Grooming tells you to cover your gray with touch-up sticks.

Beauty Blogging Junkie has fallen for the crazy spatula-like applicator and holographic shine of this lip gloss by Thierry Mugler.

The Muse Hauls Heatherette! Check out her first impressions on this new MAC Collection!

Ever thought about changing your hair because someone else says you should? Mystical Beauty’s Musings tells you why you shouldn’t in Cutting Long Hair

Savvy Skin realizes most of her favorite skin care and beauty items are Old-School Beauty products.

marina from makeup loves me meets the heatherette boys (pictures included!) and checks out their collaboration with MAC.

Makeup Moxie has a tragic love affair with Sue Devitt Microquatic Lash Line Enhancer

Glossypink has found the pale pink lipstick of her dreams!

Face Candy looks at the new Guerlain Terracotta goodies.

Toya tried the tarte health couture collection and she’s feeling healthy, beautiful, and oh so couture!

Product Girl takes a peak at Creative Scentualization’s Perfumers Palette.

Pursebuzz.com tries a new look with Heatherette Pigments, check out the video tutorial here!

Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog gives you swatches of Chanel’s new summer makeup collection, woot!

Spoiled Pretty has found the definitive eyebrow kit. Find out what it is!

Don’t miss your chance to enter All Lacquered Up’s Sally Hansen Giveaway. You could be one of three winners to receive the Tracey Reese for Sally Hansen Salon line collection.

And, just in case you missed ours: 

Sure you’re in love with your flat iron, but are your strands silky straight and FLAT? StyleBell shows you how to Volumize Straight Strands.

Three Healthy Dandruff Recipes

Got dandruff? Don’t let those flakes get you down, wipe ’em out with these tried and true all natural dandruff destroying recipes:

1- Green Tea

  • Add two green tea teabags to one cup of boiling water and steep for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the teabags and place the cup in the fridge overnight.
  • The following day, take the cooled tea with you into the shower
  • Wet your hair thoroughly first, then pour the cold tea over your scalp
  • Massage into scalp for one minute
  • Shampoo and condition as usual
  • Use 2-3 times a week until dandruff subsides

2- White Vinegar

  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of warm water
  • Combine the water and vinegar together in a small cup.
  • Wet your hair thoroughly first, then pour the cold tea over your scalp
  • Massage into scalp for one minute
  • Shampoo and condition as usual
  • Use 1-2 times a week until dandruff subsides

3- Rosemary and Oil

  • Add 4-5 drops of rosemary essential oil to 1/2 tablespoon of olive (or sunflower) oil
  • Mix in hands and massage thoroughly into scalp before bed
  • For extra conditioning, comb the mixture through hair strands
  • Cover hair with plastic cap or towel to keep hair away from pillowcases
  • Shampoo and condition as usual
  • Can be used up to 4X a month

If you have dandruff, your scalp is already in an unhealthy, sensitive state, these natural remedies have been known to fight dandruff and other dry scalp issues gently and effectively.

-CurlyBelle

2008 InStyle Best Beauty Buys for Hair

Here they are, the 2008 InStyle Best Beauty Buys for hair. Steal or splurge, drugstore or department store, the only requirement is that these products work, and work well! We love that. Pricey potions and drugstore finds go head to head in one of our favorite competitions of all time….and the winners are:

L’Oreal Professionnel Colorist Collection
BEST COLOR-REFRESHING SHAMPOO

Kerastase
BEST OVERALL SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER

Redken Color Extend
BEST SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER FOR COLOR-TREATED HAIR

Pantene Pro-V
BEST INEXPENSIVE SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER

Citre Shine Shine Mist Spray Laminator
BEST SHINE SPRAY

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Serum
BEST ANTI-FRIZZ PRODUCT

L’Oreal Professionnel Texture Expert Infinium Spray
BEST HAIRSPRAY

Bumble & Bumble Styling Cream
BEST STYLING CREAM

Phytovolume Actif Volumizer Spray
BEST VOLUMIZER

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Shape Paste
EDITORS’ PICK

Conair Infiniti Tourmaline Ionic Styler
BEST INEXPENSIVE BLOW-DRYER

FHI Heat Runway
BEST FLAT IRON

Spornette
BEST INEXPENSIVE BRUSH

Mason Pearson Handy Bristle
BEST PADDLE BRUSH

T3 Bespoke Labs Featherweight
BEST BLOW-DRYER

Marilyn Ovali Pro
BEST ROUND BRUSH

Hot Tools Professional Spring Iron
BEST CURLING IRON

Want to see the other InStyle Best Beauty Buys? See the entire list.

-CurlyBelle