How To Use Hot Rollers for the Hottest Curls

Got a set of hot rollers? This step by step video tutorial will explain how to get those large, sexy supermodel curls in no time. Bonus Points: It also explains which size rollers go where for the best look – no more guesswork!

Weekend Beauty Read

Don’t miss this weekend’s required reading for beauty divas everywhere!

Coarse hair? Read EyeshadowCult.com’s Hair, of coarse article with tips for women of color.

The Makeup Divas review on My Chic Things Boutique as well as an interview with the owner.

Canadian Beauty reviews an oil cleanser – and loves it.

SugarShock is turning one and we’re celebrating! Enter our contest to win one of 50 Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleansers.

Girl Gloss loves Archipelago Botanicals Grapefruit Lip Butter!

Raging Rouge gets a taste of Maternity Beauty- Courtesy of Mama Mio.

Temptalia has a makeup tutorial for a dramatic, bold green and blue look!

Elke announces her new website, “beautyurls.com“. A complete beauty aggregator bringing you the latest news, headlines and beauty info in the beauty industry. Visit daily for the latest or subscribe to the blog.

Stylish Opinion gives you the scrub of the month club.

The Beauty Blog Network Blog welcomes their newest members to the network.

A Touch of Blusher reviews a beautifully on-trend eye palette from Chanel.

Beauty Blogging Junkie recommends a foolproof way to achieve a smokey eye .

Beauty Anonymous invites you to discover the scents of Chanel Les Exclusifs Perfume Collection.

What’s really in Origins’ new Youthtopia Eye Cream? The Daily Cookie does a little investigating to find out.

Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog visits Shu Uemura’s Lash Bar and finds false eyelash nirvana, where the lashes are affordable and the appointment booking process couldn’t be easier.

Mischo Beauty takes her readers to school for a lesson on serums!

The Beauty of Life continues to bring you her weekly Wallet-Friendly Wednesdays column. This week, she found some truly amazing deals that are suitable to take with you on the plane!

The Muse showcases a Shu Uemura Face Chart created exclusively for readers of Musings of a Muse!

Glossypink has the low-down on some sizzlin’ hot lip gloss!

Marina at makeup loves me gets a mani/pedi at dashing diva!

Beauty Banter asks celebrity Brow Specialist, Sarah, to give a step-by-step tutorial on achieving beautiful brows!

15 Minute Beauty Fanatic tries out Creme de la Mer and discovers why J. Lo slathers herself in it!

Pursebuzz.com reviews NYX Chrome Shadows one of her favorite inexpensive shadows.

Plus my StyleBell pick this weekend, in case you missed it:

How to Create Carefree Curls with a Flat Iron.

Make Some Serious Waves with Your Flat Iron

Flat irons are great for creating that smooth, sleek style, but why not try making some waves? All you need are the right tools, a great blow out, and a little practice.
The Tools: Curling Flat Iron, Heat Styling Protectant, Styling Cream

The Perfect Blowout
The first step to any great style with a flat iron is the perfect blowout. Creating a super smooth canvas of hair before you style will not only allow you to create those sleek straight looks, it’s also essential for creating waves. A good blowout helps control and prepare your hair by providing a smooth base for creating long lasting, frizz-free waves. Read more about The Perfect Blowout.

Section, Section, Section
To begin, you should section off your hair into manageable 1 to 2 inch pieces. The sections you create should be easy to work with, and small enough to fit into the flat iron you are using. But which flat iron should you use?

ghd MK3 1A Flat Iron To Create Waves?
To create sexy waves, you’ll need a versatile flat iron designed for styling, not just straightening. A lot of today’s flat irons perform double duty and are perfect for creating a variety of styles, in addition to straightening. When choosing a flat iron, it’s best to determine your styling needs, and if you want to create waves as well as straight styles, it’s best to choose an iron with curved edges. GHD MK3 Professional 1″ Flat Iron (pictured).

I recommend visiting our Curling Flat Irons section to choose the iron that’s best for you. It is essential that your flat iron’s plates aren’t, well, flat. The curved edges will take your style from straight to seductress! Here are some more serious wave makers: HAI Convertible 1-1/4” Flat Iron (pictured), HAI elite Digistik Ceramic 1” Styling ToolChi Original 1″ Flat Iron.

L'anza Strait-Line Thermal DefenseProtect those Tresses
Before you start styling with any heat appliance, you should take the time to protect your hair first. A generous coating with a thermal protectant will protect your hair from the high temperature of the iron, and also add volume while your style. Protecting your hair from excessive heat is a very important step, and today’s heat activated products are packed with ingredients that actually make your hair healthier! So spritz, rub and spray away! L’anza Strait-Line Thermal Defense (pictured).

Check out more potent products in these heat protection sections:  Thermal protectant section, or read our Top 5 Most Popular Heat Protectants, to find out more.

Making Some Serious Waves
Starting with your first section, place the flat iron in at the root horizontally. Using one hand to hold the iron at the handle, and your other hand to hold the top of the iron between your thumb and index fingers, move the iron downwards, slowly toward the ends, alternately flipping the iron upside down and back again as you continue gliding down the section. Notice when you flip the flat iron over 180 degrees and back again, this will cause a smooth wave as you glide down the section. Don’t rush it. Taking your time with this motion as you continue down the section will give you that great sexy, wavy style.

Wave ON
As you continue styling each section, working your way around your head towards the back. The most difficult area to reach is the back of your head so definitely take your time here. It’s OK if you cannot get as close to the roots in the back, a little root drag is good in the back because it will give you some added volume you need.

If you don’t get the sexy waves you want on the first try, don’t worry! Just let the section you were working on cool down for a few minutes before you try it again, and move on to the next section while you are waiting. This wave technique takes a little time and practice before you create the ideal waves you want.

L'anza Volume Root Effects

Just a Tip…
When working on the top of your head, create a little bit of lift at the roots by taking a section at the root and flipping the iron away from my head on the first twist. If you want a flatter look at the top, flip your iron in the other direction and move it towards the top of your head instead. If you really want some added volume, add a little root lifter styling product before you start styling or afterwards – however you like it. L’anza Volume Root Effects Volumizing Foam (pictured).

 
Frederic Fekkai Luscious Curls Wave SprayHold the Wave
To give your new waves hold, definition and shine, you should apply a small amount of a styling spray, gel, or lotion specifically created for wavy styles. Just loosely work a little dab (or spritz) through your hair from roots to tips with your fingertips and you are ready to roll! With a little practice, tousled, sexy waves are as easy as can be! Check out these wave savers:

Need a visual? Check out the video below for some quick flat iron styling tips from ghd. 

– Curly Belle

Five Must-Have Hair Tools Under $5

Bobby PinsEveryone should have these five hair essentials from the drugstore, they are all super-inexpensive, but worth their weight in gold.

Bobby pins – The perfect solution for strays, last minute updo’s and other quick fixes, especially if you’re out for the evening. Someone I know is always looking for a bobby pin when a group of us go to the ladies room, and I’m a star when I come to the rescue.

Ponytail Bands – No slip hair bands, elastic headbands and ponytail holders are perfect for ponytails, buns and pulling all of your hair off your face. There is always one on my wrist, but it usually doesn’t stay there for long.

Barrettes – Simple or flashy, large or tiny, you can’t go wrong with a barrette. A simple clip can work wonders on your style and your mood, especially if the front pieces aren’t being agreeable that day. Just pull them to the top of your head, or over to the side, clip ’em and go. You’ll love how cute it looks.

A Rattail Comb – This is sure to become your new BFF if you ever want to add tons of volume to your style. A few quick teases will transform your hair from flat to fat in seconds flat. Just don’t go nuts. Think volume, not beehive.

Foam or Plastic Rollers – Ok, you had them in grammar school, but hey, they work. Keeping a small package around comes in handy when you want to create curls with the least amount of time and effort. Adding a few quick curlers before you blow dry might eliminate the use of your curling appliance altogether. Foam or plastic? Either kind is great in a pinch.

These five drugstore finds will help keep your hairstyle in tip-top shape on a daily basis without breaking the bank.

-CurlyBelle

Choosing the Correct Hair Color

Deciding on a new hair color isn’t always easy. How do you choose which color is best for you? Those tiny swatches on the boxes of hair color just don’t cut it, do they? Don’t be afraid to enlist some help from your stylist! Armed with a ton of hair-color swatches (and potions that help create these colors) a professional stylist is able to consult with you to help you find the color that works best with your skin tone and eye color. Don’t worry, my stylist has assured me that even if you don’t have your salon do the coloring for you, they are still happy to help you find an at home choice that will suit your strands. The best part? No more holding up the box to your head and asking a friend what she thinks. The video below shows some tips on how a stylist will help uncover the best haircolor for a client.

-StraightBelle

Curl Watch: Young Hollywood

From Vanessa Hudgens and Emma Watson to Miley Cyrus, young Hollywood has embraced curls in a big way! This short video montage showcases the cutest curly styles on the hottest young celebs.

-StraightBelle

Tips for Creating a High Ponytail

A high ponytail is both stylish and sophisticated, but not if you pull your hair so tight it looks like you’re trying to give yourself a facelift. Stop straining those strands by pulling your ponytail to the extreme. A more sophisticated style is sleek and loose so you look pulled together, not stretched and severe.

-StraightBelle

Celeb Style: Giselle Bundchen

Giselle BundchenWhile a lot of us can only dream of looking like Brazilian bombshell Giselle Bundchen, most of us can recreate her carfree waves in a few simple steps. Practice making your own super sexy runway waves with a Hot Tools 1-1/2″ curling iron. The larger barrel will make coils carefree, not controlled for a more casual chic look. Everyone agrees this hairstyle works best on second day ‘dirty’ hair – so wash it the day prior to styling. Before curling, work a little Davines Defining Volume Mousse through your hair to help hold the curls. Then after curling, tug downward on each curl gently to relax it. After tugging, pull some sections out of each curl and separate the strands, giving your hair a more piece-y look. To tousle your style even more, after creating the curls and pulling them apart, use a little texturizing cream, turn upside-down and work through hair to ends to get that messy look with loads of extra volume. We’re talking Smokin’ hot.