Winter Hair Needs Special Care

You make time for brunch with friends and for date night, so why not get in the habit of scheduling time for a hair treatment? Hair is especially fragile when the weather is colder. Between the super hot showers and the harsh winter weather your hair is prone to static and damage constantly. Good thing there are plenty of deep conditioning, moisturizing, replenishing and restorative hair treatments you can use at home that are dedicated to keeping those locks in perfect health.

Whether you pick a deep conditioning mask, a fortifying hair restructuring serum, a leave-in hair strengthening cream or a thermal color protectant, there are wide array of options available that with minimal time and effort will produce fabulous, salon quality results without a big investment. Here are some top winter picks by hair type:

Davines DEDE Leave-In MistFine, Lifeless Hair: The #1 culprit of bad hair days everywhere is fine, limp hair that just lays there lifeless. If this isn’t bad enough, in the winter it sits under a hat getting flatter by the second. Try something like CHI Nourish Instense Fine Silk Masque or Davines DEDE Leave-in Mist (pictured) to liven up that disappointing ‘do.

Dry, Damaged Hair: Broken, damaged hair lacks moisture big time. This problem gets magnified in the winter time when your skin and hair lose the most moisture, and is especially bad if you hair is curly or textured. Try products like Kerastase Nutri Sculpt Leave-in Repair and Joico K-PAK Deep Penetrating Reconstructor to undo all that damage. Dry hair can turn brittle in the winter, especially the ends.

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Scalp TreatmentDry Scalp: This is a common winter problem that Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Scalp Treatment (pictured) washes away quickly with therapeutic tea tree oil and eucalyptus.

Color-Treated Hair: You want to keep your color looking vibrant and glossy, not dull and dried out. L’anza Color-Preserving Trauma Treatment will give your locks the moisture they need without washing out the color.

Normal: Yes, even normal hair needs a boost in winter weather. Try a leave-in lotion like CHI Silk Infusion to keep your strands silky smooth during those super cold months.

So save that money for ice skating and hot chocolate and do your nutritive treatments at home. These daily, weekly and bi-monthly treatments will keep your hair healthy and hydrated all winter long.

-CurlyBelle

Help! My hair is breaking!

Question:
“Hi. I have a question about flat irons. I have a CHI right now and I have used every major brand of heat protectant, including the CHI brand. Nothing seems to work. My hair is breaking and splitting even though I only use my flat iron once or twice a week. I am wondering if it is my iron, which is only a year old or my protectant? I visited your website and saw a lot of different irons, and they all seem to have the different benefits. Could you suggest a really good protectant and possibly a really good iron. My CHI cost well over $100 but if I can get better results with a different iron that would be great. If I have to pay a little more, that’s okay too. Thank you for your help.”
– Keoika via email
 
 
Answer:
If you are experiencing breakage, I can definitely recommend some tips for you to help with your hair straightening:
 
Davines Love Smoothing Conditioner1 – I notice that if you can get your hair as straight as possible before using your flat iron, that helps a lot. Try using a smoothing shampoo and conditioner first to relax your hair and prevent any frizz. We have a few brands you might like, Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo and Davines Love Smoothing Conditioner (left), or try L’anza Strait-Line Smoothing Shampoo and L’anza Strait Line Smoothing Conditioner.
If you can conquer any dryness and frizz before adding heat, it’s a GOOD thing.

HAI Ceramic Tourmaline Boar Bristle Brush2 – If you blow dry your hair straight first with a brush, try to use a quality ceramic brush that reduces breakage and also helps to smooth the hair’s cuticle and prepare it for straightening such as the HAI Ceramic Boar Bristle Brush (left).
Bonus points – this brush is Ceramic, Ionic and Tourmaline, all important for keeping hair smooth without damaging while brushing and you’ll love the gentle boar bristles!
Your brush could be contributing to the breakage – no one wants that!

Redken Extreme CAT Treatment3- Use a restructuring treatment to strengthen your hair from the inside, we have many of these, Redken Extreme CAT Treatment (left) sounds like it would work well for you.

I’d also suggest a nutritive leave in serum such as Kerastase Nutritive Oleo Relax Leave-in Serum.

Bonus Points: Kerastase Oleo Relax is one of my favorite frizz-fighters! It’s also an InStyle Magazine Best Beauty Buy Winner “Best Straightening/Anti Frizz Product” so of course I know you’ll love how it works on your hair. 

Joico Kpak Leave-in Treatment4- Definitely invest in a good thermal protectant, CHI is for ‘normal’ hair but if you hair is already delicate and damaged I’d suggest going with something stronger such as:

Redken Smooth Down Heat Glide or Joico K-PAK Leave-in Protectant (left).

Look for these buzzwords: Leave-in, treatment, reconstruct, strengthen, repair, damaged hair, intensive… you understand. It’s best to find a treatment dedicated to treating and repairing the damage. Once your hair is in better condition, you can use a daily product like CHI Silk Infusion, but for now with your hair in such a weakened state, I’d go for something restorative for a few months.

ghd MK4 15- You probably need a different flat iron. Not all flat irons work the same for everyone because everyone’s hair texture is so different. I think these three might be good for your particular hair concerns:

GHD MK4 1″ Ceramic Flat Iron (above left) – it’s a higher price point than the CHI Original, but in my opinion is a superior iron for your hair type, and has a 1 year warranty. The ceramic, ionic technology will help smooth your hair without snagging, or causing breakage. I also find the GHD irons grip your hair better and smooth the strands, not just ‘flatten’ them.

Babyliss Nano Titanium Flat IronBabyliss Nano Titanium 1-1/4″ Flat iron

This has brand new technology to smooth up to 40% faster and a 4 year warranty, which is unheard of in this industry. Plus the larger plate width makes straightening longer hair a breeze. With hair like yours, you want to straighten fast, in one pass, and Nano Titanium is a killer new material that does just that! You’ll be seeing a lot more irons with this technology in the future, it’s THAT good.

Maxiglide Flat IronMaxiglide Flat Iron 

This has ceramic plates and steamburst technology to protect the ends of your hair before you smooth and straighten which would be good for you, plus a 1 year warranty. This is my third choice, and I like the steam feature but I’d be very careful of the ceramic detangling pins, make sure you comb  your hair before you straighten each section.

In general, you want to keep your hair healthy and protected, so any product that says ‘leave-in’ is a great step in the right direction towards reducing the breakage and improving the overall health of your hair. If you only use your iron 1X a week and you have breakage, all signs indicate that your are using the wrong flat iron for your hair type. I’d try switching flat irons and investing in a stronger, more protective line of hair care that is better for your delicate, broken strands.

Let us know how it goes.
 
-CurlyBelle

Joico is Full of …. Keratin

Joico Hair Care

The History of Joico
During the early years, Joico was looking for a way to create hair care that delivered the most effective reconstructive process. Although the company began with a formula using nucleic acids for reconstruction, within one year another important discovery occurred that would forever change the hair care industry. Joico’s scientists discovered how Human Hair Keratin Protein could be captured and used to truly rebuild hair.

Joico Deep Penetrating ReconstructorFor the first time in history, Joico began using Human Hair Keratin Protein (HHKP) in all of its products to strengthen and rebuild hair with a benefit that went beyond simply offering a cosmetic or temporary feel to the hair. Using Human Hair Keratin Protein made sense. Because hair needed to be rebuilt with all of the 19 amino acids found naturally in hair, hydrolyzed human hair was the only option to achieve this result. Joico began to acquire HHKP from different sources only to find that researchers were discovering new ways to improve on the formula. Joico took great pride in offering the finest quality products with the best possible results. (Pictured: Joico K-Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor.)

Joico KPak Curl RevitalizerAt the time, HHKP had a molecular weight and size of 150-300. Although Joico now uses a wider range of molecular weights, it was a great start to a journey committed to the art of perfecting healthy hair. Joico continued its journey as a leader on the forefront of reconstructive hair technology. Once again, science discovered a way to make the original formula more effective, and Joico wasted no time in utilizing this new technology. Researchers proved that HHKP could be processed into MWS of 150-1800 with even more effective and quicker reconstruction results than the original formula. Then Joico’s own Triamine Complex formula is developed to offer reconstruction from cuticle to cortex, Triamine Complex mimicked the exact same percentages of all 19 amino acids found within the hair to form a perfect balance of reconstructing proteins. (Pictured: Joico K-Pak Curl Revitalizer.)

Over time, science revealed the importance of focusing on the cuticle for optimum condition. Researchers demonstrated that if you can control the cuticle, you can control the integrity of the hair. It  was also discovered that the majority of reconstruction occurs during the conditioning process. Because of this, Joico created a new formula called Cationic Triamine Complex.

Joico Kpak Smoothing BalmAlthough Triamine Complex was utilized in all Joico products at the time, Cationic Triamine Complex was added to only conditioners and reconstructors for optimum hair repairing benefits. Cationic Triamine Complex offered the same 19 amino acids found in hair with the same molecular weights and sizes intact, but the formula also featured a positive charge that attracted to the negatively charged cuticle layer. (Pictured: Joico K-Pak Smoothing Balm.)

Finally, optimum cuticle and repair protection could be achieved in the quickest and most effective way possible while preventing further damage to the interior of the hair fiber. The end result was stronger, healthier hair with the greatest protection available. Although Joico had already mastered the Triamine Complex and Cationic Triamine Complex formulas to mimic hair reconstruction, scientists once again found another extremely important discovery that would change the way Joico reconstructs the hair in the years to come: more effective molecular weights and sizes that resulted in 150-2500 MWS and every size in between for the ultimate in hair reconstruction.

Joico Kpak Styling Cream ElixirJoico hair care combines technology, artistry, commitment and integrity into every product to ensure healthy, shiny, beautiful hair. With a unique combination of cutting-edge technology, innovative product development and inspiration from the worlds of art and fashion, Joico is in the forefront of professional beauty. By delivering Shampoos, Conditioners and Styling Products that enhance the integrity of the hair and provide exceptional results, Joico relies on ongoing technology and remarkable ingredients to consistently produce superior product performance. Founded by a hairdresser who discovered the reparative qualities of human hair keratin protein and formulated Joico K-Pak Reconstructor, Joico has continued to provide innovate hair care products for daily care, as well as fine, dry, coarse, color-treated and damaged hair types as well. (Pictured: Joico K-Pak Styling Creme Elixir.)

From the catwalk to the street, from Hollywood to Seventh Avenue, from the chic enclaves of Europe and beyond, Joico sources the fashion and cultural influences that professionals rely on for inspiration. With inspiration like this, artistry soars. That’s why, when it comes to the Art of Healthy Hair, Joico always has been—and always will be—the first choice of the modern hair care professional. Joico, The Art of Healthy Hair.

-StraightBelle