Modern Curls with Kerastase Oleo Curl

Stylist Tommy Buckett discusses the latest celebrity hairstyling trend: Long, loose curls. He’ll also discuss three different types of curls and introduce you to the Kerastase Oleo-Curl product line. If you have curls, you’ll love Kerastase – it’s one of my favorites for managing curly locks!

For styling tips on creating these curls, check out these Curling Iron Tips from a Pro.

-CurlyBelle

Runway Hair with Kerastase

Need a quick fix? Check out this short video montage of Luigi Murenu’s looks from the fashion runways, representing one of our favorite brands, Kerastase. Some of the hairstyles are sassy and some are quite simple, but all show serious style.

-StraightBelle

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

Fix My Overworked Hair!

My hair is overworked, what do you suggest to get it back in condition? I use my blow dryer and flat iron everyday and my hair is long, dry, and color-treated, you name it. Thanks!  -Mindy via email

ghd Thermal Protecting Spray Weak-Damaged HairAnswer: Hey, that sounds like my hair from time to time – LOL! First I would suggest giving your hair a rest from the flat iron and blow dryer. A small break from all of the heat styling will give your hair a chance to recover. Air drying from time to time would be great but I know that’s not always a great look for some of us! AND of course, I’m sure you know never to go near a heat appliance without a thermal protectant. I say this all day long because they work. A heat protectant like this one (left) from ghd will save your hair, it’s specially formulated for weak/damaged locks like yours. You should also check out this article: Flat Iron Styling – Healthy Heat Protection, it will help find the protection that’s right for you.

My next suggestion is find a good treatment product that will repair the damage, eliminate the dryness and help strengthen your hair from the inside out. Thankfully for us styling junkies there are plenty to choose from to keep our strands happy and healthy. Feel free to check out our Hair Treatment section to find everything you need to get your hair in better condition.

For your particular concerns, I’d suggest trying some of these products below to improve your hair health and texture:
Redken Extreme CAT Protein TreatmentThree times a week – try one of these: Leave on hair for a few minutes, then rinse out:
Redken Extreme CAT Protein Reconstructing Treatment (left)
Davines Nounou Nourishing Repairing Mask

Once a week: Leave-in treatment, do not rinse:
Joico K-PAK Deep Penetrating Reconstructor

Daily, until you see improvement – especially on your ends:
Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Leave-in Treatment for Distressed Hair – I swear by this one!

And of course, my absolute hands down, must have, cannot live without, product of all products:

Kerastase Nutritive Oleo RelaxKerastase Nutritive Oleo Relax Leave in Serum – not so much a treatment product as much as a maintenence product for when your hair is under control – this will keep it that way. 

With restructuring products like these, your over-processed, over-styled, over-worked hair can be a thing of the past. Let me know how they work!

-CurlyBelle

Hair Care Kudos!

Looking for a styling product with some panache? A conditioner with a cult following? Look no further! These five hair care products steal the spotlight when it comes to creating award winning styles.

The Terax line’s star product is so revolutionary in making hair ultra soft that InStyle magazine awarded Terax Crema its prestigious “Hall of Fame Award”. Formulated to provide additional moisture and strength to dry or damaged hair, while giving extra shine, volume and color protection, this honor was awarded after it was named “Best Overall Conditioner” five times in a row. See more from Terax.

Meet InStyle Magazine’s Best Beauty Buy winner – Best Straightening/Anti-Frizz Product – Kerastase Nutritive Serum Oleo-Relax. Kerastase Nutritive Oleo-Relax Leave-In Smoothing Sérum smoothes dry, rebellious hair and makes it softer and smoother with long-lasting frizz protection. A few pumps on towel-dried hair will take those unmanageable, unruly locks from dry to shiny right before your eyes. Exclusive Nutri-huile complex contains beneficial Shorea Seed Butter and Palm oils to soften the hair fibers and provide deep nutrition to hydrate parched hair. See more from Kerastase.

Biolage Smoothing GelBiolage Smoothing Gel Smooththerapie 
Control your dry, frizzy hair with Biolage Smoothing Gel. The exclusive Smooththerapie formulation gives fine-to-medium hair types smoothness and long-lasting control without weighing the hair down. Unique micro-emulsion technology with Silicones, Grape Seed and Avocado Micro-Oils controls flyaways and frizz, leaving hair naturally soft, healthy and smooth. Additional humectants provide light moisture to prevent dryness, and keep hair silky, not sticky. Winner of the exclusive Beauty Launchpad Reader’s Choice Award for Favorite DeFrizzer. That gets an A+ in our book. See more from Biolage.

BioSilk Silk Therapy Tri-PackBioSilk Tri-Pack Silk Therapy
This BioSilk Tri-Pack is an Allure Magazine Award winner and you know Allure sets the bar high! BioSilk hair care products combine the luxury and power of silk and always leave hair with improved strength and a silky smooth, frizz-free shine. This set was designed to include the three best-sellers in one value priced set. You’ll receive BioSilk Silk Therapy, BioSilk Therapy Shampoo and BioSilk Therapy Conditioner all for one low price. These lightweight products work together to strengthen and repair dry hair with pure silk protein molecules. See more from BioSilk.

Bumble and bumble Sumotech is an InStyle Magazine Best Beauty Buy of 2007. This paste/wax hybrid synthesizes the malleability of natural waxes with the structural integrity of microfibre-reinforced resin polymers. Translation: It’s fantastic, elastic stuff that lets you mould and remould hair with serious but supple hold. Sumotech pomade provides structure, texture and separation to any hairstyle while adding flexible support with a matte finish. See more from Bumble and bumble.

With award winning products like these, you’ll be sure to get a great style and some great compliments. Who doesn’t want that?

-CurlyBelle

Five Frizz Fighting Favorites

Kick your frizz to the curb with these top five products dedicated to smoothing your strands in seconds flat. Some add a silky shine, some a thermal protection barrier, while others repair split ends, but all eliminate the worst FRIZZ you can imagine.

Bain de Terre Anti-Frizz Recovery Complex Shine SerumBain de Terre Anti-Frizz Recovery Complex Shine Serum

As the breakout star of the entire Bain de Terre product line, and one of our best-sellers, this advanced formula serum contains microscopic spheres that slowly release rose hip and evening primrose oils to restore luster and impart a high gloss to dull, dry, overworked hair. This anti-frizz recovery complex instantly repairs the outer cuticle layers of the hair to mend and prevent split ends. Encapsulated melanin, a natural pigment, provides stronger color protection against damage and fading.

How I like to use it: Use a few drops of Bain de Terre Shine Serum on wet hair to restore the hair’s natural luster and repair the dryness and split ends, then a few more drops on dry hair to finish your style and add a hi-gloss shine.

Bonus points: The infused essential oils will leave your hair with a healthy smooth shine that’s never greasy, and you just may wonder where all your split ends have gone! See more Bain de Terre.

Davines Momo Anti-Frizz FluidDavines Momo Moisturizing Anti-Frizz Protective Fluid

Eliminate frizz and restore the richness and shine back to your hair with Davines Momo Moisturizing Anti-Frizz Protective Fluid. This super moisturizing fluid keeps curly and frizzy hair soft and smooth by counteracting the effects of humidity with the perfect mix of botanicals and hydration agents. Rhizobian Gum moisturizes and adds natural body, Elder Extract creates a protective barrier, and Grapefruit Seed Extract provides pollution protection. If that isn’t enough, Davines also added a dose of Jojoba oil, Silicones, and Mica to restore the softness and shine dry, frizzy hair so desperately lacks.

How I like to use it: It’s is a superb accompaniment to the Momo Shampoo and Conditioner of course. (But it also works just as well on its own for you Davines newbies).

What to expect: You can Eliminate frizz with a capital “E”. Yes, I said E-L-I-M-I-N-A-T-E frizz. See more Davines.


Frederic Fekkai Glossing CreamFrederic Fekkai Olive Oil Glossing Cream

Frederic Fekkai Glossing Cream with Pure Olive Oil transforms frizzy, dull hair into silky, hydrated strands. Replace moisture and improve the manageability of your hair with this sheer styling cream infused with natural humectants and Olive Oil Extract. Specially formulated to provide continuous hydration and add a glossy, brilliant shine, this Glossing Cream will leave hair noticeably radiant and silky smooth. Added sunscreens protect hair color from fading caused by UV rays with added UVA/UVB inhibitors.

How I like to use it: A little all over your head before blow drying, then rub a tiny bit afterwards to really bring out the shine.

What I love: This potent potion packs a pow, giving you a hi-gloss shine in a sheer lightweight texture. The sheerness is a total plus as I tend to be heavy handed with product application. See more Frederic Fekkai.

Terax Gloss Finishing SerumTerax Gloss Finishing Serum 

Want to bring back the gloss and radiance to your hair without the greasy feeling of a normal gel? Who doesn’t? Terax Gloss Finishing Serum to the rescue. This 100% pure silicone styling gloss tames flyaways and gives hair a supreme shine without weighing it down. This super concentrated serum contains Vitamin E to provide protection from free radical damage, and the glass bottle features a locking pump that’s great for travel.
How I like to use it: On dry hair for that added frizz protection barrier and glamour girl shine, even on my thick, curly mop.
Bonus points: No oil slicks here. Terax gloss is non-greasy, meaning less mess and an easy application, how fabulous! See more Terax.


Kerastase Nutritive SerumKerastase Nutritive Serum Oleo-Relax
Trade in your dry, dull hair for silky smooth strands with this leave-in treatment from the Kérastase Oléo-Relax collection. Not only is this one of the best frizz fighters we’ve seen (and my personal favorite!) it’s an InStyle Magazine’s Best Beauty Buy winner “Best Straightening/Anti-Frizz Product”. This leave-in smoothing serum smoothes dry, rebellious hair making it softer and adding long-lasting frizz protection. A few pumps on towel-dried hair will take those unmanageable, unruly locks from dry to shiny right before your eyes.

Bonus points: A little on wet hair will not only protect and de-frizz, it also helps take out the tangles!
What I love: Oleo-Relax won’t weigh your hair down, especially if you have curls like I do, and I swear it improves the texture of your hair with just a pump or two of product. See more from Kerastase.

Whether you choose a super-serum, a smoothing styler, or a glamourous glosser, with products like these your strands will stay silky smooth for hours. And frizz? Fuggehaboudit!

-CurlyBelle