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

StyleBell’s Top 5 Favorite Flat Irons

People love to corner me and ask me lots of flat iron questions, and I’m always happy to answer them. Being one of the lucky few who gets to test drive almost all of the hair straighteners on the market, I have acquired a lot of street cred in the hair appliance market, and with curly hair like mine, I really put every flat iron to the test.

In the flat iron world, not all flat irons are created equally and everyone’s hair straightening needs differ based on hair type and texture – yep, we’ve written about this before in our Flat Iron Buying Guide 101.

But, if you really want to use the benchmark my friends use – “if this flat iron can straighten your curly mop, it can straighten mine!” – my top five flat iron picks would have to be:

1- GHD MK4 1-inch Flat Iron – pure Ceramic power and technology – this iron gets my hair the GHD Flat Iron mk4straightest it can be and frizz is no longer an ”issue”. It also creates really believable curls if you practice. It’s a little pricey, but I love the bells and whistles: Dual voltage, stronger cable, auto shut off ‘sleep mode’. Everyone knows I rave about the GHD MK4 iron – it’s THAT good. (Read a review)

2- Babyliss Pro Nano-Titanium 1-inch
Flat Iron – state of the art technology and a super smoothing Babyliss Flat Ironsurface to kill my curls and add lots of shine – the perfect combo! The Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium is actually longer than most flat irons and you’d think it would be hard to handle, but just the opposite, it smooths faster than ever and the shine is unbeatable. Bonus: It’s at a great price point and offers a killer 4 year warranty. Really, how can you go wrong? You can’t.

3- Maxiglide Flat Iron– Ok, I’ll start by saying this flat iron is not for everyone. It’s Maxiglide Flat Ironlarger than any flat iron you are probably used to and has these tiny detangling pins that take some getting used to. That being said, if you have thick, unruly, hard to straighten hair you know that using a flat iron will take some finesse. Once you master the Maxiglide, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. This iron gets my thick massive mop silky. Yep, silky. (Read a review)

4- FHI Platform 1-inch Flat Iron – Another iron on the pricier side, but I think the FHI 1 inch Platform Flat IronFHI Platform is worth every penny when you see the results. Sleek with a capital S and the Ceramic Tourmaline and Titanium Technology eliminates toxins in the hair and really brings out the shine. Style sighting: This iron has also been spotted backstage at a lot of fashion shows too.

5- HAI Convertable 1-1/4 inch Flat Iron – My stylist loves this iron – mainly Hai Flat Iron Convertablebecause she can straighten my hair fast and I don’t have to sit there forever! One of the best flat irons for transforming my hair from curly to super straight, the Hai Convertable manufacturers also just increased the warranty to 3 years – SWEET!

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.

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

Natural Henna How To

If you have hair that is relaxed, permed, damaged or fragile you might be wary of getting chemical coloring. Enter henna. This natural colorant is plant derived and a more gentle alternative to the harsh chemicals and peroxide in most hair color dyes. A quick consultation with your stylist will help you select the right color based on your natural hair – results will vary from person to person. Also ask for a quick patch test to make sure it is 100% natural henna and that you do not have any allergies before undergoing the coloring. 

Henna is long-lasting permanent color, but it will still will wash out and lighten over time due to blow drying, sunlight and other factors. This comprehensive video is a great way to learn about the henna application process. You’ll be interested to see the use of olive oil for hydration and shine, and eggs for protein and strength!

What is Paraben Free Hair Care?

You should consider paraben free hair care products for a few reasons. Researchers in England have recently discovered paraben in breast tumors. Research has shown that parabens act like estrogen in the female body. Since breast cancer responds to estrogen, the research makes sense.

There are several types of paraben: Methylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Benzylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben. They are often used as preservatives in hair care and cosmetic products. When you start reading the labels, you will be amazed at how many products contain one or more parabens. If you want paraben free hair care products, you will have to get good at reading the labels on all the products you purchase.

Once you have identified which products are paraben free, you can begin to experiment to find your favorites.  There has been a huge increase in people interested in organic and natural beauty products. Several major companies are releasing paraben free hair, skin and cosmetic products. Many reputable studies have demonstrated the negative effect of paraben and other chemicals in our bodies.

The CDC has found evidence of over 100 toxic chemicals in the blood and urine of people from all cultures and ethnic groups. As people become better educated about the potential dangers, they go looking for safer alternatives.   

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

P.S. If you’re looking for Paraben Free Hair care, StyleBell’s top five picks are: Jason Naturals, Kiss My Face, Aubrey Organics, Aveda and Yes to Carrots – available nationwide in drugstores and salons.

Why Conditioner is a Curl’s BFF

Liz (a curl diva!) from Expert Village explains the importance of deep conditioning curly hair and emphasizes using hair treatments to keep those curls full of bounce and shine.

Just remember: Happy curls are healthy curls, so always use a leave-in conditioner. I use one every day (really!) and my curls love it. You can click on this link to find some curl friendly products ready to caress your curls.

-CurlyBelle

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.