Dry Winter Hair? Need Some Condtioning? Redken to the Rescue

redken_real_control_overnight_treatAre you in major need of deep conditioning due to drag of the winter months.  I have noticed that my hair is definitely more on the frizzy side.  I have found the answer!  I discovered a few weeks ago the Redken Real Control Overnight Treat Deep Conditioning treatment!  The treatment is a mousse like substance.  You brush it in your hair before you sleep and wash it out in the morning.  I was worried that it may make for an uncomfortable night’s sleep or transfer on my pillow.  No problems here.  It didn’t even feel greasy or heavy. The treatment was completely absorbed in my hair within a few minutes.

This is definitely worth a try.  Check it out at Redken.com.

Dry Hair? Your Answer to Lustrous Hair

Oil, Answer to Dry Hair

Oil, Answer to Dry Hair

Are you plagued by dry hair during the summer months. This is a homegrown remedy that has been passed down in my family for generations. It is simple, proven, and effective way of keeping your hair and scalp healthy and beautiful.

1) Warm up a ¼ cup of olive, almond, jojoba, or coconut oil; whatever you have around the house. I would not use vegetable or canola oil.

2) Take a cotton ball and dab in the warm oil.

3) Part your hair in the middle and start dabbing the warm oil into your scalp

4) Change the part one inch over to the right and continue. Do this for your entire scalp

5) Once completed give your scalp an intense massage

6) Then place left over oil in your hair. Keep on your hair for a min 30 min and max as long as you can handle it.

7) Rinse with your favorite shampoo and conditioner,

I assure you the results are amazing. Continue doing this every month. Your hair and scalp with thank you for it!

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Grooming Pomade

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Grooming PomadeThe Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Grooming Pomade was a complete life savor!  A few weeks ago I received a very “interesting” hairstyle; nice on paper but very difficult to style.  Sounds familiar?  Of course I got this “interesting” haircut right before a major formal event.  I was sitting in my bathroom with flat iron, hair dryer, and spray on hand.  I blew my hair completely dry.  Then I flat ironed it.  OMG!.  The hairstylist decided to cut bangs and major layers.  My hair looked like a bird’s nest with strands and bangs just doing their own thing. 

With hair in disarray, I started searching for something anything that could transform this mess into beautiful silky strands!  Ah ha!  I found it, the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Grooming Pomade in the back of my hubbie’s cabinet.  It spoke to me.  Although a quote on quote men’s product could pomade work for me?  Definitely!

I opened the jar and smelled the fresh fragrance of tea tree oil.  Very refreshing.  I took a dollop size amount and rubbed between my hands.  Not too much just enough.  I started with the bangs and then went from the tops of my hair down.  It really worked.  I placed all of the whacked out strands in its place while giving my hair incredible shine!  Let’s just say I got tons of glowing comments about my hair that night.  Thanks Paul Mitchell!

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

Celeb Style: America Ferrera

America FerreraThe whole world is in agreement, this Betty’s not ugly! America Fererra is a beautiful girl with a head of lovely, thick, healthy hair. To get hair smooth like hers, try the Maxiglide Flat Iron. The steamburst technology will ensure those ends don’t get dried and fried and the ceramic detangling pins will really go to work smoothing out every last bit of texture in your hair leaving soft, straight locks. America the beautiful!

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!

Hairstyle How To: Volumizing Straight Strands

Sure you’re in love with your flat iron, we know, we know, but are your strands silky straight and FLAT? Tresemme Style Expert Nathaniel Hawkins shows Celeb TV (and us!) how to add volume to a sleek, straight style ala Jennifer Aniston and Ali Larter. All of your favorite products are right in your drugstore, and he mentions my favorite body building move – the upside-down blowdry!

-CurlyBelle

NY Times Article: Brazilian Keratin Treatments

This article was featured online in the Fashion & Style Section of The New York Times in  July, 2007:

AFTER 14 years of relentless highlighting, bleaching and chemical straightening, Deborah Epstein, 32, a law student from Forest Hills, Queens, had ruined her unruly brown curls. Dull, brittle and difficult to style, her hair was so fragile a ponytail holder could snap it off. 

Moreover, all it took was a molecule of moisture and her hair frizzed. And no amount of expensive products, deep-conditioning treatments and weekly salon blowouts could tame her mane.

But in April, Ms. Epstein tried the Brazilian Keratin Treatment at the nuBest Salon and Spa in Manhasset, N.Y. The results were so spectacular, she wept.

“I got very emotional,” she said. “It was mind-boggling how beautiful my hair looked: straight, shiny, sleek and more important, healthy. I have no products in my life now. I wash my hair, air-dry it and then the last 10 minutes, I blow it and it’s pin-straight.”

Such a gushing testimonial is not unusual, stylists say. “For a woman who had a thorn bush for hair and now it’s like silk, well, we’re talking revolution,” said Mark Garrison, who offers the treatment at his salon in New York.

Originating in Brazil, where it is usually called escova progressiva (progressive blow-dry), the treatment has been trickling here for a few years but has become widely available only in the last six months.

While it appears that no major American hair or beauty companies are now selling it, a cottage industry of hairdressers has emerged, importing products from Brazil or creating their own formulations.

So far, the brands include Brazilian Keratin Treatment, Brazilian Hair Straightening and Brazilian Blowout. “Right now, it’s blowing everything away,” said Meryle Nemeth, the nuBest stylist who administered Ms. Epstein’s treatment, one of about 500 she’s done since February, when it became available at the salon. “I’ve never seen anything take off like this as far as relaxing hair. Everyone wants it for summer, for affairs, for weddings. I’m talking all ages, 12-year-olds to 70-year-olds.”

Sarah Brown, the beauty editor of Vogue, said the treatment is perfect for those with tumbleweed hair who are trying to simplify their lives. “For people who can’t master a salon blowout at home or go get a weekly blowout, a treatment like this is seriously liberating,” she said.

Technically, it is neither a relaxer nor a straightener, both of which use caustic chemicals to change the texture of the hair. The Japanese straightening method, also known as thermal conditioning, has fallen out of favor because many users reported extensive damage, particularly when the process was repeated. The Brazilian is also different because it can be used on most hair types, even the previously color treated, without causing harm, proponents say.

The multistep treatment takes 1 ½ to 4 hours, and costs $150 to $600, depending on the length and thickness of the hair. A stylist applies a solution made with active keratin, a protein akin to a component of human hair.

Using a 450-degree iron, the hairdresser seals the formula onto the outer layer of the cuticle. The formula adheres to the cuticle’s inherently rough edges. Thus, it is said, it traps moisture, hydrating the hair, and adds a glossy veneer.

The results last six weeks to a few months, depending upon how frequently the hair is washed.

There are risks. There’s the hot iron. And the formula often contains formaldehyde, a known carcinogen that can irritate the eyes and lungs if the fumes are inhaled. A spokeswoman for the Food and Drug Administration, however, said that the agency has no restrictions on the use of formaldehyde in cosmetics.

Uncurliness comes with a caveat. Emily Dougherty, the beauty editor at Elle, warned: “You need to do due diligence and challenge your stylist. Ask questions about where this chemical cocktail is coming from.”

And keep in mind, just because something is called Brazilian doesn’t mean it is always beautiful.

Credits: New York Times, Curls Split! Ringlets Be Gone!
By: ELIZABETH HAYT
Published: July 19, 2007

For more information on Brazilian Keratin Treatments, see our article: Brazilian Keratin Treatments 411.