Ten Smooth Hair Tips from Aveda

Aveda1. Start clean. Always begin with freshly washed hair. This is especially important if you want your sleek/smooth blow-out to last for several days. Start with the right shampoo and conditioner. Aveda Smooth Infusion Shampoo and Conditioner cleanses and conditions to create a perfect foundation for smooth sleek hairstyles.

2. Protect hair from heat. Always blot wet hair with a towel to remove excess moisture. Don’t rub! It creates frizz. Spray Brilliant Damage Control on damp hair to detangle, reduce breakage and protect from thermal damage.

3. Apply before you dry. Always use a styling product before blow-drying your hair. Apply small amount of Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother evenly from roots to ends to protect from heat styling and defend against humidity for up to 12 hours.

4. Quick dry. To shorten the time it takes to dry your hair, �rough-dry� it using only your hands. Use this technique until hair is about 80% dry.

5. Divide and conquer. Use clips to section hair off into small, manageable sections. Each section of hair should be no larger than the width of the brush you are using. By blow-drying hair section-by-section you ensure a nice, smooth and consistent blow-dry.

6. Give frizz the brush-off. Using an Aveda Wooden Styling Brush and a blow-dryer with a nozzle attachment on high-heat, direct the nozzle downward starting at the top of the section all the way to the ends. This helps smooth the cuticle down, while eliminating frizz. Continue this technique section by section.

7. Cool it. When hair is 100% dry, use cool air to set. This closes the hair’s cuticle and ensures your smooth blow-dry will last longer.

8. Finish what you start. Always apply a finishing product on hair before flat ironing for added slip, shine and heat protection. Run small amount of Light Elements Smoothing Fluid through hair and follow section by section with flat-iron heat.

9. Keep it dry. If you want to finish your hair with hair spray, make sure you use a very dry spray so that the hair does not get wet and revert to unwanted curl/wave. Aveda’s Air Control Hair Spray features a water-free formula that sprays on dry, provides light/flexible hold and helps protect hair from humidity.

10. Sleep on it. In order to help extend the life of your blow dry, it helps to sleep on a silk pillow case or wrap your hair in a silk scarf before bed. This keeps the hair from rubbing up on the pillowcase and causing frizz. For thick/coarse hair, apply Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother before bed. This helps maximize smoothness and helps prevent excess volume in the morning.

-StraightBelle

Hair Drying Help: A Better Blowout

This video covers everything you need to achieve the results the pros get at home. From applying the products to using that little concentrator attachment (nice!) this is your blow-drying 101 lesson to getting those professional results. You’ll see some great tips on using a hair brush to add that extra sexy volume to your style too. Blow-dryers ready? Begin!

You might also be interested in reading this: Better Blowout, Straighter Strands.

Bridal Hairstyle: Half Up Half Down Glamour

James Warner demonstrates a wonderfully glamorous, half up, half down wedding hair style that would be the perfect ‘do for an off the shoulder wedding gown.

Beachy Waves with a Flat Iron

Beachy waves are always in style, but even more so for Spring 2008 when tousled, textured hair is the top tress trend. Sarah Victor presents an awesome step-by-step tutorial with a one inch flat iron and some strategically placed hair clips. If waves are what you crave, this styling video is your new BFF. Remember, it’s all in the wrist twist!

CEW Names the Insider’s Choice Finalists in Hair for 2008

HAIR CARE & COLORING: Hair Care and Coloring Product – Mass
Burt’s Bees – Very Volumizing Pomegranate & Soy Shampoo

Clairol – Nice ‘n Easy ColorSeal Conditioning Gloss

Garnier – Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray

John Frieda Collection – John Frieda Frizz-Ease Thermal Protection Serum

L’Oréal Paris – VIVE Pro Nutri Gloss Shampoo for Medium to Long Hair

HAIR CARE & COLORING: Hair Care and Coloring Product – Prestige
Aveda – Aveda Be Curly Curl Control

Frederic Fekkai – COIFF Contrôle Ironless Straightening Balm

Kérastase Paris – Ciment Thermique

Origins – Origins Organics Conditioning Hair Oil

PHYTO – PHYTODENSIUM SERUM

-StraightBelle

Backstage: Frederic Fekkai COIFF

A sneak peek behind the scenes video featuring Frederic Fekkai at the Fekkai COIFF photoshoot. Me likey the products!

Credits: Shot by Peter Lindbergh

Backstage Beauty: L’anza Art Elements at Kevan Hall

Sneak backstage at Kevan Hall’s Spring 2008 show to see the latest textured hair trends and how to create them with some new fangled hair twisting ideas, some L’anza products and hairstylist Chad Cardoos. Thanks to Ben Bennett for this behind the scenes look – we loved your product questions! L’anza Reflex is also one of our faves….

You might also catch a few quick Spring 2008 makeup tips too – bonus!

-StraightBelle

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