Having Fun with Hair Extensions

Longing for those long lovely locks? Try some hair extensions! In this video clip, Johnny Lavoy shows us how to attach hair clips (yep, a little sewing here!) to hair extensions. I’d definitely enlist a friend for this one – you’ll probably need some help sectioning and clipping the extensions to the back of your hair. Plus you want someone there to tell you how fabulous you look when you’re done, don’t you?

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

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

Controlling Frizz on Curly Styles

This video gives some top frizz fighting tips!

For more tips and tricks on banishing frizz, check out this article: Frizz Fighting Tips That Work!

-StraightBelle

Creating a Flirty, Fun, Tousled Flip Hairstyle

An easy step by step video showing you how to create a flirty and fun, tousled flip hairstyle with Nexxus products and celebrity hairstylist Roy Teeluck. We love this look for spring!

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!

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

Redken’s 2008 Hairstyling Trends

Some of the hottest hair trends of the season from Redken are presented by Watch Mojo. Think big hair (yay!) and lots of bold hair colors – vibrant reds, blondes and chocolates. To take charge of your style, try Redken’s new water-soluable styling product line – Urban Experiment –  guaranteed to work and then wash out effortlessly.