Archive | July 2012

Curl Talk: How to Fix Frizzy, Dry, Curly Hair

If you find yourself stressing over your curls – stop! Seriously. Stop. Embrace your curls. Work with them, not against them. Working with your natural texture will save you a ton of time in up-keeping high-maintenance hair. There are however things that you can and should do to keep that natural texture looking its best. Read on to see my top tips for curly girls.

1. This is one that surprises people sometimes… Don’t shampoo your hair everyday! While keeping your hair and scalp clean is important, you do not need to shampoo your hair everyday to achieve this. Over-shampooing can dry your hair out. If you are used to shampooing everyday, I suggest switching to every other. How often you should shampoo depends mostly on your hair type and how dry your hair is. I have many clients who have reported shampooing 1-2 times a week to elicit the best results for their curly hair. Need to wet your hair to style it? Try rinsing and conditioning only on off-days.

2. If you use hard or well water, get a Malibu treatment or try using a Ion Crystal Clarifying treatment once a month or so to purify the hair and remove build-up. Even if you don’t have hard water or well water, this can be a great thing to do occasionally to deep clean you hair.

3. Moisturize! Make sure that you are using a moisture rich conditioner. If your hair is really dry, you should be using a deep moisturizing treatment at least once every 2 weeks.

4. Don’t blow-dry your hair 100% regularly. If you are up for spending some time on your style then go for it; otherwise, I recommend using a diffuser and only drying the hair about 80% or letting it air dry completely when you can.

5. Invest in good products! If you’re not sure what to use, ask your stylist to recommend a product for you. Your curl-type will determine what product is best for you. For instance if your hair is frizzy and very curly, you may need a straightening creme balm to smooth frizz and soften/define your curls. If your hair is fine and/or your curls tend to fall flat, you might want to try a bodifying creme-mousse like Redken’s Aerate.

6. To make your hair look polished without spending hours on it, try curling a few random pieces with a curling iron. Don’t worry about sectioning the hair or anything. Just grab some medium sized chunks and curl, working mostly around the face and top. These will blend in well with your other curls and give your style a very finished look. The best part is, it only takes a few minutes!

Redken’s Ringlet is one of our favorite products for curly hair! (Click the image to learn more.)


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How to Grow Your Hair Out: Advice for Achieving Longer Locks

Growing your hair out can be a very frustrating process. If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you want longer hair. Perhaps you’re even working towards a specific style or goal. But all the in-between phases your hair has to go through to get there… this is where most people get frustrated or even give up. But I am here to tell you that it IS possible to grow your hair out and love every style along the way!

Just follow these helpful hints and you will be well on your way to longer hair…

1.) How you STYLE your hair has a LOT to do with it. As your hair grows, you may not be able to continue styling your hair the same way. Play around with different styles on your hair as it grows and ask your stylist it you’re feeling stumped. You might even need to switch up the products you’re using too.

2.) Cutting your hair regularly is essential, but will not make your hair grow faster! Hair grows about a half an inch a month on average. Cutting your hair will not change how quickly it grows; but it will help your hair look its best and stay healthy. Maintaining a good haircut throughout the growing process will be necessary if you want to avoid awkward phases and dead-ends. Unhealthy hair can lead to frizz and breakage – which is probably where this hair myth originated.

3.) You don’t have to cut your hair as frequently when you are growing. If a client is seeking to maintain a haircut they love, I suggest a visit to the salon about every 4-6 weeks. But if you are growing your hair out, I generally suggest going a little longer – about 8-10 weeks. That way your stylist will have more freedom to shape and style your hair without back-tracking on your growth.

Have fun with the process! I suggest finding pictures of styles that you like for some of those in-between lengths. Let your stylist know if you are having trouble styling at home. Don’t be afraid of color if you’re getting bored too. (Just please don’t try to lighten your hair without a pro!) If you play with new hairstyles and/or color along the way, it’s like getting a whole new look at every salon visit – which can be a super fun way to get you through each transitional length.

Check out the different looks that Keira Nightly has played around with while growing her locks.

Charlize Theron has tried many different styles and lengths.

Natalie Portman has gone from one extreme to the other and had many different hairstyles along the way.