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Fight Frizz Like Never Before with Unique Hair Tips from NaturallyCurly.com

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

By: Michelle Breyer

Think you’ve tried every frizz-kicking trick in the book? Think again! NaturallyCurly.com, the online oasis for curlies since 1998, provides some unique and unconventional methods of fighting frizz, even in the most humid weather:

frizzy hair

frizzy hair

A natural fabric softener can be a great way to make your curls less frizzy. Simply use as any other conditioner and apply after shampooing. Keep some dryer sheets in your purse to use in a pinch and stroke the dryer sheet in a downward motion. Dryer sheets are also great for eliminating static cling.

Breast milk is a natural deep conditioner, it contains the appropriate amounts of protein and fat to condition hair and reduce frizz. It also packs essential vitamins and minerals that help combat dry hair. Fill a spray bottle with breast milk, spray locks thoroughly and proceed with your normal hair washing routine.

Take one cup of flat, room-temperature beer and work into hair after shampooing, then rinse with cold water. The vitamin B and natural sugars in beer add body and shine, while acting as a natural setting lotion that increases resilience, vitality and hold.

Apply KY Jelly just like any gel. Don’t worry: this remedy isn’t x-rated! Use sparingly or mixed in with other products. This paste will condition each hair strand section by section; simply smooth through curls with your fingers. Rinse, and behold silky, restored, beautiful hair. You can also apply to dry hair to define curls and smooth frizz.

Leaving the house without knowing the weather report can trip up even the most prepared frizz-fighter. Stay a step ahead of the weather with NaturallyCurly’s Frizz Forecast™.  The Frizz Forecast provides the humidity conditions for your specific area, as well as high and low temperatures for the day.

ABOUT MICHELLE BREYER:
Michelle Breyer, Celebrity Hair Stylist

Michelle Breyer

Michelle Breyer co-founded www.NaturallyCurly.com, a website for curly hair that she launched with her business partner and friend, Gretchen Heber.

Spending most of her life as a journalist, Ms. Breyer never dreamed she would develop the leading source of information for specialty beauty products. It was the Texas humidity that inspired both Ms. Breyer and Ms. Heber to search for information to help them manage their curly hair and find appropriate beauty products. They were frustrated by the dearth of information on curly hair, and the lack of products on the market. One of their curly hair rants, at a brunch, was the inspiration behind NaturallyCurly.com. They launched the site in September of that year with the help of a 14-year-old Web designer. They see unlimited potential for their venture. More than 50 percent of the world’s population has curly hair.

Ms. Breyer’s personal experience with her curly hair, and as the mother of a curly haired daughter, has helped her recognize the challenges faced each day by those with curls and kinks. With a deep personal connection, she can relate well to the community, and is a role model to inspire others to learn to love their curls and kinks. Ms. Breyer lives in Texas with her husband and daughter.

Blonde vs Brown: Choosing the Best Hair Color for you

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

By Liz W

Marylin Monroe blonde

Flickr.com user manitou2121

Sultry Brunette

Flickr.com user jbcurio

Ever wonder whether you would get taken more seriously at work if you had dark hair, or if you would get noticed more at parties if you were playboy platinum? The Brunette and Blonde stereotypes are constantly portrayed in movie characters, popping up in jokes, and even seem to hold true in real life. If you are itching for a change maybe becoming a sultry brunette or blonde bombshell is just what the doctor ordered.
Dying hair dark

Flickr.com user ganesha.isis

A lot of celebrities have drastically changed their hair color for different roles, and in some cases the hair can be given credit for the awesomeness of the actresses’ character.  Even if you tend to prefer blondes over brunettes, sometimes one color looks great while the other looks awful, depending on skin tone.

You be the judge with these celebrity images:

  • Do you like Scarlett Johansson blonde or brunette?
  • Is deep chestnut color too dramatic for natural-ish blonde Katherine Heigl, or do you like her with dark locks? See Katherine Heigl hair pics here to decide for yourself.
  • Jessica Beil’s hair is naturally brown, but she has gone from dark to light and back again. Normally she  has some subtle highlights, which looks awesome with her olive skin tone. See Jessica Beil pics here.

Usually people expect blondes to be silly, fun and not so smart (pretty sure Elle Woods proved them all wrong after graduating with honors from Harvard Law) and brunettes to be quiet, brainy, and serious, so if you want to be viewed as more playful to get the guy, or more intellectual to get the job, you could do what the celebs do and change your look to fit the new you.

It usually does hold true that blondes naturally get noticed more often, and seem to be much more approachable to timid members of the opposite sex. Maybe this is due to the fact that the blondes are always the nice girls in books and movies, and the brunettes are usually the evil villains. (Have you ever seen a blonde witch?)

On the other hand, Brunettes are usually more exotic, and their dark hair automatically makes them seem more intelligent.  Throw on some thick rimmed glasses, and you instantly look like a smart, sexy librarian.

Blonde vs brunette

flickr.com user *Saffy*

All silly brunette and blonde stereotypes aside, no matter what color you chose to be, it is best to stay within four or five shades of your natural hair color.
If you have dark features, then the dark chocolate locks will likely suit you much better than canary yellow highlights, but some subtle honey highlights can really boost the radiance of dark brown hair shades.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, be careful if you have really light hair, and you want to go dark. Not only will your hair have a hard time gripping the color, but blonde roots are not a good look against really dark strands, as it will give the illusion of bald spots. If you are still considering taking the plunge, color deposit shampoo will become your best friend for keeping your deep new hue looking shiny and lustrous, instead of dull and flat.

Growth Stimulating Shampoo for Thinning Hair

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

By Liz W

Thinning hair

flickr.com user helgasms!

Thinning hair is one of the most stressful and self-esteem squashing medical concerns for both men and women of any age. There are so many levels of hair loss and causes of Alopecia in women, and unlike those unlucky folks of the 20th century who were finding clumps of hair in the shower, we have some really advanced and effective treatment options to help keep those precious strands firmly in our head, and away from the drain.

Tons of young women are noticing their parts are getting thicker, and their hair feels thinner.  For people who are just realizing their hair is over-shedding and under-growing for the first time, turning to Rogaine (for what may all be in your head) seems really scary and extreme.

If rapid hair loss is being caused by a medical condition, it is best to have your doctor take a look, but for those who are just noticing that their ponytail is losing some girth, there are a lot of OTC shampoos and thickening treatments that are getting rave reviews from satisfied customers.

One of the most popular growth stimulating shampoos is DS Labs Revita. Revita was formulated with a supreme cocktail of gentle and potent ingredients, and has a really high success story rate from users who have noticed their hair has stopped fleeing their head at an alarming rate.  Revita uses gentle natural cleansers, (instead of harsh detergents that strip the scalp of necessary oils and can really damage the hair) and mix in anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antioxidant, and anti-hormonal agents that hydrate, nourish, and stimulate the scalp and hair follicles.

It can be used in conjunction with any hair growth treatment for extreme cases, or can be used by anyone who just wants their really thin hair and irritated scalp to be perfectly healthy, which is a crucial part of optimal hair growing conditions.

thick hair

flickr.com user ClickFlashPhotos / Nicki Varkevisser

The nice thing about growth stimulating shampoo today is that high-end salon brands are coming up with some good smelling, and nicely packaged options. Alterna has added the LIFE Solutions line to their repertoire of hair care products. It, too, is formulated without damaging sulfates and gentle, but effective scalp and hair follicle stimulating ingredients.

Overall this widespread epidemic of young women losing way more hair than they should be could be controlled with the avoidance of products containing really harsh chemicals, and maybe switching to a growth stimulating shampoo without sulfate.

Dry Hair Treatment: Hair Therapy Wrap for Healthy Shiny Hair

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

By Liz W

Deep Conditioner

Flickr.com user Lin Pernille ♥ Photography

If you are plagued with dry, brittle hair, you might be slacking on the deep conditioning. One of the best dry hair treatments to regain the shiny, healthy hair you once had is to deep condition with a heated head wrap. Even if you use a weekly conditioning hair mask in the shower, you could still benefit greatly from a deeply penetrating conditioning treatment.

It’s no secret that heat causes the hair cuticle to open and further draw in the healing and restoring ingredients in conditioners and hair masks. This is why women spend long hours and lots of hard earned dollars perched under bonnet dryers at the salon when they have a special hair treatment. Professionals know that the elevated temperature will allow the treatment to work much more deeply, leading to amazing results.

Luckily, for those of us who don’t have countless hours (not to mention endless funds) to spend at the beauty parlor, Michelle Reuven, a long time perm and damaging hair product addict, found the answer. She invented the Hair Therapy Wrap after stumbling upon heated gel packs meant for relief from aching muscles.  A light bulb went on when she realized she could wrap them in a towel and have 30 minutes worth of cordless, comfortable, and even heat on her head, forever freeing her from the bonnet dryer. Her little at-home craft project provided such amazing results that she decided to go into business and make them for all women who were on a time and money budget, but still desired strong, healthy shiny hair.

Another great thing about the Hair Therapy Wrap is that you can use it with any hair conditioner, hair mask, or hair oil. Simply apply your favorite dry hair treatment to your hair before putting on this unique heated hair wrap. We love this Steam Creams & Oils Hair Oil. It’s super natural and smells amazing, giving a bit of an aromatherapy treatment while hydrating your hair.

The Hair Therapy Wrap is really easy to use since the whole thing can be popped in the microwave or the gel packs can be heated with hot water. The few minutes of prep time will provide your thirsty hair with 30 minutes of warmth, so it can really drink in what it needs to get as lustrous and beautiful as ever.

Healthy Hair Tips: Improve Your Hair Condition with a Healthy Diet

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

By Jenna

Over the past 2 years, I’ve taken notice of the correlation between my diet and how my hair looks. Since incorporating a healthier diet, my hair is longer, stronger, and more vibrant. We all are concerned for our hair condition and of course our health, but could our hair be a reflection of how healthy we are? Keeping our hair in tip-top shape is work and we spend hours and hours in a week styling and maintaining our locks to look our best. Styling can take its toll on our hair and so can your diet. Hair loss, dandruff, dryness and some other factors can be caused by internal issues. Our hair is trying to tell us something. Measuring hair loss and the condition of your hair can give you the jump start to take care of yourself better, which is a great thing. “Beauty is only skin deep” is one quote that many take to heart and literally, we are what we eat and put in our systems. By taking certain vitamins and minerals, and eating the right foods we can help our hair look healthier and more beautiful than ever. Why? Because health, hair and beauty are all related. Healthy hair tips are more than just the products you use on a daily basis.

Let’s start with a few facts regarding what your hair and scalp reveal about your health. Some hair loss is normal and may not indicate poor health or unhealthy hair. Shedding up to as many as 100 hairs a day is normal. This is nothing to be alarmed about, as new hair is constantly growing in. We have heard so many myths about losing hair and baldness that it can make your head spin. Having longer hair does not put stress on your roots causing more to fall out. Don’t stress when you wash your hair and some happens to fall out, when your hair is ready to fall out, it will. If you have bald spots that aren’t caused by hair extensions or something similar, it’s worth talking to your doctor.

Eat vegetables for healthy hair

Source: Flickr User marcp dmoz

Crash diets, stress, and other shock factors can result in hair thinning and lifeless hair. Your hair is a part of you and needs nutrition just as much as your stomach does. Low calorie diets are often lacking the certain nutrients needed for hair growth such as: Vitamin A, protein, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc and vitamin B-12. For better hair growth, adding these vitamins to your diet may be a great choice for you and your body because let’s be straight,  everyone can use a little kick in the booty to get on the “eating better” wagon. The best bit of advice to live by is that if it’s good for your heart, it’s good for your hair. Adding salmon or fish (rich in omega-3 fatty acids) and leafy green veggies, foods that are high in protein and low in fat, to your diet is like adding extra spinach to Popeye’s diet. You’ll be amazed at how fast your hair starts growing and the overall change in your hair condition. These vitamins also help keep your hair lustrous and bouncy. Always be thinking, I’m eating for my health and it’ll show. Once you’ve incorporated a better diet, hair re-growth will come a lot faster. A healthier diet will also make your hair shinier.

If you’re feeling a little stressed reach up to your noggin and start rubbing. Your scalp is covered with tons of nerve endings that make it sensitive to the touch. Rubbing your cranium or getting a head massage stimulates blood flow and releases that unwanted tension while at the same time triggering your brain to release hormones like dopamine and serotonin that make you feel good. Next time you’re at the salon, make sure to ask your stylist for some extra attention to your head while getting shampoo-ed and you’re in for a treat.

I am not a doctor or a nutritionist, but I am constantly being asked by my hair stylist what I’m eating because of how fast my hair grows in a month and the overall condition of my hair. In one month my hair usually grows from 1 to 2 inches and I started taking notice of that right after I adjusted my diet and added vitamin supplements. Eating healthier makes you feel and look healthier all around from your energy levels up to your hair, so why not add some miracle grow? There are tons of ways to help your hair look and feel better, but the first step comes from the inside. Don’t just eat, eat for your health.

Spring Hair Trends 2010

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

By Liz W

loose braids

Flickr.com user Kinnéidigh Garrett

Spring has finally sprung, and cute spring hair trends are popping up in store windows, magazines, television, everywhere!  As the days get longer, and a rainbow of blossoms begin to cover every tree, we find ourselves putting away our winter clothes and accessories, and start donning ourselves daily with pastel skirts, sparkly sandals, and flowers, flowers, flowers. Hair accessories are a really fun and easy way to add a little spring to your step and the options are endless.

braids

Flickr.com user ★Debs★

One hair style that is perfect for spring, and simple enough for anyone, is braids. From a few mini braids that add a little texture to the hair, to long loose braids that tumble over your shoulders, there is a style for every occasion. Seen all over the runways of New York Fashion Week, braids are a sexy, sophisticated way to dress up your hair for day time picnics or evening cocktail parties. If time is on your side, you can experiment with French braids, either on their own or combined with another hair style, like a bun. If French braids are not your forte, you can just braid random sections of hair and use hair pins to hold them in place. From classic Dorothy braids, with a straight middle part, to more complex milk maid braids that wrap around the head, there are plenty of ways to include them into your “hair style wardrobe.”

hair accessories

Flickr.com user il_miss_whit

Headbands have been a hair accessory staple forever, but over the past few seasons they have gotten cuter, edgier, and glitzier than ever before. From scarf head wraps to jeweled head bands, designers have been getting really creative using materials like feathers, bows, flowers, and precious stones to garnish their spring collections. For a dressy day time do, pair a beaded headband with loose waves. This will add sparkle to your outfit, and will make less than perfect hair look instantly polished and done. If you are going out for a night on the town and want to be a little more daring, adorn your up do with a feather head band that will add a pop of color and interest to your hair.

Spring is a time for new beginnings and rebirth, so why not take that idea and apply it to your beauty routine? You don’t need a drastic change to feel refreshed for the new season; just a tiny little alteration to your hair style can make you feel completely transformed and gorgeous.

Romantic Hair and Makeup Looks for Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Valentine’s Day is our day ladies. A day that we get pampered and showered with surprises, flowers and gifts from our significant other, family or friends. Most importantly, some of us have hot dates to attend and want to look like the sexy goddess that you are. Spring trends are here, and now’s the time to test drive what hair styles and makeup will make him salivate. Whether it’s a night of seduction or a night out on the town with a new fling, we’ve got a valentine beauty guide just for you.

Hair styles that look easy and natural are the way to go with men. If it looks like you’ve spent 4 hours curling and crimping your hair, chances are that he’s not going to like it. Playing up your current hairstyle is a cheap and easy way to get what you want. The key thing to think about is; you want it to be touchable and soft. Over working your hair is a no-no so don’t over-think it! Hair styles to consider this Valentine’s Day are:

Playful hair

Source: Flickr user Albert Brendenhann

Short hair styles: If you’ve got the pixie cut, smooth and sleek is the way to go. Blow dry your hair and use a smoothing serum to get the perfect look that exudes confidence.

Shoulder length hair: Soft waves are a sexy trend this spring. Use a medium barrel curling iron to create soft waves from the crown to the ends. You can use a light hair spray for hold, but beware; using too much hair spray will make it crispy. Another great style is the blowout that will blow his mind. If you’ve got layers in your hair, use a round brush to add volume, or hot-rollers to create voluptuous locks that he won’t be able to stay away from.

Long hair styles: You can go two ways with your long locks, sleek and straight or long, heavenly waves. For the straight look, channel your inner Reese Witherspoon, blow dry with a flat brush and use a smoothing serum to tame frizz. Tousled waves require a medium barrel curling iron with a touch of spray. I’ve found that blow drying your hair before trying to get waves; can sometimes make your hair go flat, so air drying your hair can help create natural curl. A great reference for long gorgeous waves is Marisa Miller (who nailed the tousled waves look at the Super Bowl this year), Rachel Bilson or Gisele Bunchen.

Men generally, don’t like a face that has been caked on so accenting your facial features is the best way to go. My beauty advice is to pick one part of your face, like your eyes, lips or cheeks, and sex them up. To get more bang for your buck a lip and cheek stain is a great beauty buy. Tarte has a genius stain that you may use for either your cheeks to make your cheeks delicious or for your lips for that “come-hither” look. Either way, you can use this product over and over again to achieve different looks as a multi-functioning cosmetic. I recommend this in Cloud 9 or Tickled by Tarte for a flirtatious look. I also love Benefit’s Benetint or Lorac’s Sheer Wash lip & cheek tint for a dark, erotic look. If you’re playing up your eyes a risqué smokey eye is best. Bronze eyeliner is a hot trend for spring that can pair well with a romantic smokey look. If you’re playing up your lips, there’s nothing better than an alluring red for Valentine’s day. Duwop’s Pure Venom in Pure Berry do the trick and exude style and sultry to drive your man wild.

Remember ladies, it’s your time to spice it up and shine, so take a little extra in your busy schedule to prepare. After all, getting roses and chocolates has never looked sexier with that pout.

Sexy Lips

Source: Flickr User Sifone

Things to Consider Before Chopping Your Locks

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

By Liz W

New Hair Style

Flickr.com user Frankly Richmond

Have you been dying to try a new hairstyle lately, and trying to decide whether or not to cut your hair? Many of us go through a constant cycle of growing our hair out, then the moment it is long, chopping it off, and immediately regretting it, and vowing to grow it again. This is a vicious cycle I am all too familiar with. My whole life, the grass has always been greener when it comes to my hair length, and I am always certain that THIS time it will be different, the hair cut WILL solve all my problems. Sadly, though, about a week after the initial snipping, when the novelty of a new cute hairstyle has worn off, I am usually devastated and confused at why I ever thought my long hair needed to be hacked off.  So, if you are thinking about taking the shears to your locks, here are some things to consider first:

1.)    The most important thing to consider before you cut your hair is that your expectations are realistic. If you are cutting out pictures of celebrities’ hot new bobs, which are smooth and straight, and you have thin, kinky hair, don’t expect a hair cut to change the texture of your hair.

2.)    Another important thing to think about is how much maintenance you really want to deal with daily. A common misconception about short hair is that it is easier to manage. I find this to be a complete myth. In my experience most short hair cuts HAVE to be blow-dried in order to look good, longer hair can get away with air drying, as it looks beachy and on purpose.

3.)    The last tip I would give, is calculate how long it will take for your hair to get back to the length it is at now. Hair grows at  a rate of ½ an inch per month, so if you are cutting off 12 inches, be aware that you will have at least 2 years to wait before it is at its current length again.

After you have taken all these things into consideration, cut out a few photos of your dream hair and bring them with you to your stylist. Let her be the judge of whether it is a realistic style for you, and let her work her magic. A new hair cut can be a great way to turn over a new leaf in life, and give you the confidence you need to feel great. Follow these guidelines, and hopefully you will love not loathe your new do.

The Hair Dryer Chronicles – The Benefits of a Good Hair Dryer

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

By Jenna

Let’s face it; my hair has definitely gone through A LOT and it’s taken some tender, love and serious hair care to keep it from frying off my head. I’m currently bleach-blonde and I have been for a long time. I’ve even gone from light to dark back to blonde in less than 8 months and my head hates me for it. The good thing is that my hair doesn’t look like straw and it’s taken a lot to keep it healthy through all of the tough times I’ve put it through. Good hair care and using the right hair products in my beauty routine is to thank for that. Another thing that makes a huge difference in how healthy my hair remains after styling is my hair dryer. It may not seem like it makes a difference but it makes a tremendous one. Think about how much pain and torture you put your hair through. You’re putting serious ammonia and chemicals on your hair when you dye it, frying it with heat, breaking it with brushing and styling. If your hair could scream at you, I’m sure it would every day. The better you treat your hair when styling, the better your hair is going to look and feel.  Think about it, when your hair looks good, you’re on top of the world, so why not pamper it?

Years ago, when the whole ionic drying fad was new, I was ecstatic to jump on it. I purchased an ionic dryer and was impressed with the results. I switched from a traditional one after doing some research. Traditional hair dryers use positive ions when they dry hair that ends up exposing the hair to more heat damage as well as opens up the cuticle, which can cause excess frizzing. An ionic hair dryer is different because it uses negative ions to nourish the hair. These ions speed up the drying process because they break down water molecules, (which means less heat damage) and also tightens up the hair cuticle resulting in less frizz after drying. Most salons prefer to use ionic hair dryers to reduce damage after processing. Even though they may cost more, they last longer and help the condition of your hair. These benefits to me are priceless.

One hair dryer that I have recently stumbled upon and am having an affair with is The Featherweight by T3. I can seriously tell you all that I’m completely IN LOVE (and want kids) with this dryer and am never turning back. Or at least until something new and amazing comes along. This hair dryer is light weight, tourmaline-infused, and my favorite part is that its packaging and performance is just as attractive as its description. It utilizes an infrared heat technique and dries hair 60% faster than most hair dryers. It also uses negative ions with parts made from tourmaline gemstones that fortify, nourish and moisturize your hair. This leaves your locks shinier, smoother, and silkier. I don’t think I’ve ever had more complements on my hair as after using The Featherweight. I no longer need as much product after shampooing and the best part is I don’t need to use any flat irons or curlers. This dryer from heaven does it all for me and in a fraction of the time.

If you want to cut back your styling time and save your damaged hair as well, I highly recommend investing in a really good hair dryer. Your head will be thanking you, I know mine does. After all, who wants to look like they have troll hair?

Bad hair day