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27 Sep '16

Achieving Perfect Curls & Keeping Them Beautiful

Steps to Gorgeous Curly Hair

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I remember I used to resent my curly hair when I was younger and I knew many friends who went through the same thing. We all had to deal with the ever dreaded frizz that would occur on a daily basis, especially with the humid weather that surrounded us all year long. Who with curly hair didn’t go through the ordeal of having your mother or grandma insist on going through your hair with a, *gasp* brush! Not one of these new amazing straightening brushes either; no heat, no warm bristles just pure tug and pull.

Your relatives couldn’t let you leave the house without using some instrument to comb your hair and you would have to deal with your poof ball for the rest of the day, constantly wetting it to try to tame it. Obviously they meant well, but this was before everyone had internet access, the tool we now use to research and educate ourselves on pretty much any topic in the world. The internet helped me figure out exactly what to do to make my curls work for me, not against me. Being finally able to appreciate my curls was a great feeling; I finally knew what to do and use and it’s just routine now. If you still haven’t found out what works for your hair, or just want to pick up a new tip, read on to find different ways to get the best out of your curly locks! 

Co-Washing Is Your New Best Friend 

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Co-washing means to skip shampoo completely and just condition to get the most moisture into your hair follicles. By doing this, your curls will look and feel healthier; I tried it and absolutely love the results! I prefer to use a shampoo once in a while but you can be part of the no-shampoo (no-poo) community if you feel like your hair is extremely dry. If you do decide to sometimes use shampoo, keep in mind that sulfates are curly hair’s worst enemy. Make sure your hair products are 100% sulfate free, since sulfates are harsh and can leave curly hair feeling and looking dry.

Use a Wide Tooth Comb (NOT Brush) and A T-Shirt On Wet Hair

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With curly hair, the best way to de-tangle and style it, is when it’s very wet. A great way to ensure you don’t forget to do this is to always use a wide tooth comb in the shower, with conditioner still in your hair. Rinse off the conditioner when you’re done and use a T-shirt to dry it off, instead of a towel. A T-shirt is not as rough as a towel and will reduce frizz considerably. Stay away from brushes because they break curly hair easily and will produce more frizz. Instead, use a wide tooth comb and start from the bottom, the tips, then work your way up to the roots. This also reduces the breakage that can damage curls so much.  

Always Use A Diffuser With Your Blow Dryer

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Curly hair is easily damaged if the proper steps aren’t taken when using a blow dryer. While you may love the way your hair looks after a blow out, you should avoid using a blow dryer daily. Instead, pick the day you want your hair to look its best and use dry shampoo in between blow outs to protect your hair. Diffusers are a must have when using a blow dryer! They help distribute the hot air evenly through your hair instead of letting it blow in a direct stream. Just twist small strands of your hair with your fingers and place the diffuser on your hair. It's a good idea to leave the tips for last, since these dry quicker than the rest of the hair.

Lastly, don’t forget to use heat protection before using any heat styling tool, it will save you a lot of grief and haircuts in the future!

20 Sep '16

Deep Conditioning For Shinier And Smoother Hair

Get Longer and Healthier Hair By Deep Conditioning Weekly

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Have you ever woken up in the morning, walked to the bathroom and sighed at your hair’s state? Do you feel like you look like a porcupine when you look into the mirror, frustrated with your dry and frizzy hair? How about the length of your hair; do you feel like it never seems to grow as quickly as you want it to? Do your ends constantly look burnt out, forcing you to go to the salon more often than you’d like, just to get a haircut? You are not the only one, this is a common issue for many of us, especially those that color treat our locks. The reason this happens is because the hair is more fragile when it’s chemically treated, making the hair brittle and dry in the process. This means that with some extra TLC we can all get healthier and smoother hair!

You may think that it’s too much work to invest even more time into your hair than you already do but believe me, it is so worth it! We throw so much stress on our hair: color treatments, hot styling tools, getting into chlorine pools or salty ocean water. Your hair is constantly dealing with the elements and the longer you wait to treat it, the harder it will be to correct the problem. This is especially true for those with curly hair, always having to fight off humidity and frizz. Luckily, there’s a way to make sure your hair is healthy and soft and all you have to do is invest 30 minutes, once a week! Doesn’t sound so hard anymore, right? Read on to see how you can make your hair more beautiful and manageable than you ever thought possible! 

Heat It Up!

Applying Deep Conditioner

Deep conditioning your hair should involve more than just applying conditioner in the shower, waiting 5 minutes and rinsing it off. Why? Because 5 minutes is nowhere near enough time to make the deep conditioner work its magic. Don’t worry, I’m not suggesting you stand in the shower for 30 minutes. I find that the best way to do this is by applying your deep conditioner correctly, stepping out of the shower and adding some heat to the product. Just wet a towel with hot water from your tap (careful you don’t overdo it and burn yourself!). Then wrap the hot towel around your head, making your deep conditioner warm up as you wait out the half hour. The heat swells up the hair cuticles which helps the conditioner penetrate deeper into the hair, resulting in better moisture retention.

I like to multi task as I wait out the treatment; whether it’s doing my nails, playing a video game or reading a book, I find my deep conditioning time very relaxing. Do whatever makes you feel relaxed as you wait! We should all have some ‘me’ time, no matter how hectic our days. And who wouldn’t love to have beautiful hair as a result? If you’re just starting out a deep conditioning regimen and have very dry or color treated hair, you should apply it twice a week at first. It takes a few treatments to see the results, which is why you should stick to it! 

Research Your Deep Conditioner Options

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Just like not all beauty items are of the same quality, deep conditioners should also be well researched to ensure that you use the best for your hair. There are several options out there for your conditioning needs, and just like with shampoo, you should stay away from harmful chemicals. Some ingredients to stay away from are sulfates, polyethylne glycol, dimethicone and phenoxyethanol. These ingredients are can cause a range of problems from dermatitis to organ system toxicity.

Protein conditioners help strengthen hair but can also leave hair feeling a little stiff; just apply a leave in moisturizing conditioner after. A wonderful perk to deep conditioning is how it makes the hair stronger and healthier; this means your hair will grow faster than before, helping you achieve the long haired look you’ve always wanted in a shorter amount of time.

Oil It Up!

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I’m a huge believer in oils; they work wonders on my skin and I even apply it after styling my hair for frizz protection. A great way to boost whatever deep conditioning mask you choose is to add some oil into it! After trying different kinds of oils, I’ve found that 100% pure argan oil is the best product in my beauty arsenal. Just add a teaspoon (or two if you have long hair) to help your hair get as much help as it can get. This can also act as a heat protectant as you style away with one of these amazing brush straighteners! Oils are amazing at retaining moisture in our hair and skin; argan oil even helps fight off acne when used on the skin (and works on both dry and oily complexions). A deep conditioning mask mixed with an oil is the best care you can show your hair and it will definitely show!

What do you like to do while you wait for your deep conditioner to work its magic? Tell us in the comments below.


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