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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!

24 Jun '15

Is Co-Washing aka The No-Shampoo Method Right For You?

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While co-washing is not a new concept, it has recently become more mainstream among many hair beauty seekers.

What exactly is co-washing? It's an abbreviated term for conditioner only washing, by completely ditching shampoo altogether. While some refuse to put down the shampoo, the no-poo movement has many benefits for your hair; it just depends on your hair type. If you are a firm believer of shampooing your hair every day (or many days a week), this process may seem insane to you. I'm here to help you understand just what co-washing does for your hair and whether or not your hair type is suitable for this technique.

What is co-washing and does it benefit your hair type?

Co-washing is ideal for those with dry, damaged, curly, wavy or thick, textured hair. This is because shampoos have harsh chemicals that work to clean all the environmental buildup in your hair, which then causes it to be weighed down and feel frizzy. By skipping the shampoo, you are allowing your hair's natural oils to accumulate, giving your hair a nice, manageable feel. Co-washing is also ideal for those with color treated hair, because the less you wash your hair with shampoo, the less your color will fade away. Less visits to the salon and skipping the shampoo while shopping will save you a lot of money in the long run, too! Who should skip co-washing? Anyone with an oily scalp or those with fine, very straight hair. This is because the natural oils will make your hair look even flatter and feel heavy; co-washing doesn't help treat an oily scalp either.

Conditioner Tips

Now that we got the basics out of the way, let's talk conditioner. You have to remember that co-washing means using a LOT more conditioner than you're used to. There are a good range of conditioners out there that are silicone free that won't break the bank. Do your research, depending on your hair type and scent preferences. Another option is to use a cleansing conditioner; these are especially useful because you skip the part where your hair has to get accustomed to not getting any more shampoo, which leaves you with very oily hair in the beginning of the process.

Cleansing conditioners have a slight amount of product that cleans your hair without stripping it, leaving you with hydrated, non oily hair. Make sure to use a wide tooth comb to distribute it evenly in the shower. If you have very dry, thick or curly hair, leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse; if you have wavy or fine hair, leave on for 5 minutes and then rinse.

But Wait...

While some women swear by never letting their hair touch shampoo, I feel my hair still needs a bit of shampoo every once in a while, due to the hair products I use. I suggest you wash your hair with shampoo once every two weeks; this will help get rid of any mousse , serum or product buildup you might still have in your hair. I like to use my trusty Victorya flat iron by ISA Professional to leave my hair sleek and I've noticed how much time I've saved in styling it since I started co-washing! No tangles or frizz to be seen, and my hair looks much healthier and shinier. I am now a firm believer of co-washing, my hair and hair color have never looked better! Let me know how co-washing has helped you in the comments! SaveSaveSave

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