Articles By Alicia Ward

We know how frustrating frizzy hair can be, and we're here to help! We've compiled and updated this must-have list of our favorite no-frizz tips for curly hair so you're sure to have a great hair day.



Fighting frizz is something all curly-haired women have to deal with. But once the weather gets warmer, high humidity and scorching heat make the struggle even harder. We've put together a list of 5 products and tools to help you end your battle with frizzy hair.



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Curly hair is beautiful in it’s natural state. We love to see woman embrace their natural curls, coils and waves. However, we know everyone likes options and variety. No one person can eat the same lunch everyday for their entire life just like no one curly can wear her hair the same her whole life. Blow-outs are a great way to change up your look and help you understand the length and health of your hair. When a blow-out is done correctly, it can leave your hair without extra damage or dryness. Going to a salon is a great option for a blow-out since a stylist has the professional knowledge on how to care for and manage your hair. Here are four tips to achieve the perfect blow-out at home or in the salon.

1. Start Clean and Detangled!

You should always start fresh and clean for a smooth blow-out. When selecting a cleanser, pick one that has smoothing properties like Matrix Total Results Sleek Shampoo. Choose a conditioner that is very moisturizing and has smoothing and de-frizzing qualities. We recommend the Matrix Total Results Sleek Conditioner.

You will need to do a thorough job of wide-tooth comb detangling before you get started to ensure you get every curl smooth. Before you detangle, be sure to apply a leave-in conditioner. Again, when selecting products for a blow-out, choose products that have a smoothing properties like Matrix Total Results Moisture Cure 2-Phase Leave-In Treatment. Hair should be damp but not dripping wet when you get started. Remember to use a microfiber towel to gently dry your curls before starting which will help reduce frizz and friction.

2. Protect and Separate!

To ensure that your curls are protected from heat damage, apply a heat protectant and smoother. Matrix Total Results Sleek Iron Smoother works to protect and smooth curls for heat styling. To apply this heat protectant, place a dime to quarter size into your hand and distribute it evenly with your hands. Then separate your curls into sections to make the drying more manageable and reduce tangles.

3. Dry: Hot and Cold!

Now it’s time to start drying your hair in sections. Grab the first section and start drying it at the top, aiming your blow dryer downward and moving it from the top of the hair to the ends. Alternate between hot and cold settings on your dryer. It’s best to use a round brush and a dryer with a concentrator nozzle. These are must have tools for a good blow out. Using high heat and a concentrator nozzle to direct the dryer’s airflow, dry hair from root to tip for about 8 seconds, then lock out the frizz by using the cool shot button for 5 seconds. If hair is excessively curly or coily, start by drying hair from mid-shaft to end to minimize styling time.

4. Stop the Frizz!

When you are done drying, dab a pea-sized amount of smoothing oil onto your hands and smooth it into the ends of hair to define and separate your tresses and lock out frizz. Matrix Total Results Silk Wonder Smoothing Oil will smooth frizz and flyaways. Finish your look by applying Matrix Total Results Amplify Volume Flexible Hold Hairspray, a light hold flexible hairspray that will really lock out the frizz.

Get your curls back after your blow out. Deep condition with Matrix Total Results Color Care Intensive Mask to get your moisture and definition back.

Win Big!

Matrix is offering you and your stylist an opportunity to show off you best blow out!

Matrix Curly Girl is challenging six salons to throw down their best blow-out techniques to see whose smooth style reigns supreme. Vote by June 30th, for the salon you think will give our Curly Girl the best & longest lasting blow-out. If your salon wins you will be entered to win one of 50 gift baskets filled with the products the winning salon used on our Curly Girl (a $100 value)! Get your stylist involved and enter here.


Nikki McCauley

I'm "the girl with red curly hair." - Nikki McCauley

Nikki McCauley

Hair Type: 3B with some 3A

Nikki McCauley, the daughter of an Irish Air Force Colonel father and Venezuelan mother, was born in Texas and lived all over the world before settling in Los Angeles to pursue her acting career.

To date, she has had numerous television achievements, including national commercials and spots on such shows as "The Office," "Veronica Mars" and "Ghost Whisperer." McCauley is active in the Los Angeles theater scene, and has still managed to find time to get her undergraduate degree in psychology from UCLA.

McCauley was very gracious to talk about her curly red hair with us (and with hair like hers...). All that business about actresses being difficult? Not McCauley. Her easy-going manner goes to prove that this star is on the rise.

NaturallyCurly: How and when did you start embracing your curls?

Nikki McCauley: I actually didn't start growing hair until I was 6 years old! My mom had to tape bows to my little red spikes until then. Little did we know I would grow to have so much hair and that it would be so curly! And, actually my hair didn't start to get curly until I was 14 and then it just kept getting curlier and curlier. At first I didn't know how to work with it, but once I started learning how to master the curl, it got to be a lot of fun! And it's crazy the response I get from it. They'll be days that I wake up and wish I had straight hair and then I'll get several adoring comments from strangers throughout the day—and I'll realize how lucky I am to be blessed with my locks.

NC: What is your current routine?

NM: Over the years I've tried out so many products that I can't even count... but the key has always been over-conditioning my hair and applying the product when my hair is super wet and then letting it dry naturally for a bit before finishing it off by drying it with a diffuser. Not using a towel to dry it after getting out of the shower has always worked well for me. I use different techniques depending on if I want it to be big and wild or tamed with perfect ringlets.

NC: What about your hair stylists?

NM: Finding the right stylist can be tricky... but I've found that having it cut while it's dry is the key. Living in Los Angeles, there are many expert stylists to choose from... but Byron Williams in Beverly Hills might be one of the best cuts I've ever had.

NC: What are your must-have products and tools?

NM: I've been using Miss Jessie's Quick Curls lately—and that has really helped on the days that I want my hair to be a bit more weighed down and more "commercial friendly." I also like Redken's Ringlet 07 and Iso Bouncy Cream. I use them together and then diffuse. At times that I don't want to use product and give my hair a bit of a break, I will use Wen's Fig Cleansing conditioner— and that's all I have to use. It gives my hair a natural style without product that can be helpful if I'm going to a shoot where they want to put my hair up.

Nikki McCauley and Elisha Cuthbert

Nikki McCauley and Elisha Cuthbert in a still from the pilot for ABC's "Happy Endings."

NC: What do you do at night time for your hair?

NM: At night I will apply argon oil to help with the ends, which can be a bit dry and brittle at times, and I'll put it up in a loose bun to avoid breakage throughout the night.

NC: What is the best thing about being curly?

NM: The best thing about having curly hair is that it's unique. I'm "the girl with red curly hair."  It's also so much fun to try different things out with my hair. I have bangs that are long enough where I will at times wear them down a la Flashdance or put the bangs back for a more bohemian clean and fresh kind of look. Sometimes I will put it up in a high bun and make a little pompadour on the top for that rocker style. Or I'll put it up in a bun with curly bangs to get a '50s "I love Lucy" thing happenin'. I can also do a side part finger wave action in the front for a '20s look that can be nice for those "fancy" times. [Smiles.]

NC: What would you tell others to encouraging them to embrace their curls?

NM: For other gals out there with the curly locks... Experiment! Have fun with your hair! You're different and beautiful and you should embrace the uniqueness. Don't always tame the curls—get wild and crazy with them!

NC: Tell us about your current and upcoming projects.

NM: At the moment I'm working on an art/film project called "Make Your Own Happy" that I've created with a friend of mine. We're currently shooting a short film for the project.  It's all about embracing happiness in life by using imagination and creativity. I'm really excited about it! You will be able to see the final product in a few weeks at MakeYourOwnHappy.com — and my curls will be in full effect, so check it out! I'm also working on a couple of writing projects: a comedy for television and a one woman show piece for the stage.

NC: As a working actress in mainstream Hollywood, I can only imagine the pressures you must experience to keep your hair long and straight. Tell us a little about that.

NM: I do feel the pressure of taming the curls at times and not making my hair "look so big." But for the most part people have been pretty accepting of my curls. In the past, when I've mentioned getting it permanently straightened to my agents, they've quickly put the kibosh on it. It's sort of my signature. It allows me to stand out from the masses of straight haired actors in Los Angeles. I also look like a totally different person with my hair straight... so much so that when I do wear it straight, people I know don't even recognize me. Which can be fun at times, but only temporarily. [Smiles.]


Lady with curly hair surrounded by falling autumn leaves

As the heat starts to fad and cool nights begin to increase we think about how to prepare for fall. With the changing of the seasons often comes the changing of our hair colors.

Veteran stylist Anna Craig of Trashy Root Salon & Spa offers six tips to help you transition to your perfect fall look. As Pravana Artistic Educator and DevaCurl Specialist with over nine years of experience, Craig is extremely passionate about colors. Just follow these simple tips and you'll have your hair fall ready in no time!

Preparing for Fall

1. Deep Condition

Use a great deep conditioner a week prior to your dye appointment. You want to make sure you hair is strong and healthy. Make sure to do this around a week out — too close to your appointment will prohibit the color from fully penetrating.

2. Clarify

Clarify your hair to remove build up at least three days prior to you appointment. This will remove any access build up before you hair gets it's new fall look.

3. Hydrate

Use a hydrating conditioner for one week prior to your appointment, after your clarifying treatment. Hydrating conditioners are great to lock in the moisture without coating the hair too thick to prevent color penetration.

Lady with wavy hair lying in leaves and smiling

A Gradual Transformation

Transitioning your summer locks to fall is a slow and steady process that allows you to have a gradual transformation that's done right!.

4. Add depth!

Slowly start to add depth back into your hair via lowlights. Just an initial shading. You don't want to go too dark at first.

5. Weave

Five weeks later, add more depth by weaving in more dark pieces.

6. Add more depth

Seven weeks later, add additional depth. For the majority of the time, this will be the final step of the fall color transformation. However, it may take additional time if you want your change to be even more gradual. Talk to you stylist about what is right for you and your curls.

 


Top 5 Hottest Hair Trends for Fall:

We've got our eye on the hottest fall trends. In order to always look stylish and fashion-forward check out these top 10 hottest trends.

    Lea Michele

    Lea Michele

  1. Bangs! Bangs are a great way to spice up any style. This season, chunk bangs are the hottest trend.
  2. Zoe Saldana

    Zoe Sadana

  3. Braids! Braids are everywhere. Braids of all styles are a HOT beauty trend right now. French braids and fish tails are a favorite for Fall.
  4. Naomi Watts

    Naomi Watts

  5. Messy Sexy Hair and BIG Texture! Bye Bye straightening irons messy texture is back and bigger than ever.
  6. Keri Russell

    Keri Russell

  7. Buns and Twists! Modern twists on classic dos are taking over this Fall.
  8. Punk Locks
  9. Color! Fun pops of color are back. Colorful streaks are back in full color.

Top 5 Hottest Trends in Fashion for Fall:

    Knee-High Boots
  1. Knee high boots! Tall suede boots are a fashion staple in the fall and winter seasons.
  2. Greige
  3. Gray, the new black! Greige a combination of gray and beige, as the name implies, is a big trend this fall season and a must-have style.
  4. Greige
  5. Denim! Denim on denim a hot look for fall! Pull out that denim shirt from the past and belt it for the hottest look.
  6. Greige
  7. Cardigans are back! Oversized cardigans are a “must-have” this season.
  8. Greige
  9. Tights! Patterned tights are the best accessory this season.

We've all had that horrible cut or atrocious color experience that has left us hating our hair. Veteran stylist Anna Craig of Trashy Roots Salon & Spa, has five tips to ensure you get the perfect cut, color and style from your stylist every time. Anna, Pravana Artistic Educator and DevaCurl Specialist, with over nine years of experience is extremely passionate about client communication and ensures if you follow her steps you won’t ever leave the salon unhappy again!

Photos!

Camera

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Always bring photos of the color, cut or style you are looking for. This helps your stylist visualize what you are looking for. Stylist are very visual and need to see what you’re seeking or NOT seeking.

Stylists recommend you bring the following photos:

  • Photo of your hair that you like
  • Photo of your hair that you hate
  • Photo of a celebrity or hair model's hair that you like

Visuals are the clearest way to illustrate the cut, color and style you want. Bring these photos and you'll be one step closer to the perfect look. Check out our extensive photo gallery with thousands of inspirational photos.

History!

Make sure you stylist is aware of what you've done to your hair. Have you recently colored it at home? Did you recently have a keratin treatment? Did you just have a professional deep condition? Did you just get back from a two week vacation where you swam everyday? Be totally honest with your stylist of the state of your hair and the history of treatments, color and cuts. Being upfront and honest with your stylist about your hair history allows them to understand how your hair will react and what will achieve the best results. Honesty is the best policy, especially with your hair!

Expectations!

Have realistic expectations of the results. Make sure you understand if you have jet black hair that you will not walk out two hours later with platinum blond hair. Having realistic expectations can be hard, we all know what we want and we want it now! The truth is we need to understand that big changes are often a process. Being realistic with your stylist and your results will ensure much better results.

Hair Type!

Know your hair type and communicate it to your stylist. Knowing your hair type can change you life! Everyone's hair is different and it all reacts in different ways. Therefore, if you know your hair type and its abilities you can help your stylist better understand what will achieve the best results.

Here are a few key points about your hair you should always know:

Number: What's your hair type? Find out here.

Color hold: Does your hair fade easily? Does it fade red? Does it take color very easily?

Strength: Is your hair prone to breakage?

Consultation!

Always book a consultation appointment prior to your color, cut or styling appointment. Consultations are key to the success of your salon experience. The consult should range from 15 to 30 minutes for large changes and around 10 minutes for minor changes. During the consultation you want to make sure the stylist understands what you want, your expectations and your hair type. Also make sure they have the ability and experience to do what you want. Lastly, ensure their personality is a good match. If you and a stylist are just not "clicking" then there is a good chance they do not understand you and will not provide the best results. The consultation is the perfect place to bring your photos—talk through them with your stylist make sure they fully understand what you want. Note: Make sure you bring your photos the day of your appointment too that way you are not dependent on what you stylist "thinks" the photo looked like. Having the visual during the actual appointment will ensure success!

Say goodbye to cuts that are too short and color that is totally off—follow these 5 steps to get the perfect cut, color and style!


Having trouble getting to the gym? You can still have great looking hair all year long with these healthy hair tips for working out your curls.

 


shaun white

Shaun White

Shaun White, two-time Olympic gold medalist, was on "Larry King Live" last night talking about his skills, training and lush locks!

Every show Shaun appears on seems to turn to hair talk. We all want to know what his secret is, what he uses and how he keeps those curls and last night we got some answers...

Read about Shaun's Olympic gold medal win.

On the show, Larry said, "A whole bunch of people are Twittering to us, Shaun, about your hair. Specifically, what do you use on it? Do you ever plan to cut it?" Shaun responded, "You know, it's strange. I don't really do much to it. It's more of a lot of water and then shaking, if you can imagine. But I think that's why I grew it out in the first place — all my friends started to cut their hair short and spike it. That became popular. Every boy at school would show up with that hair style. I decided it wasn't for me, and figured I'd grow it long. But yeah, the more people say I should cut it, I just figure I grow it longer."

Looks like Shaun's hair secrets will remain secret.

He is still our favorite ginger! We love to see our curlies bring home the gold.


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Wendy Williams

A new episode of "Real Housewives of Orange County" debuted last night and generated some juicy conversation on Bravo's late-night show "Watch What Happens: Live." This always-fun, often-noisy show is hosted by Bravo programming executive Andy Cohen, who welcomes guests from some of the cable network's most popular series, as well as other entertainment stars, to chat about pop culture and celebrities in the news.

Wendy Williams host of "The Wendy Williams Show"—and a big "Real Housewives" fan—was last night's guest. The conversation quickly turned from housewives drama to hair.

Outspoken Wendy is known equally for her famous phrase "How YOU doin'?" and her elaborate collection of wigs. On last night's show, viewers wrote in to ask Wendy about her hair, including us. We tweeted about it—"@BravoAndy Question for Wendy: You said you're a hair lady, but why don't you go natural? You are so beautiful—embrace your natural kinks".

However, we were not the only ones wanting to talk about her hair—two other viewers wrote in to discuss her hair, and our Tweet was not selected. Of the two that were selected, the first asked Wendy if she will reveal her natural hair one day like Oprah and Tyra have done. Wendy replied that she does not want to do so because her textured hair is very thin. She is not confident with her thin hair and therefore doesn't want to show it. She said that her hair has thinned with age and because of her thyroid disease.

Sounds to us like she might not know how to do her hair or what products are right. But we can help with that! NaturallyCurly.com would love to get Wendy to go natural. We have the tools, tips and tricks that can help her love her natural hair.

Incidentally, ;ater the conversation turned to Oprah, like so many conversations do! Wendy complimented her and said she has great hair and that she wishes she has thick full hair like that. Last hair topic was about our favorite ginger, Shaun White.



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