For curly girls, frizzy hair is just a part of life. Our products promise to keep our curls frizz-free and the websites that we use give us dozens of tips to combat frizz. We’re usually more concerned about frizz through the hair shaft and at the ends of our curls, but what about frizz at the roots? It’s especially important to take note of frizzy roots in the winter, since the cold weather can be even more damaging to our hair.
As the weather becomes increasingly “wintery,” it’s important to care for your hair properly. Between the frigid, dry air outside and the heated indoor air, your curls could be taking a real beating and rapidly drying out! One easy way to combat this problem? Second-day hair!
The natural oils from your scalp are great for your curls in the winter — don’t shampoo too often, or you’ll strip your hair of its natural moisture. Instead, rock your second-day hair with the following tips.
I thought I had my hair care regimen all figured out when I came to work at NaturallyCurly. But after three weeks in the office, I had tried over a dozen different products and I was regularly changing up my regimen, trying to find one that worked for me. Here are a few of my favorite products for fine, wavy hair.
If you’re like me, now that October is gone, you’ve been hitting the snooze button every morning for a good month. That doesn’t mean that your look has to suffer! Now you’ll never have to feel guilty about taking those ten extra minutes of beauty sleep with these tips to help you speed up your morning routine.
Braids are a great hairstyle for the fall. It can be hard to keep curls in check once the wind sets in, and braiding is a great way to combat frizz while preserving your curls. There’s a braid for every occasion and every personal style. They’re also perfect for everything from intramural sports and second-day hair to date nights and fall weddings.
The following braids tend to be best for type 2 hair, but other curlies can benefit from them as well! Try starting to braid when your hair is still damp for a little more control.
If you’re looking for even more inspiration, look to the likes of Kerry Walsh and Misty Mae, Katniss Everdeen and other leading ladies of the red carpet for ideas!
They promise to make your curls silky smooth and smelling great. But are the chemicals in your hair products causing more harm than good? Unfortunately for some people, the answer is yes. Even if you don’t have a specific chemical allergy, the chemicals in shampoos, conditioners, styling serums, etc. can be irritating to the sensitive skin on your scalp. Symptoms can start almost immediately, and since hair products have direct contact with skin, you could end up with a full-blown itchy, flaky scalp.
The good news? You can still get great hair without the irritation!
Fragrance is added to many hair products, and as consumers, we don’t always know what type of chemicals are being used. Even “fragrance-free” or “unscented” products sometimes use extra chemicals to neutralize smell.
2. Preservatives and antibacterials
Preservatives and antibacterials may increase your shampoo’s shelf-life and keep out unwanted bacteria, but they can also be damaging to the skin on your scalp.
3. Formulation excipients
Formulation excipients are inactive ingredients that are often used to dissolve or dilute an active ingredient. They help to thicken, color, or lubricate your hair products.
Cocamidopropyl betaine, paraphenylenediamine and glycerol thioglycolate are common in hair products. Cocamidopropyl betaine, for example, is a surfactant, and is used as an antistatic agent in hair conditioners. These chemicals are also found in hair dyes.
You Can Still Have Great Hair!
Here are a few things to look for in a new hair product. And remember, it’s all about experimentation! If the first product you try doesn’t work for you, try, try again.
- Is it really fragrance-free? If you’re looking for a fragrance-free product, remember to read ingredient labels. Watch out for added “masking” chemicals.
- Look for “hypoallergenic” products. Hypoallergenic products claim to cause fewer allergic reactions. If you simply have sensitive skin and not a specific allergy, this might do the trick.
- All-natural products are a curly girl’s best friends. There are so many products out there with all-natural ingredients. You’re bound to find one that works for you!
- Do-it-yourself. If you can’t find anything that gives you beautiful curls and solves your allergy problem, check out our Curl Recipes! Homemade products are a great way to ensure that you know exactly what ingredients are being used.
“I did it just a couple of days ago,” Natalie Portman said of her new blonde hair. “My mom says I’m like a different person.”
Portman debuted her lighter locks this past weekend when she joined her husband, ballet dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, for the inaugural performance of his L.A. Dance Project at Walt Disney Concert Hall. She reportedly made the change for an upcoming movie role, although she wouldn’t reveal further details.
It’s not the first time we’ve seen Natalie Portman as a blonde — she donned a honey-blonde wig for her 2004 role in “Closer” — and she’s certainly not one to shy away from drastic makeovers. Her most memorable look? A shaved head for her role as Evey in “V for Vendetta.” “I was really excited to get to shave my head — it’s something I’d wanted to do for a while and now I had a good excuse,” Portman told USA Today. “It was nice to shed that level of vanity.”
Thinking of going from brunette to blonde? Here are a few tips to help you make the transition as flawlessly as Natalie Portman:
- If you’ve never colored your hair, try lightening in stages. Start with highlights around your face and get used to having lighter hair. If you decide that going blonde isn’t for you, it won’t be too late to turn back.
- Determine your natural shade. If you decide to go blonde all at once, like Portman, make sure that you start by going 3-4 shades lighter than your natural shade.
- Don’t forget to moisturize! Dying your hair lighter is generally more damaging than dying it darker, so be sure to deep condition regularly.
- Be ready for the upkeep. Don’t go all-over blonde unless you have the time and money to go into the salon about once per month. If you’re not ready for that commitment, go for highlights or a more “broken up” blonde.
Love it? Hate it? Tell us what you think of Natalie Portman’s new blonde ‘do.
Your hair is one of the first things people notice about you, so use it to your advantage! The wrong hair color can make you look washed out, and a bad haircut can make you look dated, even when paired with the most up-to-date makeup and fashion trends.
As a curly girl, you already have a head start. Women with curly, textured hair tend to look younger than straight-haired counterparts as they age. Because of the natural volume that comes with having curly hair, thinning is less noticeable. Consider your frizz and volume to be a blessing in disguise!
Are you looking for a new young, fresh look for fall? Before heading to the salon, read the following tips. And as always, remember to talk to your stylist before making any changes!
- Leave the angular, asymmetrical bob to Rihanna. This look is hard to pull off in the first place, and the extreme angles will only highlight any fine lines on your face. If you want to go short and emphasize your great bone structure, lean towards a style with face-framing layers and softer edges.
- Skip the blunt bangs. They often look too severe. Instead, try a side-swept, piecey bang that hits right below your brow. The result? A softer look that will draw attention to your eyes.
- Keep it loose. Tight updos, while polished, tend to look rigid and make you look older. Substitute the ballerina bun for a low chignon and tease your roots or leave a few strands around your face. Keep it strategically messy.
- Try a few strategically placed highlights. If you’re tired of your monotone color, add some depth with highlights around your face. You can maintain a sun-kissed, youthful glow all year long!
- Experiment with a new part. Sometimes, it’s just that simple.
If you’re stuck in a rut, step out of your comfort zone and try a new look! There are tons of new trends out there — just remember to stick to one that suits your lifestyle and age.
What do you do to maintain a young-at-heart fresh look?
Ready for the latest celebrity big chop? This past Tuesday, September 4, brought yet another dramatic celebrity makeover. Country singer and American Idol alum, Kellie Pickler, shaved her blonde locks, tweeting, “It’s been a great life-changing day.”
Pickler’s new look isn’t a cry for help, per Britney Spears’ 2007 buzz. She isn’t preparing for a movie role, nor is she looking for a drastic, Miley-esque change. The singer chose to sport a peach fuzz hairdo in solidarity with her childhood friend, Summer Miller, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in June. Miller, age thirty-five, has already undergone a double mastectomy and will begin chemotherapy today.
The video she released to “Good Morning America” shows the two friends sitting side-by-side, having their hair buzzed off together. Miller had decided to shave her head before chemo, explaining, “I was told that it was mentally much easier to do it this way than to wake up with my hair on my pillow… I’m really not that apprehensive about shaving my head. It is hair and it will grow back.”
Makeover for a Cause
Kellie Pickler and her friend are trying to raise awareness for the importance of early detection, which is often the difference between an early-stage tumor and a fatal tumor. Because Miller’s family had a history of breast cancer, she was cautious about self-examinations and asked her doctor about a mammogram. Luckily, her tumor was discovered at an early stage. She will undergo chemotherapy to ensure that the tumor doesn’t return.
“Cancer does not discriminate,” said Pickler. “If this compels even one person to change their mentality toward waiting until the age of forty for their mammogram, then it will be worth it,” Summer Miller finished, encouraging viewers to take charge of their health.
Kellie Pickler’s courage and loyalty is an inspiration to all of us here in the NaturallyCurly community and we think she looks just as fabulous with her new ‘do. Much love to her and her best friend Summer Miller, as she goes through another round of treatment.
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