Articles By Jessica Mousseau

It seems as though each day a new product guaranteed to give you longer, stronger, healthier hair is introduced. Some of them even go so far as to claim that they can stop hair loss and even re-grow hair. Although some products can actually stop hair loss and allow for the re-growth of hair, most of them do little to improve the condition of your hair.

Of all the products that make such claims, however, emu oil benefits the condition of your scalp, which is where hair growth starts. This product may actually be everything it's hyped up to be.

How Does Hair Actually Grow?

First Things First

Hair actually starts growing below the epidermis, or top layer of skin, of the scalp. Hair follicles go through three separate phases, and each one may be in a different stage of growth.

The first stage is called the anagen stage. The hair begins to grow from the root and gradually works its way to the end of the follicle. This is actually the only time that hair is considered alive. Next is the catagen stage. During this phase, the hair has fully grown, and the hair follicle itself is actually coming closer to the surface of the skin. The hair is actually getting ready to be shed. Nothing happens to the hair itself during this period. Color does not change (unless it is by artificial means), and the length remains the same. It is, for all intents and purposes, “dead," although a more precise term would be to say the hair is in a “resting” phase. Hair shedding of the follicle and preparing for new hair growth occurs during the telogen phase. This is the phase in which the existing hair falls out, a new hair follicle grows, and the process starts all over again.

Again, each of these phases is occurring at a different time on different parts of your head and body. Of course, the hair on your head is more noticeable; that is why each day you see hair left behind in the sink, on your brush or comb, as weeks pass after a haircut or as you notice your hair growing long again.

Emu Oil Benefits for Hair Growth

How Do They Interact?

Clinical studies conducted in the United States and other parts of the world show that emu oil works with the anagen phase of hair growth. This is the only phase in which the hair follicle and the hair are actually considered “living," and thus can be affected by any type of product.

It is thought that emu oil benefits cell growth and provide skin stimulation around new hair follicles as they start and continue the development process. All of these together help hair to grow faster; in addition, the hair grown is said to be healthier.

How Much To Use

Experiment for Best Results

The amount of emu oil you use will depend on your personal preference as well as your hair’s characteristics. If your hair tends to be naturally oily, you may not want to use as much as someone who has normal or dry hair. Additionally, the thickness of your hair will have a bearing on how much you use. Thick hair may require more in order to penetrate each follicle as well as the scalp, while thinner hair may require less.

The length of your hair is also a factor in how much emu oil benefits you'll get from the amount you use. Longer hair may require more, especially if it tends to be dry. You’ll want to use as much as is needed to make sure the emu oil is applied all the way down the hair shaft. Shorter hair, on the other hand, may tend to be oilier, and, of course, will be closer to the scalp. You will probably need less if your hair is short.

It may require a little experimentation to get just the right amount. Once you’ve found what is best for your hair, however, you can jot it down so you won’t forget, or you can even put the emu oil in a dispenser that allows you to dispense the amount you need. You may want to consider doing the latter if you buy your oil in large quantities.

Where to Buy Emu Oil

  • Emu oil can be purchased through online merchants. You can also find it in health food stores, beauty supply stores, and possibly even in some drug or department stores.

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As curlies, we all know how important it is to choose hair products for the right hair types. But there are two other factors just as important that will help our hair get the best care it can: hair porosity and density. Before we get into how to do the at-home analysis, let’s talk about what hair porosity and density mean, as well as the different characteristics of curly and wavy hair.

How to Determine Hair Density

The density of your hair is simply how thin or thick it is. The number of hair follicles in a specific area of your hair, say a 1-inch area, determines your hair’s density.

The only way to truly determine density is to have someone literally examine a 1-inch square section of your scalp and count the number of hair follicles, or the number of hairs, in that 1-inch section. However, you can also do a simple hair density test with just two of your senses — vision and touch.

Your hair texture defines how your hair reacts to certain products, humidity and eve water. Knowing your hair's texture can point you in the right direction for your perfect products and hair regimen.

Kinky Hair

Kinky hair is hair that is very tightly curled. When you pull it straight out from the scalp, it immediately springs back as tight as it was before.

What's your hair texture?

 

  1. Make sure your hair is completely dry. Wet hair can feel and look thinner than it actually is.
  2. Be sure that your hair has not been picked out, combed, or styled in any way.
  3. Look closely at your hair from all angles, and see if you can see your scalp through the hair strands. If you can, your hair has very low density.

Curly and Wavy Hair

Curly hair is looser than kinky hair, but may still have quite a bit of tightness in it. Wavy hair is exactly what it sounds like. It has large or small waves, but little, if any, curliness or kinkiness.

  1. Make sure your hair is hanging loosely. Do not part it; rather, let it fall into its natural shape.
  2. Look at your hair from all angles. Can you see any scalp showing anywhere? If it very easily seen, your hair has low density.
  3.  Take your hair and gather it up as if you were going to put it in a ponytail. You may want to go ahead and secure it in a ponytail so that you won’t have to hold it. Brush it as smooth as you possibly can so that hair will not be “bunched up."
  4. Examine your hair again from all angles. This time, if you see more scalp than when it was down, you can determine that your hair is of medium density. No scalp showing at all means your hair is of high density.

How to Determine Hair Porosity

The simple definition of hair porosity is the ability of your hair to absorb and retain any type of moisture.

If your hair is not very porous at all, the cuticle layers, the scales of the hair shaft that overlap one another, are very close together and are tightly closed. They allow little, if any, moisture to get in or out. If your hair is like this, it is considered to have low porosity.

The further apart the cuticle layers are, and the more open they are, the more porous your hair will be. If the space between them is exactly as it should be, and they are open just as much as they should be, you have normal hair porosity. On the other hand, if you could drive a semi truck between the spaces as well as through them, your hair is considered to be overly porous.

For hair porosity, you want to feel your hair while it is wet, and the technique is the same for all hair types.

  1. Squeeze or blot excess moisture from your hair so that it is not dripping, but leave it as wet as possible.
  2. If it feels rough or has a “straw-like” texture,  your hair is not very porous.
  3.  If your hair simply feels wet, you have normal hair porosity.
  4. If your hair has high porosity, it will feel sticky, almost as if you had not washed all product out of your hair.

Want more?

Have fine hair? Stay away from heavy products, and try these tips for working with fine hair.

Final thoughts

Once you have determined your hair porosity and density, you can start using products specifically made for your type of curls. No single race or hair type has pre-determined porosity and density, so the only way to find out is to perform an at-home test on your curls.

It is just another aspect of your curls that makes them completely unique to you!

 


You’ve styled your hair, applied your make-up, and are ready to slip into your partying, work or church outfit. Then you take one last look at yourself before walking out the door, and immediately wish you hadn’t. The mirror is greeting you with the sight of your poofy roots, resembling someone who stuck her finger in an electrical socket!

What makes this so aggravating, besides the fact that it totally changes the way your style looks, is the fact that it’s just the roots. The rest of your hair is still exactly like you styled it.

You may not have time to do anything with your kinky roots this time, but you don’t want this to happen again. Here are some curly hair tips to tame your kinky roots and stop fearing the mirror.

Wrap Your Hair

Yes, turban style!

You may want to consider wrapping your hair in an absorbent towel or turban immediately after washing it to see if that will help your kinky roots lay down. Keeping in moisture while maintaining shape is essential for curly hair, especially for those who’s roots refuse to stay put. Apply your product to soaking wet hair, wrap your hair in a towel and let it sit. The amount of time you have available will determine how long you leave your hair in the towel, but the longer, the better.

You can even opt for more fashionable hair wraps like scarves. This way, you can leave your hair in the scarf all day while it dries and not be stuck in the bathroom. Come nighttime, your roots will be set in place! Make sure to choose a soft nylon or silk scarf since cotton, or similar materials, will pull at your hair and mess up your style.

Ask Your Stylist

She usually knows best.

One of the best things you can do is to just simply ask a professional — your stylist – for her curly hair tips. This can be especially helpful if you’ve been going to her for quite a while. She knows your hair type and can take that into consideration when offering you advice.

Don’t be afraid to ask her if certain things may help. For example, cutting or thinning your hair just enough to make it more manageable, but still leave it long enough so that you can change styles when you want to, might help. The weight of your hair or the growth pattern may be what’s causing your kinky roots problem, and trimming your curls may just be the solution.

Do you wear your hair in pretty much the same styles, even though you swap them up depending on the occasion? If so, these styles may be causing damage to the roots of your hair, even if you don’t wear them that often or for that long. For example, constantly wearing your hair up and pulled back will cause creases and, ultimately, breakage at the root.

This is something else your stylist can help you with. She can look for damage and determine if it is being caused by the styles you wear. If it is, she will most likely be able to suggest some other styles that will be less damaging.

Protect Your Hair From Heat

Heat equals damage, always!

If you are still using heat appliances multiple times a week, you may be damaging your hair. In its natural state, the damage becomes much more apparent, and as the oils from your head reach your damaged locks, they will inflate.

For a long-term fix, put the straightening iron down and transition out to a permanent natural look that is much healthier for your curly hair! For a more immediate fix, use styling products that will protect your hair from heat. These can include shampoos and conditioners, so that protection will start right away, even before you start styling your hair. Even though you will rinse these products out, some protection will remain behind.

When you are ready to style your hair, look for leave-in products that don’t add weight or alter the sheen of your hair. In other words, avoid products that will make your hair look too oily or too dull, but find ones that do protect your hair from heat. Use these products only on the roots and perhaps the first one to two inches of hair away from the roots. These are probably the only places they need to be applied anyway.

Share what you know!

  • Let us know which curly hair tips work best for your kinky roots!
  • Everyone’s hair, despite type, is completely different. Even the hair on your own head is different from one area to the next.
  • What works best for one person may not work for another. Put these methods to the test, find your solution, and tell us about it!

For many curly, wavy and kinky haired girls, keratin treatments seem like a blessing. This hair straightening and smoothing process is thought to keep the hair straight without frizz or fly-aways for a long period of time. For many curly girls wanting to go straight, this means less time styling and less worry about our end result. However, the process has come under some harsh medical scrutiny. So, the question is, do the pros outweigh the cons?

What are Keratin Treatments?

And how do they do it?

When receiving a keratin treatment, the hair is first shampooed with a clarifier. The hair is then blow dried so that all moisture is removed. Next, solution is applied with a brush and then combed throughout the hair. The hair is then wrapped into a plastic cap, and is allowed to set for approximately 20 minutes.

After this time period passes, the hair is blow dried once more and then flat ironed. The oils of the treatment will set into the hair within a few hours - so static strands are normal at this time.

The hair must be kept straight, as the stylist has it, for 72 hours. No hair accessories may be used in the hair as it may disturb the process. Do not allow the hair to get wet while in the shower.

Pros of a Brazilian Keratin Treatment

It must be popular for some reason!

Ultimately, a treatment can be done on nearly any type of hair whether relaxed, chemically straightened, color-treated, curly, kinky or wavy. The treatment is also suitable for men.

The treatment can last for nearly six months. A keratin treatment will help to prevent frizz, fly-aways and leave a silky, shiny gleam to the hair. Ultimately, this treatment is great for men & women who are looking for straighter hair for longer periods of time.

Cons of Keratin Treatments

Health Concerns Galore

One of the biggest concerns and cons of using keratin treatments is the risk of one’s health. The Department of Labor issued a hazard alert for keratin treatments, stating the dangers of the formaldehyde. While keratin treatments have yet to be banned, the danger associated with being around the chemicals used in the treatment poses health concerns for both the stylist and you!

Formaldehyde is most commonly associated with a high cancer risk. According to the National Cancer Institute, while we have always been well aware of the short-term health affects — such as watery eyes, skin irritation, coughing, nausea and burning sensations in the eyes, ears and throat — long-term health affects were still unclear until 1987 when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classified formaldehyde as a probable human carcinogen. Since then, Canada has outlawed the treatment due to the health concerns.

Today, despite the health risks, the keratin treatments are still popular with curlies looking for straighter strands over a long period of time, and the U.S. has yet to outlaw the treatment.

Weigh Your Options

  • Are you willing to trade straighter strands for health risks?
  • For this curly, I’m taking probable human carcinogen as a message to stay away!

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Bun

Whether the curl is too tight, you failed at an at-home perm or you simply don’t like the result, dealing with a bad perm doesn’t have to be an annoying or routine-changing task. There are countless ways to tame or rid your strands of a bad perm. As with any remedy, be sure to follow each instruction carefully, so that no further hair damage is done to your tresses.

Before we can get down to the essentials of how to correct a bad perm, first we must figure out what your problem is. Depending upon the issue, there may be an at home fix. Unfortunately, some perm mistakes cannot be corrected at home, at least without damaging your hair and look even more. A professional consultation may be required, but first, before you walk out of the house with a scarf or hat hiding the disaster, analyze the problem and figure out where you need to begin.

At-Home Perm Remedy

Trim fishtails only where your cut won't disturb the curl pattern. Basically, only trim the straight parts!

This at-home remedy includes conditioner, plastic wrap, and canola oil. Applying the oil on dirty hair is best.

For many, this process will help to loosen the perm. However, others may need to repeat this at-home remedy several times in a span of a week to see the effects start to hold.

What You'll Need

  1. Find an area that will catch your spills. Place your head over a sink, bathtub, garbage can or any other disposal object. It is likely you will be getting product all over the area, so make sure what you're wearing and where you are at can take the beating.
  2. Apply oil and wrap your hair. Apply enough canola oil in order to soak the hair from root to tip. Wrap the hair in plastic wrap, or any other covering that will protect your clothing and objects. Then wrap your head in a towel. This will help prevent any drips and keep moisture and heat inside the treatment. The oil should remain on the hair for at least one hour.
  3. Rinse with a gentle shampoo. After an hour passes, rinse the hair completely. Please note it will take quite some time to rinse all of the oil out. If you are having trouble, use a gentle shampoo
  4. Condition and repeat. After rinsing the hair of oil, condition the hair and allow it to sit for at least two to three minutes. Rinse the conditioner and repeat the conditioning process once more.

Correcting a Fishtail

For many, a bad perm is the result of an improper perm rod application. A fishtail can result if the hair is not wound around the perm rod correctly.

Also, if the hair is extremely straight or coarse, it may not wind properly, resulting in a straight rather than curly look. Luckily, fixing a fishtail is easy.

  1. Trim the ends. Simply trimming the end of the fishtail can solve the problem. Be sure that you are using a pair of shears, rather than plain scissors. Make the cut only on the straight part of the hair. The cut should not interfere with the curl pattern at all.
  2. Blend the hair. You can also use a hot tool, such as a blow dryer or a curling iron, in order to blend the hair more naturally.
  3. You have a professional option. If the fishtail look is too drastic for your liking, ask your stylist to re-perm the fishtails so that they blend. Wait at least three days after the initial perm, however, so as not to cause too much damage to your hair.

Chemical Misapplication

Many times a perm goes bad because the perm solution isn’t left on for the proper amount of time. In addition, if the hair isn’t in a healthy state, it may not take the solution properly.

This may result in permanent damage to the hair. Most of the time, this type of mistake can result in a major haircut in order to fix the error. Bad perms often can be unshapely, result in no curls at all or create a noticeably frizzy look.

Use a good deep conditioner to hydrate your hair back to health. This will decrease frizz and result in a better-looking perm.

Condition, Condition, Condition!

Healthy curly hair needs conditioning, and often, which means that damaged curls need even more! So many curl dilemmas are due to lack of conditioning, so get your mane on the right track!

Final thoughts

A bad perm can be frustrating, but whether you’re just dissatisfied with the results or there was an error during the application process, it is possible to get through them. Let us know what you’ve tried!

 


Bun

Curly hair can be difficult to cut and many stylists recently have only begun learning specifically how to do it. These stylists, however, can run your bill up quite a bit more than your neighborhood mall or nail salon’s chops. Trimming your end helps keep your curls looking healthy and neat, and your purse full of cash.

Trimming Basics

Trimming is the easiest way to freshen your look without drastically changing it. However, mastering the technique behind trimming curly hair is a professional talent!  Be sure you know what you’re doing before you cut, or else that big chop you planned for next year may happen today!

1. Trim your curls while dampMany stylists believe that cutting wet hair gives you better control, but the trouble with cutting hair wet on curlies is that our hair has a tendency to shrink. Our wet locks are by no means the length of our dry ones. Often times, trimming hair while wet can result in over cutting. As a rule of thumb, the curlier your hair, the more it will shrink as it dries. Instead of cutting hair wet or dry, trim your tresses while they are damp. Make sure that you scrunch them to add the true texture to your locks. The slight wetness of your hair will help to give you more control, yet the slight dryness will help you to visualize the actual length and reduce shrinkage.

What You'll Need

 

  • Shears
  • Comb
  • Pins or clips
  • Thinning shears
  1. Try dusting instead of full-out trimming. Dusting is a technique that is easy and fast. It allows you to snip off your dead ends, and keep your current curly hair style. Start by detangling the hair with a comb. Twist the hair into several pieces around the head. The ends of the twists will show the dead ends that need to be trimmed. The dusting technique is executed best when the hair is dry or slightly damp. This allows you to see where the hair needs to be trimmed. If the hair is too wet, it isn’t as noticeable where to cut.
  2. Optional: Add texture! Adding texture to your hair is a great haircutting technique that removes hair and bulk without shortening the original length of the hair, thus helping you to maintain your current style. You can add texture to your curly hair with thinning shears. Be sure to never use a razor when adding texture as this can often create frizz and weakens the hair overall. Razor cuts on curly hair are best left to the professionals. Women with fine curls should never use a thinning shears, either. Thinning on fine hair will only create thinner hair, as you might imagine.

Avoid the Trim Altogether!

Taking care of curly hair doesn't have to be a full time job. Simply following some basic tips to avoid hair breakage will keep your locks looking freshly cut, longer.

Final thoughts

Ultimately, trimming your hair will prevent frizz, split ends and an out-of-control look. Be sure that you determine what type of trim you are looking for, though, before you begin. Dusting and adding texture is easily done on your own, but for more drastic cuts, be sure to consult your stylist.


Bun

We’ve all been there: we color our hair, then a few days or weeks later, we need to do it all over again. As we age, the appearance of gray hair can make our hair coloring regimen even harder. Learning the right techniques for coloring gray hair is the first step to creating a healthy, youthful look.

Gray strands can pop up at any age. However, evaluating your gray hair situation is important before coloring. If you have less then 40% gray, then you can color your hair at home. Use permanent or semi-permanent hair color without alcohol or peroxide to avoid dry, brittle, colored hair. This will result in faster fading and more frequent hair color sessions.

For ladies with curly, kinky or wavy hair and significant gray coverage, a hair stylist can offer highlights to help mask your gray hair. Whether it's a simple transformation of color where there is gray, or a glaze that makes hair look shiny and natural, both hair coloring options are effective, but hard to maintain. Highlights most likely will need to be redone in a few week’s time, so it's important to commit to coloring gray hair regularly.

Lastly, for those who are completely gray, a full head color is recommended with the use of color wands as hair grows out.

Tips for Coloring Gray Hair

Simply adding a few lowlights of color can create a subtle look of youth.

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  1. Make sure the color sits for the correct amount of time. Since gray hair is difficult to cover, it’s important to keep hair dye on long enough to let the color take. Oftentimes, gray is resistant to color altogether, so there may be trouble spots on your head if you do not follow the coloring instructions properly. Timing is crucial!
  2. Choose darker colors. To create a natural look, choose a shade that is no more then two or three shades lighter then your natural hair color. Going overboard on bleaching can cause extreme damage to your locks.
  3. Always use sulfate-free products. We recommend Bed Head shampoos, conditioners and styling products. Also, color-enhancing shampoos, such as those from Pantene Pro-V, will prevent fading and/or changing of hair color tones between color treatments.
  4. Rinse hair with cool water. Always rinse your hair with cool or lukewarm water since hot water makes the hair lose its color faster. Extended exposure to the sun as well as to chlorine water can also damage the color.
  5. Let a professional help. If you’re looking to bleach your gray hair for a lighter hair color or simply for highlights, let a professional help. Gray hair can be extremely difficult to bleach and tone, and can take on a yellowish hue if colored improperly.

Gray is Beautiful!

Coloring gray isn't your only option, you know. Gray hair rocks, and comes in just as many shades as any other color. Take some inspiration from these silver sirens as they explain why they refuse to color their locks. 

Final thoughts

Master these techniques for coloring gray hair, and you'll be able to get the fresh look you want, and keep it for weeks to come. Let us know how it turns out!

 


Women’s desire to remain beautiful has had them doing crazy, weird things to their hair, nails and skin for as long as recorded history.

Whether from ancient or from modern times, these gross beauty trends are outrageous and have had women everywhere feeding into their popularity.

Ultimately, there are always beauty trends that have many of us shaking our heads. Here are some of our favorites that are really “out-there.”

Pale-Face Makeup

When too much is too much!

Made popular in the Middle Ages, the pale face fashion helped to hide scars and sores from smallpox. However, many beauty pros still think this whiteout look makes the face more dramatic for fashion shows and even everyday life.

To accomplish the look in the Middle Ages, women used white lead on the face, which resulted in many deaths from lead poisoning.

Teased Hair

Bad for your hair, and for your fashion reputation.

A popular facet of the '80s, teased hair had women puffing the hair out from the roots of their hair.

To accomplish the look, women used combs and an up-and-down brush stroke to give the hair excess volume and have it stand on end. Due to the motion, hair easily tangled. Women not using conditioners to detangle the hair on a daily basis saw major hair breakage from repeated teasing.

Today, “The Jersey Shore’s” own Snooki (Nicole Polizzi) has popularized this signature 1980s look by “poofing” and teasing the hair upward, creating a poof on the top of the head. The trend has exploded across the world, and teens and women alike are exposing their inner poof. Yikes!

Bright Eye Shadow

Still a Halloween staple.

Remember Mimi from "The Drew Carey Show"? This makeup trend had women applying bright blue, purple, pink and any other pastel color from the lash line to the brow bone. The result? A bright mess of rainbow colors that looks like frosting.

What were we thinking?

Sanding Hair Away

No pain, lots of hair gain!

While we understand that tweezing, threading, shaving and waxing hair off of our bodies isn’t ideal, but sandpaper—well, that seems worse.

During the Renaissance, people would use depilatory creams made from home with arsenic and quicklime.

The most shocking technique occurred in the 1940s when women used sandpaper to remove unwanted body hair. Ouch!

Drawn-On Eyebrows

Heck, some are even stick on!

Made popular by Annette Funicello in the 1950s, this shaved off brow look creates a harsh brow line on the forehead. Many runway models, and celebrities such as Pam Anderson, have adopted this weird beauty trend.

In fact, now, many women are opting for tattooing the brow on. We hate to call out our fair-haired sisters, but come on—the idea is a little weird.

Deadly Lips

In nature, red does mean stop...

Cleopatra herself popularized one of the most outrageous beauty trends in history. She made perhaps one of the first ever lip plumping concoctions—it consisted of beeswax, ants and beetle blood. After crushing the ingredients and mixing them, the concoction was applied to the lips.

The look gave the red lipstick appearance women still love today, but many experts agree that Cleo’s mixture was poisonous. This sure makes fish scales in lipstick seem like kid's play.

Crimped Hair

Oops, they did it again.

Remember going to bed as a kid with wet, braided hair and waking up with that oh-so-popular crimped look? For kids, the look is quick, easy and takes hairstyle woes off parents during a quick and busy morning rush.

However, in the 1990s, crimping irons began showing up in malls across America, and musicians such as Alanis Morisette and Brittany Spears took the trend to an extreme by showcasing their crimped, long, frizzy locks in music videos, at award shows and in pictures none of us will ever forget. What a frightening sight!

Let us know what you think!

  • What weird beauty trends do you follow?
  • What common trends now may make a list just like this in the future?
  • Are these back in?

Want more?

Take a look at these weird hairstyles throughout the ages!

 


Bun

If you're blessed with wavy hair, you may sometimes feel like the texture is more of a curse than anything. There can be several reasons for this:

• Your hair tends to frizz, especially in humid weather.

• Your hair has different lengths (for example, shorter around the face but longer in the back)

These reasons, as well as others, can make it hard to evenly curl your hair, but it's not impossible. Here's how to make wavy hair curl evenly with just a little time and effort.

Start with the Right Tools

Frustrated with your wavy locks? Learn how to turn take them from night mare to, "My, hair!"

These include, but are not limited to, styling products such as mousse, sprays, and gels. All of these can help you tame unruly curls. Just make sure they do not contain alcohol which can dry your hair out, since curly hair already has a tendency toward being dry.

Dryness can also cause breakage, which in turn leads to frizz waves. Add a humid day to the mix of overly dry hair due to harsh styling products and you have achieved the old "finger in the light socket" look.

Your styling tools should include blow dryers with diffuser attachments and curling irons or curling brushes that have 2" to 3" barrels. You also want to have a sturdy wide-tooth comb as well as a large, at least 2" to 3" in diameter, round brush. You can also invest in some large curlers for those occasions when you have a little more styling time.

What You'll Need

  • Pins or clips
  • Round Brush or Curling Iron
  • Blow Dryer
  • Diffuser
  1. Work with small sections of hair. Starting with the under section, pin or clip the rest of your hair out of the way while you work, loosening one section as you finish another.
  2. Start at the root of each section. If you are using a round brush or curling iron, start at the root of each section and work your way down to the ends. When using curling appliances, gently pull your hair straight out and clamp the appliance at the root, gently sliding it down to the end. Then, turn the curling appliance in the direction you want your curl to go. If you are using a round brush, pull the hair straight out and gently roll it around the brush, then blow-dry.
  3. Begin with the top and side sections. Starting with the curls on the top and side sections can quicken and perfect the process. Because the top and side sections of your hair are usually where the shortest, tightest curls are, you can tame them first and then concentrate on the back and crown.
  4. Create natural looking curls. For more natural looking curls, simply don’t create identical curls all-over. For women with curly hair, each strand forms a different shape. Perfectly identical curls are not common.

The Versatility of the Curling Iron

Curling irons can achieve loose, beach waves or perfect corkscrews. It all depends on the barrel and heat setting!

Final thoughts

If your waves are still not curling evenly, focus on mimicking one section and continue that pattern around the head. How do you use your curling iron to create spiral and even curls? Let us know!

 


Bun

Curly hair is notorious for the poofy, frizzy mess that it can sometimes be. Thus, it's important to find effective ways to cut curly hair in order to tame our curly locks.

Of course, frizz and poof aren’t just about the cut, but also about the care. So here we break it down for you, from the why behind the bulk, to the strategies behind the tame.

Why Does Curly Hair Get Bulky?

Curly hair generally poofs because of its texture and ultimately, its bulk. Specific haircuts can also increase or decrease your poof, given that they increase or decrease your bulk.

For example, a blunt cut creates more volume and leaves a pyramid or triangle shaped ‘do for curlies. This haircut is prone to the notorious poof as the bulk of your hair is situated in a small space.

On the other hand, layers can often cut down on the amount of bulk, thus reducing a poofy look. By displacing strands in different sections of the hair, you are essentially spreading the poof out, giving the appearance that you have less of it.

Keep in mind, however, that too many layers will create volume, which often translates to poof. Be sure that you explain your end goal to your stylist in order to ensure that he or she understands your expectations.

What You'll Need

  • Trimming scissors
  • A mirror
  • Thinning scissors
  • Carol's Daughter Hair Milk
  • Curl Junkie Rehab
  1. Never wet your curly hair before it is cut. This tends to increase the amount of shrinkage once it dries. Curly strands are best cut dry, which helps to ensure that the length of your locks will stay in place, even after the first wash.
  2. Trim hair to desired length. It’s important that you take the time to cut each curl one at a time and straight across. Using a mirror, pull trimmed curls out straight and double check their length. Be sure that your hair is trimmed evenly. It is OK if it is not perfect, your curly texture will hide minor imperfections.
  3. Add texture! Using either texturizing or thinning scissors, separate the hair into 1-inch pieces. Hold each piece away from your head and use the shears on the bottom third of your hair. This will help to reduce bulk. It’s important that you work from the back of the head toward the crown. After you’re done texturizing, shake your curls out to ensure there are no uneven spots on your head. Touch any of these spots up with the shears.
  4. Tame poof and frizz. Use shampoos without sodium laureth or sodium lauryl as these ingredients often strip the hair of its natural oils. Natural oils are responsible for locking in moisture, so once these are gone, your hair will dry out fast. The drier hair is, the more poof it creates. Using a shampoo such as Carol's Daughter Hair Milk will both cleanse the hair without any harmful chemicals and hydrate your strands. Two birds, one stone!
  5. Condition often. Use moisturizing conditioners and deep conditioning masks to help hydrate your hair. Hydration will increase the amount of retained moisture and lessen the poof on your head. For extreme cases of hair dehydration, treat your tresses to a reparative treatment such as Curl Junkie Curl Rehab. In no time, your curls will be out of the desert and lounging at the oasis.

Remember, when styling, use hair care products such as waxes or pomades to help smooth poof down. This is a great quick fix if you are in a hurry, but always keep in mind that for naturally smooth and moisturized tresses, conditioning, and conditioning often, is a must.

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Final thoughts

Ultimately, knowing how to cut and style your curly hair to avoid a poof is simple. All you have to do is stay away from cuts that bulk hair up and use products that provide ample amounts of moisture. Doing this will save you from ever having another poofy day again, and to that, we say amen!

 



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