Articles By Tara Lisciandro-Hornich

BB creams are products that promise a little bit of everything--protection, nourishment and better texture. They are usually associated with skin, but now they're slowly becoming popular as a hair styler and protectant. They aid in providing a soft hold, vitamins and definition to curls. They can often be more nourishing then gels and leave less build up. They don’t have a “crunch” effect when your hair dries, as some gels and even mousses typically leave behind. Some of the newer BB creams can be a great addition to your hair arsenal, or collection of products. However, you should know how to use them for your wavy or curly hair, first.

Helpful Tips On Using BB Cream For Hair

  1. Use a light moisturizing curl or BB cream as a leave-in when your curls are thirsty. Mix it with a gel that plays well with others for a combination of moisture and curl definition, especially in hot and humid conditions.

  2. Use a little extra BB cream in the fall and winter, when the air is cooler and drier. Try one that has both moisturizing and defining properties so that you don’t have to add gel and be concerned about having limp waves.

  3. Make sure the BB cream mixes well with gels or work well by itself. Before covering your whole head and ending up with a crunchy flakey mess, test a smaller section of your hair with the cream and your choice of gel to be sure they work well together. To use a curl cream by itself, look for one that says it defines curls or enhances curls. Sometime curl creams like this are called gel-creams.


Next Page: Which ones should I try?

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Which ones should I try?

Here are some great brands that have BB creams especially made for hair.

How to Apply BB Cream to Hair

Applying your cream is simple and much like the way in which you apply a gel. After your shower, section your hair into 3 to 5 sections. On wet hair, apply the amount directed of the product to each section. Working the creme from the root to the end of the hair. You may want to also leave a little extra on the ends of your hair for some extra protection from climate elements and split ends.

Once you've applied the cream, allow your hair to dry only 50-60%. Allow the product to work its magic. If you want to experiment by adding gel, this works well also. Do so after your next wash day to figure out how the BB cream works alone, first.


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Do you feel like your hair just won't grow? We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but it might be time to break a few nasty habits. Before we get started though, you should know there is a difference between hair loss and hair breakage. Are you sure your hair is breaking? Check  out Hair Loss vs. Hair Breakage.


lavender oil

It's early in the morning. The alarm goes off and you need to get out the door, FAST. You just noticed your hair isn't bouncy and pretty like you'd want it to be. Of course, there’s always the coveted "bed-head" look. Maybe not so coveted for work, though.

Any of these scenarios are common for you curly girls? There’s a quick, soothing fix...lavender mist. Not only is a lavender mist easy to make, it’s beautiful fragrance and carries medicinal properties can do wonders for your mind and your hair!

Lavender promotes a hair growth; it's amazing for your scalp. Its anti-inflammatory properties ease dandruff issues, too. Lavender has been known to bring about a more tranquil state of mind and lessen anxiety. A good scalp massage with a few drops of this oil can do wonders for a stressful day.

Ok, so what if you don’t wake up with bouncy, happy curls? No fear! Your mister bottle and clips should be near!

What You'll Need

  • Water bottle
  • Lavender oil (you may get this at a health food store)
  • Distilled water
  • Duckbill clips

Directions

  1. Using a water bottle, add 5-8 drops of lavendar oil to 1 liter of distilled water and shake well.
  2. Gently spritz your curls so they are damp.
  3. Using duckbill clips, twist your hair into 4 sections.
  4. Squeeze each section so that the oil penetrates.
  5. While you apply make-up or just have your morning coffee, allow the clips to work their magic for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Remove the clips and allow your new waves and curls to look radiant!

If you have less time, you can make smaller bottles of the spray to carry with you--one for your bag, car, office, etc. Instead of clips, you can twist curls with your fingers after apply the spray. Making a lavender mist for your pillow or room is another great way to incorporate this relaxing scent into your routine.

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Pillow Spray

What You'll Need

  • 8 Ounces of distilled water
  • 15 Drops of lavender oil
  • 10 Drops of chamomile oil (shake well)

You can decorate the spray bottles you make your mixtures in and give them as gifts too. Get creative with some glitter, markers and paper punches for tags and decorations for your mister bottles!

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Silk worms are not the most beautiful of animals, but what they produce can make a difference in the way you look overnight - literally.

Silk amino acids are the small proteins that bind the tiny fibers in silk and are used to prevent dehydration --a key element for hair and beauty products. Though they are natural, silk amino acids are animal products (as in, they do come from animals--the silk worm). The proteins from silk amino acids are also water soluble , which makes silk an easy component, and a healthy one, for most hair and beauty products.

Overnight Sensation

Women with curly hair agree that they notice little to no breakage when they use a silk pillowcase at night. Silk pillowcases help to retain the much needed moisture in your hair. Curly and coily hair tends to be very dry, so they need as much moisture as they can get. These pillowcase will also help if you have problems with tangles and knots.

Silk contains 18 essential and non-essential amino acids, and amino acids are the true “building blocks” of the human body. They help to build and repair tissue, form antibodies to combat bacteria and help carry oxygen through the body, which naturally “repairs itself” between the hours of 10pm-2am. So sleeping in silk PJs may not be a bad idea, as it may help your skin breathe and repair itself as you sleep.

Protects Against Elements

You don’t have to limit yourself to silk in the bedroom, silk can continue to work for you during the day in the form of scarves. Regardless of your sense of style, you are sure to find a pattern, color and length that can work for you. Use scarves to tie your hair up at night and secure with some metal clips, wear one to work, or protect your hair from the elements when you're outdoors. 

Strengthens & Seals

There are a number of products which coin their name on silk alone--Biosilk and Silk Elements are only two. However, a number of hair and beauty care products boast about containing silk as their key ingredient. Whenever silk amino acids are applied to hair, the proteins bind to the natural keratin in the hair and help to strengthen the hair and protect against moisture loss. The silk also assists in repairing damaged hair as well.

Combats Wrinkles

Products containing silk for face and skin, such as Avon’s Skin So Soft Signature Silk actually has antioxidant effects that can help combat wrinkles. The silk in beauty products helps to provide necessary moisture to skin and leave skin smooth and soft.

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We've all had those days when our waves, curls, and coils just doesn't want to work with us and we don't have a lot of time or patience to focus on perfecting them. Well, don't fret--here are 10 quick fixes that are sure to aid you in your bad hair days.


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It’s that in-between season that we all love--not sure if it’s getting warmer, may still be cold, it may rain or snow... And our bodies and hair respond to those changes.

Along with the uncertainty of weather can come a lack-of-luster for our locks.

Luckily, here are some easy, all-natural, do-it-yourself potions that you can create in no time, and bring back the natural shine and bounce to your hair.

 

Next page: Tonic to Solve Dullness

parsley and rosemary1. Parsley & Rosemary Tonic

Solves: Dullness

What You'll Need

  • 2 tablespoons crushed parsley seeds (found at health food stores)
  • 1/2 cup chopped rosemary
  • Water

Directions

  1. Bring 2-3 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Add the crushed parsley and chopped rosemary.
  3. Allow to steep for 20 mins.
  4. Cool and strain the mixture.
  5. Pour the liquid over your hair in the shower or sink.
  6. Wrap your head with a warm towel for 45 minutes to an hour.
  7. Do not rinse-- allow your hair to dry naturally.

Next page: Tonic to Solve Dandruff


nettle hair tonic2. Nettle Hair Tonic

Solves: Dandruff

What You'll Need

  • A handful of fresh nettle leaves or 5 tablespoons of dried nettle (found at health food stores)
  • A few drops of your favorite essential oil
  • A bottle or glass jar to store the liquid

Directions

  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Place the nettle (fresh or dried) in the water.
  3. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add a few drops of your selected oil.
  5. Allow the mixture to cool and steep for 20 mins.
  6. Once cool, strain the liquid.
  7. Pour over your hair in the shower.
  8. Comb or massage through your hair and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  9. Rinse your hair thoroughly.

Next page: Tonic to Solve Dryness


clary sage3. Aloe Juice & Clary Sage

Solves: Dryness

What You'll Need

  • 4 tablespoons aloe juice (from local health or grocery store)

  • 6 to 8 drops clary sage essential oil

  • 1 teaspoon water

Directions

  1. Mix ingredients into a small bottle and shake well.

  2. Apply to your hair in your shower and comb through evenly.

  3. Allow the mixture to sit in your hair for 10-15 minutes.

  4. Rinse thoroughly and air dry.


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It doesn’t take much for kids to get a serious case of “bed-head” - snarls, knots and flat spots and frizzy ones. You could almost form a Dr. Seuss story out of kids hair! Due to active play habits, kids, curly kids get tangles and "bed-head", too. They may not be the first to pick up a brush or comb, or simply know how to style their own hair.  Luckily, with the right tools and know-how, these tangled situations can be easy to avoid, and repair.


When your dark roots grow in, it can feel like everyone can see your shortcomings. And they probably can.

However, there a few ways to take care of this age-old issue, and they aren’t too tricky to pull off!

Other than adding color, there may not be a way for women with curly or wavy hair to completely hide all dark roots, but these tricks will tide you over until your next color session.


We've all had those days when our waves, curls, and coils just doesn't want to work with us and we don't have a lot of time or patience to focus on perfecting them. Well, don't fret--here are 10 quick fixes that are sure to aid you in your bad hair days.



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