Tricks For Big Bouncy Curls

woman with medium length hair

For years straight-haired women have envied the big and bouncy tresses of curly haired women. In an effort of replicating the waves of ringlets women will often spend hours in front of the mirror with a curling iron in hand hair spray at the ready. While the girls may live up to expectations for an hour or so, they will indubitably fall limp and lifeless before the day is (even half-way) over. This let down is faced by far too many women far too often, which is why we’ve put together a comprehensive list of tips and tricks you need to maintain exceptional curls right from the start; think of this as your big and bouncy curls toolbox!

Different heat tools produce different curls: it seems obvious, right? Yet women expect that they can achieve this kind of curl and that kind of curl all with the same heat tool. It’s just not possible. The list below defines what kind of tool you need to achieve the specific curl you’re looking for.

  • For tight, Shirley Temple spiral curls, use a small-barrel marcel style curling iron.
  • For loose botteclli, Scarlet Johansson springy curls use a graduated or conical curling wand.
  • For s’wavy and voluminous, Anne Hathaway loose curls, use a medium-barrel curling iron.
  • For natural looking, Selena Gomez loose curls, use hot rollers.

redhead with curly hair

The material always matters: with so many options of all different products to choose from, it’s okay to be a material girl! It’s also important to understand know the differences between the common curling iron barrel materials – ceramic, tourmaline, and titanium – check it out:

  • Ceramic curling irons: known best for their even heat distribution which is important when avoiding heat damage; they also emit negative ions which moisturize and smooth the hair being curled.
  • Tourmaline curling irons: it’s said that tourmaline has the ability to emit six times more negative ions which impacts the hair by smoothing the cuticle leaving every stand extra shiny.
  • Titanium curling irons: also appreciated for its even heat distribution; they also provide the smoothest curling surface which prevents snagging, sticking, and snapping during the curling process.

Do you need some ice? Because your hair looks burnt: just like all types of heat tools aren’t created equal, hair type isn’t created equal either! One of the biggest mistakes women make when curling (and straightening) their hair is setting their heat tools to the improper temperature. Not only is this potentially literally burn your hair, but it also means you’re less likely to get the desired results. Assuming that your heat tools have an actual numeric temperature setting, make sure to adjust it accordingly the next time you heat that puppy up:

  • If you have thin-to-medium hair, it’s important to keep the temperature of heat tools between 100 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • If you have medium-to-thick hair, you’ll benefit most by keeping your heat tools set between 200 and three hundred degrees Fahrenheit.
  • If you’re considering to set your heat tool all the way up to 400 or 500 degrees Fahrenheit, just don’t.  Unless your stylist says that it’s safe for your hair to use that much heat, then the thought shouldn’t even cross your mind considering the amount of damage you’ll be causing.

Summer Hair Care Tips

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There’s no better way to spend the sweet summertime days and nights than in the great outdoors. The summer welcomes comfy clothing, minimal makeup, and natural hair. It may be impossible to fall out of love with summer ways, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t health and beauty conflicts throughout the season. Many of us have been versed a time or two on the proper way to care for and protect out skin during the warmer months, but few of us have taken into consideration the necessary measures that should be taken to safeguard those tresses. Since the sun has been putting in the overtime, we thought we should shed some light on some tried and true summer hair care tips. 

Hit Snooze and Skip the Shampoo
As you may have heard, scrubbing your scalp with shampoo doesn’t just cleanse your locks, but it has been found to strip the hair of its healthy natural oils. Naturally, it seems ideal to rid the hair of oil, but the thing is, hair that is over washed compensates for the continual oil loss by amping up oil production, leaving your hair more and more greasy looking over time. Instead of  washing your hair with shampoo in the shower, simply sleep in a bit later and skip your shower every few days. If you absolutely need to shower, try rinsing your hair directly under the shower head for a few minutes to help reduce the excess oil.

Woman applying conditioner

Conditioner is Key
We’re true believers that saltwater and all day pool days are good for the soul, but sadly, all the sodium and chlorine isn’t the best thing for your tresses. Reverse the damage caused by the elements by using a deep conditioning treatment on a regular basis.

Better Safe than Sorry, Use Protection
Often times we overlook the fact that out scalp is just as susceptible to sunburn as is our skin. Not only that, but our hair is not able to provide the adequate UVA and UVB protection. There are a few different options to prevent your scalp from burning this summer:

  • Look into shampoos and conditioners that contain sunblock
  • Mix a small amount of oil-free sunscreen in the palm of your hand with your regular hair product. This way you’re killing two birds with one stone in mere seconds.
  • Whenever possible, sport a cute baseball cap or floppy monogrammed sun hat.

Give Your Blowdryer a Day Off
It’s no secret that applying continual heat to the hair on a regular basis isn’t hair-healthy. Chances are that the temperature outside is as high as the low or medium setting on your blow-dryer, so why not let your hair dry naturally? Of course, there are days when the time commitment to air-drying isn’t realistic, but the take home point here is that whenever possible, you should give all heat tools a day off.

Don’t Crack Under Pressure
We’ve all done it before: gathered our hair into the perfect style, secured it with elastics and bobby pins only to realize that a single strand of hair was being pulled so much that it was causing an uncomfortable painful sensation. Remember, pain is the body’s way to tell us something is wrong! When you’re experiencing hair-pulling scalp-pain, it’s because those locks are being pulled so tight that they are about to split and snap. You hair is already in a vulnerable state in the summer, simply avoid splitting due to too-tight styles by opting for loose braids and messy buns.

Beach Worthy Hair Accessories

“Palm trees, ocean breeze
Salty air, sun kissed hair
Endless summer, take me there” 
– Author: unknown. Source: Pinterest –

The weather is warm and the sky is clear, atlas summer is here! Those who live in a coastal state will undoubtedly make their way to the beach – if they haven’t already that is. Whether you leave your beach blanket in the trunk of your car because you head to the beach every weekend, or you are excitedly planning ahead for the beach trip you have this summer, you should most definitely test out the waters with some of the super cute beach worthy hair accessories below!

Starfish hair pin

Starfish Hairpins
These are perfect for the days when you want nothing other than to throw your hair in a messy bun, find your favorite pair of flip flops, and set your sights straight to the shore. When you crave the beach this badly, you probably aren’t too interested in how your makeup and hair look, but that’s no reason to skip these delicate hairpins! Not only will your inner mermaid be subtly on display, but you won’t have to repeatedly re-do your bun because the hairpins will hold everything in place.

Jeweled Barrettes
For those who are all about the bling, but chose to leave your glam accessories at home with the understanding (and maybe past experience?) that jewelry can leave some pretty strange tan lines you should absolutely get yourself some jeweled barrettes. You can use them to pull your hair out of your eyes, and you’ll be thrilled that you’re rocking your glam style at the beach!

Seashell Bobby Pins
No matter what your hair length or type, bobby pins always manage to make themselves useful. Why not accessorize your tresses with seashell accented bobby pins?! If you can’t find them at a local boutique or hair salon, you can easily DIY in less than five minutes! All you need to do is use a hot glue gun to adhere a tiny seashell (or a few) the end of a clean bobby pin. Just be careful not to glue it too close to the rounded edge, as the shells are more likely to fall off when they’re on that edge.

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Big Floppy Sun Hat
Floppy sun hats are not just cute, but they are totally in right now! If you are worried about the sun getting to your hair color, or if your just having a bad beach-hair day, grab a big floppy sun hat!

Minimalism Inspired Broach
Gilded inspired accessories are super hot this season. The simplicity of a bronze or brushed silver broach allows the accessories to match virtually anything. A cute way to wear this is by securing it slightly above your ponytail holder.

Cuff Ponytail Holder
Similar to a minimalist broach, cuff ponytail holders can be worked into any style, from preppy to boho. Simply pull your hair up into a ponytail. Then slip your hair through the cuff, and slide it all the way up until the accessory hides the elastic holding your ponytail in place.

Romantic Pony Bow
Perfect for a moonlit beach walk, a romantic ponytail bow is simply made by tying a long piece of ribbon around a pony or half pony.

Trade Beachy Summer Curls For Perfectly Straightened Fall Tresses With THESE Styling Tips

Woman with summer curls and fall tresses

By the time that fall arrives, everybody is more than ready to change the game a bit, ushering in new styles of fun fall clothing and accessories, and why not think about going in a different direction with your hair, while you’re at it? While those sexy curls of summer were all the rage and easy to care for, there’s no reason to be duped into thinking that you can’t seamlessly glide into a luxuriously straight hairdo for the season of crisp air, pumpkin and spice, fall evening bonfires and soul-soothing hot chocolate topped off with some toasty marshmallows. Even if you promised yourself to not again endure the exasperation of a previous hair-straightening attempt, with a few helpful pointers, there’s no reason that you can’t enjoy sporting a straight-hair coif, anytime you want one. And with these tips, you can keep that promise you made to yourself, too, as once you get the hang of it, straightening your hair will be easy-peasy.

Technique and Tools Make the Difference Now
Thankfully the antiquated “press and curl” era has moved way on, leaving that hot comb and hair grease of yesterday in the dust. For women whose hair is curly and on the coarse side, thick or thin, it just takes a little bit of proper procedure for you to enjoy the most gorgeous and natural looking straight hair that you see on other heads. While getting certain types of “straight-resistant” hair requires more than a blow dryer and a round brush, once you develop the exact technique that works best for your hair, you’ll be able to effectively straighten those tresses at home, and manage to do it without damaging your hair, and without the exorbitant expense of a blowout bar. And chances are, you’ll even be happier with your results!

In talking to women with curly hair, one of the most frequent observations made by the leading prominent hair-straightening experts is that there are several fairly common, mistakes that curly-haired women generally make in their flatiron endeavors. Have you ever looked at the gorgeous Michelle Obama, and in this case–her hair–and wondered how she manages to have such fabulous and healthy looking locks, all the time, and in every photograph? If you read on, you’ll learn the same tips that make Michelle Obama’s hair so radiant, full of shine and so bouncy.

  • Rinse Out All of That Conditioner: An overload of hair products or residual conditioner can sometimes result in a production of smoke, when your flat iron is applied to your hair. Aim for none or minimal hair products and thoroughly rinse, whenever you begin flat-ironing your hair.
  • Reduce the Size of the Sections You’re Working On: Unfortunately, absolutely no time savings ever comes from working with large sections. You’re just going to have to accept this fact and deal with it, if you want a good straightened result.
  • Ditch the Hair Dryer’s Comb Attachment: Start out by using a brush with rubber bristles and with the nozzle directly at the hair, slowly pull both tools down, together, with the hair in between. You may need to repeat this until you’re satisfied–and that’s OK.