Creating Full, Bouncy Curls

Creating full, bouncy curls isn’t always the easiest thing to achieve.  But with the holiday season in full swing, we know that you’re likely ready to get your curls much bouncier and fuller for certain events.  Of course, if you’re like us you want to create full, bouncy waves ALL year round.  We’re sharing some of our favorite tips on how to create bouncy curls – the good news is it’s NOT as difficult as you probably think it is.  You know we’re all about keeping things as easy as possible when it comes to beauty routines and tips.

Blow Dry Your Hair Properly
Blow drying your hair isn’t just about drying your hair, especially when it comes to creating full, bouncy curls.  To really get those bouncy curls you want, it first starts with the way you blow dry your hair.  Using a round brush to blow dry your hair is going to help set your hair up to have more volume in it right off the bat.  Experts suggest sectioning your hair off into sections while drying it so that you have more control over your hair and dry ALL of your hair much better.  This also makes it much easier to give yourself that professional blow dry type of dry.  Take your time with it and use the brush to your benefit.

Make Sure You Have The Right Products
Using the right hair care products is another must when it comes to creating full, bouncy curls.  You’re going to want to try using products that aren’t too heavy – as they tend to weigh your hair down and prevent you from getting that bouncy you want.  Instead, look for products that are lightweight but also aim to emphasize more volume.  Look for using products that are specifically formulated to add volume into your hair.

Put The Curling Iron Down
You’ve probably been working to get the curly hair styles you want by using a curling iron, and while we love curling irons just as much as anyone there’s actually a better option when it comes to creating those full, bouncy curls we’re looking for.  Wondering what it is?  Hot rollers!  We know, you probably haven’t used hot rollers in quite some time,but they’re actually pretty phenomenal at getting those bouncy curls in a much better way than curling irons tend to.  To get the full, bouncy curls you’re going to want to use hot rollers that are bigger (nothing too small as you’ll then get tighter curls).  Opt for big rollers, and experts suggest mixing in a couple different sizes throughout your hair to get a more natural curled look.  Let the rollers stay in your hair the proper amount of time, once the curls have set take the rollers out, run your fingers through the curls to loosen them up a bit  and spritz your hair with a volumizing hair spray to set the curls.

Not as difficult as you thought, is it?  Will you be trying out these tips?

All You Need to Know About Hair Texture

Woman combing her hair

When choosing a hairstyle, there isn’t a single thing more important to consider than your hair texture. Just about everyone has experienced either first hand or knows someone who has hair that is straight, wavy, curly, or frizzy/kinky. While this quad of adjectives does describe hair’s texture, these attributes are more-or-less changeable. On the contrary, understanding the attributes of your hair’s width and pattern, which are (for the most part) unchangeable, can help you truly understand your hair’s texture. No matter what shape hair holds – straight, wavy, curly, or frizzy/kinky – there is the possibility that is one of the three following widths of texture: fine, medium, or thick/coarse.

These width descriptors – fine, medium, thick/coarse – aren’t used to explain how the hair feels in your hands, rather it describes the thinness or thickness of each individual piece of hair. The standard measurement which is used to determine the width of texture is the thickness of a piece of sewing thread. If a single strand of hair is thinner than a piece of thread, then it is labeled as fine; If a strand of hair is the same width of a piece of thread, it is medium; if a strand of hair is thicker than a piece of thread then it thick/coarse.

So, what does this all mean? Well, a few things really; knowing the width of your hair can help you figure out why your hair “acts” a certain way, and knowing these common hair behaviors can help you style your hair so that it’s always looking its best.

Fine Hair
Typical behaviors of fine hair include not holding styles (i.e. curls) for very long, is easily weighed down by heavy product or too much product, often looks thin, and has a tendency to break easily. While it might not always seem like it, individuals who have “fine” hair texture actually have more hair than those with thick hair. Those with fine hair may also notice that their hair gets oilier faster than others. If you find that achieving volume is a struggle, you should try out either a texturizing powder or a dry shampoo. Both products contain ingredients that absorb oils and bond to the cuticle of the hair, giving it a temporary thickness without weighing it down like most products.

Medium Hair
Typical behaviors for medium hair include the ability to maintain style; a tendency to cover the surface area of the scalp; and it’s typically resilient to breakage. Those with medium hair will find that because their hair is less prone to breakage that it can hold just about any style. One thing that individuals with medium hair may struggle with is dehydration or dryness of the strands. To cure and prevent dry hair you should use a leave in conditioner after washing and get into the habit of using a conditioning mask on a semi-regular basis.

Thick or Coarse Hair
Typical behaviors of thick/coarse hair include a dense, full appearance; the ability to maintain styles with little hair spray; a high heat tolerance; and it is often unwilling to take to chemical hair color. Those with thick or coarse hair may never need extra-hold hairspray, but they do need some sturdy hair elastics. Unlike fine and medium hair, thick or coarse hair contains three layers: the cortex, the cuticle, and (the additional layer) the medulla. Although the medulla is filled almost entirely with air, it’s the protein in its composition that gives it the extra strength. If you find that your hair is resilient to hair color, talk to your stylist about a color compositing shampoo which will prevent the color from fading.

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.

When Is It Time To Wash?

Woman getting a hair wash

Surely you’ve read articles that suggest you should wash your only once every other day. Maybe your sister-in-law told you that the answer to all your hair troubles was to wash your hair just once a week. Perhaps the truth is that although you know that it does more harm than good, you simply can’t even imagine what your hair would be like if you didn’t wash it every morning. You’re not alone. Many women are beyond confused how often they should actually be washing those locks. The problem is that so many women are looking for a one-size-fits-all answer to the question; more specifically a question that is totally dependent on the person asking!

Now, you may already know your scalp naturally produces oils, which you probably see only as the annoying grease that you need to wash out of your hair in the morning. It is often overlooked that these natural oils, which cover your roots at the end of a long day, are extremely nourishing. When you slather on that sudsy shampoo, you are actually stripping your scalp and hair of all these healthy oils. Eventually, one of two things happens: (1) the hair becomes brutally dry, broken and frizzy, or (2) the scalp overcompensates for the repetitive oil loss by producing more and more oils.

Check out the guide below which will give you a better idea of when you should be washing your hair, no matter what type of hair you have.

For those with Thin or Fine Straight Hair
You probably find that your hair is either always falling flat or always feeling oily, simply because your hair isn’t able to maintain volume as easy as other hair types. Washing can be tricky as both over-washing and under-washing can take a toll on your hair. To avoid flat, lifeless hair you should try to wash with shampoo and conditioner about three to four times per week. You are likely to experience the best results when using volumizing and moisturizing hair products. When conditioning, be sure that you are only adding the conditioner in the middle and lower parts of the hair, this way don’t over moisturize and weigh down the roots.

Woman shampooing hair

For those with Thick Straight Hair
People have probably been telling you for years how great your hair was, right? Although it may take an hour (or more) to dry sometimes, you are able to maintain your ‘do’s for days. This is great because it is recommended that people with thick straight hair wash once every other day, at the very most. If your hair is dry due to heat damage or over-washing, switch to a hydrating and repairing shampoo and conditioner.

For those with Tight Curls
It’s likely that you have the driest hair of all three hair types. The simple explanation is that it takes much longer for the natural oils to work their way down a curly strand of hair in comparison to how easily it is to slide down straight strands. For this reason, the best hair days are likely to happen if you give your hair two or three days in between washes. When washing, you’ll want to be sure that both your shampoo and conditioner are ultra moisturizing.

5 Curly Hair Mistakes Not to Make

If you have naturally curly hair, count yourself lucky. You have hair that others try to emulate with all kinds of curling irons, chemical products, and trips to the salon. You wake up with that hair every day. Yet you also have to take special care of your curly hair to keep it looking its best. You can care for your hair the way many articles advice, because your hair has special needs. Here are a few common mistakes you might be making with your curly hair:

Woman brushing curly hair.

Brushing Hair
Brushing your curly hair will only pull out the curls and either make them look limp and lackluster or make them frizz out, depending on the type of curls you have. Instead, you should get in the habit of “brushing” out any knots with your fingers or a very wide toothed pic or comb. Never “dig in” large sections of hair – always break up hair into small sections to prevent major frizzing. If your hair starts to get tangled and knotty, you may be neglecting your finger combing or the hair may be too dry. You can then get out a brush or a comb for a deep de-tangling.

Straightening Hair
Straightening hair isn’t necessarily a mistake, but it can be if you don’t do it right or if you do it excessively. Too much heat can damage your curly hair and cause it to become dry and frizzy. Keep the straightening to a minimum, and always use heat-protecting products on your hair when you do. Never apply chemical straightener without consulting a professional, to avoid doing major damage that could result in spending hundreds of dollars to correct.

Cutting Hair
Cutting curly hair too short can cause it to poof up and make you look like a poodle fresh from the groomers. Give your hair enough length to lie in a soft and beautiful cascade. Also make sure that you have enough layers in your hair when you cut it. Otherwise, the ends will stack on top of each other, forming the dreaded “triangle head.”

Woman blow drying curly hair

Blow Drying
Blow drying your curly hair is a recipe for a frizzy disaster. The heat will strip your hair of its essential, natural moisture. Consider towel drying and then either using a large house fan or even riding around with your windows down in your car! If you must blow dry your hair, always do so with a diffuser and use a cool setting. Otherwise, it is best to let your hair air dry after showering.

Using the Wrong Products
Not all products are designed for curly hair, even if they say so on the label. You may need to do a lot of trial and error before you find exactly the right products for your particular curls. Look for products that nourish hair and moisturize it. Avoid products with sulfates, which can strip the hair.

Avoid making these mistakes, and you’ll have beautiful, curly hair that you love to show off to everyone.

Styling Short Curly Hair

Woman with curly hair

Women with short curly hair have a lot more styling options than they are probably aware of, and with so many truly effective styling products available, there is more gain for hair appeal for these women who are blessed with curly hair. It should go without saying that you should make sure to fortify and protect your hair always. When you adequately care for your hair, it’ll be easier to style, and look better, too. When using heated styling tools, always make sure to first apply an effective protective product first. Never over-dry your hair: While you can stop drying at any time, be careful to not continue to pelt your tresses with any hot air after they are dry.

Curl Considerations
Due to the structure of curls, curly hair is more delicate and because it’s more absorbent, it needs a greater volume of conditioner and deep-conditioning should be performed more frequently. This being said, you want to stay away from leave-in conditioners, detanglers and styling products that are heavy, as they’ll weigh down your curls and negatively impact your hair’s vibrancy and bounce. There are specifically formulated serums for curly girls that will help preserve your painstaking styling efforts if and when you happen to run into a potentially ruinous volume of ambient moisture, too.

Styling Formulations Curls Love
In shopping for styling products created for curls, you really need to know exactly what effects you want to produce in your hair in order to make sure you’re using the right product. The more high-quality products you have in your hair styling arsenal, the better equipped you’ll be to produce a variety of techniques and looks, whenever the mood strikes. A good curl enhancer will help you to texturize your hair, and give your curls a nice pattern from more uniform distribution. It’s also a good thing to use for taming those annoying frizzies. Smoothing balms are great for taming frizzies, but not for curls. Only use a smoothing balm when you are going for straight tresses. And whenever possible, opt for spray-on products, which will reach more of your hair without using more product or rubbing in by hand.

Woman with short curly hair.

Natural, Short and Messy
This is one of the easiest go-to-dos imaginable, and it’s fast and looks fantastic for any occasion, from daytime to more formal evening ambience. Begin with freshly cleansed and conditioned hair–a leave-in conditioner is best. Apply a nickel size of anti-frizz serum or cream and work into your hair–mostly away from the roots. A good anti-frizz product will serve to protect your hair against humidity. Next, apply about a quarter size of lightweight mousse–preferably one formulated for use on curls. You can add more product as needed, but go easy. Once evenly distributed, begin drying your hair. Blow-drying your hair directly is a big no-no. You should always attach a quality hair diffuser that will ensure an even consistency of heat gets to your curls and it will prevent the direct forced air of the blow dryer from blowing the curl right out of your hair. Try drying with your head upside down, and the dryer projecting diffused drying to your hair from beneath. As you dry, use the fingers of your free hand to gently separate and scrunch your curls against your head. Continue till dry, and once dry, come back with a lightweight glossing oil for protection and sheen, while working those curls to be as messy as you desire.

For Longer Lasting Shorter Curls
Curl activating products will not only strengthen your curls, but they will extend their shape-holding power between shampoos. Apply a dollop and work between your palms, then dab, dab, dab all over your wet hair. Follow by styling as desired. A great hack for preserving your curls while shampooing is to first put a hairnet on your head–with your hair–still in its style–inside of it. With the hair net on, it will keep your style (and curls) intact, while you clean your hair. Towel-dry with the net still on, performing more blotting than anything here. Finish by air or diffuser drying.

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.