KEEPING YOUR WAVES OVERNIGHT

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

Okay, some of you may already be using a claw clip to put your hair up at night, but are you using them the best way? I’ve always, always, always slept with my freshly waved hair in a fun bun because it just keeps the curl so perfect. But recently I was traveling, I had just blown out and curled my hair and couldn’t find a ponytail holder to put it up. My friend had these mini claw clips with her and offered them to me. I used about 5 of them around the perimeter of a bun to secure my hair while I slept and I couldn’t believe how perfect my waves still were the next morning. Using just one to secure a bunch of hair has given me dents in the past, but the trick seems to be lots of little ones. Ive been trying it out for a couple weeks to make sure it wasn’t a happy accident and it’s still working perfectly. For those of you who take time and pride in curling your hair, or those of you who get blowouts, you’ll definitely want to use this.

  1. We started with “Day 1″ hair. Freshly blown out, waved up and brushed out. (This photo was taken in the evening.)
  2. Flip your head and gather all of your hair.
  3. Now gently start to twist and coil all of the hair into a bun of the very top of your head. You don’t want to twist it so tight that it pulls out or reforms the curls, but it shouldn’t be too loose either. A happy medium is good.
  4. Wrap the ends under the bun. Again, don’t wrap it overly-tight.
  5. Now take your mini claw clips and GENTLY place them around the perimeter of the bun. I truly think the trick is sliding them into the hair without force. I don’t grab a lot of hair with the clip because that’s when you start to get dents. You’re going to use 4-5 clips so no need to get it all secured with just one.
  6. In the morning the bun will be a little loose, which is totally fine. Remove the clips.
  7. Shake it all out.
  8. Add a little shine serum to your ends.
  9. Or massage in a little dry shampoo at the root if you need it.
  10. In this photo you’ll see it’s been brushed out using that favorite brush of mine!

That’s it! These clips are available pretty much everywhere– RiteAid, Walgreens, Duane Reed, 99 cent stores, Target, Walmart, everywhere! They usually come in packs of 4-10 and they’re pretty cheap. Good luck! Let us know if you try it or even if you already do this in the comments below!

BRUSH BATH

The two most dreaded words of the season: spring cleaning. Naturally you’ll do the windows, you’ll deep clean your room, break out some lighter-weight bedding, but will you shampoo your hair brushes? I realized this post needed to happen when I was talking to my client the other day. She said she was having a very hard time getting the silky smooth blowout that she normally gets. I asked her if she had been doing anything different recently and she said she was using a volumizing mousse for a while but had stopped. I asked her if she had shampooed her brush between then and now and she just gave me this stumped look. I’m pretty sure she realized right then why it made sense. But I explained that you blowdry with product, it obviously transfers onto the brush. If you do that for a couple/few weeks you will have a build up of product that will transfer right back into wet hair when it’s dragged through. The product on the brush will also attract dust. Long-ish story short, she shampooed the brush and then we got a cute email titled “hooray” to let us know that it fully did the trick. Seems so obvious but when you can’t see the product just by looking down at the brush you really don’t think much about it. It’s not just mousses either– it’s leave-in conditioners, hairspray, thermal protectant, serums, pomades, etc. If you’re a product user, take the time every couple of weeks to shampoo your brushes like this…

  1. Looking at your brush doesn’t tell you much. Looks good enough, right?
  2. Look at it a little closer. On metal-core round brushes, you’ll often see product that’s been burned while sitting on the metal. Particles come off and get in your hair the next time you run it through your freshly shampooed strands.
  3. Before taking them for a dip, use the wide side of a comb to get the hair out.
  4. I specifically encourage you to use a clarifying shampoo. I like THIS ONE + THIS ONE. Don’t just use soap as that can leave behind even more residue.
  5. Fill the sink up about halfway with medium to hot water while adding your clarifying shampoo. Let them sit for about 5 minutes– enough to soften the hardened product particles.
  6. Using a basic scrubber (which I get from the 99 cent store) rub at the core of a metal round brush or at the padding of a flat brush. If you’re cleaning a natural bristle brush, massage it with your fingers under the water instead.Rinse them well with cold water. Make sure you’ve removed all the shampoo.
  7. Now either lay them out to dry or blowdry them on medium heat, which is what I like to do.
  8. See. No more nastiness! You’re sure to get a much better blowout when you have freshly cleaned brushes. This only takes a few minutes and makes all the difference in the world.

BEST BLOWDRYERS 2014

 

As you recall, we did THIS post a couple days ago which was to help you figure out every feature you need from a blowdryer for your hair type or to combat a specific issue. And as we mentioned in that post, you should have a written short list of your needs based on your hair type, texture and/or specific issues. The week before that, we posted THIS glossary so you could get to know common words associated with blow dryers and think more like a pro while searching the shelves. Let’s face it, in order to know what you’re looking for, you have to know the language, right? Okay, so in this third and final post, we’ve made our best of the best list. Hooray!! It’s time to grab your list of needs and find the dryer that bests suits you…

  1. SuperSolano - My favorite thing about this dryer is it puts out SO. MUCH. WIND. Great for anyone with super thick hair or anyone who’s always running late.
  2. Elchim 2001 - I’ve been loyal to this dryer for over a decade. I can’t live without it. The perfect amount of wind and heat for those of you with fine hair and a LOT of it.
  3. MorrocanOil Tourmalite - Shine shine shine shine. Great for thick, dry + damaged hair. Expensive, but putting out the money is not as painful as major breakage from a dryer that causes extra damage. Invest!
  4. John Frieda Hair Dryer - A really great dryer for anyone on a budget who’s trying to minimize heat damage. It’s not the best ever, but it’s $40 and insanely good for that price.
  5. BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Travel Dryer - Little powerhouse. I’m not mad at it. Folds up nicely and doesn’t give off that just burned smell like a hotel dryer. Pretty strong for a travel dryer. Also VERY lightweight for anyone with wrist issues.
  6. Conair Infiniti Pro - Okay, this surprised me. Heavy duty, strong wind, good heat and an ac motor in a drugstore dryer?? If I were saving money, this is the one I would get as an alternative to the SuperSolano.
  7. Harry Josh Pro Dryer 2000 - Okay, I know some of you may bug out over the price, but hear me out… this is a serious tool. Every time I use this dryer I love it more and more. The fact that it has an ionic on/off switch is SUCH a game changer. That means I can turn it on when I want smooth and shiny locks and then I can turn it off to bulk up and create major volume. I was definitely skeptical because it’s fairly small compared to the pro dryer I normally use, but make no mistake, this little green gem’s stealing my heart one client at a time.
  8. John Frieda Ceramic Hot Air Brush - I would really only use this on shorter hair, bangs or the very ends of your long hair if you’re not coordinated enough to use a curling iron. Not ideal for getting up into the root with longer hair because it’s too likely to get tangled. That being said, this is great for getting volume and curl at the same time in shorter hair.
  9. Revlon 1875W Tourmaline Ionic - Good bang for your buck. Ha. Get it? Bang? Okay. This is like the cheaper little sister to the MoroccanOil Tourmalite. So if you’re not about to drop a couple hundo on a dryer for dry, damaged, thick hair, try this!
  10. Turbo Power TwinTurbo 3200 - This is super windy and non-ionic. That means it’s for anyone trying to get that BIG BIG hair. Anyone with  super thick hair who wants to stay away from tourmaline/ionic “smoothing dryers” will want to marry this.
  11. Conair Soft Bonnet - Shorties, pixies and curlies! This one is for you. Set it and forget it! I love a bonnet dryer for the same reasons I love a diffuser. You can put this on while you do your makeup and it will dry your hair in it’s natural state much faster. Good for those who live in cold climates who can’t get their hair to air dry quickly.
  12. Jose Eber Infrared - Infrared technology is interesting and I don’t know the long term effect of this, but what I do know for sure is that this is the fastest my hair has ever dried. Not quite as frizz free as I would have hoped but still good for me because I’m always, always, always late.
  13. DevaCurl Dryer - If you wear your hair naturally curly this is legit my favorite. It’s got these fingers that go up into your scalp which is where I always seem to need more heat/air when I diffuse. A lot of diffusers instruct you to set the hair on top of the surface, but that only dries the ends. When I do curly hair, I prefer to blowdry/diffuse more at the scalp and then let the ends air dry. This does just that.
  14. T3 Featherweight 2- I think we’ve all heard a thing or two or two thousand about this dryer. I like it a lot.  It is the greatest dc motor hairdryer on the market. It actually shocked me the first time I heard it was a dc. But that’s what makes it so lightweight. The softness that comes from this dryer is unreal and they have a line of brushes that increase shine + softness even more so. A very popular choice amongst my pro stylist friends.

CHOOSING A BLOWDRYER (PART 2)

Finding the right dryer changes everything. This graphic was created to help you figure out what you need for your specific hair type or any issues you may have such as frizz, flatness or dryness. In each of the circles above you’ll find hair type or issue above the solution. You likely be a combination, like frizzy & thick or flat & fine, so make a solution checklist and then find the dryer that best fits the bill.

Here is a little additional info for each circle above.

  • DRY: You’ll notice a lot of the newer dryers say “tourmaline” on the box. Tourmaline is a stone that’s crushed up and used to coat the inside of the dryer or the dryer may have parts made of tourmaline. Tourmaline is known to boost the production of negative ions causing hair not only to dry faster (like an ionic dryer), but more so to retain moisture and smooth dry damaged hair. Think of tourmaline like “ionic 2.0″!
  • OILY: You may want to skip the fancy ionic and tourmaline dryers if you have oily hair and go with a regular dryer because all that smoothing, sealing and shining could potentially enhance the appearance of oily hair. If you do want the benefits of ionic/tourmaline features because your ends are dry, just avoid blowdrying the root area if possible. READ MORE…