Posts Tagged ‘curls’

REFRESHING CURLY HAIR

post: Micha Brown photos/graphic design: Kristin Ess

Lately we’ve noticed a rise in the number of girls wearing their hair with a more natural curly texture. The reason seems to be different for everyone– curly hair trends, rainy weather or just giving the hair a break from heat styling and working with the beauty of natural curl. Either way, we’re into it! Most curly girls sporting a natural texture (whether it’s their own or not) don’t wash their hair every day in order to preserve the hair’s natural oils. Some of you jump in the shower and re-wet the hair by just running water and/or conditioner through, which is totally fine if that works for you, but some of us don’t neccessarily want to get our scalp wet. Here’s how I go about refreshing my curls if I feel like they’ve gotten too out of control…

  1. This is pretty much what my hair looks like in the morning when I wake up if I haven’t worn a satin sleep cap (which you can see in picture #8). First thing I want to do is detangle it.
  2. A) DON’T start at the top when detangling. Since curly hair already lacks moisture naturally, we don’t want to add anymore stress to it because it can cause breakage. B)DO start at the bottom working your way to the middle and then up to the top/root.
  3. My favorite thing to do is to mix 1/2 water with 1/2 leave-in conditioner. I use THIS ONE by Sexy Hair. I don’t like to use just leave-in because I feel like it can weigh the hair down after a day or so, but when I dilute it with water I never have any issues with that.
  4. Take sections of hair and spray. You don’t want to soak it, but you don’t want to lightly mist it either. Go somewhere in between. Since I can’t see you, and because each head of hair will absorb product differently, use your best judgment. Start with less and add more if you need to.
  5. Now comb through using a wide-tooth comb. I like to use a wide-tooth comb because as you can see in the photo, the hair tends to “group up” after it slides through the wide teeth of the comb.
  6. After you’ve used the wide-tooth comb, you should only use your hands. No more brushing and no more combing as it dries. The hair will start to lock back up into it’s original ringlets.
  7. If you come across an extra stubborn section that wants to frizz no matter what, just wet your hand with your leave-in & water spray and spin that piece around your finger to encourage the curl. Make sure to spin it the way it wants to go so you’re not fighting the natural pattern.
  8. This is the satin sleep cap that every curly girl should own. I know you feel stupid wearing it but to be honest I don’t even think about that! Anything that minimizes my beauty routine in the morning is FINE. BY. ME.

FASHION FRIDAY

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Hey friends!! It’s Friday, which means we’re talking fashion. Today’s topic is the backless dress. (more…)

“TWINNERS”

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HALLOWEEN HAIR TUTORIAL 2

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Lots and lots of request rolled in for a Halloween hair tutorial on creating frizz. Clearly this look can go with SO many costumes– 70’s glam, a lioness, a gypsy, a witch, a dead person, zombie, ghost (spray with white hair powder!), and countless others… I snagged my gorgeous friend Nora for this tutorial. She has smooth fine hair and you can see how BIG it gets. If you have curly hair or thick hair you’ll get even MORE volume. The best part is this tutorial will work on any texture! Warning: this takes about 1-2 hours. Yes, it sounds like a lot, but it’s worth it. No crimping iron can get you this much volume! For this particular look, I suggest you get a friend to help with the back. It’s very hard, if not impossible to do the back yourself. Alright, here we go:

TOOLS: paddle brush, sectioning clips, U-pins, light holding hairspray or thermal styling spray, temperature-controlled flat iron.

STEPS:

  1. Start with clean, blow dried hair. I like prepping the hair with a light-hold styling mousse so you get a little extra support + hold from the inside when you set it.
  2. Take a section as seen above and clip it up. Create 1″ x 1″ square sections (this is exactly why I say it will take a long time!)
  3. U-Pins can be found at the beauty supply. These are not bobby pins. They don’t close. They’re referred to as either “hair pins” or “U-Pins”. If you can’t find them at your local beauty supply, google them– they’re all over the internet!
  4. Place the 1″ square section inside the pin the way Nora does above. Make sure the base of the pin stays close to the head. The more room there is between your scalp + pin, the less volume it will create.
  5. Zigzag the hair in a “circle eight” pattern in and out of the pin all the way to the end.
  6. Once you get to the very end, give it a mist of light holding hairspray or thermal styling spray. (Don’t worry if little pieces fall out! There will be so much texture, you won’t really notice those.)
  7. Your flat iron should be on medium, not high. Start at the bottom and flat iron the end piece first. That will keep the hair from unraveling. Work your way up to the base. Don’t let the hair get too hot. I like to do it on 300 degrees Fahrenheit and only clamp the flat iron for 5 seconds at a time.
  8. Once you (and your friend) finish your entire head it should look something like this (photo 8)!
  9. Instead of unraveling from the bottom up to the top of the pin, just pull the U-Pin out from the base. Should slide right out.
  10. Brush with a big paddle brush until you reach your frizziest potential. Give it a good spray and you’re done!

PS, I love my friends because they do things like this for me…

Xx Kristin Ess