Posts Tagged ‘curly hair’

ANTI-HUMECTANTS FOR HAIR

photos/post: Kristin Ess

photos/post: Kristin Ess

The weather is changing and there’s a lot more moisture in the air, which can be great for your skin but awful after fresh blowout. One of our favorite ways to preserve a new blowout, flat iron waves or curling iron curls when it’s humid outside is to use either an anti-humectant spray or balm, depending on your hair type… but more about that later.

the beauty department anti humectant 2

 

When you blowdry your hair, you’re removing water from the inside as well as the outside. As it dries, you’re (for lack of a better word) “re-forming” the hair into whatever shape you’re round brushing, curling or flat iron it into. Once the hair is dry completely and your look is set, you want to avoid letting too much moisture or water back into the hair because that will encourage your hair to go back to it’s natural state or at least part way there often causing frizziness or limp locks (definitely not saying there’s anything wrong with your hair’s natural state, for the record).

 

 

thebeautydepartment anti humectant

 

Anti-humectant to the rescue!! You may remember HERE when I was in Miami with Lauren and I talked about using this spray to keep out the Miami moisture. Anti-humectants basically create a thin invisible film on the hair that will repel water and moisture, keeping it styled the way you want it. I typically use two different types of anti-humectant products. A balm or a spray. I tend to use THIS SUPER FINE SPRAY version for thin or fine hair because it’s a lighter application. I finish the heat styling that I want to do on the hair and then spray a light veil of this. When it comes to thick, coarse or curly blown out hair, I will often turn to THIS BALM version. It’s the balm. Ha! Warm up a pea sized dab of this in between the palms of your hands and distribute evenly, starting in area where moisture attacks your hair the most, this can be different for everyone.

 

 

 

the beauty dept anti humectant

 

Whichever you choose, try to be light handed with it because you don’t need much. Anti-humectant products tend to last me a very long time. They shampoo out really easily and never feel oily or greasy when applied correctly. Follow the instruction on the bottle and do what’s right for your own amount of hair. These are also great in the summer when it’s hot or if you sweat at night, which often causes the underneath of your hair to frizz up.

Have you ever tried anti-humectant spray or balm? If so, spill it in the comments below!

Hot roller favorites

photo by kristin ess, post by norah curlee

Blame it on Mad Men if you will, but hot rollers are making a comeback! There’s a reason why the women of yesteryear could always be spotted sporting a full set of these in salons everywhere. Curling your hair with an iron takes time, giving yourself a blow out can be difficult and labor intensive, but rollers take just minutes and free up your hands to move on with your beauty routine! You can eat breakfast, curl your lashes and freshen up your mani all while these hotties are doing the grunt work for you. Perfectly styled hair with minimal effort. Genius.

With so many different options available, there is a set out there for everyone, and naturally…we have a few favorites. Lets roll…

 

1. We love these jumbo rollers by John Frieda for creating larger curls/waves and they heat up in only 2 minutes!

2. This set from Conair has 2x the flocking for better heat protection and a smoother curl.

3. We love that this set has cool end rings…not burning your hands is always a good thing!

4. This option from T3 is a bit of a splurge but comes with two different sizes and it’s ion levels help retain moisture to fight frizz.

5. Revlon offers a 20 piece set with 3 various sizes to mix it up!

6. These by Remington have heated clips that add additional heat transfer for a longer lasting curl. Smart!

7. For the girls with hair for days! These by Babyliss tally in at 30 rollers…that should do it!

8. We love the temperature settings on this Conair set.

9. This 5-roller set from Conair is perfect for travel with its compact case!

 

If you are someone who is pressed for time or just can’t be bothered to juggle a curling wand or round brush then hair rollers may just be your knight in shining armor. Are you already a roller girl? We want to know your holy grail set in the comments below!

DIFFUSERS 101

Why use a diffuser:
  • decreases frizz
  • maximizes shine
  • defines curls/waves
  • highlights natural texture
  • adds volume
  • less damaging
How to use:
1. Tshirt dry your hair and spray some leave-in conditioner.
2. Attach a diffuser to your favorite hair dryer (ours is the Elchim).
3. Switch the temperature to low or cool, unless your using a diffuser for high heat.
4. In a circular motion, starting at the scalp, begin to use the diffuser. If the diffuser has fingers let them directly connect with your hair. If your diffuser doesn’t have fingers, gently cradle your hair in your hand.
5. Continue diffusing the hair towards your ends but bringing the hair in an upward motion toward your scalp as much as possible. If possible try to scoop with the diffuser and not your hands. Let the diffuser concentrate on each section for a few seconds to define the curls, but be mindful of the temperature.
Picking the right diffuser:
1. Elchim USA Bidiffusore Diffuser: With 2 interchangable grills (known as a bi-diffuser) the Elchim diffuser is used with your hair dryer when it is on maximum heat, because you want super fast blow drying. It also comes with a rubber ring that allows it to fit on most dryers.
2. T3 Soft Touch 2 Diffuser: The first Tourmaline Ionic Ceramic diffuser, it delivers a high concentration of negative ions and far infrared heat to dry hair fast with minimal frizz and optimal shine.
Mainly known for it’s volumizing effects but also is great for decreasing frizz, defining the curls and adding wave to practically strait hair. The unique shape helps to centralize the airflow and the rubber fingers work to separate/lift the hair at your roots. Fits almost every dryer.
4. DevaCurl DevaFuser Diffuser: For patient people only! This diffuser gently dries your hair while adding volume and defining the curls. The patented 360-degree airflow minimizes frizz. To use you dry each bulk section of your hair for a couple of minutes (holding that position solid) to set the curls while evaporating the moisture.
5. YS Park Ion Diffuser: Eliminates airflow and only allows heat to be released which eliminates frizz. The silver and titanium mesh on the front is nylon and creates negative ions. Helps alleviate static electricity and
greatly reduces blow drying time. Fits every dryer because it has a strap that is adjustable and secure so it doesn’t fall off. Great for traveling or to use in your gym bag.
6. Conair Pro Plimatic Mitt Diffuser: If you are just looking for a more gentle dry and frizz decreaser the Conair Pro Plimatic Mitt fits almost every dryer and is ideal for travel. Or if you just want to pop one into your gym bag if you shower there.
7. Belson MH2349 Mega Hot Long Fngr Diffuser: Ceramic disc base with Tourmaline, this 2-in-1 diffuser has a lift and switch tool for the styling fingers. Use them, or switch them back, to use the diffuser with a flat surface. Fits almost every dryer.
8. Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Universal Finger Diffuser: Using that famous nano-titanium technology (high, but even, infrared heat to allow for super fast drying) this diffuser brings out natural ions to seal cuticles to decrease frizz. Dome shaping is best for long hair. Fits almost every dryer.

 

 

 

HOW TO GET A LONGER PONYTAIL

photos/post: Kristin Ess

Sometimes if you have super curly hair it can be frustrating to wear it in a ponytail because it just gets so short! Wanted to share my favorite quick trick for lengthening a ponytail. This can be done on any hair type really, but you’ll see the best results with curly hair. Basically all do you is add a second pony underneath the first one. Split your hair in two sections as you see Meskie doing below, secure with a ponytail holder and then let the top one fall over the bottom one. Once you have the ponytails in place, twist a couple of the curls together to bond the top and bottom ponytail and that’s it! It’s a quick trick and super-handy for anyone trying to get more length instead of “poof”. Throw in a cute accessory and you’re good to go.