Posts Tagged ‘curly hair’

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.

NATURAL HAIR CHIGNON

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

It’s definitely not easy to find tutorials online for girls with curls, frizz or natural texture so we’re going to try and remedy that by bringing more of these to the blog. We don’t claim to be natural hair experts, but we certainly know a cute updo when we see one! This particular chignon is great for anyone with lots of natural volume. It’s a great way to pull it all together when you’re rushing out the door to dinner or going on a date. Here’s how this sweet chignon was done…

  1. Start with all of your hair down. I personally like this chignon best with a side part, but you can do center, too.
  2. On one side make 2 twist braids. Try making one smaller than the other to mix it up.
  3. Take all of the hair behind your ears and down to the nape of your neck and make a bun. We went for a more “round bun” rather than the typical ballerina style bun that’s twisted into place. You can get a rounder bun by pulling the hair 3/4 of the way through your ponytail holder and pinning the rest underneath.
  4. Once your bun is in place, take your two twists from the first side and pin them over the top of the bun.
  5. Next, make a single twist on the opposite side.
  6. Now pin that over the bun as well. When pinning this section we used a larger bobbypin for extra support.
  7. Finally, you want to roll the remaining hair in front toward the back. We rolled “up and back” for this look but you can roll under and back if you prefer. Pin into place right above the bun in back and tuck in any remaining pieces.

How cute is Meskie!? Best hair ever and such a natural at doing updos! Looking forward to bringing you many more! xo

TOOL TIME (CURLY HAIR)

post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

Sometimes I wish I could show up at all of your houses and go through your bathroom to make sure you have the tools you need to work with your hair type. This week I thought it would be fun to do a checklist for each texture type. I’m grouping everyone in to 3 categories– curly, wavy and straight. There are definitely different types of curl, different types of wave and different kinds of straight hair but the way I’ve grouped things up should be really helpful for all. If you have something you want to add to the list we ALWAYS love hearing about it in the comments below. Don’t hold out on whatever secret/magic tool you have at home! Okay, here we go! This one’s for my curly girls…

  1. Claw clips. Love these specific kind of clips for curly hair because you can just grab a section and clamp. I would not suggest the prong-style clips for girls with curl because you have to pull the section apart, which can break up curl and cause frizz.
  2. Diffuser. Duh. Make sure you get the kind that’s right for your curl. There are many types of diffusers out there. Hmmm… maybe we need to do a post on that!
  3. Root control tool. Now this isn’t for every curly girl. Just the girls who have the wild hairline (forehead and nape of the neck). This comes in so handy when you’re trying to put your hair up in a pony or a bun. You just comb around the perimeter and those rebellious little hairs lay down and go to sleep (aka blend in).
  4. Blowdryer. Every girl with curls knows a good blowdryer is key. Get one with hot + cold settings, various wind settings, and multiple heat settings. The Elchim 2001 is my personal favorite!
  5. Satin sleeping bonnet. You may not look super-chic over night, but you will the next day. Keep your curls from frizzing by wearing this when you sleep. A must.
  6. T-shirt. If you have curls, by now you must know about T-shirt drying. If you don’t, read up right here. You’ll never dry your hair with a towel again.
  7. Tiny curling iron. Not for every curly girl. Only looser curly hair. You only want to use a curling iron if you have to. Just have one on hand in case you can’t get that lock to behave. It happens. For tighter curls, it’s better to just re-wet and re-coil a piece that won’t behave.
  8. Hooded dryer. Just set it and forget it! HA! No really, the less you touch your hair while it’s drying, the better. Which is why a hooded dryer is a great investment. Kick it and read a magazine while your hair dries.
  9. Spray bottle. Every curl queen has their favorite DIY moisture concoction. Keep a spray bottle on hand always.
  10. Wide-tooth comb. Keep it close and use it wisely.

Stay tuned for the wavy and straight hair checklists. xo