Posts Tagged ‘curly’

ALL HAIR, ALL WEEK

 

photos/post: Kristin Ess graphic design: Eunice Chun

Lots of you lovely ladies email us saying how they have unmanageable, giant hair that they just can’t seem to get under control. Today’s your lucky day! This is a fun tutorial for anyone who has some natural wave + frizz, aaaand it’s also a great tutorial for those of you who live in humidity. All we’re going to do is tame, curl + twist! Here we go!  (more…)

AND THE WINNER IS…

We’re excited to bring you the winner of our Pick Your Own TBD Tutorial and thank you to everyone who voted! The look you chose was LOOK 3! We’ve partnered with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series to create a step-by-step breakdown on how to get this look yourself and think you’ll love just how easy it is to do. This tutorial shows us how to get natural texture + a little volume without using a curling iron. Here’s how:

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  1. Start by washing your hair and only conditioning the ends lightly. On towel dried hair, spray Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Color Protect Spray from the middle to ends. This is an amazing light-weight conditioner that not only protects but also helps close the cuticle, creating more shine.
  2. Next up, pump a golf ball-sized amount of Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Boost & Lift Foaming Air Mousse into the palm of your hands.
  3. Massage it evenly throughout your roots. Really work it in to avoid ” flat spots” where you may have missed with product. If you spend a couple minutes getting it evenly distributed, you’ll get a better result with mousse!
  4. Now toss your hair all to one side and blow dry on high.
  5. Flip it to the other side and do the same. It’s okay to go back and forth. You want to get it about 90% dry, leaving just a little bit of moisture. NOTE: If you’re blowing out curly hair to get this look, blow it out all the way! 100% dry! Then see step 7!
  6. Last, flip completely upside down and make sure you dry the area by the nape of your neck.
  7. OPTIONAL: If you’ve blown out curly hair and it’s now 100% dry, spray a little bit of Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Repair & Finish Spray. This will restore a small amount of moisture and allow your hair to take the shape of the wave without causing the hair to curl back up.
  8. While your hair is still warm from blowdrying, wind all of it into a tight bun at the crown of your head (as you see in photo 8!) and secure it with pins. We prefer using hair pins (aka: U-pins) for this so they’re not too tight, but you can use bobbypins if you’re careful not to open them too wide. Avoid using ponytail holders as they can leave an unwanted crease. If you have shorter hair, you can make 2 buns by dividing the hair into two sections– one up top and one in back.
  9. Try and leave your hair in bun for at least 30 minutes. It needs time to cool in order to take the wave shape. This is great for those of you who do your hair at night because you can sleep on it and get an even better wave! Once the hair has cooled, remove the pins and lightly brush the ends if neccessary. Literally all we did in this photo was take it down after 30 minutes of cool down time, shake it out and brush the last 1 inch using a comb. If you want to, you can go over any unruly pieces with a large barrel curling iron or you can hit the ends with a flat iron for an edgier look.

Thank you to Vidal Sassoon Pro Series for collaborating with us on such a fun voting post. Good luck everyone and show us your waves on Instagram! Tag us @thebeautydept!

BOUNCE WITH ME

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Over the years, I’ve heard so many stories from women who were tortured by their curls growing up. Little girls with little halos of frizz and no clue on how to deal with it. Luckily today we have so much information readily available to guide us in the beauty department. When you’re armed with knowledge and you’re willing to put some time into trying things out, you can become the boss of unruly curl in no time. Here are some of my favorite steps for these very different types of curls…

KINKY CURLY- letting it be. your goal is to minimize frizz and retain natural oils.

- use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to avoid stripping natural oils from the inside of the hair shaft.

- comb your hair out while in the shower as you rinse conditioner through.

- swap out your towel for a t-shirt. this is the best trick. the smoothness of the t-shirt vs. the roughness of a towel minimizes frizz!

- my favorite products for kinky curly hair are coconut oil and jojoba oil because they moisturize and enhance shine but don’t feel oily. “curl stretch cream” is great for lengthening coils if your hair tends to shrink up.

- always apply product when hair is t-shirt dried, but still thoroughly wet.

- refine curls by twisting individual locks together with your fingers, then scrunch again with the t-shirt to remove excess water or product.

- anyone with kinky curly hair shouldn’t even own a brush! only a wide-tooth comb. brushes will pull curls apart causing frizz.

- air drying is best, but if you need to dry it in a hurry or want a little lift at the root, make sure to use a diffuser.

***if you want to refine this natural curl with a curling iron, try a 3/8″ barrell, twisting hair around the outside.

VERY CURLY – keeping it down. Your goal is to tame curls and keep your medium/coarse texture hair from getting too wide.

- shampoo using a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.

- wash hair every 2-4 days to avoid stripping hair of its natural oils.

- use a wide-tooth comb in the shower to detangle.

- avoid combing or brushing this hair after you get out of the shower. the more you break up the curl’s natural locks, the more frizz will haunt you.

- swap out your towel for a t-shirt. this is the best trick. the smoothness of the t-shirt vs. the roughness of a towel minimizes frizz!

- this hair naturally lacks moisture so avoid using anything with an alcohol base. I like mixing a styling cream with coconut oil. smells amazing and it gives it the extra “moisture weight” it needs.

- next day, mist hair with water and re-apply the same product.

***if you want to refine this natural curl with a curling iron, try a 3/4″ barrell, twisting hair around the outside.

NATURAL WAVE – keep it simple. your goal is to hold it together and not break the pattern of the wave by brushing too much.

- shampoo and condition as normal, but comb hair out using a wide tooth comb in the shower.

- towel dry when you get out of the shower. no more brushing.

- shake hair to unlock the wave pattern. comb with your fingers.

- flip hair over and scrunch with the towel again.

- apply a lightweight curl enhancing cream from roots to ends. ask your stylist if you aren’t sure what that is.

- use a diffuser to dry 50% of the way. air dry the other 50 %.

- use a small amout of argon oil or anti-frizz serum to lock ends together using a twisting motion.

***if you want to refine this natural wave with a curling iron, try a 1″ or 1 1/4″ barrell, twisting hair around the outside.

WANTING WAVES ON STRAIGHT HAIR? SEE HERE! or HERE!

xxkristin

LEMME BREAK IT DOWN.

photo: istockphoto post designed by kristin ess

Alright, time to give you the rundown on this little bottle of magic we call dry shampoo. It’s one of my favorite products on the market today and I love teaching people about it! I’m always surprised when people sit in my chair and haven’t heard of it. I can talk about it all day, and I’m about to…

What is it?

Dry shampoo is a super-fine powder that comes in spray-on, dust-on and shake-on forms. Its main purpose is to soak up the oil your scalp produces, which is what makes our hair look dirty. This brilliant cylinder of dust can literally take the hair from looking oily and limp to looking freshly blown out in one quick POOF!  Consider it like facial blotting papers, but for your hair.

What are the benefits of dry shampoo?

Where do I begin? First of all, when you apply dry shampoo, you’re allowing your natural oils to stay in contact with your hair longer, which we know is good. The reason we don’t usually like to do that is because after a while, it looks, um, gross. Dry shampoo = best of both worlds. Oils can stay put, nourishing the hair, while the powder takes away the unwanted sheen! (I really want to add a link to “unwanted sheen” but i won’t.)

Some of you thermally straighten your hair with a blow dryer and/or flat iron. When you do that, you want to make it last as long as possible so you’re not over doing it with heat styling. Putting dry shampoo on freshly straightened locks can easily extend the life of a blow out. Think of it like this; high temperatures cause condensation + gland stimulation at your scalp. Oil, sweat and moisture lead to curls coming back. Applying dry shampoo to the roots before working out or stepping out into warmer weather can significantly slow that down by soaking it all up!

M’ladies with short hair and bangs. I know I don’t have to tell you that your hair comes in constant contact with your forehead, picking up the oils from your face, causing annoying, unwanted separation which you justify by calling it “whispy”. A burst of dry shampoo WILL. FIX. IT. It also gives incredible added texture to short, cropped hair when applied on top of a water based pomade or paste.

Most of my clients with thick, coarse or naturally curly hair used to think they couldn’t use dry shampoo. Truth is, they can and should. When hair is super thick, curly or coarse, it naturally lacks moisture because oils don’t travel down the hair as quickly. It could need more time between shampoos! Going one extra day between washings can help natural oils make their way down the hair shaft that much further. If the hair is very dry, try lightly applying dry shampoo on the part only, and putting a little jojoba oil on the ends. Jojoba oil is the closest thing to the oil our scalp produces.

The only people who don’t really need dry shampoo are those of you who don’t produce much oil or those of you that have a dry scalp. The few who can go 3-5 days without so much as a glimmer of unwanted sheen are very lucky. Just be sure you’re properly conditioning and getting nourishment to the ends of your hair!

When do you put it on?

Dry shampoo goes on air dried or blow dried hair. Not on wet hair. Originally I thought it was best to put dry shampoo on your roots when it started to look dirty. Maybe 2 or 3 days after you blow dry, and that’s still great! But my favorite thing now is to put it on right after I blow the hair out.  That way, as the oils come out, it “catches” them. This keeps it from getting dirty and flat to begin with. I’ve come to find that dry shampoo on clean hair leads to extra bounce and volume. I use this trick on photo shoots a lot.

Where do I get it?

There are lots of different kinds of dry shampoo out there today. It’s become widely available and insanely popular so you won’t have a hard time finding it. You can find it at the drug store, or next time you go into your salon, ask your stylist which one they recommend. Test it out! See how your hair feels and most importantly how it looks!

How do I apply it?

You want to apply dry shampoo where hair might appear dirty. In other words, if you’re wearing your hair down, you don’t need to apply underneath in the back, mostly just on the top, maybe around the part and along the front hairline. If you’re wearing your hair up in a bun or ponytail, you’ll want to get underneath a little bit. The ultimate trick with ANY dry shampoo is patting it in. Not brushing, not wiping with your hand, just patting it lightly until it blends in. This is how you stay away from it looking “powdery”.

xxkristin