Posts Tagged ‘frizz’

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!

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…

 

OBSESSED

photo: marie claire, http://about.me/doublegrr, cover magazine  post designed by kristin ess

THE NEW FRIZZ– Absolutely loving bobs with an imperfect, slightly frizzy finish. I don’t know what it is about this look, but I’ve become completely obsessed. The hair appears romantic, slept on + soft and almost creates a glowing halo in the sun. Sometimes hair is the most beautiful when you just let it do its own thing. And if that’s not the case, add a little surf spray or water-based pomade to it.

BOUNCE WITH ME

photos:photos: refinery29.com, mona hanson-kay, olsentwinsaddict.blogspot.com, fashionprose.wordpress.com, vogue.uk.com, chloe, sonia rykiel  post designed by kristin ess

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.

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