Posts Tagged ‘frizzy 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!

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 (WAVY HAIR)

post/design: Kristin Ess

Time for the wavy girl’s checklist! As you know, we posted this “Tool Time” list for curly girls a couple days ago. These lists aren’t about brands, just about tools. Each one serves as a checklist so you can be sure you have all the tools you need (for your hair type) to maximize those good hair days. Here we go wavy lady…

  1. Detangling brush- Wavy hair often tangles up. You’ll need this brush.
  2. Shower cap- Sometimes you want to skip a wash with waves because you need your natural oils! Decrease the chance of your waves turning to frizz by always having a shower cap near the shower.
  3. Dual sided comb- This serves a couple of purposes… the wide side is for detangling and the fine side is for smoothing. With wavy hair, you can take this in the shower to comb any difficult tangles out and then once your hair is dry, you can smooth down flyways near your part with the fine side.
  4. Various curling irons- The coolest thing about wavy hair is you can change the size of your waves. Keep various sizes of irons around. Some days you feel like big smooth waves, some days tighter/springy waves. Either way, your natural wave will only add support and keep the work you do with a curling iron from falling out.
  5. Strong sectioning clips- For girls who want to blow out their natural waves, I recommend getting some strong “shark clips” like these. They hold loads of hair and stay put. Very helpful.
  6. Thick ponytail holders- You can’t ever have enough of those thick ponytail holders around the house. Why do they always disappear though? Where do they go???
  7. Spray bottle- I always tell my clients with wavy hair to keep a spray bottle in the bathroom filled with 1/2 water and 1/2 leave-in conditioner. This a great refresher for waves. Not too heavy, but helps lock your waves back up at the end of a long day or before going out.
  8. Diffuser- Gotta have it. We’ll be doing a post on types of diffusers soon as well as a tutorial on how to properly use one. This is so important if you want MORE wave.
  9. Natural bristle round brush- If you’re going to blow out waves, please use this type of brush. You need lots of natural bristles to get good tension and to smooth out your hair. Avoid metal round brushes, please! My favorite brand is Ibiza because they last forever.
  10. A powerful blowdryer- Again, if you’re going to blow out waves, you want to do it right so it will last. You need a powerful blowdryer with various heat settings, wind settings and a cold button.

Stay tuned for the straight hair “Tool Time” checklist! Got any secret weapons for waves? You KNOW we wanna hear em in the comments below. xo