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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.

 

 

 

SPRING HAIR TREND DIY

PHOTOS: KRISTIN ESS

We love a good DIY, and we particularly love a DIY that includes flowers. Saw one of these floral ribbons at a retail store the other day. It was way too overpriced for my liking so of course we decided to create a version you can make yourself for about $2. It’s a simple thin ribbon with flowers and a bobby pin attached– not rocket science, but sometimes simple is just prettier. You know we love a flower crown but we’re head over heels for this as a new alternative. Here’s how we made it…

You’ll want to find tiny flowers so the weight doesn’t pull the ribbon. We opted for these 3 types but you can use anything small and lightweight. Two of these were free because they were from my garden and then we purchased one stem of rice flowers from a local flower shop.

  1. Collect scissors, 1/8″ thin ribbon, your flowers, a single small bobby pin and some thin beading wire.
  2. Gather a tiny cluster of buds and bind them together using a small piece of your wire. Be sure to tuck the ends of the wire in so they don’t get stuck in your hair.
  3. You’ll want to wrap a few clusters. 5-6 is plenty.
  4. Cut 1 yard of ribbon for short to medium hair and 1 1/2 yards for longer hair.
  5. Tie an extra small bobby pin (they make ones that are shorter than the normal size but if you don’t have that you can use the regular ones.
  6. Last, attach your flower clusters. We spaced each one out a little differently. Just make sure you put an even weight on each side so the ribbon doesn’t slide over to the heavier side.

Use the bobby pin to secure the ribbon just below your part. This will be such a great look for anyone who plans on hitting Coachella or any music festival for that matter! If you make one and wear it, don’t forget to tag us @thebeautydept on instagram! We would love to see yours.

KEEPING YOUR WAVES OVERNIGHT

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

Okay, some of you may already be using a claw clip to put your hair up at night, but are you using them the best way? I’ve always, always, always slept with my freshly waved hair in a fun bun because it just keeps the curl so perfect. But recently I was traveling, I had just blown out and curled my hair and couldn’t find a ponytail holder to put it up. My friend had these mini claw clips with her and offered them to me. I used about 5 of them around the perimeter of a bun to secure my hair while I slept and I couldn’t believe how perfect my waves still were the next morning. Using just one to secure a bunch of hair has given me dents in the past, but the trick seems to be lots of little ones. Ive been trying it out for a couple weeks to make sure it wasn’t a happy accident and it’s still working perfectly. For those of you who take time and pride in curling your hair, or those of you who get blowouts, you’ll definitely want to use this.

  1. We started with “Day 1″ hair. Freshly blown out, waved up and brushed out. (This photo was taken in the evening.)
  2. Flip your head and gather all of your hair.
  3. Now gently start to twist and coil all of the hair into a bun of the very top of your head. You don’t want to twist it so tight that it pulls out or reforms the curls, but it shouldn’t be too loose either. A happy medium is good.
  4. Wrap the ends under the bun. Again, don’t wrap it overly-tight.
  5. Now take your mini claw clips and GENTLY place them around the perimeter of the bun. I truly think the trick is sliding them into the hair without force. I don’t grab a lot of hair with the clip because that’s when you start to get dents. You’re going to use 4-5 clips so no need to get it all secured with just one.
  6. In the morning the bun will be a little loose, which is totally fine. Remove the clips.
  7. Shake it all out.
  8. Add a little shine serum to your ends.
  9. Or massage in a little dry shampoo at the root if you need it.
  10. In this photo you’ll see it’s been brushed out using that favorite brush of mine!

That’s it! These clips are available pretty much everywhere– RiteAid, Walgreens, Duane Reed, 99 cent stores, Target, Walmart, everywhere! They usually come in packs of 4-10 and they’re pretty cheap. Good luck! Let us know if you try it or even if you already do this in the comments below!

BRUSH BATH

The two most dreaded words of the season: spring cleaning. Naturally you’ll do the windows, you’ll deep clean your room, break out some lighter-weight bedding, but will you shampoo your hair brushes? I realized this post needed to happen when I was talking to my client the other day. She said she was having a very hard time getting the silky smooth blowout that she normally gets. I asked her if she had been doing anything different recently and she said she was using a volumizing mousse for a while but had stopped. I asked her if she had shampooed her brush between then and now and she just gave me this stumped look. I’m pretty sure she realized right then why it made sense. But I explained that you blowdry with product, it obviously transfers onto the brush. If you do that for a couple/few weeks you will have a build up of product that will transfer right back into wet hair when it’s dragged through. The product on the brush will also attract dust. Long-ish story short, she shampooed the brush and then we got a cute email titled “hooray” to let us know that it fully did the trick. Seems so obvious but when you can’t see the product just by looking down at the brush you really don’t think much about it. It’s not just mousses either– it’s leave-in conditioners, hairspray, thermal protectant, serums, pomades, etc. If you’re a product user, take the time every couple of weeks to shampoo your brushes like this…

  1. Looking at your brush doesn’t tell you much. Looks good enough, right?
  2. Look at it a little closer. On metal-core round brushes, you’ll often see product that’s been burned while sitting on the metal. Particles come off and get in your hair the next time you run it through your freshly shampooed strands.
  3. Before taking them for a dip, use the wide side of a comb to get the hair out.
  4. I specifically encourage you to use a clarifying shampoo. I like THIS ONE + THIS ONE. Don’t just use soap as that can leave behind even more residue.
  5. Fill the sink up about halfway with medium to hot water while adding your clarifying shampoo. Let them sit for about 5 minutes– enough to soften the hardened product particles.
  6. Using a basic scrubber (which I get from the 99 cent store) rub at the core of a metal round brush or at the padding of a flat brush. If you’re cleaning a natural bristle brush, massage it with your fingers under the water instead.Rinse them well with cold water. Make sure you’ve removed all the shampoo.
  7. Now either lay them out to dry or blowdry them on medium heat, which is what I like to do.
  8. See. No more nastiness! You’re sure to get a much better blowout when you have freshly cleaned brushes. This only takes a few minutes and makes all the difference in the world.