Posts Tagged ‘tool time’

TOOL TIME (STRAIGHT HAIR)

post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

Okay all you straight hair Sallys! It’s your turn. Today we’re going over the essentials for your bathroom. Whether you struggle with how straight your hair is or you love it, these are great things to have on hand for changing things up. As always if you have something you LOVE that you think we missed on this list, we would love to hear about it in the comment section below. Here we go!

  1. Sectioning clips. It’s really important to section your hair when trying to build volume, assuming that’s what you want to do. If you like the straightness of your hair and want to maintain it, you’ll still get a shinier, smoother, sleeker blowout when you section it off.
  2. Blowdryer. That’s pretty obvious. You’ll want one with a cool button because setting the hair with cool air is what will make it stay longer.
  3. Filter for the shower. Vital. Straight hair can become heavier and straighter with film caused by different elements in our shower water. Keep that heaviness away by putting a filter in the shower. There are several options at Sephora.
  4. Teasing brush. Stop trying to get volume with a comb. You’ll save so much time by getting one of these natural bristled teasing brushes.
  5. Metal core round brush. These serve as a curling iron when they heat up so you could avoid using an actual iron if you can get the right bend with one of these.
  6. Mason Pearson style brush. Massage your scalp and encourage hair growth with a Mason Pearson style flat brush. Actual Mason Pearsons cost a fortune but there are great alternatives out there. I like the ones by Denman mentioned in this article I wrote a long time ago!
  7. Extra-large sponge rollers or velcro rollers. These help set your hair and give you that major bounce you want, which you can’t typically get with straight hair. Remember this tutorial?
  8. Emi Jay hair ties. One of my favorite tricks for straight hair is tying it up on top of the head for 20 or 30 minutes using one of these. Letting the hair dry a little while the follicles are going in an upward direction helps add a little more volume and keep the hair from laying super flat.
  9. Hot rollers. Obviously a straight haired gals best friend. May seem old-school but still a great way to get lasting waves.
  10. Various curling irons. Straight hair is a blank canvas. Never overdo it but definitely try different things. Challenge yourself and try not to use curling irons on super straight hair more than a few days a week.

Anything you want to add? 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

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