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3 Things you can do to improve your natural texture

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I hear it a lot- especially as a hair stylist with curly hair, “My hair has natural wave/curl, but I don’t like to wear it natural because it isn’t pretty or uniform!” I’m willing to bet that your natural texture can be pretty with a few simple changes to your routine.
First and foremost, you must adjust the way you view it. Your wave pattern is a lot less set in stone than you think. Consider hair texture as a spectrum ranging from stick- straight to kinky curly, with several degrees of wavy in between. It can feel overwhelming at first, but once you get the hang of it these few tricks for encouraging curl (or increase wave) can allow you to take advantage of your built-in style and save a lot of time by avoiding blow-drying, curling, and flat ironing. Starting with…
1. Give it moisture
Curly/wavy hair tends to feel dryer than straight hair simply because it is harder for the natural oils from your scalp to navigate the turns in the hair shaft. To compensate, make sure you are using a good quality moisturizing shampoo and conditioner (Aveda Dry Remedy is my BFF). Also, consider stretching out the time between your shampoos to give your scalp a chance to provide some of its own conditioner. Something like every three days or twice a week is ideal, but I prefer to shampoo based on the way my hair looks and feels. Sometimes after the gym I will simply rinse and condition to remove the ickiness without stripping it on day two. A super moisturizing mask once a week or every other is ideal for long or colored curly hair. If you find yourself frustrated with frizzy curls, it may be time to add a moisturizing product (like my favorite: Aveda Universal Styling Crème) to give it the moisture it’s reaching out for.

2. Be gentle!
If you’re feeling fluffy, frizzy, or poofy you are probably over brushing your hair. The more you mess with your hair the less like individual curls and more like one giant, fluffy mass it becomes. Instead try detangling with a big, wide-toothed comb in the shower once you have applied your conditioner. Start from the ends and work your way up to undo any tangles. Never scrub your hair side-to-side and avoid roughing it up with a towel. Instead, try drying your hair by wrapping it in an old cotton t-shirt. The cotton is gentler than terry cloth and does not pull the hair like the weight of a full-sized towel. Avoid breakage (and thus frizz) by avoiding the temptation to put your hair up in a bun or pony tail while it’s still wet and consider replacing your elastics with bobbles, scrunchies, and spin pins which put less tension on the hair.

3. Experiment with product combinations
The final step in styling with natural texture is to scrunch in your styling products. Once your hair is damp but not dripping thanks to t-shirt wrapping simply apply your product(s) to the palms of your hands, tilt your head upside down and lift the ends of the hair up towards your scalp. Give it a good squeeze, so that you are gathering it in a fist, and then drop. Continue this process all over your head until everything is scrunched, and most of the product has been absorbed. Resist the urge to break up the curl by running your fingers through it, pulling it, or combing in any way. You can continue to scrunch as it dries, but that’s really it!
Here’s the trick: the perfect combination of products for beautiful, shiny, frizz free locks is totally personal to the individual. Generally, wavy and curly hair works best with a product for moisture (creams, oils, and serums) and a product for hold (gels, foams, and hairsprays). You might throw in a third for humidity, but 2-3 leave in products is best. Try different kinds in different combinations to see what you like, and more importantly, what your hair likes. My personal favorite combo for my dry, fine, curly hair is about a quarter-sized amount of Aveda Universal Styling Crème (for moisture) scrunched in damp hair with a layer of Aveda Damage Control spray (for crunch free hold).

Drop a comment below and let us know your favorite combos or any tricks you like to use for rocking your natural texture!

Blogger: Mandi Marquez

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My Chair-ish Thoughts.

 

 

Today I thought it might be fun to drop a few “Fact Findings, from behind our Chairs”. If you think you know everything there is to know about your hair, you just might want to re-think that. If you’re like many, you may know how to style it or maybe what length that looks or feels best on you, but there’s a lot of weird stuff going on up there that we rarely give a second thought too. Here are a few interesting fun hair facts may just blow your mind, or at least make you rethink the extent of your hair knowledge.

 

  • On average, you shed around 50-150 strands of hair a day. Yes, now you know what’s been clogging your shower drain.
  • Hair is  the second fastest growing tissue in the body after bone marrow. Lets just say thank goodness for that. If you’ve ever had a bad haircut.
  • A healthy strand of hair can stretch an additional 30% when it’s wet. So don’t pull it while brushing it wet, for all that is holy!
  • Hair grows slightly faster in warm weather, because heat stimulates circulation and encourages hair growth. “Beach Time Maybe?”
  •  The only thing about you that can’t be identified by your hair is your gender—men’s hair and women’s hair are identical in structure. I think I might be watching to much NCIS.
  • The scientific term for split ends is “trichoptilosis.” Yeah, I had to look that up!
  • Eighty percent of Americans wash their hair twice a day. Geez people haven’t you ever heard of Dry Shampoo!
  •  A single hair has a lifespan of about five years.
  • Trying to grow out your hair? It takes about 7 years to grow it to your waist, and 3 years to grow it to your shoulders!
  • All of the hair follicles in the human body are formed by the time we are just five months old in the womb. Apparently, one more thing to blame on mom!

So till next time,

Blogger: Terry Folawn

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Pixie cuts are the perfect no fuss, no muss ‘do.

The perfect no fuss…

In the homestretch of summer, chlorine-soaked, sun-fried locks can start looking less than lustrous. (At a certain point, that “tousled beach waves” look you’re going for just turns to tangles.) Aveda’s Damage Remedy Leave in Conditioner  is a between-trims fix for limp hair that’s been battered by whether or overzealous heat styling.  Work it through wet hair before blow-drying or smooth a dab over dried-out ends after styling; either way, the conditioner reconstructs and boosts moisture without leaving strands feeling sticky.

Lynda Parson

 

 

 

Bl0gger: Lynda

Easy Hair Ideas for Summer

Whether you’re going for a sexy beachy style or you just want your hair off your neck because it’s so freaking hot, there’s a new runway trend for you. Follow these easy ideas to find your best summer hair ever.

By Allures beauty expert  Julie Giusti

SLEEK LOW PONYTAIL

The scoop: Apply mousse to your roots, then comb it through to the ends. Create a clean center part, pull all your hair back into a low ponytail, and secure it with an elastic. Add some polish by running a flatiron over the ends and adorn the base with a dramatic hair accessory (feathers and pearls are hot right now).

MESSY UPDO

The scoop: To create these flouncy updos.After the hair is dry,  make a deep side part before loosely pulling the hair back into alow ponytail. He then rolled the tail up (not under) into a loop that he secured with a few pins. Don’t stress if it doesn’t look perfect—it’s not supposed to. “We wanted the hair to get a little messed up when they were putting on their clothes to give the style even more texture,

LOOPED BUN 

The scoop:These make a polished alternative to sloppy ponytails but keep you just as cool. He parted the models’ hair on the side—”not too low or harsh,” he said. Gathering it at the nape of the neck, heanchored it into a low ponytail, which he folded over and retied with an elastic, creating a side loop. The finishing touch?  spritz a fluffy kabuki makeup brush with hair spray and glided it over flyaways. “Think of it as setting powder for your hair,”

HIGH, CHUNKY BUN

The scoop:  Part your hair down the center and tie it into a high ponytail. Tease the tail to make it big and thick, twist it, then wrap it around the base until you’ve created a perfectly rounded and oversize bun. Then secure it with pins and finish with a strong-hold hair spray.

BEACHY TWIST

The scoop:, Drew a deep side part, and twisted small sections into coils, clamping down on them with a flatiron for crimped texture. After securing the hair into a low ponytail, Split the hair into two sections and tied a double knot at the back of the head, and using a few pins to keep it secure. A chunky piece was left loose in the front of each model’s style; the sections haphazardly fell into the models’ faces as they walked down the runway.

Smooth Infusion Retexturizing System

This remarkables system , I have  had the pleasure of doing a few times and blown away by the results, texture or stick straight this transformation is more like a re-creation . Complete and uter control of your hair leaving it in better condition than ever before.  Aveda’s new Smooth Infusion Retexturizing System – is thermal straightening system that permanently softens, smooths, or completely straightens the hair. Smooth Infusion Retexturizing System allows three simple techniques for more options: Straight, Control Body and Control Curl. The sky truelly is the limits for stylist  and customers today with this system.Re-direction of curl and pattern are not limitted to the hrd line structure of the traditional perm or relaxer, and no hideous chemical smell, that really makes all of us smile 🙂
 
 
 
  • Lasts for months with proper maintenance.
  • Contains a minimum of 74% naturally derived ingredients with conditioning organic botanicals.
  • No post-service odor! Organic ylang ylang nourishes the senses eliminating all traces of post-service odor.
  • Can be used on color treated, highlighted and chemically processed hair (excluding hair that has been previously treated with a sodium hydroxide relaxer and henna).

Cost of this service will vary and based on consultation which will take into consideration the condition including length and quantity of your hair. A starting cost is around $450 for a 3 hour service.

Bloger: David

A Bikini Wax… Should it be done at home?

Waxing Season is here…

-Dr.Lisa Materson, CBS’s The Doctors

Q: The Weather is getting warmer .How can I make this my sexiest summer ever?

A: When you finally stow away the sweaters and break out the cute tanks, the last thing you want is furry arms! The next time you’re at the spa for your brow or under arm wax. Smooth, hair free arms are bringing the final touch to your outfit for  your sleekest , sexiest look.  An arm wax takes about a half-hour, cost $37-$70 and last four weeks all through prom season!

Q: I’ve always gone to a salon for my waxing,but some of my friends wax at home. Any tips for doing my bikini waxing at home?

A: I highly suggest that you stick with a professional technicians,especially when you’re waxing a sensitive area like the bikini area. If you wax only once in a while ,you risk hurting yourself.On a recent episode of The Doctors on CBS,Dr. Lisa stressed the importance of having a qualified technician perform the waxing service.If a waxing is not done properly, she told the audience ,infections can occur through any tears or cuts.

Blogger: Jillian

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How to Create a Fun and Messy Chignon

Whether you’re running late or have last minute dinner plans, this look is perfect and easy!

The steps are easy. All you will need is a teasing brush or finetooth comb, bobby pins, elastic bands, and hairspray..duh!

Step 1- After creating a deep side part, sweep all of your hair into an elastic either on the side or low center. (It’s okay if your hair is straight or curly, it just creates a different look)

Step 2- Lightly backcomb your hair to add body and provide padding for the bobby pins.

Step3- Twist hair around elastic; remember messy is good so it doesn’t need to be perfect!

Step 4- Secure the hair with bobby pins

Step 5- Spray with Control Force and go have fun!!!

Happy Hair Day,
Author:Rebekah