If you spend more time frustrated with your curls than in love with them this post is for you. You might have forgotten that girls with curls are the envy of all the straight haired girls out there. We want to remind you that, even though they may drive you mad, your curls are a hidden blessing that deserve your love. We’ve got you covered with some tips on how to work them well.
Curl detractors – to avoid:-
- Styles that leave you with bulk laden ends, including anything that forms a triangular shape.
- Fine-tooth combs – just say no!
- Washing your hair daily. Losing more natural oils is not an option.
- Brushing your hair – full stop.
- Swimming or exercising without a touch of leave-in crème. That’s a recipe for a frizz fight right there.
- Anyone running their fingers through your hair – as if we need to tell you that!
Curl enhancers – to embrace:-
- Loose braids, headbands and buns. These turn “what the!” hair days into “you go girl!” days.
- Longer layers and a good cut unleash the power of the curl.
- A good stylist is more valuable than gold. If you see a curly haired sister with a great cut, step out of your comfort zone and ask her where she got her hair cut. This may be a life changing opportunity.
- Conditioning your hair well and allowing it to soak in after washing. Your ends will reward you for it.
- Deep conditioning treatments are a necessity for girls with curls. The curlier your hair the less able your natural oils are to make their way all the way to your ends. This leaves them gasping for moisture and suffering from frizz. Applying a deep conditioning masque on a regular basis will help to tame your mane.
- Rinsing out your conditioner with cold water (and it’s good for you skin too).
- Detangling your hair should be an in shower event. It’s kinder on your hair and your nerves.
- After combing through and rinsing out your conditioner in the shower don’t comb your hair again. Use your fingers to help reform your curls instead – I cannot stress this point enough.
- Sulphate and sodium chloride free shampoos and conditioners are a must otherwise you could be drying your hair out even more.
- Invest in a micro-fibre towel for drying your hair and squeeze, don’t rub your hair to get rid of excess water.
- Plopping your hair (wrapping it in a towel to dry) to help reduce the frizz (click this link to loveyourcurls.com.au for a visual).
- If you’re drying your hair with a diffuser, make sure to get your parting into position before you start, because once your hair is dry and you attempt to re-part your hair, you will end up creating unwanted frizz.
- During the scrunch drying process move the diffuser as little as possible. Completely dry each section of your hair before moving on to the next section to dry. You are going to love the results!
Watch this space for my upcoming Facebook Live feed where I will go through some tried and true techniques and tips for enhancing those curls.
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Firstly, congratulations on your newly smoothed hair. Doesn’t it feel amazing!
This is the lovely Rachel from Townsville, as you can see from her before photo she has been fighting the frizz. After her keratin smoothing treatment, Rachel has been able to wash and wear her hair (as shown in the after image above). If she wanted to create a straighter, sleeker appearance all she would need to do would be to wash and blast dry her hair.
As you know your treatment will last up to 5 months, depending on your hair type and how you look after it, so here’s our cheat sheet on how to do just that.
- Do wait for 48 hours after your treatment before washing it out. This allows the treatment to work its magic into your hair. There is, however no benefit of leaving your treatment in any longer than this – it will only dry out your hair.
- If your hair happens to get wet before the 48 hour period, don’t panic. Simply blow dry it off asap and when it’s dry go over it lightly with a flat iron on a low heat setting.
- Do not use any styling products until after the first proper shampoo at home. If you need to, you can use the riot control oil to smooth down any pesky flyaways.
- Use bhave sodium chloride and sulphate free shampoos and conditioners to support and maximise the longevity of your treatment. If you do use shampoos and conditioners that contain sodium chloride it may strip out your treatment. We have formulated all of our bhave shampoo and conditioners specifically to help maintain the results of your treatment for as long as possible.
- If you like to have your hair coloured in a darker shade then we recommend waiting 7-10 days after your treatment before colouring.
- If you’re a water baby and you love to swim be aware that sea or chlorinated water may reduce the longevity of your treatment. To counteract this we recommend that you apply leave-in crème and riot control oil before your swim and rinse your hair with fresh water immediately after. This will help eliminate any salt or chlorine build up.
- If you love exercising and building up a sweat, rinse your hair with fresh water after your workout to eliminate the salt.
- Use heat to activate the smoothing effect. As this is NOT a straightening treatment, however, you can wash’n’wear if you would like a little bit of movement without frizz.
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Split ends, not just the name of an 80’s band but one of the most common hair problems I see. There are some myths circulating about split ends such as frizzy hair and split ends are the same – they are not, another one is that long straight hair is more prone to split ends where in fact curly hair is naturally drier because of the oil from the scalp not being able to travel so freely down the hair shaft. So let’s get down to the nitty-gritty facts.
Split ends fun facts, what causes them and how to prevent them:-
- Keeping yourself healthy and your hair healthy helps to protect your ends from drying out and splitting.
- Using a highly nourishing shampoo and conditioner with active ingredients such as the bio-active keratin in our bhave range is vital to hair health.
- It’s true that keeping your hair trimmed regularly cuts down the opportunity for your ends to split – but it isn’t the only way to deal with them once you have them.
- Booking in for a rescue therapy treatment will help slow down and rehydrate your split ends. The raw functional keratin penetrates the hair shaft and repairs and restores each strand of hair from the inside.
- Fresh ends and super nova are a great way of protecting your ends from splitting on a daily basis and a little applied each morning goes a long way to help to repair splits that occur.
- The dryer your ends the more likely they are to split. Hydrating your hair with regular deep conditioning treatments will help lessen split ends.
- Brushing your hair while it is wet can contribute to your split ends unless you use the bhave vent brush with flexible bristles. Wet hair is fragile and more likely to break. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb or your fingers, allow it to dry off slightly and if towel drying, blot your hair rather than rubbing it.
- Too much brushing of your dry hair also causes split ends.
- Regularly colouring of your hair means more split ends which means you need to take extra care to keep coloured hair hydrated.
- Using heat appliances excessively or without a thermal protection product will cause split ends. Using a thermal protection product such as riot control oil and leave-in crème is a fantastic way to protect your hair.
- Vigorous rubbing of your hair with a towel to dry it will create split ends.
- Rubber bands are a definite no-no for hair health.
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Haircuts that allow you to style less and live more are top of our agenda for 2017. Here are some hot options for you to consider:
- Opt for a Bob or a Lob. Whether you go classic or edgy these cuts are great for weighing down your hair and adding chic to your style. They are perfect for wavy or fine hair.
- If you’re blessed with luscious locks and plenty of them, keeping some length and layers to your hair will make for easy maintenance.
- If your hair is on the finer side having a one length blunt cut just above the shoulders will add the illusion of thickness and make for easy styling.
- A pixie cut looks fab on wavy haired girls and can be low maintenance with a touch of product. It’s also versatile enough to be styled into something edgy when the occasion calls for it.
- A short undercut with a bit of length through the top can be an easy style to manage (this one will depend on the texture of your hair).
- If you’ve got to here and feeling left out because your texture won’t suit any of the above cuts then maybe it’s time to consider a keratin smoothing treatment. This makes for a low maintenance hairstyle, especially on thick, coarse, hard-to-manage hair. Warning – be prepared to ditch the frizz!
- Lastly – steer clear of fringes and bangs especially if you’re blessed with curls. These put the high in high maintenance.
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If you suffer from frizz you are not alone. One of the most common sources of hair heartache that drops into our inbox is to do with frizzy hair. Whether your mane is fine, thick, curly, straight, or a combination of all of the above, at some point in your hair journey it is likely that you have had to wrangle your frizz.
Frizz, in a nutshell, is caused by individual hairs and their cuticle layers standing to attention instead of laying flat. When your cuticle is at its best it’s chilling out with the other strands, laying flat, minding its own cuticle business and it presents as smooth. When individual strands have got their hackles up they are out of alignment with each other and they create an irregular texture which we fondly name frizz.
At the heart of the matter, those rebellious strands are actually gasping for moisture. They’re dehydrated.
Opportunities to create frizz are plentiful, some of which you may be familiar with. They are:-
- You’ve been genetically blessed – although it may not feel like a blessing.
- Brushing curly hair when it’s dry.
- Hot showers.
- Rough brushing.
- Shampooing too often.
- Towel drying too vigorously.
- Chemical abuse.
- Too much heat from styling appliances.
- Humidity loaded weather whims.
So how do you soothe the frizz and get those strands to chill out? Moisture, moisture and some more moisture.
Conditioning is a must for frizzy haired ladies and treating yourself to a deep intense conditioning masque once a week or booking in for an in-salon rescue therapy will go a long way to taming those pesky hell raising cuticles.
Everyday fixes include:-
- Silk pillowcases – I toss and turn when I sleep so I can wake up with a habitable birds nest for hair. Throwing a silk pillowcase on your pillow can reduce the friction your hair endures if you are a restless sleeper and will help reduce the morning frazzle.
- If you have the length, put your hair in a loose ponytail before falling asleep.
- Not running your fingers through your hair constantly throughout the day. You may not even be aware of this one. Running your fingers through your hair creates friction again and friction is not a frizzy haired girl’s friend.
- Showering with warm water and not hot. This is not only good for your hair but a blast of cold water is great for your skin.
- Condition (ends only) after each wash and try to leave your conditioner in for a couple of minutes. Use a brush or comb in the shower to work the conditioner through before rinsing out.
- Deep condition treatments at least once a month. Our award-winning deep intense conditioning masque is perfect for this. It can be used as an alternative to your conditioner if you put it on for 2 minutes. Leave it on for 20 minutes for a deeper condition. After rinsing it you will need to apply your normal conditioner to close down those cuticles and retain that moisture.
- Rescue therapy. If you are near a salon that offers our rescue therapy, do yourself a favour and book in for one. These will build the health of your hair and help tame that frizz (see the before and after image below).
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Beach holidays mean blue skies, white sand and the sound of lapping waves. Or exposure to UV damage, frizz and salt water or chlorine infused strands. So what can you do to reduce summer hair damage?
We’re so glad you asked. We just happen to have prepared a list of beach hair remedies to help your hair to come through summer looking and feeling healthy.
- First and foremost, cover up. There is nothing pleasant about UV damaged hair or sun fried scalps. Grab a stylish straw hat, scarf or funky umbrella to provide some much-needed shade and make good use of them throughout summer.
- Just like your skin your hair is prone to UV damage and just like your skin sun damaged hair is ageing. Don’t leave home without spritzing super nova through your freshly washed, towel-dried hair before your outdoor adventures. Not only will super nova calm your frizz and nourish your locks, it will provide some UV protection for beach hair too.
- If you love swimming either in a pool or at the beach running a dollop of leave-in crème through your hair first will help reduce the drying damage from salt water and chlorine.
- Rinse your hair through with fresh water after swimming at the beach or a dip in the pool. Removing chlorine and sea salt will help prevent frizz and salt build up.
- Work some me time into your holiday schedule and pack a tube of deep intense conditioning masque into your bag. Plan a morning, when you can apply the masque to your hair, grab some great reading material, don your hat and lay back, letting the indirect heat from the sun, work your deep conditioners magic. When you’ve had enough, rinse out the treatment and remember to condition as normal to close those cuticles and retain the wonderful moisture you’ve just infused your hair with.
- Relax and let your hair relax. Pack your bag with hair clips and hair ties that will allow you to swoosh it up, pull it into a ponytail or two, or braid it into submission without having to break out all the usual heat driven styling paraphernalia.
- If your blonde gets it’s green on because of the chlorinated pool and you don’t have any blonde shampoo to act as a toner, don’t be afraid to rinse it with a good squeeze of lemon juice or alternatively with diluted tomato sauce. Sounds weird but it’s one of those wives tales that actually works to tone down those green tinges.
- If you’re a red-headed hottie or a banging brunette and you’re thinking of getting your colour done before your beach escapade, consider holding off until your return. You will avoid colour fade and the heartbreak of having to do that colour all over again on your return. Super nova is also a great way to protect your colour from those merciless UV rays.
- Invest in an oil to soothe the frizz. Our riot control oil is an expert at taming frizz in summer (and winter) situations while being light enough that even fine haired girls can use it.
- If you’re worried about transitioning from day hair to night hair our gunpowder will inject volume to take your hair from beach hair to bar wear. Position the directional nozzle at your roots and pump a small amount of powder (a little goes a long way). Use your fingers to lift the roots upwards away from your scalp and working in the powder gently.
Where ever you are spending your holidays this year we hope that it involves much laughter and the company of people who bring you joy.
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If you can’t get to the salon when your regrowth demands it, here is an in-between salon visits survival guide.
- Steer clear of a straight line part, it will put your regrowth on show. Go the zig-zag parting and add a bit of volume with a squirt of gunpowder to lift your roots away from your regrowth. Click here to see how to easy it is to apply gunpowder with this quick video by @insta.beauty.mummy.
- Don’t be afraid to use the wand of your brown or black mascara to hide your regrowth if you’re a dark haired girl. Don’t worry it’s easily shampooed out.
- Accessorise with a headband, bandana or head scarf. Not only will you hide your regrowth but you will look confident and stylish to boot. Hop over here to get some head scarf inspiration.
- Play with a root concealing spray and touch up powder. These will hide your regrowth in an instant.
- If grey hasn’t got you in its grip, highlight the hair around your crown, parting and sides of your head to minimise and disguise your future regrowth. Be sure to choose a colour that is one or two shades lighter than your own colour for a more natural effect.
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