Everyone loves bouncy spirals, but how do you get them? Here are some different ways to add some curls to your hair. Before you being though, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
- We recommend practicing with your curling iron or flat iron in the OFF position. It may seem silly, but this will allow you to practice these techniques without putting unnecessary heat on your hair while doing so. After you feel confident in the gestures go ahead and turn on the heat.
- Always use a heat protectant spray when you use heated styling tools. Working with heat protection is vital to the health of your hair. Heat doesn’t just dry hair out, it can destroy the integrity of the inner structure of the hair, and even decrease the longevity of that beautiful color that you invested in at the salon.
Curling Iron Curls
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- Start by picking the barrel size you want to work with. The larger the barrel the bigger and looser the curls, and the smaller the barrel the tighter and smaller the curls. We recommend our 1” Pro Styling Wand.
- Then, take a small section, about ½” and mist with a thermal heat spray from at least 6” away to protect the hair. Wrap the entire section from base to ends around the barrel of your styling wand. Make sure to wrap the sections around the curling iron all in the same direction. If you want to curl away from the face, twist and wrap in the outwards direction from your face and vice versa for inward curls.
- Hold the section around your curling iron for about 5-10 seconds.
- Remove your curling iron and hold the curl in your hand for a few seconds to allow the curl to cool. This will help set the curl. Once your entire head is curled, shake the curls out with your fingers to loosen and add more volume. You can finish the look off with a flexible hold hairspray.
HOT TIP: Allow your spiral curls to really cook! Spiral curls collapse because they either didn’t get enough heat or they didn’t cool long enough to set the style!
Flat Iron Curls
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- Take a medium size section about 1 in to 1 ½ in wide and prep with a thermal heat spray.
- Hold the section in one hand and your Straight Ahead flat iron in the other with the iron vertical and your palm facing the head.
- Pinch the section at base and, as you pinch, fold your hand so your palm faces you (still holding the section with left hand). Slowly slide flat iron down to the end of the hair shaft and release hair, this will allow the hair to spring into a ribbon curl.
- Remove your flat iron and hold the curl in your hand for a few seconds to allow the curl to cool.
- Use your hands to shake the curls out and finishing with a flexible hold hairspray to keep the curls in place.
NO HEAT CURL TECHNIQUES
- One of the easiest ways to get loose waves without heat is to braid your hair at night and sleep with the braids in. That way, when you wake up in the morning, all you have to do is undo the braids and apply a smoothing hair oil, like our Biotin Infused Hair Serum, to tame any frizz.
- Scrunch time! If you’re blessed with hair that has some texture, this is probably the simplest technique. Spray some sea salt spray on damp hair, from mid-shaft to ends, and scrunch upwards. This technique will encourage your natural waves for that chic beach vibe.
- You might think hair rollers are more your grandma’s thing, but they don’t have to be! These babies can easily give you heatless glam curls. On damp hair, start rolling sections from the bottom up and secure with a bobby pin. Let it dry for two to three hours or overnight. You’ll have gorgeous waves and can apply hairspray, like our Blow Out Spray to set them.
- Find an old t-shirt. It might sound a little strange, but it really does work. First, twist a T-shirt into a roller shape and tie the ends together to create a large DIY halo. Then, put the halo on top of your head, wrap pieces of hair around it, and pin the hair in place. Leave your hair in the halo overnight, and in the morning, you can remove all the pins to reveal soft, bouncy curls.
- The sock bun technique is a creative, but also effective method. Cut the tip off of an old sock and roll it up to get a doughnut shape. (Or, you can just get a donut hair bun, but that’s no fun!)
- Once you have your sock bun, pull your ponytail through the hole, and then pull sections of your hair through it to create a large bun. Again, let the bun sit overnight, and pull your hair out to get gorgeous wavy locks.
We get asked a lot if you can use our heated tools on extensions. The answer is yes, depending on the material of the extensions. If they are human hair absolutely. If they are synthetic hair then they may not. A lot of synthetic hair becomes damaged when heat is applied to it.
It is also important to remember that human hair extensions, just like your natural hair, can suffer damage from the heat or from overusing heated styling tools. So keep in mind …
- Don’t overdo it. Just like you wouldn’t mistreat your hair, it’s important to give your hair extensions a rest from heat tools every once in a while. Doing so will help them last much longer.
- Use a heat protector like our Heat Guard. If you use high-heat tools like curling irons/rods or straightening irons, make sure to use a heat protector spray before you start with the tool.
- Curl before applying. If you curl your hair with an iron, it’s a good idea to curl your extensions separately. This is because of your natural hair and the extensions will have different textures and may require different curling times or higher/lower heat. By doing them separately, you reduce the risk of damaging your own and the extensions. Once applied, you can make small adjustments for blending.
Using A Hair Dryer
We recommend using one with multiple heat settings, like our 3800 Turbo Infrared Blow Dryer. When wearing hair extensions, it is best to use the lowest heat setting, and if you have the time or patience we would recommend using the cool setting, even though this can take considerably longer. If you are wearing pre-bonded glue hair extensions we would recommend using the cool setting when drying the roots of your hair. Too much heat from the hairdryer may cause the bonds to become sticky if it is hot enough to melt the keratin.
Using Hair Straighteners
You definitely want a straightener with multiple heat settings. Unlike the hairdryer we would not recommend using the lowest setting though, as this can cause you to have to go over your hair many more times to straighten it which is not healthy for your hair. Therefore we would recommend some trial and error in testing out different settings until you find one that is able to get your hair as straight as you would like it without going over the hair multiple times, or without having the heat up to the highest temperature. You will be surprised at how low the setting can be for this, as just because hair straightens have the highe heat setting it doesn’t mean you need to use it to get your desired effect.
Using Curling Wand
Curling wands are also absolutely fine with human hair extensions, however will also take some trial and error in how long you will need to leave the hair wrapped around the barrel to create your desired curl or wave. And as we mentioned above, the extensions may curl slightly different than your own hair so take your time with small amounts of hair to get an idea of how long you will need to leave before removing.
Using Heated Rollers
Heated rollers can also be used on hair extensions, and are particularly good for achieving a wavy look as they are not as hot as curlers or straighteners, and are therefore better for your hair. You will however need to pay special attention when applying them to ensure they are done so in a neat manner and do not become tangled around any of your bonds. If you have pre-bonded glue extensions be careful to make sure that none of the heater rollers is sitting against a bond, as this could cause the bond to begin to melt.
If you have natural hair creating a hair routine that will help your curls achieve their utmost potential in terms of health and curl definition can feel like a handful. But don’t worry, we’re here to help.
LOOK FOR DEEP CONDITIONERS
Rocking free-flowing curls means keeping up with regular deep conditioning treatments, which can drastically help strengthen curls. We suggest using a hair mask once every two weeks — minimum once a month.
INCORPORATE A DEEP CLEANSE EVERY ONCE IN AWHILE
When it comes to washing curls, which are naturally drier, less is definitely more. Many hairstylists recommend only lathering up with a gentle, non-oil stripping hydrating shampoo once a week to every two weeks, especially for thicker spirals, and, if needed, rinsing with conditioner in between instead.
DETANGLE IN SECTIONS
Detangling your curls in the shower while they’re well-coated with a hydrating conditioner is the best curly-girl strategy to avoid breakage, and whether you’re using your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to work through knots, you should absolutely be detangling in sections. With natural hair tending to be on the thicker side, working in sections (note: always begin detangling at the ends of your hair and working your way up) really allows you to get down to each knot. Sectioning is also a game-changer when it comes to ensuring a thorough product application, especially when applying curl-defining products. Sectioning is key when it comes to great definition.
TRY DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES FOR CURL DEFINITION
When you’re blessed with natural hair, you’re often dealing with various curl patterns on one head of hair. And the tighter your natural hair is, the less distinct your curls will be, even when the hair is wet. So, if you’re seeking an extremely defined and looser curl look, try testing out some tried-and-true curl defining techniques on natural hair that’s been freshly shampooed and conditioned. These techniques can be time consuming, but the best part is that the style results can last up to a week with the proper maintenance.
Popular techniques to define and stretch out coils include finger coiling, which, just as it sounds, requires taking small sections of hair, adding some product and twirling the strands around your finger to help form and hold a uniform spiral. Once one spiral is created, move on to the next section.
Another favored technique, especially for elongating the look of kinky coils, are two-strand twists outs. The method requires grabbing a small section of hair, finger combing it, applying a styling product, separating the section into two and twisting those parts around one another like a rope until you reach the ends. Allow the twists to set overnight and unravel them the next day to reveal a wavier pattern throughout your mane.
You can also try the shingling method, which starts with separating the hair into four sections and applying leave-in conditioner evenly to each by finger-raking it through from root to tip. Next, using your thumb and index finger, a curling cream or gel is applied and smoothed over individual curl strands within each section. Once you’re sure the hair is well-saturated with styling product, move on to the next sections.
For each method above, continuously working on wet hair is key, so keep a spray bottle nearby and spritz the hair whenever necessary to keep it nice and damp. To help with all that sectioning, opt for plastic clips to keep parts separated and to hold hair out of the way. Most importantly, don’t touch. After completing a technique, leave your hair alone so it can dry thoroughly without any disturbance.
PROTECT YOUR HAIRSTYLE OVERNIGHT
A trusty hair bonnet, which works to reduce friction and retain moisture while you get your sleep, is an essential for preserving your natural hairstyle or curls. Also, trading in your regular pillowcase for a satin or silk option is also great for avoiding dried out strands and hair snags. If day-two hair needs a refresh, we recommend giving it a spritz with a curl refreshing spray. If you don’t have a refreshing spray, you can put a little bit of your favorite conditioner in a spray bottle with water and shake it up.
EMBRACE THE FRIZZ
When you’re used to sleek hairstyles, frizz has a really bad rap. But when rocking natural hair, stop trying to wrestle with nature. Embrace the frizz, it’s part of textured hair’s DNA. If you’re always trying to get rid of it, you’re not going to get the styling results that you’re looking for.
TIPS FOR STRAIGHTENING NATURAL HAIR
ALWAYS USE A LOW HEAT SETTING
If you are opting to blow dry your hair make sure you do it on a low heat setting. Blow drying your hair expels water from your hair so if you blow-dry on a high heat setting you are potentially speeding up the process of expelling water and having your hair dry for a longer than needed period of time. By blow-drying your hair on a much lower setting, you make the process of losing moisture slower meaning your hair will retain much more moisture and thus having less potential for damaged hair.
Also, allowing your hair to partially dry before you straighten it means that you can have less exposure to heat. Less exposure means less chance of your hair becoming damaged in the straightening process.
USE A HEAT PROTECTANT
A heat protectant provides a shield so that your hair is not protected from excessive heat.
START ON FRESHLY WASHED HAIR
If you are going to straighten your natural hair then its best to start on freshly washed hair so there is no product build-up. Having a lot of product on your hair before you straighten it can cause your hair to fry from the oils and butters that you may have previously used. You don’t want that so make sure you have clarified your hair before you begin.
Deep conditioning really is a must if you are considering straightening natural hair because it ensures your hair is well moisturized before you begin the straightening process. The more you can do to ensure your hair stays well moisturized the safer your curls will be from damage when you do straighten it.
ONLY FLAT IRON DRY HAIR
For the best, longest-lasting results, only flat iron hair that’s totally dry. Doing otherwise is just a recipe to fry your hair. Does this mean you have to blow dry it straight first? Not necessarily. You can always wet wrap your hair and sit under a hood or bonnet dryer until it’s dry—this is a gentler drying method and the wrapping technique smooths your hair just like blow-drying would. You can also let your hair air dry until it’s about 80% dry, and then blow dry it the rest of the way.
GO SLOW AND STEADY
Flat ironing is a technique that requires slow, controlled movement, but also avoiding letting the iron sit in one place for any length of time. Move it, but don’t rush it. Begin as close to the roots as you can, and pull the iron down in one smooth motion. If you hurry through it, you may have to go over that section again—and each additional pass makes damage more likely. Keep the flat iron at two passes max.
WORK IN SMALL SECTIONS
Smaller irons (1 1/2 inches or less) are better for tackling small sections of hair. Try not to press pieces wider or thicker than 1 inch at a time, even if the bigger iron is cheaper. You’ll do a better job of straightening the entire section when you don’t have to deal with too much hair at once. Big, chunky sections won’t straighten properly.
FINISH WITH A SERUM
Lastly, after styling, it is always a great idea to finish everything off with a lightweight serum for some extra shine.
A gorgeous blowout is like a work of fine art. The look appears effortless, but behind the smooth, shiny locks is a great deal of technique. If you’ve ever tried to give yourself a salon quality blowout at home only to stop midway through filled with fatigue and frustration, take heart. This seemingly elusive skill can be mastered. With a little patience and the right tips, you’ll be able to get a salon-quality blowout from the comfort of your own home, regardless of your hair type.
First, make sure you are using quality tools, starting with the hair dryer. Don’t feel like you have to go for the “usual” hairdryer either. We offer a range of hair dryers from ones that utilize Far Infrared light as a heat source, to handheld blow dryer brushes that are perfect for doing the double duties of drying and styling. If you’re using a regular hair dryer, your brush will be equally as important as the dryer. The right size round brush will depend on the length of your hair. The longer the hair, the bigger the round brush. For short hair, try a 1.5-2” brush; for medium: 1.5-3”; for long: 3-5”.
No matter which method you use, always be sure to use a Heat Protectant to shield your hair and prevent any damage. Heat protectants have come a long way since the early ’00s. These won’t weigh your hair down or make it greasy—in fact, some of them, like our Heat Guard, even help with frizz, hold, and volume.
Secondly, you should pre-dry your hair to cut down on styling time and to help build up some body. Using your fingers, lift a section from the top of your head and pull it taught. If you have thick or coarse hair, use the hottest setting on your drying. If your hair texture is medium or fine, use the medium heat setting. Using the full-speed heat option (if you have one on your dryer), direct the heat towards your roots, where you want the most volume. Repeat until your hair is between 30-70% dry (those with curlier textures will want less pre-drying while those with straighter textures can get away with more).
Once your hair is about 70% dry separate it into four sections, One at the crown, one on each side, and one in the back. Sections may be subdivided or customized depending on the length and thickness of your hair. From each section, take a 1½” portion of hair and pull it taught with a round brush using 1/4″ turns of the brush. Gently pull the hair up as you dry; avoid pulling hair down. (This builds volume). Use the hottest setting on your dryer if you have very thick or coarse hair. Use the medium heat setting otherwise.
The dryer may be switched to its lower speed setting if that option is available. Be sure to keep the airflow parallel to the section being dried. (Use the dryer nozzle attachment to avoid roughing up the hair cuticle and creating additional frizz.) Repeat drying steps with each portion of hair until completely dry. Then, set each dry portion with a blast of cool air.
Finally, apply a light layer of flexible setting spray, like our Blow Out Spray, after completing your blowout.
Some Mistakes To Avoid:
- Over-twisting the brush. Avoid completely twisting the brush near your scalp. This can create unfortunate tangles. To catch your hair on the brush, do a small quarter-inch turn. Holding your hair taught with the brush, bring the brush down to the mid-lengths of the hair and then begin turning.
- Holding the dryer too close. Hold the dryer at least one inch above the hair. Pressing the dryer nozzle against hair can cause dryness and damage.
- Going too fast. Patience is key! For a sleek, no-frizz blowout, hair must by completely dry. Furthermore, being slow and methodical will allow you more control over the final outcome of the style.
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Sun protection is a must for your skin and your hair. Color, strength, and moisture all get lost much faster as it has no protection. Those without color-treated hair aren’t off the hook either, uncolored hair still breaks down from sun, chlorine and salt. The cuticle becomes damaged creating a rough, dull outside on your hair which then doesn’t reflect light and shine in the same manner.
How does sun damage the hair?
The VA and UVB rays from the sun can damage your color and style in several different ways:
- Prolonged sun exposure can break down your hair’s outer layer of lipids, which act as natural protection from environmental elements. This is one of the major causes of dry hair and frizzy strands, because without this layer, your hair isn’t able to retain moisture.
- It can also damage the internal structure of your hair, weakening it and making it more prone to breakage and split ends.
- If your hair is dyed, it’s even more susceptible to internal and external damage, since color treatments can leave your hair dehydrated and vulnerable. Dry hair tends to be more porous, which means dye is more easily washed out. Plus, UV rays act like bleach on your strands, breaking down color and making them fade or go brassy faster than usual.
What are the signs of sun damage?
If you’re out in the sun for long periods of time, you may start to notice changes to your color and style. Signs of hair damage from the sun include:
- Discoloration: A dramatic color change is a telltale sign that UV rays have reacted with the melanin in your hair.
- Change in texture: You may find your once-smooth hair is now dry, rough, and brittle and doesn’t swing freely like it used to.
- Split ends: As the sun penetrates your hair, your strands become more fragile and prone to breakage.
How can you protect your hair?
- Scarves and hats both provide good barriers, however keep in mind that not all hats protect equally. Hats that have a ultraviolet protection number are the best at minimizing sun exposure. Otherwise, choose a tightly woven fabric over an open weave straw hat, which can let in UV rays.
- Avoid exposure during the hottest part of the day. If you need to go out try to do so in the morning or late afternoon.
- Consider adding SPF to your hair care routine.
- Keep your scalp healthy. While your hair does offer it some protection from the sun, it is not complete protection. Too much sun on your scalp can cause sunburn and dryness, which can affect the roots of your hair.
- The sun is brutal enough on its own so try using your heated styling tools a little less during the hot summer months to help keep your hair strong. When you do pull out the tools, be sure to use a heat protectant to guard from heat and UV light, like our Infinity Drops. For after styling UV protection check out our Biotin Infused hair serum, formulated to protect hair from environmental aggressors like harmful UV rays.
- To protect hair from sun damage you will want to have a solid moisturizing routine. Our Color Safe Revitalizing Keratin hair mask does wonders for protecting hair and restoring its natural moisture.
The sun will always be an issue, but learning how to protect your hair will help you maintain a healthy head of hair while still enjoying your fun in the sun.
Choosing the right hair care products is something we all ponder over. Being bombarded with advertisements definitely doesn’t help. Finding the best products for you begins with understanding your hair’s texture and natural state.
DRY, COARSE HAIR
You should be using a hydrating shampoo. Look for moisturizing products with ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter and grapeseed oil. These ingredients will form a coating on the hair shaft.
Deep conditioners with essential oils and fatty alcohols are the best for hydrating dry hair and getting it smooth and well moisturized.
OILY AND FINE HAIR
Avoid shampoos that have moisturizing or deep conditioning properties. Instead, go for products that are designed for your hair type. Clarifying and clear shampoos with ingredients like what protein are the best to remove excess oil from the scalp and hair. Add a volumizing shampoo to make your hair look fuller and bouncier.
Use lightweight conditioners and use the right amount to avoid making your hair feel greasy. A leave-in conditioner is an excellent alternative to keep curls hydrated and fresh.
Those with curly hair often have problems managing their curls, and the humidity in the summer can be murder. Most curly hair is thick and dry, so go for a luxurious shampoo with natural ingredients like shea butter. Remember that harsh chemicals can make your hair drier, so avoid products where you see chemical additives as ingredients.
Conditioners that have proteins and silicone work best on thick and curly hair. For frizz control, choose products with soothing, moisturizing ingredients like wheat protein and soy.
COLOR TREATED HAIR
Color preserving shampoos with fewer chemicals are the safest bet. These shampoos also keep you hair well hydrated and shiny.
For a conditioner, pick one designed for color-treated hair. Usually, these contain sunscreen-like UV filters that protect your hair and help the color stay vibrant longer.
Avoid products that contain sulfates, ammonium, and sulfur. Read the labels on shampoo and conditioner bottles thoroughly to ensure you are choosing a healthy option.
This is a very common problem in humid weather. Refrain from over-using heating styling tools. Instead go for hair mousse or gels that have polymers or copolymers – ingredients that coat your hair to fight frizz.
TIPS FOR HEALTHY SPRINGTIME HAIR
Looking good and staying healthy comes from the right combination of a balanced diet, regular exercise, and caring, and the same goes for your hair. With these tips and a healthy lifestyle, you can get that shiny, healthy mane this Spring.
Everyone knows the basics of taking care of long hair, but the needs of short hair are quite different. Here are some pro tips to help:
Comb Less Frequently
Short hair doesn’t need to be brushed as often as long hair and it is less likely to tangle. Brushing it through with fingers is generally enough to shape and style it a bit. For styling use your fingers to give you the shape lifting where you need to get volume at the root.
Use A Cotton Bud To Get Rid Of Flyaway Strands
We’ve all been there, you wake up in the morning and your hair is defying every natural law possible and sticking up in eight different directions. If you don’t have time for a shower, then wet a cotton wool ball and dab it at your hair to get rid of misbehaving root lift stick outs.
Tame Volume With Products
A shorter cut maximizes natural volume so the trick is to utilize products that add texture and hold. It’s important for short hair to have structure so finding the right products is essential.
Trim Your Hair Regularly
Trim your hair every three to six weeks. This may sound excessive, but shorter hairstyles, especially closer crops, require a little more maintenance than a usual cut. Shirt hair is all about getting a great cut. Getting the structure, length and thickness right for your face shape is key.
Wash Your Hair Daily
Short hairstyles require more washing. This is because they can become greasy faster, although the exact number of times your hair will need washing will depend on how your hair responds to the level of oil produced by the scalp.
If you do decide to wash daily, try investing in a moisturizing mask, like out Keratin Hair Mask, to help combat any dryness. You may also want to invest in a better shampoo like out Revitalizing Moroccan Shampoo infused with Argan Oil, Biotin and Keratin, if you will be washing more regularly.
Rinse With A Blast Of Cold Water For Extra Shine
Next time you wash your hair, finish it off with a quick blast of cool water. It will sooth the heat damage done during showering, which can often result in splintered cuticles.
Styling your thinning hair shouldn’t be something you dread in the morning. Even though our hair thins as we age, it still has a lot of life in it—we just have to treat it a little more gently and show it a lot of love. The process for giving your strands an extra splash of volume starts at the salon and carries through to your own hair habits at home.
Whether we’re mastering no-heat styling tricks or using every tip we know to add thickness to thinning hair, there are tons of ways to get that bit of boost. Below, you’ll find some tricks for adding volume to even the thinnest hair—including some of our best no-heat hairstyles and hacks. Say goodbye to dull, flat hair and hello to volume!
Get A Volumizing Haircut
Thin, aging hair will get a lift from a cut that is catered toward their hair type, whether it’s curly, straight or in between. There are plenty of hairstyles for both long and short hair that will add some volume, it’s just a matter of finding that perfect shape. Your hairstylist can help you figure out the right cut for you.
Trick the Eye with Color
By using a technique called hair contouring you can make your aging hair appear fuller just by changing up your hair color. Hair that is all one color can appear flat and lifeless, but by contouring it (adding highlights and low lights) you can instantly add more dimension, making it look more vibrant and voluminous.
Get a Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner
A volumizing shampoo and conditioner can work in tandem to add volume as well as moisture to aging hair without weighing it down. You can also add a fortifying hair and scalp serum that nourishes the scalp and promotes thicker hair.
Use a Hair Mask for Hydration
Another trick for styling thin hair is to make sure it is getting enough nourishment and moisture. A restorative hair mask, like our Keratin Hair Mask can be used up to 3 times a week to treat dry, brittle hair. A mask will knock out frizz and keep strands silky smooth.
Pick Lightweight Products
As a general rule, you should be doing everything you can to make sure that you aren’t weighing your hair down unnecessarily. Many products that are designed for volumizing are formulated to lift at the root and thicken strands. For fine hair though. This won’t always work because the hair ends up getting to weighed down and instead falls limp.
Spray Most Products Into Your Hand, Not Your Hair
By spraying products directly into your hair, you’re more likely to over-apply them or get product where you don’t want it. Your hands can massage products like serums, gels or mousse into the right places without overcoating your strands and making them fall flat.
Apply Products in Horizontal Layers
Of course, there are some products that should be directly applied to the hair, like dry shampoo. For those, instead of spraying them directly at the roots, separate your hair into layers horizontally and apply the product this way. That way you are getting some of that product underneath the top layer to provide lift and to keep the top layer from becoming weighed down.
Get Over Your Fear of Mousse
Unlike the mouse of golden years that dried out your hair and froze it in place, todays formulas are more elegant and hydrating. Comb a small coin size amount of volumizing whip or mousse from your roots to your ends on wet hair. Be careful not to apply to much or it will weight your hair down. Then blow dry to activate the volumizing products.
Blow Dry Your Hair Upside Down and Opposite of Your Part
Flipping your hair upside down when blow-drying is one way to add volume. By adding heat to your hair while it’s hanging over your head, you’re encouraging the root to stand up rather than lay down. Once it’s dry and you flip it back over it will have an added bit of lift. This works especially well for thin, curly hair since it easily falls victim to gravity’s pull, which loosens curls.
Another way you can add volume while blow-drying is to dry to the opposite side of your part. If your natural part is in the middle, give your wet hair a side part and dry it that way. If your hair naturally parts to the left side, dry it with a middle part or part it to the right. Drying your hair while it’s unnaturally parted will do the same. When you flip your hair back to your natural part, it will have a bit of volume where you dried it. You could also change your part completely. Tricking the hair by changing the part will move that root ever so slightly into a new position and before you know it, you’ll have instant volume.
Skip the Round Brush Until the End
Flip your head upside down and start by rough drying using nothing but your hands. This will lift the roots and roughen up the cuticle. When hair is 60-70% dry, flip it back over and start blow-drying using a ceramic brush to smooth ends and add softness to the style. Don’t pull too hard though or that will just flatten everything out.
Keep Dry Shampoo In our Bag
Dry shampoo and volumizing powders are the best friend of anyone with thin hair. They tend to give better hold and longer lasting volume than hairspray. With the dry shampoo, instead of spraying and then brushing out, leave it be. The powder and starch will build on each other. Try keeping a travel sized dry shampoo or volumizing powder in your bag for any midday pick-me ups your hair may need.
Backcomb Your Hair at the Crown
For a no-heat styling trick that will give you volume, try backcombing your hair at the crown. Instead of teasing your hair too high, tease it just enough to give it some life. Lift your hair up in layers and use a fine-tooth comb to backcomb it at the root. Top it off with a light pass of hairspray to hold it into place.
Set Rollers at the Roots
Another great, no-heat way to get some volume is by using sponge or Velcro rollers right at the root. While your hair is damp, place the rollers right at the root and then let your hair dry. This is a great overnight trick for volume when you wake up.
Use a Crimper
Before trying this one be sure to use a heat protectant spray, like our heat guard. Pull the top layer of your hair up so it’s out of the way, and crimp the roots underneath. You only need to crimp the hair closest to your head because you just want a little bit of lift for volume.
Extensions are good for more than just adding length, they can also add volume. The trick to making extensions look seamless is by having our hairstylist help you trim and color them to match your natural hair.
Split ends happen when the ends of your hair become dry, brittle, and frayed. There are many reasons for split ends and these days they are quite common. Almost everyone will deal with them at some point. Split ends cannot be repaired, only removed or prevented with proper care.
What Causes Split Ends?
- Mechanical damage such as brushing excessively, drying the hair too roughly, and allowing your hair to rub against rough fabrics.
- Chemical treatments perms and relaxers (especially when not done correctly)
- Excessive exposure to heated styling tools.
All these things damage the cuticle on the hair shaft as you lose more cuticle layers the hair becomes weak, splits and frays.
How To Prevent Split Ends
- Get regular haircuts and trims, preferably every six weeks.
- Don’t wash your hair daily. When you do wash, consider only using conditioner and skipping shampoo.
- Choose all-natural shampoos that contain no harsh ingredients.
- Use a conditioner after shampooing or use a leave-in conditioner.
- Do regular mask treatments.
- Use a wide tooth comb to detangle wet hair. You don’t need to add pressure or brush vigorously, especially if you start at the bottom and work your way up.
- Do not rub your hair dry, instead apply pressure by gently squeezing the excess water out of the hair.
- Limit services that damage hair, such as coloring and chemical straightening.
- Use a heat-protective spray when using heated styling tools.
- Allow your hair to air dry as much as possible before blow drying and never touch the blow dryer directly to the hair.
- Take supplements that strengthen the hair, such as biotin and folic acid.
- Some hairstyles, like ponytails and hair twists, can cause split ends. Limiting how often you wear these hairstyles and using softer hair ties may help prevent damage.
- Consider a silk pillowcase or silk hair wrap for when you sleep.
Ways To Remove Split Ends:
The only real way to get rid of split ends is to cut them off. Because once a hair is split, there’s nothing that can magically fuse the pieces back together again forever. But if you’re super anti-haircut, especially if you’ve been trying to grow your hair out, ask your stylist to try hair dusting or candle cutting.
Candle cutting requires twisting a section of your hair and burning it halfway through with a lighted candle. It’s thought that burning off your split ends can create a seal to help protect the ends from splitting again. Still, some hair care experts worry it may actually cause split ends and damage hair follicles.
After splitting your hair into small sections, the hair stylists twists them around before running a flaming candle along it, without getting too close to the scalp. Candle hair burning has been promoted as an alternative to trimming away split ends and keeping them away for up to 3 months, but it also promises to deliver other benefits.
The most obvious drawback of this hair treatment is the fact that hair is flammable. Even with an experienced hair stylist, there’s always the risk of one wrong move that could set your hair on fire and cause plenty of damage, and in the worst-case scenario, you’ll walk out of the salon with your hair a lot shorter. If you want to try candle cutting, definitely do your research and seek the help of an experienced professional. Doing the method on your own may result in burned hair or skin.
Hair dusting is a technique in which you don’t get rid of any hair length, but only the damaged hair tips. This can be done by snipping the very bottom of each hair strand. Think of it in terms of removing fuzz from clothes. So, if you’re trying to grow out your locks for summer or simply to rid damage from color treatment or heat styling, hair dusting will get you there with zero hassle, but a whole lot of flair.
The technique works on any hair type or texture, but for ladies with very wavy or curly hair, the stylist will need to smooth it out to see the damaged ends that need to be dusted. It won’t thin out your hair either—in fact, in the long run, it does quite the opposite. By removing split ends regularly, you keep the damage from creeping up your strands. That’s incredibly important for those who color treat or style their hair with heat tools regularly.
Not all stylists are masters of hair dusting though, so make sure to verify that your hairdresser can do the job properly. It goes without saying, dusting needs to be up to snuff for the outcome to be hair that looks and feels enviably healthy.
The change in the weather can definitely be confusing for your hair. There are some changes to your hair care routine that can help keeps those lovely locks healthy and shiny.
Boost the Moisture
The same itchy, dry skin that irritates you during winter also irritates your hair. The cold air can cause dry, itchy scalp as well. So when the air starts to turn cooler it’s time to add a weekly hair mask to your routine like our Color Safe Keratin Infused Hair Mask or switch up your shampoo and conditioner to ones that are more moisturizing. It will help moisturize and energize your scalp to relieve discomfort, while also helping to reduce buildup so that your scalp can stay clean and healthy.
Even though the humidity is gone it doesn’t mean that you are done dealing with frizz. The static frizz caused by the heat and friction from our hats and scarves can be just as problematic. To combat the frizz and help keep fly-a-ways in place try using a serum like our Revitalizing Moroccan Hair Serum or our Infinity Drops to help protect and enhance your hairs natural luster. They work by coating the surface of the hair, helping to lock in moisture and shine while also blocking out things like dryness and friction.
Pump Up The Volume
It’s easy to pump up the volume when the air is full of humidity, but as the weather gets colder it may cause your hair to go flat. Try using a volumizing spray or a volumizing blow dryer like our Volumizer Pro or Air Styler to help give hair a much-needed boost.
Massage Your Scalp
Get your boar bristle brush/ essential oil mixture of choice/scalp massager ready and be sure to use it at least once every 2-3 days. A relaxing 10 to 15 minute massage will increase the blood circulation in your scalp, speeding up new growth and will give you healthier hair and scalp in the long run.
Time for a Trim & Maybe a Color Change
The combination of indoor central heating and the extreme change in weather conditions from rain, wind and autumn sun can affect the health of your hair, making it more prone to damage and split ends. Light doesn’t reflect well from damaged hair either so it can be dull and lackluster. The solution? Pop into your favorite salon and go get a trim. You’ll soon have the new shiny autumn hair of your dreams.
You may also want to consider going darker with your color. Summer is synonymous with sun-kissed hair, with highlights a staple for pretty much all shades. But as your time spent outside shortens as the weather gets colder, those highlights will fade. We recommend beating nature to the punch by going a shade or two darker for fall. Coloring it darker allows this transition to happen easier and evens out the color.
Give the Pony Tails a Rest
It’s a cute style for those warm summer days, but during the colder weather can cause breakage and unnecessary scalp stress. Instead wear your hair down or softly pinned up.
Now that you have noted down these hair care routine little tips and tricks, you are ready to welcome the new season along with a pumpkin spice latte and stunningly good hair! Did we miss any tips that have worked for you? Feel free to share them in the comments section below.