How To Fake Curly Hair

No matter what kind of hair you have you can achieve natural looking curls. Heated styling tools and some pre-styling prep will make all the difference. If you are against heated styling tools then you can braid freshly washed hair and let it dry overnight. That won’t give you ringlets, but it will give you some full-bodied waves.

NEVER BRUSH FRESHLY WASHED HAIR

Brushing or combing your hair will only encourage it to look straighter. Instead, using conditioner and a wide tooth comb, remove any tangles in the shower.

GENTLY TOWEL DRY

Rough towel drying can cause tangles and breakage, instead wrap your hair in a microfiber towel and use the press and twist technique to get rid of extra moisture.

APPLY PRODUCTS

A curl enhancing cream will help you achieve bouncier curls. Apply it to your mid lengths to ends, scrunching your hair as you do. Then apply your heat protector.

BLOW DRY TIME

Pop on your diffuser and set your blow dryer to low. As you dry keep scrunching your hair. This will help give the hair some extra texture to hold the curls. Make sure hair is completely dry before moving onto the next step.

TIME TO CURL

Pull out your curling wand, plug it in, and let it start heating up. If you don’t already have a curling wand and are looking to buy one there are a few things to keep in mind. Barrel size is important. The smaller the barrel, the tighter the curl, the larger the barrel, the bigger the curl. Also, some curling wands come with clamps to hold the hair in place and some do not. The ones that do can leave creases on your curl. We recommend a clipless styling wand like our Pro Styling Wands so you don’t have to worry about crease marks. We also recommend starting with a ¾” to 1” barrel to start with. They create very natural looking curls that have good hold.

Separate your hair into sections between 1” – 2” and, starting from the back and working your way forward, wrap each section of hair around the barrel and hold for 3-4 seconds then release. Hold the curl in your hand for a few seconds to allow it to cool, it will help set the curl. Also, by alternating the direction and size of the curls you will get a more natural looking finished look.

FINISH THE LOOK

When you’re done put about a dime sized amount of curl cream in your palms and rub them together, then scrunch your hair liberally to define the curls.

Oily Hair 101

Oily Hair 101

As frustrating as oily hair may be, you can train your hair to be less oily. It’s all about spacing out your washes and using the right products. Over washing will end up causing your scalp to produce more oil. Be patient, the results won’t happen overnight, but stay with it and after a couple of weeks you should start to notice a difference.

Avoid Sulfates

Sulfates can over-cleanse and dry out your scalp causing your scalp to overproduce oil to compensate for the dryness. So, to help keep the oiliness to a minimum look for shampoos that are sulfate-free. Clarifying shampoos are also great at removing build-up.

Get A Good Dry Shampoo

If you really feel like you can’t go a day without washing your hair you can fight the urge by investing in a good Dry Shampoo. Instead of just blindly spraying it though, part your hair into small sections from ear to ear and spray the products at the roots. This technique will ensure that your entire head is covered.

Try A Texturizing Spray

If the Dry Shampoo isn’t working for you, then try a texturizing spray. It’s a great way to revive two- or three-day old hair without adding to much oil.

Do An Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Use warm water, not hot, as it may dry out the scalp. Apple Cider Vinegar is acidic enough to restore the pH balance of your hair and help remove any buildup. But, mild enough that it won’t strip the hair of any nutrients and is safe on color treated hair.

Exfoliate Your Scalp

Scrubs not only feel divine, but they are amazing at keeping your hair looking healthy and clean by removing any product build up and oil.

Allow Your Hair To Air Dry

Blow drying to much can cause your hair to produce extra grease, so skip the heat from time to time and allow your hair to air dry instead. After washing add some leave in conditioner to your ends and try to avoid touching your hair to much while its drying. Touching your hair to much may cause frizz, especially in wavy and curly hair.

Use A Sweat Band

If you work out then you know sweating only leads to oiliness. Using a sweat band at the hair line will help absorb sweat and cut back on the extra greasiness.

Clean Your Hair Tools

Dirty brushes and tools can distribute oil and grime through the hair. You should be cleaning them at least one a month.

The 4 Seasons of Hair

Just like our skin, our haircare routines should also adjust with the seasons. Different weather affects our hair differently. Read below for some tips on keeping your hair healthy all year round.

WINTER

  • Hair Oil Is Your Best Friend! The cold air in the winter can make your scalp dry and itchy due to the lack of moisture in the air. This can result in scalp irritation and flakes. A hot oil massage with oils like argan oil, coconut oil or olive oil will help keep your scalp and hair moisturized.
  • Washing too much can also dry out your hair and scalp, so try to avoid frequent hair washes. If you can, try to keep the washes down to two times a week with a Sulfate free shampoo like our Biotin infused shampoo.
  • Never skip conditioning or masks during the winter. Using conditioners and masks like our Biotin infused hair care line will help keep hair hydrated, moisturized and healthy. When conditioning, be sure to concentrate on the ends to help prevent dryness and split ends.
  • If you use hated styling tools, keep the temps a little lower than you would at other times of the year. Using high heat on heated styling tools during the winter can make your hair brittle, making it more prone to breakage.
  • Don’t go out with wet hair. Cold air expands the hair shafts, making them prone to breakage. It could also cause your color to fade.
  • You can also use a hat or a scarf to cover your hair when you go outside to keep your hair from getting stressed. Using a silk scarf, or lining your hat with a silk scarf will also help prevent static.
  • Take luke warm, not hot showers. Hot water can remove the natural oils and moisture from your hair. It may also dry out the scalp and cause flakiness. Give a cold-water blast at the end to seal the cuticles.
  • Since heaters, which dry out the air, are a must during the winter months you need a way to combat that dryness and keep the moisture in the air. We recommend a humidifier to help balance out the moisture levels inside and help prevent dryness.

SPRING

  • Fight Spring frizz by using a serum like our Biotin Infused Hair Serum or our Infinity Drops. They will help deal in the moisture and smooth the cuticles.
  • Detangle your hair before your shower. Detangling hair when dry, rather than wet, will cause less breakage.
  • Wash hair thoroughly after any beach or pool day to remove any chemicals or salt build up. While salt is great for texture it will lighten your color and chlorine sitting on your hair baking in the sun is a recipe for disaster.
  •  A healthy scalp is the base for healthy hair. Use a clarifying shampoo to keep the scalp healthy and remove any build up.
  • Spring clean your styling tools. Clean your styling tools thoroughly to remove any product build up and get rid of any tools that you are no longer using.
  • Now that the cold weather has passed, consider a trim to remove any dry or damaged ends.

SUMMER

  • The sun can be torture for the hair so try using a scarf or a hat to keep hair protected when out in the sun. This will not only provide protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays, it will also help your scalp retain moisture.
  • Restrict yourself to lose, rather than tight hairstyles. Tight hairstyles can damage the hair because they pull and tear the hair. This is even more detrimental to hair that is dry from the sun and summer heat.
  • Wash less and condition more. Frequent washing can strip your hair of its natural oils stimulating more oil production and causing your hair to look greasy, making you feel like you need to wash more. If this happens, try using a dry shampoo to soak up the additional oil.
  • Summer is another time of the year when you want to reduce the heat. Try keeping the temps on your styling tools a little lower than you would at other times of the year. Using high heat on heated styling tools during the Summer can make your hair brittle and cause breakage.
  • Run your hands through your hair after you apply sunscreen to your body. This will help give an additional layer of UV protection.
  • Use a wide tooth comb to detangle hair, rather than a brush, and never when hair is wet. When hair’s wet it is very susceptible to breakage and splitting.

FALL

  • Use a leave-in conditioner like our Truffle Leave-In Conditioner or our Infinity Drops. They will help keep hair hydrated without weighing hair down, add moisture and shine, and help to prevent split ends and breakage.
  • Look into getting a satin or silk pillow case. They help reduce friction and will help with frizz and static.
  • Keep your curls moisturized and hydrated. Colder weather can easily disturb curly hair so it’s important to provide extra moisture. Weekly hair masks like our Color Safe Keratin Hair Mask can keep your locks hydrated and happy.
  • If you are going to use heated styling tools make sure you are also using a heat protectant to help hair from getting dried out or damaged.
  • Wash your hair once a month with a clarifying shampoo to remove any build-up and unclog follicles.

How To Add Volume To Thin Hair

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.

Clip-In Extensions

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.

Tips For Surviving A Major Hair Change

They say a woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life. Whether that is true or if you are just bored with your current look, making a big hair change can change you whole perspective. But haircuts and sometimes major hair changes can happen by choice or necessity, so here are a few tips if you’re getting ready to go under the scissors (or dye!) and are feeling nervous about the process.

Wear something cute.

This might seem like a bit of odd advice, but we think it’s helpful to go to your favorite hair salon wearing something cute when you’re going to come out with a very different look. Cutting off a lot of hair can be a bit shocking, but if you’re wearing your favorite dress when you see your new look for the first time, it can soften the blow and help show you just how good that new cut can look once the shock wears off! Speaking of shock…

Give it a week.

Don’t write off a new hair cut or color for at least one week. It might take you a few days to get over the “wow that’s different” feeling to actually “see” what you look like. So, give yourself time. Don’t pin or hide your new look for at least a week, look at in the mirror often and get used to it before you decide whether it’s right or wrong.

Know what you want.

Of course, while it takes time to adjust to a new haircut, you should also have a very fixed idea of what you want if you’re going for a major change. Create a Pinterest board with the new style you want to try and try seeing the style from different angles (front, side, back, etc.) to get a very firm idea of what you’re going for. If you’re dyeing, do you know what shade you want—even if you decide to go blue, it could be dark, pastel, more aqua or an Ombre! Know what you want and bring loads of pictures and examples to your hair dresser to help you communicate the new style clearly.

Be willing to go in stages.

It will definitely help you adjust to short hair to go for an in-between cut for about a month before the final chop. With dyeing, it can take a few visits as well, especially if you want to go for a bright, unnatural color. So, don’t get discouraged if you book an appointment and find out not everything can be done in one day. This is also important to remember in reverse—once you commit to certain styles, it will take a while to get back to what your hair was before, so know what you are getting into.

Remember it’s all temporary.

If you take the plunge with a style and it ends up not being what you want, try not to worry too much because it’s all temporary. A lot of decisions you can make in life can have permanent or at least lasting consequences, but hair? Hair isn’t permanent. Bad cuts will grow out, as will dye which will also fade (usually quicker than you want it to). In a few months or a year, no one would even know you had blue hair or a shaved side cut.

How To Make Soft Curls & Waves With A Flat Iron

Veronica’s Tips

“Looking for a two-in-one tool? Well look no further, with their thin shape and slightly rounded edges our 1.25″ Professional Performance Ceramic1″ Hybrid Pro TitaniumPro Elite Ceramic and 1″ Premium TitaniumFlat Irons are all perfect for both straightening and curling hair.

“On dry hair,brush out any tangles using our detangle brush. Starting at either your part or the back, take a small section of hair (about 1/2 inch) and place the flat iron about 3/4 of the way up. Close the flat iron and twist it away from your face one time, then pull it slowly down the rest of the strand of hair, leaving it clamped down. If you do not receive the desired curl try these tips: slide the flat iron slower down he strand of hair, giving it more time to get each part of the hair hot enough. You an also try taking smaller sections. If your curl is only curling at the ends try holding the flat iron slightly longer at the top. If your curls come out kinked then you are gripping the flat iron to tightly. You don’t have to grip it really tight to get it to curl. Repeat on the remainder of your hair.

If you want more waves and less curl, lightly run the Salon Styling Comb through your hair. Once it is combed out it will look more wavy and less curly. Use a couple drops of our Renewing Argon Oil Hair Serum to finish off the look and keep your locks shiny and smooth.”

10 Stunning & Quick Easter Hair Styles

Veronica’s Tips

“With Easter approaching quickly it’s time to start thinking about hairstyles for those family pictures and Easter events. No matter what the hair type there’s a perfect hairstyle for you. Be sure to stand out with one of these charming and unique hairdo’s…”

1) The Simple Gibson Tuck

Sara Lynn Paige gives a great simple tutorial on how to achieve this classic look.

2) The Hair Bow

No need to buy a bow when you can make one with your hair. Katie Shelton’s tutorial will show you how to master the hair bow in six quick steps.

3) The Beehive

A classic that never goes out of style! This great in depth tutorial from A beautiful Mess will show you how to create the perfect beehive!

4) Something For The Shorties

Hot crossed buns anyone? This great look can be pulled off on any length hair. The Beauty Department shows you how in this great tutorial.

5) The Double Braid Gibson Tuck

Looking for a great 10 minute style that will turn heads? Then check out this tutorial from Uber Chic for Cheap for the step by step on how to create this simple, playful look.

6) The Pull Through Half Up

A unique idea from The Small Things. Quick and easy, this look will definitely hold up through all of your Easter activities.

7) The Twist And Flip Bun

Another great tutorial from The Beauty Department. Classic elegance and style in just eight simple steps.

8) The French Twist With A Twist

The Freckled Fox gives us a great tutorial on how to make an easy french twist with a twist.

9) The Side Bun

Love Maegan shows us how to create a classic side bun in just five minutes.

10) The Braided Bun

The Beauty Department shows us how to easily create this stunning braided bun.