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Lucky for me, I missed the gene that gave me the curly hair both of my parents have. When my father was younger, he had a mini afro and my mother, well, even with the smallest amount of moisture in the air, her hair instantly begins to frizz and get curly. Thankfully, I’ve never had to worry about doing anything other than blow-drying quickly and running a flat iron over the ends of my hair a few times, but I know a large majority of women aren’t that lucky. Taming wild curls doesn’t just start when you are styling your hair, you have to have a routine that includes shampoo and conditioner, products and even combs. With this season being extremely hot and humid, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the best products for all of these categories.
Shampoo and Conditioner
Keeping your curls and waves under control begins the moment you step foot in the shower. Simply using good products after the fact is not going to do anything, at least not for an extended amount of time. You need to make sure your shampoo and conditioner will bring out the best in your curls and waves. The Herbal Essence Totally Twisted Curls and Waves duo will work to replenish your hair and leave your curls smooth and soft.
The Perfect Comb
Usually you don’t think that a comb could play a crucial part in preventing frizz, but not detangling your hair properly can leave knots causing your curls to become a mess. Also, regular brushes can do harsh things to wavy hair, for example causing split ends and breakage. Using a wide toothed wooden comb, such as the Body Shop Detangling Comb, will separate the hair properly allowing you to comb through every curl.
Whether you decide to let your wild curls fly free and use a gel or like to pull them back and spray a little hairspray, every hairstyle needs the perfect finisher. Unfortunately, most curl gels leave a hard, crunchy finish that makes them stiff, however, a hair company finally smartened up and created a gel that does not have that effect on curls and waves. The Matrix Total Results Curl Super Defrizzer is lightweight, fights frizz and maintains any hairstyle without causing your waves to become a huge tangled mess. There is nothing better than achieving your desired look and style, but there is nothing worse than spraying hairspray and stepping outside to have it instantly frizz out. Now, thanks to the Tresemme Climate Control Protection Finishing Spray, this won’t be a problem. The spray will create a force field around your hair so the frizz won’t even have the chance to start.
A Little Extra Love
Curly hair needs a little extra TLC every now and then, so using a leave-in conditioner is an essential component of making sure your curls look great at all times. L’Oreal EverCurl Hydracharge Leave-In Cream will pump in that extra amount of moisture and nutrients that may be lost with all the blow-drying, curling, and flat ironing. Your waves will be left healthy, shiny and perfectly defined.
It is officially wedding season. Summer, destination and beach weddings abound, so it’s important to know the dos and don’ts of creating your beauty look. Although it is a beautiful time of year to tie the knot, it is also hot and humid, which means your hair can become a frizzy mess (especially on the beaches of South Carolina where my brother and his fiancé will be saying “I do” in just 36 short days). There are three hairstyles that are fairly simple to achieve that will look great and help keep hair tamed and frizz-free.
First up is Bohemian-inspired, perfect for that bride that isn’t going to wear a lot of makeup and wants to keep everything simple. Begin by using a small amount of Blow Beach Blow Texturizing Mist to give your hair a bit of sea salt and protein to help create great beach waves. Next, curl hair with a 1-inch curling iron and comb through with your fingers to get nice beachy waves. Then, part hair straight down the middle. Most of your hair will be down with this, so make sure you like the way the waves look. On either side, start a standard 2 strand braid on a small section near the crown of the head. You are going to start a waterfall braid, which means you only take the hair from the top, allowing the bottom pieces to fall. Continue this about half way down and tie it off with small elastic. Repeat this process on the opposite side. After you finish the second side, pin the top section of your hair up and tuck the two ends of the braid under the rest of your hair so the elastics are hidden and cross the two pieces over one another and pin them into place so they will lay nicely under the rest of your hair. Let your hair down and the look is complete. You can also use standard braids instead of switching to the waterfall.
This next style is perfect for a beach wedding and a bride who looks amazing wearing a red lip, like my future sister-in-law. This look takes the classic French braid and adds a little twist. This style requires a good length of hair, so if you have shorter hair you could always add extensions for your big day. Make sure the hair has some wave to it first and then start with a deep side part and begin a French braid. Be sure to not pull the braid too tight because this look is about volume. Continue the braid all the way down the side of your head. Once you have reached the nape of the head, pull in the rest of your hair and start a regular braid and tie off with a small elastic. After, tuck the braid under and start pinning into place, using Goody Spin Pins, just a few of the screw like pins are the same as 40 bobbies! Once you’ve pinned and the look is complete, add a big white flower for more of a beach feel and to hide any pins.
The final look is for the bride who wants to push the envelope and do something different for her wedding day. The halo braid is not something everyone can pull off, so be sure to bring this to your stylist for your trial or do it a few times in advance, that way you can make sure it works for your face shape and with your makeup choices. Start from the back of your head near the nape, begin a pop-up French braid (instead of braiding the new strands of hair over each time, braid under). Continue the braid all the way around your head. To make the look a little more romantic leave a few pieces down in the front. When you have come back around, finish off with a regular braid. Tie it off with a small elastic. Pin the end of the braid into place, making sure to tuck it underneath the front of the braid crown so it looks seamless.
Finish all these looks with Bamboo Smooth Anti-Humidity Spray, that way no matter how humid the weather gets, your hair will keep its style.
Summertime is one of the hardest times of the year for both our skin and our hair with all of the sun exposure and swimming. Whether you’re suffering from razor bumps or chlorine-damaged hair, here’s how to correct some of the season’s biggest emergencies with a few great products.
Bumps Be Gone
This has always been one of my biggest pet peeves. I am one of those women who absolutely hates any hair except for what’s on my head so I shave every part of my body. Razor bumps are the worst, and you can get them in a lot of places, not just your bikini area. To me, I feel vulnerable enough in a swimsuit so I don’t need the added stress of bumps to make it even more difficult. The solution: GiGi No Bump Roll On. Use this treatment after shaving or getting waxed to soothe any irritation as well as prevent any ingrown hairs from forming.
Chlorine and Sun Damaged Hair
Growing up with a stepmother who was a hairstylist made me extra hair conscious and during the summertime it always got worse. I love nothing more than laying out by a pool and going swimming, but I also love dying my hair and sometimes the disaster that is born when these two things come together makes the dip seem not worth it. Thanks to ColorMark Touchback Plus Shampoo and Condition this is no longer a problem. These two products use all-natural ingredients (green tea leaf, lemon peel extracts and chamomile flowers) to restore your color that can become dull and faded after a day in the sun. Also an added plus, it gives an extra amount of shine to help correct the dryness from the chlorine.
Melting Makeup Prevention
The heat not only makes your body hot, sweaty and sticky, but it also does terrible things for your makeup. I had this problem during the Fourth of July holiday when every party was outside. I wanted to do my makeup, but I knew the minute I walked out the door it would be dripping down my face. In makeup school, you are taught to use powder, but in the heat that can just become cakey and look even worse. One of my favorite makeup companies came up with a genius idea: the Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray. Similar to hydrating sprays, this product has a cooling effect when applied so that your face stays refreshed and your makeup stays in place. Also, it will work on every product you apply to your face, eye shadow, mascara, bronzer, etc.
There’s nothing like swimsuit season to draw your attention to your below-the-waist grooming situation. For those of us who may have let things slide a little during the winter, there’s no avoiding a little feminine landscaping come summer. Whether you prefer the neat-but-natural or barely-there look is a personal preference, as is your method of grooming, but there’s a hardly a woman out there that doesn’t need a little bikini maintenance this time of year.
Enter your new best friend: the Schick® Quattro for Women® TrimStyle® razor. This genius wet/dry razor is the perfect answer for all of your grooming needs. One side features a traditional shower razor with 4 ultra-thin blades that’s perfect for legs, underarms and bikini area. The other side features a waterproof 1-inch trimmer for neatening up your bikini area. Select from four different comb positions to achieve your desired look and length. Like I said, genius!
So whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer or just looking for a little between waxing maintenance, this two-in-one razor has you covered (or should we say, uncovered).
Schick® Quattro for Women® TrimStyle® enables women to shave, trim and transform themselves with a simple flip of the handle. Achieve a shave so smooth you can skip a day or two with this must-have accessory that gives women the confidence and energy to feel free in their skin. https://www.facebook.com/SchickQuattroforWomen