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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.
For those of us who suffer (yes, suffer) with thin, pin-straight hair, finding a celebrity or some other hair role model who manages to make her own hair look full and sexy is of the utmost importance. Cue Naomi Watts at the series premiere supporting her boyfriend Liev Schrieber’s new HBO show, ‘Ray Donovan’. Since her tousled bob with added volume at the roots is causing major hair envy, I decided to share a few products that have actually worked voluminous miracles for my own hair in the past.
For damp hair, the Bumble and bumble thickening mousse and the Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray can work as a base product before a blow dry to add volume to the roots and help hold shape in the hair after styling. The Schwarzkopf Osis Dust Mattifying Powder is a fine, gritty powder you apply to dry hair. When rubbed into the scalp, it takes on a sticky texture that creates massive volume in the hair without weighing it down. The Living Proof Amp Instant Texture Volumizer is best used on shorter hair to add volume and texture while maintaining a flexible hold.