Hair

Five Ways to Curl Your Hair

Brunette Woman with Curly Hair

  1. This easy, no heat technique will give you tighter, more natural-looking curls. On damp hair, use long spiral rollers in varying sizes that you can get from Target. Start from the bottom and work your way up your head. Take a section of hair similar to the size of the curler you are using. Twist your hair around the curler, away from your face. The spiral curlers are flexible and you can fold the top and bottom of the curler over your hair to keep it in place. Then, simply go to sleep. When you wake up the next morning, start taking the curlers out at the bottom and work your way up. Gently use your fingers to separate your curls and use a lightweight oil like Dry Remedy oil. Depending on your hair density and texture, put 2 to 4 drops in your hands. Rub your hands together and scrunch the oil into the ends of your hair to eliminate any frizziness.

  2. An even easier, no heat technique that gives you more of a body wave. On damp hair, use a headband of your choice and place it over your head like a crown. Starting at your front hairline, take medium-sized sections of hair and wrap it around your headband, away from your face. Continue until you reach the back of your head and repeat on the other side. All of your hair should be tucked into your headband and you can go to sleep. When you wake up in the morning, simply unwrap your hair from the headband, take the headband off and you’re done. I like to use a large barrel wand or curling iron to touch up a couple pieces around my face but that’s optional.

  3. For another loose curl technique, you can use hot curlers. You can buy them in a set and they come with clips to use as well. On dry hair, starting in the back, take sections of hair similar to the size of the curler you are using. Wrap your hair around the curler and use the provided clip to keep your hair in place. After all of your hair is in curlers, get ready for your day. Do your makeup, get dressed, etc. After you are done getting ready, take the curlers out of your hair and gently separate the curls with your fingers. Use some hairspray and you’re done.

  4. Instead of hot rollers, you can use a wand or curling iron. Again, take sections similar to the rod size you are using, starting from the bottom, and curl everything away from your face. For beachy waves, use a larger rod or barrel size. For tighter curls, use a smaller barrel. For curls that last all day long, before letting the curls hang down, use a single prong hair clip or bobby pin to pin the curl in place. If you choose to pin your curls, get ready for your day with the pins in place. After you’re done getting ready, take out all of your clips or pins and spray with hairspray.

  5. This technique uses a wand or curling iron, is a little faster, and will give you looser curls. Simply tie your hair up into a loose, high ponytail. Take medium to large sections of hair and curl them. After all the hair in your ponytail is curled, gently take your ponytail out and touch up some curls around your face. Spray with hairspray as needed.

Aveda Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toner

Aveda Protective Toner Group

Blonde with trends like ombre and balayage have captured our guests’ attention. As Aveda’s Global Creative Director Antoinette Beenders remarks: “Blonde is having a moment now, but it’s refined to be just the right tone for you. Whether you feel like channeling your inner rock star, bombshell, or flower child, there’s something for everyone.”

As part of their Rare Bloom collection, Aveda released their Aveda Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toners that are designed to help achieve and customize the perfect shade of blonde for every guest and lasts up to four weeks.

How is Aveda able to achieve customized blonde results for every guest?

After achieving the desired lift result using Aveda Enlightener, the hair is then shampooed, towel-dried, and treated with Aveda’s Damage Remedy Equalizing Solution to rebuild, strengthen, and prepare the hair for even saturation of the toner. Then one of three “pre-blended” shades of toner—96% naturally derived and containing Aveda’s signature blend of organic protecting oils: sunflower, castor, and jojoba—are massaged through the hair and left to process for five minutes. Having an exact process time allows the Aveda Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toners to create the perfect shade of blonde every time.

The Aveda Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toner shades are:

  • Violet-based Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toner Ash
  • Violet/yellow-based Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toner Beige
  • Yellow/orange—based Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toner Gold

“This is clearly not your basic blonde,” says Ian Michael Black, Aveda Global Artistic Director, Hair Color. “Our new Enlightener Blonde Finish Protective Toners give us the ability to refine blonde hair and really create customized and unique looks.”

My First Hair Show

Applying Make-up at Hair Show

Experiencing my first hair show battle was amazing and unforgettable. Held in Oakland with Keif Savage Presents, I was able to work with well-known salon “Nappy or Not” owned by Rhonda for Natural textured hair including Braids, Locs, Styles and so much more.

I remember growing up in this salon as a child, helping my brother out and just being in the environment of so many talented hairstylists. That was my playground. It was such a blessing to be around it all that it inspired me to take it on as my career. I loved watching everyone who walked into the salon walking out even more excited. I truly believe that happy people equal a better world.

For this hair show, I was able to be apart of the make-up team. Before becoming involved with hair, I always had a love for make-up and started doing make-up for other girls in high school. This event taught me timing, organization, and precision necessary for the creative team of this salon to realize the theme they desired.

It was great seeing all of the other salons and their work. It’s amazing what you can do with hair and how you can turn it into a masterpiece.

Aveda Dry Remedy Oil

Aveda Dry Remedy Oil Bottle

We typically look to oils to help resolve the big hair issues of dryness, damage, frizz, or smoothness. But have you ever noticed the vicious hair cycle that begins when you start to use serums?

Day One: hair is silky, smooth, and tame.

Day Two: hair is weighed down and a little greasy.

Day Three: hair is unbearable; it’s almost clumpy with grease, weighed down, and looks terribly filthy.

To counter that, you have to use a clarifying shampoo to remove the gunky residue. This strip/grease/strip/grease cycle leaves your hair dry, brittle, and dull.

Experience the difference with Aveda’s Dry Remedy Moisturizing Hair Oil. It’s a silicone-free hair oil derived from the buriti nut. Because it doesn’t have silicones to force the oil to stay on the surface, your hair shaft completely absorbs the nourishing essential oils and stays light and silky, soft and full of beautiful shine. It’s especially good for dirty hair because it moisturizes dry, brittle ends. The buriti nut has great hydrating power. It can increase the moisture of your hair by 40% in one use.

How to use: apply 1 to 2 drops of oil to your hands, emulsify, and smooth from mid-length to ends through half of your hair. Repeat for the second half. Gently comb your fingers through your hair to evenly distribute. With residual oil on your hands, gently smooth over your crown for more shine and fewer flyaways. That’s it!

Healthy Hair Tips

Blonde Hair Tips

Hair trends come and go, but healthy, luscious hair is always in style. After all, the time and money spent on trying out the latest hair trends are not worth it if your hair’s foundation isn’t healthy and strong.

Improving the health of your hair is surprisingly easy if you adopt healthy hair habits. There are small daily things you can do—or refrain from doing—to improve the appearance of your hair and make it healthy from the inside out.

  1. Try to use heat styling products sparingly. Heat = damage. When possible, allow your hair to air dry naturally. Apply appropriate products to reduce unwanted frizz.
  2. If you must use heat styling products, apply a heat protectant beforehand. Aveda’s Brilliant Damage control spray is both a heat protectant and also a great detangler.
  3. Avoid using shampoos that contain sulfates, which strip hair of its natural oils. There are many natural products that can be used to cleanse hair such as apple cider vinegar.
  4. Don’t wash your hair every day. Aim to wash your hair about three times a week. Over-washing hair will strip your hair and dry out your scalp. However not washing your hair enough might lead to oily hair and clogged hair follicles. It’s a balance.
  5. Nourish your hair and body from within. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. Eat a healthy diet that contains healthy fats found in foods such as fish and avocados. An added plus is taking supplements like vitamin D and biotin that have been proven to benefit hair.

Ballerina Bun

Woman with Ballerina Bun

Get your hair off your neck for these hot summer months with a ballerina bun! I’m going to explain different ways to achieve a ballerina bun depending on whether you have a hair donut, a long sock, or just bobby pins. Depending on the technique, you will also need a hair tie or elastic, brush, a comb, hairspray, and scissors.

You start by brushing your hair into a ponytail and tying it with a hair tie or elastic depending on the density of your hair. If you have thick hair, a hair tie would work best. If you have fine hair, you can use either a hair tie or an elastic, whatever you prefer. I find that the ballerina bun works best with a high ponytail on the top of your head, but you could also do a low ponytail.

If you have a hair donut, pull your ponytail through the center of the donut and place it at the base of your ponytail. If you have long hair, a larger donut would work best; with shorter hair, a smaller donut is better. For thicker hair, spread your hair all around the donut and place a second hair tie or elastic over the donut. If you have finer hair, take sections of your hair, spray it with hairspray, and backcomb before placing your second hair tie over your hair and the donut. This will help to make your hair appear fuller and conceal the donut better. The mids and ends of your hair will be left out of the donut. You can either twist that around the donut, and bobby pin it to conceal the hair tie, or you can braid the mids and ends then wrap the braid around the donut to conceal your hair tie. Then use hairspray for any fly-aways and you’re done.

If you don’t have a hair donut, you can also use a long sock or tube sock. Try to find a sock that matches the color of your hair. Simply cut the toe part off of the sock and begin rolling the sock into a donut shape. The longer the sock, the larger the donut will be. Then take the same steps from the first technique, just use the sock as your donut.

If you don’t have a hair donut or a sock, pull your hair into a ponytail and spray sections of your hair with hairspray before backcombing small sections of hair. When backcombing, backcomb the bottom side of the strand so when you lay the hair down, the top of the strand will be easier to smooth. After you backcomb, take medium-sized sections of hair and bobby pin them in a donut shape. You will bobby pin the ends of your hair to the base of your head, close to your ponytail. After all of your hair is bobby-pinned in a donut shape, use your fingers to pull and stretch the sections you bobby-pinned so there are no gaps between sections. Then use your comb to lightly smooth the top of your bun and hairspray it in place.

You can pull out some face-framing pieces of hair for a messier look or hair spray everything nice and smooth for a sleek look. You can accessorize with a headband, flower, large bow, and anything else you desire.

The Roots of Dreadlocks

Woman with White Dreadlocks, Four Up

Ever since I was three years old, with at least three to four inches of “long enough” hair, I was able to do these creative and exotic hairstyles. Growing up with an older brother who was a hairstylist, I was his canvas.

I continue to rock these hairstyles because I know there is so much history and artistic love put into being able to wear it. I’ve learned the history behind each hairstyle I had growing up.

The roots of dreadlocks go back all the way to the Rastafarians of Jamaica and then journeyed on to the Indian sages and yogis. It symbolizes a deeper meaning to their origin, defiance, power, and authority. There are still a lot of controversies today around dreadlocks since the hairstyle is more popular than ever. But a few of us actually understand its history and respect it enough to embrace it proudly. It’s beautiful.

To make dreadlocks, the hair is washed but not combed and is twisted while wet into tight braids or ringlets.

From the 1970s through today’s culture, a huge inspiration popularizing locks was reggae musician Bob Marley. He was a big role model for the Rastafarian movement and the wearing of dreadlocks.

It’s a proud heritage.

Colorful Hair

Woman with Colorful Hair

This has been a colorful year in terms of hair color trends! From bright saturated colors to more light and pastel hues, unnatural hair color has become exceedingly trendy. This trend has even made its way to the mainstream with celebrities like Katy Perry and Ke$ha debuting “rainbow,” hair. With different variations of this trend popping up everywhere, it is safe to say colorful hair isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

So is rainbow hair right for you? The great thing about this trend is there is a wide spectrum to choose from. There is not only color variation but also tone and saturation. For example, some skin tones might not pair well with a bright, bold, and supersaturated color like neon pink. However, a great alternative might be a subtle pastel peach or pink that appears somewhat faded.

Hair extensions are a great way to incorporate color into one’s tresses while forgoing some of the chemical damage. Many hair extensions made of genuine human hair can be dyed. The trendy cosmetics brand LimeCrime, has incorporated this colorful trend into their cosmetics line with lipsticks ranging from egg yolk-yellow to sky blue.

With the fun use of color on the rise, it is safe to say that colorful hair isn’t only a trend for teens. Many women are able to make this look work into adulthood and even in the workplace. I believe it is all about how it is presented. Pastel lavender hair can look très chic pulled back into a bun and topped off with some pearl earrings! If you are considering trying out this trend, I say, taste the rainbow!

Tortoise Shell Hair

Tortoise Shell HairstyleBeyond popular ombre and balayage hairstyles, there’s a slightly different look showing up in the hair of celebrities like Lauren Conrad and Jessica Alba. Very similar to balayage, it’s a new technique called tortoise shell. Khloe Kardashian sports another good example of the tortoise shell look, which is also known as ecaille.

Tortoise Shell hair is a little softer. You start by either coloring your natural color a little darker or balayage darker highlights to add some richness to your natural hair color.

After you deepen your hair, you put highlights on top of that. These highlights will generally start higher up than a traditional ombre and, instead of a dip-dye look, you will be left with something multi-dimensional.

Instead of gradually fading from dark to light, you focus more on specific shades. Highlights will be warmer tones like honey, caramel, chocolate, and mahogany.

Since you are changing your natural color to a slightly darker shade, the maintenance is similar to regular color or highlights and will need to be touched up every 4 to 6 weeks as your roots grow out and begin to show. If you would like something a little less noticeable between your color appointments, you can use a toner to darken your natural color, instead of using permanent color, so the darker shade will gradually fade over time.

Aveda Dry Remedy Oil

Aveda Dry Remedy Oil Bottle

By now, I’m sure everyone has heard of the Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil. If not, it’s time to get hip. Here are a few ways to use this holy grail product.

  • Detangle: Apply a few drops into your hands and smooth through hair to help eliminate tangles.
  • De-frizz: Apply 1 to 2 drops to hands and gently smooth over crown to tame frizz and flyaways.
  • Moisturize: Apply along with your favorite styling product for a moisture boost, then continue to blow dry or style as usual. If you have thicker hair, apply a little more once hair has dried.
  • Finish: Apply a few drops, then follow with a flat iron to get a straight, sleek looking finish.
  • Shine: Apply a few drops to hands and smooth over hair to add a little extra shine.

Uses for Coconut Oil

There are many uses you can get out of using coconut oil, here are just a few:

  • Hair Loss

    Coconut oil has been used since ancient times in India for grooming hair. Various remedies were prepared using herbs and coconut oil to prevent hair loss. One such remedy can be prepared in modern times by boiling sage leaves in coconut oil. This mixture can be applied to the scalp for the improvement of healthy hair, and its use will also help prevent hair loss.

  • Hair Damage

    Using coconut oil on hair helps to reduce protein loss in both damaged and undamaged hair. Coconut oil, rich in lauric acid, has a high affinity for hair proteins and, due to its low molecular weight, easily penetrates inside the hair shaft. It can be used for pre—or post-wash hair grooming.

  • Hair Conditioning

    Coconut oil is a better conditioner for hair than any synthetic one available on the market. The use of warm coconut oil helps keep hair shimmering and soft. Apply some warm oil at night and wash your hair the next morning. This can be repeated every few days for healthy, strong, and well-conditioned hair.

  • Lip Balm

    Chapped lips don’t stand a chance against ultra-hydrating coconut oil. Scoop some into a spare contact lens holder and throw it in your purse so you can dab it on with your finger throughout the day.

  • Cuticle Softener

    Get double duty from your new DIY coconut oil lip balm case and say goodbye to ragged cuticles. Using your finger, swipe a small amount of the oil onto each of your cuticles and allow it to sink in. The coconut oil will strengthen your nails and hydrate the delicate cuticle skin, making your hands look more youthful.

Magical Volume in a Bottle

Woman with Fancy Hairstyle

Who doesn’t love big, beautiful hair? Aveda’s Pure Abundance line specializes in creating volume. One of my favorite products from the line is Pure Abundance Hair Potion. Hair potion works great on finer textured hair, instantly creating volume.

Hair potion gives the hair a matte finish, thickening each individual strand of hair. This is the ideal product for voluminous updos or achieving that sexy, bed head look. Aveda uses natural plant-derived ingredients such as acacia gum and kaolin clay to give hair abundantly full volume.

Hair potion is an extremely versatile styling product. For a light amount of volume, spray into hands and work into dry or damp hair. For a stronger effect, spray (using the bottle as a pump) directly onto the root area to create instant volume.

Hair Potion can also be used as a prep for updos after shampooing and blow-drying to give the hair a gritty texture that makes it easier to hold, without weighing down the hair.

Products for Damaged and Frizzy Hair

Aveda Damage Remedy

Do you color your hair often? Does your hair feel damaged and weak? Aveda has a solution for you with its Damage Remedy Reconstructive Treatment.

Once you start coloring your hair, it is difficult to stop especially with all the new trends and beautiful colors you can achieve. The Damage Remedy mask provides a solution for damage created through chemical services.

Packed with Quinoa protein, the Damage Remedy will strengthen damaged or chemically treated hair. By replenishing your hairs natural oils with jojoba, you will regain a healthy shine and feel to your hair.

I absolutely love this product because it is one of the only options on the market which delivers a protein-packed treatment that is derived from natural proteins rather than chemical-based proteins, eliminating the risk of adding too much protein to your locks. (If dryness is your issue, Aveda has a solution with its Dry Remedy Moisturizing Mask.)

How to use:

Use in place of conditioner once a week and leave in your hair for at least five minutes if possible. Pair with Damage Remedy Shampoo for optimal results.

Fight your Frizz

Aveda Smooth Infusion

Do you find yourself always fighting frizz when styling your hair? Is your hair in need of frizz control? Aveda has the answer for you in its Smooth Infusion haircare line. The newest member to the Smooth Infusion line is called the Nourishing Creme, which nourishes hair and helps fight frizz in intense humidity, making it perfect for us ladies in San Francisco.

Smooth Infusion Nourishing Creme aids in fighting frizz by utilizing botanicals, including certified organic cupuaçu and shea butters.

I find that this product works well on most hair textures, but proves most successful with curly or coarse hair textures. In addition to taming frizz, it replenishes dry hair giving it a softer smoother touch.

How to use:

Apply when your hair is about two-thirds dry after using any of Aveda’s style prep products. I like to pair it with the Smooth Infusion Style Prep.

The amount of product used should be determined by density and texture of your hair. I recommend starting small and adding more product as needed. Proceed by either air or blow-drying hair and enjoy your frizz-free style.

Choose a Haircut that Flatters Your Face

Face Shapes

The shape of your face is an important factor to consider when choosing a haircut that flatters your features.

There are six basic face shapes: oval, oblong, round, square, heart, and diamond. In order to identify your face shape, it helps to push all the hair away from your face and hold it back in a towel or hair tie. Read on to identify your face shape.

  • Oval, considered the ideal face shape, gracefully tapers to the chin with a wider forehead and pronounced cheekbones.
  • Oblong also gracefully tapers towards the chin. The features are elongated and there may be a prominent chin.
  • Round faces have almost the same width as length. They are widest at the cheeks.
  • Square faces have almost an equal width of forehead, cheekbones, and jawline. The jaw is pronounced and square.
  • Heart shaped faces taper strongly toward the chin, which tends to be pointy. The forehead may be wide.
  • Diamond shapes are angular and widest at the temples. Diamond is the least common face shape.

Now that you’ve determined your face shape, let’s talk about which type of haircut may suit you!

  • Round faces can pull off asymmetrical cuts with a mix of different lengths. Side swept fringe with a deep side part also flatter round face shapes. Textured, long-ish bobs that hit below the jawline are also flattering. Long layers and triangular bobs are classic, A+ looks.
  • Oval faces can get away with the super short baby bangs that are trending now; keep them pieced and textured. Oval faces can also support blunt, straight across bangs.
  • Oblong faces look nice with a blunt fringe which hits at the brows. This breaks up the face so it doesn’t look as long. Oblong faces can work with a center part, adding some beachy textured waves to soften the look.
  • Square faces are complemented by a textured bob that hits at the jawline, which softens the overall shape. A shaggy cut with short layers also softens a square shape. Longer hair with a part down the middle will draw attention away from the jaw. Try adding some soft waves below the ears or keep it sleek for a refined look.
  • Heart-shaped faces can benefit from a bob with lots of volume just below the jaw, this de-emphasizes a pointy chin. A deep side part will also bring out the eyes; try pairing with a pixie cut for an elegant look.
  • Diamond-shaped faces can look very narrow when there is too much hair around them. With fringe, stick to a side-swept style. Diamond-shaped faces look great in sleek, pulled back styles, or hair half pulled back away from the face. Layers are a diamond-shaped face’s best friend: they soften the look and open up the face.

Hair Tricks

Woman Brushes Her Hair

I have discovered a few tricks along my path towards Cosmetology that I have found to be very useful. I’ve shared them with my guests and they come back asking for more.

  • A bit of eyeshadow can cure a little thinness.

    Using eyeshadow that’s in the same family as your hair color, dust slightly along your scalp’s part. This makes your hair appear thicker and fuller. It can cover up unwanted bald spots.

  • To create some texture in a pinch.

    Make a salt spray with seltzer water and a teaspoon of sea salt.

    Braid your hair, wet it with the salt spray, then run a hot iron over it to make quick, imperfect waves. This is my favorite for getting beach waves.

  • Apply mascara to conceal the regrowth of grays.

    This is a sure temporary hide that can be used between visits to the salon.

  • Bangs to braids?

    Bangs to braids are an easy trick when you’re growing them out or wanting a little change to the shape of your face. Just braid the bangs along your hairline and bobby pin them in place.

  • Blot away oily scalp.

    In a similar way that you’d use blotting paper to remove excess oil on your skin, you can blot away oil from your hair and scalp. In a pinch, grab a clean toilet seat cover from the restroom and blot your hair instead. Usually made of similar material to blotting paper, they can help you soak up that excess oil.

Say Goodbye to Brassy Tones

Aveda Blue Malva Conditioner

Let me tell you: for us brunettes trying to maintain cool or neutral tones in our blonde locks, the struggle is real.

I have been using Aveda’s Blue Malva Color Conditioner since I transitioned into a level nine neutral blonde in hopes to fight the brassiness that always finds its way back into my hair’s tone. I had been using it once a week in the shower, leaving it on for at least five minutes when possible. To my disappointment, I was finding little to no results when using the Blue Malva this way so I decided to try a different approach.

I applied the conditioner on my hair when it was dry, rather than in the shower. After leaving on my hair for around ten to fifteen minutes, I hopped in the shower and shampooed and conditioned as normal. Not only was I able to successfully eliminate the brassiness where my blonde balayage meets my natural pigmented hair, but I was also able to achieve a beautiful ash tone blonde that will provide more longevity for my overall tone.

Aveda’s Blue Malva Color Conditioner is an absolute must-have for anyone fighting to maintain gorgeous brass-free color between trips to the salon. Not only does it neutralize brassy tones, but it also deep conditions your hair while leaving it lightweight and manageable.

Dimensional Color

Hair Highlighting Techniques Compared

One of my favorite hair trends is dimensional color. I absolutely love the lived-in, effortless look of this approach to hair color.

In the student salon here at the Cinta Aveda Institute, I have seen a lot of demand for this type of hair service. The truth is there are many ways to achieve this type of hair.

Everyone has heard of ombre and some have heard of balayage. But what many don’t know is that there are countless more techniques that hair stylists use to achieve beautiful, rich, dimensional color. There is free-hand hair painting, baby lights, sombre, and flamboyage. It is our job as hair stylists to know what our clients want (and need) and then deliver the right results.

To better understand the difference between these techniques, it is important to break down what it is that distinguishes one technique from the other.

  • Ombre was a huge trend a few years back and is still somewhat in demand now. Ombre is characterized by having two distinct colors in the hair that are diffused and blended at the point where they meet in the hair. This point is usually right below the occipital bone, about halfway down the hair.
  • Balayage is very trendy right now as it is universally flattering because its look is so natural and blended. Balayage is a form of freehand highlighting that is not brought up all the way to the scalp in order to give off a lived-in, very natural look. This technique is great for clients that do not desire a style that requires a lot of maintenance.
  • Baby lights is a lesser known method, much like balayage, that produces a very natural effect. Baby lights are characterized by very selective placement of highlights on the hair, so as to give just a little tease of color. Baby lights require fewer foils than a traditional highlight or partial highlight.
  • Sombre is a much softer version of ombre. It is more subtle and its color variation is not quite as drastic.
  • Flamboyage is a combination of ombre and balayage. It gives a client the ultimate marriage of dimension and a pop of color.

As a hair stylist, and as someone who goes to the salon to get my own hair done, I believe being well informed and educated on your options brings you one step closer to getting the perfect outcome at the salon.

Aveda Joins the No Poo Revolution

Brunette Woman with Curly Hair

Who has time to wash their hair every day? Those of us with curly, wavy, or frizzy hair know that our hair looks better the second or even the third day after shampooing.

Frequent shampooing can dry out the hair and curly hair has a tendency to be dry because the curls make it difficult for the hair’s natural oils to travel down the hair shaft. The solution for many has been to use conditioner only; however, conditioner alone does not remove product build-up and won’t leave your scalp feeling squeaky clean.

Aveda has joined the no poo revolution with their new product Be Curly Co-Wash. Be Curly Co-wash is sulfate free, using babassu oil to gently cleanse the scalp, leaving the hair soft and the curls defined.

Co-wash isn’t just for curly hair, but can be used by anyone with a tendency towards dry or frizzy hair.

Co-wash provides the essential moisture to hair, leaving the hair soft, manageable, and clean.

Stop by an Aveda Experience Center and see if Be Curly’s Co-Wash is right for you!

Curly Hair Love

Woman with Curly Hair

Having naturally curly hair can seem like the biggest blessing and the biggest curse all on the same day. I’ve been a natural curly gal my whole life, but I haven’t always been accepting or knowledgeable of my wild and unruly main. I remember struggling with my big frizzy hair as a child to the point of tears, never wanting to wear it down out of fear of being unable to tame it afterward. It wasn’t until I was about 14-years-old that I began to embrace my natural locks and attempt to learn how to “train” my hair. Every curly head’s curl pattern is unique and special to them, some are frizzier, kinkier, wavier, looser, or wilder than others, but all are beautiful. It took years of trial and error to find a great daily routine, but I finally got it down and offer it to all curly heads to try on their own:

  1. I shampoo once a week, and condition every other day using the Curl Perfection line by Pantene Pro-V, then towel dry a bit using a Turbie Towel. All of these products can be bought at any Target or Wal-Mart.
  2. I apply oil to my scalp and ends of my hair, constantly rotating the type of oil I use to make sure my skin and hair don’t get “too used to” any one particular product. My top three pure oils of choice are olive oil, Moroccan argan oil, and tea tree oil. There are many different manufacturers of these essential oils and I’ve been open to try them all. I usually find them at any Target, Wal-Mart, beauty supply store, or the beauty aisle of any local drug store like Walgreens or CVS.
  3. I use Moroccan Oil brand Curl Defining Crème throughout my entire head. I separate my hair into five parts—two on the back half of my head, two on the front sides of my head, and one section at the crown—and work two pumps of product carefully through each part, separating my curls as I go to really add long-term definition. This crème is a bit harder to find than the other products because not all beauty supply stores carry the brand, but I find mine at a chain of beauty supply stores in the East Bay called Beauty Center.
  4. I apply a handful of gel over the already defined curls in three sections—the crown being one, and the rest of my hair parted down the middle into two sections. I use a really inexpensive gel—less than $5 at Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, and CVS—called LA Looks Sports Gel. I’ve used other gels throughout the years when stores are out of LA Looks and I need gel, and usually, any maximum hold gel will suffice. Tip: LA Looks Sports Gel is blue so I tend to get whichever other blue gel is available when I need a substitute.

Now I understand that what works for me might not necessarily work for all curl types, but I would definitely recommend trying all the products I mention here to every single curly-haired beauty to see what results you get. My curls are always soft, tight, bouncy, and defined for days when I complete my routine. My hair has never looked healthier or more beautiful, and that’s my wish for all my curly-haired brethren around the world.

Style Strut: The Long Bob

Woman with Bob Cut

One of the most popular cuts being requested in salons today is a Long Bob, or Lob for short. Women are looking for a style that is easy to maintain but still gives them some length to play with. Whether you’re currently rocking an awesome lob and looking for a few different styles to mix up your styling routine, or are considering joining the lob mob, here are a few lob styling suggestions to get you through to your next shampoo from a fellow lob mob member.

Straight and Sleek

This is a great way to start your three-day style strut. Starting with wet hair, apply a heat protectant all over your damp strands and lightly brush through. Aveda’s Brilliant Damage Control is a great product as it is suited for all hair types, protects against thermal damage, reduces breakage from combing and helps to protect from UV Damage.

Next, grab your handy dandy blow dryer and a paddle brush. Flip your head over and as you blow-dry your hair, brush your hair against your scalp—this is called flat wrapping. To create more volume at your roots, brush the hair in the opposite direction of that which it falls. If you have fine to medium hair this should take no more than ten minutes to get your hair dry. If you have a natural wave or curl to your hair, make sure that you are using a lot of tension with your brush as you are flat wrapping your hair to really get that wave pattern straight.

Once your hair is completely dry, plug in your flat iron—I usually like to wait until after blow-drying to plug my hot tool in, so that I can get a little break from the heat and apply my makeup. When your hot tool is ready, grab small sections of hair starting at your nape and, working upwards, lightly graze over the mids and ends of your hair to finish your sleek and straight style. If you have any fly aways, be sure to smooth down with a finishing product like Aveda’s Light Elements Smoothing Fluid.

Beachy Waves

In the spirit of the late summer, what’s a better style than sun-kissed, wind-swept, beach inspired waves? Begin with a one-inch barrel curling iron or wand. As the curling iron (or wand) is heating up, lightly dust your hair with a light hold hair spray like Aveda’s Air Control. Once your iron is ready, begin by loosely wrapping random sections of your hair around the barrel of your iron. Be sure to wrap the sections in different directions so that there is more movement and irregularity to the overall style. When done, lightly mist with another spurt of light hold hair spray. To add definition to the ends, smooth on a small amount of Aveda’s Light Elements Defining Whip.

Baby Got Bun

Using a brush, pull your hair back into a ponytail that sits on the crown of your head. Using the tail of a rat tail crown, loosely pull the hair around your hair line forward to create a little lift and to help avoid making this style look too done. Pull your ponytail straight up and using your rat tail comb or a brush, depending on tight you want your base to be, backcomb your pony so it is nice and full, it should almost resemble a tuft of cotton candy. Next, beginning at the front of your pony, begin to sweep the hair around itself from right to left to create your bun. Secure with bobby pins or hairpins as you work your way around, creating a nice, full, and fluffy bun. Spray the bun with a firm hold hair spray such as Aveda’s Control Force, then lightly spray the rest of your hair with a light hold hair spray and smooth down any fly aways.