Monday, August 24, 2009
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Friday, June 26, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
One of the best things about my job is that I get to laugh a lot. When one sits in the stylist’s chair, the various goings-on of the past few weeks come pouring out, often with a great deal of shared humor. But the one thing that all of my clients seem to have a great sense of humor about is their curls. This, to me, is no coincidence.
When one grows up as a curly kid, we get noticed because of it. From adults it is usually favorable (until you reach a certain age and a few people get it into their head that curls aren’t “appropriate” for a grown, professional woman or man). From fellow children it can be a mix that ranges from envy to curiosity to taunting. A lot is often assumed about the kid with curly hair—she/he’s going to be a bit quirkier, a bit nuttier. When you get older and start getting real haircuts, you get used to hearing the phrases “it will grow out” and “it doesn’t look that bad, honey.” You might cry a bit, but you learn to toughen up after a few of these haircuts and roll with the punches, as it were.
As an adult, your hair is often one of the first indicators used to describe you. You are often known as the “friend with the curls.” At this point, if you have grown to not only accept but love your hair, you wear this label with pride. If you then find a stylist who understands and respects curls, you will eventually relay your entire hair history to her. And if she also has curls she’ll relay her own stories right back to you. But we all do this with a knowing look and a slightly sarcastic grin. This is a common, shared history.
When people ask me about my clients, one of the first things I think of to describe them as a whole is “personality.” Each one of my clients has one or several hair horror stories to tell, and I in turn will share my own. Laughing and joking about it helps us realize that in the end we are the ones victorious, for we have thrown down the round brush and flat iron, looked our crazy, curly self right in the mirror and laughed our head off in celebration.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
It’s slowly becoming warmer and more humid, and the desire to throw our hair up and out of the way is increasing right along with it. :)
There is a bit of method involved in putting our curls up, and being mindful of a few things will help our hair not only stay in place but stay healthy in the process.
When to put your curls up...
Never wet!! Next to the hair being pulled too tightly, pulling your curls back when wet is the quickest path to breakage. Curls are naturally prone to porosity which reduces hair strength, and significantly weaker when wet. Once hair is dry the stretch-factor of the strand decreases immensely, and it is much easier to tell when the hair is being pulled too tightly. If you must put your curls up when wet, scrunch as much water as possible out of your hair with a microfiber towel or t-shirt, and tie back loosely with a non-binding fabric tie, such as silk. Or, gather your curls up into a silk scarf to hold the curls in place without stretching them. Which leads to...
How to put your curls up...
There are lots of very beautiful and fun ways to put your hair up or back without losing its curliness. I have a few favorite tools for this, which are...
Bobbi Pins-- These are a personal favorite because when placed properly they are invisible in the hair and will not pull. I have bobbi pins in two sizes: normal size and “jumbo” which is a bit thicker and longer and holds more hair. One of the easiest, quickest ways to put your hair up is to gather it in the back, twist gently a few times and pin up into place. Shorter curly styles can also utilize bobbi pins well to simulate a headband look by placing them around the forehead about 2 inches back. My advice? Buy a box of pins and play in front of the mirror. Move your curls around in different positions and see which ones catch your eye.
Fabric headbands-- These are very fast, very lovely accessories for your hair. No matter the length of your hair, a fabric headband is a great way to move hair away from the face and showcase the spill of curls in the back. Naturallycurly.com sells a nice variety of these in all sorts of colors and patterns:
Scarves-- Hair scarves are finally getting a bit more recognition for their versatility and easy of use. Like fabric headbands, they safely hold the hair back without pulling. The benefit of a scarf is that your styling possibilities are endless. You can tie it around your curls as you would wear a headband. You can weave it throughout a long pony tail or braid. You can wear it like a bandana. As with bobbi pins, the style possibilities are endless.
The above image comes from an Etsy shop named Watsijiru. She makes beautiful and elegant hair scarves and her shop url is at this link:
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Type: curl enhancers
Thursday, April 2, 2009
The differences…moisture level and an extra ingredient. DevaCare has a higher conditioning concentration, as color treated hair is in a more fragile state and needs a bit of a boost, moisture-wise. DevaCare also has vitamin C, which is a natural sunscreen and anti-oxidant that helps prevent fading.
Now--do you have to use DevaCare if your hair is colored? No. DevaCurl will in no way deplete your hair of moisture or contribute to fading, so if DevaCare feels a bit too moisturizing, DevaCurl might be an option.
Do you have to use DevaCurl if your hair isn’t colored? No. If you have a very dry scalp and your curls tend to the brittle side, DeveCare might be a better choice.
For some, it boils down to scent. Some prefer the lemon-lime fragrance of DeveCurl to the orange notes of DevaCare, and vice versa.
I have been using One Condition for over two years now and have yet to have a problem with build up. I’ve never had a conditioner hold up for that long….a true testament to the quality and perfected formula of the product.
Also remember that BOTH conditioners work as a deep-conditioner if left on for about fifteen minutes, then rinsed with cool water. Happy conditioning!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I’m listening to NPR this morning. There’s a story about hair…actually shampoo. Breaking news - “We” don’t have to shampoo our hair every day.” Who is the “we”? Who is the “us”? Who are the “Americans” all of us - the ones who shampoo daily?
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009