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From: Cody (18.104.22.168)
Subject: Re: Ideas-get rid of frizz, but keep some curl?
Date: July 14, 2007 at 1:16 pm PST
In Reply to: Ideas-get rid of frizz, but keep some curl? posted by Lynette on June 20, 2007 at 9:35 am:
People with naturally curly hair like you and I can not get away with simply allowing hair to dry, whether we want luscious curls or shiny straight locks. When I want super smooth, silky straight hair, I do the following:
- use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner (I like Joico K-Pak or Redken Extreme), the night before
- apply a leave-in repairing creme of some kind
- sleep on it without styling
- the next day, wake up and start fresh, showering and shampooing and conditioning as usual
- apply leave in repair creme again and put in a low ponytail, just long enough to have your morning coffee and a little chat time on the computer
- apply a straightening balm and a smoothing serum before blowdrying
- try to blowdry sections up and away from head so that you have some volume (not just brushing straight down)
- when it is about 90% dry, pin most of your hair up and begin to straighten in sections. The most common problem I see in frizzy haired people is they straighten too much hair at a time, and thus you're not actually straightening all of the hair, just certain strands. Another problem I see is a cheap straightener. You need one that heats to at least 200 degrees.
- start by pinning it all up at the top of your head with one big hair pin or clip, leaving about a half inch thick layer to start with
- always start at the bottom of your scalp, not the top.
- do cardboard-thin layers working from front to back, on both sides
- don't slide the flatiron down the hair shaft too quickly or it will not straighten properly; you need to apply heat, hence, "heat styling" lol. Don't be too worried about frying your hair because the product you have put in will protect it.
-sometimes you may have to swipe the straightener twice to get it totally straight, but always slide it quicker the second time, and NEVER hold it on one section of hair for longer than a second, or it could fry it
- pin the completed sections with a ponytail or other pin to the side while you do the next layer, working your way up the head, and keep going until the whole head is done. If you have medium length hair, it should take about 20 to 25 minutes to straighten it all; or else, you have probably done it wrong
- When you reach the top layers you know you are done. So release the rest of the hair you've already done, from the pin or pony tail, and run your fingers and brush through. It should be straight as a board and feel quite smooth. If your hair is damaged from previous treatment, it may still have some fly aways or damaged feeling areas.
- whether it's damaged or not, I always apply about a dime sized amount of Glass Shine Serum by Redken or Joico; it is super slick stuff that goes a long way and totally glosses out your tresses! Just rub it between your hands and fingers and apply with combing motions of your fingers, throughout your entire head of hair, concentrating on ends especially.
- apply hair spray if desired, although it will take away from the silky feel
- voila! Your hair should be straight and shiny!! And believe me I have curly hair!
NOW for Curls that you love and wish would work:
- deep condition the night before, by either using a specific product or by leaving your normal conditioner in for five minutes or longer
- rinse in luke warm water, not hot
- sleep on it
- start fresh the next day, as above, shampooing and conditioning
- when you get out of the shower, towel dry the hair until still wet but not dripping, then apply a repairing creme or leave in conditioner. Put it back in a quick easy bun with a ponytail holder until ready to style.
- go have your coffee again!
- go back when hair is still about 80% wet
- depending on your hair type (thin, thick, or coarse) you will use a different product
- for thin hair, a curl light defining cream will work fine, but for thicker hair, cremes simply don't have enough holding effect, or so I find
- for coarse hair, use something heavy duty like a really thick, maximum hold curl defining creme or paste
- I have thick hair, so I use shine enhancing mousse -- the mousse dries hard like hairspray, giving me maximum hold
- I work the mouse through my hair by scrunching it through. When you have curly hair the movement should always be scrunching, not running fingers through like a comb.
- make sure you have applied mouse to the top and bottom layers of hair and a decent amount to the middle sections as well, so you have good hold and curl definition
- allow to air dry if you have short or thin hair, but if you have thick heavy hair and need volume, use a blowdryer with a diffuser
- scrunch hair gently as you use low heat on a low setting to blow diffused, even heat throughout your locks. Tilt your head to the side or even bend right over to add some extra volume, and remember, scrunch don't comb!
- after you're done, add some shine-spray or some glossy serum and volia! curly shiny hair.
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