Friday, March 11, 2011


Spring is here, and summer is fast approaching. With its promise of sun, surf and sand, gloriously warm weather suggests a long awaited freedom. With this in mind, it's up to you to decide if you'll be a slave to your hair and blow the life out of it, or embrace your hair’s ability to do something different.

Giving your hair an occasional break is highly recommended and will only do you good. Constantly blow-drying your hair straight will ultimately take it’s toll. You may desperately want to believe those very convincing ads claiming ultimate hair protection and displaying a beautiful girl throwing her hair around. Well, I hate to break it to you but heat hurts your hair. So unless they've created some impenetrable force field, I say give your hair a break!

Get That Beachy Look!
Here are all the tools and products you'll need to achieve a beach like texture without the pulling of a brush and excessive heat to get your hair straight.

1) Diffuser This is a girl’s best friend. If you've used one and found it difficult, don’t worry because I’m going to show you how to use one correctly.2) Product This will depend on the type and texture of your hair.

For curly hair use a combination of bumble and bumble surf salt spray

and Hamadi Shea leave in cream
The cream will keep your curls hydrated and the salt spray will help give it the texture of a broken curl with an edge rather than a curl with a bounce.

Rather than drying the traditional way by cupping the hair in the diffuser, I recommend having the dryer on low speed and hold it on the outside of the hair like if you are steaming the clothing with a hand held steamer. When most of the moisture is gone, you can then cup the hair in the diffuser lightly. As a general rule, the closer you hold the hair to the scalp, the more curl you will get. 

If you have straight hair, apply Bumble and Bumble "Salt Spray" with a pea size amount of "Boost" by Orlando Pita before diffusing.

Turn your head to the side and lean your hair in the diffuser. The closer you hold it, the more lift you will get. Alternately, the further away you hold it, the less texture it creates. If you have really fine hair, hold the diffuser close to your head and with your free hand scrunch the hair (LOL I have not used the word scrunch in forever!).

 After creating your texture you can braid your hair, wear it in a bun, wear a headband, or just let it flow! The idea is to embrace your texture during a time when "perfect hair" shouldn't be the first thing on your mind. Now the perfect tan is quite another thing! Go ahead, it's okay to go messy chic... it's Summer!


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