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Frizzy hair can be dull and unmanageable and is a top complaint among women.
The optimum frizz busting choice for Victor Paul of Victor Paul Salon in Costa Mesa, California is the Brazilian Blowout. This in-salon Keratin infused service closes the cuticle layer and smoothes hair, leaving shiny, frizz-free strands. Having this service done will make blowouts much easier and keep your frizz at bay for several months.
If the Brazilian Blowout is not for you, there are products, tools and techniques that can help tame frizz too.
On the product side, Victor suggests using Royal Blowout by Oribe on damp hair to add shine, polish, smoothness and quicker dry times. Best for medium, thick and or curly textures, this ultra-lightweight blowout spray offers heat protection, reduces brittleness and works to restore hair’s natural lipid content.
Using a ceramic or ionic round brush while blow-drying helps create negative ions, which works to smooth down the cuticle layer. Take smaller sections of damp hair and use slight tension while keeping the brush moving at all times, thus adding control, shine and smoothness.
Use a ceramic flat iron on dry hair, taking smaller sections and smoothing through to set a sleek finish. The ceramic heater and coatings on the paddles help seal in moisture and smooth down the cuticle layer so that hair looks silky and shiny.
Seal in your efforts and prevent frizzing by adding an anti-humidity spray over the surface of dry hair. Victor suggests Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray, a new product by Oribe.
Introducing True Textures by Mizani, a luxurious haircare and styling range for curls, coils and waves. Formulated with a rich combination of nourishing marula, olive and coconut oils, Mizani True Textures provides a deeper level of moisture for healthy, long-lasting curls.
Rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, this collection smoothes, conditions and hydrates, leaving hair softer, shinier and restored. It also contains an alluring Tropical Fruit Colada scent, with top fragrance notes that include orange, sparkling lemon, cassis, pear and melon, among other tropical fruit blends.
The Collection Haircare: Mizani True Textures Moisture Replenish Shampoo – Gently cleansing sulfate-free shampoo Mizani True Textures Moisture Replenish Conditioner – Moisturizing conditioner Mizani True Textures Cream Cleansing Conditioner – Cleanse and condition in one-step with this gentle, low-foam sulfate-free cleansing conditioner co-wash Mizani True Textures Intense Moisture Replenish Treatment – Deeply moisturizing weekly treatment used to help revitalize, intensify and maintain hair’s natural curl pattern
Styling: Mizani True Textures Curl Define Pudding – Define and elongate curls for touchable texture without crunch Mizani True Textures Twist and Coil Jelly – Ideal for creating two-strand twists, coils, twist-outs, and braid-outs without crunch Mizani True Textures Style Refresher Milk – Lightweight, nourishing spray that provides 24-hour frizz control and refreshes unwashed curls, coils, and waves Mizani True Textures Curl Enhancing Lotion – Enhance, define and prevent frizz without crunch
All formulas in the Mizani True Textures line are Silicone-free and Paraben-free.
According to Pon Saradeth, owner of Pon International in Anaheim Hills, California, women who exude a certain amount of confidence can wear most any length of hair as long as it’s customized to suit their face shape, features and lifestyle.
“Going short is a big decision,” says Pon, “and it’s important to consider a few things before you snip. You have to be ready for such a drastic change on many levels, including emotionally, and communication to and from your hairdresser is essential at this stage. Discuss what you want or like by showing examples but be open to their suggestions as to what’s best for your face shape and features as well as what your hair can actually do. There is not a one-size-fits-all approach with short hairstyles. They should be customized to fit your physical features and should also take into consideration upkeep and effort needed each day to style.”
If you were graced with silky smooth strands but desire more styling versatility, you’re in luck! There are plenty of styling products, tools and cutting techniques that can help get you there.
A layered cut will help add movement to otherwise straight strands and give some interest internally. Simply ask your stylist for the best possible options to add such movement while balancing your features and face shape with some well-placed layers.
In case you didn't know...bobs are back, big-time! The new versions of the timeless classic offer solid perimeters with broken up edges and lots of internal layers for movement throughout. Blended fringe offers graceful framing around the face while options for color remain as unlimited as the styling possibilities.
Transforming the art of hairstyling with the absence of cords, Farouk Systems has launched the CHI Escape Cordless Curling Iron. This iron is battery operated and features refined CHI ceramic technology that generates elegant styles on the go.
With its cordless fixture, the CHI Escape is apt for creating salon quality styles under any circumstance without an outlet in sight. Its 1’’ ceramic barrel and ceramic heater provide optimal temperature control and even heat distribution in order to master smooth, sleek curls. The state of the art temperature control button is adept to any hair type, ranging from fine to course. The temperature control settings are color coded- Blue 340°F for Fine Hair, Green- 375°F for Medium Hair and Red- 392°F for coarse hair. The installed, lithium battery allows up to 30 minutes of consistent heating in accordance to the heat setting.
The compact size will suit those who are always on the go and are looking to quickly touch-up their styles. The complimentary pouch makes it easy to store and charge the iron at your convenience, while its locking mechanism makes it even safer for travel.
Expert Advice for Those Considering Hair Extensions
According to Karla Pelaez-Barrick of Salon Kavi in San Mateo, California, there are many things you should take into consideration before diving in headfirst and having hair extensions done. This seasoned hair extensions specialist suggests that you do your homework first, ask a lot of questions, take the time to search for the right specialist and keep an open mind when it comes to cost, quality and upkeep.