On the Benefits of the Curl Cast

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At the end of the summer, I was finding that my DIY flaxseed gel, amazing as it is, just wasn’t providing enough hold. No matter how much I upped my moisture products in my hair, I still couldn’t keep the frizz away. It was time to switch to a firmer hold gel – ideally one that leaves a curl cast.  [Read more…]

The Curly Hair Routine…2.0.

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You might recall this post, but now, it’s in video form (plus a few product changes!). Read more!

DIY Natural Flaxseed Hair Gel

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I love the Aveda Flaxseed Aloe Hair Gel, but I don’t love the price. This DIY recipe for a flaxseed gel is easy, cheap, and the result is absolutely amazing. My hair isn’t crunchy-crunchy, but it’s soft, hydrated, and well-defined. Amazing…especially considering that I paid under $1 for my little bag of flaxseeds at the bulk store! Read on for my recipe!

Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner

Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner

As a curly girl (who loosely follows the Curly Girl Method), I try to avoid shampoo with sulfates. This means that cleansing conditioner is my friend. Surprisingly, there are few of them at the drugstore; I don’t think there were any (to my knowledge) until Herbal Essences released their Naked line and revamped one of their colour care lines to include one.

The premise behind the Naked Cleansing Conditioner is that it has no parabens and no sulfates. It does have a little bit of silicone, but it’s far enough down on the ingredients list that I’m not worried about it. Read more!

How I Clarify My Hair

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I do my best to avoid sulfates in my hair. Curly hair is dry as it is, and sulfates just strip it even more.

Why, then, would I use a product with sodium alkyl sulfate as the second ingredient? Simple: to clarify.

Even no poo heads need the poo every so often, especially if you continue to use products with light silicones in them, like I do. You can end up with product buildup that, try as it might, cleansing conditioners and no-lather shampoos just can’t cut through.

I’ll go in with an apple cider vinegar rinse whenever I wash my hair, but I find that even that doesn’t get my hair squeaky clean. So once every 4-6 weeks, I use Lush’s I Love Juicy Shampoo. Read more!

How to Add Some Oomph to Your Deep Conditioner

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Necessity combined with interest to create this DIY.

Curly hair is the driest, brittlest, and most fragile hair type. That’s because the shape of the curls doesn’t let natural oil from the scalp moisturize the whole strand. As a result, curlies have to up the hydration in their products to compensate. Deep conditioning is a great way to do that.

Also, I’ve been dabbling in the world of DIY beauty products. It’s fun and exciting to mix up your own creations, and then you know exactly what goes into them.

I thought I’d try a variation on the typical DIY hair mask recipe – you know, banana, avocado, egg, olive oil, mayo. I thought I’d try using my favourite deep conditioner as a base, and then adding some of those weird things to it. Read more!

Curly Hair Chronicles: Styling (with the LOC method)

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Like most curlies, I have a multi-step process for cleansing my hair, and also for styling it.

This winter, a modified version of the “LOC method” has been working well for me. It’s an anagram that stands for Liquid, Oil, Cream. This method is good for sealing in moisture for curly hair which, as we know, is the driest and most fragile of all hair types. I modify the method by adding in a gel at the end because my curls just really like gel – it gives me hold, definition, and keeps the frizzies at bay.

I can tell this post is going to be a long one, so let’s get started! Read more!

Review: Tangle Teezer Detangling Brush

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A few weeks ago, curiosity got the best of me and I popped out to Urban Outfitters and grabbed the Tangle Teezer. They sell them at BossArts, the salon where I get my hair cut; combined with the buzz online, seeing it there piqued my interest. It’s unlike any brush I’ve seen before, so I thought I’d give it a try. Read more!

Straight Hair: A Nice Change

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So this happened.

Well, it didn’t just happen. If only it were that easy! I spent most of yesterday (about 2 hours to blowdry, half an hour to flat iron) straightening my hair. Read more!

Review: Hot Sock Diffuser

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Today’s post is about a very unique hair tool that I got recently and was really impressed with. The Hot Sock diffuser is a product that I never would have tried had I not been in a pinch and read some quite good reviews on Folica. It looks gimmicky and too good to be true…but it isn’t.

It’s essentially a fire-proof mesh sock that you stick on the end of your blow dryer – regardless of the size of the nozzle – that acts like a conventional plastic diffuser. The advantage of the Hot Sock is that it’s light, fits on pretty much any blow dryer, and is very inexpensive.
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