Archive | March, 2012

New Find: Goody Styling Therapy Protect + Color Cushion Brush

11 Mar

While browsing the drugstore for a new boar bristle brush to use when blowing out my hair, I was expecting to find a Mason Pearson look – a- like in the 20$ range. Instead I found the Goody Styling Therapy Protect + Color Cushion Brush for only 2$! At first I found one that was blonde and on the box it read ” For Blonde and White Hair“, but with much luck and after sliding every brush off the hanger, In the back I found the one that was made for brunettes.

With my hair being curly, this is not the type of brush I would recommend for every day use. I have yet to try it when blowing out my hair but, the other day, my curls were a mess (3rd day hair) and I was headed to the mall, I was unsure about what to do with my hair so i slicked it back into a pony with this brush and my Moroccan Oil Intense Curl Cream. When I got home, I pulled my hair out of the pony tail and I was shocked to see that all of the hair that got brushed back…. was pin straight! I can’t wait to try this brush when blowing my hair out ūüôā

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All About : Treatments and Masks

11 Mar

Every once in a while, your hair needs a treat. Kinda like your conditioner but jam packed with nutritious healthy oils and extracts that whip your hair into shape.

Hair treatments are an easy way to put moisture back into your hair. If you’re wondering what the difference is between a regular conditioner and a deep conditioner here is is:

  • Deep conditioners are usually ¬†more rich in texture
  • Deep conditioners work best with heat. Why? Well because just like your skin, your hair has pores, when heat or humidity come into contact with your hair, these pores open up and let moisture in ( that’s why your hair gets so big when your in a humid¬†climate).
  • Regular conditioners don’t have as many nutrients and moisturizing elements as deep conditioners because regular conditioners are meant for daily use and it¬†is possible to over moisturize your hair.

Try deep conditioning your curls once a week and you’ll see the difference it makes.

Embracing Your Curls.

5 Mar

Nowadays, we’re surrounded by “perfect hair”. Every curly hair makeover begins with a flat iron. The new trend is going to blowout bars to get that perfect blowout. You would be shocked to know how many celebrities have curls just like us and we never know because their curls are being concealed by blowouts.

Curly hair is a pain to take care of. And yes, sometime we want to be able to run a brush through out dry hair from root to tip without a halo of frizz and deconstructed curls. They make curls look so versatile, clean and frizz free but in the real world,curls don’t look so perfect.

Many people were confused as to why I always straightened my hair, and then pulled out my Conair Infinity to make those perfect waves that you see on tv. They’d say “why would you straighten your hair…just to curl it again. You might as well just leave it curly”. But many other curly girls like me can relate i’m sure. The curls that I was creating with my Conair Infinity weren’t real curls, they could be brushed through prom root to tip with a boar bristle brush yet not a hair or curl out of place – try to do that on your natural curls and you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise. But after having those “tv waves” for two months straight, I went to my local beauty supply store,picked up some new products to try and every day, I feel as through I’m getting closer to realizing that I can do more that one look with my curls and that there is a way to get my natural curls to be frizz-free without the heat.

All About : Conditioner

5 Mar

Personally I think that you can never go wrong with conditioner. You can tell a good conditioner from the moment you put it in your hair, give your conditioner a test one day by stepping into your shower with a head of matted hair and after you’ve wet it, run a pea sized amount of conditioner through your hair, If your knots start to detangle and you feel your hair getting smoother then you know your conditioner is good.

In the curl world, co – washing seems to become more and more popular.Co-washing (a.k.a conditioner washing) the replacement of shampoo by conditioner. Many say that this has helped them lock moisture into their hair (I will do another post on my in shower routine), while others say that co-washing weighed their curls down and made them look dull. You need to find the medium that works for you when it comes to co-washing and find a healthy balance.

 

All About : Shampoo

5 Mar

Shampoo is a products that – believe it or not – is¬†indispensable. If you seek healthy hair, it’s basically impossible to¬†achieve sans shampoo. Yes yes I know that many people will argue that shampoo does nothing for the hair except strip it of its natural oils. That’s why curly girls must choose their shampoo with extra care and they need to remember they cannot shampoo their hair everyday.

Shampoo helps restore your hairs’ natural pH levels but curly hair is dry and the oil your scalp produces doesn’t travel down the hair shaft like it does with straight hair (which is why you don’t hear many curly curls complaining about greasy second day hair), because of this, curly hair needs more time in between washes to recuperate and actually let those hair oils do their job.

Sulfates are harsh detergents found in shampoos, face wash ¬†and pretty much anything that suds. You know that feeling that your hair has after you’ve soaped it up? That feeling where your hair actually squeaks? Some people may associate that feeling with cleanliness but for a curly girl, that’s the worst thing you can do to your hair, that squeakiness happens when the detergents in your shampoo have sucked out all of the natural oils in your hair.

So you see, shampoo is that type of product that you can’t live without but can also cause major hair disasters if overused.

February Favorites

4 Mar

Monthly Favorites are a common category of videos made by ” Beauty Gurus” on¬†YouTube. I’ve¬†¬†decided to bring my monthly favorites here for you all to see.

First off, Here are my favorite hair serums that I’ve been devouring ¬†:

  • Moroccan Oil Treatment – 30 – 45$ (salon)
  • Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Treatment – 15$ (Amazon)
  • Kerastase Serum Oleo – Relax – 40 – 50$ (salon)

Next my Shampoo Picks :

  • Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Shampoo – 2 – 4$ (drugstore)
  • Dove Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo – 3 – 4$ (drugstore)
  • Niche Professional Moisture Shampoo – 15$ (nichelabel.com)

Conditioner Picks:

  • Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Conditioner – 2 – 4$ (drugstore)
  • Dove Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner – 3 – 4$ (drugstore)
  • Niche Professional Deep Conditioner – 11$¬†(nichelabel.com)
  • Niche Professional Moisture Conditioner – 11$ (nichelabel.com)
  • Moroccan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask – 55$ (salon)

Styling Picks:

  • Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave – In Treatment – (beauty supply)
  • Moroccan Oil Intense Curl Cream – 35$ (salon)
  • Curls Whipped Cream – 12 – 15$ (beauty supply)

Hope You Enjoyed! ūüėÄ

Welcome!

3 Mar

I’ve just realized now that I have yet to give you guys a formal introduction to my blog. Well here it is. My name is Kiara and i’m “the curl girl”. I have 3b curly hair and ¬†I’m proud – I think you should be proud of your curls too! Having curls is nothing to be ashamed of and I think the lack of information available for girls with curly hair makes us feel as though we should be. But now is the time for that to end. This blog is for all of those curly girls who have not a clue what to do with their curly hair. Also, If you have any questions,feel free to email me at thecurlgirl@gmail.com and I will answer them in a post.