Straight, smooth hair is one of the most popular hair styles among celebrities and laywomen alike. Yet it’s not always easy to transform frizzy, curly locks into arrow-straight tresses. Below, we’ve gathered techniques for achieving the perfectly straight, healthy hair you desire.
Long before Oscar Blandi and Frederic Fekkai started selling their fabulous straightening products, many women yearned for smooth, straight hair. Today, you can still use natural techniques to achieve straight hair.
Nourishing milk straightening treatment. Milk helps straighten hair and combat frizz. Begin with a shampoo; leave hair slightly damp. Comb 1/3 cup milk through damp tresses. Once the milk has coated every hair shaft, massage the scalp for a few minutes. Next, let the milk soak in for about twenty minutes. Finally, shampoo, condition and style as you wish. If your hair is color damaged, use a restorative conditioner such as Russian Amber Imperial Conditioning Crème by Philip B.
The milk bath method works best for those with a slight wave. However, women with curly hair can still benefit from milk treatments, since milk provides hydration and definition for curls. Or you could take the modern shortcut and use Frederic Fekkai’s Ironless Silky Straight shampoo and conditioner. This will achieve even better results with far less work.
Milk, honey and strawberry bath. Honey helps protect hair, while strawberries add a lovely fragrance. Mix together a cup of milk and a teaspoon of honey. Add a few mashed up strawberries. Apply to wet hair and let sit for a couple of hours. Shampoo and style as you wish.
Cream of coconut milk and lemon juice. Because coconut milk is rich in vitamins A and E, it minimizes breakage, protects against sun damage, adds shine and softness, and reduces frizz. Lemon juice is clarifying. To create a coconut milk and lemon juice cream, add lemon juice to a glass of coconut milk. Store in the refrigerator until the mixture becomes a creamy paste. Apply to hair, making sure to saturate both the roots and the tips. Once the cream is fully distributed throughout your hair, wrap a hot towel around your head. Rinse and shampoo after a couple of minutes.
Blow dry hair straight. Wash and condition hair. Apply a protective serum such as Frederic Fekkai’s Ironless Silky Straight Serum, focusing more on the tips than the roots. Clip your hair into sections, working from the front, top layers toward the back, bottom layers. Use a natural bristle round brush, such as those offered by Philip B., to hold each section. Be sure to use a diffuser attachment on your hair dryer for smoothness. Point the dryer down the shaft – otherwise you’ll only be inviting in frizz. Don’t leave a section until it is completely dry.
Not all blow dryers are created equal. The Featherweight dryer from T3 dries hair up to 60 percent faster while imparting shine, manageability and body through infrared heat.
How to properly use a straightening iron. For some women, blow drying isn’t enough to totally straighten hair. If you fit into this category, you’ll need to apply a straightening iron, as well. Clip your hair into one-inch sections. Beginning with the back, bottom sections, slowly glide the straightening iron down each chunk of hair. Avoid going over the same section of hair more than once.
Again, your hair styling tools matter. The SinglePass 1-inch Straightening Iron from T3 is a good option because it creates negative ions to seal moisture into every hair cuticle. If you just don’t have the time to blow dry and iron your hair, use T3’s ManeTamer instead. It may be applied to damp hair because it uses gentle steam technology for ultimate straightening.
Protect your hair from heat. Without protection, heat can make hair brittle, dull and difficult to manage. Fortunately, the world’s leading stylists have developed products to protect hair from heat damage. For instance, Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Dry Heat Protect Spray protects hair from 450-degree heat. It also contains keratin proteins to nourish and protect your locks. Simply spray this Oscar Blandi product onto each section of hair before using any heated tool to enjoy vibrantly healthy tresses.
Finally, if you plan to blow dry and iron your hair regularly, a weekly oil treatment is in order. Philip B.’s Rejuvenating Oil is an excellent choice, as it contains essential oils that replicate the scalp’s natural oils.
The benefits of Marula Oil are known throughout Africa as a mircale healer of skin and now we can enjoy it too! Filled with high levels of antioxidants this super oil provides protection against environmental agressors, free radicals and signs of premature aging. Light, powerful and suitable for every skin type! Marula Oil is harvested in Africa and what we love most about this brand is also that's it's very eco conscious. The oil is sustainably harvested by local tribeswomen who gather nuts that have already fallen off the tree and are then hand cracked and manually cold pressed to ensure the highest quality product. A good portion of the brand's proceeds go back to this community to further education and overall quality of life for the families. The value of this miracle product is priceless both for the benefits you will see on your skin and also the story behind it. Dr Kaidi was recently featured in an interview speaking about the power of Marula Oil!
Orange peel, lipedema, cellulite, cottage cheese – whatever you call it, one thing’s certain: No woman on the planet longs for more cellulite. It may surprise you to learn that the term “cellulite” is not medically inspired. It gained popularity in French salons around the end of the nineteenth century, and it describes the bumpy, dimpled, inconsistent appearance of the skin above fat deposits.
Doctors say cellulite is actually quite natural – they say this uneven skin surface is found in 90 percent of post-pubescent females and that it simply indicates a breakdown in the connective tissue around fat cells. Cellulite is more noticeable on the female form because female skin tissue is thinner than male skin tissue. Still, it’s hard to convince women to simply accept their cellulite as a natural occurrence. Society has long derided “cottage cheese ” skin as ugly and undesirable.
Fortunately, those who wish to banish cellulite may do so by applying the techniques listed below.
Cellulite is exacerbated when one’s fat cells are swollen with extra sugar. Salt is also problematic because it encourages fluid retention, making cellulite look even worse. To limit the appearance of cellulite, eat no more than six teaspoons of sugar and 200 mg of sodium each day.
To see a noticeable reduction of cellulite, apply a firming lotion or cream. Of course, you’ll want to select a product that’s user-approved to firm skin and improve its structure. Nuxe Paris has created a lotion that fits the bill perfectly. Its Body Fondant Firming Cream includes barley sugars and Brazilian mimosa to instantly lift skin, thereby decreasing cellulite dimples. Nuxe Paris’ cellulite solution also contains rye flakes and Kigelia Africana to improve skin structure. After using this product for 28 days, 86 percent of users reported that their skin was more toned, while 82 percent said it was visibly smoother.
To prepare your skin for cellulite solutions from Nuxe Paris and other brands, apply a body exfoliator such as Fat Girl Scrub from Bliss. The Bliss Fat Girl Scrub increases circulation and is specially formulated for cellulite-prone areas.
Muscle is smoother than fat. If you lift weights regularly, your cellulite levels will drop. Lunges, leg presses and squats are particularly powerful cellulite-busting exercises.