Tips for Blow-Drying Curls, Curls
Do you want to define your curls and add more volume without the frizz? Use a bowl diffuser. It is a round, bow-shaped attachment with “fingers.” It is designed to disperse the air flow and spread it over a large area. This translates to less frizz, and fly-aways. In addition, a bowl diffuser allows you to cup your hair to define natural curls and waves because it dispersed the air without disturbing the hair’s natural wave pattern. Amazingly, it can also be used to boost thin, fine hair, to create fuller hairstyles. Use correctly, and it can be the difference between big hair and a big mess. Here are a few tips:
- Start with a good foundation for your hair – literally. Like your skin, hair needs a little help. You layer on serums and a moisturizer right to keep your foundation smooth and flawless. Well, it’s the same thing with the hair. We don’t often think about it. Any good hairstyle is set up with a strong foundation. It can make the difference between glossy, defined locks or kicky, frizzy hair.
You can use a leave-in treatment, like Treat Elite, or our go-to for smoother locks, whether you’re a girl with curls or straight hair is Diamond Heads. This water-soluble silicon base product prevents dryness, damage, and split ends before you dive into your volumizing sprays, mousse or root lifters.
- From there, heat protectant is a must, such as Thermal Power is a must. Anytime you are going to be using any heated styling tools on your precious tresses; you’re going to want to apply a heat, UV protectant to help avoid hair burnout especially if you are an everyday hot tools user.
- It isn’t necessary to have the blow dryer set on the highest heat, especially if you have thin hair. Improper heat settings result in damaged-looking hair. Start with a low speed and heat settings. Using a diffuser with a dryer set on high defeats its purpose and can cause the dryer to overheat. If low is too low for you, then start with a medium to a medium-high setting.
Lastly, keep the dryer moving. Never let the air stay directed at the same spot for any length of time.
But even before you switch on the blow dryer, gently towel dry hair and squeeze out excess moisture. Avoid harshly rustling and rubbing hair with the towel. Harsh towel-drying creates a positive charge on the hair. The result? Frizz and static electricity. So be gentle: squeeze and dab.
- Some may recommend you flip your hair over, then dry. But we suggest you don’t for better control. Instead, using your free hand, lift the roots surrounding the crown of the head with your fingers and dry. Once your hair is dried mid-way, work from the back to the front with your diffuser facing your scalp at a 90° angle. Gently, but consistently massage the diffuser prongs or “fingers” into the hair in circular movements. Start to maneuver your way down the length of your hair, continuously pushing your hair up towards the scalp and slowly bringing it back down again.
- When your hair is completely dry, feel free to go in with all of your finishing styling products. If you have thin hair, use an added dose of volumizing spray or throw in some texturizer. If your hair is thick, curly and wild, grab on to some curling cream for glowing hair that looks healthy and defined. Most hair types can handle a light layer of shine spray, like Shine Amplifier, to top off your hairstyle.
Once you get the hang of using a diffuser, you will become addicted to getting this natural pumped up look.
Summertime is an excellent excuse to change things up a bit, maybe add a little texture and layers to give your hair a more free-spirited, effortless and lightweight feel. In general, we find that women like to dial up the drama for fall and winter. But when balmy weather settles in, they want to make a statement and keep cool. There are so many options, but here are a few breezy, summer hairstyles to consider:
Long & Textured
No, we’re not talking about beachy waves here, although that’s always an option. To achieve the long & textured look, ask your stylists for long layers that will dry thoroughly without the help of a blow dryer. Here you get some natural movement and a little kink, but it gives the impression of effortless, natural beauty. Depending on your natural texture and desired length, your stylist should be able to customize the look to suit you.
We love this look. It’s flattering almost on everyone. This textured, asymmetric look is equal parts edgy and chic, and it’s a great way to keep your hair off your back when it’s steamy outside. Also, it’s ideal for gals who prefer longer hair, so the lob is much less daunting than a bob, less committal. Plus, it’s easy to grow out your hair again. Unlike with a bob, there’s no awkward in-between phase. With a lob, your stylist can adjust accordingly as your hair grows out. Ask your stylist for a layered lob with some face-framing pieces. When it comes to styling, we suggest curling your hair in alternating directions for a tousled look.
Bangs, Bangs, Baby
It’s so retro. Baby bangs are a great summer hair trend to give you a rocker-chic vibe for the summertime. While this look isn’t for everyone, it’s undoubtedly show-stopping. It also frames the eye and shows off those eyebrows in an oh so lovely way. We recommend this look if your hair is already on the straight side. Otherwise, it can be a bit of a hassle to style for those with curls. The fashion runways of Paris and New York is featuring the look, and this look is a great way to crank up the drama…and show off those eyebrows!
You don’t have to go bleach blond to lift your color and lift your spirits for the summer. If you are a brunette, you can brighten by adding subtle caramel depth with balayage or ombre. Now, if you happen to be a blond or near it, cool, ashy tones are so in this year. We’re talking Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne’s icy locks.
If your hair is damaged or is experiencing major breakage, it is time for a hair detox. This isn’t the time to scavenger for new hair products or easy fixes. This is time for serious hair rehab and long-term solutions.
We’ve developed a 5-step process that will help you establish a foundation for healthier hair. For best results, you should adhere to these steps for at least two weeks. That’s it, besties. That’s just 14 days out of 364. Easy.
Here are the basic steps:
- Step 1 – Cleanse & Clarify
- Step 2 – Deep Conditioning
- Step 3 – Protect Your Hair
Shampooing is critical in our hair detox program. The goal is to remove all buildup from hair products and hard-to-remove minerals deposited by water (especially well water). There are many different types of shampoos out there. But for our hair detox program, you’ll need a regular daily shampoo and a clarifying shampoo. It’s important to find a clarifying shampoo that doesn’t strip your hair of the good along with the bad. Our Retexturing Shampoo (which is a clarifying shampoo), for example are formulated to lift stubborn styling products, like gels, hair sprays and mousses, along with dirt and pollution that accumulate on the hair follicles over time. No, a regular shampoo isn’t going to cut it. If you can’t find a good clarifying shampoo, then add three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to every 1 tablespoon of good-quality shampoo.
To start, use the Retexturing Shampoo on Day 1, 7 and 14. The rest of the time, you can use your regular shampoo, whether it’s a moisturizing or volumizing shampoo, depending on your goals and hair needs.
After shampooing, your hair needs a deep conditioning treatment. Use your favorite deep conditioning mask or try our Hawaiian Rejuvenation Cocktail. Our stylists around the world have relied on this no-fail recipe:
- 1 ounce Resurrect
- 1/4 ounce Kukui Nut Oil
- 8-10 drops Diamond Head
Use this deep conditioner once a week, alternating with your daily conditioner. If your hair is super stressed and dry, then deep condition your hair on Day 1, 7 and 14, same days as your deep cleansing. Deep conditioning helps to prevent further damage and enhances hair’s appearance. Hair that is regularly conditioned will feel better and responds different than hair that gets a deep conditioner only once a month.
Protect and Add Shine
Your hair, like your skin can use a little moisturizer and protection with time and daily wear and tear. So, like your foundation, products like our Diamond Heads (Click Here to product page) smoothes the cuticle while protecting your locks from pollution. Another added bonus? When the cuticle is smooth, it reflects, and you get shinier hair. Just what a girl needs.
Everyone wants locks that glisten, shine. You can have healthy-looking hair by following our shiny hair secrets.
If Your Hair Is Damaged
Invest in a quality deep-conditioning treatment and use once a week. At Paul Brown Hawaii, our stylists make their own using our hydrating our best-selling Resurrect conditioner, Diamond Head serum and kukui nut oil (the ancient Hawaiians’ secret to beautiful hair). It’s an amazing, restorative mask. We called it our Hawaiian Cocktail, and it’s the ultimate hair rejuvenator.
- The Hawaiian Cocktail
- 1 ounce Resurrect
- 1/4 ounce Kukui Nut Oil
- 8-10 drops Diamond Head
Mix well in a bowl and apply to damp hair. Leave on 30 minutes or 15 minutes under heat. For extremely damaged hair from too much time in the sun or bleach and highlights gone wrong, some of clients will leave it on overnight and wake up to baby-fine hair.
If Your Hair Is Straight
Lucky you. Straight hair has great natural shine, because its flat cuticle is highly light-reflective. To get maximum shine, wash and condition your hair, then blast it with a cold-water rinse for about three seconds to seal in conditioner, adding a ton of shine.
If Your Hair Is Curly
Curly hair tends to have more shine-reducing short pieces and split ends. This becomes really noticeable when it’s blown straight, so use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner and a straightening gel, such as our Stay Straight Molding Cream. Detangle with a wide-tooth comb, and as you blow-dry, wrap 2-inch sections around a round brush to straighten. Apply a finishing cream from 1 inch below the roots to the ends. And to get super-glossy curls: After conditioning hair, don’t rinse completely leave a little in. Next, apply a little gel, like Passion Shine, to damp hair and twist sections around your fingers. Let hair dry naturally.
Other Shiny Hair Secrets
DO use a gentle clarifying shampoo at least once every two weeks. It helps to remove the gunk, revealing shine. DO use your fingers to separate your natural curls once hair is dry. A brush will cause your hair to frizz. DON’T apply finishing products too close to your scalp, your hair will look greasy. DON’T weigh down fine hair with a heavy serum formulated only for very thick hair.
ou can never have too much fun. But too much sun is another story. In the last couple of years, there has been more talk about hair damage because of prolonged sun exposure. We know what happens to our skin if we don’t wear sunscreen, but we rarely consider its impact on hair. Here, our own Paul Brown, offers tips on keeping our hair healthy throughout the summer:
- Companies are catching on to sunscreen protection for your hair. It’s the buzz this summer. PBH has always understood this and we’ve incorporated Kukui Nut Oil, which is a natural sunscreen, into all our products. Spray it on before you go to the beach. It will also protects hair from saltwater and chlorine. More hair products are coming on the shelves with sun protection. But if you don’t have any on hand.. in a pinch, wrap a pretty scarf around your hair.
- In the summer, it’s also important to seek out moisturizing products or visit a salon for a deep conditioning treatment to keep hair from drying out from sunning and swimming. A deep conditioning treatment will inject moisture into hair, preserving elasticity and curtailing further damage. But sometimes, when the ends of your hair are past the point of no return and no amount of product will bring it back to life, take the quick-fix route, get your hair cut.
- Chlorine can be damaging to hair. There are deep cleansing shampoo that are ideal if you’re a frequent swimmer. After diving into the pool, use a gentle clarifying shampoo such as Paul Brown Hawaii Clarifying Shampoo. It gently rinses pool chemicals away without stripping hair of shine, a culprit of many clarifying shampoo. Follow with a rich hair conditioner.
- You wouldn’t think it, but when it’s humid, rather than avoiding moisturizing products, you want to add moisture to hair, such as running your hair with a shine serum before stepping outside. Otherwise, when you venture under the deep blue skies, your hair will suck up the moisture in the air like a sponge, resulting in a frizz attack. That’s a little hair science for you.
The years have taken their toll on your hair. Those shiny tresses we took for granted as teenagers suddenly appear duller in your 30s, less bouncy and, well, faded. Not only do you have to color grays, but you need to be proactive, too, about keeping your hair looking young and healthy. You can be firm of body and wrinkle free, but if your hair seems tired and worn out, then you will, too. Hair frames the face. It’s like artwork. The frame is part of the whole picture. Anyway, moving on to the matter at hand.
Luckily, you have tons of resources these days to turn back time. Here are 7 year-shaving tips:
- Go lighter, not darker as you age. If you had coal-black hair as a young girl, consider coloring your hair dark mahogany in your late 40s and 50s, with subtle, flattering bronze highlights around the face to brighten skin tone.
- Hair starting to thin? It happens as you grow older, especially after having a baby, as many women report thinner hair. Oh the sacrifices you make! If you have fine or thinning hair, try a one-length cut, such as a chin bob or a mid-length cut that grazes your shoulders. Avoid razor cuts or lots of layers, which can thin out the hair.
- Beautiful, voluptuous waves and curls. Curl your hair or go naturally curly (if you’re lucky) for a loose, cascading look that appears so youthful and fresh as waves gently curve and accentuate around your no-longer plum cheeks. Your features tend to get bonier, slightly more pinched as you age, and curvaceous curls combat that.
- Add back the shine. Use silicone-based serums, such as Paul Brown Hawaii’s Diamond Heads. Apply to clean, damp hair and style as usual. Afterward, amp up the shine by running HapunaArgan Oil or your preferred oil through your hair.
- Gray roots may look “au naturale” cool on Hollywood stars, but out of the celebrity gossip pages and on the streets, it’s aging. So as gray roots start to peep through, make your hair part less distinguished and a tad unstructured to take focus away from gray roots until you’re ready for touchups.
- I hate this about getting old, even more than the grays: Coarser Hair. As you age, hair cuticles become coarser, accentuating frizzes. To soften the frizz, add a few drops of Kukui Nut Oil to your shampoo and conditioner. Also use an anti-frizz shampoo and a rich, nourishing anti-frizz conditioner to keep the frizzies away.
- While parting your hair in the middle was fun and bohemian-ish in your 20s and 30s, it can add years when you’re older. Sweep bangs to one side and avoid severe bangs, as they emphasize wrinkles. Keep bangs soft, longish. Consider feathered bangs, which gently frame your features for a youthful appearance.