Posts Tagged Curly Hair

Khloé Kardashian Can't Get This Controversial Hair Treatment While Pregnant

Image Source: Getty / Dia Dipasupil Over the past few months, Khloé Kardashian has ditched her signature sleek, straight strands in favor of voluminous waves – and there’s a very, very good reason for the switcharoo.

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star is pregnant with her boyfriend Tristan Thompson. Since she’s expecting, Khloé has decided to opt out of Brazilian blowouts, her go-to straightening treatment.

In a recent Snapchat, Khloé explained her decision. “I have been Brazilian Blowdrying my hair for years, because I want straight hair,” she said. “But now that I’m pregnant, I can’t do that.”

Why, exactly? It turns out that there is a very good reason. We reached out to Ty Holbrook , who handles treatments at NYC’s Serge Normant Salon , for more information on this controversial straightening method.

One of the main active ingredients in a Brazilian blowout is formaldehyde, a toxic chemical that can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose, and throat. The EPA warns that extreme exposure to formaldehyde can result in certain cancers , and its been linked to infertility and miscarriages in pregnant women. Ty told us that’s one reason he won’t conduct the treatment himself.

“If the stylist knows what they’re doing and doesn’t use too much product on the hair, then everything will be OK,” Ty said. “There’s usually not enough formaldehyde to hurt anyone [in the treatment], but I’m not taking anything chances.”

In fact, Ty said that when he has conducted the treatment in the past, he’s felt its effects on his body. “When I do [a Brazilian blowout], I can feel my nose and throat getting itchy.” Ty added that to remedy those symptoms, “sometimes you’ll see the stylist and the client wearing masks, but that’s unsettling to both them and other customers in the salon.”

Thankfully, there’s a more modern type of treatment that doesn’t require subjecting yourself to such harsh chemicals. Ty swears by MagicSleek Treatments , a process that straightens hair through the use of plant extract ingredients.

The main active ingredient is tannin oil, which has been used for centuries to waterproof leather and leave it soft and supple. “The rest of the oils used in MagicSleek are other plant extracts from the Amazon rainforest,” said Ty, who’s used this process to straighten the strands of clients like Sarah Jessica Parker and Bethenny Frankel.

Another bonus of MagicSleek is that unlike a Brazilian blowout, there’s no downtime for strands. “You can wash or color your hair on the same day you apply MagicSleek,” Ty said. “The only thing is, you can’t go in saltwater or chlorine for one week after application.”

Plus, MagicSleek results last for four to six months – that’s most of a pregnancy!

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1 Woman Is Going Viral For Her Life-Saving Curly Hair Tips

Four year transformation, all from learning how to take care of my curls from curlyhair

Learning to properly care for and embrace your curly hair can be a bit of a struggle filled with endless trial and error. One woman finally has it down to a science, but it took her four years to get there. Reddit user capslockramen is going viral on Reddit for sharing the details of her dramatic hair transformation, along with her daily routine for keeping her luscious curls in check.

She posted before-and-after photos that show just how drastic her hair journey has been. The “before” snapshot was taken during her senior year of high school when she “hated” her curls so much that she “got a relaxed curl perm, bleached it blond, and straightened [her] hair five to six days a week, without using quality heat protectant.” But that all changed when she went off to college, where she decided to let her blond perm grow out and started experimenting with different products until she found exactly what works best.

Four years later, she’s mastered the art of taming her curls and finally loves her springy ringlets just as they are. “I’ve never felt more in love with my hair,” she wrote in the Reddit post. She also shared her step-by-step styling routine, which is detailed below.

  1. After shower, squeeze excess water from hair.
  2. Flip head upside down.
  3. Apply generous amount of Cantu leave-in conditioner . Run fingers through hair to ensure even distribution.
  4. Scrunch in generous amount of Miss Jessie’s MultiCultural Curls cream .
  5. Scrunch out excess water using a cotton t-shirt.
  6. Wrap hair in said t-shirt.
  7. Stand upright again and let hair sit in the shirt about 10 minutes.
  8. Flip head upside down again and remove t-shirt.
  9. Dry with hair drying facing toward the scalp. Use a diffuser! Put the heat settings on warm (not hot) with the speed on high.
  10. Scrunch hair with t-shirt while drying. This part usually takes me like 20 minutes (definitely have to take breaks so all the blood doesn’t rush to my head and make me pass out).
  11. When it’s close enough to completely dry, spray with medium-hold hairspray. Stand back up normally and fix where I want the part, hairspray that a little.
  12. Done!

Once her detailed routine went viral, amassing nearly 800 comments, the woman responded to other users’ questions with various other tips and tricks for managing curls every day.

  1. Make sure your hairstylist cuts your locks while they’re dry, and avoid using a razor to thin it.
  2. She opts for using a shampoo without sulfates three to four times per week.
  3. Worried about messing up your hair overnight? Try sleeping with a silk cap on or put it in a loose bun using an elastic ribbon as a hair tie.
  4. Brush out your locks before you shower, not after.

When celebrity hairstylist Oscar Blandi caught wind of this woman’s viral hair hacks, he gave additional helpful recommendations for gals with curly manes. Instead of using a t-shirt to dry your hair like the Reddit user suggested, Blandi told Yahoo Beauty how a Turkish towel, which is highly absorbent, may be a better option. “Press the towel on your hair, don’t rub it all over your hair,” he said. “Rubbing your wet, curly hair will create frizz.” After that, apply leave-in conditioner, and then a silicon oil-based product with just a dab of gel. “The combination will keep the hair soft and not crunchy,” he said.

At the end of the day, experimentation is key for people with curly hair, but this woman’s routine and tips seem like a great place to start if you’re looking to kick-start a journey to embracing your ringlets in their gorgeous natural state.

23 Styles That Prove Saying "I Do" With Your Natural Hair Is Beautiful

When it comes to picking out the perfect style for your wedding , the possibilities are truly endless, especially for brides with natural hair. Thanks to the incredible versatility of natural hair, women who rock their God-given kinks don’t have to resort to straightening tools for the big day if they don’t want to.

You can transform your hair into braided buns and stretched pompadours, or you can even let your curls roam free and adorn them with floral and bejeweled headpieces. So if you’re planning your look for your upcoming nuptials, we’ve rounded up some elegant hairstyles that might just be “the one.” Get ready to screenshot and send these to your stylist.

12 Curly Hair Hacks That Will Completely Change Your Life

Having curly hair brings me such joy. The springy ringlets are indicative of my large personality, but I didn’t always know how to care for my coils. About eight years ago, I was clueless about all the unwritten rules (like no more shampoo, brushes, or towels.) And the commandments vary by hair type, too. A woman with waves can’t live by the same hacks that I rely on day to day for my Afro-texture hair.

That’s why we’ve called in the curly hair experts from Devachan Salon in NYC to create a beginner’s bible to curls. Stylist Eladia Lebron gave three curly editors a makeover, while divulging her best tips for every hair type . This comprehensive guide explains everything from applying conditioner to pineappling (which is an overnight curly girl trick). Get ready to achieve the best hair of your life – no hot tools required.