Archive for November, 2008

November 24, 2008

As anyone with curly hair knows, curls can be a mixed blessing. They are beautiful and natural, but taming them is torture. The struggle with sloppy serums, flat irons, blow driers, and more kills your hair and your time. Luckily, here are 5 tips to help you maintain and tame your curly hair to make it beautiful for

1. A great haircut is essential. You must find a hair cutter who is not intimidated by curly hair. Usually this is a person who has curls themselves. They live with curls ahow-to-blow-dry-curly-hairnd know all the do’s and don’ts of curly hair. Remember that longer hair will weigh curls down and shorter hair will release curls, making your cut look fuller. Some layering is always a good idea to prevent curly hair from taking on a triangle shape.

2. Curly hair is dry hair. This means you’re shampooing and conditioning routine is different than that of people with straight hair. You must use moisturizing shampoos and conditioners. Only use your shampoo when you absolutely must. Conditioner used as a shampoo will keep hair clean and not dry it out. Leave the smallest amount of conditioner in your hair when rinsing. This will help to keep hair pliable. Never rub you hair dry. Wrap your head in a super absorbent towel that will blot excess moisture from your hair. This will help to prevent frizz from occurring.

3. Styling curly hair is easier than you think. The easiest way to style curly hair is to carefully comb it through with a wide-tooth comb. The next step is to apply a foaming gel mousse to hold the curls in place. Let hair dry completely and then carefully separate and place curls.

4. Color your curls with tender loving care. Curly hair is often more delicate than straight hair. Keep your hair color within a few shades of your natural color. This will avoid a strong line of demarcation, preventing the need for frequent touch-ups. All highlights on curly hair should be done using a tint. Tint highlights are extremely gentle and more suitable for curly hair.

5. Say good-bye to your curls for now! If you need a break from your curls, I highly recommend the Keratin relaxer. This will calm your curls and condition your hair for about three months. The best part is that your natural texture will slowly return so you will never have curly roots and straight ends.

Remember, too-at Say Lula Salon in San Diego, we see people all the time WISHING they had curly hair. Embrace it!


Maris Claire’s hair color tips
November 14, 2008

Who said that blondes have more fun? Whether it’s a mousy brown, bombshell blonde or fierce red, there is always a hair color that can best suit you. Marie Claire gives its readers no-fail strategies for making color last longer as well as giving tips to find your best hair color.

For girls going brown, it depends on the style of the cut that you want when deciding what color brown to go for. If it’s all one length, it’s easy to go for a darker tone. If it’s shorter and layered it’s best to weave in high- and lowlights. Some more great tips for going brown are also staying away from hairspray which takes away the shine of a brunette.

As for being blonde, it is not a cheap route to go. It requires regular touchups and proper products. If you were blondish as a child, then going blonde as an adult might be the right choice.

Paris Hilton's blond bob

Paris Hilton's blond bob

Being a sassy red isn’t easy; it is definitely a color that sticks out in a crowd. Having cool and pinkish skin can help pull off red in a very becoming way. In order to get that gorgeous healthy looking ruby hair, it takes deep conditioning, regular trims and less time with the blow-dryer or straightener in order for those red molecules to stay in your hair longer without causing more damage.

In order to play with these different hues for your hair, always use precaution when there’s an urge to go drastic; visit a professional salon, it saves damage to your hair and wallet!

Keeping your hair healthy
November 9, 2008

Whether it is styling, shampooing or a day at the salon, Marie Claire gives the insider tips on how to keep your hair looking healthy.

With a shampoo selection you want to stick with something that has natural cleansers so it doesn’t rob your hair of vital oils. When applying shampoo, for maximum benefits it is best to start by massaging into the roots, then crown, and finally down the remainder of your hair. Washing two or three times a week and only rinsing with water and conditioning the ends on the off days will prevent your locks from getting dry.

When styling it is best to stay away from heating your hair with a blow-dryer, curling iron or straightener too often. When blow-drying use your fingers to style your hair until it is about 80 percent dry, and then continue to use a brush to finish the styling process.

In order to keep your hair healthy, diet is very important. Omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish like salmon) and protein (like nuts and cheese) are the best to keep your hair looking fabulous.

And most importantly, to keep your hair looking healthy when dealing with chemicals and dyes, always remember to consult your stylist.

Talking Makeup’s Top 10 celebrity hair stylist tips:
November 4, 2008

The following tips from top celebrity stylists will give you access to the best hair techniques without actually having to go to them!
1. “I always use the same brushes: Mason Pearson for detangling and blowing out bangs and Spornett mixed bristle round brushes for blowouts. The mixed bristles grip the hair and create enough tension to get the hair really smooth without pulling on the hair”-Mark Townsend. (Worked with: Cate Blanchett, Penelope Cruz, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Natalie Portman)
2. “There are so many to choose from now days so make sure you understand your hair type, etc. Do you have fine hair or thick hair or kinky hair….this makes a big difference in what shampoo and conditioner would be right for you. Fekkai has a very wide range of shampoos and conditioners that I love that would fit almost all hair-types out there…. Experiment till you find the one that makes your hair soft and shiny without leaving too much residue or buildup on your hair”-Adir Abergel. (Kiera Knightley, Jennifer Garner, Sienna Miller, Anne Hathaway, Rachel McAdams)
3. “It is always important to apply strong volumizer on the roots to achieve a full and glamorous base. Polished, soft and natural curls always add to a glamorous look the without appearing too overdone. A good tip to make the hair fall glamorously around the face is to line the hair in proportion with the cheekbones. This tip emphasizes the beauty and the overall effect of the hairstyle”-Oscar Blandi. (Kelly Ripa, Jennifer Gardner, Jessica Alba, Salma Hayek, Sienna Miller, Shakira, Katie Homes)
4. “Moisture”-Jamal Hammadi (Sharon Stone, Lisa Marie Presley, and Meg Ryan.)
5. “My number one hair care tip is: invest in good hair products and visit your hairstylist frequently. Don’t be afraid of asking your hairstylist questions – that is part of their craft”-Omar Lopez. (Lindsay Lohan, Audrina Patridge,)
6. “The Cutler Fly-Away Control Stick is definitely a must-have. It’s easy to travel with and great to pull out to add shine and bring down fly-aways. Another great product is Redken’s Workforce 09 hairspray it’s lightweight and adds shine”-Rodney Cutler (Rachael Ray, Jamie King, Jordin Sparks)
7. “Texture hair is always in need of moisture, conditioning, and a good stylist who understands their hair type. Most stylists are not trained to understand our hair, so a lot of Caucasian stylist will turn them away”-Kiyah Wright. (Gabrielle Union, Faith Evans, Anna Nicole Smith, and Tyra Banks)
8. “The biggest mistake people make is going to the salon when they are emotional. It is important to explain to your stylist your lifestyle whether it is work, family or friends”-Kaz Amor. (Molly Sims, Marla Maples, Lauren Conrad, Janice Dickenson, Bijou Phillips)
9. “I cannot live without Vavoom Gold Heat Iron-In Control Protective Dry Mist! This is the product I used to create Reese’s straight, sleek, shiny hair for the Globes. You spray the hair with this, then run a flat iron over the hair and it seals the hair and fights against humidity”-Mark Townsend. (Cate Blanchett, Penelope Cruz, Rachel Weisz, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Natalie Portman)
10. ” I love to use jasmine oil on my clients because I am usually working under fast turn around so it is easy enough for women to use it every day”-Oscar Blandi. (Kelly Ripa, Jennifer Gardner, Jessica Alba, Salma Hayek, Sienna Miller, Shakira, Katie Homes)

To get your celebrity hair style, visit your hair salon. In San Diego, Say Lula Salon pros can advise you on the most workable cut for your lifestyle, hair types, face shape, and more.