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Three Ways for No Fuss Detangling

on August 23, 2014

Briogeo Brand Ambassador Ashley Hall completely relates to the stress that can come with detangling curly hair. After years of trying different tools and strategies she has finally perfected the art of no fuss detangling. Read her blog to find three easy and quick ways for no fuss detangling so you can focus on enjoying your beautiful hair!

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Washday can be a tiring process especially when it’s time to detangle. Detangling curly hair is not an easy task, but it does not have to be a chore. Having the right products and mindset should be enough to get you through a detangling session without ripping your hair out—literally.

Curly hair is very delicate and needs to be handled with care especially when it’s time to detangle. Improper detangling methods can wreak havoc on curls by causing strands to snap mid-shaft (breakage) or be ripped out from the root. Curly girls need products with copious amounts of slip as well as time and patience to detangle successfully. Here are my top three strategies I use for no fuss detangling and the products I use to make the magic happen!

1. Deep Condition First:

For no fuss detangling, I recommend eliminating tangles after using the Don’t Despair, Repair! Mask.  It contains emollients-- ingredients that provide slip-- in the form of fatty alcohols (Stearyl Alcohol & Cetyl Alcohol) and Cetrimonium Chloride, which helps to condition the hair's cuticle. The DDR Mask also contains Hydrolyzed Proteins (Keratin, Collagen & Silk) which help strengthen the hair against breakage. In other words, this mask provides much needed moisture and strength to curls, which makes detangling a cinch!

 IMG_20140817_2020552. Detangle in Sections:

Detangling in sections helps to eliminate confusion and a prolonged detangling session.  By separating your hair into 4 sections or more (depending on the density & length), you are able to successfully detangle a section and keep it out of the way rather than trying to detangle your whole head at once and risking new tangles.  This will also decrease unnecessary pulling and unwanted breakage.  After you're done with the section, twist it or clip it out of the way.  Always remember to take your time when detangling-- work from the bottom up and be gentle!

conditioner, curly hair, no fuss detangling 3. Detangle Hair When Wet:

For curlies who skip the deep conditioning step, detangling with the Curl Charisma Curl Defining Conditioner also works well. After applying the Curl Charisma conditioner, allow the shower stream to evenly distribute the product, separate your hair into sections, and finger detangle starting from the tips up. I would recommend finger detangling first then using a wide-tooth comb or detangling brush after the section is completed.  Since the  Curl Charisma conditioner helps to define, de-frizz, and enhance curls, the detangling tool will help clump curls and give them that extra pop!

Those three steps will go a long way in taking the stress out of washday. Always remember, a positive attitude and a little patience are also great solutions!

You can reach Ashley on IG @curlsfothegirls or at her blog. Thanks for all the advice Ashley!

Make a Splash Withough Chlorine-Damaged Hair

on August 04, 2014

Pool Hair, Chlorine-Damaged Hair

A refreshing dip in the pool is a summertime staple, but the effects on your strands can result in devastation. Chlorine is designed to disinfect the water, so you can’t go without it, but too much in your hair will lead to increased porosity and over-drying. Chlorine-Damaged hair is preventable, but if you are already experiencing chlorine-damaged hair, your mane can be saved! tips to protect hair from sun, healthy hair tips, hair care, Chlorine-Damaged HairBefore you Swim: Soak your hair with water and a little conditioner before you hit the pool.  Hair is absorbent, so fill it up with chemical-free H2O and nutrients. It will absorb less of the chlorine and prevent damages. After you Swim: Shampoo your locks immediately. Washing out the chemicals right away will automatically cut your chances of chlorine-damaged hair. Another must is to deep condition (repeat: DEEP CONDITION) regularly. We can’t stress this enough! There will be so many nutrients that need to be replaced in chlorine-damaged hair, and the best way to achieve this is to deep condition. Be sure to also use a good sealant to lock in hair healing ingredients such as coconut or rose hip oil after your wash.  

How to Refresh Dry Curly Hair

on July 03, 2014

shutterstock_146387768 (2)  Curly, coily hair is fun and versatile, but every now and again, those kinks lose their spring due to dryness. Dryness happens when the cortex of the strand isn’t holding any moisture (basically because the cuticle barrier is stripped). Dry curly hair is the pits, but a simple change in your regimen can bring back that pep._DSC9077-Edit Dry curly hair is extremely prone to breakage. Use your Don’t Despair Repair mask at least once every other week to give your hair a deep spa treatment. Cover with a shower cap or sit under a steamer to allow the mask to penetrate the cortex. Your arid strands will drink up the moisture from the DDR. curl charismaIn between mask treatments, use your Curl Charisma to lock the vitamins and moisture into your dry curly hair. One good rule of thumb when dealing with a lack-luster mane is to cut down on shampooing. Instead, give that dry curly hair a good rinse under warm water, and use your Curl Charisma as a no-poo. Too much shampoo can strip the cuticle leaving the cortex vulnerable. Always, always, always seal your cuticle with your favorite oil or shea butter to lock in the moisture. Dry curly hair be gone!  

What’s the Deal with Protecting Your Ends?

on May 29, 2014

How long has it been since you’ve seen an increase in the length of your hair? Retaining length has everything to do with how well you are treating and protecting your ends. To put it in perspective, the ends are the most elderly part of your hair, so you have to give them the most respect. Protecting your ends by giving them a little TLC will take you to great lengths!   Deep Condition Its practically summer. The birds are chirping, the trees are blooming, and the sun is beaming! That’s great until you consider the damage the sun’s rays could be inflicting. UV Rays are damaging to the cortex of your hair and make it susceptible to breakage. To combat this, you need your DDR. Deep conditioning for at least five minutes every couple of weeks (depending on your hair), and paying close attention to your ends, will start the repairing process for your cortex and give your ends strength. Deep conditioning is vital to protecting your ends internally. Bye, bye breakage! damaged hair treatment Detangle If you have a head full of springy curls, detangling while protecting your ends can be tricky. The easiest way to detangle properly is to do so while the hair is wet and teeming with conditioner. Start at the ends and move up the shaft of the hair. Protecting your ends by being very cautious will keep them from snapping off with each stroke of the comb/brush. Remember, slow and steady wins the race! Sayonara tangles! Get beautiful silky hair and fight frizzy hair with all of Briogeo's hair care products. Protect Protecting your ends physically will be the final step in retaining your length, but what does this mean? This means that you are protecting your ends by hiding them. How do you do this? Find hairstyles that allow your hair to be up like buns, braids, and cute coifs. Protective hairstyles will keep your ends out of harms way, and will allow them to flourish. Protecting your ends with hairstyles is both simple and super cute! Patience Now that you’ve added deep conditioning, gentle detangling, and protective styling to your hair regimen, you will begin to see a change over time for the better. Protecting your ends requires constant maintenance but remember that the love you put into your hair will be the result you get out!

DDR: The Mask for Dry Hair

on April 28, 2014

Each of us has had a period of dry hair, where brittle, arid strands persist for days, weeks, or months on end. Dry hair is the culprit behind fragile, lifeless hair that breaks easily and inhibits growth. We have a solution to your woes (hint: it involves a mask for dry hair), but before we get to this mask for dry hair, lets take a closer look at the cause. badhairday-01 Dry hair happens when the strand isn’t receiving enough oil from your scalp. Usually, this occurrence is due to a poor diet, excessive use of chemical hair treatments (i.e. colors or perms), stress, or the weather. On the reverse of this, healthy, shiny hair happens when the microscopic scales of the hair’s cuticle lie down to protect the inner layer of hair, known as the cortex. When these scales are not lying properly, your cortex is exposed and susceptible to damage. damaged hair treatment The good news is this damage is totally reversible.  A few habit changes will help your hair retain its moisture. First, drink more water. Simple. Next, you’re going to need to add a mask for dry hair to your regimen. Cue the Don’t Despair Repair! Don’t Despair Repair is the perfect mask for dry hair because it is loaded with those much-needed oils and vitamins that your hair uses to thrive. Using a mask for dry hair is going to put those essential oils back into the cortex. Last, you’re going to need an oil to seal the moisture into the cuticle after you’ve rinsed out the DDR. The oil you choose will really depend on what your hair likes. shutterstock_157536899 A mask for dry hair can be used as often as you feel you need it and can be left on for anywhere for 5 minutes to 30 minutes. You know your hair better than anyone, so the small details will depend on you. Don’t Despair Repair is the ultimate mask for dry hair. It’s spring! Stop masking your hair and add back the bounce by adding a mask for dry hair!

4 Easy Steps for Happy Hair

on March 17, 2014

So the Briogeo Team ‘s expertise obviously lies in hair care not psychology or overall wellbeing, but we do know what feels good and what gets results. Spring is upon us, and we have decided that with the coming season, we need to be kind to our hair by being kind to ourselves. A happy you will ultimately lead to happy hair.   Smile Smiling fixes everything. Don’t believe us? Try it. Arguing with your co-worker, or having a crummy day, smile for 5 minutes and you are guaranteed to feel better. This goes for bad hair days too! Yeah, your curls may be flat or your straight strands are frizzy, but smile through it. Chances are, people won’t even notice your hair woes, and they will only see a beautiful smile.   Eat Well Diets kind of suck right, lets be honest about this. But you can totally implement a healthy approach to your favorite meals. Perhaps make a few more meals at home with fresh ingredients or swap your morning bagel for a piece of fruit. It’s National Nutrition Month, and your body needs fresh, natural nutrients to properly function. Your hair needs these nutrients too!   Do what you Love What’s the point of working in a mundane job, if you have to force yourself through the doors Monday through Friday just to spend the entire weekend in a stress-induced Netflix coma? Life is too short to not pursue your dreams. And guess what, when you let go of your proverbial ball and chain, you will be (yep, you guessed it!) Happy!   Simply put, your hair is an extension of your wellbeing. Implementing an overall change in your mental state will put you on the right path to happy hair will get you hair satisfaction (in addition to adding natural products, i.e. Briogeo). Being happy equals happy hair! Happy Girls

Celebs Do's: Best of Instagram Hair

on March 10, 2014

We at Briogeo have a somewhat obsession with celebrity hair, especially when it’s off the stage. So we compiled a bunch of our favorite celebrity Instagram hair photos. These “It” girls have the hair that we yearn for, even when they are doing normal-people things (like taking selfies). So without further ado, we present the celebrities of Instagram with the best hair!   [caption id="attachment_429" align="alignleft" width="150"]Photo from Instagram @mindykaling Photo from Instagram @mindykaling[/caption] Mindy Kaling. She’s gorgeous, he’s hilarious, and her hair is amazing! Ms. Kaling is absolutely a forerunner on the list of best Instagram hair.       [caption id="attachment_428" align="alignright" width="150"]Photo from Instagram @blakelivelyrey Photo from Instagram @blakelivelyrey[/caption]

Blake Lively

We are dubbing her “Queen of the Beach Wave”, and she makes that apparent on her IG feed.

        [caption id="attachment_423" align="alignleft" width="150"]Photo from Instagram: @lupitanyongo Photo from Instagram: @lupitanyongo[/caption] Lupita Nyong'o She is the darling of award season (you saw her in that red Ralph Lauren dress, right) and she makes super short look super hot. She is the epitome of the best Instagram hair.       [caption id="attachment_424" align="alignleft" width="150"]Photo from Instagram @corinnebaileyrae Photo from Instagram @corinnebaileyrae[/caption]

Corinne Bailey Rae

This siren has curls for days! She just had to be one of the best Instagram hair celebs.

        [caption id="attachment_427" align="alignleft" width="150"]Photo from Instagram @lordemusic Photo from Instagram @lordemusic[/caption] Lorde She has a crown full thick, long waves. Lorde says she will never be a royal, but she has Instagram hair that’s fit for a queen.       [caption id="attachment_426" align="alignleft" width="150"]Photo from Instagram @selenagomez Photo from Instagram @selenagomez[/caption]

Selena Gomez

She is effortless in her appearance. We can’t get enough of those full, brown locks. Absolutely winner of best Instagram hair!

        [caption id="attachment_425" align="alignleft" width="150"]Photo from Instagram @jenniferlawrenc Photo from Instagram @jenniferlawrenc[/caption] Jennifer Lawrence The pixie cut is perfect! Enough said.        

Rita Ora

[caption id="attachment_430" align="alignright" width="150"]Photo from Instagram @ritaora Photo from Instagram @ritaora[/caption]

The hair is constantly changing on her IG, and we adore the consistency of gorgeousness!

   

Fashion Week Runway Hairstyles: FW 2014

on February 19, 2014

As the fashion weeks trudge on for the Fall/Winter 2014 Ready-to-wear collections, we have been fixated on the slick and sleek runway hairstyles that are recurring from catwalk to catwalk. As hair fanatics, we are excited to see these runway hairstyles cross over into the everyday. Effortless hair will always be here to stay, but we are ready for the pendulum to swing to structure. Slick and wet looks were typically reserved for men, but it’s time to feminize and shine. [caption id="attachment_404" align="alignleft" width="189"]Peter Pilotto FW 2014, photo from style.com Peter Pilotto FW 2014, photo from style.com[/caption]

Peter Pilotto

Side parts and shine created an understated, smooth hair story at Peter Pilotto. This runway hairstyle is perfect for keeping the focus on your amazingly clad figure.            

  [caption id="attachment_403" align="alignleft" width="218"]Zac Posen FW 2014, photo from style.com Zac Posen FW 2014, photo from style.com[/caption]

Zac Posen

Pin curls and ponytails were everpresent at Zac Posen’s FW 2014 RTW show. The 20’s are back with this runway hairstyle. The tightly coiled do’s created a contrast from the flow and movement of his signature gowns and matched impeccably with the structured shape of his tweed suits.             [caption id="attachment_402" align="alignleft" width="210"]Alexander Wang FW 2014, photo from style.com Alexander Wang FW 2014, photo from style.com[/caption]

Alexander Wang

The comb-over has gone from a midlife crisis indication to downtown cool.  Here, we can see gender ambiguity at it’s finest, and we are kind of loving it! The runway hairstyles of the Alexander Wang show will pack a punch for anyone who thinks a girl can’t be tough too.  

Find out why bad hair days occur with these bad hair day solutions

on November 19, 2013

Prevent bad hair days forever with these simple tips!  If hair is our crowning glory, then there’s simply no time for bad hair days. Yet everyone experiences them from time to time. These bad hair day solutions can help you turn that frown upside down.

Why do I have bad hair days?

Prevent bad hair days with regular hair cuts and Briogeo hair products. 1.    Hair needs cutting:  The need for a haircut leads to split ends and damage. It also causes hair to not style as easily, and to have little texture or shape. Aim for getting a trim every 6-8 weeks. 2.    Weather:  Humid weather conditions like rain and snow can cause hair to instantly become frizzy, puffy, and unruly. Use an umbrella, wear a hat, or keep a scarf handy at all times in case of a hair emergency. Use Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair to prevent bad hair days. 3.    Sweat:  Sweat from strenuous activity or heat causes hair to lose its style and feel dirty. Keeping hair pinned or tied back can help a lot to keep sweat away from your face. You can also try wearing a sweatband when working out to protect your strands. 4.    Dirt and oil:  Dirty or oily hair can create a bad hair day for anyone. It can make hair look and feel stiff and rigid, and that makes it hard to style.  We recommend shampooing with a sulfate-free cleanser, like Be Gentle, Be Kind, according to your shampooing regimen. 5.    Using the wrong products:  Using the wrong hair care products—like those not made for your specific hair type—can make your hairstyle less than perfect. The wrong ingredients can weigh hair down and make it look unclean.  

Tips to prevent bad hair days

There are plenty of ways to prevent bad hair days. Follow these simple tips and ideas to love your hair all the time!
  • Make sure you thoroughly wash your hair to get rid of dirt and oil – and so that your hair can optimally absorb your conditioner.
  • Deep condition your hair at least twice a month. Try using a hair mask such as Don't Despair, Repair.
  • Don’t overuse styling products. It’s always easier to add more, rather than trying to remove product from hair before styling.  Also,Get sexy tresses and prevent bad hair days with the Briogeo product line. make sure you read instruction labels on your styling products to ensure you’re using them the right way.
  • Make sure to rid brushing, combs, and hot styling tools of hair and product build up to keep hair shiny and clean.
  • Blow dry your hair starting at your roots first and then point the dryer away from the direction you want to style to avoid frizz. Set your style by blasting the cold air setting at the end of your blow dry to close the cuticle for a smooth finish.
  • Get your hair cut to work best with your hair texture and type.
  • Make sure you have enough time for styling. There’s nothing worse than feeling rushed when it comes to your hair.
  • Sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase at night to avoid messing up your style.
 

Cures for bad hair days

When you have no choice but to make a public appearance on a bad hair day, these styling tips can make a big difference:
  • Wear your hair in a ponytail or bun. It’s a fast and easy solution. When done right they can look elegant and stylish.Use hair accessories and Briogeo to prevent bad hair days.
  • Wear a headband or add some cute bows, flowers, or ribbons to draw attention away from your hair.  Even a cute hat or scarf can be a great way to disguise not-so-great hair.
  • Add some gel or serum to banish the appearance of frizz.
  • A cute side braid or a few little braids added to a quick updo or ponytail will make you look instantly put together.
  • Add some curls to liven up flat hair.
Everyone falls victim to a bad hair day every now and then. With the help of these tips and tricks you can now turn a hair disaster into a put-together, stylish look.  What are some tricks you use to prevent bad hair days?

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