Finally, no Frizz!

Finally, no Frizz!

I'm so excited to report that my hair has actually been looking good this time around in the Azores!

In the past few visits, my hair looked like it did when I was at my worst in 8th grade! Ahh!! Talk about a frizz halo! It was so discouraging.

The winter here in the Azores is their rainy season, and so being here my hair is basically in a constant state of that 'misty shower air' that I am always so careful to cover up with a shower cap in!

So, you can guess my cringe factor knowing I don't have control over my hair here - until now!

Priming Your Curls to Perfection

Priming Your Curls to Perfection

I am loving working with primers when I style my clients curls! I used to go straight for the styling products because I felt that the hold was diluted if I put a primer in first, but after attending the Art of Curl Class by Ouidad last month, I was re-inspired by styling and working with all the different products Ouidad has to offer.

Just How Important is Your Shampoo, Curly Girls?

Just How Important is Your Shampoo, Curly Girls?

I get this question from clients all the time. That, and which product is the most important to purchase? While it varies from person to person, my answer usually is that the conditioner and styling product you use is of primary concern. That was before I tried Ouidad's Nourishing Oil Shampoo (see below)! 

Highlighting Hair the Healthy Way {For Curly Girls + Stylists}

Highlighting Hair the Healthy Way {For Curly Girls + Stylists}

I'm all about keeping clients looking natural. I think what we are born with is beautiful just the way it is, but highlighting the hair accentuates it that much more - much like what being at the beach will do for you! So, I'm a big fan of creating dimensional looks in the hair using foiling techniques. Yes, balayage + hairpainting is all the rage now because of it's natural looking results, but I'll tell you why I still hold true to the foiling...

How to Embrace + Celebrate your Curls

How to Embrace + Celebrate your Curls

Last year I taught a Curly Hair Workshop ("Curls Night Out Event") where I work at Salon 700. I offer Curly Hair Styling Lessons to clients, but this is a group setting which offers so much more! We had such a fun time learning about each other's curls, how to care for them, embracing them, and celebrating them with simple tips and tricks! In today's post, I share what the curly girls experienced. 

Winter Hair (+ Scalp) Fix

Winter Hair (+ Scalp) Fix

Well, it's officially winter! I woke up to snow on the ground and all over my car this morning. That means the heat has been cranking inside, leaving my clients complaining about itchy, dry scalp, dry, limp hair, and tangles galore from scarfs and coats!

As a curly girl, I have been a devoted Ouidad Climate Control Gel user, which is the best frizz fighter out there - especially in heat and humidity! But this year, I started using Ouidad's Tress Fx gel on my curls, and I am blown away by the results!

Curly Cures: Why You Should Buy This for Your Curls

Curly Cures: Why You Should Buy This for Your Curls

Hi fellow curly girls!

So many of my curly clients are good about doing THE most important part of their curl care routine at home – the Deep Treatment, but many have all different kinds of excuses.

Some just forget, some don’t have time for it, some don’t have a blow dryer, some say they can’t be bothered with it.

I must reiterate the importance of why you can’t ignore this crucial step! Ouidad’s Deep Treatment is the foundation of her entire system! If your curls aren’t in proper condition, they won’t perform at their best..

Style Your Curls Quickly and Easily with this Approach {New Video!}

Hi Curly Girls!

I have a new video for you so you can embrace loving your curls! One of the most common concerns I hear from my clients in the salon is, "how am I ever going to be able to make my hair look like you do at home!" Do not fear my friends, you will become your own styling master in no time, and the best way is by scheduling a styling session with me!;)

The key is to have time and patience when you style your hair! If you don't put yourself first, what kind of outcome do you expect? You just have to carve out a little time, just like you do when you do any other self care routines, whether it's cooking for yourself, or meditating. Give yourself 15-30 minutes a couple times a week and you will be in good shape! You get whatever you put into it!

I created this version of the Ouidad Rake and Shake Styling technique for the client who just can't be bothered with trying to make her curls look as good as they can! Someone who may not be 'style savvy', or may be someone who runs every morning and sweats a lot, or someone who just can't be bothered with the steps it takes to make your curls look good.

Whatever the reason, there is a short cut, but short cuts aren't always the best way to go, even if they still get you there, right?!

This short cut will get you there, however. It will eliminate frizz, give your curls definition, and shine. The difference between this styling technique and the more thorough Rake and Shake is that it doesn't have lasting power, meaning it won't take you  3/4 days before you have to re wet and re style again. It will also give you a more expanded look because you aren't defining your curls right from the root, the way we do when we work off the 5 sections that shape the round of your head.

But, as long as you are thoroughly saturating your hair with product, you are still better off than not, and are one step away from the finesse of the real deal Rake and Shake. So maybe you adopt this style as your everyday run out the door look, and save the real deal for special occasions? Whatever it may be, this is a good tool for your tool box so you can embrace your curls quickly and easily!

I hope you enjoy the video and please feel free to share your comments or questions below!

You Go, Curl! ;)

Refine Your Curls with this Tip {Video How-To}

Hi there Curlies! I have a tip for you in today's video. It's a naughty no-no for our delicate curls, but it helps me feel polished and a little more 'done' in times of a special occasion / event (just in time for the Fourth anyone!?), or, in this instance, when nothing I do looks good in this humidity!! Can you say it's time for a deep treatment maybe!!??

Here are my selfies from the final look:

Curls
Curls
Curls
Curls
Curls
Curls

Good luck and let me know how you do and whether you like it! Stay tuned for more styling videos. Til then, you can check out my previous ones on my youtube channel.

Happy Fourth of July!!

Ciao Curlies!

Hair: Humid Hair Help for Curly Girls!

Holy Humid Hair Hideousness this past week! What was up with the moisture in the air on the Cape? It's May, not July, weather!

This humidity wasn't like the heavy blanket we get in the dead of summer, oh no, it was more like the 'marine layer' we used to get when I lived in L.A. ~ just severe moisture build up and fog, which is essentially like standing in a steam room just cringing, waiting and knowing that your hair is growing and unbelievably frizzy.

The reason why, is that the moisture breaks up the styling product in our hair leaving us without any control! EEk! Obviously, doing Deep Treatments helps combat this, and is the key and foundation to your curls performing at their best, but sometimes there's just no hope in these situations...

My hair looked like something I've never seen before (pictured above) ~ all of my baby hairs coiled up around my face and the long curls basically looked like dreads. I couldn't do a single thing with it! I wore it in a high pony but that just made me look like I did in my worst days of high school horror! So, when my boyfriend asked if I wanted to go out to dinner, I said, "I can't go anywhere looking like this!" (Which is obviously absurd behavior to anyone else who doesn't have curly hair.)

I sometimes refine my curls with a curling iron in situations like these (shhh, don't tell Ouidad) which I will show you in a future video someday soon, but this time I relied on my 'do I used while in the caribbean this past winter.

curly bun

It's super easy and can look quite polished, trendy, cool, or edgy depending on how you spin it. It's really just a bun, but a curly bun is always cooler! The key is the deep side part!

*Here's why: The only hope for our hair is the hair that hasn't been exposed on the outer most layer. We gotta dig into the interior of the hair and pull that over (much like a bad comb over on a bald man) the frizz, to let that come forward ;).*

How to (Please pardon the appearance;)

curly side part

Take your side part starting at the middle of one of your eyebrows and draw a line straight back. Now, part your hair. You've just created a new part with the underlying hair on top of the frizzy stuff.

Here is one of the only times you will comb your curls with your fingers, pulling and smoothing it into a low ponytail.

curly pony

You can rock it a little to the side at this point, and kind of pull on the crown area to give it a little bump and edge, and let the pony come over your shoulder. You could even braid it into a boho style, or you can make it look like a textured bun like I did.

curly bun

Just coil the pony around the hair elastic and pin with bobby pins to secure. You can finish it more so by smoothing some pomade or serum over the surface to lock down that halo of frizz! Ouidad's clear control pomade or frizz fighting spray work great!

The cool thing about curly hair is that all the texture that's in there looks like a set that a straight girl would have to work hours to achieve with a blow dryer and curling iron. This look literally takes about 1 minute.

Put on some bold earrings and doll up those eyes, and you're good to go. I'm sure I'll be relying on this one a lot this summer, and I hope this helps you too!

For more Curly Girl Cures, click here.

You go Curl!

KATE-SIGNATURE

 

Hair: Refresh Your Curls { 2 videos ~ including post yoga hair}

One of the biggest questions I get from my Curly girls, is how to get as many days out of your curly style. For me, I can get a good 5-7 days (just don't get too close to smelling my scalp towards the end;). I have lots of little 'preserving' tips for curls that I want to share with you when your days call for running, getting your yoga on, humid weather, etc., or basically anything that starts to get in the way of you and your styling armor!

First things first, you MUST master the Rake and Shake styling...that's what's going to get you the long lasting results that you desire! I also suggest diffusing the hair initially, because the heat locks in the set that much better!

Secondly, make sure you're sleeping and showering correctly.

To refresh, check out the top video, where I talk about 3 different ways you can spruce up your curls, whether you need to encourage the curl pattern and just reactivate your gel, or whether you need to add a little shine, or whether you need to modify your curl pattern set with a little water and gel action.

To reduce frizz / risk losing your curly style, make sure you control your sweat sesh in your yoga class, or when you run or work out, by checking out this crazy video of me post yoga class in the bathroom at my yoga studio ;). I reduce the sweat (which would wet my hair and break up my gel) by keeping my hair 'contained' in a bun with a wide headband around the hairline, and then I shake it out and apply the above tips if need be.

I hope you find these tips helpful! Please feel free to share your curly cures in the comments below!

Ciao Curlies!

Hair Help: Understanding your Curl Patterns

Hey Curlies,

I wanted to share with you my little project I did last week. Usually I have my friend, mentor, Creative Director and Lead Stylist of the Ouidad Flagship Salon in Los Angeles do this for me, but what's a girl to do when the humidity gets crazy in Beantown and Morgan is on the other coast? The service is exclusive to the Ouidad Flagships, so I guess I could've gone to the NYC location, but I specialized in the Ouidad Softening treatment myself when I worked at Ouidad Salon in L.A., so might as well take matters into my own hands, right?

In this video, I chat with you about curl patterns, and why the Ouidad Softening treatment can be a useful tool for targeting unwanted frizz and excess curl. It turned out to be very easy to do on myself, but maybe just a little awkward to try and film for you, as I was standing in my bathroom with just a towel on to avoid any staining of my clothes (sorry for the bare shoulders, and a few sloppy filming angles).

As a Curl Expert of the Ouidad education team, I have 'trained the trainer's at Sephora and have certified Salons educating them about the differences in curl patterns.

What many people don't realize, is that while there are different curl patterns out there, all of those patterns can easily show up on one head!

Different types of Curl patterns are:

tight curls
tight curls
tight curls
tight curls

(the underneath section is my tight area)

Tight Curls: tightly wound, cork screw curls

classic curls
classic curls

(the top horseshoe area of my hair is considered 'classic')

Classic Curls: curls that start forming about 1/2in to 1in away from scalp.

kinky curls
kinky curls
kinky curls
kinky curls

(my hairline is kinky)

Kinky Curls: z-pattern

Wavy Curls: a soft s-shape that bends down the hair shaft. (not found on my head)

Loose Curls: curls that start forming about 2-3inch away from scalp (not found on my head)

By 'softening' my unwanted/unmanageable curly spots, I am gently stretching the curl pattern so I achieve a smoother, softer look. The Ouidad Softening service is a gentle form of a relaxer, keeping the integrity of the hair in tact, while restructuring the curl pattern. I first started doing this treatment when I started working for the company, and I finally fell in love with my curls! (there were just a couple spots that gave me a really hard time). By stretching out the underneath layer, I was able to achieve that length that I'd always dreamed of, and by smoothing out the hairline, I have been able to tame that frizz that always gave me a hard time. I really only need to soften once, maybe twice, a year.

There is so much to learn about how to target and treat your curl patterns, so go to Ouidad.com and take the curl profiler quiz, or if you're in the MASS area, come see me for a little curly hair care!

Hope you enjoy the video and now have a better understanding of curl patterns and how you can have the curl of your dreams!

Hair Help: Transitioning from Straight to Curly

straight hair (this is me wearing the hair straight after a blowout last year)

I have this conversation often with first timer's in my chair! The curly clients are always the most guarded, most sensitive, most skeptical. They either finally come in after hearing about me or my curly services months or even years ago, or they come in on a whim after seeing a fellow curly on the street looking fab, raving about how it is a 'life changing experience' and ohmygosh they book straight away!

Either way, they don't know what they're in for, but there is lots of work to be done psychologically between us. The consultation is the most important part of what I do and so it is SO important for me to really listen to my client's frustrations, wants, needs, likes and dislikes. I know, because I was once a curly client myself, so I try to really come down to their level, knowing that in my own past experiences, the stylist had their best interests at heart, not mine.

So it begins...we consult, I pull and push and try to drag out everything I can. They have huge walls up! But when we're finished, they truly are over joyed. I can't over promise that this will always be the case (some people are just not happy on the inside, so anything done on the outside will just be temporary) but more often than not, they are officially part of the 'curly club'.

Many clients have been getting keratin treatments or blow drying and flat ironing before they come to me trying to embrace their curls. This is happening a lot right now because of the humidity we're having on Cape Cod. They feel it's time to let their curls come out, but they don't know what that really entails ~ It really involves getting comfortable with seeing yourself with curly hair!!!

Most people feel they look bigger (face is fuller, head is wider, overall body is bigger) when they wear their hair curly. Can I just tell you, it's a law of proportion that you actually probably look smaller when you wear your hair fuller because the contrast of fullness around your face, frames it to make your face appear slimmer....meditate on that for a second!

The other problem is that most curlies are used to running their fingers through their straightened hair, so when they start handling their curls, they are playing with it too much creating frizz and flyaways. Keep the hands out of the hair ladies!

The big problem ~ they don't realize that you actually have to take the time to STYLE it. I always tell my clients that we do not wash and go like we'd all love to...you have to take at least 5 minutes to position your hair by doing the ouidad rake and shake styling, or some version thereof.

If you were to wear your hair straight, you would take the time to use a blow dryer and a brush and possibly a hot tool afterwards, right? Well what if you thought you could get the same results by just flipping your hair upside down and drying it with your hands? Obviously, it wouldn't come out the same...That's essentially the same result you would get if you didn't take the time to position your curls by raking and shaking...invest a little time initially, and you will get a few days out of it. Watch the videos here.

I always tell my clients, transitioning from straight to curly requires an acquired comfort level of seeing yourself as a new version of you in the mirror. I personally have about a week's worth of adjustment time when I wear my hair straight for an impromptu blow out and then go back to curly...but I always prefer being curly once I'm back! *Note: always do a deep treatment after wearing it straight and attempting to style it curly*

You just don't get the same compliments and attention being straight! Curly is cool! Curly is fun! Curly is youthful! So own it! It's what you were born with, so embrace your true essence and realize that your little curly soul is sensitive and you just need somebody to hold your hand through the process...watch my videos or come see me for a little TLC or a styling lesson.

Ciao Curlies!

KATE-SIGNATURE