Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May Day Mayday! How to Fight the Frizzies & Create 5 Stunning Spring Hair Looks

Poodles look adorable with powder puff hair. However, if you're not a canine, frizzy strands can fizzle your plans.

Troubled tresses happen for a number of reasons. Dry hair, which occurs from sun exposure, humidity, excessive shampooing or improper maintenance, sucks up moisture in the air and causes strands to expand. Breakages and split ends from damaged locks also create unflattering frizzies. Plus, if you use a hair spray with a high alcohol content, it can swell the cuticle (the outermost layer of the shaft) and cause puffiness.

No need to fret over fly-aways. Aim to tame them by keeping dry hair brushing and processing procedures to a minimum. Frizzies and frays also respond well to the right leave-in treatments, smoothing serums, thermal/sun protectors and styling tools. 

Today marks May Day. So, in honor of the annual celebration of spring, we present the latest hair trends and products that will help you avoid an emergency mayday moment with your hair.

Photo by Tom Sorensen
Emma Stone: Shoulder swept locks with bangs.

Photo by JJ Duncan
Nina Dobrev: Long, straight strands parted in the middle.

Photo by Georges Biard
Karolina Kurkova: Tight curls with side part. 

Photo by Tom Sorensen
Amanda Seyfried: Messy side braid.

Photo by Neon Tommy
Cher Lloyd: Long, soft waves.

SHINE: Affinage Indigo Smoothie. BEAUTY: This thermal protector minimizes heat damage from styling tools and sun exposure, and helps repair split ends. BEACON: Supports The Alternative Hair Charitable Foundation.

SHINE: Belson Products Brazilian Heat After Dark Ionic 1900 Watt Professional Dryer. BEAUTY: Titanium-infused outlet grille eliminates static while the diffuser attachment helps curly hair achieve more smoothness and control. BEACON: The parent company, Helen of Troy, supports the American Cancer Society, Cookies for Kids' Cancer and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

SHINE: Conair Bamboo Carbon Ceramic Heat Flat Iron. BEAUTY: Nano bamboo carbon ceramic-coated plates promote shine and ant-frizz protection. BEACON: Supports American Red Cross, American Ballet Theatre and National Dance Institute.

SHINE: Davines OI/Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion. BEAUTY: This leave-in treatment/styling oil prompts restructuring and an anti-frizz effect for softer and stronger strands. BEACON: No animal testing.

SHINE: Hamadi Organics Shea Spray De-Frizzing Sun Protector. BEAUTY: Aloe vera leaf powder, avocado oil and shea butter extract shield and strengthen strands to encourage smoothness. BEACONEcocert certified and no animal testing. Biodegradable, and contains no fragrances or colorants.

SHINE: Jane Carter Solution Incredible Curls. BEAUTY: This leave-in conditioning/styling product keeps fly-aways at bay for wavy and textured hair with shea butter, vitamin E, and jojoba seed and avocado oils. BEACON: Supports Women For Women.

SHINE: Redken Smooth Lock Butter Silk. BEAUTY: This rinse-out treatment utilizes sweet almond oil to nourish and help minimize unruly hair. BEACONParent company L’Oréal partners with UNESCO to support For Women In Science.

SHINE: Unilever TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Smoothing Serum and Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray. BEAUTY: The serum seals in smoothness while the spray shields strands from heat styling. BEACON: The Unilever Foundation supports Oxfam, Population Services International, Save the Children, UNICEF and the World Food Programme

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