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The TSA compromised everyone’s travel beauty regimen with super-strict rules about carry-on liquids. No one wants flat hair or dull skin on vacation, but transferring products from normal bottles to tiny containers can be a complete mess.
Two friends, who met working together, bonded over their travel woes and sought a way to solve their beauty travel issues. The result is 3floz.com, which offers an enormous selection of TSA-friendly beauty products and toiletries.
The Curly Hair Kit at 3floz.com
With an array of categories like anti-aging, masks, hair care and even an expansive $10 and section under you can find any product you would ever need on holiday. 3floz.com also carries all great brands like Herban Essentials, Molton Brown and Ahava.
For some really easy one click shopping, check out the kits available. You can find a complete set of hair and face products to cover all your needs during your trip. The Curly Hair Kit is perfect for keeping your curls under control on the road and includes Alterna shampoo and conditioner, Blow Mane Tame Pomade and Jonathan Spray Dirt Hairspray, all fit for your flight!
You don’t need to be traveling to pick up some products from 3floz.com. It is a great way to test products your curious about without having to splurge!
Being a curly girl can be a bit of a challenge. Heat and humidity are your worst enemies, and defining your curls can be harder than defining a relationship. Thankfully there are other curly girls out there who feel your pain and want to share their wisdom.
Naturally Curly Creators Gretchen Heber and Michelle Breyer
Curly gals Michelle Breyer and Gretchen Heber took their wisdom to the Web and created the website NaturallyCurly.com. Naturally Curly “informs, empowers and unites a community of people brought together by one common interest-curly hair.”
The site covers curly types from wavy to kinky and all the variations in between. Some of Naturally Curly’s highlights are its salon finder, celebrity looks and the best products for curly hair. The ladies of Naturally Curly were kind enough to send me some of their favorite product to try on my Type 2 wavy hair.
Darcy’s Botanicals Organic Coconut and Hibiscus Hair Conditioning Oil ($10) is a breath of fresh and great-smelling air for your curly hair. Although it may look more appropriate on an Italian dinner table, this unique oil is a nourishing, natural and organic formula for hair of all types. But it is particularly helpful to curly girls with tangled curls. The oil also encourages hair growth and produces a beautiful, natural glow.
Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Shampoo ($9.98) is an all-natural way to rehydrate and rejuvenate dry locks. With aloe, the ultimate moisturizer and Rose Mosqueta Oil a powerful nutrient, this shampoo is perfect for replenishing brittle curls, giving them their bounce back.
CURLS Quenched Curls Moisturizer ($16; see our previous review here) gives your curls a daily dose of moisture to revive their natural beauty. This serum also works as a great prep for styling your curls.
Hair expert Ouidad, the “Queen of Curls,” answers burning curly questions on the Naturally Curly site and owns her own salons and a line of curly hair products. One of Ouidad’s best products for curl care is Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel. Every curly girl dreads a hot and humid day, but Ouidad has developed the best defense against unwanted moisture. Heat-activated Wheat Protein in this gel has a shielding effect on this hair, preventing strands from expanding. Finally, there is a way to say bye to frizz and flyways for good.
Reviews by Naturally Curly’s professionals and users of all these products are available on the site. Salon Reviews and articles are also featured. Naturally Curly is your serious one-stop spot for everything curly.
The weather at the end of summer can be summed up in three words — hot, sticky and humid. While this makes for wonderful beach and pool days, it also wreaks havoc on wavy or curly hair, which tends to already be on the dry side. And those measures you were taking to cool off are only making things worse. Combine the pool’s taxing chlorine compounds, drying sea salt, and damaging sun rays with your everyday styling routine, and it’s the ultimate recipe for fried-out, lackluster locks.
CURLS hair care
As the creator of natural/organic hair care line CURLS, Mahisha Dellinger knows a thing or two about taming your tresses. Her line is specially formulated for multi-ethnic hair types ranging from loose waves to extremely tight curls. As wavy-haired women ourselves, we tested out two of her “cocktails” to calm our curls — the Quenched Curls Moisturizer and Curls Milkshake — and we were blown away. In fact, we reveled in all of the compliments thrown our way throughout the day (as beauty bloggers, this is a true testament, since family, friends and coworkers are used to seeing us try new products).
Quench your own curls with Mahisha’s end-of-summer hair care tips, and even better, check out her recipe for an At-Home Milk & Honey Tress Smoothie Treatment to bring those dull tresses back to life!
End-of-Summer Hair Care Tips from Mahisha Dellinger
1. Before entering any body of water, drench your hair with water and apply a coat of conditioner to protect and coat the hair. Try an At-Home Milk & Honey Tress Smoothie (see recipe below). Made from pure coconut milk, avocado, olive oil and honey, this delectable delight will fill up the gaps in your hair shaft and act as a barrier from the chlorinated water.
Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo gently removes build-up
2. Immediately after swimming in chlorinated or salt water, purify your curls with a clarifying shampoo. CURLS Pure Curls Clarifying Shampoo was formulated to rid the hair of these curl killing chemicals. It is the ideal summer cleanser to gently, and effectively remove chlorine. Pineapple extract nourishes as grapefruit extract adds sheen while removing buildup from unwanted chemicals. Follow up with a deep conditioner.
3. Over-shampooing and under-conditioning are common culprits to dry and frizzy hair…especially in the summer months. Shampooing more than 1x a week is not recommended on naturally curly hair. On “shampoo-less” days, simply do a conditioning rinse — rinse hair to remove styling products (this is when using the right products that are water soluble come in). Apply an ample amount of your favorite conditioner, comb through, rinse and proceed with styling. Doing so will pump much needed moisture back into your hair without stripping away essential nutrients, rinse away unnecessary dirt and oil, and give you a fresh, clean start.
4. Avoid products that contain synthetic oils such as mineral and/or petrolatum oil, as they sit on the hair, blocking out moisture further dehydrating your hair. Also avoid products that contain drying alcohol, such as hair spray, mousse and some gels. Instead, opt for curl creams and lotions.
5. Pay special attention to the ends of your hair; after all, they are the oldest part of the hair. Mix a bit of a conditioner with a natural oil, apply and comb through ends; leave in for extra protection.
6. Hydrate curls DAILY…this is very important! Quenched Curls Moisturizer is excellent as it softens the hair, eases comb ability, moisturizes and conditions, preps it for the next step, and leaves a little goodness behind. This product can be used daily under any styling product you use. Consider this “underwear for your hair.” It is a great “2nd day hair” reviver as it tames “bed head.”
1 can of pure coconut milk (rich moisturizer – hydrates, conditions and de-frizzes hair)
1 ripe avocado (natural source of protein – chlorine robs the hair of protein)
2 tablespoons of pure honey (conditions and adds sheen)
2 tablespoons of olive oil (hydrophobic oil acts as a barrier to chlorine and salt water)
Add ingredients to blender. Mix at high speed until your concoction reaches a smoothie consistency. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. You can warm up your hair smoothie in the microwave before next application.
Instructions for Use:
Section hair into 4 segments.
Generously apply evenly to hair, from root to ends concentrating on ends…as they are the most prone to damage.
Smooth hair into a protective style (e.g. braided ponytail, or bun).
Enjoy your day at the pool, lake, or ocean!
Photo Credits: Cover Image – Juan Hurtado;Product images courtesy of CURLS; Blender image – Mark Anderson
All you girls with curly locks know how tricky it can be to keep them under control. Instead of lifting and separating (your curls that is), many gels and curl-control products leave your mane crunchy, flat and resembling something of a rat’s nest. And God forbid any humidity is in the air – your hair will puff up into an afro of sorts.
We are here to bring tidings of joy and good news to our curly sisters. All hail göt2b Styl-tini Strong One. Strong One is a 24 hour power grip spray gel that claims to control, texturize and shine. In two easy steps (spray onto damp hair and scrunch) you can have perfectly coiffed curls that won’t sag over the day. We also love that Strong One doesn’t have a weird smell like some products (especially gels). If anything, our hair smelled cleaner after applying Strong One, which is always a plus.
This dog needs a Strong One
There is a little crunch to your curls once your hair first starts to dry, but just give your hair a second scrunch and the crunch disappears. The bottle claims that Strong One can be sprayed onto dry hair for touch-ups, but we wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. When applied to dry hair, Strong One seems to make your locks a little dry and frizzy. It also adds a little crunch to already dry hair that is harder to get rid of than when applied to damp hair. So just make sure you use Strong One after you towel-dry your hair, and you will be good to go for the rest of the day.
We highly recommend all you curly ladies rush out to your local drug store ASAP and pick up a bottle of Strong One (retails for $5.99). Your newly perky curls will thank you.
All my curly ladies – put your hands up! (Beyoncé is on repeat at the moment). So the other day I went into detail about low maintenance hair styles (á la J. Aniston), but today I actually put some effort into my morning routine and straightened my hair.
As many of you might know, I have some seriously curly locks, so not only do I need a magical straightener, but I need magical products, which is why I adore ARROJO’s Frizz Control. Created by TLC’s What Not To Wear hairstylist Nick Arrojo, this is a multi-purpose cream can be used to scrunch/hold curls while eliminating frizz and controlling curly textures OR can be used to help create a smooth, shiny and sleek straight style (check out the alliteration folks, that is pure talent).
This morning I came into the office (well into my first latte) and was again complimented on how good my hair looks. I don’t know if you can tell by now – but I’m a sucker for compliments. ARROJO’sFrizz Control helps keep my frizz to a minimum AND it also kept my hair super straight all day long and even into the next morning.
So for those of you who struggle with curly hair, this has my recommendation as a must-try!