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For a healthy style, try a braid-out

February 21, 2012 -- Urban Salon Finder

A braid-out is a great way to add waves to straight hair or stretch and lengthen curly hair without using a heated styling tool, such as a curling iron or crimper.  A braid-out is a healthful style choice for your hair, and it is easy to do.  First, wash and condition your hair.  Second, part your hair into sections (four sections will usually suffice, but you may want more depending on your preference--the smaller the braid, the tighter the wave pattern will be).  Third, gently comb each section and then braid it.  If your hair is prone to frizz, you may want to add a small amount of styling gel to each section before braiding.  Remember not to braid your hair too tightly--you do not want to have any tension near the scalp.  For the safest and healthiest option, let your hair air-dry (time will vary depending on climate and hair texture, but thick hair usually takes at least 12 hours).  If you don't have time to let your hair air dry, you can use a blow-dryer with a diffuser or a hood dryer (time will vary depending on texture, but thick hair usually takes at least 60 to 90 minutes).  After your hair is completely dry, unbraid each section and let the styling fun begin.  Results will vary depending on texture, but you should have some luscious waves to work with--the possibilities are endless.

For a healthy style, try a two-strand twist set

August 21, 2012 -- Urban Salon Finder

A two-strand twist set is a healthy style choice for your hair.  Compared to a braid-out, it is easier to do, dries more quickly and is more gentle on the hair.  Unfortunately, the twists can come undone during rigorous activities or if you are a rough sleeper, so the braid-out may be a better choice for some.  To do, first wash and condition your hair.  Second, part your hair into sections (eight sections--four in the front and four in the back-- will usually suffice, but you may want more depending on your preference--the smaller the twist, the tighter the wave pattern will be).  Third, gently comb each section, separate it into two parts or strands and then twist.  If your hair is prone to frizz, you may want to add a small amount of styling gel to each section before twisting.  Remember not to twist your hair too tightly--you do not want to have any tension near the scalp.  For the safest and healthiest option, let your hair air-dry (time will vary depending on texture, but thick hair usually takes at least 8 hours).  If you don't have time to let your hair air-dry, you can use a blow-dryer with a diffuser or a hood dryer (time will vary depending on texture, but thick hair can take about 45 to 60 minutes).  After your hair is completely dry, untwist each section.  A two-strand twist set is a great way to add waves to straight hair or stretch and lengthen curly hair without using a heated styling tool, such as a curling iron or crimper.  Results will vary depending on texture, but you should have some luscious waves to work with--the possibilities are endless.

How to deep condition your hair

March 21, 2012 -- Urban Salon Finder

It is important to deep condition your hair once in awhile to keep it healthy, beautiful, and to help prevent future damage.  If your hair is dry or over-processed, deep conditioning can replenish the hair strength and moisturize.  To deep condition hair, apply a protein enriched conditioner from the roots to the ends.  Next, cover your hair with a plastic cap or plastic wrap and sit under a hood dryer for at least 20 to 30 minutes and then rinse your hair.  Heat is needed to help the conditioner penetrate the cuticle layers more efficiently.  For optimum health, deep condition your hair one to two times a month.