If you are tired of spending hours in the bathroom using a variety of products to dry and style your hair and want to re-create the salon-quality blowout you have been unsuccessfully attempting at home for years, a hair dryer brush could be the solution you never knew you needed. Hair dryer brushes effectively style and dry your hair at once, combining the power of a round brush and hair dryer in one tool. The bristles allow you to de-tangle your hair, and the heat settings allow for flexible styling options.
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For smaller messes, a good handheld vacuum provides quick cleaning without a lot of heavy lifting and without hogging precious storage space. With handheld vacuums, you might even consider more than one as they don't just tackle messes inside your home: stash one in the garage to keep a workshop, garden bench and your car clean, too.
If your bathroom is littered with hot tools and styling products, listen up. A lot of hair faux pas can be pretty obvious, but some of our healthiest hair habits - like getting regular trims and using dry shampoo instead of water washing - can have disastrous results if not done properly, both short and long term. "People often don't know that when our hair is wet it is elastic, making it able to stretch and weaken much more easily," says celebrity stylist Justine Marjan.
Before spending the past 12 months embracing my natural hair texture, I was a silk-press queen. I’ve spent years perfecting the right recipe of products and hot tools to smooth my curls into bouncy, bone-straight strands. Living Proof makes some of my favorite products for keeping my hair sleek during straight days, so it follows that I’d buy into the hype surrounding the brand’s new curl-friendly collection immediately, right? Not so much. Despite running through cans of Living Proof’s No Frizz Humidity Shield and Flex Hairspray (both of which are excellent for curling with hot tools, by the way), I was skeptical that the line catered to women with natural hair would actually work as well the products tailored to straight styles. Anyone with natural hair will tell you that curly hair products are not one-size-fits-all, and finding the right routine for you can be a process of trial and error. Still, I was curious to see how the Living Proof Curl Collection held up, so when my wash day came around, I opened the shampoo and conditioner and got to work, working each product through my wet hair and detangling with a brush. Right away, I loved the shampoo, which created enough lather to make me feel clean but still left the curls in between my fingers feeling soft and defined. The conditioner wasn’t my favorite — while the formula felt hydrating and thick enough for my hair, I found myself more frustrated trying to get the conditioner out of the squeeze bottle. That said, I wasn’t turned off or disappointed with how my hair felt post-shower, so things were looking up. I knew the real test was styling. The Living Proof collection includes various products, some catered to loose waves and others more fitting for tight coils. I was intrigued by the Curl Elongator, which claims to beat shrinkage — a bold claim, if you ask me. Still, I was ready to see how it worked on my cropped ‘fro. Section by section, I dampened my hair with water from a spray bottle before raking the product through with my fingers, a technique I learned from my hairstylist Candace Witherspoon. I was immediately impressed with the feel of the cream; it was smooth, milky, and slightly tacky. As I worked the product through, I felt like it gripped and clumped my curls nicely, taking all the busy work out of finger coiling and detangling. Halfway through my process, my curls were popping, and I was excited to see how they looked once dried. I continued through the rest of my hair. Would I say my hair looked or felt longer? Not necessarily. But the cream defined my coils so beautifully, shrinkage was the least of my concerns. Once all of my hair was coated, I applied two pumps of the Defining Gel and carefully scrunched. I dried my hair with my diffuser on high heat, trying to minimize touching my curls until they were 80% dry. Then, I flipped my head over to complete the process and add some volume. My hair was dried, and I was left with super-defined, soft, shiny curls with no flakes in sight. I used my Afro pick to fluff them up. To call the Elongator Cream good is an understatement: It’s great, IMHO. It gave me the definition and texture that I’d usually achieve after using three or four products in one sitting, therefore cutting my process in half. I will say that my curls shrunk less than usual, but also keep in mind that my curls are tight and short, so some shrinkage is inevitable (hey, I say embrace it). Since my first run with these products, I’ve gone through almost an entire jar. Now, my only gripe is what I’m going to do when I officially run out. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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If your ends are starting to fray, your color is looking dull, or your curls are looking limp, then it's time to call on the big guns: hair masks and intensive treatments. Think of hair masks as a much more concentrated version of conditioner that aims to address whatever your hair woe might be, whether that's a lack of moisture, an overabundance of heat tools, greasy roots, saggy curls, brittle ends, or faded highlights. "Hair masks are a great way to get the condition back, whether you're suffering from loss of moisture or lots of damage from over-styling," London-based hairstylist Lewis Pallett told POPSUGAR.
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Many have written love letters to their shampoo, conditioner and hair oil, so I wasn’t surprised to see their newest product receiving the same praise. Introducing the No.8 Bond Intensive Moisture Mask: the first hair mask in their collection that promises shine, smoothness and overall moisture (aka three of my favorite things). Given that I’m always looking for a good hair mask, this was the perfect opportunity to try the popular brand and bring some life back to my curls.
In 2019, California became the first state to pass The CROWN Act to make natural hair discrimination illegal. Since then, the bill has gained much-needed momentum, and numerous state legislations are following suit. Now, Tennessee is the latest state to put The CROWN Act in motion. State senators unanimously passed the bill, which stands for Creating an Open and Respectful World with No Racism, with a vote of 28-0. The bill will now go to the Tennessee House of Representatives for a vote. Under the proposed law, employers and schools will be prohibited from discriminating against Black people who choose to wear their hair naturally or in protective styles. Senator Raumesh Akbari led the charge and celebrated the vote on Instagram. “My mom is known as ‘The Hair Doctor,’ and growing up, I saw so many people find dignity & self-respect in being able to wear their hair naturally,” Senator Akbari shared. “No one should be shamed or denied opportunities because of their natural hair, and that’s what the #CROWNAct is all about.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Raumesh Akbari (@raumeshakbari) Tennessee isn’t the only Southern state making strides to end hair-based discrimination. In July 2020, Virginia became the first Southern state to make The CROWN Act law. Louisiana State Senate also passed The CROWN Act on May 3, moving the bill to the House for deliberation. Louisiana Senator Troy Carter, who championed the bill, shared that he hopes the House passes it “quickly.” According to local news, the bill will go into effect if passed by the House on August 1. The CROWN Act should be up for very little debate: Black people have been subject to discrimination, bias, harassment, and even death — far too many times — on the basis of physical appearance. Implementing The CROWN Act across the United States is a step in the right direction to creating a safer, more equitable world for Black people, and we’re looking forward to seeing more states get on board. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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