As much as we love fast fashion and popular style from the Zaras and Bloomingdales of the world, sometimes we just want a beautiful, totally unique piece from an adorable boutique. Enter Shoptiques, an e-commerce site that allows you to shop local stores in the U.S. and Paris. This week, Tracey Wallace—Shoptique’s Director of Content—is giving us the lowdown on the best shops and how to pick standout pieces that play up your individual style.
Naturally curly hair isn’t something to hide, much less straighten. Curly hair is an essential part of who you are and what makes you, you. Instead of letting the grass look greener on the straighter side of hair care, learn a few easy tricks to make your hair healthier, shinier, and frizz-free from here on out.
1) Say no to shampoo. Shampoos contain sulfates which create the lather. While the lather may help you to feel clean, the truth is that those sulfates are drying out your hair and scalp. Put the sulfates to rest and look for brands that contain zero sulfates. Any product containing an ingredient that ends in “ate” is a good indicator that you don’t want to use it.
2) Once you put down the traditional shampoo for good, start utilizing your conditioner to clean your hair. Many conditioners contain the same cleansing ingredients as shampoos, sans the sulfates, and will do just as good of a job as making sure your hair is clean. The trick is in the application. Spread the conditioner evenly over your hair and then, section-by-section, run your fingers through your hair as if you’re brushing it. This will ensure that you clean your hair from root to end.
3) Stop towel drying your hair with a terry cloth towel. Terry cloth towels soak moisture out of your hair and pull at tangles, creating a frizzy mess. Instead, use a microfiber towel or a cotton T-shirt that you have laying around. These will give you the same affect as a terry cloth towel, but will decrease frizz by locking in moisture.