Buying the right products—moisturizing shampoo,
leave-in conditioner and styling aids that control frizz—is
the secret to curvaceous curls.
Actress Amelia Marshall can lay claim to the
cutest corkscrew curls on television.
The 46-year-old actress, who stars as Liz Sanbourne
on NBC’s popular daytime drama Passions, had assumed her
hair—and her age—would work against her when she auditioned
for the coveted part. Most soap opera stars are twentysomething
blondes, reasoned the 5’5” beauty from Albany, Georgia,
whose brown hair, eyes and skin didn’t fit the profile.
But Amelia wowed producers and, since 2001, has
been making life miserable for her fictional family in the ironically
named town of Harmony, a picturesque New England community where
Passions run high.
"Some days, laughter is the only thing I
have,” Amelia told Soap Opera Digest last year. “There
are days that I have such hateful things to say that if I don't
laugh about it, I'm lost."
While Passions denizens dabble in intrigue, dirty
deeds and the supernatural, the only supernatural thing about
this former Broadway dancer (Cats, West Side Story, Big Deal)
is her magnificent mane of curls, styled with glamorous precision.
Amelia can wear them loose or upswept, tamed by a bejeweled headband.
She handily pulls off this style because her hair is thick, coarse
and super-curly, but a lot depends on selecting the right styling
To create Amelia’s look, you’ll need
to use curl-enhancing shampoo, conditioner and styling aids that
control frizz. Keep in mind that all shampoos are not created
equal, and coarse, thick, curly hair requires a moisturizing shampoo
that won’t strip hair of natural oils or leave a residue.
Avoid all-in-one shampoos, which never live up to their claims.
You may think you know how to shampoo—after
all, you’ve been doing it forever—but curly hair requires
- Choose one hair-care line that offers all of the products
you need so you can avoid mixing and matching brands. Products
from the same line are designed to work in concert, with conditioner
that augments the shampoo’s role, and styling products
that build on the conditioner’s results. One of the newer
product lines for curly hair is Catwalk “Curls Rock,”
which has been appearing with increasing frequency at salons
and beauty-supply stores. Manufactured by TIGI, the orange-berry–scented
shampoo, conditioner and leave-in moisturizer are designed to
define, detangle and defrizz.
- If you don’t already own one, buy a handheld showerhead
attachment. Instead of standing under the showerhead and letting
water rain down upon you, use the attachment for greater control,
its variable settings, and the ability to reach all parts of
your scalp so you can eliminate loose skin flakes and dust deposits.
- On shampoo day: Begin by gently detangling your hair with
your fingers. Do not use a brush or comb—a curl’s
- Thoroughly saturate the hair and scalp with warm—never
hot—water. Apply shampoo. Don’t pour it directly
from the bottle onto your hair. Instead, place a small amount
(the size of a quarter) in one hand, and rub it between your
palms. Work it into your scalp and then downward, to coat strands
of hair. If you require more lather, add water—not shampoo.
- Don’t commit a common mistake: rubbing shampoo into
your hair and scalp in circular motions (like washing a window).
This will tangle—and potentially damage—hair. Another
no-no: Never use your fingernails to scrape the scalp when shampooing,
as you’ll create nicks and scratches. Shampoo with your
- Rinse shampoo thoroughly, running your fingers through your
hair to prevent tangles.
- Repeat steps 4 and 6.
- Apply conditioner—first to hair closest to the scalp,
then down toward the ends. Coat the entire strand, and gently
detangle any matted areas. Let conditioner penetrate your hair
for at least two minutes, while you continue normal showering;
then rinse it out thoroughly. If hair is damaged, exceedingly
dry or especially kinky, switch to a leave-in conditioner.
- Towel-dry hair when you exit the shower. Blot it gently;
do not rub vigorously.
- Apply a small amount of curl-enhancing sculpting product
(such as Catwalk Curl Booster), and gently scrunch. Blow-dry
on a low setting, using your diffuser attachment. Finger-curl
gently, but avoid over-manipulating hair, as this fosters frizz.
- If you have applied too much of your sculpting product and
your hair feels hard or “crunchy,” scrunch it gently
to soften the hair.
- Finish with a gloss spray to enhance shine.
- Have hair trimmed at least every six weeks
So my advice to you is to forget everything hear about curls, see if it works for you and take the plunge with Stellure.
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