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Taming Frizzy Hair With Zelo

Hey all!!! We came across several Zelo Keratin reviews by other bloggers and decided to re-share them here for you in the next couple of weeks. Let’s read what these beauty bloggers have to say about Zelo.

The following posting was originally written by Mindy from http://www.sincerelymindy.com.

I’m Taming My Wild Hair with Zelo Brazilian Keratin Smoothing System

I have struggled with my frizzy, coarse hair for as long as I can remember.  It’s super thick, hard to manage, and a huge pain to style every single day. I blame it all on my parents.  My Dad had a big ol’ Afro in high school, so I was either “blessed” with his hair genes, or the damage was done when my Mom spiral permed my hair over and over again as a child.  Either way, my hair has been torturing me for as long as I can remember.

Dad's Afro

In high school, I wanted straight hair so badly that I would literally place a hot iron (pre-flat iron days) on my hair to flatten it out.  I wasn’t the least bit concerned about burning myself.  I just wanted straight hair!!

When the flat iron was finally invented and made available in stores, I jumped for joy.  I could finally get my hair straight without worrying about burning myself, and I could reach areas I couldn’t with a regular iron.  I have been using a flat iron (one of the expensive and super fancy ones that goes all the way up to 450 degrees) for many years now.  The flat iron helps me to achieve the straight-haired look that I want, but it takes FOREVER for me to straighten my hair every day, and it also damages my hair quickly, due to the constant high heat exposure.

I’ve been wanting to try a professional keratin treatment on my hair for several years now, but they are very expensive.  I just don’t have extra hundreds of dollars laying around to get my hair professionally straightened.  It was always one of those “maybe some day” things for me.

When I heard about Zelo Brazilian Keratin Smoothing System, I jumped at the chance to try it out.  This is a treatment I could do by myself, in the comfort of my own home, and best of all, it is very affordable!

Zelo Professional Keratin Smoothing System

All pictures in this posting are the property of http://www.sincerelymindy.com

Zelo Smoothing Kit- The Perfect Hair Smoothing Treatment

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We never get tired of showing women the wonderful results of our Zelo Hair Smoothing Kit, now in Target by the way! So if you recently purchased our kit and you’re wondering how to use it, I have described here the step by step application instructions. If you have questions we have an in-house stylist standing by to help you!

1. Shampoo Hair Twice with Zelo Clarifying Deep Cleanser, Step 1

Shampoo hair twice. Rinse while combing hair with fingers or a wide tooth comb to avoid tangling.

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Towel dry the hair, leaving it slightly moist.
Then separate hair into 3-4 parts using hair clips.

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3. Spray Zelo Smoothing Solution, 
Step 2 to Hair

Wearing gloves, spray the Smoothing Solution, step 2, onto small parts, starting from the back of the head.
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Note: Avoid spraying the product directly on the scalp. Spray Smoothing Solution 1/4 inch from the roots using a fine tooth comb to distribute the product evenly from roots to ends. After you have thoroughly applied the Smoothing Solution to the hair, comb the hair until you feel the product is evenly distributed.

4. Processing Time

After completing application allow the Smoothing Solution Step 2 to sit in hair for an additional 40-45 minutes for processing. (45 minutes for coarse and/or rebellious curls)

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5. Shampoo Hair

Shampoo hair with Zelo Clarifying Deep Cleanser, Step 1, removing all of step 2 before blow-drying.
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6. Blow Dry

Remove gloves and blow dry hair 100%. Use your fingers or a wide tooth comb to separate the hair to ensure all layers are dried thoroughly.

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7. Seal Hair with Flat Iron

Note: Flat iron must be at a temperature of 400°-450°F, (200°-230°C)

Separate the hair and begin flat ironing approx. 1″-2″ sections until hair feels light. Repeat process until entire hair is straightened.

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Enjoy the results!

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After Care Tips:

  • Always blow dry the hair after each shampoo to maintain the best results.
  • We recommend using Zelo Shampoo and Conditioner, both are paraben-free,salt-free and sulfate-free, when shampooing hair.
  • We recommend coloring of the hair before treatment.
  • Minimize contact with chlorine or salt water to enhance the duration of treatment.

Help! How to Revive Fried Hair

Last night I learned a very hard lesson: never trust a curling iron that doesn’t have any sort of temperature gauge. The second lesson obviously being never use a curling iron that is just too hot.  It was a gory battle and I’m sorry to say, guys, my hair did not make it out unscathed. Literally, my hair is scathed! Do you know the feeling? Some of you are sitting at your desks right now with with smoke flumes still coming out of your hair. Maybe your hair smells like a charred building. Maybe your hair feels like dry hay. Well…well my friend, this article is exactly what you need.

1. The Miracle Hair Mask

Ingredients:

  1. 4oz cup of plain (full fat) yogurt
  2. 2 Tablespoons Coconut cream (You can find this in the ethnic foods isle)
  3. 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil

Steps: Mix Coconut cream and Coconut oil in a bowl and microwave for about 1 min.  Mix in the yogurt then massage this thick mask into the hair (hair should be slightly damp with water) completely and cover with a shower cap. Leave this on for 1 hour. Rinse mixture out. (This will take awhile to rinse completely because of the bits of coconut). *You can use a bit of conditioner as shampoo to help get all the residue out.

Why it’s Awesome: Coconut cream is often used as a natural curl softener. In fact, afro-rockers have been using this to soften their curls for years. But why should afros have all the fun? Coconut cream REALLY softens the hair while the mix packs it with restorative oils that will get your hair back to its pre-hay days.

2. A Shampoo/Conditioner Overhaul

Now that your hair actually feels like hair and not straw, you don’t want to ruin it by sucking the moisture out of it, do you? I hope not. Look at the ingredients in your shampoo and if you see salt (sodium) or sulfates (sodium lauryl), throw it in the garbage immediately. No more suds or soapy lathers for you, amigo. That will just defeat the purpose of your restorative hair mask and keep the straws coming back.

But Why? Suds and bubbles do not clean hair, neither do their agents: sulfates and sodium. They draw moisture out of the hair and since your hair is already fried, you can’t afford to lose any more moisture. Invest in a good salt-free and sulfate-free shampoo and a good protein conditioner to boot. The protein will help fill in some of the broken bonds caused by the heat damage.

3. Tread Carefully 

I would tell you to avoid styling with heat completely but that would be idealistic. Just make sure you’re not styling clean/dry hair. Moisturize. Invest in a good styling oil with silicone. Silicone will actually smooth out the damaged parts of your hair strand and mend split ends temporarily.

Trust me, I’ve been here before and these tried and true methods haven’t failed me yet. Though you’ll definitely still need to trim the most damaged ends, you’ll find that if you follow these 3 tips, your hair will look and feel as good as new.

Keratin Treatments: DIY Keratin Kit FAQ

Doing your own keratin treatment can bring a lot of anxiety to you – especially if you’ve never had a salon treatment and don’t know what to expect. The price tag of a salon treatment, however, is tough for many of us to swallow. 300$ for a treatment that isn’t even permanent? That’s a big chunk of change.

For those of us who want to try out keratin but don’t have that kind of cash to shell out to get it done in a salon, an at home keratin treatment kit is a very attractive option. Some questions and concerns might come to mind, however, and that’s extremely common. Not only are keratin treatments fairly fresh to being so popular, they’ve changed dramatically since we’ve learned more about the effects of Formaldehyde gas when used as an ingredient in straightening treatments. 

When regarding DIY kits, this article addresses a few commonly asked questions to hopefully help you understand keratin treatments and get the best results out of an at home kit.

Why Are Salon Treatments SO MUCH More Expensive Than At Home Treatments?

You don’t have to be a mathmetician to realize that DIY keratin kits are significantly less expensie than when you get a keratin treatment in a salon. While at home treatments usually range from 40-80 U.S. dollars for a one use treatment kit, the same one time treatment will cost you 150-400 U.S. dollars in a salon (and that’s not even considering tip).

What you are paying for is the service. Applying keratin is a process that requires more time and attention than a cut or color, and also depends on your hair type. The more dry, overprocessed, or damaged your hair, the more expensive it’s going to cost you because you are paying for your stylist’s time, not necessarily the product itself.

What Makes a “Good” Keratin Product So I Make Sure I Am Using Quality Keratin in My Hair?

This question is asked a lot – especially with all the concerns about toxic, harsh chemicals being thrown around. The best way to know you have a quality keratin product is to just read the ingredients – first, does it even CONTAIN keratin protein? If a kit’s price seems too good to be true (such as, less that 20$), it might be. Some kits circulating in drug stores claim to be keratin treatments, but don’t even contain keratin.

Second, when comparing two kits for example, how high is keratin on the ingredients list? The higher, the more keratin content it has, and the better it will be for your hair. Third, does the product contain Formaldehyde gas producing ingredients? Just because liquid Formaldehyde isn’t an ingredient does not make it Formaldehyde-free. Ingredients such as Aldehyde, Urea, Methyl or Methylene Glycol can also produce Formaldehyde gas when heated during the application process.

How Do I Apply Keratin Properly to My Hair?

For this question, there is no generic answer – it depends on the kit. The typical process includes washing with a cleanser, saturating your hair with product in sections, combing out excess product, drying your hair with a hair dryer, then sealing in the product with a flat iron.

However, it cannot be stressed enough, read the directions that comes with your at home keratin system. Read them more than once. If it comes with a video, watch it. Applying your own keratin treatment isn’t very difficult, it’s just different. Even if you have done your own hair color, a keratin treatment is a very different process. Also, every different product might have a slightly different method or recommendations so you get the best results.

What other questions do you have about DIY keratin treatments? We’d love to hear them and help you make a great decision for your hair.

Zelo is Back on HSN Tonight at 11:20pm EST

We’re back on HSN for a third time tonight at 11:20pm EST!

It’ll be a great show so tune in and watch Zelo “Care With Love” at Home Keratin turn some frizzy locks into FABULOUS smooth, shiny movie star worthy hair. We’ll be demonstrating the Zelo Ultimate Kit, everything you could possibly need for one salon quality keratin treatment all packaged in one convenient set.

Don’t get HSN on your TV? No problem!

HSN is streaming live 24-7, available to anyone with an internet connection. Tune in virtually at http://www.hsn.com/watch-hsn-live_xh.aspx?cm_re=LeftNav%2Awatch%2AHSNtvLive, and check us out at HSN.com too!

Poof-Proof Hairstyles: The Fishtail Braid Ponytail

Got a hair style you think is poof-proof? Submit it to emily@zelocare.com and we’ll post your submission and give you credit for the style!

I love little ways to jazz up ponytails – and here is a great one. If you know how to do a fishtail braid, this is easy to create.

In this tutorial, I pull back half the hair first, start my fishtail braid, and then tie it off at the top of the neck for a sleek ponytail look. However, if you play around with this, you can loosen it up, making your crisscrosses more dramatic for a more casual ‘do. Read through our tutorial and try it out for yourself!

Step One: Tie back even sections of hair from each side. This is where your braided portion will begin.

Step Two: From both sides, separate out two inch-thick sections  from behind each ear.

Step Three: Divide your rubber banded pulled back section into two even sections. Criss cross your inch-thick strands, and add the strands to the opposite divide in the pulled back section, as you would when you start a fishtail braid.

Step Four: Repeat this process about four or five times, taking inch-thick sections from each side and crisscrossing them, continuing to fishtail braid downwards. Tip: Braid a little further down than you actually want it to be in the end. Fishtail braids easily come undone when you secure them.

Step Five: Now, pull all your hair back into a ponytail right at the base of your scalp. Tip: if you find your braid undoes itself, secure it separately before combining it with the rest of your hair. Once you pull all your hair back, then remove the band securing the braid for a consistent look without having your braid come undone!

Poof-Proof Hairstyle: The Knotted Ponytail

Got a hairstyle you think is poof-proof? Submit it to emily@zelocare.com and we’ll post your submission and give you credit for the style!

I found this detailed tutorial picture while browsing on Tumblr (check out the Daily Frizz by Zelo’s Hairspiration page on Tumblr, tons of great hairstyle ideas to peruse!) and had to share.

I tried out this pony and it is such an easy way to put long hair into a side pony tail without making it look drab.

If you can’t tell form the photo, this is really, truly, knotting your hair twice and securing it with a bobby pin.

Step by step in words:

1.) Add a little mousse to already straightened hair. This will make it so the knot doesn’t slip undone.

2.) Divide your hair into two even sections

3.) Knot your hair once

4.) Knot your hair again

5.) Pull down the front section of the knot so both ends of the knot lie flat, this changes the look of the double knot into a loop.

6.) At this point, I couldn’t tell what she is doing in the step by step – I think she is using a needle and thread to secure it. A rubber band could be used at this point and be hidden up in the knot, and I additionally pushed a bobby pin up through the center of this to keep the knot intact.

7.) The picture shows teasing the ponytail for a messy look, but I find this step optional. If you want a sleek look, skip this.

8.) Voila! All done.