Malina USA Explore Beauty Thu, 30 Dec 2021 15:41:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Malina USA 32 32 How to Deep Condition Hair Tue, 27 Jul 2021 03:22:48 +0000 If you’ve been keeping up with the hair growth forums, blogs, and internet posts for any length of time at all, you’ve no doubt heard countless warnings about how heat styling can be hazardous to your hair’s health.

While everyone knows that an iron or blow dryer can fry your locks, many people have no idea that applying heat to their hair in this way can actually damage its cuticle. In fact, using too much blow dryer heat to style your hair is one of the most common causes of split ends.

Split ends mean that the protective outer layer of your strands has started to deteriorate due to excessive exposure caused by too much combing or brushing. Moreover, those exposed cuticles expose not only more protein but also more moisture, which can lead to breakage and dullness.

This is where Malina’s heat styling tools outshine the competition. Our straighteners offer temperature control and Titanium plates, ensuring you can keep your hair healthy with even, controlled heat as you style!

Regardless of the heat styling tools you use, it’s also important to deep condition whenever you use heat on your hair. Even if you’re using high-quality vegan hair care products, you need protection when you apply heat!

Even if you’re using a flat iron, curling iron, blow dryer, hair straightener to curl hair, and so on most days of the week (which we strongly advise against), you should still be using a deep conditioner on those natural curls regularly because they’ll dry out and get damaged even after just one use, especially if you don’t use a heat protectant.

Learn more about how to deep condition hair here.

That’s why we decided to write this post: to give you some basic knowledge that will help you get more out of deep conditioning your hair and achieve great results.

By the end of this article, not only will it be clearer why some people say that they don’t see much difference between deep conditioners and regular conditioners; you’ll also know exactly why some people believe that deep conditioning is the only real way to make your hair look great.

As always, feel free to send us a message with any questions or comments you might have about this information below!

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Heat Protectants vs Deep Conditioners vs Regular Conditioners

Heat protectants, deep conditioners, and regular conditioners can all be great for your hair, but they aren’t all the same thing. Here’s how each one stacks up next to one another:

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Heat Protectants for Your Hair Shaft

While heat protectant products often include some degree of moisture or conditioning ingredients, their main purpose is to form a barrier between your strands and damaging sources of heat.

Dry hair (due to being exposed to too much heat) won’t have as much protection against the elements as it should, which means that you’ll need to supplement with a product like this every time you straighten your hair.

It also helps to keep in mind that most hair types will benefit from having one of these products in their routine, even those that don’t use heat frequently or at all.


Because whether you realize it or not, the sun and other environmental factors can damage your hair just as much as a heat styling tool can—heat protectants prevent this from happening by creating an invisible shield that will help minimize the effects of directly exposing hair to environmental stressors.

We recommend the Malina Hair Protector for additional defense against heat styling damage.

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Deep Conditioner for Deep Conditioning

Most deep conditioners are made with hydrating ingredients like natural oils, which help to lock moisture into your strands when they’re applied regularly.

Don’t be afraid of having oily hair! The right oils soften hair and keep hair soft when added to a hair care routine.

It’s important to note that most people find deep conditioners less necessary than regular conditioners because their main purpose is simply to moisturize hair (which a basic conditioner can do as well).

However, if you use heat on your hair a lot – or if your strands are damaged due to having been exposed to the elements for an extended period of time – deep conditioning is absolutely necessary for protecting those strands from hair breakage and restoring moisture.

We recommend the Malina Classic Mineral Mask for deep, restorative conditioning.

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Regular Conditioners

Regular conditioners mainly serve to detangle strands and add moisture. They’re often made with key ingredients like panthenol (which helps repair dryness), hydrolyzed keratin (which acts as a humectant), and hydrolyzed wheat protein (which promotes strength).

Again, while these key ingredients can definitely benefit some individuals, especially those who don’t need some extra protection against heat or environmental stressors, regular conditioning won’t be as beneficial for others.

Additionally, many people find that regular conditioners or store-bought deep conditioners aren’t quite as effective at getting rid of tangles as a tourmaline-infused conditioner like Malina, which is why we recommend using the latter in place of the former whenever possible.

However, if you do decide to use regular conditioner on your hair (whether in place of a deep conditioning treatment or not), it’s important to only do so with damp hair. This will prevent the formula from being softened by water and make it more likely to get trapped inside strands—which will help detangle them even though moisture isn’t actually added.

We recommend the Malina Classic Mineral Conditioner.

Deep Conditioning Frequency

If you’re wondering how often you should deep condition your hair, keep in mind that once every one month is probably long enough for most women; but some may need to do it even more frequently than that, especially if they have damaged or extremely dry hair.

Read the Instructions

If you choose to use a deep conditioning treatment on your hair regularly (whether you need one or not), don’t deviate from the product’s instructions—doing so could actually cause more harm than good by allowing ingredients to become softer and more likely to be removed from the formula by water.

Maintain Hair Elasticity and Retain Hair’s Moisture

If you’re curious about how often you should deep condition, remember that doing so too regularly can actually cause more harm than good by making hair heavier, more prone to tangling, and just plain greasy/dirty looking!

Too much regular deep conditioning can result in weak hair. While the deep treatment is meant to repair hair damage from chemically treated or overprocessing, you can improve hair elasticity and achieve healthier hair if you properly deep condition without overdoing it!

So plan ahead when deciding when to deep condition—especially if you have to wash your hair regularly.

Deep Conditioning Frequency by Hair Type

If you do have thin and/or fine hair, however, it tends to get weighed down easily by product as well as natural oils produced by the scalp (especially when you’re not deep conditioning). This means that most people with this type of hair should probably only condition their strands once every one or two weeks.

However, those with thick hair may be able to go even longer without needing a deep conditioning treatment. However, we do recommend using them on occasion if you want noticeably thicker-looking strands.  We also recommend doing so if your hairstyle involves heat application.

Whether or not you use regular conditioner on your hair, remember that deep conditioning treatments can help replenish lost moisture and add bounce back to strands. And whether you need one or not, doing so will also give your hair a fresh look while helping to soften it.

Ingredients to Look for in Your Deep Conditioning Products

Regardless of your hair type, deep conditioner can enhance your straight, wavy, or curly hair. Frizzy hair, in particular, really stands to benefit from a deep conditioner more than a normal conditioner.

Whether you choose a Malina hair mask, Malina deep conditioner, or homemade deep conditioners to deep condition your hair, be on the lookout for these fabulous deep conditioner ingredients:

Shea Butter for Your Hair Shaft

Shea butter is a great moisturizer because it mimics the sebum (natural oil) your scalp produces. It contains vitamin C and fatty acids that heal dry, brittle hair and makes it softer.

The only issue with shea butter products is that they are best absorbed when rubbed into damp hair before washing out. They can leave residue on hair if you don’t take this extra step.

Coconut Oil in Your Hair Mask

Coconut oil also has amazing deep conditioning properties, despite being solid at room temperature. It’s very rich in fatty acids that mimic your natural oils and ease split ends by repairing surface damage to the hair strand.

Our deep conditioning hair masks already have the right amount of coconut oil in them along with other beneficial ingredients like Argan oil, hazelnut oil, and macadamia oil.

Argan Oil for Deep Conditioner Hair Treatments

Argan oil can help promote hair growth because it helps repair split ends and rebuild damaged areas of your strands.

It’s also ideal for deep conditioner treatments because it is high in vitamin E and essential fatty acids that make hair stronger. This oil also tames frizz by sealing the hair cuticle, leaving your strands smooth and shiny.

Hazelnut Oil Transforms Dry Hair into Healthy Hair

Regardless of your hair type, hazelnut oil will transform you from dry and damaged hair into soft, healthy hair. It locks in moisture by increasing the number of fats on your strands making them stronger.

The oil is rich in vitamin E that prevents split ends and reduces frizziness. Coconut oil also contains this amazing ingredient, but hazelnut is even creamier than coconut oil so it treats hair more effectively.

Macadamia Oil to Deep Condition Your Hair

If you have fine or thinning hair, macadamia oil is a must-have in your regimen to grow those strands out and prevent further loss. It’s rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids that strengthen the hair shaft.

Macadamia oil also contains palmitoleic acid that keeps your hair moisturized and prevents breakage!

Olive Oil in Deep Conditioner Products

Olive oil can be used as a key ingredient in deep conditioners. The oil is an excellent moisturizer that helps to seal the hair cuticles, leaving the hair feeling silky and smooth.

Olive oil also contains many antioxidants, which repair damaged hair, promoting shine. Also, olive oil has been shown to stimulate the growth of new hair cells.

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Concluding on Deep Conditioning Hair

If you want to grow your hair longer, condition it more often. The right deep conditioning product applied to your hair will make all the difference in how much volume and bounce your hair has!

A good deep conditioner treatment can also leave your strands feeling healthier and stronger. While regular conditioners only apply moisture to the outer layer of your hair shaft, deep conditioners go deeper to repair the inner layers of your strands.

Our Malina hair mask and deep conditioner products contain all the necessary ingredients to transform you from dry, frizzy, or damaged hair into healthy, strong, moisturized locks!

Explore beauty from Brazil with Malina now.

How to Curl Your Hair with a Straightener Tue, 27 Jul 2021 03:13:13 +0000 Wondering how to use a hair straightener to curl your hair? You’ve come to the right place!

We covered how to deep condition hair in our last post. If you haven’t had the chance to check that out, feel free to give it a quick read!

Curling your hair with a straightener is an excellent way to achieve that perfect, voluminous curls look without the hassle of using overly hot tools. While some might believe their curling iron is good enough, if it’s too hot, you have a good chance of damaging the hair shaft.

But we’ll talk about that a bit later on.

Whether you want to flat iron curls or are wondering if a curling iron is right for you, you’ll learn the ins and outs of curling hair here and now with Malina. Get ready for perfectly bouncy curls and beachy waves!

How to Curl Your Hair with a Straightener from Malina

What You’ll Need to Curl Your Hair with a Flat Iron

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Hair straightener or flat iron

Choose a high-quality flat iron or hair straightener. We recommend titanium flat irons because these offer even heat distribution. The plates should be either one or two inches wide.

A thin flat iron that’s one to two inches in width is the perfect size for creating curls. It can also be beneficial to look for a flat iron with rounded ends as these tend to make curling hair a little bit easier.

Curling irons are specifically made to curl. But getting the same hairstyle with a flat iron is easy and doesn’t require a second tool to curl your hair. Flat iron curls are just as beautiful as curls made with a curling iron!

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Hair clips or hair bands.

Hair clips or hair bands are essential for helping to secure your curls while they cool down and set. Alligator clips or barrettes work great for this!

As you create curls or beach waves, you’ll need to these clips and bands to secure your hair. Each time you curl hair, you’ll move it away from the uncurled segments. As you pass through all of it, you’ll have beautiful curls sleek and stunning!

malina heat protectant spray used for curling hair with a straightener

Heat protectant spray.

It’s always a good idea to use a heat protectant when using a flat iron. This will help to shield any of the strands that you might have gone over from getting too much heat exposure.

While some believe straightening wet or damp hair will keep it protected from the heat of a flat iron curl, flat iron curls need some additional protection to keep the hair healthy and protected!

woman in bathroom getting ready to use malina heat protectant spray to curl hair with straightener

The Steps to Curl Your Hair with a Straightening Iron:

Step 1: Prepping Your Hair

  1. First off, make sure your hair is clean and completely dry before you start curling your hair with a hair straightener or a flat iron. You want to work dry hair that’s clean as you curl your hair. Dirty damp hair also won’t hold its shape very well, so make sure you washed your hair in the last 24 hours before curling your hair. Wet hair will also have too much hold, so it’s best to wait until your hair is dry before you start curling it with a flat iron.
  2. Then, apply some heat protectant to your hair through the roots and throughout the length of your tresses for extra protection from the flat iron before coming in contact with it. How much product depends on hair types. If you have thick hair, you’ll likely need a little more product. But keep in mind that more doesn’t always mean better!
  3. Make sure to spray more than just the ends of your hair with a heat protectant. Flat irons get hot! Only coating the top layers leaves your hair open to damage from the heat of the flat iron.
  4. You should always try to spray each section before you curl it, especially if you have thick hair. As you curl hair with a flat iron, you should be alternating directions as you gently pull the iron vertically. But you’ll still need this thermal spray throughout the process for perfect curls on your entire head.
  5. Always use a comb to work out any tangles before you start curling hair with a flat iron. This will prevent hair from getting caught in the bristles of your brush or not being able to curl all the way around because hair inside the hair isn’t accessible to the flat iron. A bird’s nest will not allow enough heat to permeate through for an effective straightening job!
  6. Then, part your hair into sections and divide each section into smaller pieces. To part your hair, you’ll want to use your fingers, a comb, or hair clips. Sectioning your hair will help to make the curling process a little bit easier.

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Step 2: Curling Your Hair With a Straightener

Start curling from the nape of the neck and work your way towards the top of your head with your flat iron.

Hold your hair with one hand and brush through it gently from roots to ends, then take two sections of hair on either side and wrap them around the straightener in opposite directions – this ensures that each strand is curled evenly!

To create the curl, you need to make sure the hair continues to wrap around the flat iron’s barrel as you push the iron toward your ends. It’s basically, like, the same technique you’d curl a ribbon with a scissor.

You’ll make a half turn with the flat iron, then move your arm in the same direction you’d like the curl to go. And also a quick reminder: The smaller the section you curl with a flat iron, the curlier your hair will be. So if you want to switch it up and go for some super tight curls, part a section that’s less than 1 inch.

Release your hand so you’re holding onto just a few strands at the top while letting gravity do its work. As soon as they cool enough, clip or pin up any stray pieces before moving on to another section. This will ensure you don’t flat iron sections you’ve already perfected.

If you have shorter hair or want more defined curls, use bigger barrels than what was recommended above. It might take a little practice to twist curls on short smooth hair, but practice makes perfect!

For tighter curls and more volume, rotate the flat iron 360 degrees. Your hair should be fully wrapped around. Additionally, the more horizontal you hold the flat iron, the tighter the curl.

Finally, the faster you pull through the hair, the looser the curl, so go slow for a tighter result.

Getting curly hair with a flat iron doesn’t always mean tight curls. Sometimes, it involves loose yet luscious curled hair with a flat iron tool.

Repeat your chosen technique on each one-inch section until you’re done!

You might feel like you have too much hair and it will take forever – luscious curls take more than a few seconds. But the results are worth the effort!

Some people like to use a hair spray once their curls are complete. However, most of the time, these sprays are full of harsh chemicals.

Try a little bit of Beeswax pomade to hold your curls in place. You can then run your fingers through, use a wide-toothed comb, or even brush it depending on the look you want. Doing this will make your hair look more natural.

How to Curl Your Hair with a Straightener Using Different Techniques

Looking for new techniques to give your head of hair some incredible style?

Waves are becoming increasingly popular! Here’s how to do it:

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Slide Waves with a Flat Iron

Whether you’re looking for a casual I-just-woke-up-like-this style or a more polished bend, this method delivers! Start by using 1-inch sections of hair, and beginning a few inches away from your scalp (try to smooth the root with your iron first), clamp your iron and, as you slide it down the length of hair, pull it through to create a flipped curl – without a curling iron!

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Flat Waves without a Curling Iron

To create flat waves, here’s what you’ll do:

  1. You’ll need to drop one-inch sections of hair into your flat iron to create your first bend. One at a time, of course!
  2. Form the section into an “S” shape and clamp where it curves. You’ll repeat this to the end of the segment.
  3. Repeat this process to have flat waves picture-ready!

As you can see, this is super easy and takes only a few moments. And there’s no blow drying involved whatsoever!

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Curling Hair for Easy Beach Waves

Beach waves are also achievable with your hair straightener. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Make sure you’re working with clean, dry hair. Add heat protector while you’re going over your hair with your straightener.
  2. Clip the top of your hair if you have short hair. If your hair is longer, you may have to do three sections. It’s usually easiest to work up from the bottom.
  3. Take a one-inch section of hair and bend it away from your face using your iron.
  4. Curl 3/4 of your hair without reaching the ends.
  5. Take another section and curl it in the opposite direction from the last section. This will offer additional volume and movement.
  6. Keep going using one-inch sections until your whole hair is curled using this technique!

Concluding on Flat Iron Curls

Flat iron curls are a lot of fun to create. While you might be tempted to buy a curling iron, you don’t need one!

If you’re looking for a long-term relationship with a high-quality flat iron, look no further than our selection of Malina straighteners. We have something for everyone, and the options are endless when you style with Beauty from the Heart of Brazil!

How To Take Care Of Curly Hair Tue, 27 Jul 2021 02:57:57 +0000 Curly hair can be a blessing and a curse. Curls are beautiful. But curly hair care can also be challenging to maintain.

Most of the time, you have to comb curls with the right product – or else you’ll end up with a mess of a mane!

Our genetics are what makes us all unique – and curly hair is a part of that! However, curly hair is more than just an aesthetic thing: it’s part of who you are.

Simply put, if your curls make you feel confident and happy (as they should!), then take care of them!

This curly hair tips article discusses techniques for caring for curly hair and how to keep curls smooth and shiny to ensure they always look their best!

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What Makes Hair Curly?

Having curly hair is more than just having wavy or frizzy locks; it’s the uniqueness of our genetic features. How you care for your hair affects how curly it will be – and how manageable!

The tendency to have curly hair doesn’t happen by chance. It’s genetics!

It’s also why so many people often mistake a person with curls as being someone of African descent – because these genetics offer more variations that lead towards curliness.

Curly hair has an uneven hair fiber shape and tends to be very fragile compared to natural straight hair. This is why it’s one of the most complex hair

The shape of your hair follicle, or the root, is what makes it curly. The curlier your hair is, the more tightly wound the strands are.

How tight your hairs are wound determines how much curl you have – and also how well all those curls will stay in place!

If you want to maintain healthy and beautiful locks with a lot of volume and bounce, then follow these methods for taking care of curly hair.

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How to Take Care of Naturally Curly Hair: DOs and DON’Ts

All hair needs attention and care. But unlike straight hair, curly hair needs special attention and care.

Here are some useful curly hair tips for taking good care of naturally curly hair.

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Use shampoo that’s designed specifically for curly hair.

Natural curls need gentle treatment because the way they’re structured means they can be easily damaged by harsh chemicals found in regular shampoos. When choosing the hair products, make sure they contain natural oils or essential oils such as coconut oil, peach kernel oil, olive oil, shea butter, avocado oil, aloe vera, macadamia oil, argan oil, or rapeseed oil. All of these contain moisturizing properties that enhance hair care.

Use a gentle cleansing shampoo for curly hair.

How often do you need to shampoo depends on how much oil is being produced by your scalp –and each person’s scalp oil production differs. If you must wash your hair every day, then try not to strip your hair’s natural oils out. It’s best to wash your curly hair with a gentle to mild shampoo.

Malina Classic Mineral Shampoo is specially crafted for all hair types, including curly hair. It’s 100% vegan and the perfect gentle daily shampoo to care for curls. This shampoo is perfect for home regimes following a One & Done Mineral Treatment or an Ultra Mineral Boost Treatment to help extend the life of your treatments. If can also be used after Keratin Treatments, and other Brazilian smoothing treatments.

Choose a conditioner that’s appropriate for your curls.

Natural curly hair can be frizzy and easily weighed down so a light conditioner is ideal for most people with this type of hair. Most expert stylists will advise you to coat your hair with a moisturizing conditioner for hair maintenance.

Malina Classic Mineral Conditioner is fortified with some of the earth’s most powerful humectants, including Coconut Oil, Argan Oil, Shea Butter, and Acacia Extracts. It’s a lush and lavish conditioner that keeps hair moisturized softer and stronger with each use. The tourmaline powder infusion smooths and seals strands, enhancing hair with a sleek and shiny finish.

Use a deep conditioning hair mask at least once a week.

Curly hair ends tend to dry out very easily. And by using a deep conditioning hair mask, you’re caring for the roots of your hair while working it all the way through to the ends, as well. This offers a long-lasting softness that locks moisture in while keeping frizz out.

We recommend discovering the magic behind the mask with the Malina Classic Mineral Mask. Our mask replenishes, restores, and rejuvenates hair with intensive treatment. It amplifies the benefits of our Classic Mineral Shampoo and Conditioner by providing an additional layer of tourmaline protection. Use this weekly to keep frizzy thick hair, dry curly hair, and hair in need of repair deeply hydrated and easy to manage!

Use coconut oil.

When most people think of coconut oil, they think of cooking. While available at most grocery stores and super tasty, it also has natural antioxidants as well as antibacterial properties, making it perfect for taming unruly waves! It’ll not only tame every type of curl pattern but moisturize like nobody’s business too!

Simply put, it works. This is why we use it in Malina products!

Wash your hair with cold water.

Washing your hair with cold water when possible seals in moisture. This works by sealing your hair cuticle and keeping your hair healthy.

Use a diffuser attachment.

If you’re going to use heat on your wet curls, always protect your beautiful curls by using a diffuser. A diffuser is a great option because it will gently blow air through your curls and dry them. This helps to prevent breakage and keep those precious locks healthy.

Pro tip: Flip your head upside down and put the diffuser to the back of your hair. This will allow the curls to be blown dry and it will give them a lot more volume. However, air drying is also a highly recommended option.

Comb through your hair thoroughly when wet.

It’s more challenging for curly strands to untangle themselves than straight ones! Remember not to pull on the knots of curls too hard, though. This can break off their elasticity, causing them to fall out more quickly than they would otherwise.

Use wide-tooth comb

A wide-tooth comb is a curly girl’s best friend. It’s especially helpful to use a comb with rounded teeth because these won’t snag as much as sharper teeth. However, you also have the option to finger comb (with your fingers) to achieve the same care for curly hair!

Trim split ends regularly.

One of the most important routines for curly girls is to have your curly hair trimmed every six months or so because it helps maintain its shape better! Each trim will ensure you’re ridding yourself of split ends, ensuring you have fewer messy strands that have a greater chance of forming a bird’s nest in your hair!

Be gentle!

Rushing is a fast way to damage curls. Give yourself time for detangling while you shower to ensure you avoid breaking or pulling at delicate strands of hair. Your luscious locks will be sure to thank you!

Use a microfiber towel or soft cotton t-shirt to dry curls.

Gently squeeze your hair with a microfiber towel. Microfiber towels are also perfect for curly hair because they don’t come with the risk of pulling or tugging, which can cause breakage. The fibers in a cotton t-shirt will gently dry out excess water on wet strands without making your hair frizzy.


Don’t brush curly hair!

Please, for the sake of your curls, be mindful of your brushes! Depending on the brush you choose and how often you brush, you might make your hair frizzier and more tangled.

Curly hair will tangle easier than you might expect, so be very careful when brushing through the curls because they can break easily. Brushes tend to grab and pull at curls, which are very delicate and can be easily broken.

Don’t use overly hot heat styling tools on your curly hair!

Don’t use overly hot styling tools on your curly hair. These can damage curls and result in dry, broken hair. Avoiding heat as much as possible will help prevent damage. If you do decide to use heat styling tools, choose Titanium plate hair straighteners for even heat distribution and more protection for the natural texture of your curls.

Learn how to curl your hair with a straightener now.

Don’t rub your wet hair with a towel!

Wet hair is fragile and can break more easily than dry hair. So, rubbing your curly hair with a towel can create friction and cause hair strands to break very easily. Avoid this friction by squeeze-drying hair with a microfiber towel.

Don’t use any products containing harsh detergents, sulfates, and alcohol.

It’s also important to stay away from products that contain harsh detergents like sulfates, or parabens as they can damage your curls and make them frizzy. Find and use products that are gentler on your hair and it will be sure to thank you!

Malina hair care products have tourmaline infusions that ensure we never need to use harsh, destructive chemicals. All of our ingredients featured in these vegan hair care products are yummy enough to eat, and they’ll always treat your hair with the care it deserves.

Don’t wash curly hair with hot water!

Hot water will strip moisture from your hair and can cause it to dry out. If you want healthier curls that are less prone to frizziness, then be careful about how hot you wash. Avoid using hot water in the shower because it can permanently damage your curls, making them frizzier and less manageable.

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Sleep Routine for Curly Hair

If you have curly hair, it’s ideal to have a sleep routine to ensure your curls always look fantastic. But how to take care of your curly hair while sleeping?

This sleep routine for curly hair is pretty straightforward. Follow these tips to keep your curls look best in the morning.

Sleep on your side or on your stomach.

Laying directly on your hair can easily result in damaged curls. Sleeping on your side or on your stomach will help keep curls intact while you sleep and also make it easier for you to style them in the morning.

Sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase.

Sleeping with a silk pillowcase is a great strategy for curly hair care. This will help keep your locks detangled and in good shape throughout the night, and when you wake up, your hair will slide off of the pillowcase with ease.

Use products that contain oil!

Many oils for hair care offer extra hydration and shine. This is why we include coconut, macadamia, hazelnut, and other oils in Malina products!

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The Bottom Line

So how to take care of curly hair? In summary, curly hair can be difficult to take care of if you don’t know what you’re doing.

The best way to take care of your naturally curly hair is to find the right hair products that will help keep your hair hydrated and shiny, protect it from frizz, and make styling easier.

Our Malina product line offers several effective hair care products that make taking care of naturally curly hair easy. Whether you want to repair your damaged hair or enhance your hair’s aesthetic while making it more manageable, Malina is here to help!

Vegan smoothing Mon, 21 Jun 2021 22:54:10 +0000 Malina is proud to be a 100% vegan brand! That feature has become common in beauty products recently, but what exactly does “Vegan” mean? It means that there are no ingredients inside the product that are derived (taken) from animals and also no ingredients that come from animal by products (things that animals make such as dairy products or beeswax).

We are also 100% cruelty free, which is sometimes misconstrued as being the same thing, but it is not! You can have a brand that contains animal products that doesn’t test on animals, making it cruelty free but not vegan. Equally, you can have a brand that doesn’t contain animal products, making it vegan, but some of its ingredients or the formula are tested on animals. Malina is proud to be both vegan and cruelty free!

Many animal sourced ingredient are commonly found in cosmetics but to discover what makes Malina different, let’s talk Smoothing… the core categoryof our line! Malina is first a foremost a professional smoothing brand. 

Our One & Done Treatment, and our Ultra Mineral Boost Treatment are poised to take over in-salon Keratin treatments and services, and replace them with fume-free, vegan, reparative products that perform the same as, if not better then, our competitors! 

So what animal product is in a Keratin Treatment, you ask? Well, Keratin of course! Did you know that Keratin is derived from animals? There are a few common places that Keratin is hydrolyzed from, one is bones, feathers or nails, but the most common is from the Sebaceous Glands of a sheep. In a simple way… Sheep’s Sweat and Oils. Ugh. Yuck, that sounds gross, and after learning that I no longer wanted animal sourced “Keratin” on my hair! 

Instead of Keratin, Malina uses a combination of plant-based amino acids, vitamins, proteins and antioxidants to repair the hair. Ingredients such as shea butter, argan & macadamia oil, avocado and mango, chia and coconut oil (to name only a few) moisturize, de-frizz and repair the hair. All Malina’s ingredients sound so good you could eat them! 

Our One & Done Treatment provides smoothing, de-frizzing and loosens curls, lasting up to 5 months! Our Ultra Mineral Boost service provides intense repair, curl enhancement and definition, and de-frizzing that lasts around 6 weeks! 

All our after care products, shampoo, conditioners and at-home treatments are also vegan and include a selection of hand picked plant sourced ingredients that care for and protect the hair, offering de-frizzing benefits, as well as help any in-salon treatments last longer. And of course!… they are 100% vegan too!

New to Malina? Check out our Classic Mineral Mask that instantly transforms your hair with only one use!

To find a salon that uses our products, use our salon finder here

If you are a professional then use our distributor finder to discover who services your area!

Are all hair straighteners equal? Mon, 21 Jun 2021 22:53:22 +0000 The beauty store shelves are full of variations of the same product! But how do we know what to choose? Today we are going to look at one of our must-have items, the humble flat iron, and learn about what makes one reign supremeover another!

I didn’t realize that the technology of flat irons had changed that much until I met the Malina Professional Elite Hair Straightener! It even has a fancy name!

Firstly, the most important parts; the plates. There are many products out there and the plates are made from various choices of metals and stones. How do we know which one to choose? It usually comes down to two main choices, Ceramic or Titanium plates.

Traditionally ceramic has been thought to be better on finer hair, and titanium on thicker hair, but I have learned that this is not as simple. As long as you have a flat iron that has a temperature adjust, then Titanium is the best choice.

Titanium plates heat up evenly and heat up quickly. Even heat means that there are no spots on the iron that are cooler than another area, but there are also not hot spots either! When we are styling our hair perfectly smooth, healthy and also to last a long time, Even-Heating plates is the number one thing we never knew to look for when choosing a straightening iron!

Why “Even Heat”?

– cold spots will mean your style lasts less time

– hot spots can cause damage and breakage

– even heat will also help preserve your style! I know I don’t want to spend all that time straightening or curling it only for it to not last all night!

This special technology means that your finished style with a Malina straightener is actually rain and humidity resistant! In summer on a high humidity day that can wreak havoc on keeping hair styles locked in place, but the right straightener can help combat the frizz and keep your hair smooth and sleek all day!

Because of the adjustable temperature option on the flat iron (and the even heat of course!) this is a perfect choice for blonde and highlighted hair! Blonde hair , Grey hair and damaged hair should always use a lower heat to style with, to help protect their hair.

We asked their Artistic Director Woody Michleb from Palm Beach, Florida for the inside scoop on keeping your hair healthy when flat ironing it! “The biggest mistake people make is not choosing their iron correctly, and then not using it properly! I always recommend the Malina Elite Straightener for Guests with Blonde hair as it can adjust down to 140 degrees which is amazing if someone has damaged hair and they need to be gentle! I always tell my guests to stay below 375 degrees for blonde hair and, if you need to, to make more passes on each section to get the result, rather than less passes on a higher heat!”

“A lot of women have multiple colors in their hair, and many styles on trend right now are darker on the root area, and blonder towards the ends, so another great tip is to start with a hotter temperature for the root area and then turn it down and let the iron cool down for a moment, and go back and do the ends. This will help your style stay in place longer and also protect your hair!”

But what about those girls with thick, unruly curly hair?The Malina flat iron is adjustable up to 455 degrees and works perfect for rebellious hair!

The other small features also make this iron extra special, as a straightener is a very important investment for us, so it’s important to choose right! The 6 ½ ft swivel cord stops you getting all tangled and struggling to take style all around your head! The swivel also is so important when you are doing curls or waves with the flat iron, it allows you to twist it around without the cord getting tangled up!

It is also dual voltage so can be used when traveling without risking burning it with 220volts if you are visiting Europe or other countries!

Our final advice? Do not cheap-out when choosing a straightener, make sure that the quality is going to help your hair stay healthy and shiny no mater how much you style it, as your hair takes a long time to grow out when it is damaged!

So whether you have blonde hair, dark hair, colored hair or had any other chemical treatments, the Malina Professional Straighteners are definitely a must have addition to your styling kit for long lasting healthy hair!

Why Vegan Hair Care Products Are Better Mon, 21 Jun 2021 22:52:08 +0000 Many people are surprised when they find out that their favorite hair care product is not vegan. The shocking truth is that many products on the market test on animals and use animal byproducts in the creation process. These are cruel practices that should be phased out immediately!

But why?

Products that test on animals and use animal byproducts in their creation are unnecessary. We don’t need cruelty to achieve beautiful results!

Malina offers vegan, natural haircare options without sacrificing efficacy for our customers. This article explains common ingredients used in the hair care industry and the ingredients we use to replace them.

Non-Vegan Hair Care Ingredients Malina Refuses to Use


Keratin is commonly used as an ingredient in hair cosmetics and comes from animal sources. It’s usually extracted from sheep wool, cattle horns, or duck feathers, which are all byproducts of a cruel industry.

This supplement is usually used to strengthen and straighten hair. But we don’t need it in Malina products. We’re summoning the power of tourmaline and other yummy ingredients!

Instead of Keratin, Malina uses a combination of plant-based amino acids, vitamins, proteins, and antioxidants to repair the hair. Ingredients such as shea butter, Argan & macadamia oil, avocado and mango, chia and coconut oil (to name only a few) moisturize, de-frizz, and repair the hair.

All Malina’s ingredients sound so good you could eat them!


Retinol is a powerful ingredient that has been proven to induce new hair growth and improve scalp conditions. However, it usually comes from animal-based sources such as beef, chicken liver, eggs, and fish. This is why we’ve decided to avoid using retinol. The cruelty involved outweigh its benefits!

However, retinol is found in many plants, too. Carrots, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, squash, and pumpkin all have this ingredient. Perhaps someday, we will include plant-based retinol in our products!


Carmine is one of the more common animal-based ingredients used in hair care and cosmetic products. This is a dye that’s a colored extract taken from Cochineal, which is a scale insect that lives as a parasite on Opuntia cacti. These bugs originate in tropical and subtropical South America, and they’re found throughout Arizona and Mexico.

This dye was first used by the Mayas and Aztecs of Central and North America. But we’ve come a long way since then!

All Malina products are carmine-free. The fact of the matter is we prefer our hair care products without crushed insects, and we hope you do, too!

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in our bodies. Mainly, it’s located in high concentrations in our eye fluids and joints. We produce it by eating vitamin-rich foods containing plenty of magnesium. However, animals produce it, too. The rooster’s comb is one of the most common sources used in cosmetics.

Instead of hyaluronic acid extracted from animals, we get ours from plant-based sources. Namely, we’re using hyaluronic acid from sugar beets and red beets to ensure our products remain as happy as the Malina Lovers who use them!


Malina products are and will remain lanolin-free. Lanolin oil is a secretion that comes from sheepskin. Comparable to human sebum, this oil gets secreted to condition and protect sheep’s wool.

But lanolin is totally unnecessary in hair care products.

Malina products don’t contain lanolin. Instead, we use tourmaline and other natural ingredients like avocado, soybean, hazelnut oil, pea kernel oil, and coconut oil to condition and protect hair.


Collagen is an animal protein that is a component of skin, bones, and connective tissue. It can be found in hair care products because it strengthens the follicles and prevents breakage or loss. But again, we use plant-based alternatives that work just as well without the cruelty – like our soybean infusion!


One of the most common animal-derived ingredients found in food and beauty products is gelatin. This stuff is made from animal collagen, which is a protein that’s composed of connective tissues like tendons, skin, ligaments, and bones. Once it’s extracted, it’s dried, ground into a powder, and sifted.

Many hair care products use gelatin. However, Malina products commit to being gelatin-free and vegan, so we refuse to use it!


Squalane is found in shark liver oil. Since these beautiful creatures dive at lower ocean depths, they need this high concentration of fatty acids in their livers to survive. But it’s not necessary for hair products, so we don’t use it!

Malina products are squalene-free because we care about the animals. We find ourselves asking “why?” any time we see this ingredient in hair care, and we hope you do, too!

Malina Hair Care with Tourmaline

All Malina products infused with tourmaline, a rare gemstone that adds mineral properties to our treatments, negative ions in tourmaline counteract to eliminate positive ions found in damaged and dry hair.

We use tourmaline for our hair smoothing products because it:

  • Balances pH of hair
  • Neutralizes static
  • Eliminates frizz
  • Controls volume
  • Decreases friction & stress on the hair
  • Helps in reconstructing protein bridges
  • Aids in product penetration into the hair
  • Provides reconstruction for straight and curly hair

Tourmaline is ultimately the better option, especially for those who prefer to avoid animal cruelty in their beauty products.

Other Ingredients You’ll Find in Malina

Argon Oil for Hair

At Malina, we use Argon oil for our hair products. This ingredient contains plenty of fatty acids, primarily oleic acid, and linoleic acid. Since it’s rich in vitamin E, it offers a fatty layer to your hair and scalp, effectively reducing fizziness, boosting shine, and preventing dryness.

Avocado for Hair

We use avocado for our hair products because it’s an excellent source of biotin, potassium, and magnesium. Research highlights that these minerals might seal cuticle cells, ensuring hair has a smooth and healthy shine while preventing breakage.

Soybean for Hair

Soybean oil for hair helps with moisture retention. This is a carrier oil that contains good fatty acids, vitamins, and manganese. Furthermore, this ingredient’s lipids help hair treatments absorb better into hair, making it an appreciated addition to our product line!

Wheat Protein for Hair

More and more vegan hair care products are discovering the power of wheat protein for hair. Wheat protein increases your hair’s moisture retention capabilities while adding volume and improving its smoothness.

Wheat protein for hair also produces a gorgeous shine, which is just one of the many reasons we use it in Malina products!

Hazelnut Oil for Hair

Some brands aren’t interested in adding hazelnut oil for hair treatments. However, at Malina, we understand its application for dry, seborrheic scalps and lipid barrier replenishment. This oil has a light texture that makes it perfect for frizz control while reversing dryness and damage.

Ultimately, Malina Lovers LOVE how this oil leaves their hair softer, shinier, and more manageable while preventing breakage.

Pea Kernel Oil for Hair

Pea kernel oil for hair is another ingredient that’s not often used by other brands. In addition to being rich in fatty acids, this oil is also high in proteins and minerals needed for strong hair growth.

Malina Lovers appreciate pea kernel oil because it strengthens the hair strand without drying out their scalp or leaving a greasy residue. Just a little bit goes a long way, and the vitamins it contains promote luscious, healthy hair.

Baobab Oil for Hair

Baobab oil for hair is high in omega-3 fatty acids, ensuring efficacy for our hair masks and conditioners. In addition, it moisturizes dry hair and strengthens brittle hair. Between baobab’s frizz smoothing and hair protection properties, it’s no wonder why we use it in Malina products!

Palm Fruit for Hair

Palm fruit is an impressive biocompatible antioxidant that rapidly absorbs into the skin, scalp, and hair follicles. Two studies show that within eight months of using this supplement, people experience a 38% increase in the number of hairs they have on their heads. For these reasons, Malina products contain palm fruit!

Some other ingredients you’ll find in Malina products include mango, chia seed, Kukui nut, macadamia, rapeseed oil, and coconut oil.

Vegan Hair Care from Malina

Malina is proud to be a 100% vegan brand! That feature has become common in beauty products recently. But what exactly does “Vegan” mean?

Vegan means that there are no ingredients inside the product that are derived (taken) from animals. Also, no ingredients in our products come from animal byproducts (things that animals make such as dairy products or beeswax).

We’re also 100% cruelty-free, which is sometimes misconstrued as being the same thing – but it’s not!

You can have a brand that contains animal products and doesn’t test on animals, making it cruelty-free but not vegan. Equally, you can have a brand that doesn’t contain animal products, making it vegan. However, some of its ingredients or the formula are tested on animals.

Malina: A Vegan & Cruelty-free Brand

Malina is proud to be both vegan and cruelty-free!

Many animal-sourced ingredients are commonly found in cosmetics. But to discover what makes Malina different, let’s talk Smoothing… the core category of our line!

Malina is first and foremost a professional smoothing brand. 

Our One & Done Treatment and our Ultra Mineral Boost Treatment are poised to take over in-salon Keratin treatments and services.

As more salons discover the magic of Malina, they will continue to replace the products they currently use with our fume-free, vegan, reparative products that perform the same as, if not better than, our competitors!

Our One & Done Treatment provides smoothing, de-frizzing, and loosens curls, lasting up to 5 months! Our Ultra Mineral Boost service provides intense repair, curl enhancement and definition, and de-frizzing that lasts around 6 weeks!

All our aftercare products, shampoo, conditioners, and at-home treatments are also vegan and include a selection of hand-picked plant-sourced ingredients that care for and protect the hair, offering de-frizzing benefits, as well as help any in-salon treatments last longer. And of course!… they’re 100% vegan, too!

New to Malina? Check out our Classic Mineral Mask that instantly transforms your hair with only one use!

To find a salon that uses our products, use our salon finder here!

If you are a professional then use our distributor finder to discover who services your area!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this article. If you have any questions about the ingredients we use – or don’t use – feel free to contact us at any time!