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Free Virtual Hairstyles

April 29, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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A Virtual Hairstyle Tool is a great way to try out a whole new hairstyle without actually getting your done. You simply upload a picture of yourself on to the website and try on different styles, colors and cuts. Many sites even allow you to change your makeup!

There are tons of sites that offer this Free Virtual Hairstyle Tool and there are also many that charge you to use their tool if you want to upload your own photo. Really, there is no need to pay, it’s all about finding the best site with the most realistic hairstyles and colors to choose from.

I went through a ton of sites for you, often being asked to sign up before starting my virtual makeover with my own photo, easy enough. I also found that you need to have a decent photo in order to get decent results. A straight on shot with your hair pulled back is best.

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So, after trying on many hairstyles, some really bad ‘wig like’ and some more natural looking, I have found you the top 5 Free Virtual Hairstyle Websites.

1. Hairstyler – see yourself in celebrity hairstyles – click here to try it
Post your made over look and get other users feedback, a great way to get opinions on what style suits you best!

2. Cosmo Virtual Makeover
Choose from your favorite celebrity’s hairstyles such as Angelina Jolie and Beyonce.

3. Girl Virtual hair Makeovers
Register to view 3000 different hair styles with 55 different color variations.

4. Hollywood Hair Makeover
This site tool allows you to add highlights and/or lowlights.

Don’t have a picture? No worries, all of these sites have models you can choose from to makeover. Although the chance of finding your exact match or even close are slim, try to choose a model who shares your skin tone to determine a color that will suit you then find a model who shares your face shape to get an idea of a hairstyle that will compliment.

Most of all, have fun, after all it’s not permanent!

How to Use a Hair Straightener

April 27, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

I wanted to do a quick post on how to use a hair straightener because I get quite a few emails from customers asking how to get the best results from their Karmin Professional Flat Iron. Also, I occasionally come across someone who has never used a hair straightener before so this is for those of you who want to know how you can use your hair iron to it’s fullest potential and get the best results every time!

*It is important that you know a few things before using your hair straightener, such as having clean hair and using a heat protectant to prevent from heat damage.

Once you know what you need to do before you start, you’re ready to use your flat iron! Turn it on to the desied temperature and as it heats up follow step 1.

Step 1. – Section clean, dry hair and pin up with hair clips.

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Step 2. - Taking your flat iron in one hand, grab a 1″ section of hair from the first layer and starting as close to the roots as your are comfortable with, put the section of hair between the plates clamp your iron onto the hair. Slowly glide the iron down the section until you reach the ends of your hair.

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Style tip - If you have super curly hair blow dry hair straight before using your flat iron and follow hair straightener on the section of hair with a comb to help smooth hair as you straighten it.

Style tip - If you want a super straight look, keep the iron straight and let the ends come out from the iron. If you want a bit of a flip at the ends twist the iron in a flipping motion either direction when you near the last inch of hair. Twisting the iron out will flip hair out, whereas flipping it in will flip hair under.

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Super Straight Hairstyle

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How To Flip Hair

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Flipping Hair Out

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Flipped Under Hairstyle

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Flipped Out Hairstyle

Step 3 - Continue Step 2. over the rest of your hair, section by section. After completing one layer, let down the next and so on.

Step 4 - When you have completed your entire head of hair you can touch up any needed areas.

Step 5 - When you have your desired look set hair with an anti-frizz shine serum or flexible hold hairspray.

Style Tip - If this is your first time using a hair straightener and you are a little intimidated, try using the iron with the heat off or very low to get a good feel for the iron.

How to Straighten Curly, Thick, Coarse Hair
How to Curl Your Hair Using a Hair Straightener
How to Get Super Shiny Hair Using a Flat Iron
Cleaning Your Hair Straightener

Short Hairstyles

April 26, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

A short hairstyle can be a bold statement and is also a style that can not necessarily be pulled off by just anyone. If you decide to go with short hair your biggest challenge can be keeping it feminine.

Don’t get me wrong, short hair is a popular hairstyle for 2008 and with the right style you can create a look that is feminine, sassy and stylish. Short hair can still be somewhat versitile depending on how short you go. You can go with really short hair and play with the texture, or short and curly, wavy or short and straight.

Popular short hairstyles for 2008 include The Bob and short, blunt hair styles. I included some great pictures of short hair styles that can help you see that short can be flirty and feminine!

*Style Tip – For sleek, straight and shiny hair you can use a 1″ hair straightener. A hair iron with 1″ plates is ideal for short hair as well as layered hair and bangs.

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New Hairstyles for Women

April 20, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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Thinking of getting a new look? With summer just around the corner I know I am. I think summer time is the perfect opportunity to go lighter, to try something new and have fun with it!

A new hairstyle can be scary for some, especially for those who are not used to change. Change is good, and what better way then to get a new look? A new hair style can make a huge difference in your over all appearance, and even help to boost your confidence!

So, if you are ready to take the step and get a new look start doing some research. Check out What’s Hot for 2008 Hairstyle’s and search for pictures of hairstyles online or in beauty mags to get an idea of what interests you.

Another great way to add change to your hair is by trying a new way of styling it. You can create many different hairstyles with the right hair styling tools, hair products and of course, with experimenting!

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Here are some great Before & After Photos to give you an idea of how much a New Hairstyle can Make a Big Impact!

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Long Hairstyles

April 18, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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Long hair can be extremely feminine, versatile, flirty and is often admired. The only down side to long hairstyles, and I speak from experience, is the maintenance. If you choose to go with long hair get a hair cut that works best with your hairs texture to help minimize the amount of time it takes to style it. With any cut it also best to get a style to suit your face shape and features.

Long hair looks great with layers, and you can style hair straight, wear it curly or make it wavy. For those of you with super straight hair, the longer it is the harder it can be to keep a curl in your hair. However, with the right tools and styling products, you can curl straight hair and have it hold.

Here are some great pictures of Popular Straight Hairstyles for 2008-

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Layered Medium Hairstyles

April 18, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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A medium length haircut is considered from just below the jawline to several inches just past the collar bone. A medium length hairstyle is perfect for those who prefer length but do not care for the maintenance of long hair.

A medium hairstyle can still be feminine, flirty and sophisticated, especially when you add layers. When adding layers to any length of hair always have your stylist help tailor the layers to best suit your features.

In order to keep a layered medium hairstyle looking its best you’ll want to get a trim every 8 weeks or sooner. This will help prevent a shaggy look as the layers grow out.

One great thing about medium layered hairstyles is their versatility. whether you wear straight, wavy or curled its an entire different look each way.

Here are some great pictures of Layered Medium Hairstyles;

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Hairstyles Round Faces

April 17, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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A round face shape is as about as long as it is wide and has soft, rounded edges.

When it comes to hairstyles for those of you with a round face shape, layers are key. You can go long or short but want to make sure your haircut is tailored to your face shape.

Other guidelines to follow for a round face shape include;

  • Layered bangs rather than heavy or straight bangs
  • Styles which add length to the face
  • Shorter styles which add height
  • Long styles with graduated layers to make face and neck appear more slender
  • Styles which keep hair close to the face
  • Opt for half up-do’s rather than full up do’s

Round Face Hairstyle examples -

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*The bob, as seen on Kelly Clarkson above, is a hot hairstyle for 2008. This sleek and sexy look is easily styled using your hair straightener. You can also curl your hair with a hair straightener to achieve the other hairstyles above.

Pros & Cons of a Wet Hair Straightener

April 14, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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The wet to dry hair straightening irons are one of those items that sound to good to be true. They offer the benefit of cutting hair styling time considerably as you can skip the blow dryer and get straight to ironing damp hair. This sounds great to many of us who rarely have the time to spend primping in the mornings between work, school, kids etc..

However, we are constantly told that our hair is more prone to damage when it is wet, that we shouldn’t even brush wet hair so when it comes to using a heated styling tool on wet hair, what are the risks?

I decided to do some research on wet to dry hair straighteners, checking out everything from how they work to reading a ton of reviews posted by buyers, so that you can get the information you want and need without having to search the internet yourself.

So, whats the scoop? Here is what I found….

A wet to dry straightener works by using steam to remove excess moisture from the hair. The irons have vents to allow the steam to escape and evaporate.

With a wide variety of brands some claim that their iron will completely eliminate the need to blow dry hair where as others say hair must be 90-95% dry. Most users of these irons say from their experience that these irons only work on damp hair. I also read a few reviews where customers state these types of irons left hair extremely full of static and some even claimed that when they used their iron on their wet hair they felt a shock!

Many reviews commented on how well these flat irons worked for them in their humid climates as well as helped eliminate frizz where as others claimed there hair was left with more frizz and damaged their hair with breakage and split ends.

The higher the price tag on the hair straightener, the better the reviews although that doesn’t mean there were some nay sayers on the higher price irons.

Personally, if my hair has to be 95% dry to use a wet to dry hair iron I believe I may as well dry my hair 100% and stick with my Karmin Hair Straightener with which I know I’m safe. Besides, I prefer to blow dry my hair as this allows me to get more volume in my hair before straightening it.

If you decide to go with a wet to dry hair straightener, the best advice I can give is don’t go cheap and read reviews!!

Tips for Cleaning Your Hair Straightener

April 10, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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It’s important to take care of your Professional Hair Straightener if you want it to last longer and continue to work at its best. When using your flat iron residue from hair products get stuck to the plates and this can cause damage to your hair as the product will burn with the high heat when you use your iron.

Here are some Tips for Cleaning Your Hair Straightener;

1. Always make sure your iron is off, unplugged and cool before cleaning.

2. Use a soft, damp, clean cloth to wipe the plates and dry with a soft, clean, dry cloth.
3. If product is built up in the edges of your iron use either a dry q-tip or your fingernail covered with tissue or a cloth to clean the edges. NEVER use anything sharp or pointy to clean the plates on your iron as this can scratch the plates.

4. For the best results, after using your iron, unplug it, let it cool and wipe it down (as in step 1) after every use. This way you don’t have to worry about product buildup which can become harder to clean the longer you wait.

5. Read your manual for other advice on cleaning and caring for your hair straightener.

To ensure that you get smooth, silky and shiny results from your hair straightener take care of your hair iron. It is also a good idea to make sure that you know what is important before using a hair straightener to help maintain the healthiest hair possible.

How to Curl Your Hair with a Hair Straightener

April 8, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Personally, I love the way my hair straightener curls my hair. I find that when using a professional flat iron versus a regular curling iron I get longer lasting curls. Curling your hair with your hair straightener may sound strange, however it is extremely simple, fast and gives great looking curls.

There are a couple ways to curl your hair with a hair straightener, either way start with clean dry hair. For the best results use a 1 inch Professional Hair Straightener, as well as blow dry your hair straight with a paddle brush or round brush first. Always use a heat protectant before using heated styling tools.

The different methods also produce different looking curls so try playing around with the different methods to see which curl you like best and/or what method works best for your hair type.

Method 1 – Scissor Curl

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This method is my favourite, it’s quick and easy and is also a great way to add waves and volume to your hair. I use this method to add waves like the pictures above by following the steps below except instead of starting close to my roots I start about half way down my hair and by pulling my hair in different directions while rotating the iron.

1. Section your hair by layers from bottom to top and secure with hair clips.

2. Taking 1 -2 inch sections at a time clamp the hair iron at the top of the section staying about 1 inch away from your scalp.

3. Twist the iron around 180 degrees and pull the iron down the section of hair while continuing to twist the iron around. The faster you pull the iron down the looser the curl, the slower the tighter the curl will be.

Method 2 – Twist & Pull

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This method of curling creates more of a spiral like curl on your hair. Again, the faster you go the looser the curl, the slower the tighter.

1. Same as Step 1 above.

2. Take a 1 – 2 inch section of hair and hold it at the ends.

3. Place your iron over the section about 1 inch away from the roots and wrap your hair around the bottom plate.

4. Clamp plates together and glide your flat iron down towards the ends of hair while rotating the iron outwards. Keep rotating your iron while gliding it down the section until your hair comes out from between the plates.

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