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How to Hair Rollers

May 31, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Back in 96 ( okay it was 86 but who’s counting) I was attending Hairdressing School in New Westminster, BC. We had these 1960′s like mannequin heads that we had to practice all kinds of hair styles on. These heads had the same kind of hair that Barbie did back in the 70′s and it was tougher than you would think trying to do anything with them.

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The only fun easy part of hairdressing school was the roller sets, ohhhh the roller sets, easy, flip on roller, pin, next! Hair rollers are so easy in fact that a child could use them. They can make any flat hair incredibly “not flat” and do the least amount of damage. Follow these simple steps to achieve fuller, curly, smooth looking hair.

1. The first thing you will need are the rollers.

2. Wash your hair and use a setting lotion.

3. Begin at the front of your head with a rat tail comb and part your hair in two sections the length of the tooth part of the comb. Measure against the roller so you don’t have hair hanging off the sides.

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4. Comb the section of hair forward and hold it tight with your fingers. You should be stretching the hair but not pulling it. Press the ends against the roller. Make sure to moisten hair throughout process as curls wont hold if you roll them on the drier side.

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5. Roll the hair onto the roller keeping it flattened against the roller and make sure it is taught. If there is any slack during the rolling process it will show when you are done. Make sure it is neat and tidy the whole time. Carefully and securely place a clip to the each end of the roller. Your first roller is done!

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6. Do this process all over always rolling back. When you are finished place a hair net over your hair and you can air dry or use a hair dryer. When your hair is completely dry remove net and curlers.

This is the best know “healthy” way to style your hair daily. Until next time Good Luck!

niki

Best Flat Irons for African American Relaxed Hair

May 30, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

The Karmin Hair Straightener is one of the best flat irons for African American relaxed hair. Many hair straighteners straighten hair but if you have African American hair you will know that it is tougher to straighten than any other. Once you have your hair relaxed it won’t stay that way forever, you will need touch ups and such.

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figure 1: Before and after relaxing

Once your relaxed hair starts to grow out you can use the Karmin on the roots, or when you want extra shine. There are titanium plates used on the Karmin which provide an even heat distribution and amazing durability under high heats which is important in obtaining the best results possible. Titanium delivers the most negative ions and infrared heat for smooth, frizz free, shiny hair. Another of the great features of the Karmin Km4000 Titanium Hair Iron is the tourmaline, it makes it safe to use on relaxed hair. So instead of getting your hair relaxed too often, which will result in damage, try the Karmin for all the touch ups you will need.

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figure 2: After hair relaxer and straightening

Till next time Good Luck,

Niki

Karmin Titanium Hair Irons

May 30, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the absolute best hair straightening irons available on the market today is the Karmin Titanium Hair Iron. This professional hair styling tool is specially designed to straighten hair with ease yet is easy on the hair and will not leave it dried out and frizzy as some other hair irons do.

The Karmin hair straightener is made from high-grade titanium making this hair iron extremely durable, lightweight, and very effective at heating up quickly and evenly. A titanium hair iron is much easier to use and gets better results at straightening hair than irons made with lesser metals.

You can also get superior straightening performance due to the ionic technology that Karmin has put into their hair iron. A ionic ceramic hair iron doesn’t just straighten your hair the negative ions help protect your hair from the heat of the straightening iron. Negative ions close the cuticle layer to create a smooth, silky hair surface and seal in the hair’s natural moisture.

The Karmin tourmaline hair iron will not only give you gorgeous straight hair, it will also leave your hair sleeker and shinier with its constant even heat and advanced features designed to help you look your best.

Caring for Your Hair Flat Iron

May 29, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

We have talked a lot about using hair straightening irons to get smooth and silky looking hair, but if you do not take care of that professional hair styling tool it will not work effectively on your hair for the long term. Really ceramic hair irons are very easy to take care of and require very little other than being kept clean and proper storage. Of course it is obvious you should allow your hair iron to completely cool before you clean and store it after each use.

Whenever you use a flat iron to straighten your hair the styling products you are using will start to collect on the ceramic plates of your flat iron. These products can start to create a gummy mess that will make the plates less effective on your hair. You can get professional hair straightener cleaner, which will clean the plates of any build up and help prolong the life of your hair flat iron. These cleaners will leave the ceramic plates not only clean, but also smoother so that they will glide through your hair with ease for better hair straightening performance.

You should also store your hair straightener in a place it will not get damage to the plates and never should you wrap the cord around the iron as this will damage the cord and ruin the iron.

Using Flat Irons to Straighten Hair

May 28, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

It never ceases to amaze me out some of the very curly hair in which a hair iron is able to make absolutely smooth with just a little effort. Professional flat irons can get the toughest curl and frizz out of your hair once you learn a few simple steps to use them effectively on your particular hair type.

The biggest concern on using your hair straightening iron is to use just enough heat to properly straighten your hair yet not so much as to damage it from the excess temperatures and potential drying out. For fine hair generally set your hair straightening iron at 170 – 225 degrees. While very coarse hair should be in the temperature range of 300 – 325 degrees. Hair that falls in between should be in the temperature settings in the middle with the lowest possible effective temperature being used.

It is also to start straightening your hair with the flat iron from the underneath layers and work your way to the top. On each section start at the root of your hair with the flattening iron and slowly move the tourmaline ceramic iron from root to tip to get the absolute best look. Always remember to ensure your hair is combed out and free of tangles when straightening it with a flat iron.

Buying a Professional Hair Straightener

May 27, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

There are so many hair straightening flat irons on the market it can be a little confusing when you decide you would like to add a this professional beauty tool to your hair styling bag of tricks. Buying a flat iron is actually not that complicated once you understand all of the technological terms and the materials used in the construction of hair straightening tools.

A hair flat iron is essentially a couple of metal plates, which heat up, and the heat is applied to your hair to remove frizz and curls. Drug store straighteners are usually made from lesser metals such as aluminum while professional hair straightening tools are use better quality materials such as titanium hair straightener. A higher quality metal does a better job at heating up and evenly applying the heat to your hair so to easier and more effectively straighten your hair.

Many professional flat irons use ceramic ionic technology as well to ensure not only smoother hair, but also less damage to your hair as a result of styling. Negative ions will help your hair maintain its own natural moisture during the straightening process and will result in less frizz and more straight smooth hair from your efforts.

Hair Straightening Tips

May 26, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Getting sleek shiny straight hair with an ceramic hair iron, takes a little practice but once you master some simple techniques you can quickly and easily master the straight hair look, which is so popular currently.

  • Use the lowest heat setting necessary on the hair straightening tool for your hair type – Professional hair tools have variable temperature adjustments which will allow you to choose the settings which is just right for your hair. Thin or damaged hair should stay in the lower temps while very thick hair will need higher settings to optimally straightener the hair. While most hair types will use the middle temperature settings on the ceramic hair straightener to get the curl out.
  • Comb your hair out before attempting to straightener your hair with a flattening iron – Tangles in your hair will not straighten properly with a ceramic hair iron, so comb out your hair thoroughly to get the absolute smoothest straightening of your hair possible.
  • Straighten you hair in sections – It is easiest to divide your hair into small manageable areas to straighten. This makes the heat from the ceramic hair iron more effective on the area that you are currently working on.
  • Work from root to tip – Slowly run the hair straightening tool you are using from the root of the current section you are working to the tip in a smooth gliding motion.

With a little time and practice you can become as good as a professional stylist at straightening your hair with a hair straightening tool.

How to Wear Hair Up

May 23, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Sometimes wearing our hair up is all we can do to fix a “bad hair day”. I am often told I look better with my hair up, I tend to disagree, I love having my hair down…on a good hair day of course. Here are some trendy up styles that some of the celebrities are wearing.

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Here is a loose outside french braid that is wrapped around from front to back.

Wearing your hair down, especially if it’s past your shoulders, will make your face look longer while sweeping it off your face is instantly uplifting,” notes Paula Casano, co-owner of New York City’s Insitu Salon.

A well styled up do has professional written all over it. Although we can have more problems with our hair up than when down, a low pony tail or well polished “fold” should do the trick.

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Absolutely more professional with hair up while the hair down is more suited for a casual outing.

If you haven’t had time to get a trim and frizzy ends are making your locks fall lank, tie them up, says Barry Reitman, a celebrity stylist at Juan Juan in Beverly Hills.

Straightening your hair with a hair iron is great for a sleek easy up hair do as well, it leaves the hair that you leave outside of the elastic in a straight sort of “messy look”

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Tie your hair band to either side of the back of your head and flip over your shoulder. Use a hair straightener to flip ends up.

Till next time Good Luck,

niki

Using Wet to Dry Hair Straighteners

May 23, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

For many girls the wet to dry hair straightening iron is a really confusing tool since we have always been told that applying heat directly to wet hair will damage it. What is a girl to do if she wants straight hair but is short on time? Blow-drying hair completely can really take awhile, especially if you have very thick hair, and then spending time using a hair straightening tool and you are spending a lot of time getting ready. But with a professional wet to dry hair iron you can actually skip the step of blow-drying and go directly into straightening with only a towel dry.

Wet to dry hair straighteners are designed with special air vents, which allow the moisture to escape as opposed to it being stuck inside the hair iron with your hair causing unneeded damage that could take time to repair. A wet dry hair iron is the best professional styling tool available for a woman who wants to look her best, but is limited on time to make that happen. Not only can these tools straighten your hair as they dry it, with a little practice can also be used to put beautiful wavy curls in your hair when you want to sport a different look for a special occasion.

How to Style Hair – Quick & Easy Hair

May 22, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Some of us are very busy, we don’t have the time to wash, dry and style without getting up at 5am to get to work by 9am. Here are some easy hair styling tips to let you sleep in a little longer.

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Apply styling foam and blow dry with a round brush. Appy a small amount of hair wax and use fingers to style.

It’s the short female business do and is popular with very dominant women. It’s a short hairstyle that shows the world you are a female and are in control.

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Apply styling foam, blow dry for a few minutes leaving the hair still damp. Apply hair wax and style using fingers, twisting and styling however you like. This is also an easy hair style to wear without the blowdrying.

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Apply mousse for waves and blowdry upside down scrunching your hair while drying it. Flip your head up and spray with a setting spray.

Perms are out, but one trend that is the hottest in salons is salt spraying. Don’t wash the hair everyday as dirty hair is easier to manage. Get the hair damp and use salt water in a spray to bring out the wavy curls. Since most hair has some sort of natural wave, the sea salt will bring this out and magnify it. Easy hair is all in what you feel comfortable with.If you do have time use a hair straightener, the temperatures do get hot enough to ensure a quick styling.

Till next time Good Luck

niki

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