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Hair Dryers: The Most Important Tool

December 31, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

There is always one thing in the bathroom that everyone takes for granted. That one hair tool that never gets any thought. The hair dryer. It is very unfortunate that this essential tool doesn’t get the respect that it deserves, after all it is probably the most frequently used hair tool in the bathroom. It really should get some more attention.

So are you one of those people guilty of not giving your due respect to your hair dryer? Chances are good that you are. Take a good look at your hair dryer, and if you’ve had the same one for over five years, or it seems like it takes you forever to dry your hair, you should probably consider upgrading.

Many people will say, “It’s just a hair dryer, any one will do. I’ll save my money for a hair straightener or curling iron.” But this is a bad attitude, and you aren’t doing yourself or your hair any favors by ignoring your hair dryer.

Investing in a quality hair dryer is not only an investment in yourself, but it’s an excellent investment in your hair. Think about this, if you are applying direct heat to your hair everyday, that heat is going to start doing damage to your hair, drying it out, making it frizzy and dull looking as all of the natural moisture and oils are stripped from your hair. And who wants that to happen to their hair? No one. That’s why you need to invest in an ionic hair dryer that will dry your hair effectively, without all of the damage. It is not a given that you have to damage your hair when you dry it. Not at all.

An ionic hair dryer takes advantage of negative ions that are blasted onto each hair, infusing them. The negative ions act on each hair to close the cuticle, effectively sealing in moisture and natural oils. Because the hair cuticle is being closed, each hair will lay flat on the head instead of standing up which gives that frizzy, out of control look.

Another amazing feature of an ionic hair dryer is that using one actually cuts the drying time in half. Some ionic hair dryers actually dry hair up to 60% faster than a regular hair dryer. That not only means that your hair isn’t being exposed to damaging heat as long, but also that you spend less time drying your hair, and more time styling it. Getting you out of the bathroom quicker and on to your day.

When you are looking for a hair dryer, be sure to choose one that uses ionic technology and incorporates ceramic elements into the construction. It is time that you start paying attention to the most undervalued hair tool of all time. A quality hair dryer is an essential tool in any hair care arsenal and you will be pleasantly surprised to see the amazing results it will have on your hair.

Bring In The New Year With Style

December 30, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

New Years Eve is just around the corner and if you’re planning on celebrating, do you already know how you’re going to wear your hair? If not, you need to start thinking about how you’ll be ringing in the new year with some style. There are plenty of options for creating a beautiful look for any party, especially a party as special as New Years.

All you need to create a fun and festive style are the right hair tools. Depending on the style you want to create, you’ll need a good hair iron, a curling iron and of course a blow dryer.

The best idea, no matter what your hair length is, is to start with dry, clean hair. So after you wash your hair choose an ionic dryer to dry your hair and lock in the natural moisture that your hair needs. An ionic dryer will infuse your hair with negative ions which act on each individual hair shaft to seal in the natural oils and the moisture which means your hair won’t look dry or damaged. In fact, your hair will actually benefit from this type of blow dryer, so you don’t have to worry about damage.

Once you have nice, healthy dry hair to work with you will need to decide if you want an up do or want to wear your hair down. Both ways can look absolutely gorgeous, it’s really a personal preference.

If you choose to wear your hair up, try sweeping it into a casual ponytail and then use your curling iron to add beautiful, sexy curls at the tail. Another way to create a sleek up do is to use a ceramic hair iron to make the hair straight and shiny. After you straighten it, pull your hair up or half up in a clip. You can pull a few tendrils through to frame the face, and if you like curl the hair that you have pulled up, to create a look of straight and curly at the same time.

Sometimes, the most beautiful hair styles are the simplest. If simple and sexy works for you, try to create something a little different for New Years Eve. If you typically have straight hair, use a curling iron, or even a hair iron to create beautiful, sexy waves throughout your hair. Using a hair straightener to create curls is very simple and fast, and gives you a much softer look than a curling iron.

If your hair is typically curly, use a hair straightener for a sleek and alluring look this year. You don’t have to worry about damaging your hair or permanently flattening your curls when you use a tourmaline hair straightener because these hair irons use the power of tourmaline to infuse each hair with negative ions which locks in the natural moisture and oils into each hair. Your hair will be stunning and sleek, not dry and frizzy, and it will hold the straight style all night, so you don’t need to worry about your style losing its power half way through a night of dancing.

This year, say goodbye to 2008 and goodbye to boring style. Ring in 2009 with something different and go into the New Year with some style.

You Deserve a Professional Quality Hair Iron at Home

December 19, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

When you leave the hair salon your newly straightened hair is probably shiny, sleek and amazing. But why is it that you cannot recreate that look with your own hair straightener? Ask yourself, what kind of hair straightener do you have at home? Do you have a cheap, drug store hair iron that doesn’t give you the results that you would like? Far too many women use a cheap hair iron that doesn’t do a good job straightening hair, and worse can actually damage the hair.

When it comes to hair straighteners, it’s very important that you choose a quality hair iron that will not damage your hair because straight hair isn’t very good if you’re breaking it and damaging it in the process.

When you are looking for a good hair iron, there are a few things that you have to look for. First, choose an iron that uses ceramic or titanium plates. Titanium hair irons generally combine the titanium with ceramic in order to get the best benefits. Ceramic hair straighteners are known for its amazing heat retention which means that it you don’t have to worry about any hot spots forming on the iron which could potentially burn your hair. Ceramic is the best material for maintaining heat so as well as not getting hot spots, you don’t have to worry about waiting for the iron to heat up between passes on your hair, so it’s fast and easy to use. Quality hair irons have heat sensors that sense the temperature a few times a second, which helps to regulate and keep the temperature constant.

Titanium plates on a hair straightener are very nice to use because they are as smooth as glass, so your hair simply slides along them. And these plates are as tough as steel, but extremely light so the iron is nice and easy to handle.

Another quality to look for in a professional grade hair straightener is the presence of tourmaline. Tourmaline is a naturally occurring mineral that has been discovered to be a natural source of negative ions. Negative ions penetrate each hair every time a tourmaline hair iron is passed through the hair, infusing each and every hair so that these hairs retain their moisture and lock in the natural color. Because tourmaline locks in the moisture and natural oils, your hair will look extremely healthy and naturally shiny, which is something a cheap hair iron can not do.

Professional quality hair straighteners will cost you slightly more than their cheaper counterparts that you can find in any drugstore, or Wal-Mart. But the difference in price is absolutely justifiable when you compare the difference that each iron makes to your hair. Cheaper irons may burn your hair, tear and pull it. They will not give you the results of smooth and shiny hair. Instead your hair will be standing up, frizzy, dried out, possibly torn and broken and maybe not even all that straight. It seems like an easy decision. When you want quality results, and beautiful hair – choose a professional hair straightener for your own personal use. There is absolutely no reason that your hair can’t look salon good every day.

Wrap Up Those Last Minute Gifts

December 18, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

There’s only a week left to go before Christmas. Have you finished your shopping yet? In the frenzy of the holidays, it is so easy to forget one or two gifts, or think that you got something for that special someone, when really you forgot. Or maybe you’re one of those people who leaves all their shopping to the last minute. Whatever your shopping style is, if you find yourself in the situation of needing last minute Christmas gifts there is nothing better than giving the gift of style this holiday season by gifting quality hair styling tools.

There are so many choices when it comes to giving hair styling tools, and everywoman on your list will appreciate a quality hair styling tool. If you are stumped on what type of tool to buy, go with a hair straightener. A quality hair iron can be used for so much more than simply hair straightening. Yes, of course you will be able to create sexy, sleek styles, but you can also flip hair out or in, and even add glamorous curls. Yes. Curls with a hair iron.

A quality hair iron also acts like a hair treatment for hair. Instead of damaging hair, like cheaper hair straighteners, a quality iron that is made with ceramic plates and utilizes the power of tourmaline and far infrared heat will actually nourish the hair creating glossier, healthier looking hair than before. The tourmaline and far infrared heat infuses each hair, sealing in the natural oils and moisture to keep it looking healthy, while at the same time sealing the cuticle so that each hair lays flat on the head. So you can say good bye to those frizzy fly aways.

Another great choice for anyone on your gift list is a quality hair dryer. Because even if you have a hair dryer, everyone can use a high quality dryer that cuts their drying time in half and creates healthier hair. Who wouldn’t want that? Choose a hair dryer that uses ionic technology. Negative ions go deep into each hair to dry from the inside, out. This means that hair dries faster. Much faster. In fact, by using an ionic dryer, you can get your hair dry up to 60% faster. How’s that for a Christmas gift?  Not only are you giving an awesome dryer, but you’re also giving the gift of more time in the morning. I’m sure you know someone on your list that could use an extra cup of coffee in the morning instead of drying her hair.

If you are stuck on what to buy that special someone on your gift list, take a good look at quality hair tools, because everyone likes to look good and if you can look good with healthier hair in the process, well that’s just an extra. So wrap up a little style this Christmas and give everyone on your last minute shopping list something that they can really use – all year long.

Best Hair Straighteners for African American Hair

December 17, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

If you are an African American, and have the notoriously difficult to style hair that is very coarse and thick, you may think that you will never be able to have straight hair, or that the only way you can achieve this style is to go through painful and long chemical hair straightening processes. But there is another way; it is possible for you too to have the sexy, sleek straight hair that you crave. All you need to do is to choose the best hair straighteners for African American hair.

Hair straighteners have come along way since the days when of metal plates, now you can get a hair straightener that will actually improve the look of your hair and you don’t have to worry about causing any damage.

The best hair straighteners for African American hair all have one thing in common. They are top quality and they utilize some of the best features that you can find in hair irons. You need to look for an iron that has ceramic plates because the ceramic plates provide a moist heat to the hair instead of a dry damaging heat. The moist heat, and far infrared that ceramic produces infuses each hair sealing in the moisture and closing the cuticle. Because each hair is affected in the straightening process, the results you get are much better and longer lasting. You will not have to worry about your style losing it’s look halfway through the day.

Another feature that you are common in all the best hair straighteners for African American hair is the addition of tourmaline. Tourmaline is a naturally occurring element that is a source of negative ions. These negative ions are the best discovery for straight hair then anything else. When the straightener passes over the hair, the negative ions infuse each hair shaft, sealing in moisture, natural oils and sealing the cuticle. The hairs lay flat against the head and have a radiant, healthy shine that you will not get with any other straighteners. Forget about the frizzy, over processed look that some African American women get when they straighten their hair. With tourmaline, this will not be a problem for you any more. You will now have beautiful, smooth and sleek hair with no need for a load of product to keep it smooth.

African American women should look for a hair straightener that has a high heat, however it is also advisable to get an iron that has a temperature adjustment on it. Typically, the thicker and coarser the hair is, the higher heat that is needed to straighten it. However, everyone has a different make up, and it’s important to consider the differences in an individual’s hair. So you may want to experiment with different temperatures before you automatically go with the highest heat setting.

There are a wide variety of hair irons out there for African American hair, and they are all gentle enough on your hair to use every day, so you can have straight hair everyday without the fuss or expense of chemical straightening procedures that can damage your hair.  

 

Chi vs. Karmin

December 16, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Some of the best straightening irons have long been held as the standard of quality when it comes to hair irons. But when it comes to choosing one over the other, which hair iron should you choose a Chi vs. Karmin? One of the biggest debates and frustrations is not narrowing down the hair iron from some of the cheaper, lower quality brands, but trying to decide between two high quality irons.

Let’s start with the Chi hair straightener. The Chi brand has held the status as one of the most popular hair straighteners with stylists and the general public for years. Chi has a number of different models of hair straighteners out, but its most basic iron the Original Chi Ceramic Hair Iron, is an example of the quality and simplicity that made Chi hair irons so successful. This iron utilizes the power of ceramic plates which provides an even temperature to the hair at all times, heating up quickly to begin styling right away. The ceramic plates also provide a moist heat which penetrates each hair, sealing the cuticle making your hair look shiner and healthier than it did before styling. The iron is versatile as well, making it easy to curl, flip and twist hair into a variety of styles.

One of the newest hair irons that Chi offers is the Chi Silver Nano Flat Iron. Not only does this hair straightener offer the top selling ceramic plate technology, but it also offers a very unique Nano Silver Technology that takes the long known power of silver and puts it to work on your hair eliminating a wide variety of bacteria and germs. This technology creates a healthier environment for your hair and environment while it’s doing an amazing job straightening your hair.

Taking a look now at the Karmin hair straighteners, you have another line of very high quality irons. The Karmin Titanium Hair Straightener, uses titanium plates instead of ceramic which also provide amazing straight hair, and some great benefits. The Titanium plates are as smooth as glass, but without all of the harmful properties that glass straighteners can have on your hair. Using negative ions and infrared heat, the Karmin hair irons, remove static from your hair creating a smooth, sleek look. The negative ions, penetrate every hair shaft, sealing in the natural oils and locking in color. The Karmin hair straightener, also uses a micro-porous technology that works also to lock in moisture so not only will your hair be beautiful, and straight but it will be healthier than ever before, radiating shine and glossiness.

When you are comparing the Chi vs. Karmin hair irons, you will find that both products work very well and will give you beautiful straight hair that will last all day. So if you are having a hard time deciding between those two excellent irons, it may simply come down to personal preference and you will not go wrong with either choice.

GHD vs. Karmin Titanium

December 15, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

So you’re choosing a new hair straightener and trying to decide between some of the top brands? It can be hard to make a final decision, but once you have it narrowed down, you’ve done the hard part. Some of the top brands that you may have to choose from are GHD vs. Karmin Titanium. These are two of the best selling hair straighteners on the market today and both have a great deal of excellent features.

The GHD hair irons are widely used by stylists and celebrities to create the sexy sleek styles that you see on the red carpet. GHD is known as being one of the first hair irons to utilize ceramic technology. Using ceramic in their plates allows the iron to heat up very quickly and maintain a constant temperature which means that you will not burn your hair, or get hot spots that make it difficult to style your hair.

They have refined their ceramic technology even further which means that a GHD hair iron will lock in your hair’s natural moisture, protecting color and sealing in hair oils that will make your hair look healthy and shiny.

The new redesigned barrel has a uniquely curved barrel so you can easily use your GHD hair iron to create a variety of hair styles including flips, twists and curls and still be able to straighten it easily and beautifully.

The GHD hair straightener has new and improved circuitry which helps the iron maintain it’s temperature, heating up to it’s maximum temperature every millisecond which means that you are ensured the temperature will be constant from your scalp to the tips of your hair. A built in microprocessor regulates the temperature in the plates five times a second to ensure it stays constant.

When you’re comparing the GHD vs. Karmin Titanium, you will find that while the GHD hair iron has a great deal of features, so does the Karmin Titanium. The Karmin hair iron uses titanium plates that are as smooth as glass, but as tough as steel. This iron utilizes negative ions and infrared heat which penetrates each hair and locks in the natural oils, keeping your hair looking silky and shiny after styling. The infrared heat removes static, so you can say goodbye to frizzy, fly away hair.

Because the Karmin Titanium hair iron uses ion field technology, each negative ion infuses the hair for a deep, long lasting straightness that you cannot find with other hair irons. So not only will your hair be straight, but it will straighten quickly and stay that way. You don’t have to worry about your hair becoming frizzy, or damaged looking.

The Karmin Titanium iron is easy to style with, so you can create curls, flips, flicks and of course straight styles all with one iron.

It can be extremely hard when you are choosing between a GHD vs. Karmin Titanium hair irons; however both irons are exceptional products that will give you the beautiful results that you are looking for with your hair.

Hair Straighteners That Don’t Damage Hair

December 12, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

If you haven’t used a hair straightener in a while, you probably have not been so lucky as to experience a quality hair straightener that will actually improve the look of your hair. Too many women who tried hair straighteners years ago were turned off by the way that they made their hair look, and have not tried them since. But you don’t need to worry. There are hair straighteners that don’t damage hair. You can have beautifully straight and sexy hair without all of the damage.

When you look for hair straighteners that don’t damage hair, you need to look for an iron that uses ceramic or titanium plates instead of glass or metal plates like some irons. The glass or metal is often painted which can chip off and tear at the hair, pulling or snagging. These cheaper hair irons will also often burn the hair because the glass and metal do not heat up evenly and can create hot spots that will burn or singe the hair as you straighten.

Ceramic and titanium plates are smooth and provide a constant heat that will not burn your hair. Ceramic actually provides a moist heat that will help your hair retain its natural moisture keeping it looking healthy. Ceramic plates are known for maintaining a constant heat, so you don’t have to worry about your hair iron heating up to an extremely high temperature that will burn your hair.

Another feature for hair straighteners that will not damage your hair is too look for an iron with tourmaline in it. Tourmaline is a natural element that generates negative ions. The negative ions infuse each individual hair and seal in the natural oils and moisture so that your hair will not dry out or get that frizzy, damaged appearance. The negative ions actually cause your hair cuticles to lay down flat on your hair so your hair looks even sleeker then it normally would. In fact, a hair straightener that contains tourmaline will actually improve the look of your hair and it is safe enough to use every day without fear of damaging your hair.

One of the newest features for hair straighteners is the addition of silver technology. Silver has long been known to be a natural antibacterial agent and now you can find it added to hair straighteners. With the addition of silver technology, the hair iron will actually kill any bacteria and germs that are on your hair, which will keep your hair looking its best and healthier than ever before.

If you are worried about a hair iron hurting your hair, stop worrying. There are so many high quality hair straighteners that don’t damage hair on the market today that there is nothing to be scared of. You can now have beautifully straight hair that has never looked healthier, shiner and smoother before, all from a hair straightener. If it’s been awhile since you have given a hair straightener a try, don’t be scared, you will be pleasantly surprised with the results.

Hair Straightening Tips

December 11, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

If you’re new to hair straightening, or even if you have been using your hair iron for awhile, it’s a good idea to brush up on a few basic skills. There are a few things that will help you make the most of your hair iron and keep your hair looking it’s best all of the time.

-         When you’re straightening your hair it is crucial that you start with dry hair. Don’t try to save time by trying to straighten damp hair. Take the time to dry your hair with a quality hair dryer before you begin straightening. You will damage your hair if you try to use your hair iron on wet or damp hair, it may burn and you will strip it from essential moisture that is needed to keep it looking its best. Unless you have a wet to dry hair straightener, in which case it is fine to use on damp hair. But be sure what type of iron you have before you try this.

-         Keep your hair straightener clean and in good repair. This sounds like a basic tip, however it is surprising how many people do not take the time to clean their hair straightener and store it properly. All that is required is to wipe down the plates of the straightener with a soft cloth that has been dampened with rubbing alcohol. If you do this every few days, or once a week, your hair straightener will stay clean and free from build up. Also, take the time to be sure that your cord is not pinched or tangled which can damage the power supply to the iron.

-         When you are straightening your hair, work in sections. Don’t try to save time by doing large clumps of hair at a time. Section your hair working from the bottom to the top of your hair. Depending on how thick your hair is, you may find it easier to work in small sections. If you want to create tendrils, or curls with your iron, small sections are definitely the way to go. Use clips to keep the hair out of the way and tangle free.

-         Use a straightening serum or thermal protector on your hair before straightening. This is a product that is designed to protect your hair from the heat of hair tools and it will help lock in moisture and seal in the natural oils that your hair needs to look its best. Even when you are using a high quality hair iron, it is beneficial to use a thermal protector on your hair.

-         When you are straightening your hair, be sure that you don’t squeeze too tightly because this will pull and tear at your hair and with a high quality hair straightener, there is no need to push too hard, just a firm constant pressure will do.

 

So there they are, the best hair straightening tips to get your hair looking straight, sleek and sexy.

How does a Hair Straightener Work?

December 10, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Hair straighteners, also known as a flat iron, hair iron or straightening iron work to straighten and smooth out curly, wavy and kinky hair. But just exactly how? Much like a clothes iron works to smooth out creases and folds in your clothes, a hair iron smooths out the wave and curl in your hair by using the combination of high heat and pressure.

The high heat and flat plates on a straightening iron work to reshape your hair. When clamping your hair in between the two heated plates the combination of the heat and pressure work together to flatten and smooth out kinky hair.  Like a curling iron is used to bend and curl the hair with a round barrel and high heat, a hair flat iron uses two flat plates to straighten and smooth out your hair.

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