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Do You Really Need Two Straighteners?

February 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Some households have all girls in them. Some households have only one girl in them. Either way, most households own a hair straightener to style hair with each day. The trendy hairstyle has been known to be popular with girls but some guys even do it if their hair is long enough. What if you are the only girl in your household and you own two or more hair straighteners? Doesn’t that seem a little ridiculous?

Many people would beg to differ that owning more than one straightener is odd. It’s easy to understand if there were two or three or even four girls in the same household. Each of those girls could have different types of hair (thick, thin, wavy, extremely curly) and each girl may need to use a different straightener. Weird as it may sound, there are households of one girl who owns three hair straighteners. I, myself, am the only daughter left in my house but I own three hair straighteners. Of course I have my favorite flat iron over the others but they all get used just as equally as the other. But is it really necessary to own more than one hair straightener?

More than one straightener in a household of one girl, in my opinion, can be bittersweet. I don’t mind owning three at once, as long as there is room to store each of the other two that aren’t in use. Some girls don’t even use the other straighteners that are in their house; they use the same straightener everyday and let the other(s) lie in the cupboard to collect dust. This is the part that doesn’t seem right in my mind. Why own so many yet only use one; you could get money out of the unused ones!

However, one reason some girls may own more than one flat iron is because one straightener may have a feature that the others don’t. For example, one of my flat irons has a rounded edged plate that makes it easier to curl hair with a straightener. Some girls like to use straighteners to curl their hair instead of an actual curling iron, so this kind of straightener is great for them. Some irons may have higher heat settings also and can therefore straighten better than others. Variety of plate sizes are also a popular reason for multiple straighteners in one household as well.

Whatever your reason may be for owning more than one straightener in your house, it’s not a crime so who cares, carry on! It’s more fun for girls to own more than one of something so they can switch up their look everyday. Even if you’re the only girl/woman in your household, you can find more than one straightener that will help you accomplish perfect looks every single day.

What To Do Last Minute With Unsharpened Shears

February 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

“I want tons of layers and make it edgier this time!” These are the words of your most valued client who means so much to you. You would do anything to keep her coming back to you because she loves the way you do her hair and is never disappointed. Usually hearing this words would be no problem and you could throw something together in less than an hour for her. But today you go to grab your shears and realize they’re completely dull and in such bad shape that you can’t even use them. Now what do you do?

In emergency cases like these, you may begin to panic. But that’s not what you want to do; you want to keep things calm so that your client (especially this woman) doesn’t know that anything is wrong. The more relaxed you can keep someone about their new cut, the better feedback you’ll get in the long run. After so long of thinking about what to do next, you need to come to a conclusion and quick! You may decide to pick a few different options.

One decision you could make would be to borrow another stylist’s shears. As long as she is in the same salon and you don’t have to run across town to get the pair of scissors, you should be fine. Just make sure you sanitize the shears well enough so they don’t have build-up on them that will make then stick and change their performance. You may then proceed with no problems and once the client leaves, go call the nearest silversmith to help you sharpen the blades before the next day.

That is one good decision that will help in case you don’t know how to sharpen shears without damaging them. Some hairstylists know how to do this and that’s why they may choose the option to sharpen them quick themselves and just tell the client to “hold on while I sharpen these shears quickly!” Knowing how to sharpen shears can also come in handy for those times when you may go to borrow another stylist’s pair and she’s already using them; now that would not be fun! However, it is possible.

If both the other stylist is using her shears and you don’t know how to sharpen shears, you may have to do one of the hardest things in life and say, “no.” You could try sharpening the blades yourself but that could just get you into even more trouble because you don’t have experience doing this like a professional silversmith does. Kindly tell this important customer that your scissors are not in their best shape and you will need to run and get them sharpened and reschedule her appointment. Be sure to tell her how sorry you are for the inconvenience and that you would rather reschedule and have her be unhappy than give her an awful haircut and have her be unhappy. Even offer a free haircut since this was your own fault.

Sharpness of scissors is what makes them scissors. Without that sharp-to-the-touch texture to them, you can’t even call them hair scissors. When this does happen to you, it will be embarrassing but if you just apologize and do so sincerely, the customer will more than likely understand. Maybe not any old customer but since this woman loves your performance, one little slip up wouldn’t hurt…as long as it never happens again. Emergencies will happen in times like this but remember how important your h

How To Style Hair In Less Than Five Minutes

February 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Waking up in the morning a half-hour too late is one of the biggest pains. Not only is it difficult to get yourself ready for the day, the fact that you wake up late also pretty much guarantees you a bad day. The worst part about having a bad morning is that you can’t make yourself look great, right? Wrong! In just a few tricks I’ll have you ready for a day your good looks will never forget and your face will thank you for.

Forget freshly showered hair that looks stringy all day; you need hair that you won’t regret styling and will look great all day. So even if you’ve waken up way too late to blow dry and straighten your hair, you can pull it all together with one simple look. The easiest way to do this is to start with a few tools that are handy right in your own home. Grab a brush, a teasing comb, hairspray and a few bobby pins.

First you’ll need to smooth the hair down with your brush to get all tangles out. When you sleep on a pillow that is made out of material other than silk, your hair gets ratty and messy from turning your head around all night. This means your brush is your best friend and will save the day. Once you’ve run the brush through the hair, use your teasing come to give a little oomph to the crown of your hair. Do this by taking sections at a time and lifting them straight up to the ceiling, spray the base of the section with hairspray and run the comb up and down for about 5 seconds. Next, let the sections fall and comb over them to leave a smooth overlay that will still give off a poofy look.

Next take your bobby pins and comb to part your hair with. Part the hair to the side and bring a section of hair (whether it be bangs or a loose section near the face) over to the side. Twist the section of hair to give a fun and cute edge to the style and pin it back with your bobby pin(s). To finish off this extremely easy look, tip your head to the ground and give it a quick hairspray refresher and then flip the hair back up to normal. You may need to run your hands through your hair to get rid of snarly parts, but this last step is the finishing touch to give your hair a boost of volume to look as if you just got done blow drying and styling for two hours. A style (which doesn’t even call for a hair straightener, might I add!) in less than five minutes can give you a look that will last you through the day.

Trashy Vs. Classy At Formal Events

February 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Recently, my high school held a little event we like to call winter formal. This is just one of three of the craziest times of the year for high school students. Hallways are filled with conversations about spray tans, dresses, and most importantly the perfect hairstyle! For homecoming, simple styles with straight or loose waves are more common for girls’ hair. Winter formal and prom are two completely different stories from homecoming, though.

Dances like winter formal and prom aren’t just events for girls to show up wearing a ponytail; this is one day in the school year where a girl can actually get glammed up with lots of makeup and huge hair without being judged…unless someone brings out her inner trashy! Time for the fashion police to begin handing out some fines.

When you walk into the school (or wherever else your event may be held) you want eyes to be on you in a good way, not in a bad way. To find a hairstyle where you can avoid trashy, go with a celebrity-inspired style. One of my favorite go-to girls to find classy styles from is Jessica Alba; she has the prettiest low ballerina bun with a sweet twist like throwing in a braid. Nothing says sassy yet classy like a small (1-inch wide) braid, and let me tell you, this girl knows how to pull it off!

If you’re looking for even more ways to avoid trashy, I’d say to avoid leaving too much hair down. At my school, I saw lots of girls who liked to put only some of their hair up and leave giant strands down to hang in their face. This doesn’t let others see your beautiful face and makes you look self-conscious; be proud of your face and own your beauty! I would suggest maybe even using some hair shears and trimming the bangs off at an angle to give you a perfectly elegant look. When the bangs begin above the brow and go at a diagonal down to the ear, you create a swoopy look that is sure to highlight your best features!

The number one tip of keeping hairstyles classy for prom and winter formal season is to get it back! Get it up out of your face and prevent it from blocking your sparkling eyes and stunning cheekbones! Popular styles for school dances are french twists, curly messy buns, and poofy bouffants. There are plenty other ways to keep your style classy and not trashy. For example the way you wear your dress. Another story for another day; keep your look classy at your next school dance with these great tips for great hair.

 

Why Do We Have To Use Different Scissors?

February 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

There are a whole variety of types of scissors we need to use if we’re hairdressers. For example, one of the best lines of shears in the country, the Kamisori shears, have been known for their many different types of scissors that they sell. Some of them have thicker blades and some of them have thinner, sharper blades. Many people wonder what the big difference is between these kinds of cutting tools and why we have to use so many different type? This depends on the kind of textures being cutting.

Kamisori sells only the best of the best, but that doesn’t mean they only sell one kind of hair scissor. They sell many different kinds to accommodate the type of hair that will be cut. For thick and coarse hair, there is a kind of shear called the Ryu. This pair has been rated five stars and has received two different awards for its spectacular performance. One of the best features is the versatile blades that allow you to cut thin hair but are mostly designed for thick hair.

The Butterfly shears have been designed to give a nice and smooth cut, no matter what type of hair you’re dealing with. These are the perfect example of “all-around” kind of scissors and have been given six stars for this. These are handmade shears and have been recommended to those with hand and shoulder fatigue. The rings on the handle of these hair scissors are designed to adjust for ring inserts that provide more comfortability. This pair really keeps the hairdresser in mind while giving a great cut to the client with its diversity of a performance.

Most people get their hair washed before cutting because wet hair can sometimes be easier to cut and/or trim. For others, it may be a quick trip to the salon while they run around with their busy day. If they have no time to get a wash before a cut, Kamisori has designed a great shear for their hair: the Teuton. It has been hand-crafted so that those who prefer dry cutting over wet can get just the results they want. So what’s the difference? The hardness of the steel has been adjusted to give better results and a higher quality cut since the hair is dry.

For all different types of hair, there is a different kind of hair scissor. Accommodating your hair’s texture is what Kamisori loves to keep in mind when designing their products. The idea of a variety of shears to give a great performance is what everyone is looking for when they are shear shopping. Keep this in mind the next time you look for a new pair of shears!

First Time Scissor Shopping

February 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hair scissors aren’t the easiest things to know how to shop for. It takes a lot of time and effort to pick out the right pair for you and to know that you will love them. The process of shopping for hair scissors isn’t like a wedding dress in that you can’t just put something on and fall in love. With shears you have to test them for a minute and make sure they’re comfortably usable. The drama that comes with scissors shopping doesn’t always have to be difficult, though.

Starting out as a new stylist is when this process is the hardest. This is because without many years of experience, you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. When you are a beginner, the process is about five times harder and takes about five times longer. It does get easier though so take a breath!

The first thing to remember is to never shop alone; especially with something so expensive like hair scissors. Salesmen and women have a tendency to sell you shears because of their price, not their quality. If you hear so many good things about a pair of shears that are over 1000 dollars but you hear nothing about a cheaper pair that seems to have half-way decent quality to them, there may be a problem. The salesman knows he is getting your attention focused on the expensive shears and he is going to go on about them until you give in. This is why you should always bring a friend; preferably a friend that knows a thing or two about styling. She could help you discover some ways to choose the best shears. And hey, it never hurt to have someone there to help you say no to a salesperson!

Things never seem to go fast when shopping for shears but to speed up the process, think about the things you are looking for when you cut hair. And not just things like the color of the shears or a price range; consider things like the sharpness of the blades and the performance that a specific pair are known to give. It may even help to think about it as finding all of the positive things about a certain pair you may find and then after finding that pair, ask about the price. It’s not always a great idea to judge a pair by its price.

Shopping never seems to be hard for women because it’s more of a hobby than a chore. Face it, we’ll use any excuse to be able to go out and shop for an afternoon! However, when it comes to shopping for useful tools like hair scissors, the process of shopping actually does become difficult and takes some time and consideration. Always remember the two main things about being a first time shear buyer: never shop alone and always get well-familiarized with each pair you may like.

 

Myths Of Straightening

February 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

When we straighten our hair, we are looking to give it shine and elegance. The point of two heated plates is to reduce the look of a frizzy snarly mess. When we use hair straighteners, we create a look that we always want our hair to have. Straightening is great for removing the frizz and giving a shinier look. There are rumors about straightening out there, though. Some people think that by straightening hair, we will permanently damage the follicle.

Everyone has their own opinion about everything. With hair straightening, there are opinions and then there are myths that have truths behind them. So many people think that styling with two heated plates is the worst thing in the world. Yes, this process has its cautions but I’m here to set the rumors straight about what’s bad and good. First off, the most heard about myth is that fact that by straightening hair daily, the hair will be permanently ruined. The truth: if you use a significant amount of heat protectant, your hair should be fine to style each day. The high temperatures of a straightener tend to scare people but as long as you use the appropriate settings and also use a protectant, your hair should be fine. You may also want to give it a day to breathe (away from the straightener) once a week or so, just to let things relax for a day.

Another myth is the difference between a professional ceramic straightener and a store-bought ceramic straightener. Some say if you use the more expensive, professionally designed straightener, you will give your hair a little more shine and it won’t be as harsh on the follicle. This is definitely not true. The truth is, ceramic is ceramic; you can’t get more damage from one kind than another. By using a store-bought ceramic plated straightener, you are not creating a more harsh kind of heat for your hair. The temperature of the straightener matters but not the kind of ceramic material that it’s made out of.

The last and most ridiculous myth I’ve heard deals with hair color. It has been said that the damage done to your hair from a straightener has a little something to do with the color of your hair… False! How could it have anything to do with color? Just because a woman has red hair does not mean she is going to get more split ends from her flat iron than her friend with brown hair. This makes no sense whatsoever and should not be taken seriously. The factor that effects hair the most is the amount of times you straighten over one piece of hair and the temperature setting that the iron is set on.

For every myth, there is a truth behind it. No matter what anyone says about the damage affect of a hair straightener, get back to the logic of your myth before you begin questioning things and deciding whether something is right or wrong. Not everything has to be bad for your hair, as long as you use the right, efficient steps to create your luscious locks.

Why Do We Cut Our Hair?

February 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Some say that getting haircuts makes them feel refreshed. The feeling of a new haircut can give your look a little zip and make everything seem crisp since it’s a new cut. There are also theories stating that if you trim your ends every six to eight weeks it can help your hair to grow faster. Some say this theory can’t be true, however, because it may seem hard to make hair grow if it’s always getting cut. There are many reasons why people cut their hair but there are also people out there who think haircuts are overrated. Why would you want to cut your hair when you can keep it growing to be luscious and long.

One of the reasons to cut hair regularly is because the ends get messy and tend to break easily if they aren’t treated. The suggested length to wait between cuts is six to eight weeks because the hair follicle needs a little time to grow back out before it can be reshaped. If you have extremely dry and damaged hair, you need may need to make your regular cut every four to six weeks so the hair can be repaired more often and maintain some health. As long as you bring out those hair shears more than twice a year, you can help your hair keep its body.

We, as Americans, are a much cleaner group of people than those in some foreign countries. Not to say there is anything wrong with other cultures and their traditions but in our specific society, we tend to care of our bodies more often and in heavier ways. For example, the average American will cleanse his or her hair and body once each day whereas it is more traditional in places like Rome to shower every three or four days. The fact that we are slightly higher on the hygiene scale reminds us that we tend to have cleaner cut hair too. Most Americans say that a good haircut should come every once in a while just to feel cleaner about themselves.

As odd as it may seem, some people even get a haircut just to gossip! That’s right, some ladies need a little time away from their husbands or children so they get a quick trim at the salon just to be around other women who talk about similar things! This may even be one of the more popular reasons for women to get a haircut. On the other hand, some men could care a less about their hair being cut and what type of shears are being used on them, etc. They get haircuts because their wives force them to after so long. The typical things they’ll hear from their wives include, “You look like a girl!” or “I can’t believe how long you’re letting your hair grow…I’m calling my hair lady!”

There are some reasons for getting a regular cut that make more sense than others. Who would think a place like a beauty salon would be a go-to place to get your mind off of things. For some women, it’s the perfect place. Then there are reasons like giving the hair cuticle a fresh start every once in a while. This is smart if you want to keep hair growing at its best. If you don’t get a regular trim with a quality pair of shears, the growth rate gets trapped by split ends and makes it come to an abrupt halt after so long.

How Not To Straighten Hair

February 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Some women style their hair everyday, mainly because they feel their hair looks more stylish or put-together when it is straight. To keep hair smooth and beautiful from day to day, lots of women say it’s best to use the heat of a straightener everyday. This may seem smart to them but after so many days of using the straightener, they begin to notice a difference in the texture and look of their hair. It is okay to straighten your hair every so often but to avoid heat damage, read the following tips about how NOT to straighten your hair.

If you’re going to straighten your hair more than three times a week, you could endanger it. All it takes a little too much heat and your hair will become fried with split ends. One of the worst things you can do when you straighten it is to avoid using any kind of thermal protectant spray. If you go without spritzing your hair thoroughly with a heat protectant, the split end affect will become much more of a problem.

You also should never try to straighten your hair by repeatedly going over the same chunk of hair. You are supposed to split your hair into layers and/or sections when you style it with a straightener because this helps keep all pieces separate and make it easier to straighten without tangling it. After you split it you begin straightening but you must remember that you can’t go over the same area more than once. Applying too much heat for too long can seriously damage the ends by breaking them off more and more each time you go over a certain chunk.

Those are two of the main things you should avoid doing while straightening your hair, but there are a few smaller details you should remember. These include things like setting the temperature too high on the flat iron, pulling the iron straight down through the hair, and not using frizz serum after styling. Remembering these great tips can be a helpful reminder as to why we should be ever so careful when we style our hair.

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