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A Guide to Finding the Best Flat Iron for You

November 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

When considering buying a new flat iron or hair straightener, there are a few things to consider to ensure you get the most of your money. Spending a little extra money on a high quality flat iron now will be worth it in the future.

The single most important factor of a good flat iron are the plates. Tourmaline or ceramic plates, while more expensive, are essential to make sure your hair is not damaged.  Plates made out of other, inexpensive materials are likely to damage your hair and provide undesirable results.

Second, look for temperature controls. Many flat irons are not equipped with an adjustable temperature control but rather have an “on” and an “off” setting. Adjustable temperature controls allow you to adjust the temperature to fit your specific style of hair, lessening the damage inflicted by the heat.   A general rule is that fine hair requires a low temperature while thick or curly hair will call for a higher temp.  Temperatures set too high for your hair type will cause damage to your hair and a temperature set too low will not style properly.

Third, the shape of a flat iron will affect the styles you can produce with the tool. A thinner hair straightener offers more versatility than a wider, thicker hair straightener and will allow you to curl, flip as well as straighten. On the other hand, if you simply intent to straighten your hair each day, a larger (2 inch) flat iron may be more beneficial.

Depending on how often you plan to use your flat iron, you may also want to consider the heating time. If you plan on using it for professional purposes or on a daily basis, you will want a one with a short heat up time. If you straighten your hair on an occasional basis, the length of time it requires to heat will be less influential in your decision. The length of cord is another convenience feature to consider. A longer cord is essential for hair straighteners which will serve a professional purpose and a nice feature when using it on a daily basis.

These factors are the most important features to consider when purchasing a flat iron and they will help determine which tool is right for you.

The Best Student Shears for your Training

November 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Student ShearsSpending day after day cutting and shaping and blending and thinning can put a lot of stress on your muscles, but the right hair scissors provide every comfort enhancing feature available.

Because you’re learning, you’ll try out your hair scissors on many styles of hair and use them for many different cuts.  This makes it vital for you to have quality hair scissors that will last.  These scissors are the most valuable tool you have.

The Kamisori 5.75”Ergonomic Student Shears are made from 440C high chromium Stainless Steel.  It is made with special corrosion resistant properties to ensure that they don’t rust or become damaged and this metal provides the highest durability so these student hair scissors will last throughout all of your training.

It’s important to use the proper blade for each hair cut.  There are two popular blade styles used today:  convex and bevel.  Bevel blades have been around for a long time and are the oldest style used today.  Because of it’s older design, scissors with bevel blades need more forced to open and close.  It can easily add pain and strain to your hand and fingers.  Just consider how many times you open and close your shears during one hair cut.  The convex blade is a newer, updated blade and is used on nearly all training shears.  It is a state of the art, smooth blade that requires less force.  Convex blades are required for slide cutting because bevel blades will leave the hair choppy and gapped.

To make shears more easily adjustable, tension systems have evolved and grown to be the most efficient possible.  There are five tensions systems on professional hair shears:  The Coin Adjustable, Round Click Dial Adjustable, Leaf Spring Assembly, Rotating Thumb Ball Bearing and Ball Bearing Pivot System.  The purpose of a tension system is to allow the hair stylist to adjust how the shears open and close.  If the tension is too tight, the shears will cut the hair poorly and it will cause a lot of unnecessary damage to the hair shears.  If the tension is too loose, the blades will simply bend the hair rather than cutting it. The coin adjustable system is the oldest tensions system available; it is considered an industry standard and very dependable.

Round click dial tension systems are more precise because the scissors make an audible click with each adjustment. The leaf spring adjustable tensions system is modified version of the previous two styles that allows for much more control and accuracy when adjusting the tension.  The balance it offers to hair shears results in a longer lasting set of scissors.  Both of the ball bearing tensions styles allow for more stability and movement when using the hair scissors.

The finger rest on professional hair shears is an important part of comfort and stability.  It can reduce muscle stress and prevent injury, especially CTS (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) and RSI (Repetive Strain Injury).  Some stylists like finger rests and some do not; it is based purely on preference. Because of this, some professional hair shears come with a finger rest and some don’t.  On some shears, the finger rest is removable, allowing each student to try cutting hair with and without the rest.  No matter what their preference, students will be able to work comfortable with these kinds of shears.

One more important and innovative feature on professional hair shears is the swivel thumb ring.  Many scissors are manufactured with stationary thumb rings, but for a new hair stylist, it is important to use scissors that can adjust to his or her preferences.  Additionally, in student hair scissors, it provides an opportunity to experience a variety of angles, leading to an informed decision about the angle of the thumb ring.  Many high quality shears have a thumb ring that adjusts to any angle to increase comfort and leverage and to provide options to each new stylist.

Professional hair shears come in a vast variety of shapes, sizes and designs.  They range from very inexpensive and very low quality to extremely expensive and the highest quality.  This tool is an smart investment, and hair scissors are not something that can be taken lightly.  The least expensive pair of professional hair shears is almost never the best option; with poor quality scissors your will deliver poor quality cuts and hinder your career.  It’s important to invest in the best tools not only for your career, but during your schooling as well.

Sexy Styles Your Man Will Love

October 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Pony TailDespite the fact that women spend endless hours on their hair before going out to a simple dinner, men tend to prefer simple, sexy, low-maintenance styles.  This might just be because these styles take less prep time which means men don’t have to wait as long, but whatever the reason, men like it simple.

Sleek and Straight

Grab your flat iron (try a Karmin Titanium) and straighten your tresses into a clean and healthy style.  Be sure to use appropriate heat protection spray and even a straightening serum for the best results.

Classic Pony Tail

When guys see a high, loose pony-tail, they’re minds immediately conjure up images of school girls and cheerleaders.  Take advantage of this and use it as an excuse to throw up your naturally wavy locks into a pony tail.  For a little extra class, wrap a 1-inch section of hair around the elastic band and add big curls using a 1 inch barrel curling iron (try the CHI Turbo Digital)

Casual Up do

Seeing a woman with her hair piled loosely on her head, maybe with a few tendrils around her face, makes a guy want to reach out and run his fingers through it.  It shows that a girl is carefree and relaxed and not too worried about having every hair in place (literally).  Use a flexible hold hairspray and bobby pins to secure your hair into this attention-grabbing style.

A good hair day, every day!

October 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Even when a woman has been using the same styling techniques every day for months, there are some days when she’ll wake up and just not be able to make her hair cooperate.Ever been this woman?  Not anymore!  There are several easy and inexpensive precautions you can take to ensure that every day is a good hair day and you never again have to leave the house in a sloppy pony tail or old hat.
The first step starts long before that fateful morning when nothing works right.  Always, always wash your hair with a quality shampoo. There are shampoos available for thick hair, thin hair, curly hair, color treated hair and many more.
In addition, be sure that you use are using an appropriate conditioning technique.  You can use a conditioner that must be washed out immediately or a conditioner in the form of a spray that you leave in the hair.  If you use a hair dryer and other heated styling tools on a regular basis, consider using a product that will protect your hair from heat exposure.
When you dry your hair, don’t forget that this is an important step in the styling process.  The way you dry your hair can drastically affect the way your hair lays and looks during the rest of the day.  To add volume, flip your head upside down and dry your hair starting at the nape of your neck and working you way outward with a brush.
If you intend to use another heated styling tool such as a hair straightener or curling iron, now would be a good time to spray the hair with a thermal protecting spray to prevent any unnecessary heat damage.
Whether you are straightening or curling the hair, work section by section, spraying each part with a styling spray before you apply the heat.  After you are finished, DO NOT brush the hair again; simply spray the hair with a setting hair spray and comb through it with your fingers if necessary.
If you curled your hair, brushing it will drag out the curls and leave your hair poofy rather than nicely curled.  If you straightened your hair, brushing could take away from the sleekness you worked so hard to achieve, as well as lead to static electricity.
Remember, your hair is an important part of your appearance and it’s important to take good care of it.  Use the proper styling tools and products, as well as the proper styling techniques each time you work with your hair

Side Pony Tails Make a Sexy Style

September 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Hair styles come and go and from feathered locks to teased tresses, there’s always something new in style.  Lately, we’ve seen our favorite starlets wearing some sexy side ponies to formal events and in everyday life.  These aren’t reminiscent of the 1980s high side ponies, though.  They’re low and sleek and easy to achieve, plus they look perfect from day to night.

How to get this look:

-Start by using a volumizing shampoo and conditioner to wash your hair.  You could also add a little root boosting spray before you blow-dry your locks.  Use the dryer to create even more volume by drying your hair with your head upside down.

-Then create a side part where your hair naturally falls and gather your hair into a low pony on the opposite side of the part.

-Next secure your low pony with a hair band and use a bow or wrap your hair around the band for added flair.

Celebs like Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood are famous for rocking this ‘do and you can, too!

Don’t Sell it Short! Your Flat Iron can do much More than just Straighten Hair!

September 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The term “flat iron” is most commonly associated with straight, silky, shiny hair. But flat irons can do so much more, including and body and curls to your hair. The processes described below will help you achieve any of these styles.

First, to curl your hair with a flat iron, you will obviously need a flat iron. Investing in a quality flat iron such as a CHI hair straightener will give you better results. Comb through your hair until it is smooth and tangle free.  Part it where you naturally would and divide it into smaller sections that will be easier to work with.   Depending on how many curls and what size of curls you’re after, you should choose larger or smaller sections. Thicker hair or if you desire tighter curls will require smaller sections; finer hair or if you desire looser curls will require bigger sections.

Next, start on the underside of all of your hair. Grasp a  piece of hair and clamp the hair straightener close to the roots, just as you would if you were going to straighten the hair.   When you begin to pull the flat iron down, turn it about 60 to 90 degrees, like you are twirling the hair around the flat iron, but do not twirl it all the way around (this would make it impossible to pull through).  Pull the flat iron slowly through your hair, keeping it at an angle – the slower the better to get the curl you want. At the end, twist the flat iron just a little more, this will help make sure there are no straight ends.

After you pull the flat iron all the way through the section, wrap the curled hair around your fingers to reinforce the shape. Allow the hair to cool before moving, it will have a very tight look, but it will fall later. You may want to spritz the section with a light, volumizing hair spray for better hold.

Repeat these steps for all the sections of hair on your head. Once you have curled your whole head of hair, shake out the tight curls and tousle your tresses to give them a looser, natural look. For more volume and body, you can backcomb a few sections of your hair at the crown of your head.

Curling your hair with a flat iron is easy and provides silky, shiny, fizz free curls all with one, versatile tool.

Voluminous Vixens! Add volume to your everyday hairstyle.

September 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A lot of 2010 hair style trends involve lots and lots of volume.  The runways are full of models who have abandoned their sleek and silky chignons in exchange for loose, voluminous and a more sultry look.  One of the most popular looks in the messy updo.  Rather than the hair being combed smooth against the head and perfectly in place, women are using the updo for a more casual look.  They pin it up or tie it back for an effortless look for any occasion.  Gone are the days when every hair was in position; now it’s in style to look a little ruffled.

To add volume to any other do, there are many techniques to help you out.  Try blow drying your hair upside down after towel drying and applying a thermal protection product.  When it’s dry, give it a quick shot of hair spray before you flip your head back over and DON’T comb it out right away.  After you flip your hair back, wait for it to fall naturally and then use a wide tooth comb or pick to help smooth out the top layer.

If the hair dryer trick isn’t working for you, try to use curlers to help you out.  Dry your hair and apply a thermal protection product.  Use 1 inch hot rollers around your head, especially at the crown and leave them in for the required time.  When you pull out the rollers, wait for the hair to cool completely before trying to comb or style your locks.  You could even consider giving it a gentle mist of flexible hold hair spray to provide a little extra oomph!  After your curls are cooled, comb through them with your fingers to turn up the volume.  You don’t have to leave the curls either!  You can pull your hair back into a messy updo or smooth out the curls for a wavy, tousled look.

There are so many options and varieties of voluminous hair this season.  No more dull, flat hair for you!  Try each of these techniques and play around a bit to get the hottest new hair trends for 2010.

Do Regular Trims Really Encourage Growth?

September 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Is it really true that trimming your hair makes it grow faster? Is this a fact or is it just an old wives’ tale? Well, neither. Or both, depending on how you look at it. For some hair types, trimming up the ends each month can be very beneficial when it comes to growth. On the other hand, some hair types will not benefit at all from this regular snip snip every couple of months.

The average person experiences about ½ inch of hair growth per month. Moreover, people can lose more than 100 individual hair strands every month.  It’s important to determine which type of hair you have in order to decide whether you should be doing a regular trim.

If the ends of your hair tend to break off regularly or you experience damaged hair, you are part of the group that should spend some quality time with some hair scissors. Unhealthy hair will experience split ends on a regular basis. These ends will break off, causing your hair to seem as though it’s never growing. Ask your hair dresser to use high quality professional hair scissors to trim only the very ends of your hair and this should encourage healthy, happy growth. These are the people who view the “trimming will help your hair grow faster” idea as fact.

On the other hand, if you have healthy, strong hair, you may not be doing yourself any favors with the monthly trims. If you have few split ends and little breakage, trimming the hair will likely cause more harm than good in your hair growing efforts. These are the people who view the “trimming will help your hair grow faster” idea as a myth.

Decide with your hair dreser whether or not you fall into the category of “split ends” and whether or not you need regular trims. Talk to him or her about “micro-trimming” or “dusting” your ends. This is a process that can be done with an extremely sharp pair of hair scissors. The hair scissors MUST be extremely sharp for this process to work.

This trim removes less than ½ inch of hair with each snip. It is ideal for trimming split ends without losing length. No type of trimming will actually make hair follicles grow faster, but in some cases it can improve the appearance of hair and help extend the length by preventing breakage.

A Guide to Selecting Hair Shears

September 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Kamisori Black Diamond Shear Set

Kamisori Black Diamond Shear Set

Spending day after day cutting and shaping and blending and thinning can put a lot of stress on your muscles, but the right hair scissors provide every comfort enhancing feature available.

Because you’re learning, you’ll try out your hair scissors on many styles of hair and use them for many different cuts.  This makes it vital for you to have quality hair scissors that will last.  Hair scissors are your equipment; they are your most important tool.

The Kamisori 5.75”Ergonomic Student Shears are made from 440C high chromium Stainless Steel.  It is made with special corrosion resistant properties to ensure that they don’t rust or become damaged and this metal provides the highest durability so these student hair scissors will last throughout all of your training.

It’s important to use the proper blade for each hair cut.  Convex and Bevel blades are the most used types.  Bevel blades have been around for a long time and are the oldest style used today.  Because of it’s older design, scissors with bevel blades need more forced to open and close.  It can easily add pain and strain to your hand and fingers.  Just consider how many times you open and close your shears during one hair cut.  The convex blade is a newer, updated blade and is used on nearly all training shears.  It is a state of the art, smooth blade that requires less force.  Convex blades are required for slide cutting because bevel blades will leave the hair choppy and gapped.

To make shears more easily adjustable, tension systems have evolved and grown to be the most efficient possible.  There are five tensions systems on professional hair shears:  The Coin Adjustable, Round Click Dial Adjustable, Leaf Spring Assembly, Rotating Thumb Ball Bearing and Ball Bearing Pivot System.  The purpose of a tension system is to allow the hair stylist to adjust how the shears open and close.  If the tension is too tight, the shears will cut the hair poorly and it will cause a lot of unnecessary damage to the hair shears.  If the tension is too loose, the blades will simply bend the hair rather than cutting it. The coin adjustable system is the oldest tensions system available; it is considered an industry standard and very dependable.

Round click dial tension systems are more precise because the scissors make an audible click with each adjustment. The leaf spring adjustable tensions system is modified version of the previous two styles that allows for much more control and accuracy when adjusting the tension.  The balance it offers to hair shears results in a longer lasting set of scissors.  Both of the ball bearing tensions styles allow for more stability and movement when using the hair scissors.

Finger rests are an option feature available on most hair scissors and provides a new level of comfort and/or stability.  It can reduce muscle stress and prevent injury, especially CTS (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) and RSI (Repetive Strain Injury).  There is no hard-fast answer for using a finger rest.  Its use is based on the desire of the stylist. Because of this, some professional hair shears come with a finger rest and some don’t.  On some shears, the finger rest is removable, allowing each student to try cutting hair with and without the rest.  No matter what their preference, students will be able to work comfortable with these kinds of shears.

The final feature discussed in this article is the thumb ring, or swivel thumb ring. Many scissors are manufactured with stationary thumb rings, but for a new hair stylist, it is important to use scissors that can adjust to his or her preferences.  It’s also valuable in that it give a student the opportunity to try using the scissors at different angles to help decide what works best.  Many high quality shears have a thumb ring that adjusts to any angle to increase comfort and leverage and to provide options to each new stylist.

Professional hair shears come in a vast variety of shapes, sizes and designs.  They range from very inexpensive and very low quality to extremely expensive and the highest quality.  This tool is an smart investment, and hair scissors are not something that can be taken lightly.  The least expensive pair of professional hair shears is almost never the best option; with poor quality scissors your will deliver poor quality cuts and hinder your career.  It’s important to invest in the best tools not only for your career, but during your schooling as well.

Summer Hair: Fun and Flirty is the Way to Go

July 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Everyone loves summer time!  From beaches to baseballs games, nearly every activity takes you outside for sun and fun.  This provides the perfect opportunity to show off your hot bod and sexy clothes, but what about your hair?  From dry heat to humidity, the high summer temps can wreak havoc on even those most faithfully cared for tresses.

The prevent damage to your hair, try to use your hair straightener only every other day in the summer.  Go for a flirty and fun pony tail as an alternative to your usual sleek style. Try this one:

  • A Big Bun - This daring look is perfect for date night or going out on the town with your best girlfriends.  Spritz your dry hair with a flexible hold hairspray and tease it all over to give it some volume.  Pull your hair into a high pony on the top of you head and secure with a strong elastic band.  Wrap your whole pony tail around itself and pin the ends down to create a big, loose bun.  Pull out random sections for a bit more daring and messy-on-purpose effect.

If you prefer a shorter style, consider a lighter cut for the summer months.  Ask your stylist about thinning shears as a way to take away some of the bulk and thickness and lighten your locks during those heated times.  Take a page out of Katie Holmes’ book and go for a wavy bob.  It’s low maintenance and great for keeping cool.

Don’t let hairstyling woes bog you down during the best time of year.  Make a few minor adjustments to your hairstyling routine and you’ll great all year long!

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