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The Magic Of A Straightener

March 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Every morning when I get out of the shower, my hair is an absolute frizz-ball mess. It’s not fun having to go through the day with your hair sticking out every which way because it contains so much frizz. If you have this exact feeling every morning too then you are completely normal. The only way to help soothe some of these crazy ends in your hair is to apply some heat. When I say heat I don’t mean you should blow dry your hair. Blow drying is so bad for this cause because it just creates even more frizz for you to have to deal with in the end.

One of the easiest ways to begin your process of removing frizz is to let your hair air dry. I do this almost every time that I shower and it never fails. Some say it leaves their hair feeling snarly but if you brush it once before you get out of the shower and then pull back your bangs and let the rest of the hair hang, it dries so much faster. The less bulk you have in your hair, the easier and less time it will take.

After your hair is completely dry, you can apply your pre-straightening helper. This would be the heat protectant spray that helps prevent so much split end outcome from hair straightening everyday. Even if you don’t straighten everyday, it still helps and should be used thoroughly anytime you use a straightener. Back in the day, women didn’t have any kind of protection from their curlers or curling irons so take advantage of these kinds of sprays to keep your hair healthy.

This next step is where all the magic begins to transform your stringy, frizzy hair into a lovely and lengthened style. Turn your iron onto the according heat setting for your kind of hair and as you begin to straighten, pull the iron through the section of hair in a vertical motion. This helps prevent crease lines that show where the straightener began in your hair. As you pull it through the hair, notice the beauty it creates in your hair. The frizz seems to disappear and shine seems to stand out like never before.

It seems weird knowing that your hair can transform into a goddess style with just one pull-through of a straightener. It’s because of all the heat that your hair seems to tame itself and look more relaxed. Your last step should be to apply some kind of serum that will tame the frizz even more and also keep it from reappearing after being in humid air. Apply a dime sized amount to your hair and smooth it through to be sure and lock in the shine.

While Flat Irons Are Better With Tourmaline

April 15, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Hair irons have come a long way in the past few years as technology has made advances, which make them less harmful to the hair than they originally were. First flat irons were exposed metal plates that were run through the hair to remove the frizz and curl. Eventually ceramic began to be used to cover the metal, which greatly reduced the damage that the very hot metal was having on the hair. Of course now you can get ceramic flat irons that are combined with tourmaline for the ultimate in straightening but in an iron that will not damage your hair despite regular use.

Of course the biggest advantage of a tourmaline flat iron is the additional negative ions that comes with their use. Tourmaline produces more negative ions, which help lock moisture in your hair. This will reduce the risk of damage that is associated with hair that is dried out from over styling. But the ionic technology is not the only benefit. Tourmaline also has great heating efficiency and can straighten hair faster than a ceramic alone iron. This will reduce the amount of time your hair will be in contact with the plates once again keeping you from damaging your hair while styling it.

Getting Curls With Either Curing Irons or Hot Rollers

January 25, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

For women who want to add anything from tight kinky curls to loose gorgeous waves to their hair the two most popular ways to get this done is with a curling iron or a set of hot rollers. Most women prefer one method to another and really there is no real wrong answer it is a matter of which one you are most comfortable with.

Hot rollers have the advantage of creating curls in your hair where you place them and then leaving your hands free while the heat does its magic. This can help you speed up the styling process and your probably already hectic morning. Of course with hot rollers you do sacrifice some control but they do produce consistent curls.

Curling irons offer more versatility than hot rollers in creating various types of curls as well as the placement in the hair. With a ceramic curling iron you can easily just curl the ends of your hair or add a few simple loose curls throughout your hair for a look with more volume. There is no better way to curl the size and shape of a curl in your hair than with a curling iron.

How do I keep my hair straight?

July 31, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Many women are asking how to get their hair straight and have it stay that way. There are chemical ways to accomplish straightening that after long periods of use can cause considerable damage to the hair. Don’t get me wrong, some people are born with the advantage of strong hair that can be processed, ripped through, tugged on, heat ironed, curled to death, and blow-dried daily with minimal damage, however most of us don’t have this luxury. Many of us have weak hair where after processing of any kind can cause us to one day look in the mirror and want to scream.

For those of you who have the stronger, healthier type hair, I would suggest chemically straightening. A good stylist will be able to help you once looking at your hair and determine if this is for you. If this is not a route you want to take, a professional hair straightener is a great option. Hair straighteners give you the versatility of different heating temperatures as well as having the choice to go curly, wavy and of course, straight. There are hair conditioners and sprays that you can use to protect your hair from the heat elements for the more frequent user.

For the ones with weaker hair, chemically straightening is not preferable. I would choose a good hair straightener along with a good heat styling aid to help protect your hair from heat damage. Look for a hair iron with various heating temperatures and be sure to use a lower heat temperature with fine thin hair. To help maintain straightening results use a straightening product that helps to relax hair and then use the appropriate styling aids that are specially formulated for after hair straightening. Both salons and drugstores give you different options of products to use with straightening your hair.

Using these methods will shape your hair for the next couple days. I have heard many women tell me that after using straightening products before hair straightening, that even after a full night’s sleep their hair would still be straight! Women I talked to who did not use any kind of product before straightening found that even after a few hours of being out that the “flyaway’s” had already started. This was usually women who were out dancing or in a windy environment.

What most of these products will do is activate during the blow-dry process to help relax coarse, curly or wavy hair. Your hair will look smoother, shinier and silky while being protected and conditioned.

For best results use only small sections of the hair, start from the bottom pinning up the rest. I recommend starting all around the bottom from ear to ear. When you are finished section off a small portion again from one side to the other until completely finished. Ensuring your hair is completely dry will do less damage as well.

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