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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.  

 

Hair Straightener Reviews

December 10, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

When it comes to shopping for a hair straightener there is a lot to consider. So many different types of straighteners, plate types, brand names, and different features that it can be confusing to try and figure out which one is right for you. And when you read the product websites, of course they are always going to tell you excellent things about their own products. How can you find an impartial opinion about hair irons? That’s easy, in order to get an impartial opinion about hair irons, you should read different hair straightener reviews.

You will find hair straightener reviews on a variety of web sites that specialize in hair products and hair styles. You can also do a search on the internet for hair iron reviews and see what turns up. When you are reading reviews however, be sure to keep in mind that not all reviews will be useful. You should look for hair straightener reviews that have been written by actual consumers, instead of product representatives in order to get a more impartial opinion about the iron.

Another thing to keep in mind about hair iron reviews is to try and find reviews that offer pictures of the person reviewing or a description of what their hair is like. This is important because if the reviewer has a hair type that is close to yours, the review will apply to you a bit more. Its one thing for someone with fine, thin hair to be reviewing an iron, but it may not relate to you if you have thick, coarse African American hair. It’s an added bonus if the reviewer has a hair type that is similar to yours.

Another thing to remember is that there are usually a few drawbacks to a product. Be wary of hair straightener reviews that are over the top positive. While it is absolutely possible for someone to be so pleased with a product that they have nothing negative to say, it might be an indication that a company representative has written the review.

Another very important thing to keep in mind is that just like anything else, hair straightener reviews are subjective. So it is usually a good idea to read a few different reviews in order to get a fair view of a product. Do not be put off if you read one negative review, the reviewer may be biased or had a uniquely bad experience. Try and read as many reviews as you can and then make your decision based on the majority.

Hair straightener reviews are an excellent way to get a feel for a product from the viewpoint of an actual user. Someone who can try out all of the features and apply it to their own hair, instead of just reading about it on a box. So when you are trying to decide which hair iron to buy, try to seek out a variety of hair straightener reviews before making a decision.

Best African American Flat Irons

December 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

No matter what type of hair you have, you will be able to straighten your hair with a flat iron. In fact, even if you have notoriously thick and coarse African American hair, you do not need to resort to harsh chemical straighteners that will damage your hair, perhaps permanently. Not too mention all of the harsh fumes and long wait times while the chemicals set. No way. All you need is to choose from the best African American flat irons and you are on your way to beautifully sexy, sleek hair.

The best flat irons for African American hair have a few things in common. The first is that they must have ceramic or titanium plates. These plates will be smooth and won’t tug or tear at the hair. Ceramic plates also offer moist heat which helps to straighten the hair from the inside of the hair, out. Moist heat is much gentler on tough, coarse hair.

Another very important feature that all of the best African American flat irons have in common is that they utilize the power of tourmaline. Tourmaline is a naturally occurring element that has been found to be an amazing source of negative ions. As the hair iron plates pass across the hair, the negative ions enter each individual hair shaft, sealing each hair cuticle. By sealing each hair cuticle, your hair retains its natural oils and shine, allowing it to be healthier than ever before. Also, because each hair cuticle is closed, the hair lays flat against the head instead of looking frizzy and standing up all over the place which is a common complaint for African American’s who straighten their hair. You want the end result to be sexy, sleek hair, not frizzy damaged looking hair. This is why tourmaline is so important in a hair straightener. The tourmaline keeps your hair looking straight, and it will also be softer and more manageable than ever before.

Another feature that you will need to look for when you are searching for the best flat irons for African American hair is temperature control. Do not choose an iron that only has one setting because this is not a one size fits all solution. It is much better for thick, coarse hair to be able to adjust the heat setting in order to get the highest temperature. Most African American hair needs a high heat setting, but before you crank up the temperature, start lower and work your way up because every person has different hair and you do not want to apply a high heat if you don’t have to.

Forget about expensive, messy and harmful chemical hair straighteners. You can get a better result, faster by using a high quality hair straightener. Plus, you will be doing your hair a favor because by using the best hair irons for African American hair, you can actually improve the look of your hair.

Put Some Thought into Choosing your Brush

December 8, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

There is one hair tool that most people don’t give much thought at all which is very unfortunate since it is a very important tool, and one that is used every day, regardless of what style is trying to be achieved. That tool is the hair brush. So how come it isn’t given any thought? What is it about the hair brush that people take for granted?

Well, all too many people simply pick up their hair brush at the local drug store, or Wal-Mart and don’t make their choice based on any important factors. Instead of looking at the important features, the decision may be based on price, or color instead of what really matters. So why would you put more thought into choosing a hair tool such as a hair straightener, and not give your brush the same thought and consideration?

There are a few things to consider when you are choosing a hair brush. And the first thing you need to do is to find a brush type that is right for your hair, because not every brush is the same.

A boar bristle brush is an excellent choice for women who have long, thick hair. These brushes naturally stimulate the scalp and redistribute the natural hair oils that are in the scalp throughout the ends of the hair. Also, these brushes do a great job of cleaning out any dust or debris that has built up in the hair. These brushes are perfect for African American hair and other thick, dense hair because the bristles can work their way into the hairs and brush them out perfectly.

You will also need to decide what style of brush you need. Do you want a flat, straightening brush? Or a rounded brush to help with styling? Thermal brushes are excellent for using with a hair dryer to help lock in the style you are trying to achieve. And the latest type of brush is the ionic brush which uses the power of negative ions to help eliminate frizz and create smooth beautiful hair every time it’s styled.

If you have thin or damaged hair, a cushioned brush is probably the best choice. Sometimes this type of brush is called a paddle brush, but the one distinguishing feature is that the bristles are in a rubber cushion that is easy on the hair when you’re brushing, perfect for those with thin hair.

Whatever brush you decide to try, just remember that you do not have to limit yourself to one type. In fact, brushes are so inexpensive that you can and should a variety of brushes for every styling need. Why not have a vent brush for drying your hair, an ionic brush for reducing the frizz and some rounded brushes when you are styling? Try out a few brushes to find what really works for you and your hair and remember to put the same thought into brush shopping that you would any other hair styling tool.

African American Hair is About Choice

October 20, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Almost every woman out there, no matter who you are, likes to change hair styles once in awhile. People with straight hair, like to go curly now and then, and those with naturally curly hair like to wear it straight for a change. It’s part of human nature to mix it up and try out different styles. But what if you have really hard to style hair? Does that mean that you’re stuck with the same look all the time?

 

The answer is no! African American hair is often considered to be very difficult to style because it tends to be thick, coarse and naturally curly. But even if you have this notoriously difficult to style hair doesn’t mean that you have to live with the same style every day. With the right hair products and styling tools, you can change your hair style as often as you change your clothes – as long as the mood suits you.

 

If you have dense, coarse and frizzy hair, you may be concerned when it comes to thinking about a hair straightener. And if you’ve tried an inexpensive straightener on your hair in the past you may have a very good reason to be concerned. But the technology in hair tools has grown leaps and bounds in recent years and there have been some amazing advances in hair care.

 

If you have black hair that is typically very hard to style and straighten, you don’t need to make the choice between curly or permanently straight. There used to be very little choice. You could go to the salon and spend hundreds of dollars for them to use chemicals to permanently straighten your hair, or you had to wear it curly all the time. Now, with a Karmin hair iron, you get to decide how you wear your hair every time you wake up.

 

The new advances in technology have introduced tourmaline hair straighteners which use the natural power of tourmaline to create beautiful hair. Tourmaline is a naturally occurring element that emits negative ions. These negative ions smooth the hair and close the cuticle to create beautiful, smooth healthy looking hair. Yes, even notoriously hard to style and straighten black hair is smoothed and straightened with these irons. And you don’t have to apply heat for long periods at a time either. Because these irons use far infrared technology to straighten, they dry the hair from the inside out which means you don’t need to expose the iron to the hair as long, which means – less risk of damaging your hair.

 

Even if you have already relaxed your hair chemically, but it’s not quite as straight or healthy looking as you would like, the best flat irons for African American relaxed hair is a Karmin hair iron. These irons won’t damage your hair like other irons and will give you the straight beautiful hair you desire.

 

Say goodbye to frizzy, damaged hair. By using a hair straightener with tourmaline technology, you will be able to straighten even the most difficult, coarse hair in half the time. The results will be silky, flowing hair that is healthy and shiny. And you don’t have to make the permanent decision to straighten with harsh chemicals. You can wear your hair straight one day and the next, wear your hair in your beautiful natural curls because a quality hair straightener, gives you choice.

The Benefits of Boar Bristles

October 2, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Proper hair care and perfect styling starts at the very beginning – with the proper brush. All too often, women do not give the proper thought to the type of brush they are using and it can even become an after thought with most of the attention going to hair styling tools such as straighteners or blow dryers. But don’t let yourself fall into this trap because a quality hair brush can be your most essential hair styling tool.

When it comes to brushes, there are three main types. A plastic brush with bobble ends, synthetic fibers or a boar bristle brush. You can also find any combination of these three types with the most common combination being a mixture of synthetic and boar bristle brushes.

You may have heard a lot of talk about boar bristle brushes, and if you’ve checked out hair brushes recently, you’ll have noticed that boar bristle brushes tend to be more expensive than other types. Why is that? A boar bristle brush is about a lot more than simply brushing your hair. It’s about creating healthy, shiny and manageable hair. Some even say that a boar bristle brush is an entire experience and treat that you can give yourself every day.

Boar bristles are quite hard and densely packed in the brush. This may scare you off at first because you’re afraid of ripping your hair. But don’t worry. The hard bristles are very tough and they are perfect for thick, dense hair. In fact, these brushes are perfect for African American hair that is typically hard to manage.

The hard boar bristles are very effective at removing dirt, dust and debris from the hair because they are so densely packed. When you are using your brush to clean your hair, it’s important to start away from the scalp first and then you can progress to the scalp to receive even more benefits from your brush.

The other excellent feature of a boar bristle brush is the massaging effect. The hard bristles stimulate the scalp, increasing the blood flow which can be very relaxing and soothing. The stimulation of the scalp also spreads the natural oils of the scalp – the sebum through the hair and down the hair shaft. This results in smoother, healthier hair that is soft and manageable. Increasing the blood flow to the scalp has been linked to stimulating hair growth, creating thicker and longer hair as well.

Many people who take a natural approach to hair care like using a boar bristle brush because you can effectively clean your scalp and your hair without using shampoos. Simply remove the debris, dust and build up with your brush and then clean it before using the brush for massaging benefits.

Because it is so effective at trapping dirt and dust, it is very important to clean your brush periodically. It’s very simple to clean your brush, simply turn it over and use a comb to remove any lint or debris that gets caught in the bristles. Occasionally, you may want to give your brush a thorough cleaning by rinsing it under running water or even by soaking it in a bit of shampoo.

It is important to remember when you are using your boar bristle brush to be careful. Because the bristles are so hard, you can cause damage to your hair if you try to force your brush through tough knots or tangles. Also, it is crucial to never brush your hair when it’s wet or you will cause unnecessary damage.

Because you are distributing the natural oils through your hair with the brush, you are sealing the hair cuticle which means that you will see an improved appearance with dead ends, breakage and dry frizzy hair. Your hair will be softer, more manageable and generally much healthier with the repeated use of a boar bristle brush.

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

Black Hairstyles

May 6, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Throughout the years I have heard of many different black women talking about how difficult it is to style their hair. Not being of African American descent it is hard to imagine the difficulties that are presented to them with everyday taming and straightening curly, thick, coarse hair.

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With the right hair products and a Karmin hair straightener you can achieve this look in no time. I found a website that helps in taming the common black hair: www.2hairstyles.com. It gives you product ideas, then if you refer to our website, My hair Styling Tools, it gives you the tools to achieve the look.

When shampooing your hair always just put shampoo at base of scalp and massage. Do not add shampoo to the bottom of your hair. Just rinse out and let the water rinse the shampoo out, while doing this the shampoo slides down your hair still cleaning it but not overdoing it where dryness would occur.

With my experience, (hairdressing that is) I can tell you this:

  • taming frizz serum must be used while your hair is soaking wet, I mean dripping all over the place. You will know the right amount to use after some practice.
  • if you don’t have a lot of time and you must blow dry, use cool air and dry in sections.

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  • Use a wide tooth comb or brush so to not rip through your hair
  • Once hair is dried heat up your Hair Iron
  • Separate your hair in sections. It is much easier to get a couple of clips and start straightening from the bottom back working your way around to the sides and then up. When straightening hair, run the iron down the section slowly to get the best results.

Once you are finished, in most cases, depending on the product, you should be able to comb your hair out and add some setting spray and be on your way.

I found that there are a lot of interesting sites for black hairstyles and these were my top choices;

2 Hairstyles

Universal Salons

Black Hair Care

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Don’t forget there is such a thing as “overwashing”, do not “rip through your hair, start from the bottom and work your way up“, always try to just shampoo the roots, and the most important one of all, any kind of frizz reducer must be used when hair is SOAKING WET.

Niki

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