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Getting Very Straight Hair Even With Discount Flat Irons

November 7, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Many women purchase discount hair straighteners and then get frustrated with the results when their curly hair will just not go away and they do not get that sleek hair that they are wanting. For some women these inexpensive flat irons will work decently especially when they are combined with hair straightening products to assist the iron in get those curls out. Though for the best results you should really acquire a professional grade flat iron. The Ceramic plates and variable temperature settings that these irons have do a superior job over those discount flat irons and making beautiful straight hair.

Easy Steps for Beautiful Straight Hair

October 21, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

If you have never used a hair straightener before, you might be a little bit overwhelmed by getting the look just right. Professional hair stylists make it look so easy when you are sitting there in the salon, but when you get home it can be very tricky trying to handle the iron, and the spray at the same time. Not to mention the combs and brushes.

 

So is there a simple way to achieve the straight hair that you want? Absolutely. All it takes is a little know how and some practice. Before you even attempt to style your hair like the professionals, you need the proper tools. You will need a blow dryer, preferably one with ionic technology because it will dry your hair faster and with less damage. You will also need a hair straightener, if you’re looking for straight, shiny hair.

 

When you purchase a hair straightener, look for one with ceramic or tourmaline plates or a combination of both. These hair irons will give you the best result and will not damage your hair like cheaper irons made with glass or metal plates. Using a hair straightener that is poor quality is only frustrating because it will not work as effectively and it will damage your hair in the long run.

 

Before you can attempt to straighten your hair, it must be dry. Comb out your hair to remove any large tangles with a wide toothed comb. Never brush wet hair, it only damages and pulls your hair resulting in broken hairs. Aim your blow dryer down, to close the hair cuticle as you dry. This will help your hair lay flatter and look smoother. Once your hair is dry, you can begin the straightening process.

 

It is usually a good idea to use a thermal spray on your hair as you are styling it. A thermal spray will give your hair added protection and will help your hair look its best, resulting in shiny, healthy looking hair. Be sure however that you only use a light mist of the product instead of a heavy spray. If you apply it too heavily it will feel sticky and look clumpy which is not the look you are after.

 

Divide your hair into sections for easier styling. Always start at the back, with the undermost side of hair. Mist the hair lightly with the spray and take a small section in your hand. Some people like to use a comb while they straighten, but others find this clumsy. It’s up to your preference. Starting at the crown of your head, clamp the iron over the hair and very gently slide the iron down the length of your hair. Depending on the thickness of your hair and how much hair you put in the iron at once will depend on how long you need to hold the iron on the hair.

 

Continue straightening each section around your head, remembering to apply the thermal spray before each pass of the iron. Finish at the front of your head. When you are done, you may want to apply a straightening balm that will provide shininess and smooth out any bits of hair that are sticking up.

 

The final result is beautiful smooth, straight hair that looks and feels healthy and beautiful. If you want flips and curls in your hair as well, you can achieve that with your hair straightener as well, but that’s a lesson for another day.

Blow Me Over: Understanding Hair Dryers

October 1, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Most women (and some men) have a blow dryer in their bathroom. It’s one of those tools appliances that most people tend to take for granted. Everyday, you get out of the shower, your hair sopping wet and start blowing it dry.  But have you ever thought about your blow dryer and questioned whether you have the right one for your needs? Not many people do.

 

Because your blow dryer is one of the most frequently used hair tools you have. You owe it to yourself, and your hair, to give it a little bit of thought. Choosing the correct blow dryer will help you create the beautiful hair styles that you crave. But you have to do your research and find the right dryer for your needs.

 

So where do you begin? If you’re like most people, you haven’t given your blow dryer much consideration. Maybe you chose the dryer that was on sale, or the smallest one to fit in your drawer. Or maybe you have the same old hair dryer that you’ve had since you were in high school! However you chose your hair dryer, it’s time for you to start choosing for the all right reasons.

 

The first thing that you need to understand is wattage. Each blow dryer has a certain wattage which determines how strong it is and ultimately how much heat it puts out. If you are the type of person who is always in a hurry and you want to get your hair dry in a hurry, you will want a dryer with 2000 watts or higher. Going with something slightly less powerful, such as an 1800 watt dryer, will also get the job done in a reasonable time. If you have short or fine hair that doesn’t take long to dry, maybe wattage isn’t a big factor. However if you have long thick hair, this should be an important factor for you.

 

If it’s possible you should try out a hair dryer before you buy it. It isn’t always possible to try them before buying, but if it is, try to take advantage of it. It’s good to get a feel for the weight of a dryer, and how easy it is to maneuver and if the cord gets wrapped up and in your way. These details may seem small, but if you are making an investment, these are the little things that will make the difference.

 

You may think that hair dryers damage your hair because of the intense heat that they use, but this doesn’t have to be true. There are now negative ion dryers that utilize ionic technology. These dryers blow negative ions over the hair which not only dries your hair in half the time as a conventional dryer, but also help to keep your hair looking soft, shiny and healthy. Negative ion energy actually works by closing the hair shaft which protects the hair resulting in healthy, healthier hair.

 

Some people like to choose blow dryers that come with a great deal of attachments. For some – more is better. Be sure that whatever attachments a hair dryer comes with, they are useful for your type of hair. You will want a nozzle on your dryer as you can get a bit closer to your hair without damaging it. Some dryers come with a diffuser attachment. This type of attachment is great for professional hair stylists, or people with curly hair that need a diffused heat to dry their hair.

 

Ultimately when you choose a hair dryer, price will also be an issue for many people. However, when it comes to an investment that will last you for years remember that a quality dryer will save you time and money in the long run, not to mention that a quality dryer will protect the health of your hair as well!

The Benefits of Hair Straighteners with Tourmaline

September 30, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

When it comes to our hair, women tend to want what they don’t naturally have. If you have curly hair, you want it to be straight. The good news is that straight hair is easier than ever to achieve with tourmaline hair straighteners which means you no longer need to go to drastic measures to achieve that straight hair that you crave.

Years ago, women used to actually iron their hair with a clothing iron to create the flat look they were trying to achieve. Sure, they accomplished their goal – after all, they did get straight hair. But at what price? The intense heat from a clothing iron caused their hair to break, dry out and become severely damaged. Not to mention the severe discomfort of putting your head on an ironing board! Technology has come along way since then with the introduction of hair straighteners, but up until just recently dry, brittle hair was the result of most hair straighteners.

Should you have to sacrifice the health of your hair just to achieve the style that you want? No way. And you don’t have to anymore. There is a naturally occurring mineral that is gathering a lot of attention when it comes to creating beautiful hair styles safely, quickly and effectively. Tourmaline. With the introduction of hair straighteners that utilize tourmaline, you will be able to achieve your desired style that is healthier and shiner than ever before and you no longer will have to worry about the damaging effects of using a hair iron everyday. Tourmaline works differently than regular hair straighteners that simply rely on high heat to flatten the hair.

So what is tourmaline exactly? It’s actually a naturally occurring mineral that reacts to heat by becoming electrically charged which results in a production of negatively charged ions being emitted. So what does this mean to you? Well, we know that you need high heat to straighten hair, and when tourmaline is exposed to heat it generates an abundance of negatively charged ions. Those negatively charged ions actually close the hair cuticle as the iron passes over them which means that they can lay flat looking shiny and healthy. They also seal in the hair’s natural moisture and eliminate static which means that you won’t ever have the frizzy look that other irons can give you. Instead your hair will look shinier, healthier and smoother than ever before.

Tourmaline also produces far-infrared that can penetrate the hair shaft and actually dry the hair from the inside out instead of the outside- in which results in a far gentler and safer approach to straightening hair which means that your hair is exposed to far less damage.

Everyone is short on time these days, which is another reason why hair irons with tourmaline are becoming popular. It takes less heat, and less time to create the style that you’re after which means less time in the stylists chair and less time in front of the mirror in the morning. An iron such as the Karmin Titanium utilizes titanium which is another naturally occurring element, to give you a durable yet light weight iron that when combined with tourmaline creates healthy shiny hair that is free from frizz and damage which means that you achieve the style you desire with healthier hydrated and beautiful hair.

Working With Thick Hair

September 3, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

If your hair is very thick it may tend to dry out under lots of styling products and the heat from styling tools. Not rinsing hair well, curling irons, and blow dryers all play a role in making your locks dry and this can potentially damage it making it appear less than healthy and beautiful.  If your thick hair is already dried out then there are things you can do to put it back onto the road to being the hair you truly want to have.

Getting that hair thinned out can be a big step toward getting body back into your hair and reviving the strands for new hairstyles. This will lighten the hair making it easier to have big full body styles. Also use professional styling tools such as tourmaline hair dryers to not only dry your hair more effectively but also help it retain its own moisture for more health. Another added benefit of this extra body will be less time will need spent with a curling iron trying to pump up the volume of that heavily weighed down hair. A great cut goes a long way to getting a great look out of your thick hair.

Styling That Short Hair

August 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

It seems like all the great hairstyles are always for long gorgeous hair, so what is a girl to do if she has short hair to work with. Some resort to hair extensions to get those long tresses that are all the rage, while others know they can be beautiful even with short hair they just need to add some style to the look. A good hair dresser can help you find just the right look for your short hair whether it is smooth straight hair from using a professional hair straightener or adorable curls achieved with a curling iron. There is a sure fire look that will knock everyone over with your fabulous short hair.

Using Hair Straighteners

July 23, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

There is no doubt about it straight hair is the look many women want, and only a select few are born with naturally smooth straight hair. If you were one of the one of the many women with a little, or even a lot of curl in your hair than you will need to use a hair iron to remove those waves and get beautiful straight hair. If this is a look you will want to have often then you will need to get the best hair straightener iron available in order to keep from damaging your hair with the frequent styling.

Humidity and Straight Hair

June 12, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Summer time can really be hard on your hair with all the sun, heat, and humidity added on top of the styling that someone does everyday. The heat and humidity can make your hair frizzy and unmanageable making even the straightest of hair untamed. A straightening iron can help you get your hair back into the sleek, straight appearance that you would like to have. Hair flat irons using tourmaline can not only remove that summer time humidity induced frizz, but also help you retain your hair’s own natural moisture that summer time styling and sun can take out of it quickly.

Of course it is also important to remember to use the lowest temperature possible when using a hair flat iron. Too high of a temperature can damage hair that is already coping with summer sun, chlorine, and other extremes that the season brings. It is always important to use only the temperature needed to get the job done, no matter what time of year to keep your hair healthy when using hair flat irons and other professional hair styling tools. There is nothing more like summer than beautiful straight hair and a great bikini.

Grey Hair – Coloring Gray Hair

June 10, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

As I was diligently working on my computer my friend came up behind me to see how I was doing, she said ” Hey, how’s it…” then nothing, I turned around and she was staring at the top of my head. I said, “What ‘s wrong?”, “nothing” she replied. So I got up to go look in the mirror and what I saw made me want to cry. GREY HAIR…. grey hair, already? I never thought that I would have grey hair. I mean I know we are all bound to getting older but it just never occurred to me that lil ol’ me would have to start thinking about whether or not I want to dye my hair or let it go grey or anything else revolving around that topic. Some people look absolutely beautiful with their grey hair, a good cut with good features and yes, you can look good, but what about the people with very fine hair, or people that just don’t look good with grey hair? I have seen some pretty bad dye jobs, the ones where the hair is a dark color and you can see the scalp through it. Not pretty! Now that I myself am going through this…CHANGE…..I have been researching and discussing with people on what they did when their hair started to turn on them. Here is what I found:

Vicki, from Salmon Arm told me that if she had the money to dye her hair, she would, if she didn’t, she wouldn’t. She was just happy that her hair wasn’t snow white from stress! It was neither here nor there for her.

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Miranda, on the other hand was not happy to see her hair turning grey, she tried every kind of dye just to cover it up. “If it was a choice between milk and hair dye, nobody drank milk,” she said. “It was very tough on me, I don’t know why it affected me so much but it did!”

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figure 1: This hair colour has good reviews for covering up grey.

I would recommend trying something “all natural” for dyeing and re-dyeing your hair. Since grey hair seems to grow back so fast it would be beneficial to use something considered healthy instead of doing damage to your hair on a month-to-month basis.

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figure 2: All natural hair colour

Not all of us are bound to becoming grey, but for those of us who are it is not the end of the world. There are many different types of dyes, some of which you can use regularly. If you are not a “dyer” then choosing the right hair cut and having it grey is still “hot”!

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I don’t think I have seen a photo of a man with grey hair that I didn’t like, they always seem to pull off the “distinguished” look. Till next time Good Luck!

Niki

Triple Barrel Curling Iron – How to Use One

March 17, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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A triple barrel curling iron can be a wonderful and easy way to add beautiful waves to your hair. Here are some simple steps to follow to ensure you get the best results.

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1. Taking sections about 2-3 inches wide, place the section of hair between the top barrels and bottom plates. Be sure to stay about 1 inch away from the scalp.

2. Clamp the Iron shut and hold for about 5 seconds.

3. Move the waver down and to avoid ‘dents’ in the hair be sure to place the first barrel in the last so the waves look continuous.

4. Move down to complete the section of hair and to finish the edges tuck the ends of hair into the barrel with a tail comb.

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Tail Comb

5. Repeat steps 1-4 but when working on the crown (top pieces) turn the iron up on a slight angle to avoid getting any harsh lines around the crown of your head.

6. When you have finished your entire head you can break up the waves gently with your fingers for a softer looking wave. Spray with a small amount of flexible hold hairspray and your done!

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