When you walk into a room wearing a sloppy ponytail thrown on top of your head, everyone can tell what your thought process was that day. You either didn’t feel like taking time to style your hair or you woke up late and didn’t have time to do anything but throw it up quick. Whether this is true for you or not, it is true for a lot of women. Face it, ponytails are the easy way out when we don’t straighten or curl our hair. When you do this to your hair it isn’t necessarily ugly looking but it doesn’t always look as professional as your hair looks when it’s down and straight or curled. If sleek is what you’re going for every day, then I am going to teach you ways to avoid a ponytail.
Before I get too far into it, I want to make it clear that straightening is not better wearing a ponytail. Usually it’s better to avoid straightening but when you want to change up your look every once in a while from wearing a plain ponytail, you should consider these tips. There are looks that are nicer than a bun or pony on top of your head repeatedly each day. One of the best ways to prevent this style each day is to shower at night. For some that may not make sense but it’s simple when you think about it. If you shower in the morning, you may not have time to blow dry and straighten your hair before work or school. But if you shower at night, you can wake up in the morning and go straight to styling and save yourself some time in your daily routine. Make sure that when you wake up your hair isn’t still wet from sleeping on damp hair all night. That is when the damage comes into play.
Another way to avoid ponytails is to look in magazines and online for fun styles that match the current season. In summer, braids become very popular so try a side braid that flows over the shoulder. This will look chic and will help you prevent some heat damage at the same time. Decide whether you like your hair long or short for this next tip because if you can’t stand to see your hair at a short length then this may not be for you. My next tip for avoiding ponytails is to get your hair cut to a very short length. When your hair is chin length or shorter, you usually don’t have enough hair to pull it back into a ponytail. This tip may be a little more extreme than the others and should definitely be thought about before you just cut all your hair off. If you really wouldn’t mind having to style your hair the same way each day then go for a chop-off. But if you want to be able to do an occasional pony, my advice would be to get a cut but not so short that it can’t be pulled behind your head.
Using hair shears to avoid a ponytail style may be extreme, like I said, but some girls prefer short hair over long hair. They say it is away from their face and out of their way each day so they prefer that shorter look. Personally, the first tip I would try is the showering at night tip. It wouldn’t be as time consuming and makes the most sense to me. Like I said, every once in a while a ponytail doesn’t mean you’re a dirtbag or that you are lazy. If you style it right and make it fun and flirty, you will surely get good reactions and feedback. But if you continually wear a ponytail every day, people might think of you as boring and your look won’t be as playful as it could be.
Walking down the street, you might see people who are expressing their own “style”. Included in this look of style, you may find a few people who have hair that doesn’t exactly look the healthiest. For example, you may walk past someone with a little grease in the roots of their hair. Although this doesn’t look healthy, you may be surprised at how healthy this person’s hair actually is behind its “mask.” The things people do to protect their hair from getting too dry or damaged is shocking to many people.
Let’s all step forward and admit the truth now; we’ve all gone at least two days without showering before. If you haven’t ever gone more than one day without a shower, you are abnormal. Between late nights of studying and just going out with friends, you don’t really have time to shower at night. And maybe the next morning you have to wake up early and don’t have time to shower before a morning event. These may not be the only reasons you don’t shower, though.
Sometimes if I shower one morning and then straighten my hair afterward, I will keep my hair straight the next day. As long as I haven’t sweat or done anything too damaging to my hair, I figure it’s okay to leave it for the next day to save from over damaging my ends. This really does do less damage than to shower, blow dry, and use your straightener all over again when hair doesn’t look too bad from the day before.
Another type of damage that can be done to people’s hair is caused by too much dying. If a person dyes their hair too often, the ends get so worn down by the chemicals in the dye and can’t withstand any kind of styling for long. After people hear consequences of dying hair too often, they become a bit frightened and decide to stop dying their hair altogether. The look they get in their hair eventually will look dull and may even look a little gross too. This is because after that person decides to quit dying her hair, her roots begin to grow out and the actual color of her hair is revealed after so long.
Times where this is bad to look at would be if a brunette died her hair blonde and then decided to stop touching up the roots. Then her brunette roots begin to grow out and make the blonde hair look greasy and sloppy. The truth is, girls who decide to quite dying and to let their roots grow out end up having healthier hair even though it looks greasy and damaged. If it becomes unbearable for girls to watch their roots grow out, they may need to dye it one last time back to their original color just to get it back to square one.
Whether it is stopping hair dye or skipping showers, people really will go to extents to save their hair from damage. When you get a haircut, ask your hair dresser what she/he does to preserve a little of their hair. To prevent too much damage, try a few of the solutions above. You’d be surprised at how fast you can get your hair to preserve a little moisture just by using a few of these tricks.
Side swept bangs are not only a hot trend but are also a very flirty and sexy bang. To get the perfect side swept bang you see on stars like Reese Witherspoon follow these simple steps.
- Ask your stylist to cut your bangs so that they hit right between your eyelashes and eyebrows.
- Remember, when styling your side swept bangs, you want them to lay flat, not flip under like they did in the 80′s.
- Part your bangs at the side and using a medium sized flat brush, brush your bangs downwards as you blow dry.
- As you blow dry your bangs be sure to point your hair dryer downwards at your bangs, holding the dryer directly about your fringe.
- To help keep bangs in place spray an eyebrow brush with a light mist of hairspray and comb over bangs for a soft hold.
The morning rush can be very frustrating. You wake up late, hop in the shower, rush to get dressed and then….you have to blow dry your hair and then straighten it with an iron. All the extra steps can be infuriating, not to mention the extra time they add to your morning routine. There must be an easier way.
And there is an easier way. If you want to skip a step in your morning beauty routine, than you are going to want to get your hands on a wet to dry hair straightener. These amazing hair tools let you straighten your hair before you blow dry it. This completely eliminates a step every day in your styling. Think about the freedom.
I know, you’re probably saying that there is no way that you could straighten your hair without blow drying it first. In fact, you’re probably yelling at your computer telling me that will actually damage your hair. But stop. It won’t. These irons have been specially designed to handle damp hair to straighten it and dry it all in one step. But let’s be clear here. I’m not trying to tell you that you will be able to hop out of the shower with soaking wet hair and immediately try to style it. No. These irons are designed to handle damp hair, not dripping wet hair.
So how do wet to dry hair straighteners work without damaging the hair? The Bespoke Labs T3 Narrow Wet-Or-Dry iron is one popular iron that utilizes a unique vent and channel system to evaporate the extra water while it’s straightening. This iron will lock in the moisture of the hair and transform it into beautiful, glossy, well hydrated locks. The extra glossiness that this iron provides is also due to the use of negative ion technology and tourmaline that emits negative ions to quickly dry hair and lock in the natural oils allowing hair to look its best every time.
The T3 Tourmaline Wet-Or- Dry Ceramic Iron is another quality hair straightener that allows you to skip the step of blow drying. This iron also utilizes the unique venting and channels for excess moisture evaporation. The tourmaline and negative ions cut the styling time in half leaving your hair soft, silky and wonderfully healthy.
There is no need to be afraid of a wet to dry hair iron. In fact, by picking a quality wet to dry iron you will actually be doing your hair a favor because you are cutting your styling time in half and allowing the beautiful, natural glossiness of your hair to shine through every time. Plus, wouldn’t you like a few extra minutes every day because it doesn’t take you as long to style your hair? Of course you would. Who wouldn’t?
Traditional hair dryers use plastic or metal heating elements to create the hot air that they blow over your hair to dry it after a wash job. This excess heat exposes your hair to enough heat it actually warms up your hair that ends up making it brittle so that it is prone to breaking and split ends. Tourmaline hair dryers on the other hand use ceramic and tourmaline crystals to create not only heat but also negative ions that will leave the hair luxuriant and smooth despite the heavy styling. This is extremely important for women who style their hair daily to avoid the damage caused by so much heat so often.
If you watch shampoo commercials they make you believe that their product can make you have the most beautiful hair if you only use their brand. Of course quality hair products can help you have healthy hair but that is only part of the picture. If you have healthy hair and use styling tools, which are not good for its health, the quality products you use become useless.
Tourmaline hair dryers use gemstones rich in negative ions to not blow your hair dry with just air but break the water down to remove the moisture from your hair. These ions also bind with the positive ions in your hair to neutralize frizz and help lock in moisture.
Ceramic hair straighteners and curling irons are much better for styling your hair than inexpensive hair tools. The cheaper models usually do not have variable temperature settings and the have hot spots which can damage your hair when it is exposed to them. While ceramic heats up evenly providing and has a smooth surface so that the strands of your hair can glide smoothly through the plates and be exposed to one constant temperature. This will help your hair be more healthy and radiant especially when combined with quality hair products.
Girls today have a much wider selection on hair dryers than our mothers and other women had just a few short years ago. Old hair dryers that were available back then were essentially a coil that heated up when an electrical current was passed through it. This was then blown over the hair to dry it out, and dry it out it did, quite literally. These dryers were notorious for causing split ends, frizz, and other hair problems that made a girls tresses just not as good looking as they should have been. Sadly many drugstore hair dryers are the same now as they were then, so if possible avoid these dryers if you can.
Modern hair dryers utilize the knowledge that negative ions enrich hair and help it retain its own natural moisture. These come in either ceramic or ionic hair dryers and a few of these even add in the extra touch of tourmaline for even more negative ion infusion into hair for the absolute best blow dry that will leave your hair healthy if not healthier than before you used them. These dryers may cost a little more, but in the long run they are well worth the expense.
Some of the most popular hair dryers for the professional hairdresser include the ionic blow dryer and the tourmaline hair dryers. These dryers are far superior to any other hair dryer on the market and can actually do so much to benefit your hair while you blow dry. These dryers can not only dry your hair quickly and effectively but they can help it retain its own moisture to keep it healthy and shiny. Stop drying out your hair and creating damage which results in split ends, get a professional quality blow dryer and treat your hair very well.
Many women wash and blow dry their hair daily, and this can be hard on it especially when you add in the blow drying and styling. One way to ease the stress from all of this styling is to use a professional hair dryer with a diffuser on the end to concentrate the air flow on your hair. A professional blow dryer can dry hair quicker and with less damage. Plus by using the diffuser the airflow can be centered on the hair so less energy is wasted on the area around the hair and more is used on the wet locks.
In a pinch any hair blow dryer and a brush can be used to straighten slightly unruly hair, though this takes a little practice to master and it is not nearly as effective as a hair straightening iron. With your hair wet divide it into many easy to manage areas to work with. Take each section at a time, and put tension on the hair to make it taut while you blow the hair dry from the root to the tip. Dry both the underneath as well as the top this way and once that part is straightened and dry move on to the next section.