Many women blame their styling and hair care tools for damaged and even thinning hair when actually they may be blaming the wrong source. Many styling shampoos and styling products contain chemicals, which can not only dry out your hair but also interfere with the overall health of your tresses. If you think your hair styling tools are causing the damage to your hair you should also consider those shampoos and products you are using. Be on the look out for those that contain alcohol as well as any other chemicals, which will ultimately dry that hair out.
Many women get stuck in a rut when it comes to fixing their hair day in and day out. It is easy to fall into a rut where you have that one hair style that works well for you and you almost always use that style. Yet it can be so easy to create different looks with just a couple of simple professional hair styling tools. Get a whole new you and a whole new look by just getting a great blow dryer and a hair straightening iron.
A quality blow dryer can not only help you style your hair it can also make your hair healthier. Professional grade blow dryers are designed to dry your hair yet help it retain its own natural moisture. This will keep your hair looking healthy and vibrant.
Add in a ceramic hair straightening iron and you have a very versatile tool in your hair styling arsenal. Hair straighteners not only can remove frizz and unwanted curl for a sexy gorgeous hair do, they can also be used to be waves and small curls. If you do not want to clutter your bathroom with lots of hair care tools then a hair straightening can be much more versatile than the curling iron.
There is nothing more frustrating than to have the cord on your hair styling tools come disconnected from the unit. Cheap drugstore hair care tools tend to be poorly made and one of the first things to cause problems is where the cord connects to the actual curling iron or hair blow dryers. This cannot only make the tool operate ineffectively but it can be dangerous as well. Professional hair styling tools have more durable cords and insulated connections to ensure this does not happen. Since they are designed to be used be someone who works with hair all day long they are built to last under heavy use.
Hair straighteners work by breaking down the hair’s hydrogen bonds found in the hair’s cortex, which cause hair to bend and become curly. Once the bonds are broken, hair is prevented from holding its original, natural form, though the hydrogen bonds can re-form if exposed to moisture.
A females hair before and after straightening.
The hair straightener some say dates back to 1872 to a Parisian gentleman called Marcel Grateau. His early invention which were basically heat rods, were used with chemical lotions and then added to the hair to straighten it. When these methods were used there were many draw backs. People would find their hair becoming damaged and in most cases burnt. The first patented hair iron was in 1906 by Simon Monroe, he created a tool that had metal teeth and then would be combed through the hair. They seemed to work but nothing like what we have today.
This is the actual patent from Simon Monroe, whereas to show the whole document would have taken too much space.
This is Simon Monroe’s drawn picture of the hot combs. He filed for the patent in 1903 and it was issued in 1906.
The first “real” hair straightener design would have to be in 1909 by Issac Shero, he patented and invented the first heated hair care tools.
This was the actual patent and plans for Issac Shero’s Hair Straightener.
The first designs were hot metal plates that were used to slide through the hair, the products were a great improvement on the early day inventions and reduced risk on damaging the hair. He then advanced his designs and introduced ones which included the ceramic straightener and electrical straighteners. He was also the first person to have adjustable heat settings and different size hair straighteners. The most common hair straightener today would be the ceramic ones with the heating elements. It was proven by the early models that using straighteners can be damaging for the hair if not used properly or too much, this still applies today and the chances of getting split ends, or brittle and broken hair is increased. Unlike in the early days there has been advancement in many of the hairstyling tools to prevent this from happening. Products such as heat protection sprays and conditioning creams will reduce the amount of damage caused by excessive use.
So you have pretty much read a lot of “inventions” in our hair blogs lately. If there is one you would like to know about feel free to let us know. Till next time, Good Luck,