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Why Do We Have To Use Different Scissors?

February 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

There are a whole variety of types of scissors we need to use if we’re hairdressers. For example, one of the best lines of shears in the country, the Kamisori shears, have been known for their many different types of scissors that they sell. Some of them have thicker blades and some of them have thinner, sharper blades. Many people wonder what the big difference is between these kinds of cutting tools and why we have to use so many different type? This depends on the kind of textures being cutting.

Kamisori sells only the best of the best, but that doesn’t mean they only sell one kind of hair scissor. They sell many different kinds to accommodate the type of hair that will be cut. For thick and coarse hair, there is a kind of shear called the Ryu. This pair has been rated five stars and has received two different awards for its spectacular performance. One of the best features is the versatile blades that allow you to cut thin hair but are mostly designed for thick hair.

The Butterfly shears have been designed to give a nice and smooth cut, no matter what type of hair you’re dealing with. These are the perfect example of “all-around” kind of scissors and have been given six stars for this. These are handmade shears and have been recommended to those with hand and shoulder fatigue. The rings on the handle of these hair scissors are designed to adjust for ring inserts that provide more comfortability. This pair really keeps the hairdresser in mind while giving a great cut to the client with its diversity of a performance.

Most people get their hair washed before cutting because wet hair can sometimes be easier to cut and/or trim. For others, it may be a quick trip to the salon while they run around with their busy day. If they have no time to get a wash before a cut, Kamisori has designed a great shear for their hair: the Teuton. It has been hand-crafted so that those who prefer dry cutting over wet can get just the results they want. So what’s the difference? The hardness of the steel has been adjusted to give better results and a higher quality cut since the hair is dry.

For all different types of hair, there is a different kind of hair scissor. Accommodating your hair’s texture is what Kamisori loves to keep in mind when designing their products. The idea of a variety of shears to give a great performance is what everyone is looking for when they are shear shopping. Keep this in mind the next time you look for a new pair of shears!

Hair Care – How to Choose the Best Hair Care Products for Your Hair

September 21, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

When it comes to taking care of your hair, working with your hair, rather than against it, is what will help you achieve and maintain healthy hair.

Most important is knowing your hair type. Is it dry, damaged from styling? Perhaps you have oily hair or hair that is limp and fine. Coarse, thick hair requires different hair care products than hair that is frizzy and thin. Hair can also be like our skin, and have a combination such as oily roots and dry ends. Contrary to what many people believe, you don’t have use products from the same line or even the same brand for better results either. I myself use a volume shampoo and a conditioner for color treated hair.

Once you have determined your hair type choosing the best hair care products for your hair is much easier and the results of working with your hair type will be much better.

Choosing the best hair care products doesn’t necessarily mean spending a lot as many will believe. Now a days you can find Salon Hair Care Products online for much less than you would pay at a salon. Some drug stores also carry salon brand shampoos, conditioners and styling products at lower prices as well.

A lot of the time it can be trial and error and choosing your hair care products based on how great your friends hair looks isn’t always the best way to go either, as her hair may need different products than yours. Be sure to read labels, ask your stylist for advice and choose hair care products for your hair.

Heat Advantages of Titanium Flat Irons

January 16, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

It seems every hair iron on the market claims that it is made from the best materials available for the job whether it is based on ceramic, titanium, or tourmaline. Of course all of these options are great choices and will do a fine job of straightening your hair but each has its own advantages that make it a superior way to remove those curls.

Titanium flat irons are known for the amazing ability to handle the heat needed to get your hair it’s smoothest. The natural properties of titanium allow it to heat up quickly and smoothly. For a hair iron this means less time waiting on your hair styling tool to heat up so you can begin styling your hair and the plates will be heated at a even temperature. Other metals do not heat up evenly and this creates hot and cold spots that produce an uneven smoothing action so that some parts will smooth better than others. Other metals also do not get hot enough to properly straighten thick or coarse hair where titanium flat irons are far superior at heating up to temperatures that are perfect for this type of hair.

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.

Using Flat Irons to Straighten Hair

May 28, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

It never ceases to amaze me out some of the very curly hair in which a hair iron is able to make absolutely smooth with just a little effort. Professional flat irons can get the toughest curl and frizz out of your hair once you learn a few simple steps to use them effectively on your particular hair type.

The biggest concern on using your hair straightening iron is to use just enough heat to properly straighten your hair yet not so much as to damage it from the excess temperatures and potential drying out. For fine hair generally set your hair straightening iron at 170 – 225 degrees. While very coarse hair should be in the temperature range of 300 – 325 degrees. Hair that falls in between should be in the temperature settings in the middle with the lowest possible effective temperature being used.

It is also to start straightening your hair with the flat iron from the underneath layers and work your way to the top. On each section start at the root of your hair with the flattening iron and slowly move the tourmaline ceramic iron from root to tip to get the absolute best look. Always remember to ensure your hair is combed out and free of tangles when straightening it with a flat iron.

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

Hair Straightening – How to Keep Curly, Thick & Coarse Hair Straight

April 4, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

For those with curly, thick and/or coarse hair, straightening your hair is one thing, keeping it straight is another. By following a few professional hair style tips you can help manage curls and get straightness that lasts much longer.

1. Use a relaxing shampoo & conditioner.

2. Rinse hair with cool water to seal the hairs cuticle and fight frizz which is common with curly hair.

3. Choose a heat protectant styling aid that also works to relax the hair such as a straightening balm or relaxing cream.

4. Dry hair straight using a blow dryer with a concentrator nozzle, a paddle brush and do 2″ sections at a time, starting with the bottom layer of hair and working your way up to the top layers of hair.

5. Make sure hair is completely dry by going over your hair with your dryer on the cool air setting. If hair feels cold or damp to the touch then it is not completely dry. For the best results you want your hair to be completely dry.

6. Section hair into layers from bottom to top and starting with the bottom use a professional hair straightener to straighten 1-2″ sections at a time. Go slow and on the highest heat setting recommended for your hair type. Repeat until entire head of hair is straight.Touch up any sections that are not completely straight.

7. Once hair is straight, finish the style with a anti frizz shine serum, finishing spray or hair spray.

Products to consider;

Herbal Essences Dangerously Straight Shampoo, Conditioner

& Finishing Spray

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TIGI Bed Head Control Freak Extra Extra Straight Hair Straightener

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Jonathon Weightless Smoothing™ Products

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