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Why Do We Cut Our Hair?

February 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Some say that getting haircuts makes them feel refreshed. The feeling of a new haircut can give your look a little zip and make everything seem crisp since it’s a new cut. There are also theories stating that if you trim your ends every six to eight weeks it can help your hair to grow faster. Some say this theory can’t be true, however, because it may seem hard to make hair grow if it’s always getting cut. There are many reasons why people cut their hair but there are also people out there who think haircuts are overrated. Why would you want to cut your hair when you can keep it growing to be luscious and long.

One of the reasons to cut hair regularly is because the ends get messy and tend to break easily if they aren’t treated. The suggested length to wait between cuts is six to eight weeks because the hair follicle needs a little time to grow back out before it can be reshaped. If you have extremely dry and damaged hair, you need may need to make your regular cut every four to six weeks so the hair can be repaired more often and maintain some health. As long as you bring out those hair shears more than twice a year, you can help your hair keep its body.

We, as Americans, are a much cleaner group of people than those in some foreign countries. Not to say there is anything wrong with other cultures and their traditions but in our specific society, we tend to care of our bodies more often and in heavier ways. For example, the average American will cleanse his or her hair and body once each day whereas it is more traditional in places like Rome to shower every three or four days. The fact that we are slightly higher on the hygiene scale reminds us that we tend to have cleaner cut hair too. Most Americans say that a good haircut should come every once in a while just to feel cleaner about themselves.

As odd as it may seem, some people even get a haircut just to gossip! That’s right, some ladies need a little time away from their husbands or children so they get a quick trim at the salon just to be around other women who talk about similar things! This may even be one of the more popular reasons for women to get a haircut. On the other hand, some men could care a less about their hair being cut and what type of shears are being used on them, etc. They get haircuts because their wives force them to after so long. The typical things they’ll hear from their wives include, “You look like a girl!” or “I can’t believe how long you’re letting your hair grow…I’m calling my hair lady!”

There are some reasons for getting a regular cut that make more sense than others. Who would think a place like a beauty salon would be a go-to place to get your mind off of things. For some women, it’s the perfect place. Then there are reasons like giving the hair cuticle a fresh start every once in a while. This is smart if you want to keep hair growing at its best. If you don’t get a regular trim with a quality pair of shears, the growth rate gets trapped by split ends and makes it come to an abrupt halt after so long.

Things To Avoid When Straightening

January 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s morning and also that time for you to get yourself dressed up for the day. You begin with straightening your hair and prepare the locks while you warm up your straightener. As you’re warming it up, you think about all the things that could cause your hair to go bad when straightening. How do you know if something is necessarily bad or good for your hair, though? You will now solve all your problems with one little guide.

Along with things to remember, there are also a few things you must avoid when you straighten your hair. Let’s begin with the texture of your hair. What should it look like before and after you begin styling with your hair straightener? Before you start your hair may look wavy or curly or maybe it just has some frizz that needs smoothed over quickly. However, it should never look or feel wet when you style your hair. Always make sure your hair is completely dry or your chances of damaging the ends will possibly double.

Avoiding extreme temperatures is also a good idea when styling. Although your hair may be extremely curly and frizzy, you could damage it by applying too much heat to the ends. Some straighteners allow up to 400 degrees of heat that comes into contact with your hair when you straighten it. This may be able to help you straighten your stubborn curls and waves a little easier, but beware! If you don’t use plenty of precaution such as heat protectant spray, you are more likely to get damaged hair with split ends.

The three main areas to observe is texture, heat exposure, and last but not least time. Watch the amount of time you spend straightening each day. This doesn’t just mean how much time you spend overall on your head of hair, it also means you should pay attention to how many times you run over a single section of hair. This almost goes along with the idea of heat exposure because you may spend too much time straightening one section and this could bring too much heat to that area and cause split ends.

This guide can provide help to you the next time you begin to straighten your hair. Whenever you think you’re damaging your hair too much, you could be so take precautions. Take a look through these “don’ts” and you’ll tie everything together in order to provide your hair with silk and shine for life.

Winter Hair Care – Hair Care Products for Winter

October 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Along with winter comes harsh cold winds, rain and snow. All of these environmental stresses can cause damage to your hair if it is not properly taken care of. Hair can become dry and brittle thus more prone to split ends, frizziness and dull looking hair.

To keep your hair healthy and strong during the cold months try changing some of your hair care products to hair products that will help nourish and protect your hair.

Try a Smoothing Hair Condtioner for dry, unruly hair as this can help manage frizz and fly aways. Curly Hair? Opt for a conditioner such as KMS California Curl Up Conditioner For Dry Curls. KMS Curl Up Conditioner is an intense moisture treatment to help keep curls soft and tangle free.

Hair damage prevention is also a must. Don’t forget about the hair damage that heated styling tools and UV rays can cause to your hair as well. Aveda Brilliant Damage Control for Damaged Hair is perfect for all hair types and works to protect hair from such harsh factors.

A weekly hair care treatment is also a must have all year round. However, the hair care treatment you use should change with the seasons. For winter, opt for a hair treatment that will add moisture, nourish and protect your hair such as a hair mask, hot oil treatment or deep conditioner.

Always be sure to choose products that are meant for your hair type as well. If you color your hair check for color protection, if your hair is over processed then you want a hair care product that will protect and repair. These days with thousands of hair care products to choose from, their are hair care treatments for every every hair type.

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.

Getting the Right Temperature on Your Hair Iron For You

April 9, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

One mistake so many women make when they begin using a hair iron to straighten their hair is to turn the temperature setting on the iron to its maximum level. Many feel that the higher the heat the more effective the iron will be. To some degree this is true but that is not the only thing you need to consider when setting the heat on your variable temperature hair iron such as the Babyliss pro flat iron.

Some hair irons have an upper limit of approximately 200 degrees while others may go all the way up to the area of 400 degrees. Yes, the higher the temperature setting the better job the iron will do straightening your hair and the longer that style will stay locked into your tresses. But for those with damaged or thin hair this high temperature can be devastating to the health of your hair and cause excessive damage. Most women should consider setting the temperature of the iron in the mid to low levels and use them at this setting. With time and experience with your hair iron you will learn your hairstyle and know whether this is effective for you. If it is not than you can start moving the temperature setting up a little at a time until you find the optimal one for you.

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.

Don’t be Scared of Trying Hair Irons

December 4, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

If you have never used a hair straightener before it can be intimidating to look in the style magazines or leave the hair salon with a beautiful new style and wonder how you are going to recreate it. Some women are so terrified by hair tools that they simply never bother. And that’s not the right solution. Hair irons are not scary at all. And they are not hard to use. If you are a first time user, there are a few things you should keep in mind however when it comes to hair straighteners.

The first thing you should do is start with clean, dry hair. Do not make the mistake of trying to style your hair for the first time when it has not been cleaned. Some women get very excited when their brand new hair iron arrives, they tear it out of the box and get down to work styling only to harm their hair, which not only leaves them with damaged hair, it leaves them feeling discouraged and often that hair straightener will go into a drawer and never come out again. So try to control yourself and be sure your hair is clean, free of product and dry before you begin.

It is absolutely crucial that you choose a quality hair straightener. Do not make the mistake of thinking that you can get away with a cheap iron. You will regret your decision because your hair will look dry; it will become damaged and possibly even burnt. And more than that, you won’t even get the style you are looking for in the process.

Look for quality hair irons that are made of ceramic or titanium plates and preferably irons that have tourmaline. These hair irons will give you the best results because not only will your hair be easier to style, these irons actually help your hair look and feel healthier because of the addition of ceramic, titanium and tourmaline. Do not cheap out when it comes to hair tools; go for quality because you will not be disappointed.

Practice makes perfect, and that’s true for hair styling as well. Take your time trying out your new hair iron. Section your hair into manageable sections and starting at the bottom, clamp a section of hair between the plates, drawing it slowly downward until you get to the tips of the hair. Repeat with the next section and work your way around your head. It can be tricky to get used to styling the back of your head if you’ve never done it before, but a good trick is to work in very small sections and go slowly. It gets easier every time you do it and soon you will be a pro.

Keep it simple when you first start out. There are a lot of different styles that you can achieve with one hair iron. However, when you are first starting out, it’s best to keep it simple. Work on perfecting one style at a time. Soon you can add flips, bobs and curls. A quality hair straightener is a very versatile tool and you will be amazed at how easy it is to create a wide variety of beautiful styles. And you’ll surprise yourself because you’ll catch on quicker than you think and soon the hair straightener won’t seem so intimidating after all.

Forget the Frizzies

November 21, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the biggest complaints when it comes to styling hair, is the over processed look that can often be created after hair is subjected to a great deal of styling and product overload. We’ve all seen it, a beautiful young girl walking down the street with over processed, frizzy damaged hair. In fact, you may have suffered from a bad case of the frizzies yourself. But do you have to put up with this damage just because you want to style your hair everyday? The answer is no.

 It is not an automatic given that you need to trade the health of your hair for well styled hair. In fact, if you ask me, and many others, beautifully styled hair should look healthy, not over processed. So, how exactly do you achieve a balance of both? It’s really not very hard to have beautifully styled and healthy hair, but you do need to pay attention to a few things.

 The first thing you must do is evaluate the condition of you hair right now. Is it already damaged and frizzy? Do you already have a problem? If you do, it’s okay. All is not lost. You simply need to work a bit harder at getting your hair back up to a healthy state. Spend some time deep conditioning your hair with hot oil treatments. Be sure that you are not brushing your hair when it’s wet or pulling through tangles that will rip your hair. You might want to consider getting a trim to take care of the damaged, dry ends.

 One of the best investments that you can make for your hair and your overall style is purchasing quality hair tools. Quality hair tools will not only style your hair, they will improve the look of your hair as well. Choose a hair straightener with ceramic or titanium plates, and also look for the addition of tourmaline. Using tourmaline when you straighten your hair will infuse each hair with negative ions that actually close the cuticle, keeping your hair laying flat and looking smooth and beautiful. Not only will your hair look healthier, it will be healthier.

 You can also inject your hair with negative ions by using a tourmaline powered blow dryer. Using a tourmaline hair dryer will actually dry your hair up to 70% faster than a regular hair dryer which means that you do not have to expose your hair to heat for long periods of time, which also protects your hair preventing the frizzies.

 By choosing the right styling tools and spending a little bit of time treating your hair right, you do not have to sacrifice the health of your hair in order to style it. You can have both healthy and beautifully styled hair. So say good bye to the frizzies and hello to gorgeous healthy hair.

Help for Damaged Hair

November 3, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you over styled your hair in the past? Maybe undergone a great deal of chemical treatments or colors? If this has happened to you, you might be suffering from dry, damaged and frizzy hair. It can be extremely frustrating to style your hair if you are suffering from damage because you don’t want to further damage your hair or cause any more problems. Also, it can be intensely difficult to control frizzy dry hair.

 

Don’t worry, you don’t have to live your life under baseball caps or with your hair pulled back in pony tails. There is hope for you and for your hair. Because you can style your hair even if it’s damaged from past problems. The key is to use the right tools and products.

 

If you have the typical frizzy hair that results from damage, you can make it smooth without further harming it. Simply find yourself a quality hair straightener that is made from either ceramic or titanium plates. You should also invest in a straightener that has tourmaline technology. The tourmaline technology actually emits negative ions that work to smooth your hair, closing the hair shaft and allowing the hair to lay flat against your head. The hair will instantly look smoother, and healthier. And don’t worry about damaging your hair further with a hair straightener, because the tourmaline works to straighten your hair faster, your hair is exposed to heat for a much shorter period which means, it won’t result in damage.

 

You will also want to invest in a quality hair dryer for your hair. Again, you don’t need to worry about extra damage or causing your hair harm by using a blow dryer. But you must invest in a quality product. Look for a dryer that is made with ceramic coated elements and also utilizes tourmaline technology. You can dry your hair in a fraction of the time, without any of the damage because it isn’t being exposed to unnecessary heat. Also, the tourmaline works the same in the hair dryer as it does with the straightener. It will close your hair shaft, smoothing the hair follicle and creating hair that not only looks beautiful and shiny, but is also much healthier and more manageable.

 

You don’t have to be scared of hair tools and styling your hair if it’s damaged and over treated. With the right tools and a little bit of knowledge, your hair will look healthy, bouncy and more beautiful than you could imagine. Stop suffering from bad hair days, and get styling.

Do They Make the Cut? The Case for Quality Shears

October 7, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Most people go to a hair salon to get their hair cut or styled. But there are a few that like to do it themselves, or maybe just do the occasional bang trim or split end clean up without the hassle of a trip to the salon. If you even occasionally cut your own hair, trim your bangs or maybe take the scissors to your child’s hair – you should really invest in a pair of good quality hair scissors.

But my kitchen scissors do the job just fine. Why should I buy scissors just to cut hair?

The easy answer to this question is – why shouldn’t you? What do you use your kitchen scissors for? If you’re like most people, you probably use them for cutting wrapping paper, opening plastic bags and packages, and maybe even cutting plants. Do you really think that those will be the sharpest, best scissors for the job of hair cutting? No.

When it comes to your hair, you deserve to treat it right. After all, your hair and your appearance is one of the first things that people notice about you and if you present yourself to the world with shaggy, damaged hair that looks like it’s just been chopped with a pair of kitchen shears, what does that say about you?

Quality hair shears sport extremely sharp blades that give you precise, clean cut that won’t leave your hair looking damaged. Just using a pair of poor quality scissors once can give you split ends, tear your hair and give you an uneven cut, so even if you plan on only occasionally cutting your hair, you should invest in a pair of hair scissors so you no longer need to share with the kitchen drawer.

So what should you look for when it comes to quality scissors? Well, obviously price is an indication of a good pair of scissors, but it doesn’t have to be the only factor. If you only need hair shears for occasional use, you don’t need to break the bank. What you should look for is a sharp set of blades. An accurate cut depends on perfectly sharp blades. Generally for occasional trims, you won’t need any fancy blades such as beveled or convex blades; straight blades should be just fine.

You will want a comfortable handle and grip. This is especially important if you’re a lefty. There are specific hair shears designed for left handed people, so be sure that you find a pair that works for you. You aren’t doing yourself any favors if you cannot properly hold the tool. Thumb grips are largely a personal choice; many are removable and can be changed out.

Quality hair shears range in price anywhere from $60 to over $500, but you don’t have to go all out with your first pair. Starting with student shears is a great way to get a feel for what you need in a pair of scissors for a less expensive price. Also, if you are only using them occasionally – you likely don’t need the top of the line. However, remember not to sacrifice quality, even for occasional use. A quality pair of scissors will give you an even, precise cut without damaging your hair. Also, they will be comfortable and extremely durable. Quality is important, because your hair is worth more than the same pair of dirty scissors that you keep in your junk drawer!

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