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Taking Care of Your Hair Clippers

January 10, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Many families save money every year by cutting their hair at home with a set of electric hair clippers. This can save them hundreds of dollars every year and all with one set of clippers for many years if they take good care of the set they have.

Clippers should always be cleaned and put away clean to ensure that the blades remain sharp and ready to cut when you need them. After each use the hair should be completely cleaned off the blades as well as the rest of the clippers and oil should be applied to all the moving parts to ensure smooth action when you need it again.
When storing your electric hair clippers you should always place them in the original storage bag in which they came with or some other protective case to keep the clippers from dirt, debris, and damage from other objects. Care should also be taken with the cord to ensure that it is not pulled out of the clipper body while being stored and if it is a rechargeable pair of clippers ensure they are fully charged before you begin using them.

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.

Clean it up!

October 22, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

It can be very frustrating to find that the hair styling tools you have carefully selected and chosen to create the perfect style aren’t working properly. But before you get too worked up, take a good look at the tools. Chances are good, if you’re experiencing a small problem with your styling tools after you’ve had them for awhile, they need to be cleaned. 

 

Cleaning your hair styling tools, just like anything else, is a fact of life. Your curling iron, hair straightener and even your brushes and combs need regular maintenance if you want them to perform the best they can for a long time. And don’t worry, cleaning your styling tools doesn’t have to be a long, complicated process. In fact, it’s really quite simple and will only take a few minutes of your time.

 

Brushes and Combs- It’s essential to clean your brushes and combs on a regular basis, but unfortunately this is one area that often gets overlooked. It’s all too easy to put your brush back in the drawer when you’re done with it every morning. But take a good look at your brush. Is it jammed up with hair and debris? Look at the base of it. There’s a good chance that your brush is matted with hair, dirt and debris.

 

Broken hairs, dirt from the hair, build up of styling products, dead skin cells and dust are just some of the things that will accumulate in your brush. It’s easy enough to clean. Use a comb or pencil to loosen the built up hair from the brush and remove it. To finish up the cleaning, soak your brushes in a warm soapy solution. This will ensure that any bacteria growth is washed away. You should clean your brushes at least once every two weeks in order to extend the life of them. However you may need to wash them more frequently depending on how dirty they get.

 

Curling Irons and Hair Straighteners – Even curling irons and hair straighteners need to be cleaned regularly. You might notices that your smooth iron that usually glides over your hair is starting to snag your hair? If this is happening it’s almost always because there is a build up of product on your tool and you need to clean it.

 

Curling irons that get a build up of styling products caked on them can actually cause damage to the hinge, the barrel or the clip of the curling iron not to mention that your hair will snag and pull on this build up causing damage. It also may cause uneven heating on your tool which will result in burning of the hair.

 

There are two techniques for cleaning your tools depending on how bad the build up is. The easiest method, for light build up is to unplug the iron and use rubbing alcohol or a simple cleaner to wipe your cool iron clean. If there is a light build up around the edges, use your finger nail, or a q-tip to loosen the build up. Never use anything sharp on your iron! It will scratch and destroy the surface of the plates or the barrel.

 

If the build up is more severe you may want to try the heated method of cleaning. Plug your tool in for a few minutes to allow it to warm up slightly. Unplug the tool and carefully wipe a cloth that has been saturated in alcohol or cleaner over the surface of the tool. Be very careful not to burn yourself. Be sure to wipe any residual cleaner off before using.

 

Hair Dryers – Blow dryers also need to be cleaned regularly, although they are much simpler to maintain. Simply remove the mesh filter from the back of the dryer and use a small brush such as a tooth brush to loosen the lint and dust that builds up there. If you don’t remove this lint, it can cause your dryer to overheat and potentially light on fire.

 

Your hair tools are an investment and they should be treated as such. Regular care and attention will keep your tools working their best all the time and for years to come. So before you style your hair next time, take a quick look at your tools and check if they need a clean up.

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