Why do we care so much about our hair? I mean it’s just hair, right, so what’s the big deal? Why can’t we just wake up and walk out the door? Instead we have to worry about straightening our hair or making sure it looks presentable for the world. I’m just as guilty as anyone out there but I still think it’s odd that we worry so much about our appearances here in America. In Europe people hardly shower so we could probably quit caring so much, right?
Wrong. Hygiene is something that is so important no matter who you are or where you’re from. Not just washing your hair daily but making sure that you get a proper haircut at the proper time and keep it nice and trimmed. We don’t only use shampoo and hair scissors in America to improve our appearance; we do it to keep a healthy feel to our hair too. Why is this so important, you might ask.
In America people care a lot more about appearance and/or first impressions than people do in other countries. That’s the reason most people take care of themselves better here but what they don’t realize is that we can keep ourselves healthier and feeling better too by keeping up with our healthy look. There are a couple reasons as to how this is true is. One is because when we have a healthy trim for our hair every six to eight weeks, it gets rid of all split ends and problem areas that can become a pain to deal with down the road. This means that instead of standing and trying over and over to get your hair to cooperate in the morning, you could make it easy to style and a lot less strenuous on yourself.
Another reason it is important to maintain good hygiene is to prevent sickness. If you shower every day, you will keep all the bad/dirty skin cells away from your immune system. It may seem weird that a shower can keep you from getting sick but it’s true-keeping skin and hair clear of dirt and grime will keep a higher tolerance from cold and flu viruses.
It’s good to know that you can keep yourself healthy just by washing your hair daily. And who doesn’t want to save a few minutes in the morning instead of waste an hour on just their hair? These helpful tips will make each day of hairstyling a little bit better.
Some women take several short cuts during their busy day in order to get everything done they have to do. For some this includes skipping things in their morning routine to get ready that may actually damage their hair. Many do not realize that the damage to their hair from improper use of hair styling tools will actually keep them from looking their best.
Not all women wash their hair daily, and this is a good thing as washing too often will dry out your hair and can create a build up of shampoo that will remove the shine. Of course they do not hesitate using their hair iron every morning whether they have washed their hair or not. This can actually damage your hair as well since the heat from the hair straightening iron can sear that dirt and grease right into your locks.
Just as bad though is washing your hair and then using your hair iron to straighten out those locks before they are completely dry. The steam created from the water along with the heat can actually singe your hair and cause damage as well.
If you plan on straightening your hair one morning it is wise to wash your hair the night before and then use your ceramic flat iron in the morning to get those curls out.
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.
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.
Many women do not consider the fact that they wash their hair and then they take hair styling tools which may be less than clean to style their hair only putting dirt and grim back into their locks. Luckily many new professional hair dryers and other styling tools are utilizing nano silver technology in their designs to stop this from occurring any longer. Dirt makes your hair appear less healthy and by using this new nano silver technology you will be killing the bacteria on your styling tools for a better-looking hairstyle and appearance.
When using a Hair Straightener there are some tips you should follow to keep your hair healthy and in it’s best condition.
Before using your Hair Straightener Iron always make sure your hair is clean as dirt or oily hair with any build up from left over product can cause major damage when it gets heated up from your flat iron.
It is always best to use a product that is meant to protect your hair from heat styling such as blow dryers, curlers, curling irons and of course hair straighteners. There is a wide range of products available so finding that suits your hair type and the style you are wanting to achieve is simple.