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Get This Look using a Hairstraightener

July 11, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

A Chignon sits lower on the head than a basic bun so be sure to focus on the nape of your neck as you style.

  1. Towel-dry your hair and apply a loonie-sixed dollop of mousse evenly throughout to add texture and volume.
  2. Blow-dry with a round brush to add bounce and then set with hot rollers or a curling iron. Concentrate curls on the bottom half of your hair,-keep the roots and crown smooth and use a hair straightener for your bang area.
  3. Let hair cool and professional hair brush to bring out the shine.
  4. Secure hair in a low ponytail at the nape of the neck, swept off to one side. Leave a one-inch-wide piece stray and wrap it around the hair elastic to conceal it. Secure with a bobby pin.
  5. To add more texture, backcomb the ponytail. Don’t be afraid of your bun being too messy, this will be the beauty of it-it doesn’t have to look perfect.
  6. Pin the hair under in small sections to create the chignon. Don’t go crazy with the hairspray. Instead, make sure it will stay put by anchoring the base with enough bobby pins.

Till Next time Good Luck,

Niki

Top 3 Celebrity Hairstyles You Want!

July 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s called the “bed head”, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Moss and Gisele are wearing it. The messy but sexy tousled hair, has to be past the shoulders to be effective though. For this look, blow dry upside down, use a hair straightener on only some of it and use it quickly, just sliding down any section here and there. Then use a large barreled curling iron and curl some of the sections you left out hair straightening. Use it fast and not in any kind of order.

The bob: Katie Holmes, Patricia Arquette and Victoria Beckham are all sporting them. A fresh cut is the fastest way to healthier hair! The look is easy to get with a light blow-dry and a hair straightener, you can either straighten the bob flat or flip sides up or in.

Then there’s the French cut bangs. Get your hair styled any way you like and let your stylist go heavy on your bangs. Leave them long enough and you can sweep them back when you feel they are too heavy in hot weather. Use a straightener for the bangs, or the whole head of hair. Or blow dry upside down for a slight scrunchy curl, still hair straightening the bangs.

Till next time, Good Luck,

Niki

Invention of Scissors

July 8, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

It is most likely that the scissors were invented in 1500 BC in ancient Egypt. These were shears with the joint at the far end, cross bladed scissors were invented by the Romans around 100 AD.

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scissors_china.jpg Scissors from Chinese Tang Era 618-907 AD

In 1761 Robert Hinchcliffe produced the first pair of modern day scissors made of hardened polish and cast steel. He was reputed to be the first person to put out a sign proclaiming himself to be a fine scissor manufacturer.

An ironworks was started in 1649 in the hamlet “Fiskars” between Helsinki and Turku.  In 1830 a new owner started a cutlery works in Finland making hairdressing scissors with the trademark “Fiskars”. Fiskars Corporation introduced new methods of manufacturing scissors in 1967.

fiskar-scissors.jpgFiskar scissors 1967.

Most hair scissors are best suited to use with the right hand, but left-handed scissors are designed for use by the left. Left-handed scissors have handles which are comfortable to hold in the left hand.

Till Next time Good Luck,

Niki

Are hair extensions good for my hair?

July 2, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

hair-extensions-look-of-love.jpgWe all have different types of hair, and in some instances I am sure that some methods are going to do more damage than good. Always find out if the stylist doing your hair is a good one. Word of mouth, before and after photos, and simply just setting aside an hour or two to watch a stylist at work can help ease your mind. You must not jump into this without research. A well trained hairstylist can apply hair extensions correctly so it is painless and does not damage your hair in about  4 to 7 hours. The main reason for getting hair extensions is to add length to your hairstyle, although they can be used to thicken or add highlights. The clip in hair extensions you can do yourself and are the cheapest. Here are some of the different looks you can achieve:

clip-hair-1.gif HairDo clip in 10″ straight hair extension $ 76.95

clip-hair-2.gif HairDo clip in 15″ wavy hair, $ 76.95

clip-hair-3.gif HairDo clip in 22″ straight hair $ 86.95

clip-hair-4.gif HairDo clip in 23″ wavy hair extension $ 86.95

clip-hair-5.gif HairDo clip in 18″ wavy hair extension $ 81.95

clip-hair-6.gif HairDo clip on 18″ straight layered hair extension $ 81.95

If Jessica Simpson can put them in herself, I am sure you could too, plus you can’t go wrong with these prices. Till next time, Good Luck,

Niki

Different altitudes and your hair

June 28, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Something that I have noticed every time I travel is the change in my hair and skin. I am not talking about some far away place you need to take a plane to. I mean maybe just a 4 hour drive! I would be thinking I look pleasing to the eye only to have 2 days after arriving both my skin and hair look awful. This happens because of change of altitude and different types of water. For athletes and mountain climbers changing altitudes causes extreme stress so how could it possibly not affect your skin and hair?

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Take note that there is nothing you can do about this change, it can take up to 2 weeks but normally 1-3 days for your body to climatize. Even if you move somewhere your body and its changes are only temporary.  Other than hair and skin there are more changes that occur, within your whole body.   Some people get very sick, facial sweating, and nauseated for days only to mention a few of them.

You can, however try a herbal supplement, I found a site that carries one. It is supposed to help bring blood and energy to the lungs and has been shown to minimize and in some cases eliminate negative affects on the body. This site is bearbrandosha.com, hopefully this will help those of you planning to go somewhere this summer or making a move. Remember though your air hand skin are the least of your concerns, altitude will affect every person everywhere in worse ways than your skin and hair. You can find out more about this by googling “Affects on the body with change in altitude” Till next time Good Luck,

Niki

How do I know if I am using a Hair Straightener Right?

June 25, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Using a hair straightener varies from hair type to hair type. If you have the kind of hair that no matter what you do it always looks healthy and shiny then go ahead, straighten, perm, color, it simply wont matter….YOU ARE LUCKY! If you have thin fine hair, never ever use a hair iron on full temperature, or any other heating product for that matter, you will burn your hair. Also, never use any kind of heating element on your hair until it is fully dry. Your hair will melt, and you will see smoke coming up from the iron.

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From my findings, only very VERY thick course hair, “ethnic” hair, or that exquisite type of hair where it just doesn’t matter what they do, can use the highest temperature. Also, with this type of hair a hair straightener can be used on damp hair. ( Some reviews I have read will state that this is the only way to, in the long run, straighten their hair)

It is simply trial and error, but there is one strain of hair that absolutely, positively, cannot endure the risks of too much heat or having your hair still damp during hot iron use. That is thin….fine….hair!. It’s sad, I know, but fine thin hair is always the one you have to be wary of, well there are the “over permed, colored, frizzy types of hair also! They too have to be careful and use low settings and have their hair completely dry before attacking it with the heat. Excessive blow drying along with the use of any heating product is going to cause damage. Always start small and climb! Better to have used the lowest setting and not have to toss that burnt chunk of hair in your trash bin! burnt-hair.jpg

Till next time Good Luck,

Niki

Fusion Hair Extensions

June 13, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Fusion hair extensions is a method used to place hair extensions in hair. There are different ways of fusing the hair, each method can offer different advantages and disadvantages.

Hair extensions can be attached to your head in many different ways, including gluing, tubing, sewing, and clipping on. Different methods have different advantages. The method you choose will depend on many factors: your hair, your lifestyle, your budget, and your needs, for starters. If you are looking for a long-lasting, natural-looking hair extension, though, consider one of the fusion methods.

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Hot fusion iron.

Fusion hair extensions can be applied in two different ways. Hot fusion and cold fusion. The application of the hot fusion has its advantages and disadvantages. Hot fusion can usually allow the hair extensions to last up to 4 months.

Cold fusion is a new method that is gentler on your hair. As this method uses no heat, it is good for fine or thin hair. The polymer offers more flexibility than hot-glue, and results in a more natural-feeling of the hair extensions. For cold fusion hair extensions, many hairdressers use SoCap extensions and a clear bond. These extensions can last up to six months.

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fusion hair extensions

So keep your eyes open once again as we will soon be adding fusion hair extensions to our collection of items for sale. Till next time Good Luck,

niki

How to reduce damage from Hair Straighteners

June 12, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Yes, there is such a thing as using heating products too much, that is if your not using anything to protect your hair before you start styling. Do you have a matted type ball at the back of your head and the middle doesn’t seem to be as long as the sides? This is because of too much heat products and other misc. things, ie: elastic bands too tight, not the right pillow case etc. If you are going to be using your hair straightener everyday you need to start protecting your hair in the process, if you don’t you will not be able to even straighten that matted hair on the back of your head, it will always have a certain frizz look to it.

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figure 1: Karmin Envy Titanium Hair Straightener.

Make sure that you take a break every once in a while where you don’t blow dry or use any kind of heating products. Try doing this once or twice a week. Use a good spray in conditioner, avoiding anything that has alcohol in it (this dries out your hair) spray each section as you are straightening it. Use a good conditioning pack at least once every two weeks (the kind you keep in and wash out after approx. 15 min.) Comb deep conditioner through hair and rinse out after time noted above.

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Do not brush your hair too harshly, using a natural bristled brush, or a comb, just brush from the bottom up. Use a lower heat setting on your hair straightener once in awhile. As you can see from the photos below after time heating products and just not caring about your hair does sufficient damage. So to ensure the best healthiest hair take care of yourself, eat right, do conditioning treatments and treat your hair like it’s your best friend.

normal hair

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blowdry damage

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weak hair

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chemically damaged hair

Till next time Good Luck!

Niki

How to Find a Hair Stylist

June 5, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

When I was about 19, I went to this hairdresser in “a small town” I hadn’t noticed the smell of alcohol on her breath till my hair was half done. When she was finally finished, I cried, and cried and cried. I was so upset that when I got home, my mom only had to look at me to know that I had been scalped by a drunken hairstylist. She was more upset than me, she dialed the salon asked for the “drunken hairstylist” and told her how awful my hair looked and that she was sending me back to get it fixed. What? sending me back? Oh, please mom, noooo. Well needless to say I always get up close and personal now when choosing a new hairstylist.

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A good stylist is in fact easy to find. I mean all you have to do is go into a salon and watch them work. Look at how many different types of hair they can work on, leaving a satisfied customer in the works. Can they do short hair, long hair, thick hair, thin hair, can they color?

If you see a hairstyle you like on someone, don’t be afraid to ask them where they got their hair done. When scouting out a salon, stay long enough to see the outcome of a clients hair. Is she happy? Did she get what she asked for? Don’t forget that not all hairtypes can do the same thing, you may want a hairstyle that just wont work with your type of hair. Tell the stylist what type of hair you have and if they are good they will be able to tell you if your hair can do that or not. See if they have a portfolio, check out the styles and cuts inside, are they good? Do the clients look happy?

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Chances are if they are smiling they are happy and this could be a possible hair stylist for you, if they don’t look so happy, move on to the next salon and do your detective work once again!

Till next time Good Luck,

Niki

Summer Hair

June 4, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Summer’s here and time to look sexy! Who doesn’t love a good tan, a nice slinky summer dress and a sexy hairstyle? Here are some of the popular summer hairstyles.

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figure 1: Very casual wash and go look, good for at the beach when you can just swim and go.

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figure 2: The easiest hairstyle in the world, up in a messy bun!

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figure 3: This goes to show that even the shortest hair can still be put into a ponytail and look absolutely CUTE!

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fig.4 – Keep hair out of your face with a hair band or scarf for an easy yet pretty summer hairstlye

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figure 5: Just letting your hair down be seems to be the sexiest thing to do this year, I am seeming to agree!

Everything is about being casual this year, too much make-up is considered “last year” too much “hair-do” is simply too much work! Try going a little more casual this summer, there is so much more beauty when you just give what you’ve got! Try wearing a little bronzer instead of just baking your skin in the sun, you don’t want to age yourself faster than we already do!

Till next time, Good Luck.

Niki

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