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Dyeing Dangers

June 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

I recently wrote a blog about Katy Perry’s hairstyles that make her who she is. Katy Perry is so famous in todays industry because of her brave attitude to come out each day as who she is and be herself. I briefly talked about the styles that Katy sports because she inspires many girls to stay true to who they are and express themselves. Although she does a great job at expressing her own attitude and personality, there are a few precautions she should take when she styles her hair. I’d like to take a moment to talk specifically about the colors that appear in her hair. Hair dye can actually be quite a danger to your hair if you’re not careful.

When girls want to look just like their favorite celebrities, the measures they go to can be surprising. Today, there are girls out there who will dye their hair blue just to be like a certain superstar in the magazines. If they’re not careful with their dyeing techniques, a huge toll could be taken on their hair.

The reason stars like Katy Perry have a new hair color each time you see them on TV is because they can afford expensive wigs that look like real hair. Whether those wigs are blue, black, yellow, or pink, they look so real and when fans see them they want to look just like that. However, we can’t really afford the thousand-dollar wigs that celebrities can so we go for the next best thing: hair dye.

It looks so cool to walk around with blue streaks in your hair or to just have pure pink hair but have you ever wondered how much damage it could cause? Well the truth is, if you aren’t careful when you dye your hair, you could damage your hair worse than you would if you straightened it every day for the rest of your life. It’s kind of a wakeup call when you find out that hair dye can be more dangerous than a hair straightener, isn’t it?

The reason it’s more harmful is because of the process it takes to properly dye your hair. If you do it by yourself, you could seriously damage your hair because you don’t know what you’re doing. The color will probably not show up the way you want it if you don’t have a hairdresser help you. The funny thing about dyeing your hair is that most of the time you have to bleach the area that you plan on dyeing. For brunettes especially this is hard because it’s a long process to bleach your head of hair to be white and then go to a completely different color like pink or blue. It’s difficult not to damage your hair by completely bleaching it.

After so many times of repeating this process, your hair could be dry to the bone and frizzy with no shine or volume. That’s why it’s so important to dye hair the right way or just not do it at all. Realize that some trends are cute for movie stars or singers but you can still express yourself in the way you dress or act. Be smart with your hairdressing decisions.

Myths Of Straightening

February 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

When we straighten our hair, we are looking to give it shine and elegance. The point of two heated plates is to reduce the look of a frizzy snarly mess. When we use hair straighteners, we create a look that we always want our hair to have. Straightening is great for removing the frizz and giving a shinier look. There are rumors about straightening out there, though. Some people think that by straightening hair, we will permanently damage the follicle.

Everyone has their own opinion about everything. With hair straightening, there are opinions and then there are myths that have truths behind them. So many people think that styling with two heated plates is the worst thing in the world. Yes, this process has its cautions but I’m here to set the rumors straight about what’s bad and good. First off, the most heard about myth is that fact that by straightening hair daily, the hair will be permanently ruined. The truth: if you use a significant amount of heat protectant, your hair should be fine to style each day. The high temperatures of a straightener tend to scare people but as long as you use the appropriate settings and also use a protectant, your hair should be fine. You may also want to give it a day to breathe (away from the straightener) once a week or so, just to let things relax for a day.

Another myth is the difference between a professional ceramic straightener and a store-bought ceramic straightener. Some say if you use the more expensive, professionally designed straightener, you will give your hair a little more shine and it won’t be as harsh on the follicle. This is definitely not true. The truth is, ceramic is ceramic; you can’t get more damage from one kind than another. By using a store-bought ceramic plated straightener, you are not creating a more harsh kind of heat for your hair. The temperature of the straightener matters but not the kind of ceramic material that it’s made out of.

The last and most ridiculous myth I’ve heard deals with hair color. It has been said that the damage done to your hair from a straightener has a little something to do with the color of your hair… False! How could it have anything to do with color? Just because a woman has red hair does not mean she is going to get more split ends from her flat iron than her friend with brown hair. This makes no sense whatsoever and should not be taken seriously. The factor that effects hair the most is the amount of times you straighten over one piece of hair and the temperature setting that the iron is set on.

For every myth, there is a truth behind it. No matter what anyone says about the damage affect of a hair straightener, get back to the logic of your myth before you begin questioning things and deciding whether something is right or wrong. Not everything has to be bad for your hair, as long as you use the right, efficient steps to create your luscious locks.

2010 Summer Hairstyles

April 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Ok, so it isn’t quite yet Summer however, one can never be too prepared when it comes to hair trends, right? 2010 Summer Hairstyles are much about volume, beach waves, braids, hairstyles with texture and updo’s such as the ballerina inspired bun.

Summer Hair color includes natural looking shades of red and auburn, honey and platinum and hazelnut.

Hair care during the Summer is extremely important. The hot sun can cause major damage to your hair, just like it can your skin, so taking care of it is crucial. During the summer opt for hair care products which are formulated to protect against the heat and UV rays as well as using a deep conditioning treatment once per week can help keep hair shiny and healthy.

Recommended Summer Hair Care products;

Aveda Brilliant Damage Control – Uv Damaged For All Hair Types

Tigi S Factor Serious Conditioner With Sunflower Seed Oil

Color Smart Protective Luminating System Reflective Shine Spray

Hair Styles – Whats Hot & Whats Not

October 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

As the years roll over so do the hair styles and what may have been a hair trend last year, may be a hair style no no this year. Of course, there are some classic hair styles that will never really go out of style, however, keep them up to date to keep yourself looking fresh.

HOT

Short Hairstyles

Feminine angled bobs and choppy, layered hairstyles are a big trend right now.

NOT

Long, mermaid length hair.

HOT

Hairstyles for your face shape and show off your features. Drew Barrymore’s round face is slimmed down with a long, straight hairstyle.

NOT

Hair that hides your face. Choose a hairstyle to accentuate your best features, don’t hide them!

HOT

Multi-tonal Hair Color that is bright, shiny and healthy looking.

NOT

Mismatched highlights, two tone, brassy hair colors.

For more Hairstyle Trends check out 2010 Hairstyles for great photos and ideas.

Something Every Parent Should Know about Allergic Reactions and Hair!

June 24, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Although I have a son and hopefully he will not be asking anytime soon whether or not he can “borrow mom’s hair straightener” I am sure that there are many moms who hear that from their young daughter. Now this is personally my opinion and I am not here to tell you what to do but I will prove my point with some actual events in this post later. I think a child’s hair is the most virgin type hair you can get. I see young girls getting their hair permed and colored even hair extensions, this is too much for a young girl…I think!

Now, why wreck such “virgin” hair? I do understand some people’s hair you can take through the ringer and still see no damage, but I think that children require an age limit where it is okay to do what they please with their hair. Colouring, perms and hair extensions not being among them…for me. Now, on the other hand, considering the Karmin hair straightener has temperatures that allow the user control of the heat to distribute, I do not see any harm, I do recommend the adult be there to either assist or do the work. I would use the lowest temperature to start with and see if this work’s for your daughter’s hair.

Now here is what I found “Googling”. There was a young girl of 14 who wanted to color her hair, she had never before done so and didn’t “think” she needed her parents supervision. Well, what incurred was a severe allergic reaction to the color and this poor girl ended up in agony with major weeping sores all over her head and a swollen face for over 10 days. hair-dye-swollen.jpg

Another girl of 13, was rushed to hospital after using a L’oreal cream hair color, she too had an allergic reaction. Her face was swollen for days also, given no photo judging by the one above I am sure it wasn’t any prettier.

And still another girl writes: After dyeing my hair I had an allergic reaction. I hadn’t done a patch test cause I figured I would be safe, I wasn’t. I ended up with second degree burns all over my scalp, neck, and ears. That was several months ago and the color has now grown out quite a bit, but my scalp has not felt the same since.

Something that should always be done is a patch test, whether or not you are coloring or getting some kind of permanent wave. Always do this at the back bottom of your head so you will not see this section if a reaction occurs and you cannot finish the rest of your hair.

Surprisingly enough still yet another girl wrote that she was “surprised” to have a reaction. “I looked like the elephant man all the way down to my chin,” “burns on the scalp as well.” I used nothing on my hair for almost 2 years after this happened.

I really could have gone on for quite some time in regards to this topic but I don’t think anyone after seeing the above photo would want to see another child in such agonizing pain. Do I need to mention patch testing again? Parents, you are required to be there, not only to inform your child of the possibility of a horrendous outcome but to let them know that yes, this can happen, even to them. I feel for these poor girls, that had to be painful, and yes, I do realize that we cannot be there all of the time but if given the chance I would show these photos to my young daughter to deter this from ever happening. 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

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