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Setting The Ladies’ Straight: The Truth About Hair Tools

February 6, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Recently at a ladies’ getaway weekend I had the opportunity to talk about hair styles with my girlfriends and then witness the transformation between day and night time hair styles. It was very interesting to learn that some of the ladies I was with, didn’t believe in using their hair tools for daily use, only for going out at night, or for special occasions. I was shocked, because I use my hair straightener every day.

When I asked why they saved their hair irons and curling irons only for special occasions, there were two main answers: 1) they thought that frequent use of their tools would damage their hair, and 2) they thought it was special if they reserved the looks that hair tools gave them for nights out.

I argued against both of these points, and I’ll share them with you as well because I’m pretty sure they’re common misconceptions.

The first point, that hair tools will damage your hair if you use them daily, is absolutely false, unless of course you are using cheap, low quality hair tools and if this is the case, you need to value yourself and your hair much more. High quality, professional quality hair tools will not damage your hair if you use them frequently. In fact, ceramic hair tools infuse your hair with moisture giving it a shiny, healthy look and if you choose hair tools with tourmaline, the negative ions will seal each hair cuticle allowing your hair to lay flat against your head, protecting it from damage and a bad case of the frizzies.

If you do use a low quality, inexpensive hair tool that uses metal plates or a metal barrel, you may burn your hair because there are hot spots, or snag or pull your hair causing it to rip and tear. So the answer to this question is, if you use a good quality, ceramic hair tool, you will not damage your hair, even if you style it everyday.

For the second argument, that they wanted to save their special hair looks for night time or going out, I have to argue. Hair tools are great at creating both day time looks and fancier and more sophisticated evening looks. Just because you’re headed to the office, or driving your kids to school, should you look as if you don’t care about yourself? Absolutely not! Every day should be an occasion and an excuse to do your hair. Obviously, if you want to keep it simple during the day, use your straightener to flatten your hair out and give it a sleek look. When it’s time to go out for that special date, or a nice dinner, take your straightener and give yourself a few sassy curls, or some flips out for the ends of your hair. You can use your hair tools to create versatile looks that are good for both day and night.

In my opinion, if you are going to invest in a professional hair iron or curling iron, get your use out of it. Use it every day and experiment with some fabulous styles for when you go out at night or for that special dinner with your husband. Everyone deserves to look fabulous every day!

Hair Straightners With Tourmaline

January 5, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

If you are new to hair straighteners, or you simply haven’t shopped around for an updated tool in a little while, you may be confused with some of the new products that are available these days. There have been considerable number of advancements in the hair styling world and that includes the development of new and exciting hair tools that work even better than before. If you are still using a glass or metal hair straightener to style your hair, stop now before you do even more damage to your hair! You owe it to yourself to check out what’s new with hair irons.

When it comes to hair straighteners, you may have heard about new hair irons that utilize tourmaline. If you’re unsure about what tourmaline is, it is a naturally occurring element that is found in nature. Tourmaline is a natural source of negative ions when heat is applied, and it emits a large quantity of these ions. The reason that tourmaline is important to hair straighteners is because when the heat from the iron heats up the tourmaline, negative ions are created and those negative ions are actually a great benefit to your hair.

When negative ions are emitted from a hair straightener, they infuse each hair, going directly into the hair shaft. Negative ions actually close the hair cuticle sealing in natural oils and moisture. Because all of the hair cuticles are flattened it means that every hair on your head will lay flat on your head instead of sticking up and looking frizzy and over treated. And because all of the natural oils and moisture are locked into each hair, your hair will be soft and manageable instead of dry and frizzy. In fact, your hair will likely look better than it ever has before, healthier and more radiant.

And there’s more. Tourmaline also produces far infrared heat which works to dry your hair from the inside out instead of the other way around. What does that mean to you? Well, it means more time because it only takes a fraction of time to straighten your hair with a tourmaline iron than other types which means that you will be out the door with perfectly styled hair in no time. And because less heat is required to accomplish the straightened look it means that your hair isn’t exposed to harmful heat for very long minimizing the chance of any damage ever occurring.

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice the quality of your hair just because you want to achieve a straight look. And using the old style glass and metal plate hair irons cause a great deal of damage to the health of the hair. No longer will you have to suffer through damaged, unhealthy hair all in the name of style. With the new tourmaline hair straighteners, you can accomplish beautiful sleek and sexy styles and actually make your hair healthier and more beautiful than you ever thought possible. So stop sacrificing and make the leap to a tourmaline hair straightener today.

Hair Dryers: The Most Important Tool

December 31, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

There is always one thing in the bathroom that everyone takes for granted. That one hair tool that never gets any thought. The hair dryer. It is very unfortunate that this essential tool doesn’t get the respect that it deserves, after all it is probably the most frequently used hair tool in the bathroom. It really should get some more attention.

So are you one of those people guilty of not giving your due respect to your hair dryer? Chances are good that you are. Take a good look at your hair dryer, and if you’ve had the same one for over five years, or it seems like it takes you forever to dry your hair, you should probably consider upgrading.

Many people will say, “It’s just a hair dryer, any one will do. I’ll save my money for a hair straightener or curling iron.” But this is a bad attitude, and you aren’t doing yourself or your hair any favors by ignoring your hair dryer.

Investing in a quality hair dryer is not only an investment in yourself, but it’s an excellent investment in your hair. Think about this, if you are applying direct heat to your hair everyday, that heat is going to start doing damage to your hair, drying it out, making it frizzy and dull looking as all of the natural moisture and oils are stripped from your hair. And who wants that to happen to their hair? No one. That’s why you need to invest in an ionic hair dryer that will dry your hair effectively, without all of the damage. It is not a given that you have to damage your hair when you dry it. Not at all.

An ionic hair dryer takes advantage of negative ions that are blasted onto each hair, infusing them. The negative ions act on each hair to close the cuticle, effectively sealing in moisture and natural oils. Because the hair cuticle is being closed, each hair will lay flat on the head instead of standing up which gives that frizzy, out of control look.

Another amazing feature of an ionic hair dryer is that using one actually cuts the drying time in half. Some ionic hair dryers actually dry hair up to 60% faster than a regular hair dryer. That not only means that your hair isn’t being exposed to damaging heat as long, but also that you spend less time drying your hair, and more time styling it. Getting you out of the bathroom quicker and on to your day.

When you are looking for a hair dryer, be sure to choose one that uses ionic technology and incorporates ceramic elements into the construction. It is time that you start paying attention to the most undervalued hair tool of all time. A quality hair dryer is an essential tool in any hair care arsenal and you will be pleasantly surprised to see the amazing results it will have on your hair.

Best African American Flat Irons

December 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

No matter what type of hair you have, you will be able to straighten your hair with a flat iron. In fact, even if you have notoriously thick and coarse African American hair, you do not need to resort to harsh chemical straighteners that will damage your hair, perhaps permanently. Not too mention all of the harsh fumes and long wait times while the chemicals set. No way. All you need is to choose from the best African American flat irons and you are on your way to beautifully sexy, sleek hair.

The best flat irons for African American hair have a few things in common. The first is that they must have ceramic or titanium plates. These plates will be smooth and won’t tug or tear at the hair. Ceramic plates also offer moist heat which helps to straighten the hair from the inside of the hair, out. Moist heat is much gentler on tough, coarse hair.

Another very important feature that all of the best African American flat irons have in common is that they utilize the power of tourmaline. Tourmaline is a naturally occurring element that has been found to be an amazing source of negative ions. As the hair iron plates pass across the hair, the negative ions enter each individual hair shaft, sealing each hair cuticle. By sealing each hair cuticle, your hair retains its natural oils and shine, allowing it to be healthier than ever before. Also, because each hair cuticle is closed, the hair lays flat against the head instead of looking frizzy and standing up all over the place which is a common complaint for African American’s who straighten their hair. You want the end result to be sexy, sleek hair, not frizzy damaged looking hair. This is why tourmaline is so important in a hair straightener. The tourmaline keeps your hair looking straight, and it will also be softer and more manageable than ever before.

Another feature that you will need to look for when you are searching for the best flat irons for African American hair is temperature control. Do not choose an iron that only has one setting because this is not a one size fits all solution. It is much better for thick, coarse hair to be able to adjust the heat setting in order to get the highest temperature. Most African American hair needs a high heat setting, but before you crank up the temperature, start lower and work your way up because every person has different hair and you do not want to apply a high heat if you don’t have to.

Forget about expensive, messy and harmful chemical hair straighteners. You can get a better result, faster by using a high quality hair straightener. Plus, you will be doing your hair a favor because by using the best hair irons for African American hair, you can actually improve the look of your hair.

Create Festive Styles with the Right Tools

December 3, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

When it comes to looking your best, there is never a more important time to look hot with a styling hair do than at your yearly Christmas parties. And not only is it important to look your best with a fancy new dress, and some glam makeup, but you cannot forget about your hair. Because after all, you wouldn’t be looking and feeling so festive if your hair was doing the same old boring thing it did every year.

Yes, Christmas is the perfect festive season to pull out your curling iron, your hair straightener and your hair dryer and start your styling engines. You don’t have to spend a fortune at the beauty salon to have a gorgeous hair style; all you need is the right tools and a little imagination.

Of course no matter what style you are trying to achieve, you want it to look healthy, shiny and dazzling. Not frizzy, dry and damaged. So it is important that to create a healthy hair base, you dry your hair with an ionic hair dryer. Choose a hair dryer that has ceramic coated elements and the addition of tourmaline because these items will create negative ions that will actually dry the hair from the inside, out which means that it will reduce the amount of time it takes to dry your hair, giving you more time to style it into a beautiful up do. Besides giving you more time to style, which is a gift in itself, this type of quality hair dryer will make your hair look even healthier because the negative ions close each hair cuticle, allowing them to lay flat and retain their natural healthy shine.

It’s often easier to style your up do if you start with straight, sleek hair. Once your hair is completely dry, use a ceramic or titanium straightener to create that sleek look. Using a quality hair iron also adds shine and a natural luster to your hair that will make any up do look extra special.

Once you place a few strategic pins and clips, you can also use your hair straightener to flip up edges, smooth tendrils to frame your face or even create curls. Of course, if you’re looking for a very curly look, a quality curling iron will help you create the cascade of curls you are looking for. Choose a ceramic barreled curling iron for the smoothest curls, and after that, you must decide on the size of curls you are trying to create. If you want tight, corkscrew tendrils, look for a smaller barreled curling iron, and for soft, flowing waves, a bigger barrel will do the trick.

Creating festive up dos can be a lot of fun, and with the right tools for the job, it is easier than you think. Simply use your imagination and take some time to practice and soon you will have a styling new hair style for the party season that will dazzle all of your coworkers, friends and family members.

This Year Give the Gift of Style

December 1, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

The calendar says that it’s officially December, which means that Christmas is only a few weeks away. Have you finished all of your shopping yet? If you haven’t, you are not alone. Christmas can be an extremely stressful time trying to figure out what’s on everyone’s wish list. But if you have some extra special ladies on your list, I can make your holiday shopping a whole lot easier this year. All you have to do is give them the gift of style and beauty with some quality hair tools.

Giving quality hair tools like hair straighteners, curling irons and blow dryers are an excellent choice because you will be giving those special ladies a gift that they can use all year long, every single day. And in these tougher economic times, it’s a much better idea to give your friends and family something that they can use instead of another sweater, or Christmas decoration.

So when you start to shop for the perfect hair tool there are a few things you should keep in mind, especially if you are new to this. When it comes to hair straighteners, you want to look for a quality tool that will not only straighten the hair but will leave it looking healthier and more beautiful than before. You need to select an iron that uses ceramic or titanium plates because they will protect the hair and give it a beautiful shine. If you really want to spoil that special lady, a hair straightener with tourmaline is just the thing. Because not only will her hair be straight, it will actually be healthier due to the addition of tourmaline that infuses each hair with negative ions that close the hair cuticle locking in moisture and natural oils.

If it’s the gift of curls that you have decided to give, look for a curling iron that has a ceramic barrel. Ceramic provides a consistent heat that will not fluctuate which means that when your special lady is curling her hair she won’t have to worry about the curling iron losing heat or creating hot spots that might burn her hair. Tourmaline is another added benefit for a curling iron that will make hair look healthy and shiny, eliminating the dry damaged look that can occur with styling with a lesser product.

Blow dryers are also great gift choices, particularly when they cut down on the time it takes to dry your hair every morning. When you choose a quality hair dryer, look for one that utilizes ceramic coils which provide a moist heat causing hair to retain some of its natural moisture. Tourmaline is also an important addition because the negative ions actually dry the hair from the inside out which means that your lucky lady actually spends drying her hair everyday can be reduced by up to 60%. And that’s the gift of time.

So instead of another gift basket, or the latest best seller, give the ladies on your gift list the gift of beauty and style with some quality hair tools.

Chemical Straighteners vs. Hair Straighteners

November 27, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s inevitable; you want to change your hair style from time to time everyone does. But what if you have curly hair and you want to make it straight? You do have a few options available to you depending on what you are trying to achieve with your hair. Some people choose a chemical hair straightener over a hair iron because they think that straightening the hair permanently is the way to go. But what about the dangers of chemical hair straighteners? Is it safe?

Safety is definitely a concern when it comes to using a chemical hair straightener, because you are putting chemicals on your head and when there are chemicals involved there is always a concern for your health as well as your hair. Before any stylist uses a chemical hair straightener they should do a strand test. And why do you think they have to do a strand test? Well, because chemicals can cause harm, and by doing the strand test they are trying to determine how much damage will occur.

When you use chemicals on your hair they will almost certainly cause damage to your hair. And why would you want to damage your hair in the quest to create a beautiful style? That seems a bit backward. You should want to create a beautiful style, not a dry, damaged, frizzy style.

So what’s your other option? A hair straightener of course. One simple tool can straighten your hair safely, easily and not only will you be able to create the style you are looking for but your hair will look phenomenal as well. That’s because using a high quality hair straightener, one that utilizes the power of ceramic, titanium and tourmaline will actually improve the look of your hair. A quality hair straightener will infuse your hair with powerful negative ions that work to lock in the natural oils and shine in your hair cuticle allowing it to lay flat on your head. So not only will your hair be straight, it will be healthy, shiny and more beautiful than before. Forget the frizzy, over processed look.

Some people think that it will be easier and more convenient to use a chemical straightener. That way they can wake up every day and their hair will be straight without any effort. However, despite the risks to your health and the health of your hair, there are other issues involved with chemical straighteners. Your hair will require touch ups every few months, and the look is permanent. This means that if you decide that you want to wear your hair curly for a change, you’re out of luck.

And if you think that using a hair iron is not easy or fast, you are wrong! A quality hair straightener will straighten your hair out quickly and effectively which means that you can straighten your hair out every morning achieving the style that you want with minimal effort. And as an added benefit, your hair will be shiny, and healthy as well as sexy and sleek.

You do have choices when it comes to straightening your hair, but the only real choice for straightening your hair in a healthy way is a quality hair iron.

Don’t Dry Out!

October 27, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Almost every woman owns one. In fact, they are probably the most popular hair styling tool around today. You could probably peek into all your friend’s bathrooms and find one. Did you guess it already? You probably did. It’s a blow dryer. So why are blow dryers so popular? Well, everyone – regardless of what type of hair style they like, usually have to dry their hair before they style it and people are busy. Hair dryers cut down on the amount of time you need to dry your hair, in short – they’re fast, they’re efficient, and people like that.

 

But what about everything that you’ve heard lately about hair dryers damaging your hair? You may have read in magazines that you shouldn’t use a hair dryer because it will damage your hair. But who has the time to air dry their hair every morning? Certainly not me, and unless you like getting up a few hours early every day, probably not you either. But that’s okay because hair dryers don’t have to damage your hair.

 

No, you don’t have to sacrifice healthy hair for dry hair and convenience. Absolutely not. But you do have to be a little bit selective in what type of hair dryer you choose because they are absolutely not all made equally. If you go down to your local value store and grab the first blow dryer you see for ten dollars, chances are very good that you are not buying a quality dryer for your hair.

 

A regular blow dryer produces positive ions which will dry your hair absolutely, but they will also damage your hair. These are the hair dryers that all those magazine articles are talking about. These are the hair dryers that will expose your hair to harsh heat, day after day and will damage your hair. You must look for a hair dryer that creates negative ions in order to have healthy, beautiful and dry hair.

 

Negative ions have been shown to close and seal the hair cuticle which results in the hair laying flat against the head. By sealing the cuticle, the hair will retain its moisture and retain the healthy, shiny look that you are looking for. Hair dryers with negative ions will keep hair looking its absolute best, instead of drying out and damaging hair.

 

It’s also important to choose a hair dryer that is made with ceramic or tourmaline. Ceramic elements in a dryer actually create negative ions when it’s heated and it also heats evenly so you don’t have to worry about hot spots. Hair dryers that utilized tourmaline coated elements actually create negative ions as well, and they speed up the drying process by almost half which means you are exposing your hair to the heat for much less, so you don’t have to worry about damaging your hair at all.

 

It’s an outdated myth that hair dryers will damage your hair. Instead of being concerned about using a blow dryer, be concerned with what type of dryer you are using. Pay attention to finding a quality iron that will help your hair instead of harming it and you will be able to have beautiful, healthy, shiny and dry hair!

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