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Tips For Cutting Your Own Hair

January 19, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

We all watch our hair dresser cut our hair and some women are not willing to try doing this on their own while others feel it looks simple enough they should save some money and cut their own hair. Of course this is something you really need to think about before you do decide that you want to cut your own hair at home.

To start you will need a quality pair of professional hair scissors. Using cheap scissors that are not sharp will result in a cut on your hair that is not smooth and will be more of a tear. This will lead to split ends as well as a haircut that you will not be proud of.

The next thing you need to remember is that less is more and taking off too much hair may end up being something you regret. Start slowly and cut only where you feel it is necessary since it is easier to take off more later where you cannot put hair back on once you have cut it off. The style of cut you are going for will also be important the modern messy looks are better to attempt on your first tries on cutting your own hair these are more forgiving when you make mistakes so that everyone will not notice.

Am I Doing it Right?

November 17, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Has this ever happened to you? You’ve gone to your hair dresser for your regular cut and style and the result is amazing. Excited to recreate the look at home, you buy all of the products that she recommends and spend the rest of the day enjoying your beautiful new look. The next day, eager to recreate your amazing hair style, you struggle with endless bottles of gel, hair spray a thermal spray. Your curling iron, hair straightener and blow dryer cords get maddeningly tangled and your hair ends up looking like a flat, greasy version of what it was when you left the salon.

 Why is it that you can never seem to recreate the style that your stylist so easily gave you? After all, it is your hair right? True, your stylist likely went to school and received a great deal of training, and he or she does do this every day, but still, you would like to do it for yourself too. Of course you would. But unless you are independently wealthy, you don’t have a stylist in your bathroom every morning to help you get your hair just right. So what can you do?

 The best thing that you can do for your hair style is to tell your stylist before she gets to work that you would like her to explain everything that she’s doing so you can do it yourself when you get home. Tell her what tools you have at home to work with. Do you have a hair straightener, a curling iron, a blow dryer? Let her know. Sure, some hair stylists might be a little annoyed by this, but at the end of the day, it is their job to make you look good and if they can teach you to make your hair look good on all the days between appointments, that’s excellent advertising for them. Most stylists won’t have any problem with this.

 While they’re styling your hair, listen carefully and ask questions if they’re doing something that doesn’t make sense to you or confuses you. You can even ask to try it yourself so the stylist can correct your technique. Be careful with this though. You don’t want to take up too much time because stylists usually have quite a few appointments booked.

 Be sure that you have all of the tools that you need and that they are the right tools. There is no point having a 1” barrel curling iron at home, if you need a 2” curling iron to create your look. Equip yourself with the proper gels, creams and sprays that you will need and be sure you know how much to use. Once you get home take some time to practice your look. Whatever you do, do not wait until the next morning when you are late for work and need to rush out the door. Give yourself some extra time until you get used to your look.

 With the right tools, a great cut and a fabulous stylist, you will have everything you need to look beautiful every day. Keep practicing and soon you will look like you just walked out of a salon everyday.

Choosing Quality Scissor Steel

November 13, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

When it comes to buying hair shears or scissors do you know what you’re doing? Sure, if you’re a professional stylist you should have a pretty good handle on this already, but do you know how to choose quality scissors? What type of steel should you choose and how often should you have your scissors sharpened? Your scissors or shears are the single most important tool that a hair dresser has, and all too often, stylists don’t pay enough attention to this very important tool.

 

What did you learn at your beauty school, or the salon where you trained? Did you learn the difference between the types of steel that are used in scissors and shears? Unfortunately, too many stylists don’t learn the necessities when it comes to shears and scissors.  And don’t you think if it’s the most important tool in the salon, you should pay closer attention to it?

 

When it comes to the steel that you use, you are going to want to choose a material that is strong and resilient because this will determine how often you have to sharpen your scissors. There are two types of stainless steel shears, 440 and 420 which is sometimes known as J2. The differences between the two types are dependent on the amount of carbon and chromium in the metals. A higher quality of stainless steel will have a good amount of both carbon and chromium because the carbon makes the steel strong while the chromium gives it resistance to rusting. So you may want to choose scissors that are made with a good combination of both.

 

Of course there are differences between these types as well. When it comes to 440 steel there is a rating system from A to C. 440A is the cheapest and isn’t very strong, 440 C is the most expensive steel but is also the strongest, and 440B falls in the middle of the category.

 

The other stainless steel J2 has a lot of chromium in it but has very little carbon which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Because the steel is soft it can be sharpened to a razor sharpness giving you a very accurate cut. This is often the steel found in Japanese style manufactured shears. These shears will often have a convex edge on them as well which gives the scissors an even sharper performance. Some shears have a titanium coating on them which increases the strength and also creates a sharper edge for cutting.

 

Be careful when you are choosing scissors and shears and ask questions about the steel type of the tool you are considering. You will have to weigh the benefits of a less expensive pair that you will have to sharpen more frequently versus a bigger cost up front. In fact, a cheaper pair of scissors will often cost you more in the long run because of the extra sharpening you will have to do. Start with a quality pair of shears and not only will your clients be happy with their cuts, you will be happy with their performance. 

Buying Hair Tools Online

November 6, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Do you feel overwhelmed when it comes to choosing hair tools and accessories? Does the thought of going into a hair supply store to buy your hair straightener, curling iron or blow dryer fill you with dread because you don’t know what you’re looking for?

 

When it comes to buying new hair tools, it can be very confusing about where to go buy what you need especially if you live in a small town. What are your choices? You could go to your hair dresser and ask him or her about where they buy their tools? Maybe they could pick something up for you or order it from their supplier? But what’s the problem with that? Typically your hair dresser will have his or her favorite brand name or type of hair tool, which is likely a very good product, but it may not be the right one for you.

 

So what are your other options? Of course if you live in a major center you can visit the local hair supply store and see what they have to offer. The problem with this plan is that they likely won’t carry all of the brands and styles that you would like to choose from. And they may get certain kick backs or incentives to sell certain brands and not others which won’t make your shopping experience fair.

 

By far the best way to shop for your hair straighteners, curling irons or blow dryers is to shop online. Some people are nervous shopping online for the first time but there is nothing to be concerned about. Secured shopping sites are the norm now and should be expected making your online transactions safe and secure. The other great thing about shopping online is that you can research every hair tool before you buy. You can read reviews, and compare products until you find the perfect one for you.

 

Don’t worry about shipping prices either. Many times shipping is free or offered at a significantly low price. And the price of the hair tools online is often much cheaper because the seller doesn’t have the extra overhead of a physical store to deal with, so they can pass the savings directly on to you the buyer.

 

So don’t worry about shopping online, go ahead and check it out. You can always contact the selling website and ask them as many questions as you like before you make your purchase. Shopping online is safe and easy and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home. Before you know it, your new hair straightener, curling iron and blow dryer will be delivered to your door step and you will be on your way to beautiful, well styled hair all without stepping out your door.

Options for Straightening Hair

September 8, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

So many women want straight luxurious hair right now and the stars in Hollywood and models on the runway only encourage this by keeping the look in fashion as the in style to have. Of course if you are not born with naturally straight hair you can either get it chemically or by using hair straightening irons. 

Of course the option to chemically straighten your hair will not be available if you use permanent coloring on your hair even if there is just a little at the ends left this must be gone before you can use chemical straighteners. Also those who swim in pools a lot cannot use these chemical straighteners as the chlorine in the water will have very negative effects on your hair.

If the above conditions apply to you or if you just do not want to subject your hair to those nasty chemicals then hair straightening irons are the more effective way to get that straight hair. The drawback to this method is it does not last long at all so the most cost effective way is to purchase quality salon hair straighteners and do the work yourself as opposed to going to the hair dresser every time you want your hair straightened.

Bobs with Texture

August 18, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

It looks like this fall celebrities in Hollywood are getting bob haircuts that touch the nape of their neck and then are applying great texture to them. These slightly longer bobs are perfect for adding soft waves in with a hair curling irons. Hold your curling iron vertically and wrap small sections around them to curl for about five seconds. Once you get the curl in shake your head out and your long bob will have great texture and style just like you have a expensive hair dresser to give you the hottest looks.

Styling That Short Hair

August 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

It seems like all the great hairstyles are always for long gorgeous hair, so what is a girl to do if she has short hair to work with. Some resort to hair extensions to get those long tresses that are all the rage, while others know they can be beautiful even with short hair they just need to add some style to the look. A good hair dresser can help you find just the right look for your short hair whether it is smooth straight hair from using a professional hair straightener or adorable curls achieved with a curling iron. There is a sure fire look that will knock everyone over with your fabulous short hair.

Tourmaline Ceramic Hair Straighteners

June 2, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

If you are like me you see flat irons touted as tourmaline flat irons and you have no idea what tourmaline is and you have no clue why it is a good feature to have in a ceramic hair iron. Of course as with most things new when tourmaline was first added to hair straightening tools it was only on professional hair styling tools and it was very expensive to have. But like most things once the initial hype was gone tourmaline hair irons popped up everywhere at affordable prices so you did not have to be a professional stylist to get the benefits of this feature. Tourmaline is a semi-precious gemstone, which flat iron makers have incorporated into the ceramic plates on their hair straightening tools. Tourmaline ceramic hair irons are known for their amazing ability to generate negative ions, which help your hair, retain its own natural moisture, which is extremely important when using heat to style your hair on a regular basis. This will make your hair straightening iron more effective at creating smooth silky looking straight hair with no frizz that can make you look like a star with a permanent hair dresser even though you style your hair on your own in your own home.

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