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How does a Hair Straightener Work?

December 10, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Hair straighteners, also known as a flat iron, hair iron or straightening iron work to straighten and smooth out curly, wavy and kinky hair. But just exactly how? Much like a clothes iron works to smooth out creases and folds in your clothes, a hair iron smooths out the wave and curl in your hair by using the combination of high heat and pressure.

The high heat and flat plates on a straightening iron work to reshape your hair. When clamping your hair in between the two heated plates the combination of the heat and pressure work together to flatten and smooth out kinky hair.  Like a curling iron is used to bend and curl the hair with a round barrel and high heat, a hair flat iron uses two flat plates to straighten and smooth out your hair.

Reading Hair Flat Iron Reviews To Get The Best For You

November 17, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

There are many hair straightening irons available so choosing just the right one for you can be a little difficult when you head to the store to get the iron that you will use to remove those curls from your hair. When shopping around consider reading reviews of irons and pay particular attention to the ones written by those who have hair types similar to yours and which hair irons worked best for them. Reviews from others are a great way to see which is the best straightening iron for you since you can learn from the success and failure of those who have came before you in the search for the ultimate flat iron to get those curls out of your hair.

Using Professional Hair Straighteners For Best Results

September 18, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Do you really want to damage your hair just to straighten it out to get the latest look seen on the runways? Then why use those cheap hair straighteners to do the job because this is what happens when hair irons that are made with inferior materials are used on the head. Discount hair straighteners tend to heat up unevenly which creates hot spots, plus they often have your hair exposed to raw metal both of these situations can cause your hair to get scorched, which cannot usually be repaired. This means cutting your hair and letting it grow back in healthy. The easy way to avoid all this trouble is to use the best hair flat iron possible in the first place.

Hair straightening irons which utilize titanium and ceramic are so superior to any of the cheap discount straighteners that they will pay for themselves in no time with their pure quality. Not only are these professional hair irons better for your hair, they also are easier to get great results from so you will look like you were at a salon all day getting ready for a big night out. Of course only you will need to know that you straightened out your own hair to get this really hot look so many women want.

Humidity and Straight Hair

June 12, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Summer time can really be hard on your hair with all the sun, heat, and humidity added on top of the styling that someone does everyday. The heat and humidity can make your hair frizzy and unmanageable making even the straightest of hair untamed. A straightening iron can help you get your hair back into the sleek, straight appearance that you would like to have. Hair flat irons using tourmaline can not only remove that summer time humidity induced frizz, but also help you retain your hair’s own natural moisture that summer time styling and sun can take out of it quickly.

Of course it is also important to remember to use the lowest temperature possible when using a hair flat iron. Too high of a temperature can damage hair that is already coping with summer sun, chlorine, and other extremes that the season brings. It is always important to use only the temperature needed to get the job done, no matter what time of year to keep your hair healthy when using hair flat irons and other professional hair styling tools. There is nothing more like summer than beautiful straight hair and a great bikini.

Keeping your Hair Healthy During Styling

June 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

The hairstyles of today can be intense and demanding on your hair with all of the styling products and heat from professional hair tools. Luckily technology has come a long way toward helping you get your hair silky and healthy despite these demanding hair styling techniques.

Of course one of the most heat intensive things you can do to your hair is curl it or straighten it using a curling iron or hair flat iron. With both of these products you are using heated metal and ceramic to form the hair to your desired look and style. In the past the ceramic plates where only coated on to cheap metal which did not heat up to temperatures with much exactness. Hair straightening irons have come along way and are now made out of better materials which not only straighten your hair more efficiently they do so with minimal damage to the hair when used correctly. Tourmaline ceramic hair irons with ionic technology help your hair by promoting the negative ions which will help lock in the natural moisture your hair has which will reduce the potential for frizzy fly-a-ways and less than perfect straightening. While titanium hair irons use this high-grade material instead of cheap metals to create irons which heat up quickly, maintain constant temperatures, and are extremely lightweight to hold.

Caring for Your Hair Flat Iron

May 29, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

We have talked a lot about using hair straightening irons to get smooth and silky looking hair, but if you do not take care of that professional hair styling tool it will not work effectively on your hair for the long term. Really ceramic hair irons are very easy to take care of and require very little other than being kept clean and proper storage. Of course it is obvious you should allow your hair iron to completely cool before you clean and store it after each use.

Whenever you use a flat iron to straighten your hair the styling products you are using will start to collect on the ceramic plates of your flat iron. These products can start to create a gummy mess that will make the plates less effective on your hair. You can get professional hair straightener cleaner, which will clean the plates of any build up and help prolong the life of your hair flat iron. These cleaners will leave the ceramic plates not only clean, but also smoother so that they will glide through your hair with ease for better hair straightening performance.

You should also store your hair straightener in a place it will not get damage to the plates and never should you wrap the cord around the iron as this will damage the cord and ruin the iron.

Buying a Professional Hair Straightener

May 27, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

There are so many hair straightening flat irons on the market it can be a little confusing when you decide you would like to add a this professional beauty tool to your hair styling bag of tricks. Buying a flat iron is actually not that complicated once you understand all of the technological terms and the materials used in the construction of hair straightening tools.

A hair flat iron is essentially a couple of metal plates, which heat up, and the heat is applied to your hair to remove frizz and curls. Drug store straighteners are usually made from lesser metals such as aluminum while professional hair straightening tools are use better quality materials such as titanium hair straightener. A higher quality metal does a better job at heating up and evenly applying the heat to your hair so to easier and more effectively straighten your hair.

Many professional flat irons use ceramic ionic technology as well to ensure not only smoother hair, but also less damage to your hair as a result of styling. Negative ions will help your hair maintain its own natural moisture during the straightening process and will result in less frizz and more straight smooth hair from your efforts.

What to Look For In Hair Straightening Irons

May 21, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

If you were not born with straight hair you can get the look with the use of a hair flat iron. These easy to use professional hair tools will surprisingly take the tightest curls out of any hair type and leave it luxuriously smooth. Of course you want to ensure that the hair straightener you use is of good quality to make sure your hair does not get damaged and remains healthy despite the demands of styling. Some of the key features to for in your hair straightening iron include:

Ceramic plates – Irons using ceramic hair straighteners are much easier on the hair than those, which do not have these ceramic plates. Without them your hair is in direct contact with the metal and will be exposed to way too much heat.

Ionic technology – Ionic hair straighteners keep negative ions within your hair. Negative ions promote the moisture levels in your hair, which will help it remain smoother and keep it from being too frizzy.

Temperature control – Hair straighteners with variable temperature settings are an absolute essential. Control over the amount of heat you use to straighten your hair is vital so that you use enough to straighten out the curls, but not so much as to damage your hair.

If you shop with retailers who carry professional hair tools then the above features will more than likely be standard on the hair iron. Hair professionals demand these features and so should you.

2008 Summer Hairstlyes

May 1, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

With Summer just around the corner perhaps it’s time to start thinking about a new hairstyle. If you saw my post on 2008 Spring Hairstyles then preparing for Summer will be easy as the Hot Hairstyle’s for Spring are hot for summer as well, with some minor adjustments.

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The Angled Bob - think edgy, strong outlines and asymmetrical. Try one side longer than the other or start short in the back and go longer as you reach the front. A bob can be worn straight, wavy, curly or messy for an ultra sexy look.

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Casual Layers - long, natural layers which add texture and movement. This style can also be worn straight, curly, wavy or messy making it an extremely versatile hairstyle.

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Fringe - Bangs are a great way to make a simple change to any hairstyle. You want to choose a style which best suits your features so work with your stylist to determine which bangs will look best on you. The hot looks for summer include side swept bangs, blunt, choppy and soft and wispy.

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For super straight hair flat iron it, a hair straightener is also perfect for the blunt bang styles above.

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The Crop - Short and sexy with movement and volume is hot this Summer Season. Stay clear of the solid crop and work with your hairs texture for a natural flow with texture.

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You Ask – What is the Best Hair Straightener that Curls?

February 17, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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When it comes to choosing a hair flat iron that you also plan on using to curl your hair there are a few things to consider in order to get the best results.

Although the brand of your hair iron won’t necessarily determine on weather you can curl with it or not, a professional hair straightener is recommended for a few reasons. One being that it will reach a higher temperature thus providing a better hold for curls on all types of hair. For other reasons why a professional iron is recommended please For other reasons why a professional iron is recommended please see our Top 7 Reasons Every Woman Needs a Professional Hair Iron.

A hair straightener with plates that are 1″ – 1.5″ wide are going to do the best job at curling your hair. If the plates are too wide you will have a hard time getting the flat iron to curl your hair.

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How to use your hair straightener as a curling iron.

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