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Give Up Boring Cuts

March 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

I grew up with a hairstylist whom my family was very devout to and also served as a second mom to me. I have never gotten a haircut from anyone other than my long-time stylist. I have mastered exactly how she works toward cutting hair and the exact tools she uses in the process. I have seen her in action so many times that sometimes I swear I could be her. But recently, I watched a friend perform a cut on a client and realized there are so many more tools available for stylists. It was like I came out of my sheltered styling life that I was living.

Although I’m not a hairstylist myself, Jeanette (my hairdresser) has always told me the exact tools that she uses on my hair and all the things I need to know about her process of styling. Since I have grown up watching her give cuts, I haven’t known there to be any other way to cut someone’s hair. It was amazing to me to see how much there is to offer in the world of hair salons and styling besides just hair scissors and hairspray.

My friend began her process with a fresh wash. She then moved over to her cutting station where she began her actual haircut with the professional shears. The shears she used were very high-profile and glided right through the client’s hair. This part of the process is the only part I’ve ever seen take place. The next part was the big surprise for me; my friend got out her “texturizing shears” and began creating layers upon layers of hair and removing excess bulk in the client’s hair. After she got all of the texturizing done, she moved on to the bangs. She styled this part of the hair but using a razor and running it through the ends of the bangs to take off split ends and excess bulk, once again.

I, of course, have heard of texturizing shears and a razor but I had never seen them in action, so I had never known the performance they gave. I was truly amazed by these two tools and all they had to offer. If you were in the same position as me and have never really had anything done to your hair other than a trim every time you visit your stylist, it’s time to get rid of the boring cuts. Next time you get a haircut, make it a cut, not just a trim, by asking your stylist to use her texturizing shears and razor to help blend some new layers and make your hair healthier and lighter on your shoulders.

Results From Bad Scissor Care

January 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hair scissors are one of the most popular tools a stylist can use. There are many types of these scissors and they float around all kinds of hair salons in the world. No matter what type of shear it may be, one must pay close attention to the care information of a pair of hair scissors. These tools are not anywhere near cheap and can cost a fortune to repair or even replace if proper care is not taken with them. Here you will discover what happens when you do not take correct care of hair scissors.

Some people think that by wiping scissors down with a dry cloth after each use is good enough for cleansing. This is one of the worst things you could do, though. The dry clothes are what scratch the blades and create problems with the smooth look of the metal. If you are using a cloth made of micro fiber like those that clean lenses, your shears will be much more safe. Micro fiber is great because it doesn’t create and leave behind any lint particles and it is gentle enough to prevent scratching of glass and/or metal.

You can also cause harm to your shears by avoiding the cleansing process of the entire tool. It won’t do you much good to cleanse only the blades since the handle is what holds the most bacteria from your hands. The blades are important too though since product and hair can build up and cause them to get jammed. If you don’t cleanse them in a special solution designed specifically for shears, they will get jammed and could possibly even stop opening when you try to cut a client’s hair. The key to cleansing them is to do it at the end of every day that you use them. Even if you only use them once, it is crucial for you to clean the shears so that can keep in working condition.

Just because you clean your shears does not mean you can throw them onto a towel and let them dry overnight. This is actually very bad on the scissors because it can create rust on the blades and the area where the handles and the metal meet. The other result would be water spots everywhere on the silver. To avoid rust and spots, take a few seconds to dry the shears thoroughly so that the blades have no water sitting on them. Also remember to use your micro fiber cloth to dry the shears so to avoid scratches in the end.

Taking good care of hair scissors isn’t a difficult process as long as you remember to do it each day. Even if you only use the shears once that day, it is important to clean them and take proper care so they can be in working condition as long as possible. The process begins to get difficult when you actually do have the tough to remove water spots or rust forming on the shears. It is extremely difficult to remove rust and water spots begin to stick around after so long. To keep your shears long lasting it is important to take proper care of them.

Advances In Hair Styling Tools

September 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Salons have come along way over the years and the hair tools and products have got so much better than anything anyone could have dreamed of just a few years ago. Just about every tool of the trade is so much lighter yet better performing than they once were. Hair dryers have tourmaline and can now not only dry your hair, but also infuse it with negative ions, which will help it, be vibrant and healthy. Hair styling tools no longer damage your hair and are easier to use to get the hottest styles. Stock your vanity with these newer better tools and products and look your very best everyday.

How to Reduce Frizz

July 31, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Having smooth, frizz free hair is a blessing. For most of us though we do a lot of damage in our everyday lifestyles. We need to blow-dry, we need to style with our high temperature heating tools and at the end of the day our hair has taken the blunt of it all. All of this can be avoided given  you follow some simple steps. I am not saying that you cannot use your hairstyling tools but just try using them in a different way. Don’t stick to one type of shampoo either, doing so will result in hair that just has no life. It is a good idea to change shampoos at least once a month. I‘m sure you  have seen the products on commercials and in Drug stores where they claim they can help reduce frizz, this is true but there is a technique to it where-as not everyone would know what this technique is.

Anytime you are wanting to reduce the amount of frizz, do so  by adding frizz free lotions or creams right after you are done washing your hair. Your hair must be absolutely soaking wet for almost any of these types of product to work. Removing any water from your hair reduces your chances of becoming “frizz free” So, while your hair is profusely dripping all over your bathroom floor add your preferred  frizz free tonic directly to your hair or use a quarter size dollop in your palms and then run it through with a wide tooth comb.  Using a wide tooth comb reduces frizz by allowing the curls or waves to stay together. When you use a brush or fine toothed comb you separate the curl thus giving the look of frizz once your hair is dry.

If you are needing to blow-dry your hair, try using a diffuser. A diffuser is an attachment you can obtain from most hair salons or Drug stores which attaches to the end of your hair dryer. There are diffusers now that are already attached and come as one. Air is dispersed evenly and in a much calmer fashion than a blow dryer. If you held a diffuser directly to your hair you would see minimal movement. Because of this air being distributed evenly throughout you are helping to improve the look of your hair by keeping your curls or waves together.

Use frizz free shampoo’s and conditioners,  you will find a product that works for you by trial and error or by word of mouth. I suggest buying from a salon because these products have the proper PH balance required to maintain a healthy head of hair.

If you are prone to frizz try to not brush out your hair when it is fully dry this again will separate your curls setting up the frizzies for sure. As mentioned use a pick or wide tooth comb and always start at the bottom and work your way up. Also, deep condition at least once a week using the leave-in 15 min. heat activated kind.

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