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Using A Hair Straightener For More Volume In Your Hair

March 31, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

When most women purchase their hair straightening iron they do so with the intentions of using the hair styling tool to remove the curl and frizz from their hair. Of course these professional styling tools are designed to do just that and they get the job done perfectly. But a straightener can also be used to put volume and even curl into a hair as well when used just right.

To add volume with a hair straightener it is simply a matter of which direct you will hold your hair and run the iron to encourage volume. When you want more body and no curl in your hair after washing and completely drying your hair divide your locks into many small sections that can easily fit into the plates of the hair straightener. Then on each section you will start as close to the scalp as possible and run the hair iron over your hair slowly while pulling the section you are working on directly upwards.

Once you have done each section this way flip your hair forwards and apply some hair spray to the roots to hold the volume you just put in place. Once you get used to using a hair straightener for more than just smoothing out hair you will begin to use it almost exclusively for all of your styling needs.

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.

Keeping Your Hair Straight After Using A Flat Iron

November 4, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Some women use their hair straightening iron perfectly and get those sleek tresses that are so popular right now on the red carpet. But for some their hair does not remain straight and they cannot figure out how to keep those waves or curls from returning before their day is done. Usually this is caused by extra heat and humidity in the air caused by the weather. But there are a few steps you can take to keep that hair straight and looking its best.

Use your blow dryer before you begin using your flat iron even if it is already dry, and try straightening your hair at a higher temperature setting with your professional flat iron. Also use products specially designed for straight hair and use a flexible hold spray to hold it in place once you remove those curls. And of course if you live somewhere where the humidity is especially high than use a shine serum to help battle the extra moisture in the air and keep those locks straight and beautiful all day long. These tips should help you look your best with this great hairstyle that so many women want to have.

Keeping The Curls In Your Hair After Styling

August 11, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Recently my daughter was having problems getting the curls she put in her hair to stay there for the day. Her hair is very thick and the sheer weight of it was bringing the curls down despite the hair spray she used to keep the curls where they were. After getting the tip that she should spray her hair before using the curling iron she gave it a try. This worked great! Spraying the hair, then curling it, and then giving a final spray kept the curls in place all day long despite the weight of her hair.

How to reduce damage from Hair Straighteners

June 12, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Yes, there is such a thing as using heating products too much, that is if your not using anything to protect your hair before you start styling. Do you have a matted type ball at the back of your head and the middle doesn’t seem to be as long as the sides? This is because of too much heat products and other misc. things, ie: elastic bands too tight, not the right pillow case etc. If you are going to be using your hair straightener everyday you need to start protecting your hair in the process, if you don’t you will not be able to even straighten that matted hair on the back of your head, it will always have a certain frizz look to it.

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figure 1: Karmin Envy Titanium Hair Straightener.

Make sure that you take a break every once in a while where you don’t blow dry or use any kind of heating products. Try doing this once or twice a week. Use a good spray in conditioner, avoiding anything that has alcohol in it (this dries out your hair) spray each section as you are straightening it. Use a good conditioning pack at least once every two weeks (the kind you keep in and wash out after approx. 15 min.) Comb deep conditioner through hair and rinse out after time noted above.

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Do not brush your hair too harshly, using a natural bristled brush, or a comb, just brush from the bottom up. Use a lower heat setting on your hair straightener once in awhile. As you can see from the photos below after time heating products and just not caring about your hair does sufficient damage. So to ensure the best healthiest hair take care of yourself, eat right, do conditioning treatments and treat your hair like it’s your best friend.

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weak hair

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chemically damaged hair

Till next time Good Luck!

Niki

Hair Straightening – How to Keep Curly, Thick & Coarse Hair Straight

April 4, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

For those with curly, thick and/or coarse hair, straightening your hair is one thing, keeping it straight is another. By following a few professional hair style tips you can help manage curls and get straightness that lasts much longer.

1. Use a relaxing shampoo & conditioner.

2. Rinse hair with cool water to seal the hairs cuticle and fight frizz which is common with curly hair.

3. Choose a heat protectant styling aid that also works to relax the hair such as a straightening balm or relaxing cream.

4. Dry hair straight using a blow dryer with a concentrator nozzle, a paddle brush and do 2″ sections at a time, starting with the bottom layer of hair and working your way up to the top layers of hair.

5. Make sure hair is completely dry by going over your hair with your dryer on the cool air setting. If hair feels cold or damp to the touch then it is not completely dry. For the best results you want your hair to be completely dry.

6. Section hair into layers from bottom to top and starting with the bottom use a professional hair straightener to straighten 1-2″ sections at a time. Go slow and on the highest heat setting recommended for your hair type. Repeat until entire head of hair is straight.Touch up any sections that are not completely straight.

7. Once hair is straight, finish the style with a anti frizz shine serum, finishing spray or hair spray.

Products to consider;

Herbal Essences Dangerously Straight Shampoo, Conditioner

& Finishing Spray

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TIGI Bed Head Control Freak Extra Extra Straight Hair Straightener

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Jonathon Weightless Smoothing™ Products

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Top 7 Reasons Every Woman Needs a Professional Hair Straightener

February 4, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

As women we all want a perfect hair day everyday and we want it to be quick and easy to achieve too. Well, we can have our cake and eat it too with the right tool. A hair straightener can be a girl’s best friend if she knows all of the benefits to owning and using one.

So why should you own a hair straightener? Let me count thy ways…

1. You can curl and flip, add waves, use it for sophisticated up-do or casual everyday styles.

2. Forget frizz! Weather your hair is curly or straight you can still suffer from frizzy hair. A hair straightener works to seal the hairs cuticle and rid of frizz leaving your hair smooth.

3. You can add shine and have healthier looking hair with a hair iron as well. In much the same way you rid of the frizz, sealing the cuticle will give the appearance of smoother softer strands and add shine.

4. Turn up the volume! Adding volume to any length of hair with a flat iron is simple.

5. Save Money! If you own a good hair straightener you will no longer need all of those styling creams, anti frizz serums, gels and so on. All you will really need is a styling cream, spray or lotion to protect hair from heat styling and a good hair spray which is handy to set your completed style.

6. Save more money! Since you can create curls, waves and add volume with a flat iron what other tools other than a hair dryer will you really need?

7. With some practice a hair straightener quickly becomes a fast and easy way to achieve different styles day in and day out. You can have great looking hair everyday without the hassle and the time some other styling methods can take.

Jessica Alba - Get this Look with a Flat Iron

How to use a Curling Iron and get the Best Results

January 16, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

Curls

Depending on the size of the curls you want you first need to choose your tool. A curling iron with a large barrel will create large, loose curls where as a smaller barrel will create smaller, tighter curls such as ringlets.

Once you know what size of curls you want, using the curling iron is pretty much the same no matter what size the barrel is.

Always start with dry hair; curling you hair when it is wet will leave you with fried and damaged hair. If your hair is medium to long in length it is easiest to start at the back of the head whereas if you have short hair start at the crown.

Take a 1 to 2 inch section of hair and starting at the ends clamp the ends of your hair into the iron and roll the hair until you are about 1 inch from your scalp. Hold the iron for about 10 seconds then gently release the iron and let the curl fall. Repeat with the rest of the sections of hair.

Once the curls have cooled down you can set your hair with holding spray and use your fingers to help shape the curls.

Did you know that you can use your Hair Straightener to curl your hair as well? See how to curl your hair with a hair straightener.

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