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The Best And Worst Products To Use

July 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Whether you’re styling or washing your hair, there’s always some kind of product that you use to get the job done. For example, you use shampoo and conditioner when you shower and hairspray when you style your hair. Although you might think it’d be hard to mess up showering or styling, some people actually use the wrong products for their situations and end up with a rat’s nest of a head. Think about it before you prep your hair for the day on which product to use. Even the specific brand of a certain product can mess up your styling process.

Now depending on the results you’re looking for, you might find one product that will do better than the others. For example, I looked for a brand of shampoo once that would make my hair smell fresh and clean, not like sweat and dirty. For this kind of result I used Garnier Fructis shampoo and conditioner. These are great for giving your hair that fresh and fruity smell when you need a clean start. It’s also a great way to keep colored hair looking its best. You hair will look freshly dyed for weeks if you use the specialized shampoo from Garnier. I wouldn’t depend on this brand for volume or damage repair though.

One of my favorite brands for protection from heat when I use my hair straightener is Tresemme. This brand is so focused on keeping your hair strong that you can trust their products will be the best. When I use the heat protection spray I love how lightweight it is. It’s almost as if you never sprayed anything in your hair-the only thing it leaves behind is a fresh scent. There’s no greasy look to it, it’s not heavy in your hair and it does a great job at protecting my hair.

Going back to the shower, my favorite kind of shampoo to keep my hair in good shape and repair any breakage comes from Pantene. This is definitely one of the best brands out there today because it’s so trustworthy. This company recently came out with new sets of products that help against specific things. One set that I love to use is the breakage to strength line of shampoo and conditioner. There are other products in this line but I mainly use it for my hair in the shower only because I am hooked on products from other companies when it comes to styling products.

My favorite brand of hairspray is Redken. This is a very high end brand of hair products that lots of celebrity stylists use. It’s so popular that I can barely afford a whole line of it so I stick with just the hairspray. I’ve never seen a certain spray with so much hold in it. If you’re looking to keep a style all day through, I can guarantee that Redken will not let you down. I used to poof my hair for school and from 7 AM to 4 PM  I knew I could trust this brand to keep my hair in that poof. Although the scent is very strong and not so pleasant it does the job and I would recommend it to anyone.

So wether you’re using your hair straightener, your curling iron, you’re showering or just looking for something to make your hair smell good, use these varieties of products and you will not be let down. It’s not always true that a certain brand can work perfectly for every hair need you might have. Try a good variety like these and you’ll always do great with keeping your hair looking in tip-top shape.

A Style For Each Day

July 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Sometimes I get so bored with the same hairstyle every day of the week. I see girls wearing ponytails every single day and others who straighten their hair every day too. To me that’s just boring and I need to mix it up every once in a while. That’s why I came up with a few new styles for me (and you) to sport for each day of the week. You see this kind of stuff in magazines in the hair section but these will be easy to achieve I can promise and they won’t have a billion steps that are hard to follow.

A typical hairstyle of so many people is to just straighten your hair and let it fall past your shoulders. This works every once in a while but when you want to dress your style up a bit more or maybe not as much, you can go with an easy-fixin’ style. Just know that you don’t have to wear your hair in these styles in the exact order every week; change up the order in which you wear each style.

On a Monday you might want to start the week with a great style for a great impression. This day, you could straighten your hair to show off the length. Make sure you use your heat protectant spray. I’m sure we’ve all used a hair straightener before though so style how you love to with your iron.

Tuesday can be your fun day with a flirty side pony. I tend to tie my hair back into a side ponytail and then choose pieces from the tail to curl-this way they look fresh and not smashed like they would if you’d curl before tying it all back. You can even add some fun with your bangs by pinning them back or leaving them down curled to add extra flirt.

Wednesday is hump day which means you might need a break from your technical styling. To do so, it’s as easy as showering and leaving your hair with a damp look. Each time I sport this style, it saves me about ten minutes because I just put a little product in my damp hair to give a natural wave look. Sometimes I pull my bangs back for a more put-together look or leave them down.

Thursday to me is a fancy day again so I like to go with the Snooki-inspired poof. You can curl or straighten your hair for this style but if you’re in a time crunch I recommend you straighten to make things easier. I like to curl my hair (you can use any method of curling that you like) because it can hide split ends that may be visible if I straighten. Next I make sure my part is far to the side and I backcomb the crown of my hair. Grab as much hair as you would like and pin it back behind your head about in the middle.

Friday is fun day! I love these days because I tend to go with any freestyle kind of hair ‘do that I feel like. If you’re feeling creative, don’t be afraid to try out a new style that you thought of on your own! My favorite style to do on Friday’s is to reuse my curls from Thursday and sport a spunky high ponytail to reflect the spunkiness that Friday’s represent.

These are some of the easiest styles you can ever do with your hair and don’t take much time either. The weekends are yours to come up with creative styles or reuse any of the styles from the week. Just always remember to use plenty of protectant spray if you’re going to use your hair straightener and always be cautious if you’re going to tease the hair also.

Dyeing Dangers

June 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

I recently wrote a blog about Katy Perry’s hairstyles that make her who she is. Katy Perry is so famous in todays industry because of her brave attitude to come out each day as who she is and be herself. I briefly talked about the styles that Katy sports because she inspires many girls to stay true to who they are and express themselves. Although she does a great job at expressing her own attitude and personality, there are a few precautions she should take when she styles her hair. I’d like to take a moment to talk specifically about the colors that appear in her hair. Hair dye can actually be quite a danger to your hair if you’re not careful.

When girls want to look just like their favorite celebrities, the measures they go to can be surprising. Today, there are girls out there who will dye their hair blue just to be like a certain superstar in the magazines. If they’re not careful with their dyeing techniques, a huge toll could be taken on their hair.

The reason stars like Katy Perry have a new hair color each time you see them on TV is because they can afford expensive wigs that look like real hair. Whether those wigs are blue, black, yellow, or pink, they look so real and when fans see them they want to look just like that. However, we can’t really afford the thousand-dollar wigs that celebrities can so we go for the next best thing: hair dye.

It looks so cool to walk around with blue streaks in your hair or to just have pure pink hair but have you ever wondered how much damage it could cause? Well the truth is, if you aren’t careful when you dye your hair, you could damage your hair worse than you would if you straightened it every day for the rest of your life. It’s kind of a wakeup call when you find out that hair dye can be more dangerous than a hair straightener, isn’t it?

The reason it’s more harmful is because of the process it takes to properly dye your hair. If you do it by yourself, you could seriously damage your hair because you don’t know what you’re doing. The color will probably not show up the way you want it if you don’t have a hairdresser help you. The funny thing about dyeing your hair is that most of the time you have to bleach the area that you plan on dyeing. For brunettes especially this is hard because it’s a long process to bleach your head of hair to be white and then go to a completely different color like pink or blue. It’s difficult not to damage your hair by completely bleaching it.

After so many times of repeating this process, your hair could be dry to the bone and frizzy with no shine or volume. That’s why it’s so important to dye hair the right way or just not do it at all. Realize that some trends are cute for movie stars or singers but you can still express yourself in the way you dress or act. Be smart with your hairdressing decisions.

Hair Appropriate For Professional Pictures

June 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Special events like weddings or senior pictures deserve a special outfit and hairstyle. When you look your best, pictures look most presentable. Face it, you don’t see a picture of a graduate wearing sweats, hair in a ponytail and glasses with no makeup. That’s not normal for a picture that means so much in the long run. Some of the best pictures are taken when hair looks its best, ask any girl. It truly isn’t hard to style your hair for special event pictures, you just need to know the appropriate styles for them and how to achieve those styles.

As a senior in high school, you have so many responsibilities and things to prepare for. One of the items on your agenda are your senior pictures. Most kids get theirs taken about the summer between their junior and senior year in high school. This is a time where students look their best for a few pictures to be displayed at their graduation party and also to give out as memorabilia to friends and family. Obviously kids wouldn’t want to be known for looking sloppy and as if they don’t care. That’s why senior pictures are so important- teenagers want others to remember them in ten years as looking sharp, not sloppy.

The most appropriate hairstyle for a senior picture would be to just straighten it and let it hang over your shoulders. It looks the most professional and it won’t be too over the top. You could also curl your hair but typically when your hair is curled, you can have a little more frizz and flyaways that can stand out. When you use a hair straightener, you are more less likely to have those stubborn stray hairs showing in your pictures.

Weddings are the exact same way, except even more important. It doesn’t help to have an awful hair day on the biggest day of your life. Women want to look absolutely stunning in their wedding pictures and why not? In ten years when you and your husband look back at the pictures, you’ll want to think, “Wow we made great memories that day” after seeing a beautiful style surrounded by gorgeous makeup and perfect hair. You don’t want to be thinking “Remember how awful that day was because my hair kept falling out?”

For a wedding day, the appropriate style to sport would be an updo. To keep all that hair out of your face and look the most glamourous, you definitely need to have a high bun or some kind of style to keep hair clear of your face. Most importantly, your best features are in the face- your eyes, your nose, your cheekbones. And when you let your hair hang in your face on the most important day of your life, those beautiful features are hidden.

These are just a couple of those important events in life where you should actually care what you look like. Some might say “oh it’s just a picture!” but it’s true when they say that a picture is worth a thousand words. What you look like in your pictures can reflect how that day went or how you acted at that time.

Is Straightening Bad For Prom?

April 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

There are many girls who go with fancy up-do’s at prom season. French twists, tight curly buns, fish braided side pony, you’ll see a very big variety. So many girls will pay fifty dollars or more to get their hair styled professionally. This is great because it’s a one night only kind of occurrence and is important for most girls, especially high school senior girls. On the other hand, some girls don’t care as much what their hair looks like and would rather save money so they take the conservative route by simply performing a style on their own at home.

The choice of staying safe and cheap may be a little bit smarter for prom. Using a simple hair straightener on prom night is just as fun as getting an up-do for some girls. Although some say that they should go all out for the special night, it’s not necessarily a bad thing to straighten your hair. It’s not as bad as many people make it sound and it turns out looking great. There are few benefits to doing this style, too.

Of course, I already mentioned the incredible amount of money you can save by straightening your hair at home for prom. But there are other ways to look at it, too. You can kind of customize your hairstyle if you do it yourself because it’s you that’s performing the style and you can do it however you want, first hand. You can add a few curls here and there to add a little flirt to the ‘do. You can also put your own kind of style to it: make it edgy or subtle, it’s your choice because you’re in charge. This way you can also fix it yourself if you don’t like it; you don’t have to feel bad about hurting a stylist’s feelings. Straightening your hair is also a great way to keep hair from getting so messy. Some girls experience a problem with the way their hair falls after getting it styled. They seem to want to change their style because it falls apart as the day goes on. With your straight hair, you can easily go home and straighten it again in a matter of two minutes, whereas other girls can’t go back to their hairdresser and get it fixed.

You can spend a fortune on getting your hair all done up for an event that lasts three hours, or you can save money and style it yourself. As you go to your hairdresser with the thought that straightening your hair isn’t fancy enough, remember all of the benefits of using that straightener. Any style will wind up being beautiful on prom night but straightening isn’t necessarily a bad thing to do for this event.

March Madness – The Hair Version

March 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Spring time is here and the weather has already started showing a little preview of the humidity that comes in the summer time. This creates a little March madness in your life and I’m not referring to any basketball tournaments. I’m talking about those awful days where you wake up and your hair won’t do anything styling-wise. What choice do you have other than to just throw it up into a frizzy and not-so-hot-looking ponytail. These days are some of the most frustrating times for so many women because they may have an everyday style that they can’t perform on those days because of the humidity in the air.

Cutting back on styles isn’t very fun, especially in the spring. This is the perfect time of year to play around with styles and be cute every day of the week because everything around us is starting to wake up and show its beauty. It wouldn’t be fair to let hair just fall boring and be frizzy everyday if you have a certain plan for it. Sometimes the problem is so bad that even a hair straightener can’t help you. Luckily you can make it pretty each day by following these two tips.

One thing that most people wouldn’t think to do is avoid blow drying as much as you can. With all the humidity and moisture that is in the air this time of year, your hair already contains enough frizz. If you apply even more heat to it after showering, you will only be allowing more frizz to form and cause problems for the rest of your day. So please, do yourself a favor: save some time and some frizz by letting it towel or air dry when you shower.

To also cut down on that frizz, it helps to sleep with a pillow that has a silk case over the top. It’s great for your hair because it does wonders compared to a cotton pillow. When you sleep against cotton (especially with wet hair) your hair gets tangled and rubs up against the fibers to create even more static and frizz than with a silk pillow. Silk is a type of lint-free fabric so it doesn’t have the same fibers to attract to your hair and mess up its texture. Therefore, when you wake up in the morning, your hair will be dry and won’t contain as much frizz.

Hair is much easier to handle when it doesn’t contain frizz. There’s too much fun to experience in the summer for you to have to stay inside just to avoid humid air. These easy tips and tricks will get you one step closer to frizz-free. Do remember that your hair will still contain some frizz, these methods just help tame a good portion of the problem and won’t get rid of the entire problem.

Do You Really Need Two Straighteners?

February 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Some households have all girls in them. Some households have only one girl in them. Either way, most households own a hair straightener to style hair with each day. The trendy hairstyle has been known to be popular with girls but some guys even do it if their hair is long enough. What if you are the only girl in your household and you own two or more hair straighteners? Doesn’t that seem a little ridiculous?

Many people would beg to differ that owning more than one straightener is odd. It’s easy to understand if there were two or three or even four girls in the same household. Each of those girls could have different types of hair (thick, thin, wavy, extremely curly) and each girl may need to use a different straightener. Weird as it may sound, there are households of one girl who owns three hair straighteners. I, myself, am the only daughter left in my house but I own three hair straighteners. Of course I have my favorite flat iron over the others but they all get used just as equally as the other. But is it really necessary to own more than one hair straightener?

More than one straightener in a household of one girl, in my opinion, can be bittersweet. I don’t mind owning three at once, as long as there is room to store each of the other two that aren’t in use. Some girls don’t even use the other straighteners that are in their house; they use the same straightener everyday and let the other(s) lie in the cupboard to collect dust. This is the part that doesn’t seem right in my mind. Why own so many yet only use one; you could get money out of the unused ones!

However, one reason some girls may own more than one flat iron is because one straightener may have a feature that the others don’t. For example, one of my flat irons has a rounded edged plate that makes it easier to curl hair with a straightener. Some girls like to use straighteners to curl their hair instead of an actual curling iron, so this kind of straightener is great for them. Some irons may have higher heat settings also and can therefore straighten better than others. Variety of plate sizes are also a popular reason for multiple straighteners in one household as well.

Whatever your reason may be for owning more than one straightener in your house, it’s not a crime so who cares, carry on! It’s more fun for girls to own more than one of something so they can switch up their look everyday. Even if you’re the only girl/woman in your household, you can find more than one straightener that will help you accomplish perfect looks every single day.

Myths Of Straightening

February 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

When we straighten our hair, we are looking to give it shine and elegance. The point of two heated plates is to reduce the look of a frizzy snarly mess. When we use hair straighteners, we create a look that we always want our hair to have. Straightening is great for removing the frizz and giving a shinier look. There are rumors about straightening out there, though. Some people think that by straightening hair, we will permanently damage the follicle.

Everyone has their own opinion about everything. With hair straightening, there are opinions and then there are myths that have truths behind them. So many people think that styling with two heated plates is the worst thing in the world. Yes, this process has its cautions but I’m here to set the rumors straight about what’s bad and good. First off, the most heard about myth is that fact that by straightening hair daily, the hair will be permanently ruined. The truth: if you use a significant amount of heat protectant, your hair should be fine to style each day. The high temperatures of a straightener tend to scare people but as long as you use the appropriate settings and also use a protectant, your hair should be fine. You may also want to give it a day to breathe (away from the straightener) once a week or so, just to let things relax for a day.

Another myth is the difference between a professional ceramic straightener and a store-bought ceramic straightener. Some say if you use the more expensive, professionally designed straightener, you will give your hair a little more shine and it won’t be as harsh on the follicle. This is definitely not true. The truth is, ceramic is ceramic; you can’t get more damage from one kind than another. By using a store-bought ceramic plated straightener, you are not creating a more harsh kind of heat for your hair. The temperature of the straightener matters but not the kind of ceramic material that it’s made out of.

The last and most ridiculous myth I’ve heard deals with hair color. It has been said that the damage done to your hair from a straightener has a little something to do with the color of your hair… False! How could it have anything to do with color? Just because a woman has red hair does not mean she is going to get more split ends from her flat iron than her friend with brown hair. This makes no sense whatsoever and should not be taken seriously. The factor that effects hair the most is the amount of times you straighten over one piece of hair and the temperature setting that the iron is set on.

For every myth, there is a truth behind it. No matter what anyone says about the damage affect of a hair straightener, get back to the logic of your myth before you begin questioning things and deciding whether something is right or wrong. Not everything has to be bad for your hair, as long as you use the right, efficient steps to create your luscious locks.

Things To Avoid When Straightening

January 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s morning and also that time for you to get yourself dressed up for the day. You begin with straightening your hair and prepare the locks while you warm up your straightener. As you’re warming it up, you think about all the things that could cause your hair to go bad when straightening. How do you know if something is necessarily bad or good for your hair, though? You will now solve all your problems with one little guide.

Along with things to remember, there are also a few things you must avoid when you straighten your hair. Let’s begin with the texture of your hair. What should it look like before and after you begin styling with your hair straightener? Before you start your hair may look wavy or curly or maybe it just has some frizz that needs smoothed over quickly. However, it should never look or feel wet when you style your hair. Always make sure your hair is completely dry or your chances of damaging the ends will possibly double.

Avoiding extreme temperatures is also a good idea when styling. Although your hair may be extremely curly and frizzy, you could damage it by applying too much heat to the ends. Some straighteners allow up to 400 degrees of heat that comes into contact with your hair when you straighten it. This may be able to help you straighten your stubborn curls and waves a little easier, but beware! If you don’t use plenty of precaution such as heat protectant spray, you are more likely to get damaged hair with split ends.

The three main areas to observe is texture, heat exposure, and last but not least time. Watch the amount of time you spend straightening each day. This doesn’t just mean how much time you spend overall on your head of hair, it also means you should pay attention to how many times you run over a single section of hair. This almost goes along with the idea of heat exposure because you may spend too much time straightening one section and this could bring too much heat to that area and cause split ends.

This guide can provide help to you the next time you begin to straighten your hair. Whenever you think you’re damaging your hair too much, you could be so take precautions. Take a look through these “don’ts” and you’ll tie everything together in order to provide your hair with silk and shine for life.

A Tool That May Help With Updo’s

January 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Winter time is the best time for formal events. Long and sleek dresses, beautiful diamond jewelry, and don’t forget the big hair. Most women stick with lustrous updo’s for formal events, which can require lots and lots of pins and hairspray. Some stylists even use curlers to give hair volume and bounce. What some people don’t know, though, is that a hair straightener can even help put things together when styling your hair in an updo.

Although it won’t help give much volume, you can use a hair straightener as a tool to help weave through your strands and get the perfect silky start before you perform an updo with your hair. Some straighteners are great for this because they remove some frizz and smooth over curls that may be winding through your hair. The best part about using a straightener to start, however, is that it gives your hair a fresh look that will last all through the night. Most women who have a shorter length of bangs use a flat iron to style after their hair is already in the updo, to give the hair a classier look. If a straightener can do that on bangs, imagine the kind of work it can perform on longer strands of hair!

To begin, spritz a root lifter and a small amount of heat protectant spray. You won’t need too much of the heat protectant spray because you won’t be using your straightener to completely go over your whole head of hair. The key to this process is to remember, you aren’t straightening all of your hair, you’re only going over a few areas to give a good polished look before beginning an updo. After spraying the product into your hair, you may want to finger through and find pieces that need to be straightened. Whether they look dry or curly, your best bet is to run the straightener through so your updo won’t look sloppy. The goal is to create a sexy hairstyle, not a bird’s nest on top of your head.

To get the best look in your strands, run your straightener through the hair at a diagonal angle. Most women press the plates through their hair at a horizontal angle, which will create a dented look in the hair. The dents may not be quite as evident in an updo since all of the hair will be pressed back, but it’s still a good idea to get a smoother look. As you begin straightening more and more, you may notice that other pieces of hair look sloppy compared the newly straightened pieces. This isn’t a big deal, as the straightened pieces will cover up the not so straight strands in the end. You may run through the others but it won’t make too much of a difference in the final look.

After you have used the straightener enough and have smoothed through the hair for elegance, you may begin to pin it back into your updo. As some clients of stylists have noticed, pieces that hang out of the updo look a bit flirtier if they are curly. However, since it is the season for sexy and sleek styled dresses, your hair should match your formal outfit by being just as soft and smooth as the dress you wear. The final look of an updo looks very polished and professional when it is straight.

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