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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.

Hair Straightening Made Less Harsh

January 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Women all over the country have heard that straightening their hair can be the worst thing for it. Breakage in the ends and frizz from root to tip could be a couple of the negative effects of straightening your hair daily. Some see these as reasons to quit straightening their hair and feel that if they do straighten, their hair will break easily and become incredibly damaged. Just because some of these things can happen to your hair, it doesn’t mean that you should never straighten it. There are few easy solutions to breakage in the hair follicle.

One way to at least prevent damage is to use your heat protectant spray and not use the heat tool as much. This may be one of the easiest ways to solve the problem but it may not completely resolve the issue. This may be the best option for those women who are attached to their long locks of beauty. It’s true that some women refuse to cut their hair because of its length. They become so attached to having their hair hang so long that they would never even consider cutting the ends off. Using plenty of thermal care and watching the heat exposure is the best way for these kind of women to lessen the harsh effects of straightening.

For those who may not be so attached to their hair, they may consider bringing out the shears. It’s a good way to update your look as well as remove any bad ends that are causing your hair to look dead and dull. It is amazing to see how a woman with long hair can get a shorter look and can also make herself look so sophisticated. Shorter bobs tend to look more professional and put together than hair that hangs down with scary ends. That is why chopping it all off may be a great idea if your hair is becoming a pain to straighten in the mornings.

You don’t necessarily need to go from butt-length hair to chin-length hair. As long as you give your ends a fresh look so you can start clean with the straightening process. If your hair is shorter, there won’t be as many tangles because there won’t be as much hair to get jumbled together into knots. This makes you even save a little time with styling each day! As long as you’re not completely obsessed with having long hair, cutting it to a shorter style would be a great idea to avoid tangles and damage from heat.

You may have never thought that you would see the words “hair straightener” and “hair scissors” in the same sentence. However, it’s true: you can eliminate the extreme damage of a hair straightener by using hair scissors. Although you maybe shouldn’t trust yourself to cut the hair off without the help of a hairstylist. But it is a good idea to give your ends a fresh look while repairing damage at the same time!

FHI Heat Texture Smooth System

September 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 




This 6 step straightening system was created by FHI in order to provide a chemical straightening system that works in half the time as other chemical straighteners as well as leaves hair straight and smooth without the harsh chemical smell and burning or irritation other chemical hair straighteners can cause.

The FHI Heat Texture Smooth System can be used to straighten or relax hair and works to control frizz as well as deep condition your hair to leave it nourished and healthy.







The FHI Heat Texture Smooth System consists of 6 products;

  • FHI Heat Deep Cleansing Shampoo
  • • FHI Heat Silicone Free Conditioner
  • • FHI Heat Texture Smooth Permanent Cream
  • • FHI Heat Sulfate Free Shampoo
  • • FHI Heat Hot Sauce
  • • FHI Heat Leave-In Neutralizer

This hair straightening system is enough for 2 applications and the steps to achieving straight, smooth, frizz hair are simple.

The 6 steps to the FHI Heat’s Texture Smooth System:

  • Shampoo your hair with the Deep Cleansing Shampoo
  • Condition your hair with the Silicone Free Conditioner without fear of buildup
  • Apply the Texture Smooth Permanent Cream no closer than 1″ from scalp, pinch check every 5 minutes for perfect texture, whether pin-straight, or just taming kinks.
  • Rinse the smoothing product out with Sulfate Free Shampoo (also stops the straightening process).
  • Work through clean, dry relaxed hair with the FHI Heat Hot Sauce to prepare the follicles for the intial pass with the styling iron.
  • Use the FHI Heat Leave-In Neutralizer following a blow-drying and styling with a hair iron. Use the iron on a 2nd run to finish the look and “set the hair straight”.

Buy the FHI Hair Straightening System at My Hair Styling Tools for only $59.95, more than 50% off!

Solving Your Hair Straightening Problems

April 10, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Some women read on the internet just how easy using a hair straightener is and how simple it is to run the plates down your hair to create those smooth straight hairstyles that are so popular now on the red carpet and the runway. But for some no matter how hard they try with their hair iron their hair just does not come out looking good when they use the straightener on their hair. Some immediately blame the iron for the problem, and in some cases for those using cheap drugstore models, than that is probably the case. While for others who are using quality hair irons the answer is more likely to be in how they are going about straightening those locks.

Luckily just as there are plenty of web pages that talk about how easy to use flat irons are there are also those that talk about flat irons problems and solutions. These pages will help with things like what to do when the straightness comes out of your hair before your day is over, why your hair may be either excessively oily or excessively dry when you are using an iron, and so much more. Hair irons are very effective at straightening hair with a little practice and know how.

Avoiding Too Much Heat To Your Hair In Winter

January 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Winter can be very tough on your hair since the outside air gets much dryer with the colder temperatures. This will rob your hair of its own personal natural oils, which help it look sleek and shiny therefore leaving it dried out and dull appearing. Using hair styling tools that do not have variable temperature settings can only add to the drying out of your hair that the winter weather is already causing.

Inexpensive hair tools do not have a way to control the temperature on you curling iron or hair straightening tool and this causes you to use more heat than necessary to get the job done especially if you have thin or fine hair. Most professional hair styling tools include a variable temperature setting that is easy to operate so you can dial in just the right amount for the job but not so much that you dry out your winter wary hair in the styling process. When combined with a excellent hair conditioner along with proper hair care such as never going outside with wet hair and despite the dryer than normal conditions you will still look your best right up until spring and beyond.

Choose Hair Irons Over Chemicals

January 21, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

If you were born with hard to manage, curly, out of control, and frizzy hair, there is no doubt that you probably like to straighten it from time to time. But do you straighten it every day? Some people like to use a hair iron everyday to straighten their hair and while this can be fine if you use the right iron, it also may be damaging your hair if you are using a low quality hair iron or aren’t using it properly. Many ladies consider chemically straightening their hair because they think it will be easier than using a hair straightener everyday and others feel that using a chemical straightening process will be gentler on their hair.

Before you make the decision to use chemicals to straighten your hair, you need to really think about it. How could it be possible that using chemicals on your hair would be safer or gentler than using a hair iron? It’s not possible. The fact is, you are putting chemicals on your head and letting them sit. This isn’t good for you, or your hair. After chemically straightening your hair, sure your hair will be straight, at least for a little while. But at what cost? Your hair will be damaged, broken, frizzy and may suffer permanent damage that will take a considerable amount of time to grow out. Sure you want straight hair, but I’m assuming that you would rather have healthy and shiny looking straight hair instead of damaged and broken straight hair.

So what’s your other alternative? The other choice, the better choice, is to choose a high quality hair straightener that will be gentle to your hair while getting the job done. If you think that a hair straightener will damage your hair if you use it every day, than you are not using the right type of hair iron.

You need to choose a hair straighter with ceramic plates. Ceramic plates infuse the hair with moisture locking in shine to leave your hair looking healthy and shiny. Another thing to look for in a hair iron is tourmaline. If you are truly worried about damaging your hair with a hair iron, look for a straightener with tourmaline. Tourmaline is a naturally occurring element that produces negative ions. Negative ions infuse each hair with moisture and seal in the natural oils in the hair. These ions also seal the cuticle shaft which allows the hair to lay flat so you won’t get any of that frizzy hair, and it will look shiner and healthier than ever because it will be healthier than before. Yes, a hair straightener can actually improve the health of your hair if you have the right one.

So before you make the big decision to chemically straighten your hair, consider all of the facts. Some people are put off by the cost of a professional hair straightener. But when you consider that these irons typically have very long warranties, sometimes even life warranties, and they improve the health of your hair, it is a small price to pay. If you were to choose chemically straightening your hair, it would not only be a large cost, but you would have to pay for it repeatedly and it would ruin your hair. It seems like a fairly easy decision to me. Choose healthy beautiful hair.

Brazilian Straightening Or Flat Irons

November 10, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Many women are now turning to the Brazilian hair straightening technique to get those sleek straight locks that they wish they had been born with. But there is still a debate as to the safety of this hair straightening technique. There has been plenty of claims that the chemicals applied to the hair during this straightening process contain formaldehyde which can be extremely dangerous especially if the person getting their hair straightened has a reaction to this substance.

Of course for women who are nursing or pregnant this technique should never be used to straighten your hair. But for the rest of us it will be like the Japanese hair straightening method; something we should consider carefully. Anytime you choose to subject your hair to harsh chemicals you run the risk of possible complications and you will be placing a lot of stress and damage upon your hair. Of course if you do not want to take this risk to get straight hair there are plenty of professional flat irons that will get the job done with the harsh chemicals. These irons can be used daily if the proper temperature is used on the iron so hair is not exposed to too much heat.

Get it Straight: The difference between hair straightener plates

October 3, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

If you are in the market for a new hair straightener and have spent any time at all looking into the available products out there, you might be completely overwhelmed by the lists of features, product descriptions and construction details for all the different straighteners.

Don’t worry. It doesn’t have to be such an overwhelming experience. For right now lets focus on one very major feature of hair straighteners – the plates. Once you decide what type of plates you want for your hair tool, you can worry about some of the other features a little later on.

There are a few major types of plates that you can find on straighteners depending on the price point you are looking at. The most common plate types are metal, glass, ceramic, titanium and a blend of ceramic and titanium.

Let’s look at metal and glass plates for a minute. If you have ever used a hair straightener that you purchased at your local discount store, it probably had one of these two plate types on it. That is because glass and metal plates are the cheapest to manufacture, so they tend to be found on hair straighteners with the lowest price points making them accessible to everyone. However, the fact that they are inexpensive is probably the best selling feature for these tools.

As far as styling benefits, there aren’t many. Glass and metal plates are often painted which may make them hard to identify. Also, the paint can easily cheap causing snags, pulls and tears of your hair. These straighteners do not heat evenly or maintain a constant temperature which can cause hot spots, burning your hair. They take longer to straighten hair, and may result in a frizzy, dry and even damaged appearance to the hair. The bottom line is, try to stay away from this type of straightener.

Ceramic straighteners are very common on quality straighteners because they provide an evenly heated surface which makes it easier to style the hair and reduces the risk of hot spots. The smooth ceramic prevents static from happening, smoothing the hair cuticle which eliminates the look of frizzy dry damaged hair and creates an overall shine to the hair as it helps each strand lay flat. A ceramic straightener is one of the better choices for a flat iron.

Another very good choice for a straightener is one that utilizes titanium plates. Titanium is a naturally occurring element that is known for its extreme strength and light weight. Titanium plates are as smooth as glass but you don’t need to worry about breaking them if you happen to drop your tool. Titanium also heats evenly which reduces the risk for hot spots on the hair and it maintains high temperatures very well resulting in fewer heat fluctuations. An iron with titanium plates is also a very good choice when choosing a flat iron.

The combination of both ceramic and titanium is becoming a popular choice for hair straighteners. This is because when you combine them, far-infrared is created which is an exceptional way to dry hair because it dries hair so quickly from the inside out there is little damage done to the hair shaft. This makes a combination iron an excellent choice for use on damp hair, or if you want to add extra moisture to your hair resulting in a shinier, softer mane.

The bottom line about choosing a hair straightener is to look at the plate types. Tools that use ceramic, titanium or a combination for the plates are going to be more expensive; however the results that they produce are well worth the extra dollar amount. It doesn’t do you any good to damage your hair with a poor hair straightener. After all, you’re trying to achieve a beautiful style and you need healthy beautiful hair to do that!

Reading Hair Straightening Reviews Before You Buy

September 8, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

There are so many hair straighteners available the selection can be overwhelming when you head into the beauty supply store to shop for one to use at home. One way to shop with a little more confidence so you know you get the best hair iron for your hair type is to read straightening iron reviews on the web. By reading reviews from real life women just as yourself who have used these products you will be able to make a better decision regarding which flat iron is the best buy for your particular needs.

Keeping Hair Healthy When Straightening

August 29, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

For those with naturally curly hair who prefer to straighten their locks often, proper care should be taken to ensure the hair remains healthy and vibrant under these styling conditions. When shampooing your hair use moisturizing products as well as a leave in conditioner to help your hair be hydrated and healthy for the extra styling. Dry your hair section by section while using a soft large brush to beginning straightening the hair before you even get the hair iron out. Once dry finish straightening with a hair styling iron to get an absolutely stunning straight hair look.

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