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Hair Straightening Tips

December 11, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

If you’re new to hair straightening, or even if you have been using your hair iron for awhile, it’s a good idea to brush up on a few basic skills. There are a few things that will help you make the most of your hair iron and keep your hair looking it’s best all of the time.

-         When you’re straightening your hair it is crucial that you start with dry hair. Don’t try to save time by trying to straighten damp hair. Take the time to dry your hair with a quality hair dryer before you begin straightening. You will damage your hair if you try to use your hair iron on wet or damp hair, it may burn and you will strip it from essential moisture that is needed to keep it looking its best. Unless you have a wet to dry hair straightener, in which case it is fine to use on damp hair. But be sure what type of iron you have before you try this.

-         Keep your hair straightener clean and in good repair. This sounds like a basic tip, however it is surprising how many people do not take the time to clean their hair straightener and store it properly. All that is required is to wipe down the plates of the straightener with a soft cloth that has been dampened with rubbing alcohol. If you do this every few days, or once a week, your hair straightener will stay clean and free from build up. Also, take the time to be sure that your cord is not pinched or tangled which can damage the power supply to the iron.

-         When you are straightening your hair, work in sections. Don’t try to save time by doing large clumps of hair at a time. Section your hair working from the bottom to the top of your hair. Depending on how thick your hair is, you may find it easier to work in small sections. If you want to create tendrils, or curls with your iron, small sections are definitely the way to go. Use clips to keep the hair out of the way and tangle free.

-         Use a straightening serum or thermal protector on your hair before straightening. This is a product that is designed to protect your hair from the heat of hair tools and it will help lock in moisture and seal in the natural oils that your hair needs to look its best. Even when you are using a high quality hair iron, it is beneficial to use a thermal protector on your hair.

-         When you are straightening your hair, be sure that you don’t squeeze too tightly because this will pull and tear at your hair and with a high quality hair straightener, there is no need to push too hard, just a firm constant pressure will do.

 

So there they are, the best hair straightening tips to get your hair looking straight, sleek and sexy.

Hair Straightening Tips

August 20, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

If you want sleek straight hair there is more to it than just running a hair straightening iron over your locks to remove the frizz or curl. It is always best to start with a clean head of hair to straighten. Hair that is dirty or excessively oily will not straighten out as well as hair that is thoroughly clean. Once you clean your hair ensure that your hair is dried out completely and by combing your hair with a soft brush while you dry will encourage the straightening process while you are still blow drying your hair.

Hair Straightening Tips

May 26, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Getting sleek shiny straight hair with an ceramic hair iron, takes a little practice but once you master some simple techniques you can quickly and easily master the straight hair look, which is so popular currently.

  • Use the lowest heat setting necessary on the hair straightening tool for your hair type – Professional hair tools have variable temperature adjustments which will allow you to choose the settings which is just right for your hair. Thin or damaged hair should stay in the lower temps while very thick hair will need higher settings to optimally straightener the hair. While most hair types will use the middle temperature settings on the ceramic hair straightener to get the curl out.
  • Comb your hair out before attempting to straightener your hair with a flattening iron – Tangles in your hair will not straighten properly with a ceramic hair iron, so comb out your hair thoroughly to get the absolute smoothest straightening of your hair possible.
  • Straighten you hair in sections – It is easiest to divide your hair into small manageable areas to straighten. This makes the heat from the ceramic hair iron more effective on the area that you are currently working on.
  • Work from root to tip – Slowly run the hair straightening tool you are using from the root of the current section you are working to the tip in a smooth gliding motion.

With a little time and practice you can become as good as a professional stylist at straightening your hair with a hair straightening tool.

Hair Stylist Interview w/ Trish from Sweet Hair Trends

January 5, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

1. Name

Sweet Hair Trends, Maple Ridge, B.C. – Trish

2. Where do you currently work?

I rent a chair at a salon called Time in Eden in Maple Ridge, BC

3. How long have you been a stylist?

17 years

4. Which hairstyle is ‘Hot’ Right now?

Victoria Beckam’s

5. And ‘Not’?

Mullets

6. What hair color do you recommend for the upcoming season?

Depends what color your hair is to start with… caramel’s still popular

7. Have you ever worked your magic on a celebrity? If so who? If not, then who would be your dream client?

I wish! Matthew McConaughey, or Jennifer Aniston

8. What brand of professional hair styling aids would we find at your work station?

Sebastian- Shaper Plus Hairspray, Paul Mitchell- Super Skinny Serum, Joico- JoiGel, Rusk- Being Warped Wax

9. When someone is choosing a stylist, what is a ‘must’ they should look for?

ME! (Just kidding!) Someone who listens to them and what they want. However, it is exciting to change with the styles and not stick to the same old look for years. I suggest you let the stylist know what you want, but then also be willing to hear what they think will look good on you. You may be pleasantly surprised… you may not have thought that style could be on YOU!

10. Would you share with us a few your best hair tips or insider secrets?

- Use a mousse/gel/ liquid shine combo (on wet hair) to get volume, control, and shine when styling.

- If mousse is too drying on your hair, try a spray gel at the roots and mid-shaft, and gel or wax on the ends to hold them together.

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