If you’re a fan of the television show What Not To Wear, you’ve surely seen the episode from one of the first few seasons with the most memorable guest star. There was once a woman on this styling show that needed a new wardrobe to update her look but she also needed a new hairstyle. She claimed to have gone thirteen years without washing her hair and had plenty of knots in her hair; knots that we like to call dreadlocks. Now usually this kind of hairstyle is popular with African Americans but for this Caucasian woman, it was kind of style that was easy and best for her hair type.
Now if you aren’t sure how dreadlocks are created, you may want to prepare yourself for this gross fact. It may not be true for all occasions of growing “dreads” but the woman on What Not To Wear says she went thirteen years without washing her hair! That’s thirteen years people! If we all went that long, we’d want to go crazy and some people just can’t handle going anymore than a day without washing their hair.
This woman is brave to have let her hair go into such a turmoil just to make a fashion statement. Most people mistake dreadlocks for very tight braids woven together. But really a dreadlock is just a certain amount of hair that hasn’t been cared for and eventually has turned into a matted clump of hair. Very bad for your hair is a good definition of a dreadlock.
People who don’t use hair scissors regularly or a shower even can create dreadlocks. If they like it, more power to them, but when they get sick of that style it’s going to be so much harder to get rid of the dreads. A good cleanse every other day at least and a refreshing brush-through of your hair will keep your hair in good health.
If you do decide to let your hair grow into a matted mess of dreadlocks, you could be setting yourself up for pure damage that could be permanent. On the episode of What Not To Wear, the stylist on the show decided it was time for those dreadful locks to go bye-bye! The only problem was, they were extremely hard to cut through. A typical haircut would take a small pair of sharp shears and just a quick few sweeps through the hair. However, this kind of cut took much longer and needed special shears to get the job done right. Even after the woman washed her hair and got all of the dreads cut out, her hair didn’t look as shiny and healthy as a woman’s hair without dreads.
Without knowing, this could be very harmful on your hair if you’re not careful. Watch what you do before you make the decision to get dreadlocks. This kind of style could change the look, texture and maybe even smell of your hair forever.
When it comes to taking care of your hair, working with your hair, rather than against it, is what will help you achieve and maintain healthy hair.
Most important is knowing your hair type. Is it dry, damaged from styling? Perhaps you have oily hair or hair that is limp and fine. Coarse, thick hair requires different hair care products than hair that is frizzy and thin. Hair can also be like our skin, and have a combination such as oily roots and dry ends. Contrary to what many people believe, you don’t have use products from the same line or even the same brand for better results either. I myself use a volume shampoo and a conditioner for color treated hair.
Once you have determined your hair type choosing the best hair care products for your hair is much easier and the results of working with your hair type will be much better.
Choosing the best hair care products doesn’t necessarily mean spending a lot as many will believe. Now a days you can find Salon Hair Care Products online for much less than you would pay at a salon. Some drug stores also carry salon brand shampoos, conditioners and styling products at lower prices as well.
A lot of the time it can be trial and error and choosing your hair care products based on how great your friends hair looks isn’t always the best way to go either, as her hair may need different products than yours. Be sure to read labels, ask your stylist for advice and choose hair care products for your hair.
One of the things you need to decide when purchasing your flat iron is what plate size is best for your hair so that you get the best straightening performance possible with your new iron. Getting the right plate size for your hair type is important for the hair iron to optimally get the looks you are hoping for from your iron.
The best overall plate width for everyone is the one inch size. One inch plates are intended to straighten medium length hair but is a good catch all size for those looking for a versatile iron.
Of course if you have very thin hair you will want a smaller plate in order to best manage these thin locks. This smaller plate size is ideal also for very short hair since it makes getting those small amounts of hair easier to get into smaller half or three-quarter inch plates.
For those with really thick and very long hair larger plates can be used to straighten the hair. Hair of this type does not need the small minuet details from smaller plates and can be done quicker with the larger plates.
Getting the right size of plates for your hair will ensure that you have the right amount of hot plate to run down your hair but not so little that straightening your locks takes all day long.
If you take the time to research flat irons online before making your purchase you will find many brands with many models all claiming to be the best flat iron. Each will claim they are the best at straightening your hair while leaving it healthy and vibrant in the process. Most even have reviews online from average users just like you who have tried and even bought the iron and love to use it on their particular hair type. So if they all are so good how do you know what is the best flat iron for you?
For the most part if you only shop at stores that cater to the professional hair stylist you will be looking at hair irons that will be effective and will damage your hair if used correctly. These irons are made from quality materials such as titanium and solid ceramic plates. Plus they use the latest research for locking in moisture such as ionic infusing. Cheaper drugstore flat irons, which are not made as well such as models with coated ceramic plates, are the ones that you will want to avoid. But for the most part you will not find hair irons like these at a store, which caters to the professional and the serious home user.
There are so many type of hair brush available that choosing one can sometimes be hard. Then once you have one you like the tendency to hang on to it as long as you can kicks in which can actually end up causing you to damage your hair with a worn out brush.
A hair brush, just like a toothbrush is actually good for only so much time before you should consider replacing it with another. The optimal lifetime of a brush will vary based on many factors including; material it is made from, hair type being used on, as well as the use of the brush. A good rule of thumb is to get a new brush at the very least every year. One thing you can check is the ends of the bristles to see how worn they are. If you rub the hair brush on your arm if the bristles feel scratchy then this is a good indicator it is time for a change. Scratchy bristles mean they are pulling on your hair causing broken follicles, which result in split ends. This will give your hair the appearance of a frizzy out of control look no matter how often you brush your hair.
Have you always wanted long, beautiful hair? It’s true that people usually want what they don’t have, and if you have short hair, you may often crave long luscious locks. Waiting for your hair to grow out is not a very good option. It will take years for your hair to grow out, and by the time your hair reaches the length that you want, you may have changed your mind and no longer want long hair. And more often than not, the hair will become damaged and unhealthy while you’re waiting for it to grow.
But there is an easier way. You can always opt for hair extensions as an easy alternative to create your beautiful look. Some women mistakenly think that hair extensions are only for the rich and famous or celebrities and that normal people shouldn’t or can’t have them. This is the totally wrong way to think. There is absolutely no reason that you shouldn’t have hair extensions if you want them.
Price is no longer the barrier that it used to be as hair extensions are much more affordable now than they used to be and there are many different options for all budgets. If you want to save even more money, you can have a friend put your extensions in for you instead of opting for an expensive salon. There are many different types of hair extensions that are simple enough for anyone to put in on their own.
One of the common misconceptions about hair extensions is that they look fake and everybody will know that you are wearing them. Well of course your close friends will know that you have hair extensions because overnight you will have much longer hair. But for others, no one will be any the wiser about your extensions because they are made very well now and do not look fake at all. There are a wide variety of colors to choose from, you will be able to match your hair type very closely for an excellent match. Choosing extensions made with human hair will also help to have them looking very natural and will make it easier for you to care for them as well and style them.
Hair extensions can be treated like your normal hair. You can wash them, and style them normally with your hair straightener, curling iron and hair dryer without fear of damaging your look. It is recommended that you take a bit more care in washing your hair, and use a gentle shampoo, avoiding the connections where they attach to your own hair, but other than that, you should be able to treat your hair as you normally would.
Don’t think that you have to wear your hair extremely long just because you have extensions. Many women are under the impression that they will have hair down to their rear end if tey get extensions and that’s not always true. If that’s the length that you want, than you can go right ahead, but otherwise you can cut your hair and have your stylist shape it however you would like.
Hair extensions are not just for the rich and famous anymore. With a wide variety available, anyone can have that long, gorgeous movie star look.
When it comes to shopping for a hair straightener there is a lot to consider. So many different types of straighteners, plate types, brand names, and different features that it can be confusing to try and figure out which one is right for you. And when you read the product websites, of course they are always going to tell you excellent things about their own products. How can you find an impartial opinion about hair irons? That’s easy, in order to get an impartial opinion about hair irons, you should read different hair straightener reviews.
You will find hair straightener reviews on a variety of web sites that specialize in hair products and hair styles. You can also do a search on the internet for hair iron reviews and see what turns up. When you are reading reviews however, be sure to keep in mind that not all reviews will be useful. You should look for hair straightener reviews that have been written by actual consumers, instead of product representatives in order to get a more impartial opinion about the iron.
Another thing to keep in mind about hair iron reviews is to try and find reviews that offer pictures of the person reviewing or a description of what their hair is like. This is important because if the reviewer has a hair type that is close to yours, the review will apply to you a bit more. Its one thing for someone with fine, thin hair to be reviewing an iron, but it may not relate to you if you have thick, coarse African American hair. It’s an added bonus if the reviewer has a hair type that is similar to yours.
Another thing to remember is that there are usually a few drawbacks to a product. Be wary of hair straightener reviews that are over the top positive. While it is absolutely possible for someone to be so pleased with a product that they have nothing negative to say, it might be an indication that a company representative has written the review.
Another very important thing to keep in mind is that just like anything else, hair straightener reviews are subjective. So it is usually a good idea to read a few different reviews in order to get a fair view of a product. Do not be put off if you read one negative review, the reviewer may be biased or had a uniquely bad experience. Try and read as many reviews as you can and then make your decision based on the majority.
Hair straightener reviews are an excellent way to get a feel for a product from the viewpoint of an actual user. Someone who can try out all of the features and apply it to their own hair, instead of just reading about it on a box. So when you are trying to decide which hair iron to buy, try to seek out a variety of hair straightener reviews before making a decision.
One thing that has been the same for many generations is women usually want the hair type they were not born with. Those with curly hair would do anything for straight locks while those with that straight hair want some curl and wave. So every generation has done something to get those curls in or out of their hair and get that look they want. Women of today do not realize just how lucky they are that the hair straightening irons and curling irons available do not cause the damage that some of the methods of the past have done to the hair of some women.
Many women complain that when they use a flat iron, even the more expensive professional models, their hair ends up looking oily and way too shiny. Many women tend to use too many hair styling products on their hair and this is usually the culprit behind the oily look to your hair. Others need to lower the temperature they have their ceramic flat irons set at as higher temps mean more moisture is being infused into their hair to straighten it. Using the proper temperature for your hair type is essential to getting healthy looking locks with your straightening iron.
There are several things you need to look at if you want a professional straightening iron that will not only get the job done well but will also work best for your hair type. Flat irons come in many sizes and materials plus each has different features, which they claim are the best ones to have.
For the most part professional flat iron plates are made with either ceramic of titanium and both claim to be the best for your hair. Of course both of them are perfectly fine for your hair and as long as both are solid and not coated they will be the best plate material for anyone’s hair. The size of the plate does not affect the irons straightening ability but for different hair types different plates are better. For those with lots of thick or really curly hair larger plates will get the job done quicker than smaller ones. While for those who have thin or short hair smaller plates will do a better job of straightening these pieces, which would slip out of a larger iron easier. The best irons will also have variable temperature settings so that you can customize the exact temperature setting you need to straighten your hair effectively.