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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.

Hairstyle Changes Over The Years

April 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Remember when the cool hairstyles were to put your hair up in a bouffant style? Or like in the movie “Hairspray” all of the actors wear their hair in sort of a beehive look. Poofy hair and lots of body was all the rage back in the day. Now times have definitely changed and clothes aren’t the only thing that have been updated. Hair today still has lots of body and poof but has a much more modern look (partly thanks to our reality star friend, Snooki). We all know that hair doesn’t look the same as it used to but over the years, hairstyles have become different in stages.

Take, for example, the decade of the seventies. All of the styles from back then were filled with curls and volume. One of America’s favorite hairstyles of the seventies was Farrah Fawcett. Her hair was one of the most wanted styles of that time because of her luscious curls and gorgeous volume. Most women wanted their hair to be just like Farrah’s because of the beauty it gave off. Walking into a room with bouncy, blonde curls was very attractive and still is today. Color wasn’t as big back in the seventies as it is now, though. Compared to the seventies, lots of women’s hair in our time is very dead and dull because of over coloring or styling with straighteners too often.

Moving onto the eighties, hair transitioned into being much more edgy and “out there.” Madonna is the perfect example of this style of hair. Throughout the beginning of her career, she experienced many different styles that seem to haunt us all today. The term “business in the front, party in the back” definitely developed in this era. Madonna was one to sport the look of a spiked and short style near the crown, lengthening into a longer, layered style down the back. This is also when coloring hair became a bit more popular. Lots of males and females in this decade began experimenting with dye by coloring the ends or some strands of their hair in purple, blue, or pink. Compared to today, some kids still do this but not many grown women and men do it too often.

In the nineties, hair entered a time of messy and short. It was still a little edgy from the eighties but this time it was a small bit cleaner. Jennifer Anniston models the perfect “bob” style from the time that she was in Friends. Her hair was gorgeous because she created lots of layers and made a statement by tying in some highlights. She really inspired young and old women to play around with highlights and lowlights to get a softer or edgier look with their hair. The layers are still popular in today’s hairstyles and lots of women love to play with them to get more volume in their hair.

Although there have been many “eras of hair” so to speak, Americans have somewhat maintained certain elements of hairstyles over the years. If you noticed, there was a pattern of creating volume with each of the eras. Whether it be layers, curls, or color, women have always kept a common goal of having full and bouncy hair throughout the decades. Not many began using things like straighteners or coloring tools until the mid-90′s or so, but when they were discovered, it lead to today’s era. We have a pattern of “making statements” in today’s hairstyling times. We want to have fun hair that everyone will love and envy us for so we do whatever it takes to get all eyes on us. We may even turn back time and reflect on our previous eras to get that perfect style!

Give Up Boring Cuts

March 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

I grew up with a hairstylist whom my family was very devout to and also served as a second mom to me. I have never gotten a haircut from anyone other than my long-time stylist. I have mastered exactly how she works toward cutting hair and the exact tools she uses in the process. I have seen her in action so many times that sometimes I swear I could be her. But recently, I watched a friend perform a cut on a client and realized there are so many more tools available for stylists. It was like I came out of my sheltered styling life that I was living.

Although I’m not a hairstylist myself, Jeanette (my hairdresser) has always told me the exact tools that she uses on my hair and all the things I need to know about her process of styling. Since I have grown up watching her give cuts, I haven’t known there to be any other way to cut someone’s hair. It was amazing to me to see how much there is to offer in the world of hair salons and styling besides just hair scissors and hairspray.

My friend began her process with a fresh wash. She then moved over to her cutting station where she began her actual haircut with the professional shears. The shears she used were very high-profile and glided right through the client’s hair. This part of the process is the only part I’ve ever seen take place. The next part was the big surprise for me; my friend got out her “texturizing shears” and began creating layers upon layers of hair and removing excess bulk in the client’s hair. After she got all of the texturizing done, she moved on to the bangs. She styled this part of the hair but using a razor and running it through the ends of the bangs to take off split ends and excess bulk, once again.

I, of course, have heard of texturizing shears and a razor but I had never seen them in action, so I had never known the performance they gave. I was truly amazed by these two tools and all they had to offer. If you were in the same position as me and have never really had anything done to your hair other than a trim every time you visit your stylist, it’s time to get rid of the boring cuts. Next time you get a haircut, make it a cut, not just a trim, by asking your stylist to use her texturizing shears and razor to help blend some new layers and make your hair healthier and lighter on your shoulders.

How To Style Hair In Less Than Five Minutes

February 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Waking up in the morning a half-hour too late is one of the biggest pains. Not only is it difficult to get yourself ready for the day, the fact that you wake up late also pretty much guarantees you a bad day. The worst part about having a bad morning is that you can’t make yourself look great, right? Wrong! In just a few tricks I’ll have you ready for a day your good looks will never forget and your face will thank you for.

Forget freshly showered hair that looks stringy all day; you need hair that you won’t regret styling and will look great all day. So even if you’ve waken up way too late to blow dry and straighten your hair, you can pull it all together with one simple look. The easiest way to do this is to start with a few tools that are handy right in your own home. Grab a brush, a teasing comb, hairspray and a few bobby pins.

First you’ll need to smooth the hair down with your brush to get all tangles out. When you sleep on a pillow that is made out of material other than silk, your hair gets ratty and messy from turning your head around all night. This means your brush is your best friend and will save the day. Once you’ve run the brush through the hair, use your teasing come to give a little oomph to the crown of your hair. Do this by taking sections at a time and lifting them straight up to the ceiling, spray the base of the section with hairspray and run the comb up and down for about 5 seconds. Next, let the sections fall and comb over them to leave a smooth overlay that will still give off a poofy look.

Next take your bobby pins and comb to part your hair with. Part the hair to the side and bring a section of hair (whether it be bangs or a loose section near the face) over to the side. Twist the section of hair to give a fun and cute edge to the style and pin it back with your bobby pin(s). To finish off this extremely easy look, tip your head to the ground and give it a quick hairspray refresher and then flip the hair back up to normal. You may need to run your hands through your hair to get rid of snarly parts, but this last step is the finishing touch to give your hair a boost of volume to look as if you just got done blow drying and styling for two hours. A style (which doesn’t even call for a hair straightener, might I add!) in less than five minutes can give you a look that will last you through the day.

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.

How to Get Perfect Side Swept Bangs

March 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Side swept bangs are not only a hot trend but are also a very flirty and sexy bang. To get the perfect side swept bang you see on stars like Reese Witherspoon follow these simple steps.

  • Ask your stylist to cut your bangs so that they hit right between your eyelashes and eyebrows.
  • Remember, when styling your side swept bangs, you want them to lay flat, not flip under like they did in the 80′s.
  • Part your bangs at the side and using a medium sized flat brush, brush your bangs downwards as you blow dry.
  • As you blow dry your bangs be sure to point your hair dryer downwards at your bangs, holding the dryer directly about your fringe.
  • To help keep bangs in place spray an eyebrow brush with a light mist of hairspray and comb over bangs for a soft hold.

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Getting Those Curls To Stay In That Thin Hair

November 7, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

For women with very thin hair sometimes getting curls into your hair is hard enough but then getting them to stay is then next to impossible. There is a solution out there that will help those curls stay in place a little longer without having to put so much hairspray on your head that the hair is crunchy and hard. Tourmaline curling irons can actually help you retain those beautiful curls longer than a regular curling iron can on its own. The negative ions produced by the tourmaline in combination with the ceramic makes these the best curling irons for getting that curl to stay since the curl will take deeper into the hair follicle and not just a little on the outside.

Making Sure Your Curling Iron Is Clean

October 1, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Many women never stop to think about how dirty their curling iron gets even with just occasionally usage. Between just the dirt and grime that collects on anything and the build up of hairspray and styling products your curling iron does get grimy which can affect its performance. This dirt and grime cannot be good for your hair when you heat it up and apply it again each and every morning. Of course you will read all sorts of cleaning methods on the internet, many of which are not good for your iron. The best way to clean the hair curling irons is to find out from the maker of the tool what they recommends to clean the unit.

Ceramic Irons For Curling Short Hair

September 4, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Curling short hair can be a real pain and that is why so many women with shorter hairstyles do not take the time to but a little body and curl into their hair. Shorter strands of hair were notorious for slipping out of the older metal-based barrels. The slick barrel just could not hold onto the hair unless hairspray was used to create some grip. This made a sticky nasty mess on the iron and on the hair. Newer professional ceramic curling irons do a much better job of holding onto that hair so it can curl it properly with no hairspray needed to keep the hair on the barrel.

Making That Curl Stay in Your Hair

July 28, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Sometimes the curl you put in your hair with a curling iron just does not stay very well. Maybe it is the humidity or even your hair type, but for some women the curls you create with your curling iron just do not stay very well. One simple tip if you have this problem is to try spraying your hair with your hairspray before you start to curl. For many women this extra stick before styling even begins will help your curl stay in place better. A little spray before you style with curling irons and little once you are done will go a long way to making that style stay in place.

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