When you walk into a room wearing a sloppy ponytail thrown on top of your head, everyone can tell what your thought process was that day. You either didn’t feel like taking time to style your hair or you woke up late and didn’t have time to do anything but throw it up quick. Whether this is true for you or not, it is true for a lot of women. Face it, ponytails are the easy way out when we don’t straighten or curl our hair. When you do this to your hair it isn’t necessarily ugly looking but it doesn’t always look as professional as your hair looks when it’s down and straight or curled. If sleek is what you’re going for every day, then I am going to teach you ways to avoid a ponytail.
Before I get too far into it, I want to make it clear that straightening is not better wearing a ponytail. Usually it’s better to avoid straightening but when you want to change up your look every once in a while from wearing a plain ponytail, you should consider these tips. There are looks that are nicer than a bun or pony on top of your head repeatedly each day. One of the best ways to prevent this style each day is to shower at night. For some that may not make sense but it’s simple when you think about it. If you shower in the morning, you may not have time to blow dry and straighten your hair before work or school. But if you shower at night, you can wake up in the morning and go straight to styling and save yourself some time in your daily routine. Make sure that when you wake up your hair isn’t still wet from sleeping on damp hair all night. That is when the damage comes into play.
Another way to avoid ponytails is to look in magazines and online for fun styles that match the current season. In summer, braids become very popular so try a side braid that flows over the shoulder. This will look chic and will help you prevent some heat damage at the same time. Decide whether you like your hair long or short for this next tip because if you can’t stand to see your hair at a short length then this may not be for you. My next tip for avoiding ponytails is to get your hair cut to a very short length. When your hair is chin length or shorter, you usually don’t have enough hair to pull it back into a ponytail. This tip may be a little more extreme than the others and should definitely be thought about before you just cut all your hair off. If you really wouldn’t mind having to style your hair the same way each day then go for a chop-off. But if you want to be able to do an occasional pony, my advice would be to get a cut but not so short that it can’t be pulled behind your head.
Using hair shears to avoid a ponytail style may be extreme, like I said, but some girls prefer short hair over long hair. They say it is away from their face and out of their way each day so they prefer that shorter look. Personally, the first tip I would try is the showering at night tip. It wouldn’t be as time consuming and makes the most sense to me. Like I said, every once in a while a ponytail doesn’t mean you’re a dirtbag or that you are lazy. If you style it right and make it fun and flirty, you will surely get good reactions and feedback. But if you continually wear a ponytail every day, people might think of you as boring and your look won’t be as playful as it could be.
Some women style their hair everyday, mainly because they feel their hair looks more stylish or put-together when it is straight. To keep hair smooth and beautiful from day to day, lots of women say it’s best to use the heat of a straightener everyday. This may seem smart to them but after so many days of using the straightener, they begin to notice a difference in the texture and look of their hair. It is okay to straighten your hair every so often but to avoid heat damage, read the following tips about how NOT to straighten your hair.
If you’re going to straighten your hair more than three times a week, you could endanger it. All it takes a little too much heat and your hair will become fried with split ends. One of the worst things you can do when you straighten it is to avoid using any kind of thermal protectant spray. If you go without spritzing your hair thoroughly with a heat protectant, the split end affect will become much more of a problem.
You also should never try to straighten your hair by repeatedly going over the same chunk of hair. You are supposed to split your hair into layers and/or sections when you style it with a straightener because this helps keep all pieces separate and make it easier to straighten without tangling it. After you split it you begin straightening but you must remember that you can’t go over the same area more than once. Applying too much heat for too long can seriously damage the ends by breaking them off more and more each time you go over a certain chunk.
Those are two of the main things you should avoid doing while straightening your hair, but there are a few smaller details you should remember. These include things like setting the temperature too high on the flat iron, pulling the iron straight down through the hair, and not using frizz serum after styling. Remembering these great tips can be a helpful reminder as to why we should be ever so careful when we style our hair.
If you walk into any salon right now and look at the blow dryers they are currently using you will see that they prefer ionic hair dryers to the many other types. Traditional hair dryers release positive ions as they dry hair that ends up exposing the hair to more heat damage since they do not effectively and quickly dry your hair as newer ionic models do. These positive ions also open the hair cuticles up which promotes frizzy dry looking hair as opposed to the negative ions which leave your locks looking luxurious and healthy.
The negative ions which are emitted from the ionic blow dryers break water molecules down which speeds up drying times and exposes the hair to less hot air resulting in significantly reduced potential for hear damage. Other benefits of these units are tightened cuticles, which mean no frizz or dry out of control hair and less time and heat needed to get that hair dry quicker. With benefits like these every woman should be using a ionic hair dryer to dry their hair each and every day. Though they cost more than the traditional hair dryer what you will save in styling products to keep your hair healthy that you will no longer need make them well worth the money.
If you are shopping for cheap ceramic hair straighteners than you need to be careful that you are getting a quality unit that will do a great job on your hair and will not end up causing damage frustrating your attempts at getting this popular look. Many poorly made ceramic models will only be ceramic coated which will eventually come off and expose the real metal that is underneath the plates and cause heat damage to your hair. While a better-built model will have solid ceramic plates which will not be susceptible to chipping and peeling so your hair will only come into contact with ceramic.
At one point and time just about everyone gets very dry hair and though it happens to just about everyone it can also be prevented. Common caused for very dry hair include heat damage, stripped hair, and way too many chemicals. To prevent some of these issues from causing so much damage to your hair that your hairstyles do not turn out looking their best then give your hair a few breaks for a while. Let your hair have a chance to regain its health by forgoing chemicals such as dyes and perms. Also many women wash their hair way more than it really needs done. Cut back on the shampooing and whenever possible only use professional hair tools to style your hair.
Many women are asking how to get their hair straight and have it stay that way. There are chemical ways to accomplish straightening that after long periods of use can cause considerable damage to the hair. Don’t get me wrong, some people are born with the advantage of strong hair that can be processed, ripped through, tugged on, heat ironed, curled to death, and blow-dried daily with minimal damage, however most of us don’t have this luxury. Many of us have weak hair where after processing of any kind can cause us to one day look in the mirror and want to scream.
For those of you who have the stronger, healthier type hair, I would suggest chemically straightening. A good stylist will be able to help you once looking at your hair and determine if this is for you. If this is not a route you want to take, a professional hair straightener is a great option. Hair straighteners give you the versatility of different heating temperatures as well as having the choice to go curly, wavy and of course, straight. There are hair conditioners and sprays that you can use to protect your hair from the heat elements for the more frequent user.
For the ones with weaker hair, chemically straightening is not preferable. I would choose a good hair straightener along with a good heat styling aid to help protect your hair from heat damage. Look for a hair iron with various heating temperatures and be sure to use a lower heat temperature with fine thin hair. To help maintain straightening results use a straightening product that helps to relax hair and then use the appropriate styling aids that are specially formulated for after hair straightening. Both salons and drugstores give you different options of products to use with straightening your hair.
Using these methods will shape your hair for the next couple days. I have heard many women tell me that after using straightening products before hair straightening, that even after a full night’s sleep their hair would still be straight! Women I talked to who did not use any kind of product before straightening found that even after a few hours of being out that the “flyaway’s” had already started. This was usually women who were out dancing or in a windy environment.
What most of these products will do is activate during the blow-dry process to help relax coarse, curly or wavy hair. Your hair will look smoother, shinier and silky while being protected and conditioned.
For best results use only small sections of the hair, start from the bottom pinning up the rest. I recommend starting all around the bottom from ear to ear. When you are finished section off a small portion again from one side to the other until completely finished. Ensuring your hair is completely dry will do less damage as well.
Getting straight hair has gotten easier over the past few years with major advances in professional hair tools. Of course the biggest steps has been the creation of ceramic plates for hair straighteners. These ceramic hair straighteners are less damaging to the hair than old metal plates, which did not heat up evenly and damaged the hair. Most hair straightening tools utilize these ceramic plates now, but the difference between the professional hair straighteners and the cheaper models is how the ceramic is used on the iron. Professional straighteners are solid ceramic or even tourmaline ceramic hair straightener while the lesser models are only ceramic coated. This ceramic coating can come off the straightening iron easily which will expose the hair to the metal underneath and potentially damage it.
Ionic technology has also made hair straightening tools much easier on the hair and more effective at creating long straight locks of hair. Hair straighteners which utilize this ionic technology block harmful negative ions from your hair, and this leaves your hair smoother and dries it out less in the straightening process. The more you can minimize the heat damage to your hair with ionic hair straighteners the better your straight hair look will be on you and the more often you can perform the process without long term damage to your hair.
I wanted to do a quick post on how to use a hair straightener because I get quite a few emails from customers asking how to get the best results from their Karmin Professional Flat Iron. Also, I occasionally come across someone who has never used a hair straightener before so this is for those of you who want to know how you can use your hair iron to it’s fullest potential and get the best results every time!
*It is important that you know a few things before using your hair straightener, such as having clean hair and using a heat protectant to prevent from heat damage.
Once you know what you need to do before you start, you’re ready to use your flat iron! Turn it on to the desied temperature and as it heats up follow step 1.
Step 1. – Section clean, dry hair and pin up with hair clips.
Step 2. - Taking your flat iron in one hand, grab a 1″ section of hair from the first layer and starting as close to the roots as your are comfortable with, put the section of hair between the plates clamp your iron onto the hair. Slowly glide the iron down the section until you reach the ends of your hair.
Style tip - If you have super curly hair blow dry hair straight before using your flat iron and follow hair straightener on the section of hair with a comb to help smooth hair as you straighten it.
Style tip - If you want a super straight look, keep the iron straight and let the ends come out from the iron. If you want a bit of a flip at the ends twist the iron in a flipping motion either direction when you near the last inch of hair. Twisting the iron out will flip hair out, whereas flipping it in will flip hair under.
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How To Flip Hair
Flipping Hair Out
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Flipped Out Hairstyle
Step 3 - Continue Step 2. over the rest of your hair, section by section. After completing one layer, let down the next and so on.
Step 4 - When you have completed your entire head of hair you can touch up any needed areas.
Step 5 - When you have your desired look set hair with an anti-frizz shine serum or flexible hold hairspray.
Style Tip - If this is your first time using a hair straightener and you are a little intimidated, try using the iron with the heat off or very low to get a good feel for the iron.
When it comes to taking care of your hair many of us do not realize that for truly healthy hair we need to work from the inside out. Proper nutrition, vitamins, minerals and overall good health are essential to healthy hair growth.
When starting a new vitamin or mineral regimen it normally takes about 2-3 months to see results so patience is key. ALWAYS talk with your doctor or pharmacist before starting any kind of new supplement so you can be prescribed the correct dosage.
Vitamins for Healthy Hair Include;
Vitamin A – Antioxidant, produces healthy sebum in the scalp. Found in foods such as milk, cheese, broccoli, eggs, carrots, peaches and apricots.
Vitamin C - Antioxidant, maintains healthy hair and skin. Found in foods such as tomatoes, pineapple, citrus fruits, kiwi, strawberries and dark green vegtables.
Vitamin E – Antioxidant, boosts scalp circulation. Found in foods such as raw seeds and nuts, leafy green vegetables, soybeans and dried beans.
Minerals for Healthy Hair Include;
Iron – Prevents hair loss. Found in foods such as fish, chicken, eggs, dried fruit, green vegetables and whole grains.
Silica – Strengthens hair and prevents hair loss. Found in foods such as green vegetables, soybeans and rice.
Calcium – Promotes healthy hair growth. Found in foods such as dairy, tofu, nuts and fish.
The above lists are not all of the vitamins and minerals which help promote healthy hair growth. Be sure to check out vitamins and minerals for healthy hair for more information and dosage recommendations.
Besides nutrition and supplements there are simple things you can do to help maintain healthy, beautiful hair.
- Avoid using heated styling tools everyday and be sure to use a heat protectant styling aid when you do to protect hair from heat damage.
- Use professional hair styling tools as they are designed to cause less damage on your hair.
- Do not brush your hair when it is wet, use a pick or wide tooth comb.
- Get a trim every 6-8 weeks
- Use hair care products recommended for your hair type.
- Avoid sleeping in hair accessories.
- Avoid styling products which contain alcohol (found in many hair gels) to avoid drying hair out.
- Use hair elastics that are designed not to pull and snag hair and avoid wearing them too tightly.
- Be kind to your hair! Give it a break from styling, coloring, perming and let it rest every now and then.