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InfraShine Irons

April 3, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Just when women had gotten used to all the terms, materials, and techniques that hair styling tool makers had thrown at all of us; along comes another line of professional hair tools using a new idea to get the gorgeous looks that all of us want to have so badly. Infrashine irons uses their patented FAR-infrared-ray radiant heating technology to create the hottest hair styles for women and in tools that are designed for use in the most demanding styling salons out there.

The FAR technology is designed to lock in negative ions while infusing moisture into the hair so that no matter how much styling is done your locks will always look radiant and healthy. This is accomplished with ceramic materials as well as multi-layered heating elements for the best performance possible. These professional grade hair irons require less wattage and electrical current to operate making them fully capable of being the hair straightening workhorse in a salon by putting in potentially 5,000 hours of use. For the salon owner this means a hair iron you can count on while for the personal user this means a salon quality tool that you will be able to use for years with no problems at all.

Tourmaline Crystals In Hair Dryers For Healthier Hair

November 6, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Traditional hair dryers use plastic or metal heating elements to create the hot air that they blow over your hair to dry it after a wash job. This excess heat exposes your hair to enough heat it actually warms up your hair that ends up making it brittle so that it is prone to breaking and split ends. Tourmaline hair dryers on the other hand use ceramic and tourmaline crystals to create not only heat but also negative ions that will leave the hair luxuriant and smooth despite the heavy styling. This is extremely important for women who style their hair daily to avoid the damage caused by so much heat so often.

Knowing What Your Drying Element is Made From

November 5, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

The drying element within your hair dryer plays a large role in how your hair will turn out based on how much heat your hair ends up being exposed to. Cheap hair dryers that are notorious for drying out hair and leaving it frizzy and damaged use a plastic or metal heating element to produce the heat since these are very affordable. But professional hair dryers use ceramic heating elements, which produce a different type of heat, which effectively removes the moisture from your hair while not damaging it in the process. This is perfect for those who want only the best or blow-dry their hair frequently.

Chi Cermaric Hair Dryers

October 28, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

For a quality ceramic hair dryer that will not only dry your hair after washing but also help it to become healthier look no further than the Chi Turbo Professional. These dryers are made with the highest-grade ceramic heating elements available. These ceramic elements will heat up quickly and retain the proper temperature to best dry your hair efficiently. The ceramic used in this and other Chi hair tools will help your hair absorb and maintain its own natural moisture so that it will be at its healthiest to look its absolute best even if you style your hair frequently.

Thin hair do’s & dont’s

July 31, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Having fine thin hair almost seems like a curse. You try all the newest shampoos and conditioners that say they will change your hair into luscious thick locks. Well, after 37 years of trying them all I do believe not one of them made my hair thicker but some did in fact add body and or shine.

Things you should not do with thin fine hair:

  • Do not shampoo everyday. Shampoo takes away the natural occurring oils that help in protecting thin fine hair.
  • Do not blow dry from soaking wet. This will dry out your hair much quicker and your hair will become extremely damaged. After time it will look as though your hair is actually thinning out.
  • Do not brush your hair from the top of your head to the bottom.  This will cause breakage. Breakage happens when you rip through your hair, brushing too quickly. The shorter pieces of hair that are not as long as the others are broken hairs.
  • Do not use conditioner after each and every shampoo. This will weigh your hair down.
  • Do not deep condition too frequently, your hair will always be limp and lifeless.
  • Do not color or perm too frequently, causes extreme damage after time.
  • Do not use elastics or barrettes that are too tight on your hair, this causes breakage.
  • Do not use the highest heating temperature on hair straighteners, or other heating elements. Causes the hair to actually burn.

Thing you should do with fine thin hair:

  • Shampoo every second day or third if you can handle it. Your hair will start to get used the non-shampooing everyday and soon you will be able to leave it for 2 days before your next shampoo. The natural occurring oils that your hair produce help to keep it healthy and shiny for a noticeable difference every time you have your first shampoo style after the 2 day waiting period.
  • Blow-dry when your hair is almost dry.  Will keep your hair from becoming too dry and porous (porous is hair that is so dry that it has sucked up all the moisture. So although you may have just washed your hair it will be dry to the touch seconds later.)
  • Brush from the bottom of your hair working up slowly and making sure to not rip through.
  • Use a spray in conditioner (one that does not contain any alcohol) after at least 3 shampoos. This will prevent your hair from being weighed down from use of regular conditioners on  a daily basis.
  • Deep condition once MAYBE twice a month. Use a lightweight but effective deep conditioning. This will help to restore your hair’s natural balance and keep hair shiny and healthy in between hair stylist visits.
  • If you are a perm /colour user, make sure that you are doing this every 3 months if not more and getting your 6 week trim after perm. So easy to dry out fine thin hair with perms and or colours. Try to maybe see about getting hair extensions as a replacement to this. They are not as expensive as they used to be and now have clip on ones where you can do them yourself.
  • Use loose fitting elastics. Prevents breakage
  • Always use the lowest temperature on any heating device. You will know which temperature is best for you after some practice, instead of starting with the hottest temperature and burning your hair.

The Creation of Hair Straighteners

June 23, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Hair straighteners work by breaking down the hair’s hydrogen bonds found in the hair’s cortex, which cause hair to bend and become curly. Once the bonds are broken, hair is prevented from holding its original, natural form, though the hydrogen bonds can re-form if exposed to moisture.

hairstraighten-curly.jpgA females hair before and after straightening.
The hair straightener some say dates back to 1872 to a Parisian gentleman called Marcel Grateau. His early invention which were basically heat rods, were used with chemical lotions and then added to the hair to straighten it. When these methods were used there were many draw backs. People would find their hair becoming damaged and in most cases burnt. The first patented hair iron was in 1906 by Simon Monroe, he created a tool that had metal teeth and then would be combed through the hair. They seemed to work but nothing like what we have today.

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This is the actual patent from Simon Monroe, whereas to show the whole document would have taken too much space.

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This is Simon Monroe’s drawn picture of the hot combs. He filed for the patent in 1903 and it was issued in 1906.

The first “real” hair straightener design would have to be in 1909 by Issac Shero, he patented and invented the first heated hair care tools.

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This was the actual patent and plans for Issac Shero’s Hair Straightener.

The first designs were hot metal plates that were used to slide through the hair, the products were a great improvement on the early day inventions and reduced risk on damaging the hair. He then advanced his designs and introduced ones which included the ceramic straightener and electrical straighteners. He was also the first person to have adjustable heat settings and different size hair straighteners. The most common hair straightener today would be the ceramic ones with the heating elements. It was proven by the early models that using straighteners can be damaging for the hair if not used properly or too much, this still applies today and the chances of getting split ends, or brittle and broken hair is increased. Unlike in the early days there has been advancement in many of the hairstyling tools to prevent this from happening. Products such as heat protection sprays and conditioning creams will reduce the amount of damage caused by excessive use.

So you have pretty much read a lot of “inventions” in our hair blogs lately. If there is one you would like to know about feel free to let us know. Till next time, Good Luck,

Niki

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