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Getting the Right Temperature on Your Hair Iron For You

April 9, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

One mistake so many women make when they begin using a hair iron to straighten their hair is to turn the temperature setting on the iron to its maximum level. Many feel that the higher the heat the more effective the iron will be. To some degree this is true but that is not the only thing you need to consider when setting the heat on your variable temperature hair iron such as the Babyliss pro flat iron.

Some hair irons have an upper limit of approximately 200 degrees while others may go all the way up to the area of 400 degrees. Yes, the higher the temperature setting the better job the iron will do straightening your hair and the longer that style will stay locked into your tresses. But for those with damaged or thin hair this high temperature can be devastating to the health of your hair and cause excessive damage. Most women should consider setting the temperature of the iron in the mid to low levels and use them at this setting. With time and experience with your hair iron you will learn your hairstyle and know whether this is effective for you. If it is not than you can start moving the temperature setting up a little at a time until you find the optimal one for you.

Hair Straighteners That Don’t Damage Hair

December 12, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

If you haven’t used a hair straightener in a while, you probably have not been so lucky as to experience a quality hair straightener that will actually improve the look of your hair. Too many women who tried hair straighteners years ago were turned off by the way that they made their hair look, and have not tried them since. But you don’t need to worry. There are hair straighteners that don’t damage hair. You can have beautifully straight and sexy hair without all of the damage.

When you look for hair straighteners that don’t damage hair, you need to look for an iron that uses ceramic or titanium plates instead of glass or metal plates like some irons. The glass or metal is often painted which can chip off and tear at the hair, pulling or snagging. These cheaper hair irons will also often burn the hair because the glass and metal do not heat up evenly and can create hot spots that will burn or singe the hair as you straighten.

Ceramic and titanium plates are smooth and provide a constant heat that will not burn your hair. Ceramic actually provides a moist heat that will help your hair retain its natural moisture keeping it looking healthy. Ceramic plates are known for maintaining a constant heat, so you don’t have to worry about your hair iron heating up to an extremely high temperature that will burn your hair.

Another feature for hair straighteners that will not damage your hair is too look for an iron with tourmaline in it. Tourmaline is a natural element that generates negative ions. The negative ions infuse each individual hair and seal in the natural oils and moisture so that your hair will not dry out or get that frizzy, damaged appearance. The negative ions actually cause your hair cuticles to lay down flat on your hair so your hair looks even sleeker then it normally would. In fact, a hair straightener that contains tourmaline will actually improve the look of your hair and it is safe enough to use every day without fear of damaging your hair.

One of the newest features for hair straighteners is the addition of silver technology. Silver has long been known to be a natural antibacterial agent and now you can find it added to hair straighteners. With the addition of silver technology, the hair iron will actually kill any bacteria and germs that are on your hair, which will keep your hair looking its best and healthier than ever before.

If you are worried about a hair iron hurting your hair, stop worrying. There are so many high quality hair straighteners that don’t damage hair on the market today that there is nothing to be scared of. You can now have beautifully straight hair that has never looked healthier, shiner and smoother before, all from a hair straightener. If it’s been awhile since you have given a hair straightener a try, don’t be scared, you will be pleasantly surprised with the results.

How to Reduce Frizz

July 31, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Having smooth, frizz free hair is a blessing. For most of us though we do a lot of damage in our everyday lifestyles. We need to blow-dry, we need to style with our high temperature heating tools and at the end of the day our hair has taken the blunt of it all. All of this can be avoided given  you follow some simple steps. I am not saying that you cannot use your hairstyling tools but just try using them in a different way. Don’t stick to one type of shampoo either, doing so will result in hair that just has no life. It is a good idea to change shampoos at least once a month. I‘m sure you  have seen the products on commercials and in Drug stores where they claim they can help reduce frizz, this is true but there is a technique to it where-as not everyone would know what this technique is.

Anytime you are wanting to reduce the amount of frizz, do so  by adding frizz free lotions or creams right after you are done washing your hair. Your hair must be absolutely soaking wet for almost any of these types of product to work. Removing any water from your hair reduces your chances of becoming “frizz free” So, while your hair is profusely dripping all over your bathroom floor add your preferred  frizz free tonic directly to your hair or use a quarter size dollop in your palms and then run it through with a wide tooth comb.  Using a wide tooth comb reduces frizz by allowing the curls or waves to stay together. When you use a brush or fine toothed comb you separate the curl thus giving the look of frizz once your hair is dry.

If you are needing to blow-dry your hair, try using a diffuser. A diffuser is an attachment you can obtain from most hair salons or Drug stores which attaches to the end of your hair dryer. There are diffusers now that are already attached and come as one. Air is dispersed evenly and in a much calmer fashion than a blow dryer. If you held a diffuser directly to your hair you would see minimal movement. Because of this air being distributed evenly throughout you are helping to improve the look of your hair by keeping your curls or waves together.

Use frizz free shampoo’s and conditioners,  you will find a product that works for you by trial and error or by word of mouth. I suggest buying from a salon because these products have the proper PH balance required to maintain a healthy head of hair.

If you are prone to frizz try to not brush out your hair when it is fully dry this again will separate your curls setting up the frizzies for sure. As mentioned use a pick or wide tooth comb and always start at the bottom and work your way up. Also, deep condition at least once a week using the leave-in 15 min. heat activated kind.

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