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Hair Dryers: The Most Important Tool

December 31, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

There is always one thing in the bathroom that everyone takes for granted. That one hair tool that never gets any thought. The hair dryer. It is very unfortunate that this essential tool doesn’t get the respect that it deserves, after all it is probably the most frequently used hair tool in the bathroom. It really should get some more attention.

So are you one of those people guilty of not giving your due respect to your hair dryer? Chances are good that you are. Take a good look at your hair dryer, and if you’ve had the same one for over five years, or it seems like it takes you forever to dry your hair, you should probably consider upgrading.

Many people will say, “It’s just a hair dryer, any one will do. I’ll save my money for a hair straightener or curling iron.” But this is a bad attitude, and you aren’t doing yourself or your hair any favors by ignoring your hair dryer.

Investing in a quality hair dryer is not only an investment in yourself, but it’s an excellent investment in your hair. Think about this, if you are applying direct heat to your hair everyday, that heat is going to start doing damage to your hair, drying it out, making it frizzy and dull looking as all of the natural moisture and oils are stripped from your hair. And who wants that to happen to their hair? No one. That’s why you need to invest in an ionic hair dryer that will dry your hair effectively, without all of the damage. It is not a given that you have to damage your hair when you dry it. Not at all.

An ionic hair dryer takes advantage of negative ions that are blasted onto each hair, infusing them. The negative ions act on each hair to close the cuticle, effectively sealing in moisture and natural oils. Because the hair cuticle is being closed, each hair will lay flat on the head instead of standing up which gives that frizzy, out of control look.

Another amazing feature of an ionic hair dryer is that using one actually cuts the drying time in half. Some ionic hair dryers actually dry hair up to 60% faster than a regular hair dryer. That not only means that your hair isn’t being exposed to damaging heat as long, but also that you spend less time drying your hair, and more time styling it. Getting you out of the bathroom quicker and on to your day.

When you are looking for a hair dryer, be sure to choose one that uses ionic technology and incorporates ceramic elements into the construction. It is time that you start paying attention to the most undervalued hair tool of all time. A quality hair dryer is an essential tool in any hair care arsenal and you will be pleasantly surprised to see the amazing results it will have on your hair.

Simple Tips to Care for your Tools

November 27, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Let’s face it; quality hair tools are not cheap. When you purchase a quality hair straightener, curling iron or hair dryer, you are making an investment in yourself, your style and your hair. And you have to remember that despite the initial cost, purchasing a good tool will actually save you money in the long run because you won’t have to replace it as frequently and it will do the job right making your hair look great.

Yet, it surprises me when I see how some people treat their expensive hair tools. If you have an investment of any kind, you should take care of it properly and nurture it right? It’s shocking to me to see people through their hair irons in a drawer, pinching the electrical cords or wrapping the cord around the hair dryer before putting it away. These are just a few of the awful things I see done to quality hair tools.

If you are going to spend the money buying yourself some excellent hair tools that are not only effective in styling your hair, but will help it stay healthy and look its best, why wouldn’t you treat those tools well? Of course everyone will have a reason for mistreating their tools, but the biggest excuse I see is that people honestly don’t realize that they are harming their tools.

It’s not hard to take care of your hair tools so that they will last, and I have a few simple hints and tricks for you to make it even easier to care for your straighteners, curling irons and blow dryers.

* Do not wrap the cords around the tool. This is probably one of the most common things that people do. When they are cleaning up the bathroom or packing for a trip, they will wrap the cord around and around the iron or hair dryer. Don’t do this. It will change the shape of the cord and may even permanently affect the cord shape. It also can kink or bend the wires inside the cord. Also, if your tool is still hot when you put it away you could melt the cord.

Instead of wrapping the cords around the tool, control the excess cord by collecting it and using a Velcro wrap to tie it up. This will keep it neat and tidy and will not damage the cord itself.

* Take care of the cords. Besides bundling the cord up nicely, be very careful when it comes to other hazards for the cord. One of the biggest culprits for damaging electrical cords is drawers. When you have all your hair tools out on the cupboard, and drawers are opening and shutting, it’s all too easy to get a cord shut in the drawer. This can pinch and even sever the cord making your tool useless.

Also be careful not to get more than one cord wrapped up around each other. This is a safety hazard as well as a risk for creating knots in the cords of hair tools.

* Keep your tools clean. This may go without saying, but if you keep your hair tools clean they will last much longer and give you quality performance for years. All you need to do is give your curling irons or hair straighteners a quick wipe down with a damp cloth when they are cool to remove any build up. If you have a bigger build up, use a bit of rubbing alcohol on a soft cloth. Check out our guide for cleaning your hair straightener. For hair dryers, clean the lint trap at the back of the dryer to keep it free from lint and build up. It is not hard to keep your quality hair tools working and looking their best. With minimal effort, your investment in a quality hair straightener, hair dryer or curling iron will last for years giving you beautiful, healthy looking hair.

Caring For Your Salon Quality Scissors

September 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

If you spend the extra money to get a pair of professional salon quality scissors then care should be taken to keep them at their absolute best. Most professional scissors are made with stainless steel and if properly cared for they will effectively cut hair day in and day out with precision. If hair is not cut smoothly and cleanly then it will develop split ends and not be at its healthiest.

It is important to keep these scissors clean for the best cutting to be performed by the blades. After each use the blades should be cleaned with a soft cloth to reduce build up on the them, which can make the cutting ineffective.

The scissors should be properly lubricated so they cutting action is smooth on the hair. This is accomplished by putting a couple of drops of oil on the pivot on a regular basis.
Many professional scissors come with a quality case to store them in and proper storage will keep the blades from being nicked or damaged.

Proper care of your salon hair scissors will ensure your investment in quality shears will always result in a great hair cut from them so you or your clients look your absolute best.

Taking Care of Your Professional Hair Dryer

September 1, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

No matter how good of a hair dryer you purchase if you do not take care of it you can bet it will not last long at all. One thing many women forget on their professional hair dryers are the filters, which help trap dust and keep it out of the dryer. These filters need removed occasionally to be cleaned to help the dryer not only filter out dust, but also to keep them from becoming clogged and possibly overheated because of that. Properly cleaning your hair dyer filter will extend the life of the unit significantly making your hair tools investment last much longer.

Choosing the Right Hair Straightener For You

May 12, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

There are many times when you really want the look of straight, shiny sleek hair and if you were not lucky enough to be born with it then you will need to use hair straightening products to get the look. If you pay a hair stylist to straighten your hair it will instantly curl back up again as soon as you get the bill. The process is not a cheap one to have done, and if you want the look often the money can really start to add up to have it done. If you really enjoy the look of straight hair and plan on doing it often a small investment in a titanium hair straightener or a hair straightening iron is a good investment.

There are many brands and several sizes of hair straightening iron available so how do you know which is the best hair straightener for you? For short hair a narrower iron is the best hair straighteners, preferably around one inch wide. While for longer hair an iron around 1 and half inches wide will do a better job or removing those waves of curl. It is also essential to get an iron that will allow you to adjust the temperature settings to get just the right amount if heat to get the job done, and not so much that it will damage your hair.

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