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Getting Straight Hair That Has Volume With A Hair Iron

January 22, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

When many women use a hair iron to get those sleek straight hairstyles that are so popular right now they are unhappy with the results they are getting and are not sure why. One big problem many women have is the hair is straight but has no volume at all. This leaves their hair lifeless looking and does not achieve the look that they want so badly.

Getting more volume into your hair when using a hair straightening iron is actually as simple as holding the styling tool slightly different from how you are holding it now. Those who are getting the flat hair are holding the hair iron and the hair that is inside it at a downward angle when they are starting near the root. This is not correct and encourages the hair to be flat at the roots where volume is the most important.
The hair should be pulled straight out from the head and the iron placed on it at the root to encourage the locks to stand out some from the head. How you take the hair iron from here will determine if there is a slight wave or the hair just comes down. These are techniques that should be practiced to get the best results as the more you straightener your hair the better you will get.

Don’t be Scared of Trying Hair Irons

December 4, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

If you have never used a hair straightener before it can be intimidating to look in the style magazines or leave the hair salon with a beautiful new style and wonder how you are going to recreate it. Some women are so terrified by hair tools that they simply never bother. And that’s not the right solution. Hair irons are not scary at all. And they are not hard to use. If you are a first time user, there are a few things you should keep in mind however when it comes to hair straighteners.

The first thing you should do is start with clean, dry hair. Do not make the mistake of trying to style your hair for the first time when it has not been cleaned. Some women get very excited when their brand new hair iron arrives, they tear it out of the box and get down to work styling only to harm their hair, which not only leaves them with damaged hair, it leaves them feeling discouraged and often that hair straightener will go into a drawer and never come out again. So try to control yourself and be sure your hair is clean, free of product and dry before you begin.

It is absolutely crucial that you choose a quality hair straightener. Do not make the mistake of thinking that you can get away with a cheap iron. You will regret your decision because your hair will look dry; it will become damaged and possibly even burnt. And more than that, you won’t even get the style you are looking for in the process.

Look for quality hair irons that are made of ceramic or titanium plates and preferably irons that have tourmaline. These hair irons will give you the best results because not only will your hair be easier to style, these irons actually help your hair look and feel healthier because of the addition of ceramic, titanium and tourmaline. Do not cheap out when it comes to hair tools; go for quality because you will not be disappointed.

Practice makes perfect, and that’s true for hair styling as well. Take your time trying out your new hair iron. Section your hair into manageable sections and starting at the bottom, clamp a section of hair between the plates, drawing it slowly downward until you get to the tips of the hair. Repeat with the next section and work your way around your head. It can be tricky to get used to styling the back of your head if you’ve never done it before, but a good trick is to work in very small sections and go slowly. It gets easier every time you do it and soon you will be a pro.

Keep it simple when you first start out. There are a lot of different styles that you can achieve with one hair iron. However, when you are first starting out, it’s best to keep it simple. Work on perfecting one style at a time. Soon you can add flips, bobs and curls. A quality hair straightener is a very versatile tool and you will be amazed at how easy it is to create a wide variety of beautiful styles. And you’ll surprise yourself because you’ll catch on quicker than you think and soon the hair straightener won’t seem so intimidating after all.

How to Wear Hair Up

May 23, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Sometimes wearing our hair up is all we can do to fix a “bad hair day”. I am often told I look better with my hair up, I tend to disagree, I love having my hair down…on a good hair day of course. Here are some trendy up styles that some of the celebrities are wearing.

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Here is a loose outside french braid that is wrapped around from front to back.

Wearing your hair down, especially if it’s past your shoulders, will make your face look longer while sweeping it off your face is instantly uplifting,” notes Paula Casano, co-owner of New York City’s Insitu Salon.

A well styled up do has professional written all over it. Although we can have more problems with our hair up than when down, a low pony tail or well polished “fold” should do the trick.

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Absolutely more professional with hair up while the hair down is more suited for a casual outing.

If you haven’t had time to get a trim and frizzy ends are making your locks fall lank, tie them up, says Barry Reitman, a celebrity stylist at Juan Juan in Beverly Hills.

Straightening your hair with a hair iron is great for a sleek easy up hair do as well, it leaves the hair that you leave outside of the elastic in a straight sort of “messy look”

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Tie your hair band to either side of the back of your head and flip over your shoulder. Use a hair straightener to flip ends up.

Till next time Good Luck,

niki

Tips for Using a Hair Straightening Iron

May 13, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

When straightening your hair with a flat iron hair straightener it is essential to use professional hair tools, which have variable temperature settings on the warming plates. Using the proper temperature setting on your flat iron hair straightener is important to ensure your hair will actually straighten yet will not be damaged in the process.

If your hair is fine or already damaged, use the lowest temperature setting on your hair iron. For very thick and course hair then the highest temperature settings will be needed to achieve straight hair. This leaves the middle temperature settings for normal hair with no damage.

You should also invest in a quality hair iron to straighten your hair. Professional hair tools will achieve better results as temperature settings and construction of them make them better hair tools than cheaply made hair irons.

Of course these are general guidelines for using a hair straightening iron and each person is going to have a different experience. When trying any iron on your hair for the first time you should start off with a small area at a low setting. Eventually with time you will get accustomed to your hair straightener and become a pro at straightening your hair and maybe even the hair of your friends.

Hairstyles For Thin Hair

May 5, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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I can tell you almost anything you want to know about our blog topic today. I, myself am a thin hair wearer! Yes, yes, I know, I have cried a many night. But…after becoming a hairdresser, and getting use of all professional hair products and seeing tons of styles for thin hair, I have become a Thin Hair Master! All of the photos you will see are of women who have thin hair, hard to believe isn’t it?

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If you use the right products, you would never be able to tell that your hair was thin or fine. One product that comes to mind in the be wary of, is Infusium. If you can help it do not use this if you want to help your thin hair. For those of you who have used Infusium (leave in conditioning treatment) did you notice that once you started, you had to keep using it? This product actually dries your hair out, making you think that you need to use more . It is just a way to get you to continue to buy and use the product. Shampoo for thinning hair is not so hard to find, I do not recommend buying from the drug stores and nowadays you can get decently priced products from Salons.

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I have found one exception though, Sunsilk. This shampoo for thin hair did not weigh my hair down and I could use it over and over again. I like to switch back and forth, and when I do I use Naturelle Hemp hydrating shampoo.

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It balances moisture levels, increases elasticity and smooths the cuticle. For best results, only shampoo the roots and let the water run down the rest when rinsing. Conditioning the hair is not always a good idea for help in making thinning hair appear thicker, it leaves hair with static and brings on flyaways.

If you do need to use it use a small amount, massage around the ends of your hair, not your scalp and quickly rinse out. I use Paul Mitchell Moisture, the only conditioner I have ever used that actually doesn’t weigh my hair down. It gives you a daily dose of soy proteins and shea butter to help strengthen and moisturize and protects against sun damage.

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Haircuts for thinning hair are not so cut and dried…no pun intended! I have been told “oh you can’t have layers, they’ll just flop on your head,” or “if you get a perm you’ll look like a poodle”. This is just simply not true. I have had many different thin hair styles, layers, bob, all one length. It simply depends on what product and what process you used. Gosh, I even had a mohawk a LONG LONG time ago. The one thing I was afraid of using was a hair straightener. Well, truthfully after using the Karmin Hair Straightener, my worries are no longer…It doesn’t tug on your hair as you slide down with the straightener, you feel nothing. I just make sure before I use it I blow dry my hair upside down using a root lifter and blow dry on the medium setting. Try to wait until your hair is almost dry before blow drying, this will result in less damage. Damage will result if you blow dry on a continuous basis while your hair is soaking wet. One more product that is the creme de la creme of hair therapy is Biosilks Silk Therapy Serum .

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The absolute best product for fine thin hair EVER. Use it on wet or dry, you can even use it on your skin. It tames flyaways and adds extraordinary shine. This product is amazing and I would not go without.

You see, thin hair is not a curse, you just need the right products along with the right tools to accomplish the “thick” look. And yes, it can be done!

Niki

Japanese Hair Straightening

January 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Japanese Hair straightening, also known as Thermal Reconditioning, is a hair treatment which uses heat to restructure the hair making it straight and free of kinks and curl. Now, like with any type of permanent hair treatment there are benefits as well as drawbacks. So if you are undecided take a look at the charts below to help determine if Japanese Hair Straightening is for you.

Benefits

  • Long lasting results – from 4-9 months
  • Leaves hair silky smooth, shiny and straight
  • Reduces Frizz

Drawbacks

  • Expensive – you are looking at anywhere from approx $350 – $1500. This depends on a few factors such as; the Salon, length of hair, time it takes to apply the treatment.
  • Upkeep/more cost – touch ups about every 4-6 months depending on how quickly your hair grows, your hair type and tightness of curl. It is highly recommended that you use specifically designed after care products.
  • Time Consuming – Again, depending on the length, type and curl of your hair it can take anywhere from 3+ hours.

So it really depends from person to person on weather or not this treatment is for you. Some may rather stick to using there hair straightner and enjoy the benefits of being able to go curly or straight and with out the hassle of on going cost and touch ups. However Japanese hair straightening is a great option for those who find a hair iron just doesn’t work on their hair type or is too time consuming.

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