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Getting Curls With Either Curing Irons or Hot Rollers

January 25, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

For women who want to add anything from tight kinky curls to loose gorgeous waves to their hair the two most popular ways to get this done is with a curling iron or a set of hot rollers. Most women prefer one method to another and really there is no real wrong answer it is a matter of which one you are most comfortable with.

Hot rollers have the advantage of creating curls in your hair where you place them and then leaving your hands free while the heat does its magic. This can help you speed up the styling process and your probably already hectic morning. Of course with hot rollers you do sacrifice some control but they do produce consistent curls.

Curling irons offer more versatility than hot rollers in creating various types of curls as well as the placement in the hair. With a ceramic curling iron you can easily just curl the ends of your hair or add a few simple loose curls throughout your hair for a look with more volume. There is no better way to curl the size and shape of a curl in your hair than with a curling iron.

Perfecting the Curls for an Updo

August 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Updos are a fashion standard for many formal occasions, and contrary to popular belief this look is really actually easy to get. With a professional ceramic curling iron you need to create lots of small loose curls in your hair. This is the body and shape of your updo that will be pinned up to create that fabulous prom and wedding look that so many women want to have. The success of the outcome of the updo is totally dependent on the quality of the curls in the hair so a cheap drugstore hair iron should be avoided and a quality professional grade curling iron is essential to a great look.

How to Roller Set

July 31, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

First you want to make sure your hair is clean so shampoo and condition then towel dry. Use a setting gel or mousse to hold curl. If you have thin fine hair, I recommend not using a conditioner. Try just a small amount of spray in conditioner (I always emphasize on using products that do not contain alcohol) . Using conditioner on this specific hair type will cause the curl to not hold as long as it should. Also, try to use a thickening type gel or mousse. Your local Drugstore or Hairdresser will be able to help you chose a setting lotion that will work for you.

  1. Using a fine toothed comb with a pick like handle (these are called rat tail combs)
  2. Take a section on the top front of your head no bigger than the roller itself.
  3. Pull this forward as shown is diagram 1 and roll back, keeping tight, loose rolling will result in a loose curl and you will notice this once you are done. Note: Try not to use the velcro type rollers as they don’t stay in place tight enough, and will leave you with loose curls.
  4. Pin either side of the roller with a secure type clip.
  5. Do this process all over always rolling back. As shown in diagram 2. Always make sure you are stretching the hair and not pulling it. Pulling too hard will result in a line showing once the rollers are removed. It is harder to not get this line on fine thin hair so be sure to never pull, stretch just as far as the hair will go naturally.
  6. When you are finished place a hair net (you can even use a plastic bag or nothing at all) over your hair and sit under a dryer until completely dry. Note: if you do not have a dryer and you have a little bit of time on your hands just do your daily duties with the roller set intact and once dry remove rollers.
  7. Once rollers are removed brush with a good bristle brush, it is not ideal to use the plastic type bristles.

Once you have brushed your hair out you will notice that you can almost make your hair do anything you want. This is a true benefit of roller setting. Usually your hair will hold this look for as many as 3 days before you will have to wash it again. I have known ladies to be able to leave it as long as a week. They would just come in every Monday or whenever their week was up and get their blow-dry roller set. This, of course depends on hair type, like I have said before, some people are just lucky with the hair they were born with. The average hair type can go 2-3 days without a noticeable shampoo.

Roller setting is quite easy and once you get the hang of it can be done in minutes flat.

Getting the Right Curling Iron

July 20, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Whenever you curl your hair you surely have a idea of how large of a curl or how much of a wave you want to add to your do. Certain curling iron sizes are better than others for certain sizes so you will need the one that is the best for the job you have in mind.

For big waves it is best to use a curling iron with a 2 inch barrel. This will create large loose curls, which appear more as waves in the hair when wrapped loosely around the iron.

If you use a three-quarters to a 1 inch curling iron than you will end up with larger more bouncy curls. To get the best big curls use spritz or mousse on your hair than wrap small amounts around the curling iron for about five seconds. Always make sure you allow the hair a chance to cool on its own before you touch at so the curl has a chance to set in.

For tight small curls use a smaller curling iron such as a three-eights inch barrel and just like with the big curls apply the hair iron about 5 seconds and use spritz to hold the curls in place.

Hair Brush – Choosing the Best Hair Brush for You

March 27, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

With so many hair brushes to choose from it can be overwhelming on deciding which one to purchase. Many of us may think that the type of hair brush we use won’t make a difference but the fact is that it indeed will.

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Types of Hair Brushes to Choose from;

Straightening Brushes

When it comes to straightening brushes you have a few choices. These brushes can be used before using your hair straightener to help straighten the curliest of hair.

1. Barrel Brush

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These brushes are round and are for used for finishing meaning straightening and shaping. These brushes are also great for adding volume. A professional Barrel Brush will offer great control, faster drying and styling as well as be sure to look for a Barrel Brush made with 100% Boar Bristle-First Cut as this part of the boar bristle provides shine and and smooths hair by closing the hairs cuticle.

These brushes are available in different sizes for different lengths of hair. They are great for all hair types.

2. Ceramic Styler

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A Ceramic Styler is designed to be used with your hair dryer and features a vented design to allow for quicker drying time. The ceramic plates work to leave hair smooth and shiny by locking in moisture. A professional Ceramic Styler will usually be made from 100% Natural Boar Bristles.

This type of hair brush is best for medium to long hair of all hair types. Can be used to straighten as well as add waves and loose curls.

3. Ionic Hair Brush

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These brushes use negative ions to rid of frizz, add shine and make hair smooth and soft. These come in a variety of shapes and sizes so you can choose what you prefer to use be it a barrel or paddle brush.

These brushes usually come made with either nylon or boar bristles. If you have thin, weak, fragile or damaged hair it is best to go with nylon bristles as boar bristles are known to ‘grip’ hair which could break weak strands.

Massage Brushes

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These brushes are meant for for brushing the hair than actually styling the hair. They are great for providing a gentle scalp massage as well as helping stimulate circulation. They are often used when shampooing or applying other hair styling products.

These brushes are a great way to help promote healthy hair growth and are great for all hair types.

Styling Brushes

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These all purpose styling hair brushes usually feature 6-8 rows of straight tufts of bristles. They are sued to style, smooth and shape the hair. Made with nylon pins these brushes offer snag free styling and are best for thick hair types.

Vented Brushes

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These brushes are designed to make drying hair quicker and the help to add volume and texture to hair. These brushes are also available in barrel, ionic and ceramic styles making them great for all different hair types and lengths.

Cushion Brushes

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These brushes are made with a soft rubber base and are gentle on hair and scalp. Also known as a paddle brush these hair brushes are perfect for those with thin, damaged, fragile and fine hair types. Can also be used on other types as well, great for hair that needs to be brushed out before styling and for finishing styles.

Available in a variety of bristle types, shapes and sizes.

Do It Yourself With a Hair Straightener – Wedding or Prom Hairstyles

February 5, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

A hair straightener is an extremely versatile tool and can be used for much more than simply straightening your hair. You can easily create beautiful hairstyles for a wedding, prom, graduation or any other special event and best of all many of these styles are so simple you can do it at home!

Smooth, sleek, sexy hair is simple to achieve and looks great for any occasion. Finish the look off with a pretty hair clip or tiara for extra sparkle.

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Looking for romantic loose curls? Curling you hair with a hair straightener can help you achieve this look weather you are wearing your hair down or in an up do.

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How to Choose and Use Curlers

January 22, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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There are a wide range of curlers and rollers available. They vary in diameter, width and length and come in heated and non-heated. The larger the roller the larger the curler, the smaller it is the tighter your curls will be.

If you have short hair then smaller curlers will work best. If your hair is long, depending on the type of curl you want, you can use any size. The large curlers will give more body and smooth, loose curls.

Taking sections of your hair, smaller sections for smaller curls, larger sections for larger curls, gently twist the section and then starting at the bottom roll the ends around the curler making sure the ends of your hair are tucked in to prevent kinks. Then roll the curlers up to the base of your scalp. Be sure not to roll too tight so you don’t cause any damage. When removing curlers unroll them in the same direction you curled them up in. This will prevent your hair from becoming tangled in the roller.

Depending on the type of roller you are using here are some tips to consider;

Heated Rollers and Steam curlers – to prevent burning your hair always make sure hair is dry before using these types of curlers. Steam curlers are the gentlest on your hair but will take a little longer as you have to wait for them to dry.

Velcro rollers – because you don’t need clips these are great for shorter styles as well as for fine hair that breaks easily. If using them on long hair you may need clips to help hold curlers in place.

Magnetic Rollers – used on wet hair these curlers will provide a longer lasting smooth curl.

Flexi-rods and Hair Twirlers – these long, thin rollers a spiral curl without the use of pins or clips.

Plastic Mesh Rollers – these curlers allow hair to dry quickly and create smooth curls.

Snap-on Rollers and Brush Rollers – although these curlers hold hair securely they can cause hair damage and therefore are not highly recommended.

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How to use a Curling Iron and get the Best Results

January 16, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

Curls

Depending on the size of the curls you want you first need to choose your tool. A curling iron with a large barrel will create large, loose curls where as a smaller barrel will create smaller, tighter curls such as ringlets.

Once you know what size of curls you want, using the curling iron is pretty much the same no matter what size the barrel is.

Always start with dry hair; curling you hair when it is wet will leave you with fried and damaged hair. If your hair is medium to long in length it is easiest to start at the back of the head whereas if you have short hair start at the crown.

Take a 1 to 2 inch section of hair and starting at the ends clamp the ends of your hair into the iron and roll the hair until you are about 1 inch from your scalp. Hold the iron for about 10 seconds then gently release the iron and let the curl fall. Repeat with the rest of the sections of hair.

Once the curls have cooled down you can set your hair with holding spray and use your fingers to help shape the curls.

Did you know that you can use your Hair Straightener to curl your hair as well? See how to curl your hair with a hair straightener.

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