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How do I keep my hair straight?

July 31, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Many women are asking how to get their hair straight and have it stay that way. There are chemical ways to accomplish straightening that after long periods of use can cause considerable damage to the hair. Don’t get me wrong, some people are born with the advantage of strong hair that can be processed, ripped through, tugged on, heat ironed, curled to death, and blow-dried daily with minimal damage, however most of us don’t have this luxury. Many of us have weak hair where after processing of any kind can cause us to one day look in the mirror and want to scream.

For those of you who have the stronger, healthier type hair, I would suggest chemically straightening. A good stylist will be able to help you once looking at your hair and determine if this is for you. If this is not a route you want to take, a professional hair straightener is a great option. Hair straighteners give you the versatility of different heating temperatures as well as having the choice to go curly, wavy and of course, straight. There are hair conditioners and sprays that you can use to protect your hair from the heat elements for the more frequent user.

For the ones with weaker hair, chemically straightening is not preferable. I would choose a good hair straightener along with a good heat styling aid to help protect your hair from heat damage. Look for a hair iron with various heating temperatures and be sure to use a lower heat temperature with fine thin hair. To help maintain straightening results use a straightening product that helps to relax hair and then use the appropriate styling aids that are specially formulated for after hair straightening. Both salons and drugstores give you different options of products to use with straightening your hair.

Using these methods will shape your hair for the next couple days. I have heard many women tell me that after using straightening products before hair straightening, that even after a full night’s sleep their hair would still be straight! Women I talked to who did not use any kind of product before straightening found that even after a few hours of being out that the “flyaway’s” had already started. This was usually women who were out dancing or in a windy environment.

What most of these products will do is activate during the blow-dry process to help relax coarse, curly or wavy hair. Your hair will look smoother, shinier and silky while being protected and conditioned.

For best results use only small sections of the hair, start from the bottom pinning up the rest. I recommend starting all around the bottom from ear to ear. When you are finished section off a small portion again from one side to the other until completely finished. Ensuring your hair is completely dry will do less damage as well.

Keeping your Hair Healthy During Styling

June 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

The hairstyles of today can be intense and demanding on your hair with all of the styling products and heat from professional hair tools. Luckily technology has come a long way toward helping you get your hair silky and healthy despite these demanding hair styling techniques.

Of course one of the most heat intensive things you can do to your hair is curl it or straighten it using a curling iron or hair flat iron. With both of these products you are using heated metal and ceramic to form the hair to your desired look and style. In the past the ceramic plates where only coated on to cheap metal which did not heat up to temperatures with much exactness. Hair straightening irons have come along way and are now made out of better materials which not only straighten your hair more efficiently they do so with minimal damage to the hair when used correctly. Tourmaline ceramic hair irons with ionic technology help your hair by promoting the negative ions which will help lock in the natural moisture your hair has which will reduce the potential for frizzy fly-a-ways and less than perfect straightening. While titanium hair irons use this high-grade material instead of cheap metals to create irons which heat up quickly, maintain constant temperatures, and are extremely lightweight to hold.

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