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Why Won’t My Hair Stay Straight?

January 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Ever had that moment where your hair looks great and perfectly straight? You can tell this will be a great day but once you step outside and it gains back its frizz and curly texture. Your day can ruined with one step into the heat and humidity of outdoors. Now you must go back in and re straighten it. But wait, you’re already late for work and have no time to perfect the frizz of a mess that has been created!

If this does happen repeatedly to you, it may be time to rethink your straightening process. You may be asking your stylist why your hair isn’t staying straight as the day goes on. She may say the cause of this is because it is being exposed to an excessive amount of moisture after you style. What you can do to help prevent the return of the messy hair is use a new method of styling.

Try applying your thermal spray first and then wait a few minutes before you straighten. This time slot is to allow time for you to apply a mousse to your hair that will help lock in the necessary amount of moisture and seal out all moisture you won’t need the rest of the day. This is a great way that celebrities prevent disasters on the red carpet and now so can you!

Begin by scooping some mud or mousse out of the container and spreading it evenly throughout the ends of the hair. One thing you need to be careful is the amount of product you apply to the hair. Since it is such a thick material that you are putting in your hair, it can give your hair a greasy look if you’re not careful. You’re looking for a shiny texture and look, not slippery and greasy. The perfect amount to use is about the size of a pea and if it doesn’t look too greasy, you can add small amounts no bigger than a dime.

Locking in moisture doesn’t have to be hard when you straighten your hair. You can complete the task in a matter of twenty minutes and still look like a million bucks. Amounts of humidity exposure and mousse to retain shine and straight locks are the main things to be concerned with. As long as you keep those two things in mind your hair should look great everyday.

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.

Get This Look using a Hairstraightener

July 11, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

A Chignon sits lower on the head than a basic bun so be sure to focus on the nape of your neck as you style.

  1. Towel-dry your hair and apply a loonie-sixed dollop of mousse evenly throughout to add texture and volume.
  2. Blow-dry with a round brush to add bounce and then set with hot rollers or a curling iron. Concentrate curls on the bottom half of your hair,-keep the roots and crown smooth and use a hair straightener for your bang area.
  3. Let hair cool and professional hair brush to bring out the shine.
  4. Secure hair in a low ponytail at the nape of the neck, swept off to one side. Leave a one-inch-wide piece stray and wrap it around the hair elastic to conceal it. Secure with a bobby pin.
  5. To add more texture, backcomb the ponytail. Don’t be afraid of your bun being too messy, this will be the beauty of it-it doesn’t have to look perfect.
  6. Pin the hair under in small sections to create the chignon. Don’t go crazy with the hairspray. Instead, make sure it will stay put by anchoring the base with enough bobby pins.

Till Next time Good Luck,

Niki

How to Style Hair – Quick & Easy Hair

May 22, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Some of us are very busy, we don’t have the time to wash, dry and style without getting up at 5am to get to work by 9am. Here are some easy hair styling tips to let you sleep in a little longer.

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Apply styling foam and blow dry with a round brush. Appy a small amount of hair wax and use fingers to style.

It’s the short female business do and is popular with very dominant women. It’s a short hairstyle that shows the world you are a female and are in control.

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Apply styling foam, blow dry for a few minutes leaving the hair still damp. Apply hair wax and style using fingers, twisting and styling however you like. This is also an easy hair style to wear without the blowdrying.

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Apply mousse for waves and blowdry upside down scrunching your hair while drying it. Flip your head up and spray with a setting spray.

Perms are out, but one trend that is the hottest in salons is salt spraying. Don’t wash the hair everyday as dirty hair is easier to manage. Get the hair damp and use salt water in a spray to bring out the wavy curls. Since most hair has some sort of natural wave, the sea salt will bring this out and magnify it. Easy hair is all in what you feel comfortable with.If you do have time use a hair straightener, the temperatures do get hot enough to ensure a quick styling.

Till next time Good Luck

niki

How to Braid Hair

May 17, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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There are many types of braids, most of which you yourself can do at home. We are forever pulling our hair back into a messy bun or a ponytail. Try something new, try braiding. There are outside braids, inside braids, reverse french braiding, I could go on and on. I will tell you how to do a regular braid:

Step 1: Add some gel or mousse to your hair while still damp and then blow dry your hair. You want your hair to be as smooth and flat as possible, try using a straight iron to get all flyaways down.

Step 2: Separate your hair into 3 even sections. Place the left section between your left index finger and thumb, let the middle section hang free and place the right section between your right index finger and thumb. This will start the process of braiding.

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Step 3: 3Grab the middle section with your right middle finger and pull it so it passes behind the right section. Extend your right thumb and index finger so that portion of hair becomes the middle section.

Step 4: Use the left middle finger to pull the middle section behind the left section. Extend or straighten the left index finger and thumb to make the left section become the middle section. Pay close attention to the smoothness and tension of your hair sections.

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Step 5: 5Shift the portion of hair hooked in the right middle finger so it sits between the right index finger and thumb. Repeat the process, then shift the portion of the hair hooked in the left middle finger so it sits between the left index finger and thumb

Step 6: Continue until you achieve the desired length of the hair braid. Make a tighter, more compact braid by pulling the middle section into a horizontal line as you pull it to the right or left. For a loose, or longer looking braid just shift the middle section to the right or left, letting it remain in a straight line.

Step 7: 7Tie off the ends of the hair braid with a covered rubber band.

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Till next time Good Luck,

niki

Hair Stylist Interview w/ Trish from Sweet Hair Trends

January 5, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

1. Name

Sweet Hair Trends, Maple Ridge, B.C. – Trish

2. Where do you currently work?

I rent a chair at a salon called Time in Eden in Maple Ridge, BC

3. How long have you been a stylist?

17 years

4. Which hairstyle is ‘Hot’ Right now?

Victoria Beckam’s

5. And ‘Not’?

Mullets

6. What hair color do you recommend for the upcoming season?

Depends what color your hair is to start with… caramel’s still popular

7. Have you ever worked your magic on a celebrity? If so who? If not, then who would be your dream client?

I wish! Matthew McConaughey, or Jennifer Aniston

8. What brand of professional hair styling aids would we find at your work station?

Sebastian- Shaper Plus Hairspray, Paul Mitchell- Super Skinny Serum, Joico- JoiGel, Rusk- Being Warped Wax

9. When someone is choosing a stylist, what is a ‘must’ they should look for?

ME! (Just kidding!) Someone who listens to them and what they want. However, it is exciting to change with the styles and not stick to the same old look for years. I suggest you let the stylist know what you want, but then also be willing to hear what they think will look good on you. You may be pleasantly surprised… you may not have thought that style could be on YOU!

10. Would you share with us a few your best hair tips or insider secrets?

- Use a mousse/gel/ liquid shine combo (on wet hair) to get volume, control, and shine when styling.

- If mousse is too drying on your hair, try a spray gel at the roots and mid-shaft, and gel or wax on the ends to hold them together.

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