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The Life Of A Straight Girl

March 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

People often ask me what my natural hair looks like. Recently, I have been lazy about styling my hair each day and just have had no time to do anything besides shower and let it hang the whole day. Of course it dries as the day goes on but so many people ask if I straighten my hair after it dries because it looks pin straight, draping down my shoulders. The truth is, I probably have the straightest hair known to mankind. Having naturally straight hair does have its perks at times but it definitely is not as fun as having wavy hair.

When I wake up in the morning and begin styling my hair, I realize how straight my hair already is and instantly, I know that my routine will not take as long as most girls my age. Since my hair is so naturally straight, I can cut about twenty minutes off of  my “getting ready for the day” time each morning. I either let it go for the day, only running a brush through the ends or I throw it up in a ponytail. This is a benefit of having straight hair because it allows me to focus on eating a bigger breakfast, doing my makeup better, or picking out a prettier outfit. But there are some cons to having straight hair too.

Each time that I look in my hair in the mirror, I am reminded how dull and boring it is. I wish that somedays it would hold a little bounce in the roots. I can barely even tease my hair because it’s so thin and fine and straight. Thicker, curlier hair tends to hold volume much easier. It’s also not fun having straight hair because you can’t really mix up your style each day. It gets boring wearing my hair straight day after day while other girls can scrunch their hair with gel some days and show off their natural waves.

I do use hair straighteners, but not as often as most people my age. This could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it. It saves me some time and damage to my ends but it also limits what else I can do to style my hair each morning, especially if I don’t have time to do something fun like curl it to be bouncy. There may be others in the world with the same problem that I have, but I must say, my hair has got to be one of the straightest out there.

Love What You Have

January 15, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Hair styles change so quickly, that it’s hard to keep up with what is currently in style and what’s out of style. It generally depends what hot celebrity wore her hair in a certain way on the red carpet at the latest awards show. But what doesn’t go out of style or change with any frequency is the natural hair that you were born with. Sure, it’s easy to say that you would like a different type of hair. After all, we all seem to want what we don’t have. But, it’s much more effective and better for your self esteem if you learn to embrace what you were born with and learn how to love it.

For better or worse, we were all born with a certain type of hair. Some of us have naturally curly hair, while others have bone straight hair. It seems that we are always yearning for what we don’t have. And sure, it’s great to grab your hair tools and mix it up a little bit giving your normally curly hair a straight look, but what’s wrong with your hair every day looking the way nature intended it? Nothing.

I believe that you should never wear your hair the same every day. After all, that gets boring and isn’t it more exciting to keep people guessing and wondering what you’re going to do? But the first thing you need to do is love the hair you have. Even if it’s not the style that you would have given yourself had you been handing out the hair styles, it’s your hair and you’re stuck with it. So if you have naturally curly hair, instead of using your hair straightener every day, why not wear it curly some of the time? After all, those of us with straight hair will go green with envy for your beautiful natural curls.

Likewise, if you have straight hair, you don’t have to spend all that time in front of the mirror with your curling iron creating luscious waves, because straight hair is sexy too.

When it comes to the thickness of your hair that is something that you can’t really do much about. Those people born with thin hair often bemoan the fact that they want more body in their hair, and would love to have it thicker. But think about the other side of that. If you have thick hair, it can take more than twice as long to blow dry it, it becomes tangled, and often it will look puffy because there’s so much of it. Never mind how hard it can be to pull it back into a simple pony tail. There are always two sides to everything, and as women, we often forget to look at what we have and appreciate it. It’s too easy to covet something that we don’t have.

Hair tools are great, and I think that everyone should have a professional hair straightener and curling iron in their arsenal of styling tools, because they give us options. We can magically turn our naturally curly hair into a sleek style one day and wear it free and curly the next day. But no matter what type of hair tool you have, and what style you create, learn to love what nature gave you because you are the only one with hair like yours.

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.

Put Some Thought into Choosing your Brush

December 8, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

There is one hair tool that most people don’t give much thought at all which is very unfortunate since it is a very important tool, and one that is used every day, regardless of what style is trying to be achieved. That tool is the hair brush. So how come it isn’t given any thought? What is it about the hair brush that people take for granted?

Well, all too many people simply pick up their hair brush at the local drug store, or Wal-Mart and don’t make their choice based on any important factors. Instead of looking at the important features, the decision may be based on price, or color instead of what really matters. So why would you put more thought into choosing a hair tool such as a hair straightener, and not give your brush the same thought and consideration?

There are a few things to consider when you are choosing a hair brush. And the first thing you need to do is to find a brush type that is right for your hair, because not every brush is the same.

A boar bristle brush is an excellent choice for women who have long, thick hair. These brushes naturally stimulate the scalp and redistribute the natural hair oils that are in the scalp throughout the ends of the hair. Also, these brushes do a great job of cleaning out any dust or debris that has built up in the hair. These brushes are perfect for African American hair and other thick, dense hair because the bristles can work their way into the hairs and brush them out perfectly.

You will also need to decide what style of brush you need. Do you want a flat, straightening brush? Or a rounded brush to help with styling? Thermal brushes are excellent for using with a hair dryer to help lock in the style you are trying to achieve. And the latest type of brush is the ionic brush which uses the power of negative ions to help eliminate frizz and create smooth beautiful hair every time it’s styled.

If you have thin or damaged hair, a cushioned brush is probably the best choice. Sometimes this type of brush is called a paddle brush, but the one distinguishing feature is that the bristles are in a rubber cushion that is easy on the hair when you’re brushing, perfect for those with thin hair.

Whatever brush you decide to try, just remember that you do not have to limit yourself to one type. In fact, brushes are so inexpensive that you can and should a variety of brushes for every styling need. Why not have a vent brush for drying your hair, an ionic brush for reducing the frizz and some rounded brushes when you are styling? Try out a few brushes to find what really works for you and your hair and remember to put the same thought into brush shopping that you would any other hair styling tool.

Styling Your Hair Extensions

October 17, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Many women today want and have hair extensions to give them that very long hair which is in such high fashion that it is all over the runways. This allows women to have longer hair in a instant all without waiting for their hair to grow out from there last cut at the salon. Of course those with hair extensions may have to take certain care of them and depending on which type you get you may or may not even be able to style them with hot curling irons or flat irons.

All hair extension should be washed and conditioned just as you regular hair to keep them clean and at their most vital looking. How much post cleaning styling you can do will depend on the type of hair extensions that you received. Synthetic extensions cannot be subjected to coloring or heat from styling tools, as they are just not made to handle this type of treatment. But if you purchased real human hair extensions, than you can treat this hair just exactly as you treat your own natural hair by styling it with professional styling tools. Styling the extensions with ceramic curling irons and hair straightening irons to get the look you want to achieve.

Reducing Damage When Straightening Your Hair

October 8, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Many women who straighten their hair daily with a flat iron worry about the damage they may be doing to their hair in the process of getting the style they really want to have. Of course the damage can be significant or it can be very minimal depending on the steps you take to take care of your hair not only while you are straightening it but when you are washing it as well. Opt for quality shampoos and conditioners that will not only clean your hair but moisturize it as well. Also select and use only professional straightening irons that are designed to be the best to your hair and will effectively remove the curl without removing any of the natural moisture within your hair.

Keeping Hair As Natural As Possible For Healthy Locks

October 1, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Every woman knows the way to having the healthiest hair possible is to leave it as natural as possible. But who wants to have the same old hair style every day, and who can afford to give their hair time to air dry on its own before heading out the door. Inexpensive hair dryers simply blow hot air out which will dry not only the moisture from the water out of your hair but also its own natural moisture as well. Ionic hair dryers on the other hand combine negative ions with warm air to break the water molecules down so that they will essentially dissolve or be absorbed into your hair. This is a much better way to get the wetness out of your hair so you can proceed with the styling on get on with your day.

Methods of Getting Straight Hair

July 21, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

There are several ways to relax the curl in your hair to achieve that sleek straight hair appearance that many women want. You can get your hair chemically relaxed, but this is expensive and you should always try and avoid chemical methods, as they are really hard on your hair. Another method is by using hair straighteners in your home to flatten the curl out with these flat irons. This method must be done more often since just as with curling irons the heat only is effective for a day or two depending on the natural curliness of your hair. In the long run this method is probably the best one to straighten your hair and keep it healthy and vibrant.

History of Hair Extensions

June 16, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Believe it or not but hair extensions go as far back as the Egyptian days. They were worn by both genders for cosmetic adornment. In addition to cosmetic vanity, wigs served another purpose as well, to avoid infection of head lice. Egyptian men shaved their head but wore wigs to protect them from the different elements.

Fake hair for women became frowned upon after 1800 and women wore hair more naturally. In the early 20th Century Edwardian women wore false hair additions to create the pompadour hairstyle, shown below.

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Fake hair returned once again with the elaborate “Appollo Knots” of the Romantic era, shown below.

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Later human hair additions were used so extensively in the mid Victorian era that 51,816 kgs of fake human hair were sold in France in 1871 and 102,900 kgs in 1873.

By the 1920′s less hair rather than more was considered “in”. In the 1940′s long natural hair like that of Lauren Bacall was one of the few remaining luxuries a woman could indulge in.

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Lauren Bacall

Many eons later Asian countries learned to process and manufacture hair extensions to be sold all over the world. Like now most of the wigs and hair extensions were made of human hair, the main difference was the way they were worn by each individual. Wigs were coated ith beeswax or plant resin to adhere to the scalp. Now, we have fusion techniques, clip on hair extensions and strand bond weaving, back in the day, they were fastened with a thread to the wearer’s natural hair.

Extensions were worn mostly by the very wealthy who could afford the cost and sit still for about 12 to 15 hours . Others followed when they saw what was possible when hair extensions were applied in a glamorous way. In particular black women used hair extensions to improve upon hair texture that some found difficult to tame. It became common to see pop singers sport a wide range of looks that centred around hair extensions.

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So you see we have come a very very long way with what we can do with actual human hair. It’s quite amazing knowing that the Ancient Egyptians were doing it long before we even knew what they were. Till next time Good Luck,

Niki

Fusion Hair Extensions

June 13, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Fusion hair extensions is a method used to place hair extensions in hair. There are different ways of fusing the hair, each method can offer different advantages and disadvantages.

Hair extensions can be attached to your head in many different ways, including gluing, tubing, sewing, and clipping on. Different methods have different advantages. The method you choose will depend on many factors: your hair, your lifestyle, your budget, and your needs, for starters. If you are looking for a long-lasting, natural-looking hair extension, though, consider one of the fusion methods.

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Hot fusion iron.

Fusion hair extensions can be applied in two different ways. Hot fusion and cold fusion. The application of the hot fusion has its advantages and disadvantages. Hot fusion can usually allow the hair extensions to last up to 4 months.

Cold fusion is a new method that is gentler on your hair. As this method uses no heat, it is good for fine or thin hair. The polymer offers more flexibility than hot-glue, and results in a more natural-feeling of the hair extensions. For cold fusion hair extensions, many hairdressers use SoCap extensions and a clear bond. These extensions can last up to six months.

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fusion hair extensions

So keep your eyes open once again as we will soon be adding fusion hair extensions to our collection of items for sale. Till next time Good Luck,

niki

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