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Easy Steps for Beautiful Straight Hair

October 21, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

If you have never used a hair straightener before, you might be a little bit overwhelmed by getting the look just right. Professional hair stylists make it look so easy when you are sitting there in the salon, but when you get home it can be very tricky trying to handle the iron, and the spray at the same time. Not to mention the combs and brushes.

 

So is there a simple way to achieve the straight hair that you want? Absolutely. All it takes is a little know how and some practice. Before you even attempt to style your hair like the professionals, you need the proper tools. You will need a blow dryer, preferably one with ionic technology because it will dry your hair faster and with less damage. You will also need a hair straightener, if you’re looking for straight, shiny hair.

 

When you purchase a hair straightener, look for one with ceramic or tourmaline plates or a combination of both. These hair irons will give you the best result and will not damage your hair like cheaper irons made with glass or metal plates. Using a hair straightener that is poor quality is only frustrating because it will not work as effectively and it will damage your hair in the long run.

 

Before you can attempt to straighten your hair, it must be dry. Comb out your hair to remove any large tangles with a wide toothed comb. Never brush wet hair, it only damages and pulls your hair resulting in broken hairs. Aim your blow dryer down, to close the hair cuticle as you dry. This will help your hair lay flatter and look smoother. Once your hair is dry, you can begin the straightening process.

 

It is usually a good idea to use a thermal spray on your hair as you are styling it. A thermal spray will give your hair added protection and will help your hair look its best, resulting in shiny, healthy looking hair. Be sure however that you only use a light mist of the product instead of a heavy spray. If you apply it too heavily it will feel sticky and look clumpy which is not the look you are after.

 

Divide your hair into sections for easier styling. Always start at the back, with the undermost side of hair. Mist the hair lightly with the spray and take a small section in your hand. Some people like to use a comb while they straighten, but others find this clumsy. It’s up to your preference. Starting at the crown of your head, clamp the iron over the hair and very gently slide the iron down the length of your hair. Depending on the thickness of your hair and how much hair you put in the iron at once will depend on how long you need to hold the iron on the hair.

 

Continue straightening each section around your head, remembering to apply the thermal spray before each pass of the iron. Finish at the front of your head. When you are done, you may want to apply a straightening balm that will provide shininess and smooth out any bits of hair that are sticking up.

 

The final result is beautiful smooth, straight hair that looks and feels healthy and beautiful. If you want flips and curls in your hair as well, you can achieve that with your hair straightener as well, but that’s a lesson for another day.

Do They Make the Cut? The Case for Quality Shears

October 7, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Most people go to a hair salon to get their hair cut or styled. But there are a few that like to do it themselves, or maybe just do the occasional bang trim or split end clean up without the hassle of a trip to the salon. If you even occasionally cut your own hair, trim your bangs or maybe take the scissors to your child’s hair – you should really invest in a pair of good quality hair scissors.

But my kitchen scissors do the job just fine. Why should I buy scissors just to cut hair?

The easy answer to this question is – why shouldn’t you? What do you use your kitchen scissors for? If you’re like most people, you probably use them for cutting wrapping paper, opening plastic bags and packages, and maybe even cutting plants. Do you really think that those will be the sharpest, best scissors for the job of hair cutting? No.

When it comes to your hair, you deserve to treat it right. After all, your hair and your appearance is one of the first things that people notice about you and if you present yourself to the world with shaggy, damaged hair that looks like it’s just been chopped with a pair of kitchen shears, what does that say about you?

Quality hair shears sport extremely sharp blades that give you precise, clean cut that won’t leave your hair looking damaged. Just using a pair of poor quality scissors once can give you split ends, tear your hair and give you an uneven cut, so even if you plan on only occasionally cutting your hair, you should invest in a pair of hair scissors so you no longer need to share with the kitchen drawer.

So what should you look for when it comes to quality scissors? Well, obviously price is an indication of a good pair of scissors, but it doesn’t have to be the only factor. If you only need hair shears for occasional use, you don’t need to break the bank. What you should look for is a sharp set of blades. An accurate cut depends on perfectly sharp blades. Generally for occasional trims, you won’t need any fancy blades such as beveled or convex blades; straight blades should be just fine.

You will want a comfortable handle and grip. This is especially important if you’re a lefty. There are specific hair shears designed for left handed people, so be sure that you find a pair that works for you. You aren’t doing yourself any favors if you cannot properly hold the tool. Thumb grips are largely a personal choice; many are removable and can be changed out.

Quality hair shears range in price anywhere from $60 to over $500, but you don’t have to go all out with your first pair. Starting with student shears is a great way to get a feel for what you need in a pair of scissors for a less expensive price. Also, if you are only using them occasionally – you likely don’t need the top of the line. However, remember not to sacrifice quality, even for occasional use. A quality pair of scissors will give you an even, precise cut without damaging your hair. Also, they will be comfortable and extremely durable. Quality is important, because your hair is worth more than the same pair of dirty scissors that you keep in your junk drawer!

Avoiding Split Ends

September 10, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

No matter what your hair type or even your desired style the one thing every woman has in common and dreads the same is split ends in their hair. Split ends occur when the protective cuticle around the hair ends is damaged or removed. When women have split ends in their hair it tends to look frizzy as well as unhealthy and not clean.

There is some confusion on what exactly causes split ends and by not understanding how you get them you cannot effectively avoid them in your hair. Some of the causes are prolonged heat exposure from poor quality hair irons, extreme temperatures, chemicals, and poor haircuts with dull hair cutting tools.

Of course long ago women would burn the split ends to remove them from their hair. Though this works, this is not the recommended way to get rid of split ends from your hair. There is no hair products that will magically make split ends go away so cutting them off is your best bet to get them and encourage new healthy growth in your hair. This should be done with sharp professional hair cutting scissors so that you get the smoothest cleanest cut to begin again with fresh healthy hair.

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