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Taking Your Time To Straighten Your Hair

January 18, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Women who have had their hair straightened by a stylist think they could never get their hair to look as good as it does when they leave the salon. The one thing these women forget is the only things the stylist has they do not is a professional styling tool and experience. These are both things that you can get to do your hair at home for salon quality straight hair for a fraction of the cost, and without an appointment.

 

There are plenty of professional styling tools available including ceramic flat irons that can be purchased over the internet or at fine hair beauty supply shops. These are the same tools used by the professionals so that you have the exact same tools to get the job done just as they do.

The only other piece that a professional stylist has is experience and the only way to get this yourself is to just keep trying your hair iron on your hair and seeing what kind of looks you can get. One key thing to remember is that the stylist takes her time on each head of hair that she does and never rushes the job. Taking the time to glide the hair iron slowly and smoothly over each small section of hair is a large part of the success to getting great looking straight hair.

Choosing Your Next Pair Of Professional Hair Scissors

January 12, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

There are so many types of scissors available on the market for the professional stylist that choosing just the right pair for you can almost seem overwhelming. Of course once you know which style and type of shear is optimal for your needs and cutting style finding that type is not too hard. But for those who are starting out getting what you want to use can be intimidating.

To start with a pair of scissors need to feel good in your hand or just do not consider purchasing them at all. If the do not feel balanced and nimble you will not be able to cut hair as effectively making them a bad choice for your particular needs. Also deciding between right and left hand models should be fairly straightforward for most people. But beyond that the choices can start to get to be too much.

Important parts to look at and consider include the thumb grip, length of the blade, and blade type. There is no wrong answer with these scissors since it is a matter of personal preference. As long as the pair of hair cutting scissors you are considering are made with the finest materials so they will remain sharp the rest is up to you.

Choosing Quality Scissor Steel

November 13, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

When it comes to buying hair shears or scissors do you know what you’re doing? Sure, if you’re a professional stylist you should have a pretty good handle on this already, but do you know how to choose quality scissors? What type of steel should you choose and how often should you have your scissors sharpened? Your scissors or shears are the single most important tool that a hair dresser has, and all too often, stylists don’t pay enough attention to this very important tool.

 

What did you learn at your beauty school, or the salon where you trained? Did you learn the difference between the types of steel that are used in scissors and shears? Unfortunately, too many stylists don’t learn the necessities when it comes to shears and scissors.  And don’t you think if it’s the most important tool in the salon, you should pay closer attention to it?

 

When it comes to the steel that you use, you are going to want to choose a material that is strong and resilient because this will determine how often you have to sharpen your scissors. There are two types of stainless steel shears, 440 and 420 which is sometimes known as J2. The differences between the two types are dependent on the amount of carbon and chromium in the metals. A higher quality of stainless steel will have a good amount of both carbon and chromium because the carbon makes the steel strong while the chromium gives it resistance to rusting. So you may want to choose scissors that are made with a good combination of both.

 

Of course there are differences between these types as well. When it comes to 440 steel there is a rating system from A to C. 440A is the cheapest and isn’t very strong, 440 C is the most expensive steel but is also the strongest, and 440B falls in the middle of the category.

 

The other stainless steel J2 has a lot of chromium in it but has very little carbon which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Because the steel is soft it can be sharpened to a razor sharpness giving you a very accurate cut. This is often the steel found in Japanese style manufactured shears. These shears will often have a convex edge on them as well which gives the scissors an even sharper performance. Some shears have a titanium coating on them which increases the strength and also creates a sharper edge for cutting.

 

Be careful when you are choosing scissors and shears and ask questions about the steel type of the tool you are considering. You will have to weigh the benefits of a less expensive pair that you will have to sharpen more frequently versus a bigger cost up front. In fact, a cheaper pair of scissors will often cost you more in the long run because of the extra sharpening you will have to do. Start with a quality pair of shears and not only will your clients be happy with their cuts, you will be happy with their performance. 

Getting Your Beauty Supply Needs Online

October 15, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Once upon a time a hairstylist had to make a special trip to the beauty supply store whenever they needed any new hair tools or salon hair products. But just as the internet has changed everything else and made it easier so has shopping for the busy hair stylist. Now they no longer have to take the time out of their busy day to head to the supply store to get those items they need, now they can point and click at their convenience and have those items delivered right to their salon. This frees up the professional stylist to more important things such as keeping up with the latest looks that their clientele will want.

Choosing the Curling Iron that Works for You

October 6, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

When it comes to our hair, women all too often want what we don’t have. Lucky for us there are excellent tools available to help us achieve exactly what we crave. One of the most popular hair styling tools available is the curling iron. Curling irons are popular with women of all ages because you can achieve all types of styles and they are fairly simple to use.

A curling iron should be a staple of every woman’s hair care tool box. So when it comes to choosing a curling iron you will want to carefully consider your options and weigh the pros and cons of each one. After all, when it comes to style you want the best tool for the job and for your hair. Take a look at the following considerations when it comes to choosing an iron for you.

1) Price. Obviously the price of the curling iron is going to be a factor to consider before you purchase. And the price can range from drugstore cheapies around $10 to very high end irons which go for over $100. Remember however that price should not be the only consideration. Like with most things, you get what you pay for with a curling iron so be sure to balance the price point with the other features before you make your decision.

2) How much are you going to use the curling iron? This seems like a simple question; however it’s a very valid point. You may not want to break the bank if you’re only going to curl your hair for special occasions. Likewise, if you are professional stylist and plan on using your curling iron every day, you are going to need an iron that will stand up to repeated use and has a warranty.

3) Size does matter. What type of curl are you trying to create? Is there a particular style that you are hoping to achieve? The size of the curling iron barrel determines the tightness of the curl. If you want loose sexy waves, a bigger barrel- around 2” is probably what you are looking for. If you are trying to create ringlets or tight spiral curls, you will want a much smaller barrel – around ¾”.

Also the length of your hair will largely determine what size of curling iron barrel you choose. If you have long hair, it can handle a larger barrel size but using a 2” barrel on short hair just wouldn’t make sense. 1” barrels are probably the most common size for a curling iron, and are good for most lengths of hair.

4) Heat it up. Pay attention to the heat settings on curling irons. Some of the cheaper models will only have one setting, while others will have an adjustment. Look for a model where you can adjust the heat settings. This is important because not all hair was created equally. If you have thick or coarse hair you will likely need an iron that can be heated to a higher temperature of 180 to 200 degrees. However, if you have thin or damaged hair, a cooler temperature of 150 degrees will be all you need. An iron is useless if it burns your hair, or doesn’t get hot enough to create a curl.

5) Material madness. One of the most important features of a curling iron is what it is made of. The two most common types of curling iron materials are metal and ceramic. Metal curling irons are generally the cheaper of the three however they will often burn or damage hair if you use it every day and they may come with fewer features. A Ceramic curling iron is a better choice for protecting your hair and keeping it looking good. They are more expensive, however if you plan on using your curling iron frequently, these are definitely the curling irons to choose. They will maintain a constant even heat and will keep your hair looking smooth and healthy while styled.

With so many different things to consider, choosing a curling iron can seem like a big task. But don’t let it overwhelm you. Simply weigh all of the factors, until you determine what is most important for you and your hair.

Buying Scissors For A Good Cause

September 22, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Some form of cancer touches everyone’s life in some way, and for many women the cancer involved is breast cancer. For the hairdresser who needs a new pair of professional hair shears and wants to help support the research behind breast cancer. These beautiful hot pink sheers are not only a great way to support cancer research they are also some of the highest quality shears available for the professional stylist. Designed to not only be comfortable to the stylist who cuts hair all day they are also made with the finest materials available and will outperform most any other pair of shears available.

Using Quality Hair Dryers For Best Results

September 20, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

There is a common misconception regarding hair dryers and the health of a woman’s hair. Many feel that a dryer will dry it out and leave it frizzy so it does not look its best. Of course this can be true, but how do you explain how great a hairdresser can get hair with just a hair dryer and a brush. That is due to the fact the professional stylist uses quality dryers like tourmaline hair dryers to dry and style hair. These dryers are actually healthy for your hair and will make it easier for you to look your best everyday.

Straightening Your Hair At Home To Save Money

September 20, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

If you have ever had your hair straightened at a hair salon you know that the tools a professional stylist uses to get the curl out are some of the best available. Of course they have the best hair straighteners since working with their hair is their profession and a tool of the trade. But you too can get these quality hair straighteners and get salon straightening results at home with a professional hair iron of your own. In the long run buying your own iron and straightening your hair at home will be easier on your budget and you can get the look whenever you want.

Chi Hair Straighteners For Professional Results

September 10, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

If you have ever had your hair straightened in a salon by a professional stylist the chances are good they used a Chi flat iron on you to get that hairstyle that is in such high demand. The Chi Silver is a solid ceramic based hair iron which means that the unit is very effective at heating up quickly and evenly so you get the best possible hair straightening. The chi hair straightner with its nano silver technology is one of the irons of choice for the working professional who needs a quality iron they can depend so you know you can count on it too.

Tourmaline Ceramic Hair Straighteners

June 2, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

If you are like me you see flat irons touted as tourmaline flat irons and you have no idea what tourmaline is and you have no clue why it is a good feature to have in a ceramic hair iron. Of course as with most things new when tourmaline was first added to hair straightening tools it was only on professional hair styling tools and it was very expensive to have. But like most things once the initial hype was gone tourmaline hair irons popped up everywhere at affordable prices so you did not have to be a professional stylist to get the benefits of this feature. Tourmaline is a semi-precious gemstone, which flat iron makers have incorporated into the ceramic plates on their hair straightening tools. Tourmaline ceramic hair irons are known for their amazing ability to generate negative ions, which help your hair, retain its own natural moisture, which is extremely important when using heat to style your hair on a regular basis. This will make your hair straightening iron more effective at creating smooth silky looking straight hair with no frizz that can make you look like a star with a permanent hair dresser even though you style your hair on your own in your own home.

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