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Ensuring That Your Hair Brush Is Not Worn Out

January 29, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

There are so many type of hair brush available that choosing one can sometimes be hard. Then once you have one you like the tendency to hang on to it as long as you can kicks in which can actually end up causing you to damage your hair with a worn out brush.

A hair brush, just like a toothbrush is actually good for only so much time before you should consider replacing it with another. The optimal lifetime of a brush will vary based on many factors including; material it is made from, hair type being used on, as well as the use of the brush. A good rule of thumb is to get a new brush at the very least every year. One thing you can check is the ends of the bristles to see how worn they are. If you rub the hair brush on your arm if the bristles feel scratchy then this is a good indicator it is time for a change. Scratchy bristles mean they are pulling on your hair causing broken follicles, which result in split ends. This will give your hair the appearance of a frizzy out of control look no matter how often you brush your hair.

Like Mother – Like Daughter: Teach your kids about quality hair tools

October 24, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

They watch everything you do and imitate you, so it shouldn’t be a surprise when your children start asking you about using their own hair styling tools. The question is, what should you let them use? And when are they old enough to use hair styling tools themselves?

 

The answer to this question will vary dramatically depending on your child and their interests of course. But a general rule of thumb is to slowly introduce your child to your own styling tools when they start showing interest. You know your child best, so you should be able to gauge how responsible they are and what you should let them use.

 

A good tool to start with is the hair dryer. Because it’s fairly simple to use, even children as young as six or seven can begin using a hair dryer if they use it under supervision. It’s not likely that they will burn themselves using a hair dryer, however you should still use caution and be sure that you explain to your daughter the safety rules and things that they should be aware of. Be sure that she keeps the dryer a safe distance from her hair and uses it on a low setting.

 

As your daughter gets older and begins to take more of an interest in her own personal style, she may want to use a curling iron or hair straightener on her own. Generally when children are around ten or eleven, they should be responsible enough to handle these tools safely. Again, it’s essential that you explain to your daughter the important safety considerations. Things like turning off the tool when she’s done with it, keeping it away from any other items on the counter, being careful not to touch the surface area and keeping the tool away from water.

 

It’s usually a good idea to take your daughter to the hairstylist and have her explain to your child how to properly use the hair tool to create the style that they are looking for. This will give your daughter the chance to learn directly from the expert what she needs to do which will avoid frustration later on.

 

You may be tempted to buy your daughter a cheaper curling iron or straightening iron instead of a higher quality one. You may reason that she doesn’t need a high quality one because she’s just learning how to use it. However, think of it this way. If you purchase a high quality and more expensive tool for her in the first place – she will see better results right away, because the higher quality hair tools work much more effectively. Also, you will be helping her protect her hair because higher quality tools will cause much less damage to the hair, and in many cases enhance the health of the hair.

 

There is no point in starting her with low quality hair tools that are only going to damage and burn her hair. She’ll simply get frustrated and not be able to achieve the results that she needs with her hair. Start her out with quality hair tools and give her the education that she needs in order to achieve the beautiful hair styles that she desires.

How Often Should Scissors Be Sharpened?

October 10, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Many hairstylists often ask how often they should get their scissors sharpened as they know if they wait until the scissors do not cut as well then it is already well past time to get it done. The best hair scissors according to many top makers of professional shears will last for approximately 700 haircuts or roughly 90 days for the average user. Of course this number can be higher or lower and there is no absolute easy way to tell but for many stylists this rule of thumb works out fairly well to keep those scissors cutting their best.

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