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The Best And Worst Products To Use

July 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Whether you’re styling or washing your hair, there’s always some kind of product that you use to get the job done. For example, you use shampoo and conditioner when you shower and hairspray when you style your hair. Although you might think it’d be hard to mess up showering or styling, some people actually use the wrong products for their situations and end up with a rat’s nest of a head. Think about it before you prep your hair for the day on which product to use. Even the specific brand of a certain product can mess up your styling process.

Now depending on the results you’re looking for, you might find one product that will do better than the others. For example, I looked for a brand of shampoo once that would make my hair smell fresh and clean, not like sweat and dirty. For this kind of result I used Garnier Fructis shampoo and conditioner. These are great for giving your hair that fresh and fruity smell when you need a clean start. It’s also a great way to keep colored hair looking its best. You hair will look freshly dyed for weeks if you use the specialized shampoo from Garnier. I wouldn’t depend on this brand for volume or damage repair though.

One of my favorite brands for protection from heat when I use my hair straightener is Tresemme. This brand is so focused on keeping your hair strong that you can trust their products will be the best. When I use the heat protection spray I love how lightweight it is. It’s almost as if you never sprayed anything in your hair-the only thing it leaves behind is a fresh scent. There’s no greasy look to it, it’s not heavy in your hair and it does a great job at protecting my hair.

Going back to the shower, my favorite kind of shampoo to keep my hair in good shape and repair any breakage comes from Pantene. This is definitely one of the best brands out there today because it’s so trustworthy. This company recently came out with new sets of products that help against specific things. One set that I love to use is the breakage to strength line of shampoo and conditioner. There are other products in this line but I mainly use it for my hair in the shower only because I am hooked on products from other companies when it comes to styling products.

My favorite brand of hairspray is Redken. This is a very high end brand of hair products that lots of celebrity stylists use. It’s so popular that I can barely afford a whole line of it so I stick with just the hairspray. I’ve never seen a certain spray with so much hold in it. If you’re looking to keep a style all day through, I can guarantee that Redken will not let you down. I used to poof my hair for school and from 7 AM to 4 PM  I knew I could trust this brand to keep my hair in that poof. Although the scent is very strong and not so pleasant it does the job and I would recommend it to anyone.

So wether you’re using your hair straightener, your curling iron, you’re showering or just looking for something to make your hair smell good, use these varieties of products and you will not be let down. It’s not always true that a certain brand can work perfectly for every hair need you might have. Try a good variety like these and you’ll always do great with keeping your hair looking in tip-top shape.

John Frieda Knows Hair

June 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

We’ve all seen the hair products on the market for John Frieda. His products are usually for some kind of frizz control and to help tame the beast in our hair. Lots of women buy his special serums over any other frizz products because of the name behind the product. Why wouldn’t you buy a product from one of the most well-known and knowledgeable hairstylists in the world?

Although Frieda’s most popular products are mainly focused on frizz, it doesn’t mean he just works with frizzy hair. As a stylist, he knows he must be well-rounded in many areas of hair like cutting, coloring, repairing, etc. So where does he begin with helping his clients? The expertise and how to get to perfection of course.

One of John Frieda’s most popular products is the serum for frizz. He began with this line because of the amount of humidity in the air and the amount of frizz women experience. It can be extremely frustrating when you try to use a straightener and all you get is a bunch of strands poking out every which way your hair falls. Frieda realizes no one wants their hair to look like that so he came out with not only a serum, but a whole line of products to help control frizz. That line now contains a shampoo, conditioner, a heat protection spray, and a lightweight spray to prevent frizz for days.

Another reason Frieda has so much fame is thanks to his line of products called Sheer Blonder. This line creates a new look for women whose roots are too overpowering for their blonde locks. Many women are looking to go lighter when summertime leaves. You see, in the summer women can easily sit in the sun and let it lighten up their ends as well as their roots. However, some need a little boost and that’s what these products are for. The whole package includes shampoo, conditioner and a lightening spray which can be applied before you use your straightener. 

There are many kinds of lines from the John Frieda collection and they all have different goals. Whether you need a little help with styling, lightening up, repairing damage, or preserving colors, there are many different products that will match what you need. You can always trust John Frieda, the expert stylist for all things hair when you’re looking for great styles.

Hair Care Shampoo

May 16, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Buying the right shampoo is easy. It’s when you take it home and find that what you thought it would do it doesn’t that makes it frustrating! Ph balance again is important but no shampoo is going to “fix” your hair. Read the label before you buy, is it for your hair type? When you do use shampoo use the amount that is right for your length. If you have really long hair I suggest using twice as much than you would for shoulder length hair (about a toonie for shoulder length).

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When shampooing always massage into your scalp with your fingers, not nails and let the shampoo run through the rest of your hair while you are rinsing. This will prevent your hair from becoming to dry. Do not shampoo your hair everyday, your hair has natural occurring oils that are good it. I realize hair that is thin and fine needs to be washed more often, but this is the worst thing for this kind of hair. If you can, on the second day try to put your hair up instead of washing it. If you do not use too many styling products on day one of shampooing, your hair will not look as oily on day two. This Paul Mitchell Clarify product is a good choice to start the routine of washing every two days

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Paul Mitchell’s Clarify Shampoo

Try to stay away from products that are a shampoo and conditioner in one. Do you notice that some people can go days without washing their hair and it still looks healthy and shiny? Well I know it is a little depressing for those who cannot, but after you shampoo every second day instead of everyday your hair will start to be “okay” with this. The first little while your hair may still look a little oily at the roots but this starts to diminish. Also to avoid excess damage make sure you use your styling tools, ie: hair straightener, curling irons and blow dryers at the correct setting for your hair. Too hot, more damage on thinner, finer hair types.

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Till next time, Good Luck

Niki

Professional Hairstyling Tips

May 8, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Here are some tips for various kinds of hair types:

For thin hair always use a volumizer, you should choose products that will specify that it wont weigh your hair down. Wait until your hair is almost dry and blow dry upside down. Do not use your hands to shake your hair while drying, this tends to make hair look frizzy once your done.

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Pull your roots out with your fingers or a brush, firmly, hold the blow dryer to the roots for a few seconds, then take the blowdryer away and still holding onto your roots (almost pulling) let your hair cool down before letting go. Do this all over, tugging at your roots and holding hairdryer to them. This will give you volume from the root.

Try coloring your hair, this will give volume, manageability and body to fine thin hair. There are a ton of different colors to choose from and you could always just go with highlights or streaking. (your hair!)

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For reviving a perm in between perms try using a curl enhancer.

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This look can be achieved by using Aveda curl enhancer, a hair diffuser, ( which is used to blow dry curls that will not seperate them while drying) drying upside down and scrunching.

For thick frizzy, wiry type hair I would suggest using a defrizzer or shiner, a straight iron will also help to flatten, smooth and gives greater control. Bumble & Bumble is just one of many different brands for helping tame frizz.

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Although I do not normally suggest buying products from a store I recommend only one if you do and that is Sunsilk. I have said it before and I will say it again, “I have had nothing but good come out of using their products.” They have a whole product line for this type of hair, shampoo, conditioner and defrizzers.

Most products from the store are watered down and contain wax. Next time you shampoo your hair put a little baking soda in with it and wash normally. You will feel a huge difference in your hair because you just stripped all of the store bought products out of your hair. But DO NOT USE if you have to go out, you will have what looks like dandruff but is in fact flakes of all the stuff that we call wax coming out of your hair. Do the baking soda method a few times until you do not see any flakes. Unbelievable isn’t it?

Salon products are concentrated and are PH balanced for your hair. A normal ph balance is around 5.5.

To keep your hair in the style that you like, you must see your hairdresser regularly. A good haircut must be maintained and I suggest not waiting any longer than 6 weeks between visits. Until next time…Good luck!

Niki

Hair Straightening – How to Keep Curly, Thick & Coarse Hair Straight

April 4, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

For those with curly, thick and/or coarse hair, straightening your hair is one thing, keeping it straight is another. By following a few professional hair style tips you can help manage curls and get straightness that lasts much longer.

1. Use a relaxing shampoo & conditioner.

2. Rinse hair with cool water to seal the hairs cuticle and fight frizz which is common with curly hair.

3. Choose a heat protectant styling aid that also works to relax the hair such as a straightening balm or relaxing cream.

4. Dry hair straight using a blow dryer with a concentrator nozzle, a paddle brush and do 2″ sections at a time, starting with the bottom layer of hair and working your way up to the top layers of hair.

5. Make sure hair is completely dry by going over your hair with your dryer on the cool air setting. If hair feels cold or damp to the touch then it is not completely dry. For the best results you want your hair to be completely dry.

6. Section hair into layers from bottom to top and starting with the bottom use a professional hair straightener to straighten 1-2″ sections at a time. Go slow and on the highest heat setting recommended for your hair type. Repeat until entire head of hair is straight.Touch up any sections that are not completely straight.

7. Once hair is straight, finish the style with a anti frizz shine serum, finishing spray or hair spray.

Products to consider;

Herbal Essences Dangerously Straight Shampoo, Conditioner

& Finishing Spray

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TIGI Bed Head Control Freak Extra Extra Straight Hair Straightener

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Jonathon Weightless Smoothing™ Products

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