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March Madness – The Hair Version

March 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Spring time is here and the weather has already started showing a little preview of the humidity that comes in the summer time. This creates a little March madness in your life and I’m not referring to any basketball tournaments. I’m talking about those awful days where you wake up and your hair won’t do anything styling-wise. What choice do you have other than to just throw it up into a frizzy and not-so-hot-looking ponytail. These days are some of the most frustrating times for so many women because they may have an everyday style that they can’t perform on those days because of the humidity in the air.

Cutting back on styles isn’t very fun, especially in the spring. This is the perfect time of year to play around with styles and be cute every day of the week because everything around us is starting to wake up and show its beauty. It wouldn’t be fair to let hair just fall boring and be frizzy everyday if you have a certain plan for it. Sometimes the problem is so bad that even a hair straightener can’t help you. Luckily you can make it pretty each day by following these two tips.

One thing that most people wouldn’t think to do is avoid blow drying as much as you can. With all the humidity and moisture that is in the air this time of year, your hair already contains enough frizz. If you apply even more heat to it after showering, you will only be allowing more frizz to form and cause problems for the rest of your day. So please, do yourself a favor: save some time and some frizz by letting it towel or air dry when you shower.

To also cut down on that frizz, it helps to sleep with a pillow that has a silk case over the top. It’s great for your hair because it does wonders compared to a cotton pillow. When you sleep against cotton (especially with wet hair) your hair gets tangled and rubs up against the fibers to create even more static and frizz than with a silk pillow. Silk is a type of lint-free fabric so it doesn’t have the same fibers to attract to your hair and mess up its texture. Therefore, when you wake up in the morning, your hair will be dry and won’t contain as much frizz.

Hair is much easier to handle when it doesn’t contain frizz. There’s too much fun to experience in the summer for you to have to stay inside just to avoid humid air. These easy tips and tricks will get you one step closer to frizz-free. Do remember that your hair will still contain some frizz, these methods just help tame a good portion of the problem and won’t get rid of the entire problem.

How To Style Hair In Less Than Five Minutes

February 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Waking up in the morning a half-hour too late is one of the biggest pains. Not only is it difficult to get yourself ready for the day, the fact that you wake up late also pretty much guarantees you a bad day. The worst part about having a bad morning is that you can’t make yourself look great, right? Wrong! In just a few tricks I’ll have you ready for a day your good looks will never forget and your face will thank you for.

Forget freshly showered hair that looks stringy all day; you need hair that you won’t regret styling and will look great all day. So even if you’ve waken up way too late to blow dry and straighten your hair, you can pull it all together with one simple look. The easiest way to do this is to start with a few tools that are handy right in your own home. Grab a brush, a teasing comb, hairspray and a few bobby pins.

First you’ll need to smooth the hair down with your brush to get all tangles out. When you sleep on a pillow that is made out of material other than silk, your hair gets ratty and messy from turning your head around all night. This means your brush is your best friend and will save the day. Once you’ve run the brush through the hair, use your teasing come to give a little oomph to the crown of your hair. Do this by taking sections at a time and lifting them straight up to the ceiling, spray the base of the section with hairspray and run the comb up and down for about 5 seconds. Next, let the sections fall and comb over them to leave a smooth overlay that will still give off a poofy look.

Next take your bobby pins and comb to part your hair with. Part the hair to the side and bring a section of hair (whether it be bangs or a loose section near the face) over to the side. Twist the section of hair to give a fun and cute edge to the style and pin it back with your bobby pin(s). To finish off this extremely easy look, tip your head to the ground and give it a quick hairspray refresher and then flip the hair back up to normal. You may need to run your hands through your hair to get rid of snarly parts, but this last step is the finishing touch to give your hair a boost of volume to look as if you just got done blow drying and styling for two hours. A style (which doesn’t even call for a hair straightener, might I add!) in less than five minutes can give you a look that will last you through the day.

Everyone Has Time To Straighten

January 16, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

All too often I hear the excuse of, “But I don’t have enough time to style my hair every day.” Or, “Using hair tools takes too much time.” And to all those people who say that, I have one word to say to you…”Bologna.” It’s simply not true that styling your hair with hair tools takes too much time. And people who say that are generally people who have not ever bothered to use a hair straightener or curling iron.

I have a simple question for all of those who say that getting ready to face the day by using hair tools takes too much time, “Have you ever tried them?” For most people, the answer will be no. It’s the simple perception that hair tools take more time than simply air drying or blow drying your hair in the morning.

There are a few things that you can do to speed up your morning routine if you are truly short on time, or simply like to sleep in. I have a good friend who has very thick hair, so she washes it at night instead of the morning. This way, she simply has to get up in the morning, and run her hair straightener through it and she doesn’t need to take the extra time to dry her hair with a hair dryer every day.

This brings me to another point. Using a hair straightener is extremely easy, and you can accomplish a beautiful sleek style in only minutes. Professional hair straighteners heat up in seconds, not minutes so you don’t need to wait around waiting for your tool to come to the appropriate temperature. Be sure you choose a hair iron that uses ceramic plates because ceramic retains heat extremely well which means that you don’t have to worry about the straightener losing heat during your styling. You also don’t have to worry about hot spots throughout the plates that will burn your hair. If you really want to speed up your styling, look for a hair straightener with tourmaline. Tourmaline is a natural source of negative ions which infuse the hair locking in moisture, and creating shine. Also, tourmaline helps to dry the hair from the inside – out which means it styles much quicker.

If you blow dry your hair every morning before styling, choose an ionic hair dryer because the negative ions in these dryers works the same way – drying the hair from the inside – out, so your hair dries up to 65% faster which means you are out of the door and ready to go much faster.

When it comes to using your hair straightener, they are extremely simple to use. Simple section your hair, and pull the iron down each section. Depending on the length and thickness of your hair, you should be able to have it completely straightened in between five to ten minutes. And you get faster as you get practice.

So for everybody who says that they don’t have time every morning to use a hair straightener on their hair, I have only one thing to say. “You don’t have time not to use a straightener.” These are the ultimate time saving tools. Plus, you’ll leave the house looking fantastic!

How do I keep my hair straight?

July 31, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Many women are asking how to get their hair straight and have it stay that way. There are chemical ways to accomplish straightening that after long periods of use can cause considerable damage to the hair. Don’t get me wrong, some people are born with the advantage of strong hair that can be processed, ripped through, tugged on, heat ironed, curled to death, and blow-dried daily with minimal damage, however most of us don’t have this luxury. Many of us have weak hair where after processing of any kind can cause us to one day look in the mirror and want to scream.

For those of you who have the stronger, healthier type hair, I would suggest chemically straightening. A good stylist will be able to help you once looking at your hair and determine if this is for you. If this is not a route you want to take, a professional hair straightener is a great option. Hair straighteners give you the versatility of different heating temperatures as well as having the choice to go curly, wavy and of course, straight. There are hair conditioners and sprays that you can use to protect your hair from the heat elements for the more frequent user.

For the ones with weaker hair, chemically straightening is not preferable. I would choose a good hair straightener along with a good heat styling aid to help protect your hair from heat damage. Look for a hair iron with various heating temperatures and be sure to use a lower heat temperature with fine thin hair. To help maintain straightening results use a straightening product that helps to relax hair and then use the appropriate styling aids that are specially formulated for after hair straightening. Both salons and drugstores give you different options of products to use with straightening your hair.

Using these methods will shape your hair for the next couple days. I have heard many women tell me that after using straightening products before hair straightening, that even after a full night’s sleep their hair would still be straight! Women I talked to who did not use any kind of product before straightening found that even after a few hours of being out that the “flyaway’s” had already started. This was usually women who were out dancing or in a windy environment.

What most of these products will do is activate during the blow-dry process to help relax coarse, curly or wavy hair. Your hair will look smoother, shinier and silky while being protected and conditioned.

For best results use only small sections of the hair, start from the bottom pinning up the rest. I recommend starting all around the bottom from ear to ear. When you are finished section off a small portion again from one side to the other until completely finished. Ensuring your hair is completely dry will do less damage as well.

Damaged Hair – Repair Hair Damage

May 14, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Having damaged hair can be distressing. You spend all your money on products that promise results, you style your hair, hope for the best and still your hair looks damaged in the final process. How can you fix your hair once it is damaged? Well, we will go over some ideas to help “reduce” damage and in some cases fix it.

Do you wake up in the morning with what looks like a matted ball on the back of your head? Is your hair one length but yet after about an hour of styling you notice tons of little hairs that are shorter than the rest sticking out all over the place? These are fixable, or shall I say after putting these tips to use you will get less damage.

All people should use a silk pillow case over their pillow because this allows your hair to move freely while moving in your sleep. People with thin fine hair get the most damage and therefore require this type of pillow case at all times. When you sleep you move around a lot thus matting your hair in the back. After time this will cause damage and breakage to your hair and soon you will notice that your hair seems to be getting thinner just in the back area. You should hand wash your pillow case in cold water and hang to dry, you do not want to get snags in it which would also snag your hair after some time.

Never use elastic bands on your hair, they get tangled easily and when you try to remove them they cause breakage. When you use hair ties you should make sure that they are not bound up too tight, this causes breakage also. In some cases hair will become too damaged and require some cutting and deep conditioning treatments.

Breakage is what makes your hair look like it has shorter pieces all over and stick out every which way.

This is a close up of a piece of hair that has been broken and is splitting, ergo split ends.

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This is badly damaged hair.

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When you brush your hair always start from the bottom and work your way up, this will prevent ripping your hair and breaking it. If you have a lot of hair it is wise to use a detangler. Johnson and Johnson’s no more tangles is a good product, good enough for babies then definitely good enough for you. Spray this in and start brushing from the bottom up. Do this every time you brush, I know it is time consuming but in the long run you will notice that you have less breakage. Continue this process of “silk pillow, loose hair ties, and brushing from bottom to top” and you will notice that as your hair grows you will no longer have this problem of flyaways. Till next time Good Luck.

Niki

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