2010 hairstyle trends include lots of volume, 50′s inspired styles, braids of all sorts as well as sleek ponytails.
The bob hairstyle is still a hot hairstyle trend for 2010 however this year it gets a little edgier also, shoulder length bobs are making a hit.
Smooth, sleek hair of all lengths will also be seen a lot in 2010 and creating smooth, shiny strands is simple using a flat iron.
Create soft, smooth waves using your curling iron and this year make sure you have a set of hot rollers on hand to pump up the volume in your hair and add movement and texture.
For inspiration you can check out 2010 Celebrity Hairstyles for the latest in hair trends.
Fergie is looking pretty good on the Dec. 2009 issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine! Her hair looks shiny and smooth yet with a touch of rocked out waves.
- Apply an anti frizz styling product to damp hair and blow dry hair using a diffuser. If your hair is curly, straighten it as you dry it.
- Part hair slightly off center.
- Using a large barreled curling iron, curl random sections of hair. Leave out the ends of hair so that they go in different directions.
- Flip head over and lightly brush out curls with your fingers so that you have waves.
- Using a texturizing balm mix it with a pea sized amount of shine serum and work through strands of hair to create shiny, piecey waves. Smooth roots with the excess product on your hands being careful not to apply too much product at the roots as too much will make hair look oily.
*photo courtesy of cosmopolitan.com
For the most part using a flat iron to gorgeous smooth hair is relatively easy, it is not exactly rocket science to run your hair through the plates of a straightening iron to get the look you want. But getting salon quality results on that look is another story since the pros have some tips for getting hair absolutely smooth that someone just running the hair iron through their hair may not know. Of course anyone can learn these flat iron styling tips once they know what they are and put them into practice.
Knowing to ensure that your hair is completely tangle free and to use divide it off into sections using clips can greatly increase the effectiveness of your hair iron and help get the absolute smoothest results. Also make sure you are using the right temperature on your hair iron. Too low will not straighten effectively while too high will damage the hair and maybe even potentially burn the scalp. Plus using the right hair products from shampoos to conditioners and hair sprays can not only help the hair iron get better results but also to keep your hair healthy despite the styling demands you place on it.
If you are looking for a hair straightening iron that is getting rave reviews from everyone who uses it than consider purchasing one of the Paul Mitchell Irons. These irons are getting five star ratings from professional hair stylists as well as just average women who are buying them based on a salon experience. The overwhelming response to these hair irons is their ease of use combined with outstanding results with exceptionally smooth hair.
These straighteners are made with solid ceramic heaters for quick heat as well as perfectly even distribution of that heat throughout the entire iron. With a temperature capability of up to 400 degrees and a variable control for you to dial in just the right amount for your particular hair you are guaranteed a perfect straightening job every time. The secret behind that silky smooth finish is negative ion neutralizing the charge in your hair. This gets rid of that static electricity that makes your hair frizz and flyaway out of control. The beveled edges on the plates are perfect for ensuring you get a smooth finish and are also great if you want to try and create some wavy style in your hair to make you Paul Mitchell iron an even more versatile tool in your styling tools.
It you have been paying any attention to the latest news and development with hair styling tools you will have heard the term –tourmaline. Tourmaline is the latest in styling developments and hair straighteners with tourmaline have become the latest and greatest tool to have in your arsenal.
What exactly is tourmaline? Tourmaline is a mineral that occurs naturally in the environment. In its natural state, tourmaline is a beautiful crystal formation that is quite striking. The great thing about tourmaline is that it is a natural source of negative ions and when it becomes heated it reacts by emitting those negatively charged ions.
So why is tourmaline used in hair straighteners? That’s a great question. Because tourmaline is a source of negatively charged ions it emits those negative ions when it’s heated. Because a hair straightener is a source of heat, there are a great deal of negative ions emitted. Those negative ions are extremely beneficial to the hair because they actually enter the hair shaft and smooth hair down.
Negative ions are responsible for creating healthy, beautiful and shiny hair. The negative ions affect your hair by keeping it straight longer, and by smoothing the hair shaft the hair looks not only straight, but healthy and shiny as well. So you don’t have to worry about that over processed, frizzy look that some hair straighteners give you.
The other great thing about tourmaline is that it dries and straightens your hair faster. Because of the concentration of negatively charged ions, the hair is straightened much faster which means less time in the styling chair which ultimately means your hair will be exposed to heat and styling tools for much shorter periods of time. Another great reason why a tourmaline flat iron is a great idea! If you don’t have to expose your hair to styling tools for long periods, it will stay healthier longer.
Hair straighteners with tourmaline are definitely the latest and greatest in hair styling technology and for good reason. If you are in the market for a hair iron that will straighten your hair while keeping it looking healthy and beautiful, you must check out an iron with tourmaline in it.
The most versatile tool a woman can include in her hair styling arsenal is a ceramic hair straightener. These hair tools are perfect for taming unruly hair, creating smooth hair, and even putting some curl and waves into your hairdo. Ceramic hair straighteners are fairly inexpensive and by purchasing this handy tool you can save yourself some money by not having to buy a curling iron as well since straighteners can also curl hair with a little time and practice. This will also keep your vanity from becoming cluttered with hair styling tools so you will have room to work and for other things you may need.
There are so many hair straightening flat irons on the market it can be a little confusing when you decide you would like to add a this professional beauty tool to your hair styling bag of tricks. Buying a flat iron is actually not that complicated once you understand all of the technological terms and the materials used in the construction of hair straightening tools.
A hair flat iron is essentially a couple of metal plates, which heat up, and the heat is applied to your hair to remove frizz and curls. Drug store straighteners are usually made from lesser metals such as aluminum while professional hair straightening tools are use better quality materials such as titanium hair straightener. A higher quality metal does a better job at heating up and evenly applying the heat to your hair so to easier and more effectively straighten your hair.
Many professional flat irons use ceramic ionic technology as well to ensure not only smoother hair, but also less damage to your hair as a result of styling. Negative ions will help your hair maintain its own natural moisture during the straightening process and will result in less frizz and more straight smooth hair from your efforts.
I wanted to do a quick post on how to use a hair straightener because I get quite a few emails from customers asking how to get the best results from their Karmin Professional Flat Iron. Also, I occasionally come across someone who has never used a hair straightener before so this is for those of you who want to know how you can use your hair iron to it’s fullest potential and get the best results every time!
*It is important that you know a few things before using your hair straightener, such as having clean hair and using a heat protectant to prevent from heat damage.
Once you know what you need to do before you start, you’re ready to use your flat iron! Turn it on to the desied temperature and as it heats up follow step 1.
Step 1. – Section clean, dry hair and pin up with hair clips.
Step 2. - Taking your flat iron in one hand, grab a 1″ section of hair from the first layer and starting as close to the roots as your are comfortable with, put the section of hair between the plates clamp your iron onto the hair. Slowly glide the iron down the section until you reach the ends of your hair.
Style tip - If you have super curly hair blow dry hair straight before using your flat iron and follow hair straightener on the section of hair with a comb to help smooth hair as you straighten it.
Style tip - If you want a super straight look, keep the iron straight and let the ends come out from the iron. If you want a bit of a flip at the ends twist the iron in a flipping motion either direction when you near the last inch of hair. Twisting the iron out will flip hair out, whereas flipping it in will flip hair under.
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How To Flip Hair
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Step 3 - Continue Step 2. over the rest of your hair, section by section. After completing one layer, let down the next and so on.
Step 4 - When you have completed your entire head of hair you can touch up any needed areas.
Step 5 - When you have your desired look set hair with an anti-frizz shine serum or flexible hold hairspray.
Style Tip - If this is your first time using a hair straightener and you are a little intimidated, try using the iron with the heat off or very low to get a good feel for the iron.
You may think a hair dryer is just a hair dryer, however this is just not true! There are many benefits to using a professional hair dryer!
A professional blow dryer may cost you a little more than a regular hair dryer, however the difference in results are well worth the extra cash! Professional dryers come with many different features which will provide different results yet the main goal is a faster drying time and healthier, shinier, frizz free hair.
Some of the choices in Professional Hair Dryer Features may include;
- Ionic hair dryers – Negative Ions work to eliminate frizz, dry hair faster and smooth hair.
- Tourmaline hair dryers – creating more negative ions and FIR heat, Tourmaline works to cause less damage and help maintain shiny, healthy hair.
- Ceramic hair dryers – ceramic distributes even heat, helps control frizz, reduce static and seal the hairs cuticle.
Even better, is that their are hair dryers that have all of these features in one dryer. Just as when choosing a hair straightener, you want to look for the best features and one hair tool that features as many as possible so you are getting the best hair styling tools possible!
Who doesn’t want to know how to get smooth, shiny, silky, frizz free hair?
I sure do and I’m certain you do too!
If you have a good hair straightener your results should be smooth, shiny hair that is frizz free and healthy looking. What causes these results are the negative ions released during straightening your hair. All flat irons will be different and some may emit more negative ions than others but along with some other hair styling products you can get shiny silky hair using your hair iron.
Heat Protectant Styling Aid – Not only is this a must have hair product if you are using a hair iron, curling iron or blow dryer but choosing the right one can help you achieve the silky, smooth and shiny results you want.
Some great products include;
Sexy Hair Concepts Smooth & Seal – fights frizz, humidity and leaves hair super shiny and smooth.
Redken Styling Satin Wear – reduces breakage and friction, leaves hair silky and shiny.
Bumble and Bumble Styling Lotion – strengthening vitamins help to reduce breakage, lightweight and leaves hair shiny and manageable.
Frizz Ease Thermal Protection Hair Serum – minimizes color fading ads shine, protects against heat styling and UV exposure.
Some natural ways to add shine to your hair include;
Strawberries and Mayonnaise – make a hair mask by mashing 8 strawberries and mixing with 1 tablespoon mayo and apply to clean damp hair. Cover hair with a shower cap and then a towel warmed in the dryer and leave on for 15 -20 minutes, rinse, shampoo and condition hair as normal. Leaves hair super glossy!
Brunettes & Red Heads – add a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to your rinse water for super shiny locks.
Blondes – add a few table spoons of lemon juice to rinse water to add shine.