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How to French Braid Hair

May 20, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

French braids are beautiful, they can be worn casually for a night out with friends or be worn on your wedding day. There isn’t an event that French braids wouldn’t be good for.

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Add some hair from the left side of the head to the leftmost strand. Use your left index finger to pick up a section of hair from the left side of the

Step 1: Brush or comb the hair thoroughly, removing all knots or tangles. Comb out any part, combing the hair straight back.

Step 2:

Separate a section of hair from the rest of the hair at the place where you want to begin the braid. Make the part V-shaped, with the point of the V towards the back of your head.

Step 3:

Separate the section of hair into three strands. Strands must be completely separated all the way to the ends. One way to separate the hair into three strands is to hold the section of hair in one hand and use the index and middle fingers of the other hand to separate it into three strands, as shown.

Step 4:

Cross the rightmost strand over the middle strand.If you’re French braiding your own hair, your finger placement will depend on the size of your hands, the length of your fingers, and the thickness of your hair. This article provides some suggestions, but you may find variations that are more comfortable for you, or have other desirable results.

Hold the leftmost strand with your left pinkie while moving the rightmost strand from your right hand to your left. Shift the new rightmost strand (used to be the middle strand) from your right hand to your left.

Step 5:

Add a bit of hair from the right side of the head to the rightmost strand. Using your right index finger, pick up a section of hair from the right side of the head and add it to the new rightmost strand.

Step 6:

Cross the leftmost strand over the middle strand. Grab the rightmost strand with your right pinky, then rotate your left hand so that you can grasp the leftmost strand in your right hand. Shift the new leftmost strand to your right hand.

Step 7:

Add hair from the left side of the head to the new leftmost strand. Use your left index finger to pick up a section of hair from the left side of the head and add it to the leftmost strand.

Step 8:

Cross the rightmost strand over the middle strand. Grasp the leftmost strand with the left pinkie, then rotate your right hand so that you can grasp the rightmost strand in your left hand. Shift the new rightmost strand to your left hand.

Step 9:

Cross the leftmost strand over the middle strand. Grab the rightmost strand with your right pinkie, then rotate your left hand so that you can grasp the leftmost strand in your right hand. Shift the new leftmost strand from your left to right hand.

Step 10:

Add some hair from the left side of the head to the leftmost strand. Use your left index finger to pick up a section of hair from the left side of the head and add it to the leftmost strand in your right hand.

Step 11: Continue braiding. Cross the rightmost strand over the middle, add hair to new rightmost strand, cross the leftmost strand over the middle, add hair to new leftmost strand, and repeat until there is no more hair to add.

Step 12:

Braid the rest of your hair normally as far down as you can reach. If you have longer hair, bring the braid forward over your shoulder and braid in the opposite direction.

Step 13:

Tie a covered elastic band to ends.

Till next time Good Luck

niki

How to Use a Hair Straightener

April 27, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

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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.

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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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Super Straight Hairstyle

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How To Flip Hair

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Flipping Hair Out

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Flipped Under Hairstyle

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Flipped Out Hairstyle

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.

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Tips for Cleaning Your Hair Straightener

April 10, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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It’s important to take care of your Professional Hair Straightener if you want it to last longer and continue to work at its best. When using your flat iron residue from hair products get stuck to the plates and this can cause damage to your hair as the product will burn with the high heat when you use your iron.

Here are some Tips for Cleaning Your Hair Straightener;

1. Always make sure your iron is off, unplugged and cool before cleaning.

2. Use a soft, damp, clean cloth to wipe the plates and dry with a soft, clean, dry cloth.
3. If product is built up in the edges of your iron use either a dry q-tip or your fingernail covered with tissue or a cloth to clean the edges. NEVER use anything sharp or pointy to clean the plates on your iron as this can scratch the plates.

4. For the best results, after using your iron, unplug it, let it cool and wipe it down (as in step 1) after every use. This way you don’t have to worry about product buildup which can become harder to clean the longer you wait.

5. Read your manual for other advice on cleaning and caring for your hair straightener.

To ensure that you get smooth, silky and shiny results from your hair straightener take care of your hair iron. It is also a good idea to make sure that you know what is important before using a hair straightener to help maintain the healthiest hair possible.

How to Curl Your Hair with a Hair Straightener

April 8, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Personally, I love the way my hair straightener curls my hair. I find that when using a professional flat iron versus a regular curling iron I get longer lasting curls. Curling your hair with your hair straightener may sound strange, however it is extremely simple, fast and gives great looking curls.

There are a couple ways to curl your hair with a hair straightener, either way start with clean dry hair. For the best results use a 1 inch Professional Hair Straightener, as well as blow dry your hair straight with a paddle brush or round brush first. Always use a heat protectant before using heated styling tools.

The different methods also produce different looking curls so try playing around with the different methods to see which curl you like best and/or what method works best for your hair type.

Method 1 – Scissor Curl

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This method is my favourite, it’s quick and easy and is also a great way to add waves and volume to your hair. I use this method to add waves like the pictures above by following the steps below except instead of starting close to my roots I start about half way down my hair and by pulling my hair in different directions while rotating the iron.

1. Section your hair by layers from bottom to top and secure with hair clips.

2. Taking 1 -2 inch sections at a time clamp the hair iron at the top of the section staying about 1 inch away from your scalp.

3. Twist the iron around 180 degrees and pull the iron down the section of hair while continuing to twist the iron around. The faster you pull the iron down the looser the curl, the slower the tighter the curl will be.

Method 2 – Twist & Pull

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This method of curling creates more of a spiral like curl on your hair. Again, the faster you go the looser the curl, the slower the tighter.

1. Same as Step 1 above.

2. Take a 1 – 2 inch section of hair and hold it at the ends.

3. Place your iron over the section about 1 inch away from the roots and wrap your hair around the bottom plate.

4. Clamp plates together and glide your flat iron down towards the ends of hair while rotating the iron outwards. Keep rotating your iron while gliding it down the section until your hair comes out from between the plates.

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