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Hair Appropriate For Professional Pictures

June 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Special events like weddings or senior pictures deserve a special outfit and hairstyle. When you look your best, pictures look most presentable. Face it, you don’t see a picture of a graduate wearing sweats, hair in a ponytail and glasses with no makeup. That’s not normal for a picture that means so much in the long run. Some of the best pictures are taken when hair looks its best, ask any girl. It truly isn’t hard to style your hair for special event pictures, you just need to know the appropriate styles for them and how to achieve those styles.

As a senior in high school, you have so many responsibilities and things to prepare for. One of the items on your agenda are your senior pictures. Most kids get theirs taken about the summer between their junior and senior year in high school. This is a time where students look their best for a few pictures to be displayed at their graduation party and also to give out as memorabilia to friends and family. Obviously kids wouldn’t want to be known for looking sloppy and as if they don’t care. That’s why senior pictures are so important- teenagers want others to remember them in ten years as looking sharp, not sloppy.

The most appropriate hairstyle for a senior picture would be to just straighten it and let it hang over your shoulders. It looks the most professional and it won’t be too over the top. You could also curl your hair but typically when your hair is curled, you can have a little more frizz and flyaways that can stand out. When you use a hair straightener, you are more less likely to have those stubborn stray hairs showing in your pictures.

Weddings are the exact same way, except even more important. It doesn’t help to have an awful hair day on the biggest day of your life. Women want to look absolutely stunning in their wedding pictures and why not? In ten years when you and your husband look back at the pictures, you’ll want to think, “Wow we made great memories that day” after seeing a beautiful style surrounded by gorgeous makeup and perfect hair. You don’t want to be thinking “Remember how awful that day was because my hair kept falling out?”

For a wedding day, the appropriate style to sport would be an updo. To keep all that hair out of your face and look the most glamourous, you definitely need to have a high bun or some kind of style to keep hair clear of your face. Most importantly, your best features are in the face- your eyes, your nose, your cheekbones. And when you let your hair hang in your face on the most important day of your life, those beautiful features are hidden.

These are just a couple of those important events in life where you should actually care what you look like. Some might say “oh it’s just a picture!” but it’s true when they say that a picture is worth a thousand words. What you look like in your pictures can reflect how that day went or how you acted at that time.

A New Way To Style Hair

May 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

During the summertime, the dark get darker and the blondes get blonder. Hair begins to change quite a bit when the sun shines during the day and I don’t mean the cut. For those who have a harder time getting their hair to gain better style in the summer, there are easy ways to solve that problem.  There are plenty of ways to change up your look in the summer. You can lighten things up or mix up the texture to match the hot weather. Surprisingly, you can do so without the use of hair shears!

For those who have darker hair, getting your hair to lighten up isn’t always easy. With the help of some home solutions, you can do it. Begin by grabbing a simple spray bottle that you would use to dampen your hair. Empty any liquids from the bottle that may be inside and replace the liquid with lemon juice. You can find this at any grocery store and it doesn’t have to be real juice from real lemons- just buy it in a container. Next you’ll want to add water to your spray bottle to mix up a solution. If you don’t add water, the juice itself will dry out your hair and cause severe breakage because of the strong amount of acid in the juice. After you have your solution mixed, you are ready for some fun in the sun! Spray it throughout your hair and enjoy this home remedy which will lighten your hair in no time!

If you’re ready to mix up your style for some fun in the sun, grab your spray bottle again. With this home solution, you can get a beachy wave look without having to actually go to the beach. Your solution will consist of salt and water and that’s all! It’s a very simple process too- some people add some sort or product as they do this so they can get a little bit of hold to keep the waves all day but it’s not necessary. Mix up your salt and water very well in your spray bottle so that everything is in an even solution. Next bend over and flip your hair upside down so you can scrunch it right. Spritz your salt water solution evenly throughout your hair and begin scrunching sections of the hair. This is perfect because it’s just like you stepped out of the ocean with beachy waves.

Now that you know the tricks to get great hair, try them out at home. Your hair will thank you when you style your hair each day and get compliments from others. However, whether you lighten your hair or make it wavy, you do need to make sure you use water  with each of the two at-home solutions. If you don’t add water, lemon juice and salt can both damage hair permanently. As long as you dilute each solution slightly, you should be safe to get your hair in style for the summer- and without the use of shears!

How To Avoid Ponytails

May 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

When you walk into a room wearing a sloppy ponytail thrown on top of your head, everyone can tell what your thought process was that day. You either didn’t feel like taking time to style your hair or you woke up late and didn’t have time to do anything but throw it up quick. Whether this is true for you or not, it is true for a lot of women. Face it, ponytails are the easy way out when we don’t straighten or curl our hair. When you do this to your hair it isn’t necessarily ugly looking but it doesn’t always look as professional as your hair looks when it’s down and straight or curled. If sleek is what you’re going for every day, then I am going to teach you ways to avoid a ponytail.

Before I get too far into it, I want to make it clear that straightening is not better wearing a ponytail. Usually it’s better to avoid straightening but when you want to change up your look every once in a while from wearing a plain ponytail, you should consider these tips. There are looks that are nicer than a bun or pony on top of your head repeatedly each day. One of the best ways to prevent this style each day is to shower at night. For some that may not make sense but it’s simple when you think about it. If you shower in the morning, you may not have time to blow dry and straighten your hair before work or school. But if you shower at night, you can wake up in the morning and go straight to styling and save yourself some time in your daily routine. Make sure that when you wake up your hair isn’t still wet from sleeping on damp hair all night. That is when the damage comes into play.

Another way to avoid ponytails is to look in magazines and online for fun styles that match the current season. In summer, braids become very popular so try a side braid that flows over the shoulder. This will look chic and will help you prevent some heat damage at the same time. Decide whether you like your hair long or short for this next tip because if you can’t stand to see your hair at a short length then this may not be for you. My next tip for avoiding ponytails is to get your hair cut to a very short length. When your hair is chin length or shorter, you usually don’t have enough hair to pull it back into a ponytail. This tip may be a little more extreme than the others and should definitely be thought about before you just cut all your hair off. If you really wouldn’t mind having to style your hair the same way each day then go for a chop-off. But if you want to be able to do an occasional pony, my advice would be to get a cut but not so short that it can’t be pulled behind your head.

Using hair shears to avoid a ponytail style may be extreme, like I said, but some girls prefer short hair over long hair. They say it is away from their face and out of their way each day so they prefer that shorter look. Personally, the first tip I would try is the showering at night tip. It wouldn’t be as time consuming and makes the most sense to me. Like I said, every once in a while a ponytail doesn’t mean you’re a dirtbag or that you are lazy. If you style it right and make it fun and flirty, you will surely get good reactions and feedback. But if you continually wear a ponytail every day, people might think of you as boring and your look won’t be as playful as it could be.

Do You Really Need Two Straighteners?

February 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Some households have all girls in them. Some households have only one girl in them. Either way, most households own a hair straightener to style hair with each day. The trendy hairstyle has been known to be popular with girls but some guys even do it if their hair is long enough. What if you are the only girl in your household and you own two or more hair straighteners? Doesn’t that seem a little ridiculous?

Many people would beg to differ that owning more than one straightener is odd. It’s easy to understand if there were two or three or even four girls in the same household. Each of those girls could have different types of hair (thick, thin, wavy, extremely curly) and each girl may need to use a different straightener. Weird as it may sound, there are households of one girl who owns three hair straighteners. I, myself, am the only daughter left in my house but I own three hair straighteners. Of course I have my favorite flat iron over the others but they all get used just as equally as the other. But is it really necessary to own more than one hair straightener?

More than one straightener in a household of one girl, in my opinion, can be bittersweet. I don’t mind owning three at once, as long as there is room to store each of the other two that aren’t in use. Some girls don’t even use the other straighteners that are in their house; they use the same straightener everyday and let the other(s) lie in the cupboard to collect dust. This is the part that doesn’t seem right in my mind. Why own so many yet only use one; you could get money out of the unused ones!

However, one reason some girls may own more than one flat iron is because one straightener may have a feature that the others don’t. For example, one of my flat irons has a rounded edged plate that makes it easier to curl hair with a straightener. Some girls like to use straighteners to curl their hair instead of an actual curling iron, so this kind of straightener is great for them. Some irons may have higher heat settings also and can therefore straighten better than others. Variety of plate sizes are also a popular reason for multiple straighteners in one household as well.

Whatever your reason may be for owning more than one straightener in your house, it’s not a crime so who cares, carry on! It’s more fun for girls to own more than one of something so they can switch up their look everyday. Even if you’re the only girl/woman in your household, you can find more than one straightener that will help you accomplish perfect looks every single day.

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.

How Not To Straighten Hair

February 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Some women style their hair everyday, mainly because they feel their hair looks more stylish or put-together when it is straight. To keep hair smooth and beautiful from day to day, lots of women say it’s best to use the heat of a straightener everyday. This may seem smart to them but after so many days of using the straightener, they begin to notice a difference in the texture and look of their hair. It is okay to straighten your hair every so often but to avoid heat damage, read the following tips about how NOT to straighten your hair.

If you’re going to straighten your hair more than three times a week, you could endanger it. All it takes a little too much heat and your hair will become fried with split ends. One of the worst things you can do when you straighten it is to avoid using any kind of thermal protectant spray. If you go without spritzing your hair thoroughly with a heat protectant, the split end affect will become much more of a problem.

You also should never try to straighten your hair by repeatedly going over the same chunk of hair. You are supposed to split your hair into layers and/or sections when you style it with a straightener because this helps keep all pieces separate and make it easier to straighten without tangling it. After you split it you begin straightening but you must remember that you can’t go over the same area more than once. Applying too much heat for too long can seriously damage the ends by breaking them off more and more each time you go over a certain chunk.

Those are two of the main things you should avoid doing while straightening your hair, but there are a few smaller details you should remember. These include things like setting the temperature too high on the flat iron, pulling the iron straight down through the hair, and not using frizz serum after styling. Remembering these great tips can be a helpful reminder as to why we should be ever so careful when we style our hair.

Choosing Your Hair Stylist

January 14, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Women are very careful when choosing their doctor or even their tax accountant but many do not put the same thought into their hair stylist. More often than not though, they choose their hair stylist because she is a friend or maybe because she does a good job on someone else’s hair. This does not mean that the stylist will work out well for you though.

There is so much more to be a hair stylist than just having the right professional hair tools and a chair. Knowing which styles go best with which types of hair and looks that flatter the face of the client. Experience as well as listening to the client is essential to getting the look that the person in the chair wants to end up with.

Anyone can buy ceramic hair irons and professional hair scissors but it takes real talent to style hair so people look their best. Plus some stylists work best in certain areas. Some may excel at fine hair and making it appear to have more volume while others may be better at toning down really thick hair. If you are not ecstatic when you get out of the styling chair than maybe you should consider looking for a new stylist.

Best Hair Straighteners for African American Hair

December 17, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

If you are an African American, and have the notoriously difficult to style hair that is very coarse and thick, you may think that you will never be able to have straight hair, or that the only way you can achieve this style is to go through painful and long chemical hair straightening processes. But there is another way; it is possible for you too to have the sexy, sleek straight hair that you crave. All you need to do is to choose the best hair straighteners for African American hair.

Hair straighteners have come along way since the days when of metal plates, now you can get a hair straightener that will actually improve the look of your hair and you don’t have to worry about causing any damage.

The best hair straighteners for African American hair all have one thing in common. They are top quality and they utilize some of the best features that you can find in hair irons. You need to look for an iron that has ceramic plates because the ceramic plates provide a moist heat to the hair instead of a dry damaging heat. The moist heat, and far infrared that ceramic produces infuses each hair sealing in the moisture and closing the cuticle. Because each hair is affected in the straightening process, the results you get are much better and longer lasting. You will not have to worry about your style losing it’s look halfway through the day.

Another feature that you are common in all the best hair straighteners for African American hair is the addition of tourmaline. Tourmaline is a naturally occurring element that is a source of negative ions. These negative ions are the best discovery for straight hair then anything else. When the straightener passes over the hair, the negative ions infuse each hair shaft, sealing in moisture, natural oils and sealing the cuticle. The hairs lay flat against the head and have a radiant, healthy shine that you will not get with any other straighteners. Forget about the frizzy, over processed look that some African American women get when they straighten their hair. With tourmaline, this will not be a problem for you any more. You will now have beautiful, smooth and sleek hair with no need for a load of product to keep it smooth.

African American women should look for a hair straightener that has a high heat, however it is also advisable to get an iron that has a temperature adjustment on it. Typically, the thicker and coarser the hair is, the higher heat that is needed to straighten it. However, everyone has a different make up, and it’s important to consider the differences in an individual’s hair. So you may want to experiment with different temperatures before you automatically go with the highest heat setting.

There are a wide variety of hair irons out there for African American hair, and they are all gentle enough on your hair to use every day, so you can have straight hair everyday without the fuss or expense of chemical straightening procedures that can damage your hair.  

 

African American Hair is About Choice

October 20, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Almost every woman out there, no matter who you are, likes to change hair styles once in awhile. People with straight hair, like to go curly now and then, and those with naturally curly hair like to wear it straight for a change. It’s part of human nature to mix it up and try out different styles. But what if you have really hard to style hair? Does that mean that you’re stuck with the same look all the time?

 

The answer is no! African American hair is often considered to be very difficult to style because it tends to be thick, coarse and naturally curly. But even if you have this notoriously difficult to style hair doesn’t mean that you have to live with the same style every day. With the right hair products and styling tools, you can change your hair style as often as you change your clothes – as long as the mood suits you.

 

If you have dense, coarse and frizzy hair, you may be concerned when it comes to thinking about a hair straightener. And if you’ve tried an inexpensive straightener on your hair in the past you may have a very good reason to be concerned. But the technology in hair tools has grown leaps and bounds in recent years and there have been some amazing advances in hair care.

 

If you have black hair that is typically very hard to style and straighten, you don’t need to make the choice between curly or permanently straight. There used to be very little choice. You could go to the salon and spend hundreds of dollars for them to use chemicals to permanently straighten your hair, or you had to wear it curly all the time. Now, with a Karmin hair iron, you get to decide how you wear your hair every time you wake up.

 

The new advances in technology have introduced tourmaline hair straighteners which use the natural power of tourmaline to create beautiful hair. Tourmaline is a naturally occurring element that emits negative ions. These negative ions smooth the hair and close the cuticle to create beautiful, smooth healthy looking hair. Yes, even notoriously hard to style and straighten black hair is smoothed and straightened with these irons. And you don’t have to apply heat for long periods at a time either. Because these irons use far infrared technology to straighten, they dry the hair from the inside out which means you don’t need to expose the iron to the hair as long, which means – less risk of damaging your hair.

 

Even if you have already relaxed your hair chemically, but it’s not quite as straight or healthy looking as you would like, the best flat irons for African American relaxed hair is a Karmin hair iron. These irons won’t damage your hair like other irons and will give you the straight beautiful hair you desire.

 

Say goodbye to frizzy, damaged hair. By using a hair straightener with tourmaline technology, you will be able to straighten even the most difficult, coarse hair in half the time. The results will be silky, flowing hair that is healthy and shiny. And you don’t have to make the permanent decision to straighten with harsh chemicals. You can wear your hair straight one day and the next, wear your hair in your beautiful natural curls because a quality hair straightener, gives you choice.

Seeing A Style On Yourself Before Cutting Your Hair

October 20, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Getting a haircut is a commitment that you will be stuck with whether you love the style or not since once the hair is cut there is no putting it back. Thank goodness modern technology has come onto the scene to make choosing the hairstyle even easier than it was in the past. Before your hair ever comes into contact with hair styling scissors take the time to see the style you are considering on your head via one of the many computer programs which allow you to see how you will look with any style you can imagine.

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