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Heat Advantages of Titanium Flat Irons

January 16, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

It seems every hair iron on the market claims that it is made from the best materials available for the job whether it is based on ceramic, titanium, or tourmaline. Of course all of these options are great choices and will do a fine job of straightening your hair but each has its own advantages that make it a superior way to remove those curls.

Titanium flat irons are known for the amazing ability to handle the heat needed to get your hair it’s smoothest. The natural properties of titanium allow it to heat up quickly and smoothly. For a hair iron this means less time waiting on your hair styling tool to heat up so you can begin styling your hair and the plates will be heated at a even temperature. Other metals do not heat up evenly and this creates hot and cold spots that produce an uneven smoothing action so that some parts will smooth better than others. Other metals also do not get hot enough to properly straighten thick or coarse hair where titanium flat irons are far superior at heating up to temperatures that are perfect for this type of hair.

Travel in Style

November 24, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Once you have your style mastered at home, you can wake up each morning and create your perfect style without even really thinking about it. But what will you do when it comes to traveling? Do you think you’ll be able to create your style when you’re on the road without a lot of effort? For many women, the answer is no. They need to be at home with of their hair iron and blow dryer and everything at their finger tips. But just because you are traveling doesn’t mean that you cannot have beautiful hair, you just need to prepare yourself.

If you’re traveling on airplanes you must remember the latest safety rules. So you will not be able to take any gels, hairsprays or other styling liquids on the plane with you. If that’s a problem for you while you’re traveling, or you will be on some very long flights where you want to look your best, consider putting your hair in a braid, a stylish pony tail, or some other very simple and manageable style that will not need a lot of readjustment or care.

Once you arrive at your destination, your hair may experience some changes. That is because everywhere you go, the conditions will be different. There will be different temperatures, and humidity conditions to consider. For example, if you live on the dry prairies, and you travel to a tropical location, your hair will experience a big shift in humidity which means that if you have curly hair, it will have much more volume, and it may be harder for you to style initially, until you get used to the changes. Be prepared for these changes and don’t panic, you will be able to figure out how to adjust your styling techniques to account for these differences. You may even discover a cool new style for your hair.

Don’t forget that in each country, there are different voltages, which means that your hair tools may not work in other countries unless you have an adapter to help you use your tools. Sometimes the cost of these adapters can be quite high, you may want to consider buying tools in the country you are visiting if you are going to be there for awhile, or you can always readjust your style for the length of your visit.

Traveling can be a lot of fun, and a big adventure. If you feel it’s important to you and your happiness to have the exact same style everyday that you are on your holiday, then you will want to pay special attention to how you can travel with your hair styling tools safely and effectively. But another alternative would be to enjoy your holiday with a completely different style. Perhaps this means trying your hair curly while you are on holiday in a humid environment? Or maybe that means wearing your hair in braids or up styles every day?

Whatever way you decide to holiday, remember that great hair styles can happen anywhere in the world. So pack appropriately, and have fun.

Avoiding Summer Hair Damage

August 27, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

There are so many things that women expose their hair to some in the name of beauty and some just because we do not truly understand the damage which is occurring to our hair. To reduce the damage to your hair consider wearing a hat to reduce the amount of sun it is exposed to. Also consider adding a little baby oil to your hair before entering the pool to reduce the damage from chlorine. Make sure you are using the right temperature settings on your hair straightening irons and curing irons so that your hair is not exposed to any unnecessary temperatures.

Buying Curling Irons With Variable Temperature Control

August 8, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

If you are shopping for a new curling iron one very important feature you should look for is a variable temperature control. Many do not realize the importance of using just the right amount of heat to style their hair. It is important to use enough, but not so much that the hair is being overexposed to the temperatures. Various hair types need various temperatures to curl effectively. Thin hair does not need quite the hot temps that coarser more full hair needs to effectively curl. Generally off brand curling irons do not have this feature, but it can be readily found in professional curling irons.

Using Professional Blow Dryers

August 6, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Many women blow dry their hair each and every day while there are a select few who refuse to use a blow dryer unless they absolutely have to so they can avoid any potential damage to their hair. It is common knowledge that heat can be very damaging to hair especially when used often, for long periods of time, and at excess temperatures. This does not mean though that a blow dryer should not be used on your hair if you want healthy shiny tresses.

To maintain healthy hair and still have the benefits of being able to blow dry your hair instead of waiting for it to dry on its own consider getting a professional quality hair dryer. Professional dryers such as ionic hair dryers are specially designed to dry hair quickly and efficiently to reduce the potential for damage. These dryers will dry hair faster, with less heat, and are made to be used daily. Plus with the new ionic technology these dryers are even capable of adding moisture back into your hair instead of taking it out of your hair in the drying process. Do not be afraid of drying and styling your hair just invest in the proper tools so that you can do so without any damage to your hair.

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.

Something Every Parent Should Know about Allergic Reactions and Hair!

June 24, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Although I have a son and hopefully he will not be asking anytime soon whether or not he can “borrow mom’s hair straightener” I am sure that there are many moms who hear that from their young daughter. Now this is personally my opinion and I am not here to tell you what to do but I will prove my point with some actual events in this post later. I think a child’s hair is the most virgin type hair you can get. I see young girls getting their hair permed and colored even hair extensions, this is too much for a young girl…I think!

Now, why wreck such “virgin” hair? I do understand some people’s hair you can take through the ringer and still see no damage, but I think that children require an age limit where it is okay to do what they please with their hair. Colouring, perms and hair extensions not being among them…for me. Now, on the other hand, considering the Karmin hair straightener has temperatures that allow the user control of the heat to distribute, I do not see any harm, I do recommend the adult be there to either assist or do the work. I would use the lowest temperature to start with and see if this work’s for your daughter’s hair.

Now here is what I found “Googling”. There was a young girl of 14 who wanted to color her hair, she had never before done so and didn’t “think” she needed her parents supervision. Well, what incurred was a severe allergic reaction to the color and this poor girl ended up in agony with major weeping sores all over her head and a swollen face for over 10 days. hair-dye-swollen.jpg

Another girl of 13, was rushed to hospital after using a L’oreal cream hair color, she too had an allergic reaction. Her face was swollen for days also, given no photo judging by the one above I am sure it wasn’t any prettier.

And still another girl writes: After dyeing my hair I had an allergic reaction. I hadn’t done a patch test cause I figured I would be safe, I wasn’t. I ended up with second degree burns all over my scalp, neck, and ears. That was several months ago and the color has now grown out quite a bit, but my scalp has not felt the same since.

Something that should always be done is a patch test, whether or not you are coloring or getting some kind of permanent wave. Always do this at the back bottom of your head so you will not see this section if a reaction occurs and you cannot finish the rest of your hair.

Surprisingly enough still yet another girl wrote that she was “surprised” to have a reaction. “I looked like the elephant man all the way down to my chin,” “burns on the scalp as well.” I used nothing on my hair for almost 2 years after this happened.

I really could have gone on for quite some time in regards to this topic but I don’t think anyone after seeing the above photo would want to see another child in such agonizing pain. Do I need to mention patch testing again? Parents, you are required to be there, not only to inform your child of the possibility of a horrendous outcome but to let them know that yes, this can happen, even to them. I feel for these poor girls, that had to be painful, and yes, I do realize that we cannot be there all of the time but if given the chance I would show these photos to my young daughter to deter this from ever happening. Till next time, Good Luck,

niki

Keeping your Hair Healthy During Styling

June 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

The hairstyles of today can be intense and demanding on your hair with all of the styling products and heat from professional hair tools. Luckily technology has come a long way toward helping you get your hair silky and healthy despite these demanding hair styling techniques.

Of course one of the most heat intensive things you can do to your hair is curl it or straighten it using a curling iron or hair flat iron. With both of these products you are using heated metal and ceramic to form the hair to your desired look and style. In the past the ceramic plates where only coated on to cheap metal which did not heat up to temperatures with much exactness. Hair straightening irons have come along way and are now made out of better materials which not only straighten your hair more efficiently they do so with minimal damage to the hair when used correctly. Tourmaline ceramic hair irons with ionic technology help your hair by promoting the negative ions which will help lock in the natural moisture your hair has which will reduce the potential for frizzy fly-a-ways and less than perfect straightening. While titanium hair irons use this high-grade material instead of cheap metals to create irons which heat up quickly, maintain constant temperatures, and are extremely lightweight to hold.

Using Flat Irons to Straighten Hair

May 28, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

It never ceases to amaze me out some of the very curly hair in which a hair iron is able to make absolutely smooth with just a little effort. Professional flat irons can get the toughest curl and frizz out of your hair once you learn a few simple steps to use them effectively on your particular hair type.

The biggest concern on using your hair straightening iron is to use just enough heat to properly straighten your hair yet not so much as to damage it from the excess temperatures and potential drying out. For fine hair generally set your hair straightening iron at 170 – 225 degrees. While very coarse hair should be in the temperature range of 300 – 325 degrees. Hair that falls in between should be in the temperature settings in the middle with the lowest possible effective temperature being used.

It is also to start straightening your hair with the flat iron from the underneath layers and work your way to the top. On each section start at the root of your hair with the flattening iron and slowly move the tourmaline ceramic iron from root to tip to get the absolute best look. Always remember to ensure your hair is combed out and free of tangles when straightening it with a flat iron.

Tips for Getting Straight Hair

May 16, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Long, sleek straight hair is definitely a look that is in style right now and just because you were not born with those locks you can still get the look. There are several ways you can straighten hair to get out the frizz, waves, and curl to achieve smooth, straight hair. Professional hair tools such as blow dryers or hair flat irons can be used and there are even hair straightening products that you can apply to encourage straight hair.

When blow drying hair straight or using ceramic hair irons you should always use professional salon hair tools. These tools are designed to work effectively to get the job done on your locks while being safe for your hair to keep from damaging your locks in the process. Blow dryers should have not just very hot air, but also a strong flow of air coming from them to achieve good straightening. While ceramic hair straighteners should have variable temperature settings to best match your hair type and condition for the best hair straightening effects. Whenever straightening hair always use mild shampoos and strong conditioners to help keep your hair healthy and moisturized to best handle the temperatures from the hair straightening tools.

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