Winter time is the best time for formal events. Long and sleek dresses, beautiful diamond jewelry, and don’t forget the big hair. Most women stick with lustrous updo’s for formal events, which can require lots and lots of pins and hairspray. Some stylists even use curlers to give hair volume and bounce. What some people don’t know, though, is that a hair straightener can even help put things together when styling your hair in an updo.
Although it won’t help give much volume, you can use a hair straightener as a tool to help weave through your strands and get the perfect silky start before you perform an updo with your hair. Some straighteners are great for this because they remove some frizz and smooth over curls that may be winding through your hair. The best part about using a straightener to start, however, is that it gives your hair a fresh look that will last all through the night. Most women who have a shorter length of bangs use a flat iron to style after their hair is already in the updo, to give the hair a classier look. If a straightener can do that on bangs, imagine the kind of work it can perform on longer strands of hair!
To begin, spritz a root lifter and a small amount of heat protectant spray. You won’t need too much of the heat protectant spray because you won’t be using your straightener to completely go over your whole head of hair. The key to this process is to remember, you aren’t straightening all of your hair, you’re only going over a few areas to give a good polished look before beginning an updo. After spraying the product into your hair, you may want to finger through and find pieces that need to be straightened. Whether they look dry or curly, your best bet is to run the straightener through so your updo won’t look sloppy. The goal is to create a sexy hairstyle, not a bird’s nest on top of your head.
To get the best look in your strands, run your straightener through the hair at a diagonal angle. Most women press the plates through their hair at a horizontal angle, which will create a dented look in the hair. The dents may not be quite as evident in an updo since all of the hair will be pressed back, but it’s still a good idea to get a smoother look. As you begin straightening more and more, you may notice that other pieces of hair look sloppy compared the newly straightened pieces. This isn’t a big deal, as the straightened pieces will cover up the not so straight strands in the end. You may run through the others but it won’t make too much of a difference in the final look.
After you have used the straightener enough and have smoothed through the hair for elegance, you may begin to pin it back into your updo. As some clients of stylists have noticed, pieces that hang out of the updo look a bit flirtier if they are curly. However, since it is the season for sexy and sleek styled dresses, your hair should match your formal outfit by being just as soft and smooth as the dress you wear. The final look of an updo looks very polished and professional when it is straight.
When most women purchase their hair straightening iron they do so with the intentions of using the hair styling tool to remove the curl and frizz from their hair. Of course these professional styling tools are designed to do just that and they get the job done perfectly. But a straightener can also be used to put volume and even curl into a hair as well when used just right.
To add volume with a hair straightener it is simply a matter of which direct you will hold your hair and run the iron to encourage volume. When you want more body and no curl in your hair after washing and completely drying your hair divide your locks into many small sections that can easily fit into the plates of the hair straightener. Then on each section you will start as close to the scalp as possible and run the hair iron over your hair slowly while pulling the section you are working on directly upwards.
Once you have done each section this way flip your hair forwards and apply some hair spray to the roots to hold the volume you just put in place. Once you get used to using a hair straightener for more than just smoothing out hair you will begin to use it almost exclusively for all of your styling needs.
Women always hear conflicting reports on just how much damage can be done to their hair with the hair tools they use to get the latest styles. In some cases it sounds like your hair will fall out if you use a hair iron daily while in others they make it seem you are actually helping your hair by using one of these professional hair tools. It can be confusing and make it hard to understand what is best for your hair.
The truth is that actually both are true and the one variable that controls the outcome is the user of the styling tool. Of course poorly made hair irons that have exposed metal are never good for your hair but with well made quality tools such as Chi flat irons you can actually help your hair and not do any damage. The results you will get with these professional hair irons will be up to the user. If the user uses the hair iron on wet hair or too high a temperature setting of course damage will occur to the hair. But with proper use irons that utilize ionic technology and other advanced materials can actually help your hair look its best and be healthier.
Winter can be very tough on your hair since the outside air gets much dryer with the colder temperatures. This will rob your hair of its own personal natural oils, which help it look sleek and shiny therefore leaving it dried out and dull appearing. Using hair styling tools that do not have variable temperature settings can only add to the drying out of your hair that the winter weather is already causing.
Inexpensive hair tools do not have a way to control the temperature on you curling iron or hair straightening tool and this causes you to use more heat than necessary to get the job done especially if you have thin or fine hair. Most professional hair styling tools include a variable temperature setting that is easy to operate so you can dial in just the right amount for the job but not so much that you dry out your winter wary hair in the styling process. When combined with a excellent hair conditioner along with proper hair care such as never going outside with wet hair and despite the dryer than normal conditions you will still look your best right up until spring and beyond.
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.
There is always one thing in the bathroom that everyone takes for granted. That one hair tool that never gets any thought. The hair dryer. It is very unfortunate that this essential tool doesn’t get the respect that it deserves, after all it is probably the most frequently used hair tool in the bathroom. It really should get some more attention.
So are you one of those people guilty of not giving your due respect to your hair dryer? Chances are good that you are. Take a good look at your hair dryer, and if you’ve had the same one for over five years, or it seems like it takes you forever to dry your hair, you should probably consider upgrading.
Many people will say, “It’s just a hair dryer, any one will do. I’ll save my money for a hair straightener or curling iron.” But this is a bad attitude, and you aren’t doing yourself or your hair any favors by ignoring your hair dryer.
Investing in a quality hair dryer is not only an investment in yourself, but it’s an excellent investment in your hair. Think about this, if you are applying direct heat to your hair everyday, that heat is going to start doing damage to your hair, drying it out, making it frizzy and dull looking as all of the natural moisture and oils are stripped from your hair. And who wants that to happen to their hair? No one. That’s why you need to invest in an ionic hair dryer that will dry your hair effectively, without all of the damage. It is not a given that you have to damage your hair when you dry it. Not at all.
An ionic hair dryer takes advantage of negative ions that are blasted onto each hair, infusing them. The negative ions act on each hair to close the cuticle, effectively sealing in moisture and natural oils. Because the hair cuticle is being closed, each hair will lay flat on the head instead of standing up which gives that frizzy, out of control look.
Another amazing feature of an ionic hair dryer is that using one actually cuts the drying time in half. Some ionic hair dryers actually dry hair up to 60% faster than a regular hair dryer. That not only means that your hair isn’t being exposed to damaging heat as long, but also that you spend less time drying your hair, and more time styling it. Getting you out of the bathroom quicker and on to your day.
When you are looking for a hair dryer, be sure to choose one that uses ionic technology and incorporates ceramic elements into the construction. It is time that you start paying attention to the most undervalued hair tool of all time. A quality hair dryer is an essential tool in any hair care arsenal and you will be pleasantly surprised to see the amazing results it will have on your hair.
Unless you have had the same hair dryer for the last twenty years, you must know that some hair dryers seem to dry your hair more effectively than others. Have you ever been staying at a hotel or at a friend’s house and used another hair dryer? Of course you have. Everyone has a story about when they tried out another hair dryer that was so much better than the one they had at home. But some people seem to think that hair dryers are all the same. These are the people who believe that a hair dryer is simply a fan that pushes hot air at you.
There is so much more to a quality hair dryer than simply a heater and a fan. And yes, you should pay attention to what type of hair dryer you are using because some hair dryers will actually damage your hair. You may have heard a lot about ceramic technology or ionic technology when it comes to a hair dryer. So what is that exactly?
Ceramic technology does not mean that the hair dryer is manufactured out of ceramics. It does mean that ceramic has been used in the process of creating the tool, utilizing pure ceramic coils instead of copper coils. Manufacturers use ceramic technology because the heat that ceramic creates is always even which means that there are no hot spots and your hair dryer will heat up quickly and evenly giving you an effective dry.
Ceramic technology is also a moist heat which means that there will not be any unnecessary drying to your hair. Using a moist heat, your hair will still dry quickly but will not be subjected to the harsh, intense dry heat that will damage it and dry it out. Moist heat helps your hair retain it’s natural moisture.
Ionic technology is the latest in hair tools and the use of negative ions for hair styling is revolutionary. Ionic technology is when negative ions are created and emitted into the hair. Negative ions have a few different purposes. When it comes to a hair dryer, negative ions actually help dry the hair from the inside –out which means that the hair will dry faster instead of drying the outside of the hair first and then repeatedly blasting it with heat to get to the inside of the hair, which will cause damage. When the hair is dry from the inside – out it not only dries quicker but there is less heat exposure to the hair which means less damage overall.
The other advantage to ionic technology is that negative ions actually close the hair shaft, allowing the hair to lay flat on the head locking in the natural moisture and oils in the hair which means that the hair will be shiny and healthy. Negative ions actually make the hair look and feel healthier than ever before. Did you ever think using a hair dryer would help your hair look healthier? It will.
Instead of wishing over someone else’s effective hair dryer, take action and arm yourself with a hair dryer that utilizes ceramic and ionic technology and you will have the dryer that others envy.
It would seem a hair dryer is a simple enough hair styling tool that it would be hard to not use it correctly, but many women do simply because they do not know better. This incorrect usage of their dryer results in lose of moisture in their hair that results in that dry frizzy look that makes hair hard to style and unhealthy looking. Cheap hair dryers are never good for your hair, as they will only dry out your hair and leave it unhealthy. The best hair dryers will have variable temperature settings and even cool shot buttons and learning how to use these properly are key to getting the most from your dryer and getting the best styles.
So the inevitable has happened, you got out of the shower this morning ready to dry your hair and your blow dryer didn’t work. Left with a sopping wet head, you probably cursed yourself for not updating your blow dryer sooner. Not only have you left yourself with a problem, and a bad hair day, but you could have reaped the benefits of a high quality blow dryer all along. Well, don’t worry. Now is your chance to treat yourself to a high quality hair dryer and you can say goodbye to bad hair days forever.
The Farouk CHI PRO Hair Dryer is the latest addition to the Farouk CHI professional hair care line, and it is the same high quality hair tool product that you would expect from the Farouk CHI line. This hair dryer not only gives you the best features that you can expect to find in a quality hair dryer, but it also helps you protect the environment because you are choosing such an energy efficient tool.
The Farouk CHI dryer utilizes ceramic coils that provide a consistent heat temperature so you don’t have to worry about your hair heating up and burning with the uncontrolled coils of lower quality hair dryers. Ceramic coils also work to produce negative ions that are extremely beneficial to your hair. Negative ions go to work on your hair to lock in the moisture and dry it from the inside – out which means that your hair will dry in half the time reducing the chance for damage. Negative ions are also crucial for minimizing the frizzies and that annoying static electricity that can occur when you’re done blow drying your hair. Instead your hair will be shiny, smooth and beautifully healthy looking.
It’s important to have a comfortable tool when you are using your blow dryer every day. There is nothing worse that using a clunky, heavy blow dryer that hurts your arm. The Farouk CHI PRO dryer is lightweight and easy to handle. It has also been ergonomically designed which means that it will be extremely comfortable to use.
If you are in a hurry in the morning, and who isn’t? You don’t want to waste your time blow drying your hair. That is why the Farouk CHI PRO dryer uses moist heat and heats up quicker, drying your hair up to 40% faster than a regular hair dryer. How’s that for a time saver? And you don’t have to worry about wasting electricity because the low electric magnetic fields (EMF) means that you can dry your hair faster which saves energy so you don’t have to worry about the environment.
Other features like a cool shot button to lock in a style, two different speed settings, a CHI diffuser and a concentrator nozzle, just to name a few make the Farouk CHI PRO hair dryer one of the best hair dryers available today. So treat yourself and your hair and try out the new Farouk CHI PRO and you’ll never go back to an old hair dryer again.
How many people do you know that have a hair straightener but aren’t getting the full use out of it? You might be one of them. It’s okay, you can admit it. Most people who have a hair straightener use it for one thing only – straightening their hair. And sure, that’s what the tool was designed for sure. But there is so much more that you can do with your tool that if you are only using it to make your hair straight, you are wasting the potential of your tool.
The first thing you need to do is start using your imagination. Sure, straight hair is nice, but just like anything else, it can get boring if that’s all you do every day. Mix it up a bit. You can use your hair iron to add fun flips to your hair, and it’s really easy to do.
The first thing you should do is straighten your hair as you normally would if it’s quite curly. Once you have a good base style, you can start adding to it. Section your hair using clips to keep the rest of the hair out of the way. Start with a small section and run the iron down to the ends. To get your hair to flip out, twist the hair iron up. To achieve a hair under style, like a bob – twist the iron under and the ends will curl under.
Continue along your head, flipping your hair out or in as you desire. Do each section one at a time, do not try to do thick pieces of hair or you may get frustrated with the results. If you want to mix up the style a bit, you can actually mix up the flips that you do. Try to do the bottom layer of hair by flipping the ends under, while you do the top layer by flipping the hair out. This creates another fun style to try out. By only flipping out or in the ends of your hair you can create a few more fun styles than the same old straight look.
Another fun style to try with your hair iron is loose sexy curls. Again, you must start by sectioning your hair into manageable pieces. Depending on how much curl you want, you can start close to the root of your hair, or half way down. This is a matter of personal preference and may take some experimenting to decide what you like the best. Take the section that you are starting with and clamp the iron down at the top of your head (or halfway down depending on where you are starting). Twist the iron around the hair 180 degrees, pulling the iron down as you twist.
You can control the tightness of the curl by how fast you pull the iron down the hair. The faster you pull down, the looser the curl will be. If you go slowly the curl will be tighter. Also, if you use larger sections the result will be looser curls versus small, tighter curls by using small sections.
The style choices are limitless by using your hair iron for different styles. The key is to experiment a little bit and have fun. Use your imagination and you won’t have boring hair styles anymore.