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Getting Curls With Either Curing Irons or Hot Rollers

January 25, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

For women who want to add anything from tight kinky curls to loose gorgeous waves to their hair the two most popular ways to get this done is with a curling iron or a set of hot rollers. Most women prefer one method to another and really there is no real wrong answer it is a matter of which one you are most comfortable with.

Hot rollers have the advantage of creating curls in your hair where you place them and then leaving your hands free while the heat does its magic. This can help you speed up the styling process and your probably already hectic morning. Of course with hot rollers you do sacrifice some control but they do produce consistent curls.

Curling irons offer more versatility than hot rollers in creating various types of curls as well as the placement in the hair. With a ceramic curling iron you can easily just curl the ends of your hair or add a few simple loose curls throughout your hair for a look with more volume. There is no better way to curl the size and shape of a curl in your hair than with a curling iron.

Curling Irons Sure Have Changed!

January 8, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Probably one of the first hair styling tools you ever owned was a curling iron. In fact, if you went to high school in the early nineties, a curling iron was essential in order to create those sky high bangs that were so popular. Do you remember how you choose what curling iron you should use back then? Probably not, but I would bet that you didn’t choose your curling iron based on how good it would be for your hair. In fact, it hasn’t been until recently that hair styling tools have actually benefited hair. However, there are a few things that you should keep in mind when you are looking for a curling iron, because they have come along way since you first started using them.

If you are thinking about getting a curling iron, don’t make the mistake that they are only good for curling your bangs up to great heights. Curling irons are useful for so much more than that. If you have always wanted wavy, sexy curls, then a curling iron is the perfect tool for you. Or maybe it’s tight, spiral curls you’re looking for? A curling iron is also the tool of choice for you.

Be sure when you are looking for a curling iron to choose the barrel width that’s right for the style you want to achieve. Because curling irons come in a wide variety of barrel sizes, from ¾” up to 2” barrels. If you are looking for tight curls, choose the smaller curling iron barrel size. But if loose waves are your thing, you’ll want the larger barrel. It’s important to note that if you have short hair, you should not choose large barrel sizes, they are only useful on longer hair. Shorter hair does better with smaller barrel sizes as they are easier to negotiate on short hair. If you have medium length hair and want to have some versatility when you style, you may want to consider a 1” barrel size because they are the most versatile and you can create quite a bit of style with this size.

Another consideration when you are choosing a curling iron is the material of the barrel. Look for a ceramic curling iron because ceramic is an excellent material choice. Ceramic is known for conducting heat evenly and quickly so you do not need to worry about any hot spots developing on your iron which will burn your hair. Ceramic also smoothes your hair as it styles, so your hair will not look frizzy or over treated.

Other features to look for in a curling iron include ionic technology which actually locks in natural moisture and oils to make hair look healthier than before. Silver technology is also a great feature, because the silver kills bacteria and germs that may be in your hair or on your styling tool so that your hair can stay as healthy as possible.

Curling irons have come along way since your early styling days, so take the time to research a quality hair styling tool before you make the investment.

Hairstyles with Bangs

August 18, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Bangs are coming back into fashion again and by having a cut with some bangs this will give you some versatility to create different looking hairdos each day without doing anything drastic. Of course you never want your bangs to lie totally flat against your scalp so you will want to make sure they have some body when you step out of the shower. This can be done by styling them with a ionic hair dryer as you dry them by fluffing with a comb or even styling them to the side. If your bangs need a little extra touch of style give them just a small amount of heat from your curling iron while you style the rest of 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.

Layered Medium Hairstyles

April 18, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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A medium length haircut is considered from just below the jawline to several inches just past the collar bone. A medium length hairstyle is perfect for those who prefer length but do not care for the maintenance of long hair.

A medium hairstyle can still be feminine, flirty and sophisticated, especially when you add layers. When adding layers to any length of hair always have your stylist help tailor the layers to best suit your features.

In order to keep a layered medium hairstyle looking its best you’ll want to get a trim every 8 weeks or sooner. This will help prevent a shaggy look as the layers grow out.

One great thing about medium layered hairstyles is their versatility. whether you wear straight, wavy or curled its an entire different look each way.

Here are some great pictures of Layered Medium Hairstyles;

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