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March Madness – The Hair Version

March 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Spring time is here and the weather has already started showing a little preview of the humidity that comes in the summer time. This creates a little March madness in your life and I’m not referring to any basketball tournaments. I’m talking about those awful days where you wake up and your hair won’t do anything styling-wise. What choice do you have other than to just throw it up into a frizzy and not-so-hot-looking ponytail. These days are some of the most frustrating times for so many women because they may have an everyday style that they can’t perform on those days because of the humidity in the air.

Cutting back on styles isn’t very fun, especially in the spring. This is the perfect time of year to play around with styles and be cute every day of the week because everything around us is starting to wake up and show its beauty. It wouldn’t be fair to let hair just fall boring and be frizzy everyday if you have a certain plan for it. Sometimes the problem is so bad that even a hair straightener can’t help you. Luckily you can make it pretty each day by following these two tips.

One thing that most people wouldn’t think to do is avoid blow drying as much as you can. With all the humidity and moisture that is in the air this time of year, your hair already contains enough frizz. If you apply even more heat to it after showering, you will only be allowing more frizz to form and cause problems for the rest of your day. So please, do yourself a favor: save some time and some frizz by letting it towel or air dry when you shower.

To also cut down on that frizz, it helps to sleep with a pillow that has a silk case over the top. It’s great for your hair because it does wonders compared to a cotton pillow. When you sleep against cotton (especially with wet hair) your hair gets tangled and rubs up against the fibers to create even more static and frizz than with a silk pillow. Silk is a type of lint-free fabric so it doesn’t have the same fibers to attract to your hair and mess up its texture. Therefore, when you wake up in the morning, your hair will be dry and won’t contain as much frizz.

Hair is much easier to handle when it doesn’t contain frizz. There’s too much fun to experience in the summer for you to have to stay inside just to avoid humid air. These easy tips and tricks will get you one step closer to frizz-free. Do remember that your hair will still contain some frizz, these methods just help tame a good portion of the problem and won’t get rid of the entire problem.

Why Do We Have To Use Different Scissors?

February 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

There are a whole variety of types of scissors we need to use if we’re hairdressers. For example, one of the best lines of shears in the country, the Kamisori shears, have been known for their many different types of scissors that they sell. Some of them have thicker blades and some of them have thinner, sharper blades. Many people wonder what the big difference is between these kinds of cutting tools and why we have to use so many different type? This depends on the kind of textures being cutting.

Kamisori sells only the best of the best, but that doesn’t mean they only sell one kind of hair scissor. They sell many different kinds to accommodate the type of hair that will be cut. For thick and coarse hair, there is a kind of shear called the Ryu. This pair has been rated five stars and has received two different awards for its spectacular performance. One of the best features is the versatile blades that allow you to cut thin hair but are mostly designed for thick hair.

The Butterfly shears have been designed to give a nice and smooth cut, no matter what type of hair you’re dealing with. These are the perfect example of “all-around” kind of scissors and have been given six stars for this. These are handmade shears and have been recommended to those with hand and shoulder fatigue. The rings on the handle of these hair scissors are designed to adjust for ring inserts that provide more comfortability. This pair really keeps the hairdresser in mind while giving a great cut to the client with its diversity of a performance.

Most people get their hair washed before cutting because wet hair can sometimes be easier to cut and/or trim. For others, it may be a quick trip to the salon while they run around with their busy day. If they have no time to get a wash before a cut, Kamisori has designed a great shear for their hair: the Teuton. It has been hand-crafted so that those who prefer dry cutting over wet can get just the results they want. So what’s the difference? The hardness of the steel has been adjusted to give better results and a higher quality cut since the hair is dry.

For all different types of hair, there is a different kind of hair scissor. Accommodating your hair’s texture is what Kamisori loves to keep in mind when designing their products. The idea of a variety of shears to give a great performance is what everyone is looking for when they are shear shopping. Keep this in mind the next time you look for a new pair of shears!

Does Repeated Styling Tool Use Damage Your Hair?

March 26, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

Avoiding Too Much Heat To Your Hair In Winter

January 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

No Need to Damage Your Hair While Excercising

January 13, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Does exercise affect the quality of your hair? This may seem like a strange question, but it can be true, and a very real concern for people who are affected by this particular problem.

I recently had a friend of mine tell me that she had to quit swimming laps in the pool, an exercise that she really enjoys because it was affecting her hair. My friend was experiencing dryness, breakage and discoloration of her hair because of the chemicals in the pool and she didn’t want to use her usual hair tools to style her hair for fear of further damage.  Her solution to the problem was simply to quit swimming, however there are other options, and your solution does not need to be quite so dramatic.

If your favorite exercise option is swimming, there are defiantly things that you can do to protect your hair so you can continue to enjoy your favorite sport. The first thing you should do is wear a swim cap. These latex or rubber caps won’t keep out all the water from reaching your hair; however they dramatically reduce the exposure that your hair has to harmful chemicals in the pool. Plus, the swim cap also has the added benefit of keeping the strap of your goggles away from your hair which can cause tearing and ripping.

When you get out of the pool the very first thing you should do is to rinse your hair. Be sure that you get as much of the pool water off your body and out of your hair. Always follow this with a deep leave in conditioner that can sit on your hair, saturating it with the conditioning. And remember, never brush wet hair. Always use a wide toothed comb to release tangles when your hair is wet. Use an ionic hair dryer to dry your hair with the least amount of damage. By following these few simple tips, you shouldn’t have to worry about excessive damage to your hair from swimming.

Other people experience damage to their hair from exercising because they tend to pull hair up in a pony tail for most activities. If you use the wrong type of pony tail holder, there could be tearing and ripping of your hair, and often you will see damage at the crown of the head, right where a pony tail would be.

As an alternative to a pony tail, try braiding your hair for exercise. This can be much gentler on your hair, reducing the pressure from the elastic bands. Or, if your hair is short enough, pull it back with a head band to keep it out of your face? If a pony tail is your only option, be sure to choose the right type of elastic. No-tear elastic that is completely rubberized is a good choice. These bands do not have metal pieces that can cause snapping. Also, look for cloth covered elastics, these will be soft on your hair. When you are done exercising, be sure to gently remove the elastic and comb out your hair.

If you are exercising in the hot summer sun, it is a good idea to wear a hat to protect your tresses from sun damage. The sun can fade out your hair and make it dry and brittle, so cover up.

There is no reason that you cannot enjoy your favorite sport or activity without causing damage to your hair, you simply need to think ahead and perhaps take a few extra precautions. When you’re done working out, you can grab your hair straightener and style your hair as you normally would, confidant that you’re looking your best every day.

Protect Yourself From Winter Hair

January 7, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s January and winter is in full swing with record snow falls and cold temperatures all across North America. When you get ready to get outside, you always think to bundle up, covering your hands and face, but what about your hair? That’s right. Your hair needs to be protected from the cold winter weather too.

If you forget to care for your hair in the winter, you will notice that it becomes drier, more damaged, flyaway and harder to style. Winter hair. Winter hair happens because there is often less moisture in the air during the colder months, and without moisture, your hair will eventually become stripped of the essential moisture that it needs to keep looking good. Besides the cold weather outside, once you get inside, you’re faced with heaters running full blast, blowing dry stale air into the environment which just adds to the dryness in your hair.

So what can you do to protect your hair this winter? There are a few easy steps you can take to keep your hair looking its best despite the temperature outside. The first thing you need to do is to protect your hair. Just as you put gloves on your hands, wrap your hair in a scarf or hat to keep it protected from the wind and the harsh elements. It is important to be sure that while it’s protecting your hair, you don’t want it to be so tight that it restricts circulation to your scalp which will only cause damage as well.

Even if you don’t use conditioner on a regular basis, it’s important to use it everyday during the winter months. If you are worried about the conditioner weighing down your hair, or causing your hair to become greasy, apply only to the ends of your hair that are most likely to be affected by the wind.

Be sure to never go outside with wet hair. Despite increasing the risk that you will get sick, you could cause major damage to your hair. If your hair freezes, it can easily break and become damaged. Also, you will lose valuable moisture by taking your hair outside while it’s still wet.

Try to limit the amount of exposure you have to heat styling tools that don’t lock in moisture. By this, I mean hair styling tools that use heat to dry the hair and do not retain moisture. However, this does not limit you to not styling your hair at all. There are hair styling tools on the market that will actually benefit your hair because they lock in moisture instead of stripping your hair of it.

Look for ionic hair dryers that utilize negative ions to infuse your hair, locking in the necessary moisture and natural oils. These hair dryers also dry your hair up to 65% faster than other dryers which means you aren’t exposing your hair to as much heat. Hair straighteners that use ceramic plates or titanium plates are also a good idea because they seal in natural oils and moisture so your hair will not become dry and brittle. Hair irons with tourmaline are especially good because the tourmaline creates negative ions that seal the cuticle, so that hair is protected and healthy looking.

By taking the proper precautions and using the correct hair tools this winter, you don’t need to suffer from winter hair this year. Instead you will have luscious looking hair all year long.

Cut Your Styling Time in Half with a Wet to Dry Hair Iron

November 7, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

The morning rush can be very frustrating. You wake up late, hop in the shower, rush to get dressed and then….you have to blow dry your hair and then straighten it with an iron. All the extra steps can be infuriating, not to mention the extra time they add to your morning routine. There must be an easier way.

 

And there is an easier way. If you want to skip a step in your morning beauty routine, than you are going to want to get your hands on a wet to dry hair straightener. These amazing hair tools let you straighten your hair before you blow dry it. This completely eliminates a step every day in your styling. Think about the freedom.

 

I know, you’re probably saying that there is no way that you could straighten your hair without blow drying it first. In fact, you’re probably yelling at your computer telling me that will actually damage your hair. But stop. It won’t. These irons have been specially designed to handle damp hair to straighten it and dry it all in one step. But let’s be clear here. I’m not trying to tell you that you will be able to hop out of the shower with soaking wet hair and immediately try to style it. No. These irons are designed to handle damp hair, not dripping wet hair.

 

So how do wet to dry hair straighteners work without damaging the hair? The Bespoke Labs T3 Narrow Wet-Or-Dry iron is one popular iron that utilizes a unique vent and channel system to evaporate the extra water while it’s straightening. This iron will lock in the moisture of the hair and transform it into beautiful, glossy, well hydrated locks. The extra glossiness that this iron provides is also due to the use of negative ion technology and tourmaline that emits negative ions to quickly dry hair and lock in the natural oils allowing hair to look its best every time.

 

The T3 Tourmaline Wet-Or- Dry Ceramic Iron is another quality hair straightener that allows you to skip the step of blow drying. This iron also utilizes the unique venting and channels for excess moisture evaporation. The tourmaline and negative ions cut the styling time in half leaving your hair soft, silky and wonderfully healthy.

 

There is no need to be afraid of a wet to dry hair iron. In fact, by picking a quality wet to dry iron you will actually be doing your hair a favor because you are cutting your styling time in half and allowing the beautiful, natural glossiness of your hair to shine through every time. Plus, wouldn’t you like a few extra minutes every day because it doesn’t take you as long to style your hair? Of course you would. Who wouldn’t?

Easy Steps for Beautiful Straight Hair

October 21, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

If you have never used a hair straightener before, you might be a little bit overwhelmed by getting the look just right. Professional hair stylists make it look so easy when you are sitting there in the salon, but when you get home it can be very tricky trying to handle the iron, and the spray at the same time. Not to mention the combs and brushes.

 

So is there a simple way to achieve the straight hair that you want? Absolutely. All it takes is a little know how and some practice. Before you even attempt to style your hair like the professionals, you need the proper tools. You will need a blow dryer, preferably one with ionic technology because it will dry your hair faster and with less damage. You will also need a hair straightener, if you’re looking for straight, shiny hair.

 

When you purchase a hair straightener, look for one with ceramic or tourmaline plates or a combination of both. These hair irons will give you the best result and will not damage your hair like cheaper irons made with glass or metal plates. Using a hair straightener that is poor quality is only frustrating because it will not work as effectively and it will damage your hair in the long run.

 

Before you can attempt to straighten your hair, it must be dry. Comb out your hair to remove any large tangles with a wide toothed comb. Never brush wet hair, it only damages and pulls your hair resulting in broken hairs. Aim your blow dryer down, to close the hair cuticle as you dry. This will help your hair lay flatter and look smoother. Once your hair is dry, you can begin the straightening process.

 

It is usually a good idea to use a thermal spray on your hair as you are styling it. A thermal spray will give your hair added protection and will help your hair look its best, resulting in shiny, healthy looking hair. Be sure however that you only use a light mist of the product instead of a heavy spray. If you apply it too heavily it will feel sticky and look clumpy which is not the look you are after.

 

Divide your hair into sections for easier styling. Always start at the back, with the undermost side of hair. Mist the hair lightly with the spray and take a small section in your hand. Some people like to use a comb while they straighten, but others find this clumsy. It’s up to your preference. Starting at the crown of your head, clamp the iron over the hair and very gently slide the iron down the length of your hair. Depending on the thickness of your hair and how much hair you put in the iron at once will depend on how long you need to hold the iron on the hair.

 

Continue straightening each section around your head, remembering to apply the thermal spray before each pass of the iron. Finish at the front of your head. When you are done, you may want to apply a straightening balm that will provide shininess and smooth out any bits of hair that are sticking up.

 

The final result is beautiful smooth, straight hair that looks and feels healthy and beautiful. If you want flips and curls in your hair as well, you can achieve that with your hair straightener as well, but that’s a lesson for another day.

Styling Wet Hair

July 20, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Too often I see girls in a hurry to style their hair and in their rush they do not get their hair completely dry before they begin styling it. This is not a good idea since curling irons and hair straightening irons can not only damage hair but injure the user as well. If your hair is still damp when you apply these hot styling irons not only can you scorch your locks but also this can create steam which can burn your scalp as well. Always ensure your hair is completely dry before styling by using professional hair dryers, which effectively and quickly dry hair for styling.

Thermal Hair Straighteners

June 4, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Woman are told time and time again not to use curling irons or hair straightening tools on wet hair by the hair styling professionals, and then they throw us a curve by making a wet dry hair iron. So what gives? Are we supposed to not put heat on and style wet hair or not? It can be confusing!

Yes, the do not use hot styling tools is generally true and you should avoid it unless or course you are using one of these new thermal hair straighteners which are designed to get the job done effectively without causing damage to your hair. Once you try one of these wet to dry hair irons you will love them. Since they dry your hair while you straighten it to get the look you are after they are tremendous time savers. For women on the go this is a true time saver wrapped up as a professional hair styling tool. What makes it possible to use these hot styling tools on your wet hair are the many little vent holes which channels the moisture away from your hair. This keeps the iron from scorching your hair while allowing it so also straighten it out at the same time.

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