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Dyeing Dangers

June 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

I recently wrote a blog about Katy Perry’s hairstyles that make her who she is. Katy Perry is so famous in todays industry because of her brave attitude to come out each day as who she is and be herself. I briefly talked about the styles that Katy sports because she inspires many girls to stay true to who they are and express themselves. Although she does a great job at expressing her own attitude and personality, there are a few precautions she should take when she styles her hair. I’d like to take a moment to talk specifically about the colors that appear in her hair. Hair dye can actually be quite a danger to your hair if you’re not careful.

When girls want to look just like their favorite celebrities, the measures they go to can be surprising. Today, there are girls out there who will dye their hair blue just to be like a certain superstar in the magazines. If they’re not careful with their dyeing techniques, a huge toll could be taken on their hair.

The reason stars like Katy Perry have a new hair color each time you see them on TV is because they can afford expensive wigs that look like real hair. Whether those wigs are blue, black, yellow, or pink, they look so real and when fans see them they want to look just like that. However, we can’t really afford the thousand-dollar wigs that celebrities can so we go for the next best thing: hair dye.

It looks so cool to walk around with blue streaks in your hair or to just have pure pink hair but have you ever wondered how much damage it could cause? Well the truth is, if you aren’t careful when you dye your hair, you could damage your hair worse than you would if you straightened it every day for the rest of your life. It’s kind of a wakeup call when you find out that hair dye can be more dangerous than a hair straightener, isn’t it?

The reason it’s more harmful is because of the process it takes to properly dye your hair. If you do it by yourself, you could seriously damage your hair because you don’t know what you’re doing. The color will probably not show up the way you want it if you don’t have a hairdresser help you. The funny thing about dyeing your hair is that most of the time you have to bleach the area that you plan on dyeing. For brunettes especially this is hard because it’s a long process to bleach your head of hair to be white and then go to a completely different color like pink or blue. It’s difficult not to damage your hair by completely bleaching it.

After so many times of repeating this process, your hair could be dry to the bone and frizzy with no shine or volume. That’s why it’s so important to dye hair the right way or just not do it at all. Realize that some trends are cute for movie stars or singers but you can still express yourself in the way you dress or act. Be smart with your hairdressing decisions.

Celebrity Hair Review: Katy Perry

June 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

One of my favorite artists is Katy Perry. She is ever-growing and lets nothing slow her down; it makes everyone love her even more. Another part of her that everyone loves is her spunky and edgy sense of style. When she first came out with her hit single “I Kissed A Girl” we were all in shock that someone would write a song about that but then as she became more famous and got even more comfortable in Hollywood, she started changing a few other things about her. For example, she started dressing in things like bras that shoot out whipped cream and started dying her hair different shades of pink and purple-even if they were wigs, we all learned to love her a little bit more.

Let’s face it, it’s so hard to get recognized in Hollywood today and Katy had her own way of doing so. Some of her songs have been considered borderline crazy-she falls in love with an alien in one song, she sings about kissing another girl and even has a song about sexual terms but that’s what kept her in touch with record companies-it kept them guessing. As fans, we’re also always guessing and wondering what she will do next with her fun yet kooky style.

Recently, Katy Perry filmed a movie about herself called Katy Perry: Part of Me. Although it’s not in theatres yet, in the previews you see many different hairstyles and colors that she sports and it may make you wonder a few things. How does she have such pretty hair after so many different styles and transformations? It’s so true, her hair is absolutely perfect and it never looks like there’s a strand out of place. Now of course she has a stylist that can make her hair look like brand new each day and she probably wears wigs half the time but sometimes it is her real hair that is colored blue or hot pink. And how does she keep such healthy hair?

That’s just it, she has a stylist. There are some people that aren’t celebrities dye who their hair almost once a week and their hair will never look as good as Katy Perry’s. She inspires many people today because of her fun hair but the difference between our hair and her hair is that she pays someone thousands of dollars a year to make it look stunning and completely non-damaged. Whereas we can barely afford a cut and color every month or so. I would be willing to be that if Katy Perry showed her true hair, without extensions, without any hair dye in it, she would have very damaged and dull hair because of all the things she puts it through.

Katy Perry is one of the greatest artists of our time and we all envy her for her stunning performances and appearance. Although I do love her hair, the damage she’s done between dying and styling, I don’t envy her for. The use of a straightener is evident in her hair each time you see her and although it’s not necessarily a bad thing, it can be bad after so long. Katy better watch how she styles her hair-it could come back to haunt her.

History of Hair Extensions

June 16, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Believe it or not but hair extensions go as far back as the Egyptian days. They were worn by both genders for cosmetic adornment. In addition to cosmetic vanity, wigs served another purpose as well, to avoid infection of head lice. Egyptian men shaved their head but wore wigs to protect them from the different elements.

Fake hair for women became frowned upon after 1800 and women wore hair more naturally. In the early 20th Century Edwardian women wore false hair additions to create the pompadour hairstyle, shown below.

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Fake hair returned once again with the elaborate “Appollo Knots” of the Romantic era, shown below.

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Later human hair additions were used so extensively in the mid Victorian era that 51,816 kgs of fake human hair were sold in France in 1871 and 102,900 kgs in 1873.

By the 1920′s less hair rather than more was considered “in”. In the 1940′s long natural hair like that of Lauren Bacall was one of the few remaining luxuries a woman could indulge in.

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Lauren Bacall

Many eons later Asian countries learned to process and manufacture hair extensions to be sold all over the world. Like now most of the wigs and hair extensions were made of human hair, the main difference was the way they were worn by each individual. Wigs were coated ith beeswax or plant resin to adhere to the scalp. Now, we have fusion techniques, clip on hair extensions and strand bond weaving, back in the day, they were fastened with a thread to the wearer’s natural hair.

Extensions were worn mostly by the very wealthy who could afford the cost and sit still for about 12 to 15 hours . Others followed when they saw what was possible when hair extensions were applied in a glamorous way. In particular black women used hair extensions to improve upon hair texture that some found difficult to tame. It became common to see pop singers sport a wide range of looks that centred around hair extensions.

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So you see we have come a very very long way with what we can do with actual human hair. It’s quite amazing knowing that the Ancient Egyptians were doing it long before we even knew what they were. Till next time Good Luck,

Niki

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