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Learning to Deal With Curly Hair

Whether you've always had curly hair, have recently had a perm, or even if you're trying to learn to work with curly hair for your child's sake, you are facing a bit of a challenge, but one that is doable. From large, loose waves to kinky ringlets, locks with curl can require more work to look good than straighter styles. In order for this type of hair to look good, it must be kept healthy and free from damage and split ends. The curlier the hair, the more you'll need a good de-tangling conditioner. Fortunately, there are techniques and products designed just for you.

Shampoo & Conditioner

In order to tame that wild mane, you'll need to choose a good shampoo that is made for your type of hair. Consult your hairdresser for recommendations of shampoos that will enhance your curl without leaving residue behind. Select a conditioner that will add moisture to your tresses without weighing them down.

After shampooing and rinsing your hair, apply conditioner throughout and untangle gently with your fingers or a wide-toothed comb. Start at the tips of your hair and gradually work your way up to the roots, working all the tangles out. Rinse your hair with cool water to promote shine and reduce frizz.

Styling it Up

There are many different types of styling products that work well with curly hair. Make sure to ask your hairdresser for a recommendation next time you visit the salon. Some popular styling products for curly hair include:

Setting lotion
Styling cream
Frizz Serum

You may want to experiment with various types of product to see what works best with your hair.
After washing and conditioning your hair, comb through it with a pick or wide-toothed comb to remove any leftover tangles. Next, apply a small amount of your chosen styling product to your hair from roots to ends. If you want a curlier head of hair, you can scrunch it and tie it up in a messy ponytail until it air dries. For a looser curl with body, blow dry your hair using a diffuser attachment.

Deep Conditioning Treatments

Once or twice a month (depending on the condition of your hair) you should apply a deep conditioning treatment to your hair. After a regular washing and conditioning, squeeze all water out from your hair and towel dry. Apply a thick, deep conditioning cream or mask, and then put your hair in a disposable plastic shower cap. Next, use a heating unit such as a blow dryer cap, hot water bottle or heating pad to apply heat to your head for approximately twenty minutes.

After 20 minutes, remove the cap and allow your hair to cool for 5 minutes. Rinse most of the deep conditioner out with warm water, then turn the water to the coldest temperature you can stand and rinse out the rest. Make sure not to wash your hair the next day in order to give your hair a break.


Create Your Own Signature Hair Style

Whether you want to make a bold statement and wear an asymmetrical bob, or you opt for the more classical longer hair style, the way you choose to wear your hair says a lot about who you are. The trendiest hairstyles usually are reflective of the whimsical mood of a younger generation. The more traditional hairstyles are so elegant that they cut across any generation gap.

No matter what hairstyle you choose, you make it your own when you create your signature hair style. You make a commitment to a flattering style that best accentuates your face and you work within its framework. Creating a signature hair style helps optimizes your hairs performance. Your hair actually learns to adapt to a specific style and falls into place hassle free.

Deciding on a short hair style can speak volumes about your personality. Sassy is what usually comes to mind when you take the plunge and cut your hair. Not every woman can wear her hair short, so when it is flattering it certainly makes a statement.

A long hair style always works well to project the more romantic picture of a hair style. There are so many different ways you can wear longer hair, having the option to wear it swept up in a twist, or casual ponytail is a luxury many women will not ever be ready to give up.

Wearing your hair in a curly hair style is the simpler choice if you were born with a natural wave. If the hair is worn longer, it can be the most beautiful signature style a women can have. However, for some, the grass truly is greener, and many will go to great lengths to either straighten out curly hair, or add curl to their straight hair.

Getting a signature hair style can be as easy or as complicated of a process as you make it. Finding the right style for you can be done by getting advice from your hair stylist, but more importantly, it is listening to that voice inside of you that usually knows what hairstyle makes you look and feel the best.

A woman who has a signature hair style is a woman who usually has the confidence in herself to become her own trademark. She takes the time to pick out a perfume with a unique scent, she dresses to enhance her greatest features, and she creates a signature hairstyle that will in time become her own.


Hair Styles: How To Create the Looks You Love

Up Dos

Whether you are attending a wedding, prom, other formal occasion, or are simply seeking casual hairstyle elegance, an up do is a perfect pick for exuding classic style and grace. For serious hair hold, try a line of style and finishing products designed to keep your style in line, while also protecting it from sun damage, frizz, humidity, and breakage.

Medium hold hairspray can provide firm support, while applying a good gel adds the control and shine. The environment can take a toll on your style, and recent research has proven that overexposure to damaging UVA and UVB rays actually causes tiny holes to form in your hair cuticles, which can weaken your overall hair, and make styles like the updo more difficult to maintain.

For an extra boost of sun protection, try a leave in conditioner with sunscreen in it. You put sunscreen on to protect your body does not your hair deserve the same treatment?


Curly hair is beautiful, but as naturally, and enhanced ringlet wearers know, upkeep can become a challenge when hair becomes excessively frizzy and unmanageable. Don not let your beautiful curls turn into a style ala Bozo The Clown, use a curl definer, curl activator, and creme wax everyday to keep your hair bouncy, soft, and sleek, and banish clown hair once and for all.

Many of the better curl definers extracts of kukui nut and avocado oil enhance the natural beauty of your hair, and coat your curls with a brilliant shine, and curl definers blend of active UV protectants keep you safe from sun-related cuticle damage. Get a full line of curl care products, and start noticing the dramatic results from day one.
Short Hair Styles

Most women agree that wearing a short hair style says a lot about your confidence level (read: high) and your trend-forward tastes. Regardless of why you choose it, short hair should always be sleek, shiny, and radiant. Pomade is designed to provide these results, as well as added moisture and texture. Pomade should be used on dry, styled hair. It is used to create the short, chic hair style you were born to wear.
Punk Hair Styles

For both convention, and gravity-defying hairstyles, use sculpting gel to lift hair from your head, to add texture and definition. Punk hair dye techniques, especially when they involve excessive hair bleaching and re-coloring, or when they have been done at home, can strip hair of essential oils and moisture. To quench your thirsty Mohawk (or other rockin hair style) make sure you use a deep conditioning treatment.


Are Blow Dryers Good Or Bad For Your Hair?

Some of us like the little foldaway travel-style blow dryers and some of us prefer to pull out the monstrous, tangle-ridden bump and fall to the ground blow dryers. Sound familiar? Well its time to inspect what you have been using and or hiding away in your vanity. Anything that plugs in can start a fire. You should inspect the cord periodically and never wrap it up like a puzzle for storage next to your sink.

Heat is a great enemy to your hair. That means hair dryers must be used with great care and on a moderate setting. A blow dryer on its hottest setting will reach temperatures above that at which water boils. This can be disastrous on the hair.

The best choices for Blow Dryers and their care:

It seems the ION hair dryer includes all the bells the whistles. It offers technologies separately or together, with ionic only, ionic and ceramic, and ceramic only settings. A full complement of features includes several heat settings and speeds, a quiet motor, concentrator attachment and a hinged filer for cleaning. Your best bet for one of these would be Tourmaline, BaByliss, and Revlon.

There is a huge price difference between professional and home hair dryers. You get a longer duty cycle for the extra money. Professional hair dryers are supposed to last for 1200 hours where as the more inexpensive blow dryer lasts about 500 hours. Professional hair dyers are also generally larger and generate more airflow than consumer blow dryers.

For an inexpensive, professional hair dryer, we found the Tourmaline has rave reviews. This dryer is different from other blow dryers because of its crushed tourmaline jewels, which generate more negative ions than any other mineral. The jewels are injected into all the dryer compartments. It the only dryer with a true ceramic heater coil. It weighs only 13 ounces and packs a whopping 1800-watt motor.

If you're looking for a travel dryer with the same power as a full sized model, the CONAIR ION Shine Folding Handle Blow Dryer has 1875 watts with ionic technology to reduce frizz and offers two heat/speed settings. It has a concentrator, removable filer and a cool-shot button with a quiet tone motor.

The most important feature of a blow dryer, airflow, depends on its motor. However, unless you buy your dryer from a beauty-supply store that lets you test it first, there's really no way to determine motor quality before you plunk down your money. Powerful motors reduce drying time, but some also sound an awful lot like jets taking off in your bathroom. Blow-dryer manufacturers are addressing this by developing quieter motors. For example, several of the CONAIR Ion Shine hair dryers feature a Quiet-Tone motor.

I say the best blow dryers should have the following features:

Power of 1200 - 1500 watts for fine/damaged hair, and 1875 watts for thick, wavy hair.

Two or three heat settings.

Automatic shut-off if the dryer overheats.

A cool setting for a cool-shot button to set your hairstyle.

A removable air intake grill/lint filter.

I wish you happy heating, curling, waving, and styling. And remember to check out your existing hair dryer and keep it safe, clean and stored properly.


Going Grey Isnt The End Of The World

Your first gray or In some cases white hair may have you feeling a little down, especially considering the youth-obsessed culture that we live in. Take heart, because there are professional salon quality hair color products out there that are designed to protect, nourish, and totally cover every strand of hair, and are also designed for comprehensive gray coverage. Ask your stylist about the professional quality products that are right for you and are specially designed especially for the daily care of color-treated gray hair.

What causes hair to turn gray in the first place?

Hair turns gray or white when levels of melanin in the body decrease due to age. Melanin is the pigment that controls the color of the skin, and hair is actually considered to be an extension of the skin, so it makes sense. Heredity plays a big part in determining when a persons hair begins to gray. Some people begin to notice gray hairs in their twenties and thirties, while others do not see any dramatic color difference until retirement age.

How can I get rid of my gray hairs?

While there is no way to get rid of gray hair, it is possible to color treat it so that no one will ever know it is there in the first place. Gray hair, since it contains little pigment of its own, can sometimes resist the addition of new pigment, which is why it is so important to have your hair colored professionally. Dyes in the box may seem more convenient, but when you consider the mess, the time involved, and the high risk of user error, it makes more sense to schedule an appointment with a trained professional, like your Professional quality product stylist.

Can trauma make hair turn gray?

Some people swear that sudden shock or trauma can cause gray or white hairs to appear, but this is more than likely due to a benign form of alopecia, a condition that in its most serious stage can result in total hair loss. It is true that trauma effects the entire body, including the hair, but as of yet, there is not scientific proof that a shocking revelation about someone that you know will cause your hair to turn gray.

Which products should I use to keep my color from fading?

Try a professional quality product recommended by your salon stylist that are color safe and do not contain any harsh chemicals or pigment stripping ingredients, and deliver soft, natural looking hair every time.


Professional And Home Hair Clippers-A Closer Look

The easiest way to a perfect haircut is with clippers. It gives you maximum control for perfect results. The clipper adapts to the contours of the head, giving you super control and perfect results every time. Eight length settings are normal and are integrated into the translucent comb for a wide range of styles and length.

BABYLISS has quiet a sampling of both home and professional hair clippers, as do ANDIS and OSTER.

As for Professional Hair Clippers lets just run the gamete of them:

Wahl Predator Hair Clippers are the top of the range men's clippers. The Wahl Predator is the clipper of choice among the best professional barbers and hairdressers. Most clippers use a shunt motor and the Wahl Predator clippers can be used daily and last for years. They are used for cutting over a comb. However, while they perfect for use on another person, they are not a great self-cut hair clipper.

BaByliss Forex Cord/Cordless Clipper is another stand out. It has a detachable ceramic blade, 5 position cutting control, chrome-plated front housing and 3 double-sided comb attachments. It stays sharp, stays cool and best of all it can be used as a cordless clipper.

Another source in locating the best professional grade hair clipper is to ask your barber or hairdresser. Not only will they give you the history of their findings on the best hair clipper, but also they can tell you what clipper works best on your hair for the style you wear.

Now to run over just a few Home Hair clippers:

The Andis Home Clippers Kit is a complete hair cutting kit with a powerful, magnetic motor hair clipper and adjustable, high quality stainless steel blades. Everything needed is included.

The Oster Classis Clipper operates quiet and cool and the powerful Universal Motor has maximum power for cutting through thick, thin, course, wet, damp or dry hair. It operates quite and cool. The kit includes everything.

If using an electric trimmer at home for a child under the age of 5, be sure to talk to the child about the tool first. Show it to them, let them her it buzz. Also be sure that the person using the trimmer knows how to use it before attempting to trim a child's hair.

When talking to the child about a hair cut, avoid using the word cut. Use the word trim. Make sure they understand that trimming the hair does not hurt. Try to finish the job in 15 minutes or less, especially when working with children under 5 years old. Children of that age tend to have short attention spans. Make it quick but be careful. Happy Clipping.


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