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.
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.
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.