Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Hair Straightener and Flat Iron 101

Long, wavy, and thick hair. That's what I have and don't think I've ever been satisfied with it a day in my 29 years of life. So if you're like me and always looking for the next best flat iron, then you know there are plenty of options to choose from. You may have also owned several by now, but have you ever wondered what all the flat iron features meant and what the benefits were?

Here's a short list of words to familiarize yourself when looking for your next flat iron:

This semi-precious stone is first crushed into a fine powder and infused into the ceramic plates of the flat iron. This plate generally creates longer lasting straight hair and a sleeker, shinier, frizz-free result. Tourmaline plates are also designed to keep your hair healthier and cause less heat damage. This has definitely become a salon professional favorite!

A smooth plate that will not chip or peel and helps prevent breakage (with no pulling or tugging at your hair!) The ceramic allows the plate to heat uniformly without creating heat spots. The tempature usually goes from a medium heat before becoming extremely hot.

This durable metal plate also allows for an even distribution of heat (like the ceramic). This flat iron features clamps that attaches directly to the metal plates shortening the "wait" time for heating up. You can imagine why this feature, along with it being light weight and scratch resistant might be a favorite for hair stylist and salons allowing for servicing many clients in a shorter time.

Negatively charged molecules that allow for faster straightening and healthier looking hair. The negative ions help relax your hair and eliminate static.

Far Infrared:
All ceramic flat irons will use far infrared heating. Its results are by heating the hair inside out and said to be one of the "gentlest" ways of heating hair. This helps prevent damage on the surface of your hair.

Hopefully this helps you decide which will work best for you or at least become a little familiar with the hair straightener you already own. Although you may have to spend a little more on a professional flat iron- it will be worth every penny! Trust me...I use my T3 Tourmaline Wet to Dry Flat Iron at least 4 times a week and it does wonders!

Monday, August 31, 2009

✂ Hair Cutting Shears | Hair Cutting Scissors ✂

✂ Hair Cutting Shears | Hair Cutting Scissors ✂

Choosing a Short Hairstyle

When choosing a new hairstyle, it's important to know what will look good on your face and what won't look good on your face, and an important factor in that is how your face is shaped and what looks you can and can't pull off. We've included a great selection of short women's hairstyles and the transformation from long hair to short hair to give you an idea what will look good on your face and what won't look good on your face.

Choosing The Right Hairstyle For Your Face

To determine a good fit your face, tie your hair back and examine your face infront of a mirror. If you have a long, oval, square, round or heart-shaped each shape is important. The hair cutting shears your stylist uses will most likely be a thinner, so be sure to ask for it specifically.

For an oval, egg-shaped face, you can accommodate any type of hairstyle. So any of these looks may be good for you.

For a long face, you will look good with shorter hair that sits above the shoulders. Long layers do well also bangs look good. Do not use a midline part, as it will elongate the face, a side part will be better.

If you have a square face, a curvy hairstyle is going to be best. If you have a wide forehead, wide cheeks and an angular chin, curvy hair is also a good look. You should wear layers around your jawline, it can help to mask an angled chin. Also, you want to avoid sharp straight lines with a square face.

Elongate a round face full, with a small chin, wide cheeks and small cheekbones'with longer hair that extends below your chin. Layers on top add volume and height; layers around the cheeks narrow your face. Avoid bangs and chin-length styles.

A heart-shaped face has a wide forehead that angles down to a small chin. Try shoulder-length hair, adding layers from the chin down. Curl or flip out these layers to create a fuller bottom that balances your small chin. A chin-length bob also works well. Avoid any look that adds fullness to the top and tapers down to wisps on the bottom.

Short Hairstyles for Women That Look Good

So if you're looking for a hairstyle that will accommodate your face, and be the perfect fit for your style, you had better make sure you know what type of face you have, and the shape and styles that go with it. Of course, changing your hair from long to short can be scary, so hopefully these pictures will help you decide which look will be best.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Different Types of Salon Shears

Different Types of Salon Shears

How To Find The Best Shears for a Stylist | Professional Salon Tools

How To Find The Best Shears for a Stylist | Professional Salon Tools

How To Choose Stylist Scissors

How do you choose the right type of shears for you? Shears are the stylist's design tool of choice. When you have a great pair of scissors, you can craft seemingly any haircut. As a stylist, you can use your artistic talent to completely remake any of your clients, and it is your job and your duty to make sure you give your clients the exact look they're looking for. But how do you know which shears are best for you? salon shears can cost thousands of dollars, and finding the right pair can often be complicated and confusing. As salon experts, we put together your list of how to find the best salon shears for you.

The beveled blades have a serrated edge and are ideal for layer cuts, tapered cuts, and the "professional scissors over the comb" cuts that are popular for barbers.

For the clean, flawless or smooth looking styles, a stylist will want to look at the convex blades. They are curved and are ideal for slide cutting or cutting as you move your hands.

There are a number of different finger grips to consider as well. If you are a a stylist that cuts with your thumb and middle finger, you will want to use the opposing grip scissors. They have hand grips that are the same length and symmetrical to the center screw.

For cutting with your thumb and ring finger, a stylist will want to look at the offset handles. The offset grips have a short thumb handle and a longer finger handle. They allow as a hairdresser to move your hands naturally in fluid movements and are ideal for stylists who want to have a natural handle on the salon shears.

For the most open cut, you will want to look at the crane holding. They have an angled thumb and a long finger handle, allowing for less strain on the wrist and shoulder.

If you may be looking for the greatest most uses, you will want to look for standard thumb salon scissors. they have a removable and reversible finger resting attachment that can go on either the left or right side of the shear. Also, this shear can be used with both your right hand or left-hand.

The most comfortable shear grip is the cutaway grip. It doesn't have a reversible finger resting piece, so it allows your thumb to be more free and not get cramped.

For a large freedom of movement, the anatomic thumb allows your thumb to move around because it has a rounded structure, allowing your thumb to naturally curve around it. This is very similar to the flexibility offered by the cutaway thumb shear.

To reduce hand and wrist strain, you will want to look at the rotating thumb professional shears. They are the latest advancement in the Cosmetology industry and have an open hand design, which reduces thumb "travel" and creates a much more comfortable experience for the hairdresser or barber.