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9 Simple Straight Hair Hacks

Straight hair with some body, if this is your hair type count yourself lucky

Unlike the fine, thin or coarse, heavy hair that is in the straight hair category, your hair will hold when styled. . . at least for some time. It can be formed and usually shaped into soft bouncy curls, although to get these looks you’ll need to do some type of styling to your hair. Your hair takes nicely to chemical treatments, perms, hair color and highlighting when done right with the right hair care products. Your hair type is also receptive to a variety of hair cutting techniques, one length hairstyles, asymmetrical bobs, layering of all sorts, texturizing and razor cuts. Your face shape and your individual lifestyle issues will be more of a determining factor in finding the right hair style for you than your hair type, being that you can do so much with it.

 

Carrie Underwood straight hair tips

Carrie Underwood with loose, free falling, curls. Carrie has your hair type, to replicate her look iron-curl in large sections. If your hair is long, you will be able to easily wear it straight by simply blow-drying with a straightening serum and a flat brush, or flat iron. Just as easily you can coax it into this season’s hair style of loose, soft waves with a large barrel curling iron, 1 1/4 inch barrel is a great size for these waves. Use a Thermal Active Spray before curling to protect your hair and to hold in the curl. Kenra’s, Thermal Active Spray, is a good choice among others.

Your hair should be washed daily or possibly every other day with a gentle shampoo. If your hair has been colored or permed, choose a shampoo specified for that to keep it in good shape. Your hair will benefit from using a clarifying shampoo periodically, if you use product on your hair. Also a deep conditioning treatment after using a clarifying shampoo can give your hair a big lift in shine and body. You can use any good heavy conditioner as a deep conditioner.

9 Simple Straight Hair Hacks

Tip 1 ~~ To make straight look great, try a heavy bang and lots of textured layers . . . Don’t be shy with taking the layers shorter for a shaggy look. Keep the bang heavy, rounded and right at brow-length for a modern look. For a dual-textured style, dry bangs straight and sleek, then loosely curl the rest of your hair.

Tip 2 ~~ To add movement and body, start with a hair primer. Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier creates even porosity, which allows even distribution of other styling products. Follow with Wella Professionals Flowing Form, which has a light-to-medium hold for manageability and flexibility. Then blow-dry sections toward your face using a natural boar-bristle paddle brush like a Mason Pearson brush.

Tip 3 ~~ Make straight hair fun and versatile by switching up the texture. Wear your hair down and straight the first day. Then, braid your hair and sleep on it. The next day, pull out the braids and you’ll have soft, undulating waves. On day three, you can still skip the shampoo and pin your hair up into a loose updo, using the remaining waves to add tendrils and extra texture.

Tip 4 ~~ Get out the volumizing spray, like Bumble and bumble surf spray, which injects body and texture in minutes . . . Just spray directly on your dry hair and scrunch. Or try two big braids. Before going to bed, lightly mist surf spray into your dry hair. Split your hair down the center and create a braid behind each ear In the morning, release the elastics and finger-comb. Finish with a little light spritz of hair spray.

Tip 5 ~~ If it’s thick, it’s important to maintain balance in the silhouette to avoid a bushy look. Add a little lift as you blow-dry the top and crown area. Keep your hair close to your head as you dry the shaft and ends. Section the top area out of the way and dry under layers first. I like to apply Biomega Up All Night Volume Foam to the bang area if lift is needed, and Aquage Straightening Ultragel to the rest of the hair for control.

Tip 6 ~~ Another way to make straight hair simple and fresh is to try an undone bun To create it, mist Redken Vinyl Glam 02 shine spray onto your dry hair, then sweep it back with your fingers. Fasten it into an eye-level ponytail, then twist and wrap your hair to make a bun and pin it into place.

Tip 7 ~~ With straight hair, you can either style it smooth or add curl. If you’re going to be wearing your hair straight, keeping your locks healthy and shiny is what’s most important. Using Moroccan Oil Treatment every time you shampoo helps keep the cuticle smooth and healthy.

Tip 8 ~~ To add control without weight, use a styling cream like Nez Kupetian Flex Shine & Control styling cream. After applying the cream to damp hair, blow-dry by lifting each section up and directing the air flow from your dryer toward your scalp.

Tip 9 ~~ No Heat Curls

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The Art of Hair Extensions; Find Out How

We Are Not The First Generation to Embrace Hair Extensions

Let’s face it. We’ve been helping out Mother Nature since time began. Think about it. In ancient Egypt with Cleopatra and her pals, elaborate wigs were all the rage. In other parts of Africa, from BCE to A.D., women used whatever it took, wool, leaves, cotton to add length to their beautiful braids. On these shores our Revolutionary War grandmothers wore animal hair powdered white and piled high atop their heads.

We’re still doing it . . . Except that now we’ve got an attitude about it. Piling on some store-bought hair is seen as a cop-out, the last province of the pretentious. But as I see it, there’s nothing wrong with gilding the lily. Maybe you want to experiment with a new look. Maybe you want to give your hair a rest. Maybe your hair is thinning and you want to give it a little extra oomph. Maybe you like flinging hair over your shoulders every once in a while. Why not? Go for it.

Hair Extension Tips

Hair extensions give women the ability to have gorgeous, long hair in an hour or less. Sounds like a dream come true! In many ways extensions are, but they need to be selected and managed carefully. That’s where a good professional comes in. While it’s possible to do extensions yourself, it is not recommended. You can end up wasting money and becoming the butt of jokes. Going to a salon ensures that your extension will look natural and makes a positive enhancement to your beauty arsenal.

Your Choices

  • Methods of Attachment ~~ There are several ways the salon can attach the extensions – with clips, caps, keratin and with sewing to your existing hair itself. Extensions with clips can be taken down or modified anytime. If you have chosen the caps method or the sewing method, these extensions require maintenance every month. If you have chosen the keratin option you need to know that they are inserted for 5-6 months and then maintenance is needed as well. The most harmless method is using clips. These are tic tac barrettes with silicon parts which are sewn to the strand and then the strands are connected to the hair.
  • Human Hair or Synthetic Hair ~~ Also, it’s important to consider whether you prefer real or synthetic hair. Real hair is much more expensive than the synthetic hair, but it’s much more durable and easier to maintain. Extensions made of real hair can be treated in any way you would your natural hair – with a flat iron, curling, hair dryer, or diffuser. And can be even dyed unlike synthetic hair.
  • Hair Types ~~ Hair extensions can be obtained in a variety of different hair types. Be sure to ask your stylist about what options they would recommend to most effectively match your existing natural hair type.
  • Size and Strand Count ~~Consider your different size options as well. The most preferred in our salon are 50-55sm and 65sm. If you have elected to use extensions with strands, you will need 120-150grams of hair depending on how thick your hair is. But if you go with keratin strands, we recommend using 150-200 extension pieces.

 

Lauren Conrad hair extension tips

Keeping Your Hair Extensions Beautiful

Now you have beautiful, long hair! Here are some tips on how to keep it looking gorgeous.

  • Combing Your Hair ~~ Combing should be done regularly, and you need to use the appropriate tool. The brush should be soft to allow gentle combing of the hair in order to prevent tearing and thinning from the frequent usage. Start from the hair ends, as you would do with your natural hair, detangle first this zone and then move to the next hair levels. Be careful with the extensions as excessive pulling could lead to tearing which can transform your marvelous and soft hair into something less desirable.
  • Shampooing ~~ Washing your extensions is important for maintaining them as long as possible, and there are several rules to follow to be sure your hair extensions will look good. First, detangle before the shampoo, second, use a good shampoo and third (and perhaps the most important) – do it slowly and carefully.
  • Drying Your Hair Extensions ~~ Leave your extensions to dry naturally. After washing your hair, put the layers on a towel or hang them and let them dry naturally. Keep in mind that the direct sunlight or the hair dryer is not recommended. If you have time, avoid drying with a flat iron or a hairdryer in order to keep your extensions in perfect condition for as long as possible.

Ponytail Extension

There’s something very seductive about instantly acquiring a massive mane; it can make you feel like Miss Glamorous. If you’re going to fake it, you’ve got to do it right. And doing it right means, above all, making sure that your natural hair is kept clean, conditioned and stress-free. Hopefully this article will help you accomplish that end.

Claudia
Contributing author Claudia Egnal has been in the beauty industry for nearly 30 years. With a wide array of cutting and coloring skills, she specializes in hair extensions, color, highlights and cutting. Her newest salon, JULDAN, opened in JULY 2012 and continues to grow due to the talent of her diverse staff and team. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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How to End the Struggle With Naturally Curly Hair

6 Ways to Enhance Your Naturally Curly Hair

As a stylist, I cringe whenever one of my naturally curly clients asks me to straighten her curls. Why are so many women, who are blessed by goddess like natural curls straightening them out? I believe it’s time for a curly #HaiRevolution.  I’m on a mission to convince women to embrace their Aphrodite locks and ditch the flat irons. It’s high time the world sees that curls are where it’s at!

I think one of the main reasons so many women abandon their natural curls is they have always believed that curls are a curse instead of a blessing. If you learn the tricks of how to maximize the true nature of your naturally curly hair, you can end the battle of trying to get your hair to do things that nature never intended. Never fear, with these pointers you will be frizz free and curl gorgeous.

Naturally curly hair

 Moisture, Moisture, Moisture

Did I mention moisture? Naturally curly hair, by its very nature will always be drier in texture, because all those twists and kinks in the hair prevent the natural oils from the scalp finding their way to the ends of the hair.

A naturally curly girls best friend should be her hair care routine. If you get the foundations wrong, you’re doomed to a life of frizz but get it right, and gorgeous, jealousy provoking curls are yours to own forever.

Look for a shampoo that is sulfate free and moisturizing. Sulfates and parabens remove the natural oils from your hair, naturally curly hair needs those oils. Always follow with a moisturizing conditioner. Look for descriptions such as replenish, quench and revitalize. A deep conditioning treatment once a week will rehydrate naturally curly hair, eliminating frizz and helping your curls to form into their natural coil.

Styling products specially formulated for naturally curly hair will be packed full of frizz busting, moisture boosting ingredients. Try layering a couple of products. For a natural look, a serum mixed with a hydrating curl cream will allow curls to form into their own beautiful organic form. A serum worked through, followed by a moisturizing sculpting foam will add definition and separation to curls.

Naturally curly

Ditch The Heat

Hair dryers aren’t great for naturally curly hair. They tend to make the curls look frizzy, resulting in both your curls and your nerves being frazzled! Whenever possible, allow curls to dry naturally, just a little scrunch in the palm of your hand every now and then will help the curls to form. If you need to use heat, use a hair dryer with a diffuser and simply place the hair into the diffuser and allow the warm air to do its magic. To help eliminate frizz, keep the dryer on medium heat and a slow speed setting. Leaving the hair just slightly damp will also help with the frizz fight.

  Naturally curly hair

Shape and Styling

Naturally curly hair will always look dull and frizzy if the ends are split so regular trims are essential for maintaining beautiful curly hair. However, it’s worth choosing your hair stylist carefully. Ask if there is a stylist who specializes in curly hair as naturally curly hair that is cut wrong is a nightmare. There’s nowhere to hide if layers are cut into the wrong shape. You can feel like you’ve got a triangle, or worse, a sheep stuck on your head!

At school I was great chums with a girl whose mother kept her blonde natural curls cropped close to her head, around 3 inches in length overall. My friend spent her school years answering to the nickname ‘Sheepy’. I’m guessing school probably wasn’t her best time. However, when she reached sixteen and started to take control over her own appearance, she grew her hair out. The result? Beautiful! Her long mane of golden ringlets were ‘stop you in your tracks’ stunning. My friend transformed into Rapunzel and was never known as ‘Sheepy’ again.

The moral of this blast from my past? Naturally curly hair is best left at a length where the curls can show off their glorious form. Too short and it’s just a ball of fluff. Don’t for one minute think that shorter hair means less work, as with naturally curly hair this is rarely the case.

  Naturally curly hair

Give it Time

If you’ve spent a lifetime straightening your hair, its going to take a few weeks for the curls to come back into their own, so choose your return to the curly world carefully. You will need time to put in place all the above steps. It will probably look horrendous the first few times you attempt to wear it curly. Perseverance is crucial, so keep following the steps and, I promise, it will pay off. Each time you shampoo, moisturize and allow your hair to dry curly, you will be a step closer. Low maintenance, beautiful curls are within your reach I promise!

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Work It!

Now you’ve successfully embraced your curly locks, leaving all your straight haired girlfriends green with envy and reaching for the curling wand, share your knowledge. Don’t keep it to yourself. Keep the curl #HaiRevolution going. After all, looking good is feeling great. Shake it, toss it, flick it, work it! Walk along the street with your head held high and your curls big.

  Esther Roche
Guest author Esther Roche an ever so slightly bonkers English girl, who splits her time between being a working mother of two crazy boys and creating blogs for Hairy Thoughts Esther has been in the throes of a long love affair with hair from that day forward. Esther has had many roles within the hairdressing industry, working as a stylist, colour specialist, salon manager and mentor. If it’s hairy and fabulous, Esther and the team at HTUK are all over it and are sharing it with the ever growing army of Hairy Followers

 

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