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Why You Have to Read Hot Comb by Ebony Flowers

It is not an easy task to explain what a subtle but major role hot comb plays in a life of every African American girl. But Ebony Flowers does that in a magnificent manner in her debut graphic novel Hot Comb. Using vivid and direct language and techniques, she explores a complex topic – the relationship of a black woman with her hair. And, through her hair, with the world and people around her.  Hot Comb is a collection of concise semi-autobiographic memoirs whose purpose is to both entertain and teach. Through 8 short stories revolving around taming natural hair, we get a glimpse into what it means to be an African American woman in America. But, at the same time, the book explores bittersweet dilemmas of childhood and growing up, trying to fit in, being a daughter, a granddaughter, a mother, an aunt, a friend… In Hot Comb, Ebony Flowers illustrates snippets of the lives of most African American girls, full of dreaded looks at hot combs and perm solutions, while the real dramas …

A Cordless Curling Wand Is The Travel Companion For Your Next Trip

Curling wand is a simplest hair tool that can curl your hair and it may soon be come a gadget other than hair appliance that you can only use at home because it’s rechargeable. It’s wireless and portable too and can create your desired curls on the go. Though it’s less powerful than plug-in curling wand. Unplugged Beauty recently launched their first wireless curling wand that does work. Unplugged Beauty Cordless 1″ Curling Wand The first thing you would notice when using this curling wand for the first time is your hair section equally treated by heat – that’s you will get proper results all over you hair sections. Pros Consistent heating all over the barrel LCD temperature display so you know which temperature is the best for your hair and set the desired temperature easily The matte-black handle is comfortable to hold It is compact and lightweight – you take them anywhere Battery life that last is 35 to 40 minutes Titanium barrel for good It isn’t for your thick, long hair – you …

The Truth About The Argan Infused Hair Straightener

My friend recently showed me a interesting product – Argan straightener, I wonder whether they come with a tank containing the argan oil to be infused or they have the plates that are infused with Argan Oil. Argan oil has a lot of benefits to your hair, it softens hair and locks the moisture in. It may help bring head hair back to life with their enriched essential oil contents such as antioxidants, vitamin and fatty acids. And I found these 2 flat irons One ‘n Only Argan Heat Ceramic Straightening Iron 1.5 Madami Argan Oil Infused Flat Iron What if argan oil insuded into plates of flat iron? According to the product’s description, the plates are treated with Moroccan argan oil during the production process. One of the benefit every would know I think plates are less likely to stick hair products and snag hair during styling. Other than that, like less hair damage, shiny and smooth hair which in turn are a result of the “Oil infused ceramic surface because the oil once …

Cool Mist Steam Curling Iron – An Innovation Every Woman Should Try

Steam curling irons are exactly like typical curling irons, but better! And it isn’t like stream hair curlers – a modern way to curl your hair. Instead of dry heat used in the barrel of the iron, however, steam curling irons use hydrating steam. Using a steam system in hot styling tools is not new as steam hair straighteners are well known for those who have super thick hair. But the great thing is, it combines moisture and hydration instead of drying the hair out. Moisture is put into the hair rather than evaporated out of it – isn’t that cool? This leaves hair feeling silky, soft and light. It’s perfect to grow healthy hair.  Just like with regular curling irons, hair is placed around the barrel of the iron, held in place to curl and then released. Unlike regular curling irons, however, steam curling irons can be used on either damp or dry hair, while regular curling irons are only to be used on dry hair. There’s no need to dry hair before using …

Can I Take My Hair Straightener In Carry-On Bag

I got a question about this matter a few days ago. It’s good to know if you have a trip and want to style your for your holiday destination. According to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) hair straighteners (flat irons) that are powered by a plug are allowed in both carry on bags and checked bags. Battery operated straighteners should be in carry on bags, they are not allowed in checked bags. Cordless hair straightener with a butane cartridge is only allowed in carry on bags. It should be stored in a case that prevents you from acidentally switching it on. And you can’t bring a spare cartridge.

TYMO Straightening Comb – Everything You Need To Know

Or straightening brush if you like to call it. Model: TYMO HC100 It pulls your hair off, after sliding through you would see a few hair strand pulled off Because the comb has the fine, close-together teeth it may pull hair off. LED indicator you know the right temperature Each one will indicate the temperature setting. It is easy to use No learning curve required, just switch it on, wait for a while and go underneath the hair section. Can work on a lot of hair types even very thick, curly hair Would be fine for short hair too 5 level heat settings The lowest setting 266F – you need a second pass to get your hair section done perfectly. The second heat setting 302F. The third heat setting 338F. The forth heat setting 374F. The highest setting is 410F, my favorite setting, it is quick and shiny. The end is not perfectly straight because it is not. But it has a little bit of bounce in the ends Sleek and shiny, straight hair is …

Sulfate Free Shampoo Formulation

I did a reasearch on sulfate free shampoo, it’s quite interesting to figure out where these ingredients come from. If you have known these ingredients are good for you hair, it’s much easier to pick your products. Ingredients Lauryl Glucoside: Non-ionic surfactants, coconut oil derivatives Cocamidopropyl Betaine: amphoteric surfactant, according wikipedia, it is a derivative of coconut oil and dimethylaminopropylamine Sodium cocoyl glutamate: Widely used in shampoos, another coconut oil derivative PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate: while it gives a soft and smooth appearance for hair, it acts as a solubilizer. It is a product of coconut oil-derived fatty acids PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil: sobulizer, derivatives of castor oil To adjust the pH of shampoo, they use citric acid solution Lastly a thickener will be added to the mixture. A note that the ingredients I list in this post are INCI names, they are related to products from different companies and each company may develop their own fomulations to their customers.

What’s Hair Porosity

Our hair is porous and it can absord and preserve water – the hair’s capacity to do that is varied and related to our hair porosity which is low, high or medium. Once determined which level, you can easily pick right products for your hair. Determine your hair porosity would help choose the ideal products – shampoos, oils, conditioners, proteins and moisturizers. Using heat styling tools (hair straighteners, curling iron, hair dyers, etc.,) and hair products or undergoing color treatment can change your hair porosity for good for bad. And your hair porosity are varied – even in the same hair strand, if not the different parts of hair. That’s when one part dries quicker than others. How to determine your hair porosity – it’s quite easy but the measurement may not be reliable Before doing the test your hair must be clean and dry completely Method 1 – porosity varied on different parts of your hair Spray all over your hair with water (you have a spray bottle and  fill the water in the bottle) you …

Does Handheld Hair Steamer Really Work?

Handheld hair steamers such as Q-Redew recently popped up over social media, some Youtubers reviewed it for better or worse. Are these hair steamers really that bad or effective for the health of your hair? Less powerful than hooded hair steamers, so it may not give you that much benefits It takes 5 minutes to heat up the water for steam coming out, it doesn’t work consistantly. Small water chamber mean you have to refill the chamber in the middle of your conditioning sessions. Sometimes it gets loose. Going over your hair section using a handheld steamer is very time consuming, and you have to press and hold the button to keep steaming. Holding a bulky and heavy hair steamer is not comfortable What’s the alternative? Actually you can try ABYON ML-0019 Steamer for Clothes, if you have a healthy hair because this one is more powerful than Q-Redew – the steam has higher temperature and the flow of steam is on higher level than the latter. Apply the conditioner and spray the steam in the right way …

How To Clean A Hot Comb (Pressing Comb)

As thick, coarse requires intense heat from hot comb, which will burn hair products and your hair too. These product build up on the comb’s teeth and sometimes it’s impossible to remove it (then you would search for a new hot comb – I recommend a few sets) It’s not nice if your hot comb glides through your hair with buildup. For a good, clean press – you should clean your hot comb at least once a month. Hot comb can be simply cleaned by soap, brush and hot water if it doesn’t get dirty. But in case of your comb built up dirt heavily, you will need to clean by a mini wire brush, and prepare the cleaning agent – baking soda and vinegar. It would be a mixture of hot water with the agent. Put your hot comb into the mixture for about 30 minutes (or longer if later you still see a lot of black gunk sticking in between comb’s teeth). If you have a electric comb, don’t submerge the entire comb into the mixture as as …