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Three Benefits of Steaming Your Hair

Is your hair weak, damaged or your curls don’t pop anymore? Or, has your hair been feeling limp, dry or very brittle? Then, your hair tresses may be long overdue for a steam treatment.  Steaming your hair on a regular basis may be the remedy that you need for most of your hair issues. Steaming involves using heated moisture to open your cuticle layers and hair follicles on your scalp. Once the layers are open and pores are open, the moisture is able to penetrate your hair and work its magic. The magic is the rejuvenation process that your hair goes through in order to bring it to an optimally healthy state. Enhances Your Curls For our naturally curly gals, your curls may be a bit limp. The curls have started to drop, elongate or become straight due to your consistent use of hot tools, the environment or too much product. A nice hot and steamy treatment will have your curls thanking you later. The heat will allow the cuticle layer to open so that …

Four Signs That Tell Your Hair Straightener Has Reached Its Expiry Date

Hot styling tools – hair dryers, curling irons, and hair straighteners don’t last forever.  Users claimed they have been using their their tool for five years and it still works, it is true but in most cases if you use it frequently after 2 or 3 years you should replace it.  Old straighteners can ruin your hair – causing hair breakage, strip your hair of its natural oils. There are a few signs to to know if your hair straightener is out of date Sign #1: You can not clean the plates, at high temperature, it burns a lot of hair products. Gradually, the build up is so sticky that you cannot remove them. Even you can remove it will leave some cold plots or hot plots. Sign #2: Plates worn out scratching on is surface. Cheap hair straightener even degrade quickly. Sign #3: Light indicator that tells the tool ready for us is flashing continuously, something went wrong because the plate doesn’t get to the temperature it would be. Sign #4: Lastly, you have to go through hair …

Soft Bonnet Hair Dryer Vs. Hooded Hair Dryer

Both are used to deep condition and dry your hair faster, but after applying hair conditioner what happens next to your hair is quite different for each type of dryers. Let’s find out! Hooded hair dryer Because the hood is in a fixed postion – you can not move around while sitting under the hood dryer In terms of air distribution – the hooded hair dryer does the best. It’s also quite Deep conditioning – the optimum temperature for conditioning your hair is not the room temp – hooded hair dryers increase the absorbtion of conditioners into your hair. Short drying time for your hair because it is more powerful You get a lot of benefits that handheld dryer couldn’t provide – the salon finish is achievable Profressional hooded hair dryer costs up to $600 – it comes with a adjustable stand (or without) Soft Bonnet hair dryer Because the cap is waterproof material, nylon it is washable and lightweight. You feel more comfortable – you can move your head while wearing it Deep conditioning Do a wet set Save time …

Black Women’s Hair (Afro Hair) Everything You Need To Know

It’s true that cultural habits of hairstyles neglect the hair health. Afro hair or coily hair is much diffrent from other hair types by its properties and appearance, often it takes a lot of effort to style this hair type – which is naturally dry, easily prone to damage and shrinkage. Using heat styling tools such as hot comb (press comb) can change the structure of hair shaft, making hair prone to damage. Hair breakage on back women’s hair is also involved in using chemicals for a long period of time – probably after years of use. Sodium hydroxide and guanidine hydroxide are a few chemicals to blame. Oils such as coconut, jojoba and argan are good for black natural hair. You can apply these oils to hair daily, that will lock moisture in and your hair won’t dry as quick as it would be. Afro hair has a high level of elasticity, that means once it was straightened, it can get back to the original tight curls or coils and your hair will be shorter. Black woman hair comes with …

HSI PROFESSIONAL Argan Oil Heat Protection Spray – The Best One Yet!

Curling irons or straightening can do more harm than good to your hair if you don’t use them properly – over-heated or frequently used more than your hair would stand. You don’t want to trade off your shiny, healthy hair for the style you love, but it’s possible that you can do both – maintaining your hair condition and creating your favorite styles. Before use any hot tools, a good practice is spray a heat protectant on your hair. While you can find a lot of heat protectant spray in this post I feature the HSI PROFESSIONAL spay that contains Agrania spinosa kernel oil that works as conditioning agent. HSI PROFESSIONAL Argan Oil heat protector is way more than that. It provides a light coverage and doesn’t weigh hair down Can protect from heat up to 450F It contains amodimethicone – a silicon based polymer that effectively protects hair from heat. Note: Agrania spinosa kernel oil is mostly produced in Morocco, because of its composition, which contains oleic acid, linoleic acid, palmitic acid and stearic acid. …

Polymers And Chemicals That Cosmetic Companies Use To Formulate Their Heat Protection Products

Heat protection products contain essential ingredients and polymers that provide thermal protection. Traditionally such silicon-based polymers being used are dimethicone and amodimethicone, but a lot of products were developed recently by BASF – the world’s largest chemical producing company. I’ve rounded up a couple of products that you as a person work for a cosmetic company or as a user of their products may be intertested in. LUVIQUAT SUPREME AT 1 Luviquat Supreme AT 1 adds benefit to styling mousse/foam products by increasing volume and heat protection. Cationic styling polymer INCI: Polyquaternium-68 It contains copolymer of vinylpyrrolidone, methacrylamide, vinylimidazole and quaternized vinylimidazole Suggested percentages in use for best heat protection effect: 2-3% LUVISET CLEAR AT 3 Luviset Clear AT 3 is easily competiable with other ingredients and provide effective thermal protection for sprays, mousse and gels. It has longer lasting curl retention compared to standard PVP (Polyvinylpyrrolidone) and VP/VA (Polyvinylpyrrolidone/Vinyl Acetate) Non-ionic polymer INCI: VP / Methacrylamide / Vinyl Imidazole Copolymer The LUVISET® CLEAR AT 3 contains copolymer of vinylpyrrolidone, methacrylamide and vinylimidazole Keratin Protein Hydrolysate Sold under the trade name NUTRILAN KERATIN W PP (BASF), this product helps …

How To Use Hair Curler

Using hair straightener or curling wand is straightforward. But there is a learning curve you would go through with an auto hair curler. Read the use manual you could figure it out how to use a hair curler but here are a few tips and tricks for you to totally harness these applicants. Prepare your hair Just make sure your hair is clean, section your hair and comb through it. Take the hair section and place it straight inside the curl chamber and clamp down. When my hair curler is ready to use? Switch on the power button, you will see the red indicator flashing, the curler is ready to use when the indicator stop flashing, and the heating is set to your desired level. Directions The open chamber of curler has to face the head, because you curler on the left and the right you may forget to place it on the right side. For example, the ShowLiss Pro Steam Curl if you place it on the right – it should be on R …

12 Things You Need To Know About Steam Hair Straightener Flat Iron

Steam hair straighteners such as Magicfly Professional release a steam from nozzles positioning around the plates at high temperature. This moisture will help prevent hair from getting damages at high temperature. But is it true? Unlike straightening with a regular flat iron your hair dries out the steam flat iron moisturize your hair while straightening it. This process is aslo made diffrent from wet-to-dry iron. Here’s everything you need to know about steam hair straightener flat iron. 1. Plate sizes are varied In order to build steam system into the iron, the steam flat iron have plates at least 1 inch width and the plate width is up to 2 inches. As a rule of thump for picking irons, the more you have hair the larger iron. 2. They may have a LED screen to display the temperature You can monitor the temp on the LED display. It it much easier for you to adjust the temperature, and lock it. 3. A small, 40mL water compartment is removable and you don’t have to refill until you …

Why you shoudn’t use hot comb on fine hair

It’s true that hot combs (pressing comb) work great for African – American hair ( thick, coarse hair texture). Only that intense heat is able to straighten this type of hair with ease. But a few reasons for not using a hot comb if you have other hair types than Afro hair. Hot comb is too hot The stove top version hot comb for example after it warms up you don’t know their temperature. And applying the tool on your hair is not a good practice for fine hair – It causes damage to the protective cuticle Electric hot combs don’t distribute the heat well over their body and the teeths. Working with a tool that’s at some point it is too hot and others are cold isn’t prefered. And you can easily obtain sleek, straight results even if you have toughest hair texture. But fine hair is thin and easy to break the concentrated heat on teeths of hot comb will burn the hair off.

Grooming Products For A Full, Lush Beard

Whether you’re one of those men that are somewhat obsessive about growing out their beards or you’re simply enjoying the spoils of your great genes, grooming is one of those steps to a good beard routine that you just can’t skimp on. For better, more efficient grooming that goes a long way, here are a few amazing picks for the hottest grooming products for any man’s beard. Herbivore Botanicals Beard Tonic Skin is sensitive, and just because you’re a man doesn’t mean you have to neglect your precious skin. Trust us, as you grow older, you’ll thank the younger you for investing in healthy skin care. Herbivore Botanicals is a soothing, nourishing beard oil that is completely chemical-free. It keeps both the skin and your beard soft, moisturized and healthy, which in turn keeps your beard growing thick and full. Perfect for harsh winter months! Honest Amish Beard Balm Leave-in Conditioner Who said leave-in conditioner was only for the hair on your head? Honest Amish knows better, and this is why they’ve brought a hydrating …