Posted in Beauty on October 15, 2013

Before you try any straightening method you must know your hair type. Are they just wavy, frizzy due to humid weather or totally different, curly Afro hair? The method will vary according to your hair type. Best way to straighten wavy and frizzy hair is with a flat iron. This is quick and you can also do it a night before and it will last till your next wash.

To get shiny, glossy looking straight hair wash your hair with good moisturizing shampoo and condition them well. Use little extra conditioner in the length of your hair. Dry your hair and leave them in pony tail for some time.  Blow dry hair before using the flat iron.

Divide hair in sections and clip them on top of your head. Start with the bottom layer. Wait till the flat iron is fully heated. Take a small section of hair, apply heat-protecting serum over hair, and brush it properly to make sure section of hair is even and tangle free.  Clamp the straightener tightly and run it gently length wise. Repeat the procedure as required or till hair feel straight and smooth.  Once finished tie this section of hair in pony tail.

Continue with the same procedure with the middle layer as well. Doing this in sections will give best results.  For the top layer start them from the sides and then do the top middle section.  For keeping the hair in desired style for longer duration make sure they have properly cooled down or you can also use cool air from your hair drier as well.

Run your fingers gently through your hair to feel any rough spot. Finish with the touch ups and tie hair in a low pony tail. Apply any finishing product of your choice for smoothing out any baby hair that sticks straight up. You can also use drops of virgin olive or coconut oil for extra shine and it’s also good if your hair feels dry. Healthy and shiny hairs add to your beauty.

For tough curly hair, procedure remains the same but you will require high heat flat iron.  Dryer need to be 1875 watts and flat iron must heat at least 400 degrees.  Ceramic plate flat irons are recommended by professionals.

Keep these useful hair care tips in mind before you try anything

  • For any type of hair uncurling, right technique is important along with good quality hair care products
  • Use small quantity of straightening cream or gel before blow-drying
  • Damp hair is best for blow-drying and always use flatiron in dry hair only


Posted in Beauty on September 17, 2009

With an onslaught of shampoo commercials on TV, featuring models with long, smooth and super straight tresses, it is no wonder that a big chunk of the women population want their hair to look impeccably perfect. As a result, hair salons offering hair-straightening services continue to mushroom all over. Do-it-yourself hair treatments, hair ironing kits, and other various hair products are constantly being upgraded, with new and improved.


To say that there’s a great variety of hair-straightening methods and products to choose from is an understatement. Women find themselves in a dilemma on what would suit them, and bring out the best results. Among their major concerns is cost. When it comes to hair treatment, does price really matter? Will a more expensive process generate better results, or do cheaper ones suffice?


Factors to consider:


1. Hair Condition


Needless to say, more work translates to higher costs. The curlier the hair, the more expensive the salon treatment or hair product will be.


2. Treatment life span


One has to choose whether she wants her hair to be straight permanently or for a certain period only. While some women prefer to have hair a la Cher for their entire life, others love experimenting with various hairstyles – frizzy one day, super straight the next. A permanent treatment’s rate will of course be higher than a temporary one.


3. Maintenance


When one constantly takes good care of her hair, especially after undergoing a hair-straightening treatment, there will be less frequent salon visits necessary.


$$$$$: Chemically straightened treatment done by professionals in a salon


While there are hair straightening formulas readily available in the market, it is still recommended to leave the chemicals to the experts. The reason is simple: dealing with strong chemicals requires technical know-how of the entire hair straightening process. Also, professionals will be able to evaluate one’s hair condition to find out how strong the chemicals will be used, to avoid any damage.


$$$$: Hair ironing kit


While this hair tool is, of course, cheaper than a salon visit, it does not guarantee lasting results. Hair irons come in various types. Those using metal plates are usually the cheapest, but it is not recommended for regular use because its surface will cause hair damage in the long run. The ceramide hair iron is considered gentler and effective, but it comes with a higher price tag. Using ceramic plates, this kind of iron is smoother, which will result in better flattening of hair. It also has a better control in temperature, that will prevent burning and permanent hair damage. In buying a hair iron, make sure to test it before buying. Thoroughly read and follow the instructions included in the kit. When you regularly iron your hair, avoid using other chemical treatments, such as coloring dyes, because it might result in hair damage. It is also recommended to have a regular trim to prevent split ends from occurring.


$$$: Hair dryer


Amazingly, despite the emergence of newer hair straightening products, the good old hair dryer is still surviving, and in fact, still widely used. Perhaps among the cheapest of hair straightening products, the hair dryer still remains to be reliable in temporarily managing frizzy hair. Like the hair iron its results last only until the next wash. Before starting, make sure the hair is free of tangles by using a wide toothed comb. It should also be slightly moist. Use a large and round brush for better results. Setting lotion, gel or leave-on conditioner may also be applied after blowing the hair to eliminate frizz and achieve a smoother, silkier appearance. –

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