Size Does Matter for your Curling Iron

How do you like your curls? Well consider your curling iron size carefully when buying a new one. Here’s a handy list of what kind for curls you’ll get when using each size of iron from 2 two inches down to 0.375 (3/8) inches.

  • 2″ Curling iron. For gentle relaxed waves. Best for super long hair.
  • 1.75″ Curling Iron. Large, loose waves. Works great to add subtle shape to long hair.
  • 1.5″ Large, volumous curls. Gives medium to long hair great bouncy curls.
  • 1.25″ Medium, loose curls. Every-day curls for all hair lengths.
  • 1″ Full curls and defines waves. A must have for medium and short hair.
  • (3/4) .75″ Great for creating vintage curls and textured waves.
  • (5/8) .625″ Smooth, tight curls.
  • (3/8) .375″ Tight kinky spiral curls.

 

curling iron size does matter
curling iron size does matter
hair dryer glossary

The Hair Dryer Glossary

The Hair Dryer Glossary

Know what your buying when you’re looking for a new blow dryer.

 

AC MOTOR:

Often used it professional hair dryers. It’s less noisy, but weighs more and usually lasts longer.

 

ATTACHMENTS:

Stuff like diffusers and nozzles that spread out heat and air in different ways. BLOWDRYER BRUSH: Basically what it sounds like. A multi-purpose styler which combines a brush and a blowdryer.

 

CERAMIC:

Ceramic technology is used to push Soft Heat more evenly throughout your hair. COLD SHOT: A feature on your hair dryer that gives a blast of cold air to help set hair and further close the cuticle. DC

 

MOTOR:

Normally found in less expensive hair dryers. Lighter in weight but doesn’t last as long as an AC type motor. DIFFUSER: An attachment used to dry naturally curly of wavy hair without messing up the pattern of the hair.

 

IONIC:

Negatively charged ions are generated to dry hair faster by breaking up water droplets at higher speeds. That’s just science. 🙂 INFRARED HEAT: A laser-like technology that heats up your hair from the inside out.

 

TEMPERATURE CONTROL:

Adjust your temperature, yo.

 

TOURMALINE:

A type of stone used to increase the production of negatively charged ions.

 

VOLTAGE:

The amount of electricity you’re gonna fry yourself with if you drop it in the bath tub. J/K there are safety features that cut off the power if you do that.

how to clean your hair straightner

Cleaning Your Hair Straightener

Cleaning Your Hair Straightener

Doesn’t look dirty?  Well it probably is anyway! Many people use a hair protector spray or other products like hair straightening serum when straightening their hair so although it may not look dirty, there very well may be some build-up in the plates of your straightener that need to be occasionally cleaned.  It’s easy to do and doesn’t take much time. This will help make it last longer too and perform at its best. Your hair straightener probably came with its own cleaning instructions that you threw out as soon as you opened the box, but no worries, cleaning it is usually as easy as 1 – 2 – 3:

1. Make sure your straightener is turned off and completely cooled.

2. Use a soft, damp cloth to wipe the plates and dry with another clean cloth.

3. Don’t forget to check the edges of your plates as there is probably build-up there as well. (Do not use anything sharp that could scratch or wear the plates)

Tip: To keep from accumulating product on the plates of your hair straightener, simply wipe it down after each use.

 

how to clean your hair straightner
how to clean your hair straightner
tourmaline hair straightener

High Heat Professional Flat Iron

The high heat 1″ flat iron from Andis features ceramic plates to preserve moisture for incredible luster and shine. Fast 30 second heat-up to 400 degrees, combined with 20 heat settings provides precise temperature control for all hair types. Experience the primer brand professionals have loved for over 85 years.

High heat professional flat iron.

tourmaline hair straightener
tourmaline hair straightener
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Titanium Hair Straighteners

Why titanium based plates for hair straighteners? There are many reasons to go for a titanium based plated hair iron. Titanium provides an even heat distribution and amazing durability under high heats which is important in obtaining the best results possible. Titanium based plates are also scratch resistant and will last you much longer then a plain ceramic flat iron.

Titanium also offers many benefits in regards to your hair as well. You will get less hair damage with titanium based plates and the results of using a titanium iron are amazing! Titanium delivers the most negative ions and infrared heat for smooth, frizz free, shiny hair. Titanium works to enhance your hairs hydration leaving it softer and healthier looking.

Karmin, Croc,

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flat_irons_101

Titanium offers some unique benefits when it comes to straightening hair. It’s powerful metal that’s as smooth as glass but as strong as steel. It will make your hair super sleek, too. Hair straighteners made with titanium plates heat quickly and evenly which leads to a silky smooth head of hair after styling.

flat irons 101

Flat Irons 101

Ok, so there’s tourmaline, ceramic, ionic and all kinds of other types of technology involved with flat irons and hair straighteners… ever wonder what it all actually means? Here’s a short list of basic concepts for what you’re actually looking at when you look at hair straightener features:

 

Tourmaline:

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!
Ceramic:

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 temperature usually goes from a medium heat before becoming extremely hot.

Titanium: 

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.

 

Ionic:

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 you’ll find one that works best for you. Although you may have to spend a little more on a professional flat iron- it will be worth every cent!

 

flat irons 101
flat irons 101
shu uemura Eyelash Curler

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

Get your eyelash curler working twice as hard by heating it under a hair drier for 5 seconds (** be careful not to burn yourself! ). The heat will add even more va-va-voom volume to your lashes. The Shu Uemura lash curler has a patented hinge with precise engineering that applies the perfect amount of pressure on eyelashes and a specific curve angle suits all eye shapes.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler.

shu uemura Eyelash Curler
shu uemura Eyelash Curler
caroliss Titanium Hair Straightener c2 zebra

Corioliss C2 Titanium Hair Straightener

Presented in re-usable luxury jewelery box the Corioliss C2 hair straightener uses ultra smooth titanium plate technology and an ergonomic, lightweight design. Negative ion conditioning technology and adjustable temperature (60-210°C) that de-activates after 30 minutes of inactivity make this styling tool safe and great for your hair. It also has a professional 4.2m salon approved swivel cord and includes heat mat/travel pouch and finger glove when you buy it new.

Corioliss C2 Titanium Hair Straightener.

caroliss Titanium Hair Straightener c2 zebra
caroliss Titanium Hair Straightener c2 zebra
wildMAN soap shaving kit

WildMAN soap shaving kit

If you’re looking for a close, natural shave you should see the Wild Soap bar shaving kit. Their shaving kit includes an all natural sassafras spice shaving soap made out of coconut, wild sassafras root bark, organic cinnamon bark, and several other earthy ingredients. Also included is a sustainably harvested hardwood lather bowl with lid to keep your soap fresh and a matching natural boar bristle lather starter brush. The kit comes packaged in a, distinctly manly, burlap drawstring bag.

A great gift for the environmentally-conscious man in your life.. that shaves regularly.

wildMAN soap shaving kit
wildMAN soap shaving kit
use your hair straightener as a curling iron

How to use your hair straightener as a curling iron

There are two ways to use your Hair Iron as a curling iron. We suggest trying both and then deciding which works best for you and gives the results you want.

 

1st Method:

Just as you would with a curling iron, taking sections of your hair one at a time start at the end of the section, curl hair up towards the scalp, hold for about 5 seconds and then gently release the hair.

 

2nd Method:

Again, taking sections, this time starting at the root, gently clamp hair and twist the iron around completely until all of the hair has gone between the plates OR twist the iron and pull it down towards the ends of your hair. This method is a little trickier at first but with practice it becomes a quick and easy way to curl your hair with your flat iron. Think of it like curling a ribbon with scissors, the faster you go the looser the curl, the slower the tighter.

 

use your hair straightener as a curling iron
use your hair straightener as a curling iron