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How to Do Your Hair – Sectioning

Brunette girl's hair clipped into sections 

Hair Styling How To: Section Hair

Sectioning hair is not rocket science . . . and when you apply it to your hair styling routine, it will save your hair from unnecessary damage, result in a better hairstyle, and actually quicken the process of getting out the door . . . what could be better than that?

This is an essential skill professionals use regularly for hair coloring, perm application, blow drying, straightening and curling long hair.  Here are some how-to’s that professional hairdressers use to pull it off properly.

Before you begin styling your hair, divide the hair into sections, and clip them out-of-the-way.  It’s that simple! Here are some easy steps for sectioning hair that I’ve used for years. Thanks to Conair for the explanatory video!

How to Section Hair into 5 Easy to Manage Panels

  1. Start with the top. Comb straight back, and take a 3 inch wide section from forehead to crown and clip.
  2. Part your hair on the sides. Take a vertical section from hairline to behind the ear on each side and clip.
  3. Section hair along the back. Split hair vertically down the middle, and clip each side.

Achieve Your Dream Look Simply

Begin at the back or sides. Drop down approximately a two inch section of hair at a time. This will keep things manageable and allow you to blow dry, curl, or straighten a section of hair only once.  Want another added bonus? You won’t miss styling any parts of your hair by following this method!

  



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Ways to Curl Hair, Here are some options

Woman Curling Her Hair With a Curling Iron

How to Curl Hair

The vagaries of trends, styles and fashions dictates whether curly hair is desirable or straight hair is thought of as more attractive. Hair styling is a complex mixture of processes – cutting, coloring, straightening, curling, weaving, texturing, relaxing and a host of other procedures and treatments to enhance the looks and also improve hair quality and stop hair loss. Hair done into braids, up-dos, and aggressive styles and the use of accessories is can leave even the healthiest of hair begging for mercy.

Hair curling has always been a desirable option for women with straight hair, particularly when hair styles and trends have dictated big, poufy hair, ringlets, spiral curls, or the desire by some who find straight hair dull and boring, so there will always be a demand for hair curling procedures, both temporary and permanent.

Curlers

The humble hair curler or roller sported by the sleepy matron in her night-gown, frequently portrayed by the media, was one of the most common and popular methods of curling hair to get the desired coifed look. Simple rollers or heated rollers can be used to achieve the desired coiffure.

Curling Irons

Curling irons or tongs create waves or curls in the hair. The diameter of the curling iron may vary to give you the desired effect. The shapes also differ – cones, cylinders, reverse cones, there can be brush attachments, and more multiple barrels as well.

A smaller diameter will give you spiral curls or ringlets whereas a bigger diameter curling iron will give you bolder curls or waves. These can also add bounce and volume to hair that is otherwise fine or thin. Different materials such as ceramic, Teflon, metal, tourmaline, titanium are used for the manufacture of the curling irons and typically each has its own plus and negative points.

A Perm

As early as the late 1940’s the cold wave procedure called the ‘cold wave’ was developed by Arnold F Willatt, which required the hair to be wrapped in rods after which a reduction lotion containing ammonium thioglycolate was used on the hair. Later in the 70’s acid perms were brought to market.

In the late 70’s and 80’s when big hair was quite popular, perming really came into its own. The term ‘Perm‘ comes from ‘Permanent Wave’. The usual perming process involves two processes – firstly the actual wrapping of the hair on to rods and the use of end papers. Then is the chemical phase that alters the chemical bonds present in the hair.

The Digital Perm

This method of perming is particularly popular among Asian populations. It uses hot rods that have their temperature controlled by a machine and digitally displayed. The digital perm requires not only the chemical solution to be applied to the hair, but also the heating process. The shape and the texture of the perm is different with a digital perm and the hair appears different when wet as well. This procedure is also called a cold perm.

For pictures of great looks check out our Pinterest Curly Hairstyles and Wavy Hairstyles Boards.

About the Author: Sarika Periwal promotes natural hair treatments over invasive chemical ones. She has written about natural hair coloring options that are quite effective and produce gorgeous results. You can color your hair into shades of blonde, brown, red, black or even a beautiful tint of blue using natural substances.



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Body Hair Removal Methods Reviewed

Young blonde woman with smooth skin thanks to hair removal

Face and Body Hair Removal Methods

Face and body hair removal has always been an issue for me. From the time I was young, I had an excess of thick, dark hair. I can thank my Italian heritage for that one. Many women, for a variety of reasons such as hormones, heredity, etc. have excess face and body hair that they are looking to get rid of.

Since I have been struggling with this issue for some time, I thought I’d share my experiences with good and bad body hair removal methods with you.

Depilatories

Body Hair Removal

Depilatories like Nair and Veet are low on my list of hair removal methods to use. I’m not a big fan of depilatories especially because of the irritation caused by the harsh chemicals used to literally disintegrate the hair.

Depilatories however are an inexpensive option for removing hair. Expect to spend less than $15 on a typical depilatory product. Depilatories are typically in cream form. The cream is applied to the area and left on for a specified amount of time. The cream and hair are then scraped off with a razor-like tool.

Most depilatories I’ve used are messy and smelly, don’t always remove all the hair and they are irritating! So, although they may sound easy, I wouldn’t suggest using depilatories as a body hair removal method, there are better alternatives.

Waxing

Waxing Body Hair Removal

As I began working in the hair salon, waxing became the easiest face and body hair removal method for me. The biggest benefits of waxing are that the hair is removed in one fell swoop and it takes 4-6 weeks to grow back. Waxing is perfect for any areas with excess hair that you don’t want to deal with regularly.

Warm wax is applied in the direction of hair growth, and a strip is laid on top. The strip is then ripped off, taking the hair along with it. I’d suggest waxing hair in areas like the eyebrows, upper lip, face, underarms, bikini line, arms and legs. The only drawback I have seen with waxing is that it can cause irritation (and can be somewhat painful). Waxing can be pricy too, so let your fingers do the walking, call around a compare prices, it’s worth it!.

Sugaring

Body Hair Removal

Sugaring is a fabulous alternative to waxing because it is all natural so it causes less irritation than waxing does. Sugaring is applied and removed in the same way wax is, making it a very similar product to wax. I use sugaring at home to remove hair instead of waxing. A body hair removal product like Nads is an easy to use DIY sugaring kit and costs less than the price of a leg wax at the hair salon.

Threading

Body Hair Removal

Threading is an ancient technique with its roots starting in Asia. Threading uses a cotton string to literally lasso hair, and pull it out at the root. Since threading uses nothing but a cotton string to remove hair, it is a unique alternative option to facial waxing. Threading is fabulous for eyebrows and works great for any other facial hair, but I’d avoid it for any large areas of hair removal . . . takes too long. Not pain-free, but not excruciating either, I would put threading at about the same pain level as waxing or tweezing. It’s also an inexpensive option, costing around ten dollar to get your eyebrows threaded at a hair salon. This type of body hair removal is a little harder to find, you will need to do some calling or maybe ask at your hair salon or nearby beauty school.

Electrolysis

Body Hair Removal

Electrolysis is more of a permanent option than any of the other methods I’ve previously mentioned. Basically electrolysis works by having a licensed technician insert a small needle into each individual hair follicle; it is then ‘zapped’ with an electric current and removed using a tweezers. Electrolysis is time consuming, painful and doesn’t always result in permanent hair removal. Because it is so time consuming, the cost is usually high! So all in all, I don’t think it the best bang for your buck. I say save your money!

No! No! Hair Removal

Body Hair Removal

Not wanting to spend the money for laser hair removal, I invested almost $300 in the No! No! Body hair removal alternative to laser treatments. It says that their special ‘Thermicon’ tip removes and reduces density of body hair over a period of several months. The only thing I noticed that my no! no! Body Hair Remover did was burn and pinch my skin and left me smelling like singed hair. I’d tell you to say No! No! to this body hair removal method. It might be worth checking out some best laser hair removal machine on the market if this doesn’t work for you. I hear it works well for some though.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal finally we get to my favorite, the crème de la crème of face and body hair removal methods in my book! After dealing with all of the previous methods of body hair removal for so long, I decided to take the plunge and pay for laser hair removal. Now that I am into my fourth treatment for several areas, I can say it is well worth the money.

By the second treatment, I noticed a dramatic decrease in hair and now, the hair is virtually gone! Laser hair removal causes me less pain than waxing or tweezing and although it is costly (about $150 on average per area, per treatment); it has been the one body hair removal method that actually has done what it says . . . permanently!! I was speaking to my friend who had a similar procedure. Learning a lot through websites similar to CosmetBeauty.com. It is always a good idea to compare hair removal services!



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