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Smooth Hair Without a Flat Iron

The essential hair stying brushes

How to Style Your Hair Smooth Without Using a Flat Iron

The flat iron may be the most popular hairstyling tool for achieving smooth hair. It is a quick, simple way to get that flat finish, but the direct heat from the iron often creates more damaging effects on the hair than a blow dryer.

Here is an easy way to achieve virtually the same smooth look using a blow dryer and a few brushes that you probably already have in your drawer.

What you will need:

  • Use a heat protector, smoothing serum or styling gel on wet hair before you begin drying.
  • Make use of the directional nozzle that came with your blow dryer. The directional nozzle is an important tool in your styling arsenal as it helps keep the flow of air right where you want it, instead of blowing all the hair around, causing frizz.
  • Finish the hair with argan oil or another shine product. It will seal the cuticle, taming fly-away’s and adding that final touch of glam.

Start with a Paddle Brush

Do the majority of the drying with a paddle bush; a wide brush with lots of bristles close together. (Don’t even think of using a vent brush.) A paddle brush will grab the hair tighter for a smoother result. Brush hair from the base of  the neck upward and forward, following the brush with the blow dryer as you work your way through the hair. It may be easiest to turn your head upside down while blow drying to get the back of your head.

Blow dry the hair in the opposite direction of the way you want it to end up, drawing it smooth from roots to ends with the paddle brush.

It is at this stage that your hair may become fairly frizzy and you will think you must be doing it wrong. But don’t stop! At this point you’re halfway there!

Next, use a Round Brush

Don’t let the round brush scare you. I have tangled a round brush in my hair before, but trust me, once you learn the trick to using a round brush, you will love it!

Once the hair is 75% dry or more using the paddle brush, use a round brush to finish the drying process. Waiting until this point in the drying process to use the round brush will save you time and save your wrists from getting tired from the turning.

The size of the round brush you choose will be determined by the length of your hair and the amount of fullness or bend you want on the ends of the hair. The larger the brush, the smoother your finished hair will be. A brush with a metal center will  help expedite the drying and smoothing process.

Be aggressive, but don’t abuse your hair. Stretch the remaining wave out of the hair as you blow dry finish your style with the round brush. The trick to keep from tangling your hair in the brush is to NEVER wind the hair on the brush from the ends all the way to the roots. You can use the round brush from the roots to the ends in order to get the hair completely smooth, but  don’t wind the hair on the brush until your brush reaches the ends of the hair. Dry the hair until it is bone-dry. If you leave any moisture in the hair, it will revert.

That’s it!  By now your hair will be smooth and shiny in a healthier way!

Guest Author: The Beauty Lady is a 28-year hair salon professional and educator, based in California. She is the author of Go Inspire Beauty, where she offers beauty advice, tips, tricks, and product recommendations to help you look and feel your best.


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Haircut Trends: Blunt Haircuts for Long, Medium and Short Hair

Blunt bangs with long hair and creative color

Blunt Haircuts are Hot

Layered, texturized, blunt, or razored . . . all these haircutting terms can leave a girl’s head spinning. How do you decide what haircut you want, or what cutting technique is best for your hair? Some of the hottest haircuts of the season feature a straight form or blunt haircut. This look is an awesome option for creating fullness and shine. For some people, layers are the way to go, but for our fine haired friends, the blunt haircut could be a new favorite. Check out these blunt haircuts for hairspiration.

Tyra Banks: long hair with blunt bangs and caramel highlights

Blunt bob and bangs and color blocking

Blunt Bangs

While side bangs have always been a go-to option to add extra movement and style to a look, Tyra Banks among other celebs, are stepping up their hairstyles with bold, blunt bangs. (For more great pictures of bangs check out our Bangs Pinterest Board)

Ideal Hair Types:  Fine to Medium Textures; Straight Hair

Ideal Face Shapes:  Oval; Heart; Oblong

Long straight hair with ombre color

Demi Moore straight long hair

Long blunt hairstyle

Long blunt hairstyle

Long Luxurious Lengths

Go for an understated and sophisticated hairstyle with a long, blunt haircut. This clean and simple look is not only a great option for every day, but the look has been popping up on the red carpet too. (For more great pictures of long hair checkout our Long Hair Pinterest board)

Ideal Hair Types:  Medium Texture (Fine hair can look stringy if too long!)

Ideal Face Shapes:  Oval; Round; Heart; Square

Long blunt bob hairstyle

Long bob hairstyle with ombre color

Long blunt bob hairstyle

Bombshell Long Bob

The long bob offers the perfect compromise between long and short hair! Not to mention, it’s a great way to amp up the volume. Take a cue from celebs like Jessica Alba and Gwyneth Paltrow for a sleek, sexy blunt haircut. (For more great pictures of bobs checkout our Bobs Pinterest board)

Ideal Hair Types:  Fine to Medium Textures

Ideal Face Shapes:  Oval; Round; Heart; Square

Blunt pixie haircut

Blunt pixie haircut

Blunt bob with bangs and red haircolor

Perfect Pixie

A look that’s not for the faint of heart, the perfect (blunt) pixie haircut is a bold, statement hairstyle that is sophisticated and fashion forward. Wear it smooth and sleek, or add volume and texture for a flirty style. (For more great pictures of short hairstyles checkout our  Sassy Short Pinterest board)

Ideal Hair Types:  Fine to Medium Textures

Ideal Face Shapes:  Oval, Square, Oblong, Heart

For fuller, shinier hair, look no further! The straight form blunt haircut offers a sleek, easy style that helps to create volume and sheen. Whether you want to make a statement with bold bangs or sexy length, blunt haircuts can be a great option for fine to medium hair.

Hairstyle Blog contributing author Lindsay Hausch
Contributing author Lindsay Hausch has provided clients with professional cutting edge color and cutting techniques at exclusive Paul Mitchell and Bumble and Bumble Signature Salons for the past seven years. She co-founded Sedona Beauty Team, which represents a team of artists that offer luxury, on-location beauty services. She enjoys writing articles that share her expertise. You can follow Lindsay on Twitter and FaceBook.


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Repairing Damaged Hair

Damaged Hair

Repairing Damaged Hair Takes Patience and TLC

Yesterday, I ran into an acquaintance who had recently tried both a home hair style perm and hair coloring treatment that ended in damaged hair. Her hair was a mess . . . time to wear a wig for a couple of months. She asked for my advice and I told her I would send her an email. Here is my reply:

There is no hair care product on the market that will repair damaged hair. Truly damaged hair should be cut off and then protected from future damage while the new growth occurs. Quality hair care products can protect the hair from the damaging heat of hair dryers and curling/flat irons. Look for hair care products that moisturize, nourish and strengthen the damaged hair. When hair dries out it will break. You should limit shampooing to every few days or so, however, you could get it wet daily to add moisture and body.

With a good hair cut you shouldn’t need a lot of hair styling products. Your hair type should be deep conditioned once or twice a month. This means you should use a heat-activated penetrating conditioner. Heat swells the hair so that the conditioner can penetrate the hair easier. You should use a plastic bag and a hood dryer, and let the heat penetrate for 20 minutes to a half-hour. If you don’t have a hair dryer, wrap a hot towel around your head. Actually you should do this deep conditioning more often up front till you begin to feel the benefits.

Like I said earlier, you may need to cut the already damaged hair off and start over. Unfortunately finding the perfect hair care product is a trial-by-error proposition. What works for one persons damaged hair may not work for you. Only a handful of the hundreds of products out there may work for you.

  • My suggestions for you to try:

    • Biogenol Replenishing Shampoo by Framesi

    • Biogenol Reconditioner

    • Super Charge Conditioner Treatment by Paul Mitchell

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