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    The Ultimate Blow Dry Tutorial

    The Blow Dry Tutorial That Blow Dry Bars Don’t Want You to Know About

    The best thing for your hair is to let it dry naturally. But of course, that’s not realistic . . . especially for women with fine hair, most of whom are addicted to the master blaster, with good reason; it’s the ultimate volumizer. If you do blow-dry all the time, at least take a break on the weekend, when you can condition your hair and give it special care. Leave-in conditioners everyday and a deep conditioning treatment or hot oil treatments also help to take the strain off over-processed hair.

    To do as little damage as possible, follow these ground rules. If your hair is curly, use a diffuser, which not only helps hold the curl but also diffuses the heat. Also, keep the blower at a low cool setting as much as possible, and hold it four to six inches from your head.

    Blow Dry Tutorial

    Get the Right Hair Dryer

    Not all hair dryers are not created equally. So what makes the grade in my book? The size, the weight and a cool button. A hair dryer that’s light, not too heavy is important. I don’t like hair dryers that are too big. A cool button is important to me . . . you can touch up your look by pumping air back into the hair. A 1,200 to 1,500-watt dryer is powerful enough for most women: if your hair is thick or coarse. You may need 1,700 watts. Experiment with a diffuser or nozzle attachment, I’m addicted to nozzles! They direct the heat when I want to get the hair really straight and smooth, and they don’t ruffle the cuticle.


    Blow Dry Tutorial

    Buy a Good Hair Brush

    I use mostly round brushes on myself, I prefer a Denman brush, which boasts rubber-coated bristles. If I want the hair to be really, really straight, I use the brush at the roots. The rubber grips the hair and allows you to really pull it taut. If you are able to get the first two inches from the roots straight, the rest of the hair will follow. And if you don’t, watch for that mid-morning natural wave to bounce back!


    Blow Dry Tutorial

    Use a Really Good Volumizing Product

    But, take inventory of your hair texture and pick a volumizer that best suits your hair type.


    Blow Dry Tutorial

    Section Your Hair Off

    There’s a reason why stylists section their clients’ hair when blow-drying . . . it provides more control with the brush as well as tension, heat and airflow. Here’s how to achieve smooth, shiny results, just like you get in the salon.

    • Divide your head into four quadrants and use large clips to hold each section in place as you blow-dry.
    • Hold the brush in your writing hand and the blow dryer in the other on, keeping them about 1/2″ apart.
    • Position the dryer parallel to the brush . . . Never put the nozzle directly on the brush, as it will burn the blower motor out, damage the brush’s bristles and burn your hair.


    Blow Dry Tutorial

    Be Careful Not to Over Dry Your Hair or Style Too Soon

    85% is the magic number, over drying can strip your hair of essential moisture, bounce and elasticity. Don’t start styling your hair with a round brush when blow drying until you get about 85% of the moisture out of your hair first, so it’s just damp. One result of over drying hair is a lot of static.

    Blow Dry Tutorial

    Blow Dry From Roots to Ends

    Start by gently blotting your wet hair with a towel. Then, hang your head upside down as you blow dry from roots to ends. Don’t blow into the hair, or you’ll ruffle the hair cuticle. You want to keep your cuticle lying down smoothly. As you are turned upside down, you are giving your hair added volume, and when hair is 85% dry, get out that brush and put some shape in that style.


    Blow Dry Tutorial

    Dry the Bottom Layers First

    Start at the back and dry the under layers first. For straight hair, always direct the blow-dryer down toward the floor: this smooths the hair and prevents frizz. Lean over and blow-dry at the roots to give your hair volume. To add height or volume to the top of your hair, lift the hair from the roots with your fingers (or use your round vent brush or paddle brush) and blow-dry at the roots. For wavy or curly hair, hold the diffuser into the hair (with your head straight up) and work your way around your head, from bottom to top (do not use a brush).

    Blow Dry Tutorial

    Smooth the Top

    When the under layers are dry, use your brush to shape the top layer. Put the bristles against your scalp, turn and lift back small sections of hair, and curl them under until dry.


    Blow Dry Tutorial

    Curl the Ends

    Take your brush and curl the ends under. Brush through and follow with the blow-dryer directed toward your hair. Finish styling with a shot of cold air, which “sets” the style and makes your hair shinier.



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    Winter Hair Care 101; The DIY, How To

    9 Ways Winter Hair Care Can Make Your Naughty Hair Nice!

    As I am creating this article we are under a winter storm warning and the predictions are for 14″ of snow. So we might as well face it Old Man Winter is upon us again. The winter season can be especially hard on hair. My furnace is blasting hot, dry forced air for several hours each day, excessive styling with holiday parties coming up and the harsh winter weather can leave hair more naughty than nice. But don’t get the winter blues over limp, dry locks, try these nine DIY how to quick hair care tips to get your mane on the nice list.

    • Step 1 ~~ Use Deep Conditioner for Healthier Hair. Be kind to your hair by using a weekly deep conditioner. If you have chemical damage from harsh perms or coloring, use a conditioner with protein to repair hair strands. For hair that has general wear and tear from heat tools & the great outdoors, opt for a moisturizing conditioner. For maximum effect, apply conditioner to wet hair and put on a plastic cap. Open the cuticle by using a blow dryer on low setting to gently heat your head. Wrap in a towel. Rinse after 15 to 20 minutes with cooler water to lock in the moisture.  Tip: Ingredients to look for in Protein Rich Conditioners: Silk, Wheat, Keratin, Collagen, Amino Acids. Ingredients to look for in Moisture Rich Conditioners: Glycerin, Oils (Jojoba, Argan, Coconut, Castor, etc.) Fatty Alcohols (Stearyl, Cetyl, & Cetearyl), and Panthenol.)

    Winter Hair Care

    • Step 2 ~~ Try Velcro or Hot Rollers for a Wavy Hairstyle. Velcro and hot rollers are great options to add bounce and volume to tired tresses. Plus, with the help of rollers, you can avoid curling, crimping, and smoothing hair with harsh heat tools which will zap moisture out of your hair. When hair is 90% dry, apply Velcro rollers to give your style volume. Let your hair dry naturally, or use a blow-dryer to set. After you remove the rollers, use a curling iron or flat iron if necessary to touch up your style. If Velcro rollers aren’t for you, try hot rollers on dry hair. Use bigger rollers on the crown area to add volume. Gently run fingers through hair to relax curls that are overly bouncy. Spritz with hairspray, and you’re done.

    Winter Hair Care

    • Step 3 ~~ Beat the Heat Tools with Thermal Protection Products. You’re not alone if you have a hard time breaking your addiction to your trusty flat iron, curling iron, or blow dryer. But, to avoid excessive damage from these tools, always use a thermal protection spray or serum to protect your hair cuticle. Some hair sprays and serums are specially made for damp hair, which is useful to protect hair during blow drying. I’m liking Redken Thermal Setting Mist, (splurge) or Tresemme Heat Tamer Spray Serum. There are plenty of good products for saving hair from excessive heat damage, the key is . . . to use one! Shine sprays and oils are another great option to combat heat damage and promote shiny healthy hair.

    Winter Hair Care

    • Step 4 ~~ Use Hair Friendly Products. Ingredient labels are a useful tool to determine the products that are hair friendly from those that are harmful. You don’t need to be a scientist to decipher the good from the bad, just take a couple notes on what to look for. Hairspray with excessive alcohol will be drying to your hair (with the exception of fatty alcohols, Stearyl, Cetyl, & Cetearyl, and Panthenol. Many hairsprays are now available with low amounts of alcohol or no alcohol at all. The ingredients are listed in a sequence from highest quantity to lowest, so the first ingredient listed is the dominant one. Sulfate free shampoos and conditioners are the “IT” products now because they do the job of cleaning the hair and scalp without using that harsh stripping chemical.

    Winter Hair Care

    • Step 5 ~~ Haircuts are Your Friend. Maintain healthy hair with a visit to your hair stylist every 2 to 3 months. Regular trims prevent split ends from traveling up the hair shaft. Stop damage in its tracks by getting rid of those ends. Remember that visiting your stylist regularly will ensure that all you need to keep your hair looking healthy is a dusting of your ends, which is especially good news for all you long haired loving ladies!

    Winter Hair Care

    • Step 6 ~~ Use a Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner. Pick up a moisture rich shampoo and conditioner for the winter months, preferably one with vitamins and oils. I recommend L’Oreal Professionanel’s Serie Expert Liss Ultime shampoo and conditioner.
    • Step 7 ~~ Use Argan oil. Argan oil contains fatty acids, Vitamin E and antioxidants that restore your hair’s natural luster without a greasy shine. Use about a dime sized amount and comb it evenly through your damp hair.
    • Step 8~~ Use a Thermal Protectant. When blow-drying, always use a thermal spray or serum to protect your hair. Also, be sure to go all the way. Blow-drying hair halfway will only create frizz and damage. Spending the extra 5 minutes blow-drying your hair to a smooth finish makes all the difference.

    Winter Hair Care

    • Step 9 ~~ Never Go Outside with Wet Hair. Wet or even damp hair can easily freeze once temperatures drop into the 30’s, and frozen strands mean split ends or in a worse case scenario hair that actually breaks.

    With all those holiday treats, late night soriee’s and other winter festivities, we can’t guarantee you’ll be “nice” all season long but, with these hair tips, you can certainly treat your hair nicely, ensuring shiny, healthy hair all winter long. Now you can focus on picking a bombshell dress to impress your coworkers at that holiday office party, you weren’t sure you wanted to go to! For more winter hair ideas, check out our Pinterest Winter Hair Tips board.

    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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    Hair Oils 101; A Tutorial

    It’s Time to Polish Up Your Hair Oil Repertoire

    Not too very long ago, the very mention of oils in hair products was unthinkable. Traditionally, oils weren’t considered desirable because they added weight and tackiness. But, professionals see oils very differently now. That’s because there’s an oil boom in the making, as women everywhere are asking for more ways to calm their frizz and thicken their hair while ensuring health and shine. Product companies are answering the call with a plethora of oil options. Along with oils, new supplements for hair are being brought out all the time. These include nutrafol are really set apart from other old supplements with ingredients that help fight hair loss and keep hair healthy. While the boom is new, oils themselves aren’t. For centuries, women around the globe have used botanical oils to lend their hair healthy sheen and appealing fragrance.

    Macadamia Hair Oils Treatment

    Argania spinosa kernel oil, or Argan oil, has been the superstar, with companies such as Moroccanoil, Agadir, Orofluido and DermOrganic creating entire lines around it. Argan oil is produced from the kernels of the Argan tree, which is indigenous to southwestern Morocco. The oil softens thick, coarse and unruly hair, and brings shine to dull hair. High in vitamin E, Argan oil also provides natural UV protection, which is especially beneficial for color-treated hair, but works on all hair types. While Argan oils are definitely the most popular in this vast market, many companies have been blending it with other popular, health-boosting ingredients such as pequi and Amla oils. For example, Macadamia Natural Oil combines Argan with macadamia seed oils. The matching of these two oils, the performance of the product is unparalleled as far as the absorbency and as far as the great benefits. The combination of the two oils gives hair elasticity which prevents breakage and split ends.

    hair oils

    Although many women expect hair oils to leave a greasy residue, these oils can actually have the opposite effect, even with daily use. Many women who have finer hair will typically have an oilier scalp this helps even out the porosity in the hair. The oils also help speed up blow-drying time, similar to the way oil and water separate. When combined with an oil, certain extracts like aloe vera, which is said to heal minor skin injuries, can help repair a scalp that’s been damaged by chemical processing. If your scalp is on the dry side, most of the time, you need to have a combination of natural and synthetic materials. Botanicals have been around for a long time and as hair styles have changed, things become sort of cyclical. Botanical oils are gaining popularity among health-conscious consumers who have been pushing the envelope toward natural ingredients in food, personal care, and health.

    Moroccanoil hair oils

    One of the pioneers in the oil boom is Moroccanoil, which introduced its signature Moroccanoil three years ago. Driven bv the success of the initial products, the company has introduced new products ever since. The popularity of the Moroccanoil products was especially evident among curly head women and the hair stylists who use the products. As a result the company answered the demand with several curl-specific products containing its argan oil. The line now boasts a curl-defining mousse, curl control cream and intense curl cream. Moroccanoil infuses their argan oil with vitamin A, E and F to protect against free-radicals. What makes the Moroccanoil curl line so unique is that the formulas work on dry and wet hair. These formulations not only make styling easier, but they also decrease fizz, make curls more manageable, and restore moisture to the hair. Now there are a number of great oils available, including: Mizani Supreme Oil; Oscar Blandi products with jasmine oil; Oribe Haircare’s oil-infused products; and Alterna’s Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil.

    Bottles of four different hair oils

    Oils and Their Benefits

    Abyssinian Oil is a natural vegetable oil that contains a high percentage of unsaturated C22 fatty acids and produces a natural radiant luster. It will form a light continuous lipid layer to help detangle the hair and lock in essential moisture. Amla Oil is considered one of the world’s oldest natural hair conditioners is marketed to stimulate hair growth and pigmentation and prevent premature graying of hair and dandruff, while increasing the strength of your hair follicles. Argan Oil hydrates the hair, penetrating into the hair shaft and enhancing elasticity. It is especially good for uncontrollable and, unmanageable hair, restoring and repairing damage. Avocado Oil is a perfect oil or dry hair and is full of vitamins such as A, E. D and potassium. This oil is typically added to other carrier oils for a deep treatment. Castor Oil is rich in ricinoleic acid {triglyceride of fatty acid), and is marketed as nourishing to the hair and good for preventing a dry scalp. When added to hair care products, castor oil can seal in moisture, as well as and thicken hair.

    Hair Oils

    Coconut Oil helps in the lubrication of the hair. It hair and conditions the scalp, and provides the essential proteins for nourishing damaged hair. Also good for dandruff. Hemp Seed Oíl brings gloss and manageability to hair as well as relief from dry scalp or hair damage caused by blow-dryer heat, chemical perms, hair color or sunlight. It contains moisturizing and replenishing essential fatty acids. Check out this supplier if you’re interested in finding some for yourself. Jojoba Oil is great for all hair types, and has an ability to inhibit excess activity of the sebaceous glands making it the perfect choice for people with oily scalps that still need conditioning. Kendi Oil is a source of multiple essential fatty acids (Omegas 3, 6 and 9). The oil, repairs and maintains the hair’s natural lipid layer while its anti-oxidant powerhouse Tocopherol fights free radicals, protecting hair from further damage. Macadamia Nut Oil allows for absorption and rapid penetration into hair and skin. Macadamia includes a rich concentration of essential fatty acids, natural antioxidants and vitamins, which penetrate, smooth and coat the hair shaft, improving elasticity and strength, leaving hair nourished and revitalized. Olive Oil strengthens and nourishes the hair in addition to adding shine, olive oil smoothes the cuticles and is great for frizzy hair. Rosemary Herbal Oil is very useful for flaky dandruff problems. Rosemary oil is known to help stimulate follicles. Vitamin E Oil is a well-known antioxidant, and acts as a rejuvenator to protect scalp and skin.

    How to Apply Hair Oils

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