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9 Simple Straight Hair Hacks

Straight hair with some body, if this is your hair type count yourself lucky

Unlike the fine, thin or coarse, heavy hair that is in the straight hair category, your hair will hold when styled. . . at least for some time. It can be formed and usually shaped into soft bouncy curls, although to get these looks you’ll need to do some type of styling to your hair. Your hair takes nicely to chemical treatments, perms, hair color and highlighting when done right with the right hair care products. Your hair type is also receptive to a variety of hair cutting techniques, one length hairstyles, asymmetrical bobs, layering of all sorts, texturizing and razor cuts. Your face shape and your individual lifestyle issues will be more of a determining factor in finding the right hair style for you than your hair type, being that you can do so much with it.

 

Carrie Underwood straight hair tips

Carrie Underwood with loose, free falling, curls. Carrie has your hair type, to replicate her look iron-curl in large sections. If your hair is long, you will be able to easily wear it straight by simply blow-drying with a straightening serum and a flat brush, or flat iron. Just as easily you can coax it into this season’s hair style of loose, soft waves with a large barrel curling iron, 1 1/4 inch barrel is a great size for these waves. Use a Thermal Active Spray before curling to protect your hair and to hold in the curl. Kenra’s, Thermal Active Spray, is a good choice among others.

Your hair should be washed daily or possibly every other day with a gentle shampoo. If your hair has been colored or permed, choose a shampoo specified for that to keep it in good shape. Your hair will benefit from using a clarifying shampoo periodically, if you use product on your hair. Also a deep conditioning treatment after using a clarifying shampoo can give your hair a big lift in shine and body. You can use any good heavy conditioner as a deep conditioner.

9 Simple Straight Hair Hacks

Tip 1 ~~ To make straight look great, try a heavy bang and lots of textured layers . . . Don’t be shy with taking the layers shorter for a shaggy look. Keep the bang heavy, rounded and right at brow-length for a modern look. For a dual-textured style, dry bangs straight and sleek, then loosely curl the rest of your hair.

Tip 2 ~~ To add movement and body, start with a hair primer. Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier creates even porosity, which allows even distribution of other styling products. Follow with Wella Professionals Flowing Form, which has a light-to-medium hold for manageability and flexibility. Then blow-dry sections toward your face using a natural boar-bristle paddle brush like a Mason Pearson brush.

Tip 3 ~~ Make straight hair fun and versatile by switching up the texture. Wear your hair down and straight the first day. Then, braid your hair and sleep on it. The next day, pull out the braids and you’ll have soft, undulating waves. On day three, you can still skip the shampoo and pin your hair up into a loose updo, using the remaining waves to add tendrils and extra texture.

Tip 4 ~~ Get out the volumizing spray, like Bumble and bumble surf spray, which injects body and texture in minutes . . . Just spray directly on your dry hair and scrunch. Or try two big braids. Before going to bed, lightly mist surf spray into your dry hair. Split your hair down the center and create a braid behind each ear In the morning, release the elastics and finger-comb. Finish with a little light spritz of hair spray.

Tip 5 ~~ If it’s thick, it’s important to maintain balance in the silhouette to avoid a bushy look. Add a little lift as you blow-dry the top and crown area. Keep your hair close to your head as you dry the shaft and ends. Section the top area out of the way and dry under layers first. I like to apply Biomega Up All Night Volume Foam to the bang area if lift is needed, and Aquage Straightening Ultragel to the rest of the hair for control.

Tip 6 ~~ Another way to make straight hair simple and fresh is to try an undone bun To create it, mist Redken Vinyl Glam 02 shine spray onto your dry hair, then sweep it back with your fingers. Fasten it into an eye-level ponytail, then twist and wrap your hair to make a bun and pin it into place.

Tip 7 ~~ With straight hair, you can either style it smooth or add curl. If you’re going to be wearing your hair straight, keeping your locks healthy and shiny is what’s most important. Using Moroccan Oil Treatment every time you shampoo helps keep the cuticle smooth and healthy.

Tip 8 ~~ To add control without weight, use a styling cream like Nez Kupetian Flex Shine & Control styling cream. After applying the cream to damp hair, blow-dry by lifting each section up and directing the air flow from your dryer toward your scalp.

Tip 9 ~~ No Heat Curls

  



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18 Ways to Show Fine Flat Hair Who’s Boss

We Asked Top Pros How to Make The Most of What You’ve Got

Tip #1 Choosing Styles ~~ Short or long, fine hair looks best with strong, blunt perimeter lines, says Shelly Wilson. A stylist and manager at Robert Jeffrey Hair Studio in Chicago. Consider face-framing highlights to create the illusion of depth and fullness “If you want layers, try some disconnected ones to avoid stringy ends. When blow drying, use a lightweight root-lifter and start applying heat with a round brush at the roots. Hold the brush in place and use the cool button for a few seconds to lock the style in place.”

Tip #2 Texture Sprays ~~ Fine hair that’s worn straight can have a shattered effect with the right combination of layers. For fine hair with a natural wave, says David Barron, owner of Barron’s London Salon in Atlanta, GA, add texture sprays to enhance the bend.

Tip #3 Thickening Shampoos ~~ To create an illusion of fullness avoid over-texturizing or layering, which thins out the ends, says Bekim Benjamin Osmani, creative director and co-owner of Salon Gaboa USA in Clearwater FL. Try not to shampoo daily . . . Every other day, use a dry shampoo, like Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. Also, you can use Nioxin Diamax Thickening Treatment, which claims to significantly increase the diameter of existing hair strands.

Tip #4 Use Volumizing Products ~~ To encourage volume and help it hold all day, layer in volumizing products, suggests Lynn Jacobs, a stylist at Up in Tangles in Cypress, TX. “For maximum, volume when blow drying, use a round brush and lift hair straight up as you dry.”

Fine Flat Hair

Tip #5 Use Visual Deception ~~ Adding texture creates style support and volume . . . Or at least the illusion of it. Try coloring or highlighting your hair or use a curling wand to add instant texture and movement. For some great ideas for visual deception techniques for fine flat hair check out our Pinterest Fine Hair board.

Tip #6 Skip the Brush ~~ To add bounce, skip the brush, which flattens hair, and style with the pads of your fingers, says Jet Rhys, owner of Jet Rhys in San Diego, CA. Start with damp hair and add a Volumizer (try Phyto Phytovolume Actif Volumier Spray at the roots. “Set your dryer on high and massage your scalp clockwise all around. This expands the cuticle and boosts volume. Next, pop in a few large hot rollers on top layers only . . . They add movement, while keeping your look modern, not matronly.”

Tip #7 Use a Volumizing Powder ~~ Volumizing powders that go to the roots “salt shaker” style are the newest way to get a boost of volume. Naz Kupelian, who owns a namesake salon in Boston, created Naz Kupelian Poudre, which becomes colorless once it’s on the hair. To use it, apply mousse (try Naz Kupelian Foaming Sea Salt mousse, which is salt-based to swell the cuticle) and blow-dry, then flat-iron hair. Finally, lightly tap the Poudre shaker all around the crown area and fluff out your locks.

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Tip #8 Don’t Forget Conditioning ~~ Many women with fine hair don’t use conditioner because it “weighs down” hair or makes the cuticle too compact and flat, but this is a big mistake! Over time, hair becomes dry, dull and brittle. Always use conditioner, putting it on the ends only if you’re afraid to inhibit lift, says Osmani.

Tip #9 Choosing Products ~~ Fine flat hair is a tricky problem to deal with. You want to find hair care products that will thicken the strands or give it more volume, but at the same time you do not want to go for formulas that are too harsh as they can cause fine flat hair to become limper.

It is recommended that you take the middle path, therefore, to ensure that you are striking the iron on both. Or, you can invest in products specifically created for fine flat hair. There are tons of them and you only have to do some digging to uncover them. But you do not have to because I have outlined all of the things you need to know about choosing the right product as well as a guide on which products to look for.

Tip #10 Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner ~~ Fine flat hair does not need conditioners, because it can weigh the hair down further. However, if you were to use a conditioner make sure to go for ones formulated to fortify your scalp and strands so that it promotes growth of new hair and reinforce follicles so you are less likely to suffer from more breakage. Stay away from creamy shampoos. The best choices for fine flat hair are clear shampoos.

Tip #11 Volumising Spray ~~ This product can put fine flat hair to the rescue! However, be extra careful when you spritz this volumising spray to ensure that only the sides are applied and not the top of the hair. The product should be sprayed on damp hair. Refrain from using a blow dryer later, but instead wait for hair to air dry because the latter gives more volume to hair than when it is dried straight from shower using heated air.

Tip #12 Finishing Texture Spray ~~ This is a great product to use for anyone wishing to add more body and wave to their fine, flat hair, in addition to giving it volume. Depending on what specific finishing texture sprays you’ve got, some can also give additional hold and shine. Spray this to every inch of your hair when you are done styling. The body and volume will no doubt make you feel like this product is a godsend for your fine flat hair.

Tip #13 Volumising Mousse ~~ If you’re afraid to use a gel that gives your hair unnatural hold and body, switch to a volumising mousse created specifically to boost hair volume. A tennis ball-sized amount should work for most lengths. Then, use a wide tooth comb to run the product throughout your hair. Finishing it off in a blow dryer should give your hair amazing volume and body.

Tip #14 Volumising Mask ~~ As part of your lasting hair treatment for fine flat hair, you need to invest in a volumising mask as part of your hair care kit. Avoid letting the product touch the scalp. Instead, apply it from mid-shaft to the ends. Take it off and do not let the product sit too long. For best results, choose a volumising mask that contains tea tree oil.

Tip #15 Read Product Labels ~~ Check the labels to see if a product is formulated for fine flat hair. The chemical formula for most products for fine flat hair is gentler and designed to boost hair strands to make them thicker and healthier.

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Tip #16 Know your hair ~~ Not all fine flat hair is the same. You need to assess what kind of products or brands had worked for you in the past and stick with that.

Tip #17 Avoid Synthetic Dyes and Sulfates ~~ Stay away from products that contain sulfate or synthetic dyes that can further weigh hair down and make it look limper.

If you have fine flat hair, take time to remember and practice the tips above to aid you in providing proper hair care that is suitable for your hair type.

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Contributing author Abby Pringles is a writer who likes to write about topics relating to beauty, hair, and fashion. You can check her personal blog, Life in the Fash Lane, to read more of her works. Aside from fashion and beauty, Abby is also a hardcore basketball and tennis fan. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.


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Japanese Hair Straightening: Sorting Through The Fog

Complete Beginner’s Guide to Japanese Hair Straightening

It’s easy to get confused with hair straightening options, Japanese Hair Straightening or Thermal Reconditioning. Both procedures are pretty much the same and differ only in minor ways. In researching these new innovative hair straightening services, I’ve come to understand the most important consideration . . . an experienced professional. Like any chemical hair treatment, Japanese hair straightening takes some time to get the experience of how different hair types will react any chemical treatment. A hairdressers past experience with perms, hair straighteners and hair dyes gives them a leg up in being able to identify a number of critical issues that need attention when considering hair straightening.

Japanese Hair Straightening

An experienced hairdresser can assess if your hair can handle Japanese hair straightening. They also will know, from experience, just when your hair has been relaxed enough to stop the processing.

Seek out a SPECIALIST because Japanese hair straightening requires special training. A good personality type to seek out is . . . a meticulous, anal-retentive type who is well-informed and keen on detail.

How do you find this person? Japanese hair straightening is still fairly new in America so it may take work on your part. Ask around and get referrals if you can. Check well established, credible salons, including high-profile chain salons. In the consultation, ask lots of questions, ask for before and after pictures and references. The more informed you are, the better you will be able to assess their know-how. If you question their confidence and ability, hold off and consult with someone else. Tell them you need to think it over if you aren’t sure. A consultation is a two-way street, so follow your intuition.

Japanese Hair Straightening

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

On average about $500.00 but it can go from $200.00 to $800.00 depending on how long it takes. Basically, you’ll be charged by the hour.

WHAT MAKES IT UNIQUE?

A ceramic flat iron is used in the process to create pressure with extreme heat.

WHY DID THE JAPANESE, WHO HAVE STRAIGHT HAIR, COME UP WITH THIS METHOD?

With this hair straightening method, the Japanese discovered a way to “soften” strong-minded hair, as well as curly hair. Softening the hair gives it more movement or body and a healthier look!

DO I NEED A CONSULTATION?

A preliminary consultation is a must! A qualified specialist needs to check the condition of your hair to evaluate if it will hold up to the chemical process. You need to be very clear about any chemicals that you have used in the past that may still remain on your hair. You may be sent home with a hair care regime to follow before your scheduled appointment. Some red flags to having this done may be:

  • Pre-lightened hair
  • Some residual colored hair
  • Strong African hair types
  • Hair straightened with lye type or sodium relaxers

WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE?

Simplified, it looks like this;

  • A straightening solution is applied and rinsed when your hair has reached the correct stage of relaxation
  • Sections of (approximately 1/4 inch) throughout the head are blow dried and flat-ironed . . . meticulously
  • A neutralizer solution is applied and watched as it “sets in” the new form of the relaxed hair
  • Rinse, blow-dried and flat-ironed again

This procedure may need to be repeated and seems to take on average 5 to 8 hours. Some people may require a second day appointment.

Japanese Hair Straightening

HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?

Your natural hair type will make the difference on how well the new growth can blend with the straightened hair.

From those I’ve talked to in the hair industry, sounds like when this is done right the results are spectacular, straight hair, incredibly soft and silky, shiny hair with no frizz! If it’s not done right, major breakage can happen! (Maybe you want to think about investing in a high quality flat-iron instead?)

  



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