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What do you look for in your shampoo? you, go ahead. a flat iron with adjustable temperature.
Do you go for the ones that are Fruit acids, a.k.a. alpha-hydroxy acids: Very coarse, thick, curly
designed for babies because they’re less Fruits should be consumed as part of a Very coarse, thick, curly - Long (below How can I reduce the hair damage
likely to have any chemicals in them? healthy balanced diet not rubbed into shoulder - 1.5 to 3 inch from flat iron?
Do you go for the ones with fancy your hair. Alpha-hydroxy acids offer no Very coarse, thick, curly – Medium - First of all, it is extremely important
sounding ingredients like hydroxypro benefit to hair care. 1.5 to 2 inch that you set the right temperature for
pyltrimonium? Or maybe you go for the Antioxidants: Very coarse, thick, curly – Short - 1.25 your hair. Try a few settings starting
ones that tell you they’re wonderful Brilliant in your tea, brilliant when inch from low to high until you find a setting
because they’re enriched with botanical consumed but not so brilliant when that straighten your hair fast and well
extracts, or proteins for healthier hair? rubbed into your hair. Antioxidants Normal enough while not burning your hair.
Botanical stuff in a bottle that gives you offer no benefits for hair care. Normal – Long - 1.25 to 2 inch Use flat iron heat protection spray
healthy hair, why not? It all sounds Designer water: Designer water, Normal- Medium -1 to 1.5 inch before each styling section.
good but is it really going to do you or what’s the point? Any benefits that you Normal- Short- 1 or 1.25 inch
your hair any favors. Keep reading. get from designer water will simply be Why should I invest in a professional
washed away by normal water. natural movement of the hair, this Fine, thin hair flat iron vs. a retail store brand? Is it
Proteins: Proteins are brilliant! Humectants: Manufacturers use causes it to spread out and makes it hard Fine, thin hair- Any length- 1 to 1.5 inch really worthy it?
Brilliant when you’re eating them as humectants in shampoo mainly to to style. The positive electrical charges Retail store branded flat irons are
part of a balanced diet but they really increase advertising verbiage. The also cause hair cuticles to open,
wont do a thing for your hair. So really shampoo detergents remove the resulting in dull, unhealthy hair. The
you’re paying extra money for shampoo humectants that attract moisture to hair. negative ions cancel positive electrical
that contains “proteins” and you’re not charges, which help to smooth, relax
getting anything out of it. Ingredients that Work: and repair your hair.
Ammonium lauryl sulfate: This is a
detergent type ingredient that cleans the Infrared - Have you ever watch Cops?
hair. It actually works so look out for it Notice the heat sensors they use when
when you go buying your next bottle of chasing someone with a helicopter?
shampoo. They use these sensors because every
Guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride heated object produces infrared rays,
This promotes smoothness and volume there is really nothing special about an
to hair. A hard word to remember but infrared hair-straightener.
take note of it, put it into your phone
and make sure you get something that Which is better, should I choose
contains this if you want some added ceramic or tourmaline flat iron?
volume and smoothness. Either will do. Both generate negative
Dimethicone: Coats the hair adding to ions. We haven't seen any differences.
manageability and softness.
A lot of the less expensive shampoo What size should I choose for my hair?
products contain the basic ingredients It depends on your hair texture and hair
which will actually improve hair, while length.
leaving out the fluff ingredients.
Antioxidants and botanical extracts
may make the product more appealing,
but can also run up the price, offering
Vitamins and provitamins: no real benefit to improving your hair.
Bassits soft and chewy vitamins – try
rubbing some of those into your hair, Hair-straightener Buying Guide
Just like “vitamins” you get in a
shampoo bottle, they wont offer any Ceramic, Ionic, Tourmaline and
advantage to hair care or hair problems. Infrared?
Botanical extracts: If you’re just as confused about your
They smell really, really nice! If you’re GHD’s as I am, then carry on reading!
hair has sence of smell then I guess it
could be a good thing otherwise its What does it mean when the product
pointless if you’re trying to keep your has Ceramic or Tourmaline?
hair in tip-top condition. But the do Ceramic or Tourmaline is the material
smell really, really nice! used to coat the hot plates that If you have natural straight hair and you generally made with cheap materials
UV protectant: straighten your hair. Both of these just want to smooth or de-frizz, choose and poorly designed.
UV protectants are not all too bad, they materials produce negative ions when small ones (1 to 1.5 inch). Small sizes
do have some affect; a very small you use them. are also recommended for hair that's Plate: Many retail store branded flat
minimal affect. I wouldn’t advice already chemically straightened (by irons claim "ceramic" or "tourmaline".
buying shampoo just because of its UV How do negative ions help? Japanese hair straightening, for The truth is most of them are made with
protection qualities as the benefits are Your hair carries positive electrical example) aluminum plates coated with regular
very small but if you think they’ll help charges caused by dry friction and paint. Coating usually comes off plates
Small sizes are lighter, after a few uses and hair gets
easier to use and more caught/broken between the plates.
versatile while bigger Some consumers complained that their
ones work faster and save hair becomes thinner and thinner after
time with long coarse using cheap flat irons for extended
hair, but they are not as period of time.
generally on the heavy Heating element: Maintaining constant
side. temperature throughout the entire
Most popular sizes are 1- styling session is vital to the
1/4" and 1-1/2 inch. performance of a flat iron. Because
retail store branded flat irons use cheap
What temperature PTC heater that can not sustain a
should I use for my constant temperature, that's reason why
hair? you have to go thru your hair many
Different hair texture times to get it straight, thus causing
requires different more hair damage.
bellow for how hot you Performance: with retail branded flat
should be. irons, curly hair reverts back quickly,
your hair smell burning and is severely
Texture - Recommended damaged after using it a while. A good
Temperature professional iron will pay for itself over
Normal Hair - 180oC - and over again in the following years.
Very coarse, thick, curly What can I do to make my iron last
or ethnic hair - 190oC - longer?
210oC Unplug it right after use.
Bleached, fragile, Do not wrap power cords around the
damaged or fine hair - iron.
Below 180oC Clean the plate after each use.
It is very important to buy
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