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19 May '15

What Temperature Should You Use With Heat Styling Tools? It's All In The Hair Type

Styling Temperature for Hair Type

When it comes to heat hair styling tools, high heat does not guarantee you the best results. This is because not all hair is the same; what might work for some hair types may not work for others. I used to think I had coarse hair since I had so much of it and it was so difficult to control. I later found out from my hairdresser that I had fine hair, which I was frying with a lethal combo of high heat using flat irons and hair curlers and not enough product. I assumed that the higher the heat, the faster and better the results would be, but experience has taught me otherwise.

Proper Technique

Proper temperature control is key to getting the best results when using heat styling tools but make sure you remember to use heat protecting spray and thoroughly de-tangle by brushing your hair to make sure it doesn't get caught in your flat iron.

Fine Hair

Let' s begin with fine hair types. Like myself, chances are you have breakage all the time and de-tangling your hair is a slow and exact procedure that you'd prefer to do yourself before letting your hairstylist attempt it. Fine hair is very fragile and needs to be deeply conditioned twice a week (I like to use a 100% argan oil soak, let it sit for 10-15 minutes, rinse and style as usual). When using a flat iron, make sure you never crank it to the highest setting. A lower temperature of 250-340°F works best for fine hair types. Try to let your hair air dry before using your flat iron; this quickens the styling process and allows your hair to have less heat exposure. I love my ISA Professional Digital Flat Iron because it has temperature controls that allows you to lock the temperature setting in place by double clicking the power button down twice. This ensures my fingers don't mess with the temperature controls during my styling and my hair always looks sleek and shiny. It's also 100% ceramic tourmaline so it distributes heat evenly and protects my hair even further.

Normal Hair, Thick Hair

For normal, medium hair types, keep the temperature anywhere between 300-350°F. For thicker hair types, your hair can withstand higher heat than fine hair types. Thick hair types have more tools to choose from since they don't need to worry about lower heat temperatures being available. They can also style their hair quicker due to the high temperatures their hair can withstand.

Apply heat styling protecting spray on your hair and lock the temperature to anywhere between 330-380°F. If you have coarse, thick hair then you should stick to 400-450°F for best results.

Everyone's hair is different, so you should experiment to find the ideal temperature for you. By knowing which temperature range you should stick to, you can figure out the best heat setting for your specific hair.

 

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06 May '15

How to Get Voluminous Shiny Hair

Voluminous Shiny Hair

 

 

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When I was a kid, I disliked my hair. It was always frizzy and my short hair cut would make me look strange since it was also wavy. It wasn't until later I realized that my hair only needed some TLC, and I found different ways to make my waves work for me. Here are a couple of tips to make sure your hair gets the volume you crave, while keeping it shiny and healthy.

 

Shampoo

 

When you shampoo your hair, make sure you rub your roots in a circular motion for about 2 minutes. This not only gives you a great scalp massage but also helps build volume in your hair and stimulates hair growth. This is especially helpful if you want to grow your hair out like I did.

 

Vinegar Rinse

 

I like to use a vinegar rinse to help tame my waves and get more volume. You should only do this once a week since it is too rough to use more than that. If you have color treated hair like me, don't use apple cider vinegar because it will make your color fade! Use regular white vinegar! Mix 1/3 cup apple cider (or white) vinegar with 1 quart of distilled water. After rinsing off your shampoo, pour the vinegar mix into your hair for a few seconds then rinse with cold water.

 

Conditioner

 

You don't have to condition all your hair, everyday. Conditioner weighs hair down, so its application depends on what hair style you want. When I'm in the mood to straighten my hair, I condition all my hair to prep it for my flat iron. If you want volume, only apply conditioner on your tips, this will help moisturize them without weighing down the rest. I also apply 100% Argan Oil after lightly towel drying my hair, at least 3 times a week. This leaves my hair looking shiny and frizz free, which is a must with any hair style. Sometimes I leave it in without using any hair tools, resulting in soft waves with no fuss.

 

Drying

 

Letting your hair air dry is a mistake if you want volume, since it will also weigh your hair down. I hang my head downwards, with the tips of my hair pointing to the floor and use a blow dryer to dry it from the roots down (if you have curly hair, use a diffuser). Let gravity help you work less, make sure you completely dry all your hair, then apply cold air to help it keep its hold. Flip your head up to see all the volume you've achieved. At this point, I like to use my Victorya flat iron from ISA Professional to seal my tips and bangs, making them smooth, shiny and frizz free. I find it completes the look, making sure there is no frizz, only a clean finish.

 

Now that I know how to control my wavy, unruly hair, I love pumping up my hair without looking like a frizz ball. Hopefully, these tips will help you do the same, love your hair for how it is and give it the TLC it deserves to look your best!

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23 Apr '15

Unboxing Beauty does a review of our Argan Oil

Unboxing Beauty recently wrote a very thorough blog post and review of two of our products. The EVAO Extra Virgin Argan Oil, and the Xanadu 24K Gold Vitamin C Serum. The organic Argan Oil review even includes a recipe for a wonderful Argan Chamomile Lip Scrub.

Yum, delicious!

We always love it when bloggers and our customers alike tell us about their own personal experiences with our products. We love helping you be your most beautiful. :-)

Read the full blog here.

 



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