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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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29 Apr '15

The Clothes Maiden magazine

The Clothes Maiden magazine wrote a feature on ISA Professional and our products yesterday. We are proud to be featured in this quality magazine.

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28 Apr '15

Argan Oil - Organic Argan Oil History and Uses

History of Argan Oil

 

 

 

Argan Oil, also known as “Liquid Gold”, has been around for 3,000 years and is used for its amazing beauty and anti aging benefits. You can use it topically, practically everywhere: your face, fingernails, feet and hair. It contains high levels of Vitamin E and Omega 6 fatty acids, both anti inflammatory, making it extremely beneficial in fighting aging lines on your face, deeply moisturizing your skin, and reparative/protective for your hair.

 

The process of obtaining the seeds that contain Argan Oil is long and difficult. Argan trees (Argania spinosa), are native to Southwest Morocco and are very resistant to harsh, semi desert climates. These trees manage to live up to 250 years and it takes at least 50 years for it to reach fruit maturity. The small seeds, which contain this precious oil, are then hand picked and packaged, in many cases by cooperatives of Moroccan Berber women.

 

How to Choose a quality Argan Oil

 

 

I personally use Argan Oil almost daily and can't live without it. An important tip for new-comers is to stay away from products that "contain argan oil", since they rarely contain enough of the ingredient to actually make a significant difference. Try your best get your hands on high quality Extra Virgin Argan Oil (EVAO), which should come in a dark brown glass bottle. This ensures that no sun rays reach your oil, keeping its integrity intact. Also, as with all products, always check the ingredient label. If it doesn't say 100% Organic Argan Oil, then you're purchasing a low quality oil. Don't let those shampoos and hair serums in the drugstore fool you. Get the 100% and you'll never look back, believe me. As an added conscious consumer tip, I recommend buying organic, non animal tested and Fair Trade; the world will thank you.

 

For Face, Body, and Hair

 

Organic Argan Oil is essential in my everyday beauty routine. I add it to my shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer and face cream. About once a week, I apply it in its pure form on my face, hands, legs and feet to get that extra boost of moisture. It doesn't matter if you have oily skin, Argan Oil will leave your skin nourished, just apply it before bed to let it soak as you sleep, then wash off in the morning. If you have a dry scalp, apply it on your scalp with your fingertips before bed as well, and wash off in the morning to see the difference. I've even heard of Argan Oil helping people with eczema and psoriasis, saying that it helps relieve their itchiness and outbreaks.

 

For Hair

 

 

The most hailed use of Argan Oil is, of course, its benefits on your hair. I like to alternate between applying it on dry and damp hair. To ensure your hair stays moisturized and shiny, apply it right after you wash your hair for a deep treatment. I do this once a week and my hair stylist is always impressed that my ends and scalp are always so healthy. If you have frizzy and unruly hair, twice a week of deep treatment would be ideal. For dry application or everyday use, style your hair as usual with your blower or flat iron, then add a few drops when you're done to have beautiful shine and serious frizz control. I just can't get enough of this liquid gold!


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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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