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How to Get #Flawless Hair with Hair Styling Tools

Posted on November 15 2017

 

Changing your hairstyle is a good way to shake things up. According to a study done in the U.K. by Fabriah.com, the average British woman changes her hairstyle 36 times during her lifetime. Hair styling tools, such as flat irons and curling irons, make it easy to maintain the look that we want. But they’re not always a breeze to use. We’ll admit it - after a trip to the salon, we’ve gone as long as possible without washing our hair to enjoy the perfect style while it lasts. We’ve done this because we just CANNOT seem to replicate the way our stylist works their magic. Good news, though: You don’t have to attend cosmetology school to get the skills to properly do your hair. It just takes a little time and practice. Have you found yourself asking what hot tools you need to get the style you want? Confused as to how they work? Can’t seem to get the results you want, even though they’re high-quality? Look no further, because we’ve got the answers. Let’s get started.
 
- It all starts at the root (and with good hair care).
It’s a popular misconception that hair grows from the ends. It actually begins at the roots in a follicle. This is why scalp health is so important - it affects hair growth. Some common scalp issues people face include:

 

  • - Dryness
  • - Flakiness 
  • - Oiliness (which can cause a greasy look)
  • - Itchiness 
  • - Dandruff 
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  • A general rule of thumb is to wash your hair every other day, rather than every day. There are shampoos designed to help with these specific problems. Remember to massage it into your scalp, rather than just letting it sit on the top of your head. One way to care for your scalp is by using our Groove Rejuvenating Scalp Massager. It gives a relaxing mini-massage while gently loosening dead skin cells and oil buildup. It also promotes blood flow, which can increase scalp health and hair growth - because, let’s get real, we all want full, luscious locks.
     
    - Protect your tresses.
    When people say their hair is “unhealthy”, it’s actually somewhat of a misnomer. The same goes for the saying “dead ends.” They’re referring to their hair’s appearance, but hair is actually dead, so it can’t be “healthy” to begin with. This is why it doesn’t hurt to get a haircut. Either way, you should still take care of your ends. How you treat them can definitely make a difference in the way they look and feel. Damage as a result of styling, or even just daily washing and brushing, is extremely common. Signs of hair damage include:

     

  • - Brittleness
  • - Dryness
  • - Dullness
  • - Breakage
  • - Split ends
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  • These can be especially annoying if you’re trying to grow your hair as strands can be different lengths. It also affects hair texture. Shampoos, conditioners, balms, or creams that claim they fix damage will lessen the appearance of it, but won’t get rid of it completely. Contrary to popular belief, the only way to get rid of it is by cutting. That’s a bummer if you’re trying to grow your hair long, but in the end, it’s the best choice.

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  • - Whenever possible, let your hair air dry.
  • Although it’s a useful styling tool, only use your blow dryer when necessary. We know - dripping wet (and cold) hair on your shoulders and back isn’t exactly a pleasant thought. But keeping heat away from your hair will keep damage to a minimum. According to Dr. Michael Roizen, “The extreme heat from hair dryers causes the water under the cuticles to form bubbles that stress and break the hair.” Yikes. Some alternatives are our Studio Dry Pink Hair Towel and Drying Gloves. These are made with exclusive PILE-DRY technology designed to dry hair faster. Water is absorbed from hair, but styling products aren’t removed (i.e. leave-in conditioner, mousse, gel). Your hair will be softer, fuller, and left with a brilliant shine with zero frizz. If you do need to blow-dry your hair, stay on the low to medium setting, and dry in sections. Another option is blow-dry it halfway, and then let it air dry from there.

  • - Use a protectant spray or serum before using hot tools.
  • This will shield your strands from the high temperatures. We recommend our Bring on the Heat - Nourishing Heat Protector Spray so your hair stays smooth and damage is minimized. It’s nourishing and has a subtle blackberry-guava scent so your hair looks and smells amazing. If you’re noticing your hair is looking a little worse for the wear, or if you need an extra boost of protection, try our Remi Moisturizing & Restorative Hair Mask. It’s a nourishing pre-shampoo hair mask that hydrates dry and damaged hair, boosts shine and volume, and improves the overall condition of your hair to make it shinier and glossier. As a general rule, when using hot tools, conditioning and moisturizing is your BFF.

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  • Straightening 101
    When using a flat iron (AKA straightener), never go above 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Hair, like paper, begins to melt at 451 degrees. If you have dry or damaged hair, stay within the 300s. Below are some tips for using the iron effectively and properly:
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  • - Separate your hair into several sections, doing one at a time.
  • - Use strands of hair that are 1-2 inches thick so the flat iron can easily pass through them.
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  • - Without burning yourself, place the iron as close to the roots as possible (about 1 inch from your scalp).
  • - Clamp the iron down so that your hair is in between the two heated sides. Don’t clamp too firmly or for too long as this will create a ridge in the hair.
  • - Run the iron down your hair in one fluid motion from root to tip. Depending on the thickness of your hair and the temperature of the iron, you may have to do this once (or several times) to get your hair completely straight.
  • - If you’re prone to frizz, apply a hairspray after straightening each section.
  • - Avoid getting product on your iron as this can cause damage.
  • You can achieve multiple, gorgeous looks with a flat iron. It doesn’t just straighten - it can do curls, too. Just make sure your straightener is about 1-2 inches wide and has rounded edges. 

     

    Here are general rules you should follow before curling your hair (especially with curling irons, which we’ll get to in a bit).

    - Using clips, separate your hair into several sections. Do one section at a time.
  • - Gather strands of hair that are 1-2 inches thick.
  • - If your hair doesn’t hold curls well, use a light amount of hairspray on sections immediately before you curl them.
  • - Smaller sections make more curls that are smaller and tighter. Larger sections make fewer bouncier and looser curls that look more natural.
  • - For looser curls, gently run your fingers through your hair after you’re done. For more hold, use hairspray. Don’t use too much - this will give hair a “helmet” appearance and make it crunchy.
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    Here are some different ways to curl your hair with a straightener.

     Flipping:
  • - Starting halfway down the length of your hair, clamp the iron shut and turn it backwards using a half-turn motion.
  • - The hair and the iron should create a U-shape.
  • - Keeping it in this position, slowly move the iron down to your ends. The slower you move, the tighter the curls will be.
  • - Move on to the next section and repeat.
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    Curling:
  • - Starting close to your scalp, clamp the iron shut and use a half-turn motion.
  • - Slowly move the iron down to your ends.
  • - For more ringlet curls, rotate the straightener a full turn. Your hair should create a loop.  
  • - Move on to the next section and repeat.

  • For a beachy, natural look, we recommend our Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray.

     

     
    It’s basically ocean air in a bottle. After curling, spray the mist to add texture, volume, and body to your locks. Plus, it’s packed with kelp and seaweed extracts that moisturize.

    So, after all that, are you in need of a flat iron? We have a couple of options. The Vanity Planet Tame Pro-Style Titanium Tourmaline Flat Iron is a professional styling tool that straightens, curls, and controls frizz. The titanium tourmaline plates glide through hair without pulling or snagging, while negative ion technology seals in moisture to leave hair smooth, shiny, and soft. It also offers safe damp-to-dry styling using specially designed vents that release steam as negative ion generator breaks up water molecules for quick drying. Again, your hair should be just slightly damp, not sopping wet.
     
    The Vanity Planet Vibe Professional Vibrating Flat Iron has gently vibrating plates to minimize friction and eliminate the pulling and tugging that can happen with other straightening tools. Korean tourmaline ceramic-coated plates evenly distribute heat and lock in moisture while negative ion technology delivers gorgeous shine and smoothness.
     
    Or, if you’re looking for a quick straightening tool that’s great for touch-ups and smoothing out your hair, our Flow Ceramic Straightening Brush is the perfect match. Designed with a standard hairbrush shape, it’s super easy to use and gives you more natural-looking straight hair with less exposure to heat than a flat iron.

     
      
    Curling 101
    There are the traditional clamp curling irons, and then there are wands, which have gained popularity in recent years. While there are dozens and tips and tricks to get the best curls, we’ll go over the two most tried-and-true ways using a clamp iron.

    To get spiraling curls:
  • - Squeeze the iron open and place it near the top of a section of hair (close to your head).
  • - Keep the iron open and wrap the section of hair around the barrel.
  • - Release the clamp and hold it on the hair for about 10 seconds. This may vary, depending on your heat settings and the thickness of your hair.
  • - Loosen your hair by unclamping and clamping the iron.
  • - Move on to the next section and repeat.
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    To get tube curls:
  • - Loosely clamp a section of your hair and then slide it down. Your ends should be inside the clamp. Angling the iron slightly will make it easier.
  • - Begin twisting so your hair spirals around the iron.
  • - If your hair is spread out flat across the barrel, it’ll receive more heat.
  • - For full-length curls, twist the iron until it approaches your scalp.
    - Hold for 10 seconds.This may vary, depending on your heat settings and the thickness of your hair.
  • - Loosen your hair by by unclamping and clamping the iron.
  • - Move on to the next section and repeat.

  • As for wands, our Cue Clip-Free Curling Wand is the best in the biz for getting the curls you've always wanted. The Ceramic-Coated Aluminum Rod provides even heat, so you're in for some silky-smooth, frizz-free curls. No clip means no creasing or pulling, so your curls look bold, natural, and kink-free. Plus, your curls will last for days!

    If you’ve never used a wand before, here’s how to do so:

    - Take a 1 to 2-inch segment of your hair and twist it around the barrel, holding it for about 10 seconds (the longer you hold, the tighter the curl).
    - Make sure the tip of the barrel is pointed down while curling.
    - Release your hair not by pulling on the wand, but by allowing it to gently unravel.

    You can now become a curling pro.

     

     

    Even more options are available to create the style you want. We’re always looking to add new and innovative products to the beauty world. Want a hot tool that does it all? Try our Boost Volumizing Hot Brush. It’s a multipurpose styling tool that makes it easy to create curls, waves, lush straight styles, or teased looks. The half-round brush shape paired with pivoting bristles help create voluminous styles from the roots, and ionic technology provides maximum shine while anti-static/anti-frizz bristles leave hair smooth and polished.
    Here’s how to use it:

  • - Lift segments of your hair and lay them through the bristles, running the brush through your hair a few times so it can adjust to the heat.
  • - To style, lay 2-inch segments of your hair through the bristles, rolling gently outward - you can put your hand on the bristles to guide your hair, as the bristles don’t heat up.
  • - Volumize, tease, curl, and style your hair to your preference.
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    It’s that easy!

    Conclusion
    We can’t all be talented professional hair stylists, but with these tips, you can definitely step up your game. It’s all about using the right hair care products, high-quality styling tools, and practice. You’ll get the hang of it in no time. What style are you going to try next?

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