As women, you have a lot of work to do every morning before you leave the house: shower, make-up, hair, dress, and so on. The one that probably takes the longest and causes the most frustration is fixing your hair. Three hair tools to help you through this moment of inelegance are a blow dryer, a brush, and a ceramic flat iron.
Hair dryers come in all shapes and sizes. Depending on whether you have straight or curly hair, you will need either a concentrator or a diffuser. With a concentrator to help direct the air flow, it will be easier to style your hair. When drying your hair make sure the hair is 70% dry before using a brush because until then hair has no memory. For less frizz and more curl use a lower setting on the dryer and add a diffuser. Starting at the root, drying the hair upside down and only drying the hair until it’s 80% dry are a few other tips for helping to control your frizz. Using the blow dryer less will save you time and energy – and help prevent damage to the hair.
Using a brush is a given but are you using the right brush? A good quality boar bristle brush is recommended for many reasons. One benefit of a boar bristle brush is that it massages and stimulates the scalp as well as distributes the natural oils called sebum through your hair. The dense bristles of the brush will distribute the natural oils thus sealing the hair cuticle and improving the appearance of dead ends and breakage. This simple process makes your hair smoother and more manageable. The dense bristles are also effective at removing loose hair fibers and dirt from the scalp. When combing your hair with a boar bristle brush always remember to begin away from the scalp and work your way towards the scalp. Never force the brush through knots and tangles and do not use this type of brush on wet hair.
Lastly, make sure you have a ceramic flat iron in your toolbox. Ceramic flat irons are better than metal irons because they create less damage to your hair due to negative ions. Even better are ceramic flat irons with titanium. Never turn your iron on more than 400 degrees and use professional hair products that offer heat protection. When using a flat iron, work with smaller sections as this reduces the amount of times you’ll need to go over a section and remember not to apply too much pressure on the flat iron or creases may appear. The flat iron puts the final touches on straight hair, leaving hair smooth and shiny all day.
These tools will make your morning less stressful, helping you create a daily style like you just left the salon. Don’t waste that great haircut you just got. Show it off – and give yourself the confidence of knowing you look your best!