What To Look For In A Hair Dryer

Let’s face it, not many women are blessed with hair that looks healthy and shiny after air-drying it. Quite the opposite, most women’s hair (including mine) looks dull, dry, and a little bit too “wild” for the office if we don’t style it. So we turn to hair dryers, round brushes, and straighteners to tame it. Even though most of us use hair dryers on a daily basis, we probably tried to save some money when we bought one and opted for a cheap hair dryer, after all, it’s just hot air, isn’t it? Well, not quite.

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Owning a good blow dryer can make the difference between healthy and damaged hair, here’s what to look for when buying a new one:

 1. Wattage

The higher the wattage, the more power will your hair dryer have and it will therefore take you less time to dry your hair. This is not only good for your busy schedule, but also for your hair as it won’t have to be exposed to heat for that long. As a guideline, 1800 watts or more are the way to go.

2. Material

Cheap blow dryers usually have metallic or plastic heating parts, which you should stay away from and instead get a dryer with ceramic heating parts, ideally one that also includes tourmaline treated parts as this combination distributes heat evenly and creates negative ions which make your hair dry faster and gentler, resulting in less frizz.

3. Heat settings

It is important to be able to control the heat of your hair dryer. While you need warm to hot air to dry wet hair, you want to switch to a cooler temperature to set your hair style once your hair is 90% dry. The least you want is a “cool” button, for more control choose a hair dryer with temperature settings.

4. Motor

Yes, hair dryers come with different motors. In the long run, it makes more sense to get the slightly more expensive AC (alternate current) motor as it will last longer, is more powerful and less noisy than a DC (direct current) motor. However, an AC motor is a bit bigger and heavier than a DC motor.

Now that you’re educated about hair dryers, there is nothing that can come between you and silky smooth hair.

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February 23, 2015

Some Tips For Getting a Good Haircut

Are you sick of leaving the hairdresser’s and not being able to repeat what they did the next day? Follow our pointers and see if it makes a difference.

  • Don’t even bother looking at a picture of a haircut you really want if the texture of the hair is completely different to yours. If it has curls don’t think it will work if you have dead straight hair.
  • Always ask your hairdresser to show you, step-by-step, how to style your hair. Take note of the products they use and how they dry it. Don’t be afraid to get them to write it down if you have to.
  • Make sure the cut suits your face. If you have a long face you will probably suit a fringe. If you have a round shaped face, keep hair longer around your face.
  • A good cut should only take up to 15 minutes to blow-dry, any longer is starting to be a problem.

Products you will need for the job when you are home:

  • Quality hair dryer
  • Small and large round brushes
  • A paddle brush
  • Sectioning clips

How to master a disaster if your cut does go wrong

Wait it out

Unless you can’t look at yourself in the mirror without breaking into hysterical screams, try to live with your new style for a week. Sometimes a big change takes time to get used to. But don’t go longer than two weeks because your hairdresser may not consider fixing it up for free if you have left it too long and he/she may make you pay. Make sure you advise them you are unhappy when you call up and ask to see the same hairdresser again or even the manager of the salon.

An ounce of precaution

With any beauty change proper communication is the key. Have a detailed conversation with your hairdresser before they chop. If he/she says the cut won’t look like the picture you have shown him then believe it.

January 2, 2000