How to Trim Your Own Hair and Bangs

Have you ever wanted to trim your hair but were scared it would end up uneven?  Amelia Smith has 10 years experience styling hair. She advises to cut only the areas that you can easily reach.

A technique that you may not have heard about is the point cut technique. You can do this on your bangs. For the rest of your hair if you want to trim the broken ends, hold your scissors in a vertical position and take ONLY  the broken ends off. You can do this without actually making your hair uneven. Who would have known? I guess you could save yourself a trip to the Salon if you had only a few broken ends or a little bang trimming to do.

Blo and Go Gives You a Hand Styling Your Hair

Blo and Go is yet another As Seen on TV hair product. There’s so many of them these days it’s hard to keep track! If you hate contorting yourself into a pretzel every time you style your hair, this hair dryer stand might be for you. It’s basically helps you cut down time on drying and styling your hair since you can do both in one step. Here are the pros and cons to help you decide if it’s right for you.

Blo and Go - Is it for You?

Blo and Go - Is it for You?

Advantages

  • Flexible, portable and light weight so you can fold it up and take it with you.
  • Prevents arms from getting tired.
  • Holds almost all blow dryers.
  • Made of sturdy materials.
  • Saves you time because you can dry and style your hair simultaneously.
  • It will stay in the same position when you add the weight of a hair dryer.
  • Attaches to flat surfaces but its better to attach it to glass or a mirror, metal or non-textured tile.

Disadvantages

  • Does not stick to a dry wall.
  • It takes up a lot of space if you have a small bathroom.

Blo and Go will hold super tight if you run a little water around the edges of the rubber. Also make sure the surface is clean before attaching the the Blo and Go to it.

How to Choose a Hairstyle for Your Face Shape

Are you looking for a haircut that suits your face but are overwhelmed with choices? What makes a hairstyle look good? It’s actually all about softening the angles of your face. Have a quick look at this video to get an idea of how it works.

When you select a hairstyle first identify face shape. Is it oval, square, heart shaped or round? Then decide on your hair length,decide if you want bangs and what hairstyle your going to keep. It at least helps you narrow down a hair style as you browse through your hairdressers magazines.

EZ Combs Might Not be So Easy to Wear

EZ Combs are all the rage right now…Personally, I’m not sure what to make of them. It’s nice to see different types of hair accessories on the market. Especially when some of us have naturally curly hair that’s difficult to style. It’s nice to just clip it up and go. Although some of us get tired of using the standard pony tail. We want to dress it up a bit! Below is a brief look at how to use Easy Combs.

Advantages

  • Includes a hairstyle guide and if you like there’s a instructional guide here for a similar product on YouTube called the Hair Zing.
  • You can lie down or put your head back against something quite comfortably unlike some hair clips.
  • Doesn’t pull or pinch your hair so it’s quite comfortable to wear and doesn’t give you a headache.

Disadvantages

  • If you have thicker hair you might not be able to fit all that hair in an updo hairstyle.
  • This style doesn’t suite everyone. For myself I feel it looks a tad gaudy.
  • Made of cheaper materials.There’s some reports of  the EZ Comb elastic breaking when stretched out.
  • The elastic part  doesn’t really bounce back to the original shape. Who knows how long it will last.
  • Doesn’t seem to work on fine hair. It ends up falling out.

EZ Combs might not be for everyone. If you’re interested, you can buy them at Walgreens for $10 so you won’t break the bank at least trying this product.

How to Clean Your Dirty Curling Iron

Burned-on hairspray and gel can make your curling iron or hair straightener just down right gross. How do you get all that gunk off anyway? Here’s how!  Of course it’s always a good idea to unplug and allow it to cool first. Start by wiping the outside plastic surfaces with a damp, soapy sponge.  Then choose one of these methods to clean the barrel.

Ideas to clean a curling iron or flat iron

Ideas to clean a curling iron or flat iron

  1. Dampen a cotton ball or cotton cosmetic pad with rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover and use it to swipe over the soiled area.  Rinse by wiping the barrel again with a cotton ball or cosmetic pad dampened with warm water.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda on a wet cloth, then wrap it around the dirty barrel.  Let it sit for a few hours with the curling clamp in place.  Then unwrap the cloth and wipe the barrel clean.
  3. As a last resort to scrape off stubborn residue, make a paste of baking soda and water. Use the baking soda and water paste and gently wipe the barrel with a scouring sponge and that doesn’t scratch pots and pans.Rub it on the barrel then wipe it again with a damp cloth to remove the soap and other residue.

Hair Loss and Hair Thinning Myths

Hair thinning has been shrouded in myth over the years. Here are two facts given from George Cotsarelis. He’s an associate professor of dermatology and director of the Hair and Scalp Clinic in U of Pennsylvania.

Hair Loss Myths and prevention

Hair Loss and hair thinning myths

Myth #1: Your hair is thinning if you see a lot of hair in your shower drain.

The Truth: Professor Cotsarelis says “This doesn’t mean it’s permanently thinning. I recommend going to a doctor and having some blood work done. If the excess shedding is caused by a nutritional deficiency iron, zinc, vitamin D, and protein are critical. Taking supplements and improving your diet will usually stop the shedding, and the hair will return to a normal growth cycle.”

Myth #2: Your hair is more likely to fall out if it’s been colored or straightened.

The Truth: “Coloring, perming, or straightening the hair is completely fine. There’s only a problem if the treatment is painful. If there’s pain, it indicates that there’s follicle damage. For instance, hair extensions can cause permanent damage to the follicle. This can result in thinner hair later in life. When there’s stress or traction on the follicle, two things happen: The barrier that prevents bacteria from reaching the follicle breaks, which causes inflammation; plus, the follicle itself gets pulled and disfigured. This damage can either stop it from producing hair at all or alter the width and texture of the hair it will grow.”

Hair thinning doesn’t have to be so scary. There are preventions and cures for both men and women. Have a look at this video from the Today Show on NBC.

Hairagami Brings Us Advances in Odd Hair Technology

Hairagami owes a huge debt to Princess Leia. Why you ask? Hairagami’s rather tortured looking hairstyles seem to fall outside the boundaries of manstream style and taste.  What female wouldn’t want a Princess Leia updo? Now you too can look like Carrie Fisher and walk around with cinnamon rolls strapped to your head.

Hairagami Hair - Who wears these styles?

Hairagami Hair - Who wears these styles?

Thanks to the latest advance in odd hair technology,  you can achieve otherwordly coifs easily with Hairagami.  Not suprisingly, the inventor got her inspiration from Origami, the Japanese art of folding paper. Each cleverly designed kit comes with 4 Hairagamis, a Snap Action Scrunchie, a 32 page Glamour Guide and an instructional video. The Hairagami serves as a stiff framework for massive updo looks. The scrunchie is the foundation for pony tailed styles.