Happy Fashion Friday!
Today’s Topic: My Favorite Hair Tools
I blame it on all the extra time I’ve been spending in a salon, but between that and this morning’s up-do talk, I thought it might be fun to focus today’s Fashion Friday on hair; specifically, some of my essential hair tools. So, here we go!
Ionic Blow Dryer
I try not to blow dry my hair every day, just because I know it’s so harsh on hair. Unfortunately, once the temperatures start to dip, the likelihood of me walking out the door with wet hair is slim to none. That being said, it’s just one of those things I suck it up and do.
Ionic hair dryers produce negatively charged ions, which cause the cuticle to remain flat, “trapping” moisture, eliminating frizz, and giving hair more body. They’re also said to help dry hair quicker, thus causing less heat damage.
When I first started using a flat iron, I really only used it to “straighten” my already pin-straight hair. (You may think I’m lucky – I guess the grass is always greener, right?). Now, one of my favorite ways to use the flat iron, when I have time, is to make curls with it. It actually holds curls in my hair 10x better than a curling iron would do, but since I’m still practicing, it takes a little extra time.
A favorite of mine: Babyliss Pro Volare V1 Straightening Iron, 1-Inch
Sometimes, I’ll use a large, 1-1/2 inch barrel curling iron just to curl the ends of my hair. This just adds a little extra and is perfect when I have an extra 5 minutes to work on the ‘ol mane.
Large Round Barrel Brush
This is a great brush to have, not only for creating curl, but also for smoothing and straightening hair while blow drying. The size you want to use will vary depending on the length of your hair; for my hair, I use one with about a 1-1/2 inch wide diameter barrel. Using a round brush can be quite tricky and I actually have yet to master it…but I’m getting there!
This is the kind of brush that I use for everyday brushing and detangling. Nothing fancy – I’m pretty sure I bought mine from Target a couple years ago.
This is a MUST for when I am detangling my hair after taking a shower. FYI: Never use a regular brush on wet hair!! It will pull strands, causing them to break very, very easily.
Fine Tooth Comb
On the rare occasion that I actually want to put a little extra effort into my hair, I’ll use one of these to tease the crown area of my head. This adds just a little extra volume to the top of my head, giving an overall fuller look to my otherwise flat, boring hair.
Many of these items, including the flat iron, can actually be found for a great price on a website called Image Beauty, an online retailer of discount beauty supplies and cosmetics. I initially heard about this site from a few friends of mine, and it’s great!
Question for the Afternoon:
What are your favorite/essential hair tools?