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Tuesday, April 1st, 2008
Gwen Stefani’s hair looks fantastic here. It is smooth, soft and has great body. Here is how to achieve this glamourous Gwen look:
1. Wash and Condition your hair.
Recommended Products: Pantene Pro-V Extra Straight Shampoo and Conditioner
2. Add a golf ball size of mousse to add body and shine.
Recommended Product: Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Smoothing Mousse
3. Start by using a wide tooth comb while gently blow-drying hair on a low setting, to remove excess water.
Recommended Product: Mason Pearson Detangling Comb
4. Separate the hair into sections and clip up the sections that are not being working on.
5. Using a round ceramic brush and beginning from the underneath, blow-dry the hair, working from the roots and gently pulling the brush through the hair to the ends. Make sure that the air flow from the blow dryer is directed “down” the hair shaft to keep the hair cuticle smooth.
Recommended Product: Goody Ceramic Ionic Hot Round Brush
6. Once the underneath is mostly dry, switch to the top of the hair.
7. Keep the tension consistent and evenly distribute heat over the section of hair you’re working on. This ensures uniform hair texture and prevents over-drying of certain areas.
8. Repeat this process on the other sections.
9. When hair is completely dry, finish use a smoothing brush to add shine and eliminate static.
Recommended Product: Sephora Brand Smoothing Hair Brush
Tuesday, February 26th, 2008
We always think about shampoos, conditioners and styling products, but what about the hair brushes? Here are the facts…
Why Do We Brush?
Daily brushing is essential for maintaining good hair condition and keeping it glossy. Brushing stimulates the glands in the scalp to distribute oils. This process tends to normalize an oily scalp as well as a dry one and subsequently enhances the overall appearance of the hair.
The other reason is, of course, because we are want to create a certain hair style and look fabulous!
The Round/Barrel Brush
A small to medium round brush works best on shorter hair and will give it texture and curl. Big round brushes are great for blow-drying medium-length to long hair.
The Half-round Brush
Suitable on both wet and dry hair for all types of grooming, styling and blow-drying.
The Vent Brush
Designed with holes in the base, allowing the air to circulate through the hair while blow-drying. This speeds up the drying process and boosts volume.
The Paddle Brush
A large flat, square surfaced brush. This is the brush you want if you have medium-length to long hair and are looking for that smooth look. They are also good for detangling.
Good quality boar bristles have a natural stiffness to brush thoroughly yet “give” as they are drawn through the hair. They maintain good hair condition by keeping it clean, stimulating the scalp and distributing oils for a healthy, glossy look, without ever damaging it or causing split ends.
Synthetic bristles are either singular or tufts of multiple strands known as “fill”, and are made from nylon or stiff plastic. It is important that synthetic bristles are round and smooth at the tips to avoid tearing the hair.
Ball or Epoxy Tipped
Bristles are ball tipped or feature a tiny ball of resin to ensure hair is not damaged while being brushed.
Stronger than boar or nylon, wire bristles are perfect for thick, coarse or curly hair. They are embedded in a pneumatic cushion so that they “give” as the brush moves across the contours of the head.
Clean Your Brushes
Use the end of a tail comb to lift and loosen hair.
Soak brushes in warm water with a bit of shampoo.
Rinse in clean, clear water and remove any remaining hair.
Shake or pat the brush with a towel to remove excess moisture, then place the brush cushion-side down on a towel and allow to air-dry.
These brushes are not for the gal that wants one brush only. These are for those of you that want to achieve those runway looks. Each brushes has a fabulous ProPlasmium gel grip handle, colour protective bristles and ceramic and tourmaline infused barrels.
There are three collections within IM Beauty:
- Start: Detangle & Dry
- Style: Volume & Curl or Volume & Straighten
- Finish: Smooth & Shine
The Styling Therapy Collection caught my attention recently. I have not personally used them but they suggest that they will reduce dandruff, add shine or protect your colour. Sounds great to me!
These brushes are infused with copper plated bristles, a natural bactericide, which kills up to 88 percent of bacteria and fungi that are the leading cause of dandruff.
The Add Shine brush is infused with jojoba oil, rich in Vitamin E to condition and hydrate the hair. It replaces moisture lost during shampooing, and smoothes the cuticle to add shine and stop those dreadful fly-aways. What a smart brush!
Whether you’re a brunette, blond, or red head, these brushes will help keep colour locked into your locks.
At the Holidays I gave my mother a Raincry brush from their Care Series. She was thrilled. These brushes are made in France and engineered to help recondition and enhance the hair in between salon visits.
This brush is designed to be used on wet or dry hair, and helps to reduce split-ends, decrease static and restore the hair’s natural elasticity.
Gently removes tangles while decreasing the likelihood of breaking thick and unruly hair. The soft cushion design helps to massage and exfoliate the scalp, increasing vital blood flow, while comfortably contouring the bristles to the shape of the head.