Hot Tools 101

My clients are frequently asking me what kind of styling tools they should be using at home.

Well, there are plenty of fish in the sea, so I will help guide you toward a good purchase whether it be a blow dryer, flat iron, curling iron, or other heat styling tool. My first, and quite possibly the most important piece of advice is to be willing to spend a wee bit more than $25 if you want a quality product. I’m all about saving money, but I’m more about saving your hair from certain death from heat styling! I will not give specific brand shout outs, but I will share with you important qualities to look for when picking your perfect mate.

Let us begin with the handy dandy blow dryer

You NEED a good dryer in your life, this is not the place to try to save a couple of pennies. When choosing a dryer, you may wonder what it means to have an ionic, tourmaline-infused, or ceramic dryer. It all boils down to this… negative ion emitted from your dryer help seal the outer layer of your hair, therefore creating a smoother, shinier look. All three of these types of tools will do that, however, the quality of the tool will determine the effectiveness of the ionic property. Your average, cheap drugstore dryer is usually just a motor spewing hot air, so it is important to ask your stylist for advice when choosing a hairdryer.

The next tool I will mention is the ever-popular flat iron

I have a love-hate relationship with this tool. They are quite useful when creating sleek looks, smoothing frizz, and even creating a beautiful curl. However, if left in the wrong hands or used improperly, it can be the demise of your beautiful mane. I would like for you to think of your flat iron as an assistant, tidying up after the stylist (your blow dryer). If you repeatedly straighten your hair from a curly state, have the heat to the highest setting, or pass over the hair too slowly, you can kiss your locks goodbye. No, really…when your hair breaks off and falls to the bathroom sink, pick it up, kiss it, and say you are sorry. I suggest a flat iron with adjustable heat settings. You do NOT need it on high! Choose the lowest setting and gradually increase it until you get the desired look.

Also, for a flat iron, size does matter. Those mini irons are great for fringe areas or getting nearer to the scalp, but for use on the whole head, go up a size.

Hair texture is kind of a big deal in hair these days, so let’s talk curling irons

For curling irons, the smaller the barrel the tighter the curl. If want a looser, softer curl, choose a barrel larger than 1 inch. Styling wands will give you a kinkier wave and maybe a little more user-friendly for some of you. If you want a specific type of curl and can’t figure out how to do it, ask for a demo at the salon. We are happy to help.

If you want more information on any of the styling tools, make an appointment with your favorite K Bella girl and we will help you find the perfect match!

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Author: Kristan Sayers

K Bella was started by Kristan in 2009. Her artistic talents include all aspects of hair, but she specializes in extremely thin or thick hair with her precise hair cutting techniques, one-of-a-kind color applications, and all forms of hair extensions, including Fusion, Micro Links, NBR, and Habit Hand Tied.

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