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Flat Iron Tips & Tricks

FLAT IRON before and after

If you missed it, take a look at our Sally Beauty Flat Iron 101. Combine that with the flat iron advice below and you are flat iron-educated!

YOUR “BEFORE” HAIR
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again –  be sure hair is completely dry before using heat tools. Otherwise, damage is inevitable.

COAX YOUR HAIR TOWARDS STRAIGHT BEFORE YOU REACH FOR YOUR IRON
On just-washed hair, entice the hair towards straight by NOT roughly towel drying (this encourages curl or other natural shape) but, rather, pat your hair gently with the towel giving it a gentle tug downward. If blow drying, do a rough dry with the dryer pointed down. You can also gently tug the hair down during the rough blow dry (see our Blow Dry 101 and Blow Dry Tips & Tricks). Using a natural bristle brush will help smooth (versus a brush with plastic bristles).

ADD PRODUCT (but only as much as necessary!)
If your hair takes to straightening easily, you may not need to add a heat protectant or smoothing aid. If you do add product, use just enough – not too much. That will vary with your hair type and thickness. Sally Beauty carries many heat-styling products so you may pick the perfect ones for your hair.

FlAT IRON IN SECTIONS
This rule applies for any heat styling. Whether blow drying, curling or straightening, you will have better results working in small sections. You can use a lower temperature and get to all your hair, thoroughly, by sectioning hair. Iron small sections and don’t go over a section again which is still hot. If a section needs another pass with your flat iron, wait until that section has cooled. Otherwise, you’re putting 300-450 degrees on top of something already hot so really stressing those locks with mad heat!

FINISH OFF WITH A BIT OF PRODUCT
To keep your now smooth, silky hair from a frizz attack, add a little bit of product. There are lots of different smoothing and shine products available at Sally Beauty. We recommend starting with ends with syrups, oils and creams. Hair ends usually need a little bit more love and this will help keep you from over-applying product in the newer, healthier hair closer to your head. You can even try a little leave-in conditioner on the ends, if they are especially dry. For any product, a nice way to help control the amount applied and ensure even application is to spray onto palms then use your hands to apply rather than applying direct from bottle. NOTE : Wait to apply product until hair has completely cooled down.

TIP : SIZE MATTERS
A larger iron will not smooth more than a smaller iron. A mid-size iron will work best for almost all hair types and allow you to get closer to the scalp without burning fragile close-to-the-head fresh growth or actual follicles. Protect your scalp!

TIP : INVEST IN QUALITY
If you are using an older flat iron, you may : (1) be losing heat after every section while the tool reheats back up to the set temperature (2) construction materials may have started to degrade making your iron less effective and more damaging. Be sure your tool is in good shape to get the best results and invest in a new tool when yours is past its prime!

TIP : USE YOUR FLAT IRON FOR OTHER STYLES
Flat Irons are very versatile tools and may be used to create waves, curls or just to give your ends a little swing! Some ideas :

(1) BRAIDED WAVE
Braid your hair then run your flat iron down the braid. Release braid for set waves.
(2) CRIMPING
Starting at top of head twist your wrist back and forth as you run iron down section of hair
(3) BOUNCY ENDS
A few inches above ends, run flat iron down section at an angle pointed up or down

How to Use Your Flat Iron

 

 

Curling Iron Tips & Tricks

Curling Iron Tips & Tricks

So, you’ve consulted our Curling Iron 101 and chosen a curling iron. Now…to get the best possible curls out of your tool, follow the tips below!

BE DRY
As with all heat tools, never EVER use on wet or damp hair. If you do, you are basically cooking your hair which causes extreme damage.

WAIT
Second or third day hair will hold heat styling better than freshly washed hair. You can still get decent curls on just-cleaned & dried hair – it just won’t hold as well. In a pinch you can spray a bit of dry shampoo to add more texture and grip.

ADD PRODUCT 
A little curl enhancing cream, mousse or gel added to wet hair (before drying) will help curls hold. On second or third day hair, try a heat-styling damage protectant spray. There are also sprays specifically designed to hold curl, post-styling. Sally Beauty offers a very wide variety of heat-styling products so you may pick the perfect ones for your hair.

CURL HAIR IN SECTIONS
Small sections will deliver smaller curls while larger sections deliver larger curls. Or do a combo for a fun, mix-and-match head of curls!

CLIP CURLS UP AS YOU GO
As you finish a curl, clip it up with a bobby pin or clip. This will help the curl lock in as it cools.

COOL DOWN
Fully allow all the hair on your head to cool completely once you are finished with your curling iron. THEN use fingers, or a wide toothed comb to style. This is another way to help lock in those curls.

FINISH OFF WITH A SETTING HAIR SPRAY
If you with to add a little bit more product for hold, choose your favorite hair spray and spray a light layer over entire head.

TIP : NO CLIP
An alternative way to use your curling iron is to try wrapping the hair around the barrel rather than clipping it. Be careful not to touch the hot iron! This may take some practice or work best with a friend manning the iron.

TIP : PROTECT YOUR SCALP
Be careful not to get your hot styling tool too close to your scalp and don’t hold a hot tool on the roots of your hair. If you need to get really close to your scalp to address unruly roots, opt for a very small flat iron, instead.

Watch the video for the CHI Elite Ceramic Curling Iron to see a curling iron in action.

 

 

Blow Dryer Tips & Tricks

Tricks for Using a Blow Dryer

It seems so simple, doesn’t it? Point dryer at hair and wait for it to dry…but, no. Here are some tips and tricks to get the best blow dry.

CHOOSE A GREAT DRYER
Review our Blow Dry 101 post to find the best dryer for your hair. There are many shapes, wattages, features and construction materials to choose from.

CHOOSE YOUR BRUSH WISELY
A large, flat brush with vents will dry hair much faster. A round brush will aid in styling. Stay away from metal in the brushes you use while blow drying. This will only create more heat and excessive heat = damage.

ADD PRODUCT TO CONTROL HAIR
A little product on damp hair can make all the difference in a blow out. Sally Beauty sells a wide array of heat protectants.

GO SECTION BY SECTION
Section out hair so each section gets dry without hitting already dry sections. This will prevent heat damage on the already-dry areas and allow for more styling control.

KEEP IT MOVING
Constantly keep the dryer in motion. Stopping in one spot may overheat and damage your hair.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT ANGLES
To get volume, flip all hair over your head to one side and blow the roots, then flip all hair to opposite side and blow that side’s roots. When styling with your dryer, pull hair taut but not too tight. Pulling your brush up at the roots will add volume, pulling down will create a sleek, close-to-the-head look.

CONTROL HEAT + AIR FLOW
Start with medium heat and moderate air flow to pre-dry (you can pre-dry just using your hands and no brush) then switch to higher heat and introduce a hair brush for the finish. Especially if you are using your dryer to manipulate your hair into a style (EX : flipping up the ends, creating a wave). Higher heat while styling will help your hair set better.

FINISH OFF WITH A COOL BLAST
Help your hair cool down with the cool blast on your dryer then let hair rest until completely cool before messing with it again (if you are dissatisfied with how the style came out!). The hair will settle as it cools and take on a slightly different texture and appearance.

Halloween Beauty: Become a Disco Diva

I love this so-cool-it’s-hot retro look. Follow these 4 easy steps and then add bellbottoms, a flirty top and some large gold hoops. Outta sight!

disco

1. Probably the most important part of this look is the super sizzlin’ smoky eye. Swipes of gold metallic will accentuate your foxy gaze.

Here’s a great palette to start from:

* Femme Couture Mineral Effects Baked Bronzer Twice Baked
* Femme Couture Mineral Effects Baked Eye Shadow Chai Latte
* Femme Couture Mineral Effects Baked Eye Shadow Fools Gold
* Eye Drama Liquid Glitter Eyeliner Honey Dust

2. Finish your dramatic disco eye with a pop of glam using Ardell Gisele Black Runway Eye Lashes

3. To counterbalance the bold smokey eye, keep the lip color subtle, but go BIG on glossy. Try Palladio Retractable Lip Liner Coffee and Lip Luster Lip Gloss Copper Frost.

4. Every Disco Diva has hair to remember. These side-wrap buns with a spritz of Streaks N Tips Temporary Highlight Spray Gold Dust are far out.

Have fun dancing the night away. You know the hustle, right?

 

 

Halloween Beauty: Become a Zombie

Get this killer beauty look

zombie

 

Start with the special effects

  1. Begin your makeup with primer, concealer, foundation and Femme Couture® Matte Mattifying Powder.
  2. Use Femme Couture® Lip & Cheek Stain in Rosie Red and Ultra Smooth Gel Eyeliner in Black on and around your eyes and chin.
  3. Add Sally Girl™ Mini Baked Eye Shadow in Brick House to your eyelids and crease (even Zombies need some sparkle!) Use a fan brush with the cheek stain and gel eyeliner to create dramatic streaking.
  4. Combine layers of Real Colors Hydra Gloss in N.Y.C. Ya and Shock It To Me, then add Palladio Herbal Eyeliner Pencil in Black to your lips and blend.

makeup-mix

 

 

Work on the dead head

  1. Prep your hair with Vintage Glam Texturizing Powder, then tease with Tool Structure Tease Layers Rattail Comb for an messy, undead look.
  2. Spray on Streaks N Tips Temporary Color Highlight Spray in Icy White to frame your face.
  3. Finally, hold it all in place with Beyond The Zone® Frozen Stiff Ultimate Hold Hair Spray.

hair-mix

 

Polish it off

Even the undead thirst for a great mani! We started with a base of China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Recycle and then used Seduce Me to add some “blood” drops to the tips.

nail-mix