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Styling Tools 101

I used to think a tool was just a tool, and will admit that I was guilty of spending more time looking at the color or cute pattern than I did reading about the actual technology. (That explains all of those bad hair days…)

Turns out the words on the packaging DO mean something, and finding the right tool for me has made all the difference. Consider me converted!

Have you found your perfect tool yet? Read on to see what technology is best for you and your hair type!

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Ceramic with even heat distribution, producing an exceptionally high amount of negative ions and far infrared which reduce static electricity for that perfect style. Hair is left smooth and silky with an unparalleled shine.

Who should use it: Those with processed or dry and damaged hair
Our pick: CHI ELITE SHIMMER BLACK FLAT IRON

Porcelain Ceramic
Porcelain is a fine ceramic compound with greater strength and durability for precise heat distribution and better performance. The surface allows hair to glide through the plates, causing less stress and damage to the hair.

Who should use it: Those with extremely dry and damaged hair
Our pick: JILBERE PORCELAIN SERIES CURLING IRON

Gold
24K Gold-plated barrels provide direct heat for hard-to-style hair for frizz-free, long-lasting, shiny curls. The 24K gold plated barrel speeds the circulation of heat, enhancing heat up and heat recovery. This type can get very hot!

Who should use it: Those with coarse, hard to tame hair
Our pick: HOT SHOT TOOLS GOLD CURL IRON

Titanium
Titanium plating delivers amazing heat with no hot or cold spots. Titanium plating also provides an extra hard, durable, mirror smooth surface to eliminate pulling and give snag-free styling and is corrosion resistant to styling products. Sets the style hard for hair to stay curled.

Who should use it: Those with fine hair, and those whose hair doesn’t hold curl
Our pick: ION TITANIUM PRO CURLING IRON

Tourmaline

Ceramic and tourmaline floating plates for full hair contact to promote smooth, straight and frizz-free hair. Ceramic plates are infused with commercial grade tourmaline to reduce hair friction and breakage and all day humidity protection. Tourmaline is our top technology.

Who should use it: Those looking for the best quality, and want extra styling protection
Our pick: JILBERE PROFESSIONAL TOURMALINE FLAT IRON

How to Get Any Curl

 

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Romantic Hair…A Flat Iron Is Your Secret Weapon!

It’s February, the month of love. If you are looking for romantic hair styling ideas to celebrate the season, we have a couple for you. Both come courtesy of a flat iron – a tool every woman needs in her styling tool chest. This versatile hot tool not only smoothes and adds shine but may also be used to create curls, waves, flipped ends and more! One of our faves – the Jilbere Tourmaline Series flat iron – is ON SALE NOW.

ROMANTIC HAIRDO IDEA 1  Beach-Ready Waves

How to Make Waves with a flat iron

There are a few methods to produce a sexy beach wave with a flat iron.

METHOD 1 : The Crinkle
Section out your hair and as you move the flat iron down each section, fold in alternating directions. The larger the chunks, the larger the wave. To keep it messy & natural-wave looking, alternate the size and direction of the folds as you move around your head.

METHOD 2 : The Curl
Once you get a section in your flat iron, twist to form a curl as you pull the iron through. Again, work in different-sized sections and pull the tool through in different directions to get that messy, beach-y look. TIP: Don’t curl all the way to the ends.

METHOD 3 : The Fold
Think of a pin curl for this method. With your fingers, roll a section of hair up into a round curl near your head. Then replace your fingers holding the curl with the iron, clamping it over the rolled up hair for a few seconds (watch those fingers when clamping!). Release and move on to next section, working in differing section sizes and curl directions.

ALL METHODS TIP : Do not adjust or touch the curls until you have finished your entire head. Then use fingers to shake the style and loosen it up a bit. Go back in anywhere that needs more love and set with a finishing spray, if you like.

ROMANTIC HAIRDO IDEA 2  Delicate Low Ponytail

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If something a little more subdued is what you are after – a romantic, low-slung ponytail is always in style. For this look, you will want to use your flat iron as a straightening iron. First, straighten your entire head of hair. Next, just above your neck take half to two-thirds of your hair, give it a twist, then secure with a band with the rest of your hair. Twist accomplished!

To get the hair wraparound to happen…
(1) Take a small strand of hair from the bottom of the ponytail.
EITHER…
(2a) Wrap it around until almost completely wrapped and end of hair strand is on underside of pony. Then use a bobby pin to secure (in towards your head).
OR…
(2b) Wrap the strand around just a few times, then use a clear band to secure, release rest of strand into pony and pull the loop over the band. Here’s a good tutorial video of this second way.

Want more flat iron tips? Check out Sally Beauty Flat Iron 101 and Flat Iron Tips and Tricks!

DIY Style File: Every Day Sleek & Sophisticated Look

Sleek and Sophisticated Tutorial

We’re back with installation #2 of our DIY Style File series! This look is all about timelessness and versatility. You can effortlessly take it to the office, the PTA meeting or girls night.

The signature piece here is the straight and low pony. The secret: use a flat iron to straighten hair and a smoothing hairspray like Beyond The Zone Smooth Criminal. This way, when you pull hair back into the low-slung ponytail, you’re not fighting with any natural waves or bumps.

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Because your hair is pulled back and away from the face, your eyes and lips will be on center stage. Have fun with that!

Line your eyes with Femme Couture Liquid Eye Liner in Black and finish out with a small wing corners. Apply Ardell Natural Lashes once the liner is completely dry. Tip: Use tweezers to apply for more precise placement. Check back next week for the full eye makeup tutorial!

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You’ll want to add a hint of color and shine to your lips. It’s okay to go a bit bolder in color choice with these Femme Couture Shiny Color Crayons. They’re like a cross between a gloss and a stain, so the color won’t be over-the-top. Bonus: they’re also extra moisturizing.

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And for a twist on safe basic beige nails, add slanted black tips. So simple and such a quick way to dress up your everyday look without a lot of effort.

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Specialty Tools 101

Have you ever seen an unusual looking tool on the shelves at Sally Beauty and thought…what IS that? And…what greatness will it do to my hair?! We’ve got your answers. Check out the specialty tools below and all the pro styles they will help you access.

Curl Machine
Curl Machine

CURL! This is a neat tool. You place the barrel over a section of hair near your scalp, the tool draws in the length of the section, beeps when time is up and when released – a perfect curl! Pictured above is the BeLissPro Curl Genius Professional Curl Machine. Click the link to the product page to watch a video of this tool in action.

 

Waver
Waver

WAVE! The Ion Titanium Pro Triple Barrel Waver will give your hair waves as you draw it down each hair section. These irons come in different sizes – smaller barrels = smaller waves or vice-versa. 

Bubble Wand
Bubble Wand

TOUSLED! A bubble wand will deliver a tousled curl look. Wrap a section of hair around wand while keeping light tension between wand and hair. Pictured is the Hot Shot Tools Black Pearl Bubble Wand.

Spiral Iron
Spiral Iron

SPIRALS! Similar idea to the bubble wand above, the Ion Titanium Pro Spiral Iron will give you more of a spiral curl. This is also a no-clip tool – you wrap the hair around the barrel then release. It comes with a heat protective glove.

 

Crimping Iron
Crimping Iron

CRIMP! Everyone’s favorite 80’s throwback style – the crimping iron. Sally Beauty carries the Gold ‘N Hot Professional Crimping Iron. Unlike most tools which you pull over / through hair or wrap hair around, to crimp –  start at the top of a section near your scalp, press and hold (just a few seconds), then move the crimper down that same section and press and hold again until you reach the bottom of that hair section. You can just crimp one area of your hair for an accent or your whole head!

 

Tapered Wand
Tapered Wand

CURL VARIETY! A Tapered wand allows you to choose your own adventure. Another clip less tool, you wrap a section of hair around the barrel. For tighter curls, wrap hair closer to the small tip. For larger curls, use the base. For a tapered curl that goes from wide to tight, utilize the whole wand as you wrap the section. Watch the video on the Plugged In Tourmaline Cone Curling product page to learn more.

 

We hope you have fun experimenting with these fun, easy-to-use specialty hair tools! See the entire line of Specialty Tools available at sallybeauty.com.