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

Neon Pink Pop

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1. Divide hair in to four manageable sections, and secure with clips.

2. To allow for a more natural-looking ombre effect, heavily backcomb hair from mid-shaft to the ends.

3. Place a foil underneath a 1” piece of hair from the first section. Using the ombre applicator brush, apply Blond Brilliance Hair Lightener from mid-shaft to the ends. Place a second foil over and secure it with a clip. Repeat this process through all four sections of hair. Once desired level of lift/lightening (check the progress often!) has been achieved, rinse, shampoo and dry.

4. Apply Ion Color Brilliance Brights in Magenta to pre-lightened sections of hair, using a tint brush. Allow Brights to process for 20-40 minutes, until desired level of intensity is reached. The longer the color sits, the more vibrant the end result will be. Rinse and cleanse using a color safe shampoo. Follow with Ion After Color Treatment to close the cuticle and lock in color.

Neon Purple Pop

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1. Divide hair in to four manageable sections, and secure with clips.

2. To allow for a more natural-looking ombre effect, heavily backcomb hair from mid-shaft to the ends. Place a foil underneath a 1” piece of hair from the first section. Using the ombre applicator brush, apply Blond Brilliance Hair Lightener from mid-shaft to the ends. Place a second foil over and secure it with a clip. Repeat this process through all four sections of hair. Once desired level of lift/lightening (check the progress often!) has been achieved, rinse, shampoo and dry.

3.  Apply Ion Color Brilliance Brights in Radiant Orchid to pre-lightened sections of hair, using a tint brush. Allow Brights to process for 20-40 minutes, until desired level of intensity is reached. The longer the color sits, the more vibrant the end result will be. Rinse and cleanse using a color safe shampoo. Follow with Ion After Color Treatment to close the cuticle and lock in color.

Undone Updo

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1. Prep hair with Mystic Divine Finishing Spray to add texture. This is a light spray that won’t feel crunchy, but will give your locks some much needed grip for step 2.
2. Working in sections, curl 1.5” pieces with the Hot Shot Tools Ceramic Curling Iron. Loosen cooled curls by running fingers through the strands.
3. Leaving tendrils free to frame the face, loosely twist sides and gather hair into a low ponytail. Think of this like an upside down French Twist with free ends. Secure with Magic-Grip Hairpins. (These things truly are magical. They hold so much hair!)
4. Wrap the ponytail around the base of the of the twist to form a undone bun. You will want to keep it loose and slightly messy, so it doesn’t look too perfect. Don’t tuck the ends away! Pin in several spots until it feels secure enough for you to shake your head without it falling.
5. Mist with a strong hold hairspray like Mystic Divine Ultra Finishing Hair Spray to finish the look.

Beach Bag Essentials

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It may not technically be summer yet, but we have beaches and vacation on the brain. Who’s with us?

Before you head to the water, check out our list of Beach Bag Essentials for all of our must-haves to keep you looking fabulous and having fun all day long.

  • Sunglasses – Besides protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays, sunglasses also help you squint less. Squinting = wrinkles!  
  • Shiny Silver Shampoo – If you’re a blonde, the sun and pool chemicals can cause your hair to turn yellow and dingy. A purple shampoo will clarify it, and keep your hair color looking bright.
  • Beach Bag – No trip to the beach would be complete without a stylish bag to tote along all the essentials. Bonus – the One ‘n Only Beach Tote is FREE with any purchase of three One ‘n Only hair care or color products, or one One ‘n Only styling tool.
  • Sunscreen – We usually remember to protect our skin from the sun, but don’t forget your lips! A sunburnt pout is no picnic and can really hurt. Keep lips covered by making sure your lip balm has sunscreen. Pucker Up carries one with Aloe and SPF15 or a medicated one with SPF30.
  • Shower comb - Salt water can create some great beachy waves until you try to comb through them. Bringing a wide tooth comb and a product like the Ion Miracle Spray helps you get through tangled hair easier, and also keep hair from drying out in all the sun.
  • Towelettes - It’s a good idea to bring some makeup remover wipes. Not that we expect you head to the beach with much makeup, but it is a great way to remove sunscreen at the end of the day.
  • Texturizing Spray – Don’t fight your style! Play up the tousled texture the sun and water gives your hair with a texturizing salt spray for added oomph and style.