Posts Tagged ‘curling iron’

MANE-TAIN

photos/post/design: Kristin Ess

Hairstylists typically own lots of curling irons and they’re all used to achieve different types of curl or wave. One thing all of these curling irons have in common– they need to be cleaned and stored properly in order to last a long time. Whether you’ve invested in an army of irons or just own one, here are 3 things very important things you should know…

  1. Clean your curling iron barrel about once a month with rubbing alcohol and a washcloth. Product build up on a curling iron is no good. A lot of people don’t even think about cleaning their hot hair tools, but that crusty brown gunk will cause excessive dryness to your hair and can even cause a slight yellowing on blonde ends. Product residue will remove easily with alcohol while the iron is cool. Someone asked me if they could shampoo off the residue– answer is no. You never want to submerge the barrel of your curling iron in water (plugged in obviously, but not even unplugged.) There are small cracks that can get water in them and cause rusting or coild damage.
  2. DO NOT run a hot curling iron under cold water. The extreme hot to cold temperature can cause damage to the springs inside the barrel. They need the proper time to cool. I had to learn that the hard/expensive way. If you’re in a rush and you have to pack a hot iron, instead of running under cold water get one of Lauren’s curling iron bags! They’re the best and can withstand temperatures up to 450 degrees.
  3. When you’re finished don’t wrap your chord around the handle because doing that over and over can cause your curling iron to short out. Instead, grab a rubberband or ponytail holder and wrap it like you see in the bottom photo.

If you have any tips or tricks of your own for curling iron maintenance, please share them below! If you’re looking for these curling irons, you can find them HERE. xo

SETTING YOUR CURLS WITH SPONGE ROLLERS

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

How can you not love big bouncy curls… at least for those epic 20 minutes they typically last!? I know we all swoon and pin the hair we see in old photographs of Brigitte Bardot + Rita Hayworth, and even more modern manes via Victoria’s Secret and Gucci runways. They all share one voluminous secret– a good set. It’s something we rarely do anymore because we just can’t seem to find the time. The thing is, just like anything else in life, if you want that hair you’re gonna have to work for it. Here’s my favorite way to incorporate an old-fashioned roller set into a 2012 way of life: (more…)

PERM PAPER CURLS FOR DAMAGED ENDS

photos/post/design: Kristin Ess

In the hair coloring world, lighter ends seems to be here to stay. It looks beautiful and quite natural, but there is a little bit of a down side– ends that have been processed repeatedly can start feeling a bit compromised. Putting a hot curling iron on dry, damaged ends can be really brutal if you’re not careful. Here’s a little trick I use on my own hair as well as my clients when I feel like the hair just needs a little more protection than product can provide:

  • Get perm papers from your local professional beauty supply store.
  • Wrap a perm paper around the dry ends of your hair (long-ways).
  • Put the curling iron over the perm paper and roll up as usual.
  • Take the iron out once the hair is ready and then remove the paper.

Curls will be just as bouncy as ever! Putting that piece of perm paper in there keeps the metal from coming in direct contact with split/brittle ends and minimizes damage.

 

 

NIGHT CLASS

photos: angelaandithyle.com post designed by Kristin Ess

The curling wand has become quite the popular tool! We showed you how to make your own from a curling iron HERE and we got a LOT of positive feed back from you guys! Here are a couple helpful things you should keep in mind when using your curling wand… (more…)