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Know your styling tool – Flat iron

So as a novice into the flat iron world, how would I choose the best one for my hair? Would I get the model my friend has and raves about? Maybe not, since her hair is long and wavy, while mine is fine and short. Different hair types equal different results. How about I pick that awesome looking leopard print one that looks so eye-catching in the store, or the pink one to match my bathroom? Oh, I’d love how fantastic I want my hair to look after using it! 450f hair iron nano chip   What’s a girl to do? So many choices, names that don’t make sense, various price points…I am overwhelmed! So I checked my resources, including my go-to teacher at the local beauty school, and “ironed out” the facts about this essential beauty tool of today. Here’s the scoop: What is a flat iron used for? It uses heat and pressure through ceramic or metal plates to smooth and straighten hair, especially curly hair. This effect is temporary, unlike permanent chemical straighteners. It’s used on dry hair so as not to damage the iron. Plate width varies for a reason A 1-inch plate is considered standard and is meant for medium-length hair,kadori purple flat iron but the wider the plate,such as the Maxstyler, more strands can fit in a single press. 1.25-inch plates are good for long hair, narrower than that for short or very fine hair. They’re all hot (up to 450 degrees!), so how do I choose temperature controls? Some irons have fixed temperatures while others are adjustable. There are dials or digital controls to adjust the heat to your hair type. This is because fine hair needs less heat, while thick, wiry hair needs high heat to get the job done. If damage control is an issue, or your hair texture varies, the adjustable feature means a great deal. Safety features are important; choose what matters to you. Because of the intense heat of these tools, kadori models have an auto-off feature, a great thing to have if you leave the house for hours after styling your hair. Kadori come equipped with ready lights, plastic tips and stands; all designed so no one picks up the scalding hot flat iron and gets burned. Flat irons can cause serious skin burns and fires, so be careful, and choose these features accordingly. The terminology about the types and technology is confusing, yet important. Help! There are 4 general types on the market with different performance abilities and price ranges.
  • Aluminum- the oldest and most inexpensive. They simply contain 2 aluminum plates that straighten tresses. They are dubbed “the drugstore variety” and can damage hair because they have no ceramic protection, so be sure to condition often with this type. These are not recommended at ALL.
  • Ceramic- preferred by many as the best value given the features. They contain smooth plates that lessen damage, allow an even heat application, and are cleaned easily. They offer fast heating and cooling times, and work best with long hair.
  • Tourmaline- considered top of the line, but usually too expensive for the everyday user. They have plates that emit a negative ion and infrared heat to leave hair shiny and smooth while imparting the least damage. If paired with styling creams or sprays, the results are unlike those with any other iron.
  • Nano/Nano Combo- have super-smooth surfaces that straighten super- fast. These contain microfine particles of a smoothing material infused into the plates. The results are longer lasting with much less heat damage. The combo types have extra-special features: Nano- Silver sanitizes itself; Nano-Titanium straightens 40% faster; Nano-Tourmaline protects hair from getting burned or damaged. If these features are all worth it to you, splurge!
 Bottom Line: Don’t make this an impulse buy. It’s just way too important of a beauty tool, one you’ll surely want to use often! Don’t regret the “grab and go”…do a little research and choose the right kadori iron for you and your crowning glory. It comes down to your hair type, your budget, and what features matter to you. Happy shopping!

How To Choose Professional Hair Dryer

If you own a hair dryer , you probably use it every day to take your locks from wet to dry enough to head out the door. And that's probably because you have no idea how to get the most out of this heat styling tool. It's never too late to learn, so we've put together a handy hair dryer guide with tips from celebrity hairstylist Matthew Collins and Brennen Demelo Kadori's brand ambassadors. Invest in wattage, but turn down the heat. It seems every new type of hair dryer is always touted as being hotter than the next. However, Matthew cautions against using extremely high heat settings, as they're probably not necessary for the home user. "A blow dryer that falls within the 1300 to 1875 watts range is great for anyone to use at home," says Matthew. "Personally, I like to feel my Kadori dryer blow the hair and feel like my tool is working. You can always turn down the heat, but still maintain power."
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If you're someone who wants to set curls or simply blow dry your bangs, he recommends purchasing a kadori G.U.Y Hair Dryer with a 380G weight to reduce wrist strain and your blow dry time. Different types of hair require different levels of heat. The different heat levels should be adjusted to suit your hair texture and condition, according to Brennen . He explains, "The high heat is available for really thick or coarse hair, and to remove excessive moisture when the hair is really wet, but always remember to keep the dryer moving and never focus on one portion of the hair for too long. The low setting is perfect for thin or fragile hair. If your hair is only damp instead of wet, it is important to use the low heat setting to prevent over-drying." As far as that mysterious "cool shot" button, it seals the hair cuticle, setting the final look for long-lasting hold and adds shine. Brennen adds, "When your hair is about 80 percent dry, switch over to the cool shot. All your hair needs at this stage in drying is the finishing touches, and the cool shot adequately completes the drying and protects against overheating." Matthew believes the "cool shot" is also great to lock in a curl, or if you set your hair in curlers, it works to cool down your hair and lock in the waves as desired. Not all hair dryer types are created the same, so know which kind to use. "The ionic technology creates millions of negative ions, and what the ionic hair dryers help to do is break down the water molecule," says Matthew. "That allows the blow dryer to dry your hair much faster and that's because you're not only using heat and the force of the air flow, but you have this new technology that helps to break down water as well." The big problem with using ionic hair dryers, according to Matthew, is that people don't know when to stop. "Your hair is hot and you're running your brush through it and you don't take the time to notice when your hair is actually dry," he says. "So I think that a lot of people are over-drying their hair, especially around the face." Blondes mostly have this issue because they're getting their hairline highlighted all the time so that it looks natural and they don't have so much grow-out. best ionic dryerCeramic dryers emit non-damaging infrared heat, which Brennen states dries the hair gently for added heat protection. While tourmaline hair dryers emit infrared heat and negative ions, making the heat much gentler on the hair during styling for a shinier and less frizzy finish. It also enables the hair to endure much higher levels of heat without creating damage. Brennen prefers to use the Kadori LIA 2500X Hair Dryer, as this is an ionic dryer with a tourmaline-boosted ceramic system. The combination of all three elements provides the professional with the safest and quickest styling option. Meanwhile, Matthew  prefers to use the Kadori GUY 2300 Hair Dryer. Though the former is at a mid range price point, it blasts air up to 80mph and works great on thick hair. The right hair dryer attachment can help take the stress out of styling. While a lot of people don't use diffusers anymore, Matthew believes more than just curly-haired girls can benefit from this attachment. "I think it's great because instead of concentrating the heat in one area, it distributes it very broadly. A customer with even a light, natural wave whose looking to enhance it can use a diffuser to add body or bounce to their hair," he explains. Brennen suggests that those with curly and wavy hair textures use the diffuser at the low heat setting. This will help to lift the hair and release a gentle, indirect stream of warm air that is not overpowering so that your curls don’t become tangled, frizzy and unmanageable. Concentrators direct and focus the air output when you are styling to control frizz and style outcome. Brennen uses them to get straight or softly waved looks. His pro tip: Hold the concentrator closely to the hair, leaving a few inches in between. Use a rounded brush, pulling as tightly as reasonable to get the best results from the concentrator. No matter what type of hair dryer you use, remember to apply a heat protectant product first. "Protectant serums, lotions and sprays are the best way to ensure your hair stays protected during styling," says Brennen.