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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!

Kadori New Brand Ambassador -Michael Levine

Michael Levine is one of Canada's most sought after and in-demand stylists.
Michael Levine kadori brand ambassador

Michael Levine kadori brand

Training under and working along side some of the most iconic names in the hair industry, Michael was approached by Aveda in 1996 to lead their cutting and colouring education in western Canada, where he helped develop some of today's most widely used highlighting and cutting techniques. 
Opening Statik in 1998, Caramel in 2003, Tao in 2007 and Space in 2011 with his wife and celebrated hairdresser Liz Abreu, Michael has spent 16 years behind the chair making Vancouver women's hair more beautiful, as well as developing young talent through apprenticeships and now at Vancouver's premier hairdressing school the Vancouver Hairdressing Academy
Michael Levine was lucky enough to have been trained by, worked with and directly influenced by many incredible hairstylists, including Foster Eastman, Mo Muhktar, Gina Derry, David Adams, John Moroney, Antoinette Beenders, Nick Arrojo, Ana Karzis, Ted Gibson, Ray Civello, Tim Hartley, Harry Josh, Robert Cromeans, Van Council, Oscar Bond, DJ Muldoon, Takashi Kitimura, Charlie Price, Russel Mayes, Edwin Johnston and many, many others. But most importantly, Michael was influenced by his wife, business partner and master hairstylist Liz Abreu. Liz taught Michael the most important aspects of hairdressing and salon ownership: treating clients with respect and dignity and honouring the choice they make to spend their time in our salons.
In developing his philosophy on hair, Michael has alway tried to find the most direct way to the look he is after, often starting at the focal point and then working the rest of the hair around that key area.
With a strong vision for pretty hair, even when doing edgier looks or editorial projects, Michael's has worked on many of Canada's most recognizable faces. He prefers direction from his clients unless they are allowing him total creative freedom. His work is fast and always pretty.

Blow like A Pro

best hair dryer everDo you remember the glow in your hair after your stylist blow-dried it? How healthy and shiny your hair looked! Blow-drying results at home are not always that gorgeous. Actually, proper blow-drying is not all that difficult. We have gathered for you all the best tips step-by-step instructions with our top hair stylist Matthew Collins makes sure that you blow-dry your hair like the professionals
  • The proper blow-drying technique is gentle on your hair and leaves the hair with plenty of bounce Above all, it is important to use the right kind of blow dryer such as the kadori LIA . You should be able to adjust the temperature and the air stream. At least two settings should be available including a low-temperature setting. The hair structure may be damaged if you blow-dry hair too long or use the high temperature setting. The results may be dry, brittle hair with split ends and an irritated scalp.
  • What We Need For Best Results

    These styling aids help you blow-dry your hair safely and properly: kadori LIA 2500x ,Heat protection spray, a paddle brush, a diffuser attachment for your blow dryer.
  • Blow-Drying Tips

    We have gathered 10 tricks of the trade, which ensure gentle and proper blow-drying with gorgeous results. Your hair will be healthy and shiny! 1. If at all possible, don't use the high heat settings of your blow-dryer. The air stream should feel comfortable on the back of your hand. 2. Keep your distance! Keep the hair dryer at least 8 inches away from your hair. 3. If your hair is fine you should set the air stream to low. Otherwise, you may end up with tangles in your hair. 4. Blow-dry every individual hair strand from the roots to the ends. This technique provides smooth cuticle layers, which are the basis for healthy, shiny, and well-protected hair. 5. You should keep the blow-dryer moving constantly to avoid applying too much heat in a single spot. We recommend dividing the hair in several portions and securing the strands with large hair clips or grips. 6. Most of us have to somehow live with the morning rush. Whenever you must speed up drying your hair use a higher setting for the air stream, not for the heat. 7. Always use a heat protectant. These products help prevent blow-drying damage. 8. Try not to blow-dry your hair immediately after washing . Ideally, you should allow your hair to first dry for 15 minutes under a towel turban. This saves effort and also cuts down on the hair exposure to the blow-dryer. 9. The diffuser attachment of your blow-dryer spreads out a more even air stream. This also prevents exposing individual strands of hair to too much heat. 10. Once you are done blow-drying your hair, briefly apply a stream of cool air. This cooling step gives your hair more elasticity.

Braided Halo for Long Hair Bun

halo bun

halo hair bun

Here is how to:

Make 2 braids, on on each side, towards the back of the head and pretty high up. Flip the braids up and tie them once, so that the ends hang down the opposite side. Stick a couple pins in there, where the braids feel loose. Be sure to pin the sides, where the braid ends overlap the opposite braid.Take the ends of the braids, pull them up and overlap them across the top of the head again. Add more pins as needed. Now take the ends of your braids, and tuck them in and under your braid halo, so that they are hidden. Add more pins as needed. Your braids should look like  a halo! Let the rest of your hair hang wild and free or put it in a pony tail.  

Prom looks 2015

Prom is one of the most memorable occasions in a high school teens life. The dress, the shoes, the date, and of course the hair have to be just right! Why not try doing your hair yourself?

The Sleek Side Pony

A great side pony can be the perfect way to complement an awesome color or a beautiful side bang. It’s also nice because it creates elegance while keeping your hair out of your face so you can dance the night away without having to worry about your hair frizzing out!
How to Style: 1. Start with dry hair, parted to the preferred side. If desired, leave out bangs. 2. Secure your hair to one side with a hair tie. Ideally, the hair tie should be the color of your hair or clear. 3. Before curling, spray each section with a light hold hairspray or a working spray. Using a 1 inch Kadori curling wands, or 1 and 1/4 inch kadori curling iron, (it will vary depending on the length of your hair and your preference regarding the tightness of curls) curl sections of the ponytail. 4. Take a section of hair and wrap it tightly around the ponytail holder. The end of this section of hair can either be tucked in the ponytail holder or secured with a bobby pin. 5. Style bangs as desired. 6. Spray everything with a finishing spray. Recommended Products: Kadori 2-in-1 curling irons with ceramic tourmaline technology. Best Face Shape and Hair Type: This style really works well for any hair type. This is a great style if you have hair that tends to get frizzy and “poofy”. This style will allow it to be secured back all night and will elongate a square face shape. Tip: I often prefer my clients to have “day old” hair when they are coming in for a formal style. This allows the hair to have a bit more grit to work with and prevents it from being overly slippery. It can also allow a style to hold better than it would with clean hair.

The Wave Stunner

This timeless style has gained extra popularity in the past few years. It has become a total hit for all hair types and occasions. With a stunning prom dress and the perfect accessories, this simple style will complete the look. The bigger the hair, the better!
How to Style: 1. After washing your hair, prep it with a root boosting spray or mousse. 2. Dry your hair using a Kadori LIA hair dryer and paddle brush and over directing your hair to create volume. 3. Secure most of your hair back, leaving a section to begin curling. Spray each section with a working hairspray. 4. If you have curly, frizzy hair that needs more than just a blowdry to smooth it out, run your kadori ceramic  flat iron over the top two inches of your hair, closest to the root. 5. Depending on your preference regarding tightness of curls, begin curling each section with either a 1 and 1/4 inch Kadori curling iron or a 1 and 1/2 inch kadori curling iron. (The bigger the iron the looser the curl). 6. After each section has been curled, run your fingers through your hair for an even softer look. 7. Finish with a light finishing spray. Recommended Products: Kadori LIA hair dryer, Kadori ceramic flat iron, Kadori curling irons Best Face Shape and Hair Type: This style will soften harsh jaw lines and complement a fuller face shape. Thick, coarse hair will hold these curls beautifully. Tip: If you have finer hair that doesn't hold curl very well, you will want to use a smaller curling iron. The curls may look too tight at first, but by the time you get to the dance the curls will have fallen a little and be just perfect! Also, if you have fine hair, skip step 6.

The Hottie

The half up half down hairstyle is a timeless classic that can be dressed up or dressed down in an instant. This specific style offers an elegant twist on an everyday favorite.
How to Style: 1. Begin with dry hair. 2. Secure hair back and leave out a section to begin curling with a 1 and 1/4 inch Kadori curling iron. Curl each section of hair. 3. Separate a section on the top of your hair that spans approximately 4-5 inches. This is the “Mohawk” section of your hair. 4. Begin back combing the top Mohawk section of your hair. 5. When you have the height that is desired on the top of your hair, secure the section back using bobby pins. 6. Take a large section of hair on either side of your head, smooth them out with a brush, and secure each side back with bobby pins. 7. When the top and sides of your hair are secured back, begin pinning the loose pieces of hair up to cover the bobby pins that are visible from pinning the top and sides. (This can be a bit messy with no specific rhyme or reason!) 8. Spray everything with a medium to strong hold hairspray. Recommended Products: For this style you will need plenty of body and height on top. If you have fine hair, try backcombing after you have sprayed a bit of dry shampoo on your roots. It will give you that extra oomph that you are looking for! Best Face Shape and Hair Type: This hairstyle will elongate a rounder face shape and will work best for people with thicker hair.

The Braided Beauty

Although this style will test your braiding skills, it’s very simple to achieve and creates a look of sophistication and class. Another plus about this style? The braid in the front keeps it out of your face and thus there’s no risk of any makeup getting smudged or frizz framing your face!
How to Style: 1. Begin with dry hair. 2. Using a comb, section out a two inch band of the hair around your face. Secure the rest of your hair back. 3. Part your hair where desired. 4. Begin braiding on either side of the part. After you have French braided the 2 inch sections on either side of your face, secure the end of the braid with a small rubber band. (It doesn’t have to look pretty, as you will be pinning the braids back and securing them with bobby pins later on.) 5. Curl the remaining hair that is not in the braids. A 1 and 1/4 inch Kadori curling iron will do the trick! 6. Pin the braids on either side with bobby pins. I would recommend hiding the pins underneath some curls. Remove the ponytail holders from the braids. Curl the ends of the braids that may now not be braided since you have removed the ponytail holders. 7. Finish by spraying everything with a light finishing spray. Recommended Products: If you have extra fine hair, I would suggest spraying the section that will be braided with a light working spray, like Spray and Play by Big Sexy Hair. This will give your hair a bit more “grit” and allow you to get a better grip on pieces while French braiding! Best Face Shape and Hair Type: Fine or thick hair will work well for this style. It would complement someone with a small forehead. Tip: When doing a French braid like this, you may want to work with day old hair. By not washing your hair on the big day, you allow some natural oils to build up which will help the braids stay better.

Why do I need IONIC in my styler??

How do Negative Ions have anything to do with your hair?

Everyone’s hair carries a positive electrical charge that is caused by dryness. Over time, this positive charge increases, and as your hair becomes drier, more hair cuticles open, creating ‘ragged’ unhealthy looking and feeling hair that is difficult to style. Flat irons and hair dryers will create negative ions (kadori 1" and LIA 2500x).  kadori hair dryerWhen the flat iron or hair dryer is heated, negative ions are created. The negative ions created by the appliance cancel out the positive hair charges, and while you glide down your hair with the iron, or blow dry, you smooth down those ragged open hair cuticles; smoothing instead of hair straightening. Smoothing down the hair cuticles will seal in your hair’s own natural oils and moisture. If you use your flat iron to create curls it will still smooth down the hair cuticles allowing them to lay flat and frizz free, but still enable it to curl. This is very important to the health and look of your hair. An increase in natural oil creates healthier, more vibrant looking hair that is also more manageable and full of shine. This will also explain why your highlights look brighter when you use your flat iron too. So in the flat iron world, nothing is more positive than tons of negative (ionic) activity!

What kind of styler is best?

It’s hard to know what to look for when shopping for hair products or tools unless you have your stylist along with you. And with all the contradicting information about which is best, it’s hard to know what’s true or not! After being in the industry about 25 years, I've had my share of experience with styling tools, and seen what lasts and what doesn't. I've learned that as technology improves, so do our tools, so investing in the right one will be totally worth it. taz salonDaniel Naumovski help us make the right decision: First, lets break down what words are commonly affiliated with styling tools (both curling and flat irons) Ceramic: I remember when tools started to become ceramic. It was a step up from simply being “ceramic plated”. Ceramic irons produce even heat, as opposed to a pulsating heat, that should maintain a steady temperature well. It’s gentler on the hair than traditional metal plated irons. Tourmaline, or Tourmaline Ceramic: Having a tool with tourmaline in it almost always means it will heat up rather quickly. It’s a mineral that produces negative ions when heated up, and leads to a smoother cuticle in the end. Chrome: Chrome is probably the most popular metal of choice for creating styling tools before ceramic. It’s quite hot, almost cooks the hair, and does not produce even heat. In kadori max stylergeneral, it should be avoided. Titanium: Titanium is lightweight, heats up quickly, and maintains an even heat throughout the use of the tool. It’s found mostly in high end irons. Gold: A lot of Hot Tools irons are gold-plated (typically 24K), which means they get hot and stay hot. They also typically have a heat dial which allows you to control the temperature (very important feature) so you don’t do excessive damage to the hair. So if you are shopping for a new tool, look for descriptions using words like “ceramic, tourmaline, or titanium”. These will be high quality, produce steady heat (so you don’t get the weird wavy look on flat ironed hair) and should be rather durable. My favorite flat iron of all time is the Kadori 1” (both 1" and 1.25" Max styler are great). After spending money on 4 Chi flat irons for my business, and watching them all fall apart, I finally invested in a Kadori and have been happy ever since. Although Chi is probably the most popular flat iron out there, it is not the best. If you own a Chi and are happy with it, keep using it! If it breaks, instead of replacing it with another Chi, look into purchasing kadori 25mm curlera Kadori. My favorite curling irons are the 2-in-1 kadori curling irons, I'm still using the curling irons I received in beauty school . They heat up quickly, have not chipped at all, and are absolutely essential for any bride or bridesmaid! As far as inexpensive tools go, I can’t recommend based on experience. The only “cheaper” iron I've used is the Hot Tools 1 inch flat iron, and I was fairly impressed with the capabilities. But It doesn't come close to kadori!

Get the best curling tongs for you hair

Do you use curling irons or rods (also known as clip-less curling irons) on your waves or curls? It seems sort of ironic, but these simple heat tools can be a great addition to your hair care routine. They can be helpful for dressy and kadori 25mm curlercasual looks, or simply just something a little different every so often. Curling irons and rods can help in enhancing natural curl patterns as well. Which Tool is Right for You? Both curling rods and irons are available in a variety of options including titanium and tourmaline. Titanium is a favorite with stylists as they prove to be very durable, corrosion resistant and perform extremely well for all hair types. Tourmaline, sometimes blended with ceramic, allows a larger flow of negative ions, which results in extra shine and protection to the hair. Both technologies are in the Kadori curling wands as they evenly distribute heat each time it is applied to the hair.In deciding what is right for you, first make up your mind about what you want from your tool? Do you need to just “fix” a few curls or ends here and there, or do you want a head full of tighter or looser curls? For the most part, if you have medium to longer curls or waves, you can easily use a curling rod. These tools have become more popular over just the past few years since they help make longer locks curly, wavier or simply add more volume. Almost all What is the right Curler for You??    curling rods and irons these days heat up quickly and have a variety of heat settings.Keep these heat settings in mind when using the tools:
  • Type 330F-360F (Waves): Low to medium heat. The shorter your hair the more control over the tool you will need. 
  • Type 390F-420F (Curls): Medium to high heat.
  • Type 450F (Kinks): High heat.
Kadori Curling Wands Benefits: 
  • Using a curling rod can take some getting used to, but is easily learned. Simply start with dry hair and wrap it around the rod/barrel. The ends of your hair will wrap around last so there is less damage and fewer split ends with the rod.
  • If you have thinner hair, the rod is also beneficial in that there is never any creasing or marks left behind as there is no “clamp.”
  • If you’re looking for volume, the rods tend to be better at getting closer to the roots.Rods are available in a variety of sizes. Curling irons offer excellent precision control and are great for beginners.
  • The clamp maintains a firm hold on hair for easy styling. They are generally available in a great variety of sizes (usually from 3/8” to 2+”) and heat up quickly and easily.

How To Chose Your Best Hair-dryer!!

DANIEL BENOIT - With over 40 years of experience as an artist & stylist, no aspect of the industry escapes him, He was credited among the finest of world-class hairdressers. Daniel pure salonfinds inspirations and ideas by traveling the glob & working with the best stylists, his keys to success are to stay humble,train,never stop learning & always be surrounded by the best people.He was the recipient of the Mirror Awards, Contessa and NAHA.. More recently, Daniel was approached by us for advice on how to choose the best hair-dryer. With a myriad of choice out there, it’s easy to be blown away (no pun intended) by the many options. Here we share an extract from the article where Daniel guides you through the differences between tourmaline, ionic and ceramic and what will give you that salon finish. What’s with all the terminology? “Ionic, ceramic and tourmaline hair-dryers are an invention of the last few years and I’ll admit, they sound kind of gimmicky. However, I have to say that when it comes to drying your hair, ionic hair-dryers are great. As you’re drying your hair you lose a lot of moisture, and ions put that moisture back into you hair while helping to deal with frizz. They also break down the water particles on your hair shaft into even tinier particles. This means that you’re cutting down your drying time drastically, which not only saves you time, it also protects your hair. Less time using heat on your hair means less risk of damage to your hair. Ceramic and tourmaline hairdryers have plates within are coated with these materials. The advantage of these dryers is they heat up quickly and they don’t pull or snag the hair – they actually smooth the hair. They protect the hair and give it a very glossy finish. In regular quality hairdryers, the plates are coated with metal. This pulls at the hair, and it also heats up unevenly and leaves the cuticle open, which means your hair is more vulnerable to damage, and you’ll get none of that smooth shininess you get with more advanced dryers.” Got it. What else should I look for? “The main component you want is power, so look for something with a high wattage to minimize your drying time. In addition to being ionic and having a ceramic or tourmaline coating, most professional hairdryers only have two speeds and two heat settings and maybe a button that gives you a cold shot of air. That’s all you need; you don’t need all those flashy buttons and things. Look for something that’s well-built and read the reviews online before buying something – you can usually tell from those whether a hairdryer is worth it.” Does higher price = better quality? “When it comes to any equipment that you’re using on your hair, anything that involves heat, the simple answer is yes. Think of it like a good wine. The more money you spend on it,kadori hair dryer the better it’s going to be. If my clients wash their hair frequently, about 2-3 times a week, I tell them to invest in a good quality, high end hairdryer because the cheaper ones aren't as powerful and don’t last as long and if your hairdryer isn't powerful, you’re going to spend more time drying your hair, frying it in the process.” So what’s worth the splurge? “There’s a Canadian brand of hairdryers called Kadori which is known among hairdressers as the Rolls Royce of dryers. I've been using it for years, and they now have one that’s smaller and slightly lighter for women to use at home. That’s the one I recommend to all my clients. They’re not cheap – good quality hairdryers that last for years tend to be more expensive. But they’re worth it in the long run.” What’s the best way to use a hairdryer for my hair type? “If you have curly or wavy hair and you’d like to enhance your curls, you can get great results with a diffuser, which the kadori LIA 2500X hairdryers already come equipped with. If your hair is fine, use the lower power setting to dry your hair – a high power setting won’t do anything but damage it. For thick or frizzy hair, make sure to add a cold shot of air at the end of the drying, either by switching to a lower heat or by using the cold shot button on your hairdryer. This closes the cuticle quicker, adds shine and minimizes frizz.” With power comes responsibility. “The more high end you go, the more power and heat you’re dealing with, so you have to know how to use your hairdryer in a way that’s safest for your hair. It’s about the distance between the hair and the flow from the dryer – I've seen a lot of people, especially in salons, putting the head of the hairdryer straight on the brush where the hair’s being held taut, and that will damage the hair quite badly. The best thing to do is test the dryer on the top of your hand. Check the distance at which the heat becomes bearable – that’s the distance at which you should dry your hair. You can vary the distance by about an inch, depending on the thickness of your hair, and also because your hair is much more resistant to heat than your skin.” Lastly: don’t forget to protect your hair. “You lose moisture when you dry your hair – that’s why they created the ionic hairdryers – but to further protect your hair, it’s really important to use some kind of a heat protection. It creates a barrier between your hair and the heat. So whether it’s a voluminous mousse or a serum to moist and hydrate the hair or just a heat spray, always add some sort of product to your hair before using a hair dryer on it.”

Kadori Hair 1.25″ Revolutionary Max Styler

Kadori Gold Professional 1.25" Maxstyler -  Makes even easier work of straightening thick or very curly hair with the larger plates on the Kadori gold maxstyler. Using new, innovative 2 HairSense temperature setting (thin/thick)  – developed kadori max stylerexclusively by Kadori scientists to take hair styling into a new era – Kadori maxstyler can radically transform even the most challenging hair, quickly and easily without turning up the heat, this max size makes styling quicker and easier when you've an abundance of hair. Smoother gold plates glide effortlessly through the hair to make straightening longer and thicker hair even quicker and easier, while their rounded edges help to create perfect curls and waves, all with unbeatable professional results and shine for longer. PRODUCT FEATURES
  • Revolutionary Tourmaline ceramic styling technology - to ensure the ideal, constant temperature is maintained in every stroke
  • More heat possibilities - A two HairSense temperature setting is the optimal temperature range for styling hair and produces superior and longest-lasting results
  • Single swipe styling - Outstanding results from the first swipe
  • Tourmaline ceramic plates For - ultimate heat transfer, efficiency, consistent heat transfer and smooth, snag-free styling
  • Universal Voltage - For the same outstanding performance wherever you are in the world
  • Professional Length - 10Ft Cord For freedom during styling
  • Sleep mode - automatically turns off if left unattended for 60 minutes