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The top 5 looks from Toronto Fashion Week – 2015

Last week, World MasterCard Fashion Week (#WMCFW ) took over David Pecaut Square for its fall/winter 2015 shows. The week-long spectacle showcased hundreds of men's and women's fashion by Canadian and international designers alike.
Here are our top 5 picks for the top looks from Toronto Fashion Week.
HELDER-DIEGO

HELDER-DIEGO

Helder Diego
Helder Aguiar and Diego Fuchs have a very distinct aesthetic - clean, sharp and colourless. Half of this little black dress is made with metallic pleats and finished off with a solid belt - proof that minimalism can be impactful though simple.
Mikhael Kale

Mikhael Kale

 Mikael D
Mikael D finished the week off with two dozen showstopping dresses, including a handful of enormous ball gowns. the look of the evening  was a body-hugging black number with strategically-placed cutouts - a design that would seem done to death save for the tattoo-like illusion beading floating on the model's skin.
narces

narces

Narces
Narces opened with a new take on the '60s shift. Though the rest of the collection looked nothing like it, this dress stood out with its futuristic metallics and peeks of sheer.
Melissa Nepton

Melissa Nepton

Melissa Nepton Montreal, QC designer Melissa Nepton is the queen of drapery; her pieces fold and flow like liquid. In this all-black look, the in-your-face coat is the main attraction, but the tailored wool pants deserve just as much credit.
Sid Neigum

Sid Neigum

Sid Neigum
Sid Neigum never ceases to amaze with his architectural garments. This time around, he used subtly pleated white fabric to form a gawk-worthy origami dress.

What is the best dryer for ME?

ceramic tourmaline heating . Blow dryers that have metallic heating parts tend to burn with extremely high heat and they tend to heat your hair unevenly. Ceramic, on the other hand, is a material that has unique heat conduction properties, resulting in heat that radiates evenly across your hair.  dryer with ionic . Lower quality blow dryers, especially those with metallic or plastic heating parts, diffuse positive ions which cause the cuticle of the hair to become frizzy and dull. Higher quality blow dryers with ionic drying diffuse negative ions, which cause the hair cuticle to trap moisture and eliminate frizz. On top of that, ionic dryers fight and eliminate static electricity in your hair.  blow dryer with tourmaline. When tourmaline is combined with ceramic heating, the resulting heat is much gentler and evenly spaced. This means that a ceramic element that has been infused with tourmaline will not damage your hair with harmful levels of heat. Tourmaline has also shown to generate a large amount of negative ions, which can dry your hair up to 70 percent faster than a non-tourmaline dryer. blow dryer with higher wattage. A blow dryer with higher wattage will dry your hair much faster. If the length of time it takes to dry your hair doesn't matter to you, feel free to skip over this feature. As a baseline, professional grade blow dryers tend to be 1875 watts .
best hair dryer everdryer with multiple speed and heat settings. Depending on the condition of your hair, you will want to use different dryer settings. For example, if your hair is only damp instead of wet, you'll want a lower heat setting. If you're drying your hair to fit a certain style, then the different speed settings will come in handy. dryer that weighs less than 1 lb. Professional grade hair dryers tend to be very light because they are designed to be held and used all day long. However, even if you're only drying your hair after you get out of the shower, a lighter blow dryer will be more comfortable to use. Furthermore, it'll allow you to more easily reach difficult-to-reach places on your head, resulting in a more even spread of heat.

Hair styles- get the best volume!

Whether you’re looking to turn it up or rein it in, volume’s just about every girl’s obsession when it comes to hair. We checked in with top stylists across the country for their best volume tips.

 TURN UP THE VOLUME
Fine hair doesn't have to be flat and limp. Here are some tips on how to pump up the volume.Understand your hair. “Most of us have combination hair, limp at the roots/dry ends. In this case you need to specifically address scalp and base of hair with your choice of volumizing shampoo, then find a heavier more moisturising conditioner and only apply to mid-shaft and ends,” says Daniel beniot, founder of pure salon in Montreal.Maintain a hanbest volume toolsds-off policy. “Keep your hands out of your hair throughout the day as the natural oils on your hands may weigh the hair down,” adds Daniel. Use the right products right where they’re needed. “Start by blow-drying about 20 percent of the water out of your hair,” says Tony Ricci, founder of Ricci Hair Co. in Edmonton. “Then apply your
Volume product . I love Tecniart Volume Lift by L’Oreal Professional. Its directional applicator allows you to get the product right at the roots, which is where fine hair needs it. Keep blow-drying your hair until it is almost dry, then use a round brush to add some height.”Don’t go overboard with your blow dryer setting. “The dryer should be medium-hot. If it’s too hot, the heat will electrify fine hair and make it static-y,” says Tony.Give your hair a fresh, clean start. “Make sure you’re using a shampoo that doesn't weigh your hair down,” says Michael Crispel, a stylist at Blonde Salon in Toronto. Look for a light, deep cleansing shampoo. Michael swears by using KMS California Wash once a week. Get rolling. Louis Hechter, founder and director of Orbit Salon in Montreal, recommends using a roll brush or hot rollers to increase volume on fine hair. When blow-drying your hair, “roll your hair and then loosen the roll to release the brush and use a hair clip to clip the roll into place and then do the second layer of hair,” he says. “Let it cool down—go eat your breakfast, for example—and then remove the clips and shake out your hair,” says Louis. Using this method will give soft, natural volume without twisting the hair too much. If you prefer to use hot rollers, he suggests starting the roller at the middle of your hair—not at the ends—to add volume rather than intense curl.

The Argument: Investing in a Professional Hair Dryer or No

A man I know with an impressive pompadour recently had an "aha" moment when he upgraded his crappy $20 hair dryer to a salon-grade number from a professional beauty-supply store. "It takes me literally half the time to get ready now," he says. "I used to put in some product, blow-dry. Put in more product, blow-dry. It took forever." Beyond the speedier drying time, he also found that even when he used his roommate's drug-store pomade (after he ran out of the nicer stuff), it held his style all day—though when resorting to it in the past, his hair usually fell flat by lunchtime. best hair dryer ever Oh, what a difference pro tools can make. While many men are comfortable with investing in their wardrobe, they may still be hesitant to splurge on their grooming routine. A $1,000 suit? Ring it up. But a $100+ hair dryer? What do I need that for? For some, the blame for a less-than-stellar hairstyle lies in not using a hair dryer at all. "Most men vigorously towel dry their hair," says Tony Ricci, Owner at Ricci Hair Co Salon, "which can potentially lead to damage and splitting, given the hair is in its most vulnerable state when wet." A better plan? "Pat dry after getting out of the shower, then set your dryer to a low heat and guide it along your hair for your desired style." But for those with cheap blow-dryers already in their bathroom arsenal, what's the incentive to splurge on a high-end model? One word: power. A quality model will dry your hair in less time, meaning less heat damage to your hair. Daniel Benoit, founder of Pure Salon Montreal, a blow-dry-only salon chain, agrees. "A professional dryer can make a huge impact on your hair. It will do the job quicker, add shine, and cut down on frizz, all of which are important for women and men." "There have also been huge technological advances in the past few years, such as the use of Nanolonic minerals and negative ions." The first hydrates your hair; the second naturally cleanses and freshens it, meaning the quality gap between your hair dryer at home and the ones stylists use is as wide as Donald Trump's comb over. Still can't bring yourself to blow your budget on this grooming tool? "If you feel silly buying a high-quality blow-dryer, you can always get one for your wife or girlfriend, and you could just happen to use it," Daniel suggests. Score thoughtful-partner points and a perfect part? Sounds good to us.

Buying Guide: Finding The Right Flat Iron For You

The difference between a poor quality flat iron and one that's Professional-approved will literally make or break your hair. You wear your hair every day; it's worth investing in a good iron! kadori purple flat ironProfessional flat irons like the Kadori Revolution Tourmaline Ionic Styling Iron 1" feature the most sophisticated technologies and provide the best styling. They maintain higher, more consistent temperatures, usually offer temperature controls, have higher-quality plates and deliver salon-like results (that's why they're used in salons!).   When choosing a flat iron, it's important to consider your hair type and kadori max stylerlength. A flat iron like the Kadori pro Nano Titanium 1 1/4" Straightening Iron is great for straightening coarse, thick hair because the titanium provides intense heat for hard to straighten hair. A flat iron with ceramic plates like the provides gentler, infrared heat which is better for fine hair. The following chart will help you determine which plate size, temperature and materials are best suited for you. PLATE SIZE Hair Type: Thick, Coarse, Curly Above shoulders 1 Shoulder Length 1-1¼" Below Shoulders 1¼" Hair Type: Normal, Medium, Wavy Above shoulders 1 Shoulder Length 1 - 1¼" Below Shoulders 1¼ Thin, Fine ANY TEMPERATURE Thick, Coarse, Curly 400° - 420° Normal, Medium, Wavy 360° - 380° Thin, Fine Below 360° PLATE MATERIAL Ceramic, Titanium,Tourmaline

Choosing the Best Flat Iron / Hair Straightener?

Flat iron typically uses heat and pressure on ceramic or metal plates to “iron” out the kinks and curls in your hair for a short period of time. Sounds simple, but picking the right flat iron is more than just picking the flashy one that first catches your eye at the STORE. Among the many random names and technical specifications, you want to make sure you pick one that suits your hair type to create the best look without damaging your hair. Hair Type & Temperature The primary concern with picking the right flat iron is to pick one suitable for your hair type. Thick hair requires higher temperature to straighten. On the other hand, if you have fine hair you have to be extra careful not to overheat and damage your hair. Girls with fine hair can go for flat irons that OFFER temperature control. Digital flat irons are especially useful for letting you choose the exact temperature you want. Size Flat irons come in various plate width. Thin flat irons usually have plates about one inch wide, and is more suited for short hair. They also have flexible utility, which includes styling bangs and spikes and can even be used like a curling iron. The plates for wide flat irons can go up to 2 inch wide. This size is a better choice for long hair as it irons faster and more evenly compared to its thinner counterpart. Material There are a variety of materials out of which flat iron hair straighteners can be made. Ceramic Ceramic is by far the most popular material, as they work well with most hair types and comes at an affordable price. Solid ceramic plates are durable and will not form heat spots that will burn your hair, while ceramic coated metal plates will eventually chip. The price difference between these two can be large though. Metal There are several types of metal plates. One of the cheaper OPTIONS  is aluminium, but it’s not recommended as it damages hair. Some professionals recommend titanium to be the only metal flat iron worth buying, as it works as well as ceramic and comes with a bigger variety of heat settings and features that work better on thicker hair. Tourmaline Finally at the top of the line, there are tourmaline flat irons. Tourmaline is one of the newest material to be infused in ceramic flat iron plates, and they are more expensive than those without it. Due to its unique properties, tourmaline crystal is able to APPLY  more heat and produce perfectly straight, smooth and shiny hair on the first try. Tourmaline is also naturally ionized, so as a tourmaline flat iron passes over the hair, it seals moisture into the hair to prevent damage. Weight Don’t break your arm straightening hair. A lightweight hair straightener is your best friend, especially if your hair is thick, long or both. Remember, you’ll be working on your hair bit by bit. Brand Professional flat irons win hands down over drug store brands, of course, unless you don’t plan to put it to much use and want to get the cheapest possible. The most popular brands of flat irons among others are Kadori, Chi and GHD, being rated by many hair experts and reviewers ONLINE. The price of flat irons are a ridiculous range between $100 and $200, but I strongly advise you to get something above $125 for best value and quality

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.”