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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.

Choosing the right one

If you are in the market for a flat iron, there are many different factors you want to consider. First of all, what exactly is a flat iron? It is important to realize that a flat iron is different from a curling iron, and works very differently from the Hot air brushes. Though it is called a “flat” iron, and is normally associated with making the hair flatter, but they can also wave it and curl it, depending on how you use it. Also important is to realize that different kinds of flat irons can make different sorts of effects on your hair. Hair Type With all of the different choices on the market, it can be tough to know which iron will work for your hair. In general, most women’s hair falls into one of four categories. Find yours to discover the right flat iron for you. Fine, mostly straight hair. If you have fine hair that gets frizzy from time to time, you will need a straightener with digital (or analog) heat settings so you can adjust the temperature to the low setting the reduce damage to your hair , a ceramic or tourmaline plates can help increase protection. Fine, curly hair. If your hair is fine, but very curly, you will want to find a flat iron that has a wide range of temperatures to choose from, so you can pick the one that works for your particular mixture of texture and density. Look for a model with tourmaline or titanium plates. 450f hair iron nano chip Thick, mostly straight hair. Even if you have only a little wave or curl that needs to be tamed, thick hair demands more heat than fine hair. Look for a model with high (370F-420F) temperature settings and a larger plate (1”-1.5”) that allows you to spread your thick hair out, so that ever strand gets equal attention from the heat.   Thick, curly or coarse hair. If your hair falls into this category, you will want to look for a model that offers you both high heat and hair protection. Though you might have unruly hair, you will need to look for model the combine tourmaline with ceramic and far infrared heating system to protect your hair from becoming fried. Look for one with at least a 420F to 450F degree temperature setting.   Plate materials Basic Flat Irons – These are the most common flat irons, made with metal plates and no heat settings, usually confined to just On/Off. While some people, especially those who only occasionally flat iron their hair, or only flat iron a small portion of their hair may find a model like this helpful, in general, most people opt for the next level of iron.   Ceramic – Ceramic models come in a variety of function, with many different heat settings. You may be able to kadori pinkfind a ceramic model for fairly cheap, depending on its other functionalities. In general, however, the more functions it has, the more expensive it is going to be. There are also different qualities of ceramic. The reason these are more popular than the basic models is because they are far less likely to burn the shaft of the hair as they straighten it.   Tourmaline – Tourmaline is by far the most durable materials, and is well-loved in the beauty industry because it heats up quickly, holds its heat well, and leaves hair looking healthy and shiny, rather than crispy and fried like some other materials.   Ionic – Ionic is by far the most advanced technology used in straightening irons, and is therefore also the most expensive. This defiantly does the best job for the widest variety of hair types. If you have dry hair, it is the most recommended option for your hair, which actually traps moisture into the hair, rather than sapping it away like other materials do.   In general, the thicker and curlier your hair is, the higher heat you will need in order to straighten it. That means that the thicker and curlier your hair is, the more advanced flat iron you should buy. Better quality materials not only allow the flat iron to last longer, they also do less damage to hair that needs hotter and more vigorous straightening in order to get the job done.

The Best Hair Straightener for You!!

kadori purple hair iron toolThe way to get glossy, straight hair is to use a flat iron. Hair straighteners uses heated ceramic tourmaline plates to iron out the kinks in each strand of hair. Whether you have slightly wavy hair or thick, tightly curled locks, a straightener flattens the follicle of your hair .The key to reduce damage  to the hair is by choosing the best flat iron for your hair type.

Choosing a Hair Straightener:

  •  Consider the natural texture of your hair. Thick, coarse hair will require a hair-straightening iron that heats up to high temperatures, but thin, fine hair can be damaged by high heat. If you have fine hair, shop for hair irons that offer a variety of heat settings. Digital flat irons let you choose the exact temperature to avoid damaging your hair with too much heat.
  •  kadori black hair straightnerTake a look at ceramic flat irons if you have fine or thin hair. Ceramic hair straighteners are great for smoothing out hair and reducing frizz. Ceramic holds heat very well, allowing a ceramic flat iron to achieve high temperatures; plus, ceramic plates encourage even heat distribution. You can choose between ceramic flat irons with ceramic plates, ceramic coating, or tourmaline plates. Tourmaline is actually a gemstone, but it works like ceramic when flat iron plates are coated with it.
  • 450f hair iron nano chip Consider titanium flat irons if you have thick, coarse hair. Titanium hair straighteners can heat up faster than ceramic flat irons, and they hold a high heat at a consistent temperature. Titanium, a lightweight metal, also has an ionic charge, which helps you get your hair looking smooth quickly, without having to go over the same section as many times. The high heat makes them popular, but this may not be best for people with fine hair, which can scorch easily.
  •  Choose the right size. Hair straighteners come in many sizes and widths. Small, thin flat irons are great hair care tools for men and women with short hair. Small hair irons are also perfect for styling bangs and spikes, and they travel well. Large, wide hair straighteners cover more surface area and are good choices for individuals with long or thick hair.
  •  Select a hair straightener with the right features. Hair tools come with a variety of features. If you have naturally curly hair, you might like a flat iron that has built-in comb teeth or steam functions that can tame and set unruly tresses. Cordless flat irons are great for jet-setting men and women, and instant-heat hair straighteners are perfect for people who don't have much time to get ready in the morning.

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.

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

Not, Just For Making Flat Hair!!

Flat irons have come so far. They used to be these monster 2 inch metal plates that got you straight hair along with lots of split ends. Ricci hair coNow a days we have so many options 1.25 inch, 1 inch, Tourmaline, ceramic and more. Tony how do you know which is best? You also need to take into consideration a few things like length, texture and condition. Longer hair can use a Kadori 1.25" inch Max Styler while short hair would benefit from a 1 inch Kadori Classic iron that can get close to the base of the hair. Another thing to think about is how hot the irons get. We are so used to picking up the kind that can go all the way up to 450. Which in a professional setting benefits the stylist who is trained to work fast. But for an every day gal 450 can be way to damaging. Fine to medium hair would appreciate a iron on a lower heat setting 340-400F while thicker course hair needs a bit more heat 400-420F. However 450 degrees for at home use is just to much heat! Ricci what do you prefer? For me I prefer and recommend a Kadori 1 inch, it works for all hair lengths. The slimmer plates allow kadori black hair straightneryou to create more than just straight smooth hair but beautiful lose curls. And yes, I said CURLS. I am always surprised when I curl my clients hair and the say “wow you can curl with a flat iron?” It takes patience but once you get it you will have beautifully tousled waves! When using any Kadori tools it’s important to always use products. Along with helping your hair look and feel smooth it also acts as a barrier for your hair protecting it from direct heat. Think of it like a fire fighters gear, they go into the fire but their uniform keeps the fire from contact with the skin. Plus they usually smell pretty good! To start take a 1 inch horizontal section at the lane of your neck. Place the Kadori iron at the root, turn the iron once toward you and slowly pull down till the ends slip through. (The key to this technique is pressure. You need to hold the iron tight enough so the hair doesn't fall out but lose enough that the hair glides through easily.) Continue taking horizontal sections from bottom to the crown. To finish use a dime size amount of serum,starting from the ends working toward the roots. Shake your hair for a lose tousled curl!

What Materials Can Flat Irons Be Of?

There are not as many noticeable differences between ceramic and tourmaline as there are between ceramic and metal plated. The ceramic and tourmaline plates perform almost equally, but tourmaline does it slightly better. Both use negative ions to straighten your hair safely and with results that cause far less damage to the hair cuticle than competing flat irons that use metal plates. Most high end professional brands that manufacture flat irons have models with both ceramic and tourmaline plates, but the selection is usually limited. kadori black hair straightnerCeramic/Ionic – generates ions to smooth the hair cuticles, but keep in mind not all flat iron plates are 100% ceramic. All plates are infused with ceramic (and/or other materials) to smooth the hair. Pure Ceramic plates would be to soft to get the job done, so…this means these Ceramic Irons are made ALONG with a much stronger, heat conducting material such as Titanium, Aluminium, and so forth. Although ceramic flat irons cause less damage to the hair than flat irons made with other materials, prolonged use may still cause damage. Aluminium – most older lesser quality flat irons are pure aluminium (most your drug store variety), and do not contain or if so carry very little ceramic. That is where you notice the difference in prices. Tourmaline - is a semi precious gemstone for its negative ion generating and smoothing properties. Tourmaline plates produce a greater number of negative ions than ceramic plates. Tourmaline flat irons work great kadori purple flat ironat preventing heat damage, because the material is designed to produce more negative ions. The negative ions protect your hair cuticle from damage by locking in the hairs own natural moisture, while reducing frizz. The negative ions diffuse all of the excess water in the hair into tiny particles, enhancing the moisture balance of the hair, while reducing frizz and static electricity, making hair smooth and healthy looking. Most tourmaline flat irons take only 25 seconds to straighten a section of your hair, while the ceramic flat irons take a slightly longer time. Nano - the technology in manipulating matter on an atomic and molecular scale. This is a process where the material, say Tourmaline, is micronized into superfine particles and infused into the plate surface. Whenever you see Nano, think teeny, tiny pieces of a smoothing material infused into the plates. Nano-Ceramic, Nano-Silver, you get the idea: Nano-Tourmaline – infused with tourmaline, this is a older release then the Nano-Titanium and Nano-Silver. Nano-Titanium – straightens hair up to 40% faster, but only necessary if your hair is hard to straighten. It is a newer technology but very comparable to Tourmaline. Great for smoothing out hair just be cautious of the type of climate you are using it in as it can cause a great deal of static. So if you are from in the interior and hate static, I advise you to look into a different type of an iron if you have normal/medium to finer hair. Nano-Silver – great technology for the stylist or germ-a-phone, the smoothing technology not only straightens well but it eliminates bacteria on the tool. Nano-Ceramic – infused to produce negative ions.

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!