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4 Basic Tools to Cut Your Hair with Precision

4 Basic Tools to Cut Your Hair with Precision

Precise hair-cutting means the exact technique and tools must be used during the hair cut. This guarantees a perfect bob line or a fringe or any other style which looks almost flawless. When it comes to hairdressing, your skills can be as good as the tools you use. Sometimes, it’s just overwhelming coming up with a set of tools that will complement your skills better.

Hair cutting using a Scissors

It’s therefore important to have basic knowledge concerning different precision hair cutting tools and when to use them. Having the guidelines comes in handy whether you are a-Do-It-Yourself (DIY), want to trim your kid’s neckline or just when you want to make conversation between you and your hairstylist sound a bit professional.

With that said, let’s take a look at common hair cutting tools that are used to take skills to the next level in the hair cutting industry.

Hair Cutting Scissors/Shears

Shears are basic tools, but a less complex than the ordinary scissors. They are perfectly designed to cut hair. They range between 5 and 7 inches (17.78 cm), and they have a specially designed tang to rest the pinky finger which means more comfort and control.

The best part is—shears are made really sharp and cut a slice through hair without having to fold or bend the hair. According to Scissor Tech Australia, for the scissors maintain their effectiveness, you need to regularly sharpen the blades. The general design and spacing helps prevent sore arms, shoulders and less stress on the back helping prevent tendonitis, bursitis and carpal-tunnel syndromes.

Texturizing/Thinning Shears

They are similar to the common shears except that they have teeth embedded on each blade. The gaps allow the stylist to soften the lines, thin out the hair or just texture the extreme ends depending on the situation. Additionally, they are used to blend and tame stubborn hair and create hair volume if the correct technique is applied. Depending on the desired end result, check your thinning scissors for the following characteristics:

  • Spacing between the teeth.
  • If both blades have the teeth or it’s just one.
  • The number of teeth available on each blade.

Razor Comb

It may come as a surprise to many, but you can literally perfectly cut your hair using a razor and a comb. They are especially useful when cutting loads of hair on an otherwise standard haircut. If you don’t jagged hairline, consult with your hair stylist.

The best approach is to first use a pair of scissors and follow up with a razor blade. Depending on the stylist experience, a perfect line cut is still practical. If this seems a bit hard, consider using a razor comb.

Cutting hair with a Scissors

Neck/Edge Trimmers

These small buddies are specially designed to clear up edges on hairlines, necklines, short haircuts, and beards. They are just like clippers, but they are small which is easier to handle hence more precise.

Hair-Clippers

Just as the name suggests, hair clippers are necessary when you want to create perfect short haircuts such as fades or military haircuts. They use the same approach as texturizing scissors, but are equipped with an electric mortar. Any hair that gets trapped between the small blades moving against each other is just cut. Its advantage is that it is more accurate and easier to operate.

Electric shaving machine

The type of tool you’ll use is greatly determined by your ability to use it and the desired results. Knowing when to use a tool and how to use it is equally vital. As seen, if you want jagged hairline for example, use a razor, for short hair cuts or when you want to clean your beard or neckline edges go with a clipper. Finally, invest your time in learning how to use these tools in order to be an all-round hair stylist.

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20 Amazing Benefits of Dark Chocolate for Skin, Hair, and Health

20 Amazing Benefits of Dark Chocolate for Skin, Hair, and Health

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We all love the sweet smooth after taste associated with chocolate, and it is almost impossible to resist it.

You will find about three different varieties of chocolate in your favorite local store, but it is not all of them that have the same benefits to our health and skin.

Not all chocolates are equal. Some are better than others.

Milk chocolate contains milk, butter, sugar and different measures of cocoa solids, and is the most loved the world over. Its sweet, creamy taste is so irresistible, and most would not mind taking dozens of milk chocolate.

On the other hand, white chocolate does not contain any cocoa solids. The main ingredient is cocoa butter. Sugar and milk are added to give it a special sweet and creamy taste.

Dark chocolate benefits

Dark chocolate has a large content of cocoa solids. As a result, it is a little bitter compared to the other varieties. Other ingredients are cocoa butter and sugar. However, dark chocolate may contain milk or not.

White chocolate and milk chocolate are the sweetest among the three varieties, and have a huge following among the consumers. It is a case of letting the taste buds lead the way, for most people.

Interestingly, dark chocolate is the most beneficial to our health based on the number of cocoa solids that it has.

The following are the benefits associated with taking dark chocolate.

Benefits of Dark Chocolate to the Skin

Reduces Stress:

Magnesium is the essential mineral, often dubbed as the ‘natural chill pill’ that suppresses the production of cortisol, a stress hormone. Stress breaks down collagen and hurts our skin elasticity.  

As a result, cell growth cannot occur effectively when stressed, and your body is ineffective in replacing dead cells.

Apart from suppressing the stress hormones, magnesium helps you sleep better. According to research, sleep is critical to cell growth, and that translates to a better hair volume and skin.

Dark chocolate benefits for the skin

Protection against the Sun:

The study, published in the Journal of the US National Library of Medicine, show that chocolate provides skin protection against sunburn. Literally, it is the natural sunscreen.

Dark chocolate reduces skin redness and maintains a smoother texture after exposure to sunlight. The flavonoids in chocolate give your skin the ability to reflect UV rays, protects it from harful UV, and thus prevent skin discoloration.

Has a Range of Antioxidants:

There’s so much good associated with antioxidants in fruit and vegetables. Similarly, dark chocolate has powerful antioxidants that prevent the damaging effects of free radicals. Your skin remains supple and soft for longer, as your body has the ability to get rid of harmful substances.

Enhances Cell Growth:

Dark chocolate is loaded with essential minerals such as zinc, copper, and iron. These essential minerals play a crucial role by promoting cell growth to replace old and dead cells. Dark chocolate also has a detoxifying effect on the skin to keep it glowing and flexible.

Protects the Skin from the Damaging Effects of Ultraviolet Rays:

Long periods of exposure to sunlight can have damaging effects on the skin. However, the antioxidants in dark chocolate can prevent the detrimental effects of exposure through improved blood circulation.

Promotes skin Healing:

The mineral-rich dark chocolate packs a load of healing properties on the skin. It helps get rid of dead cells and remove scars from the skin. As a result, you can maintain a youthful and beautiful skin that attracts attention from afar.

Two melted dark chocolate bars mixed with milk and applied on the face regularly can do the trick of significantly improving skin texture and elasticity.

Benefits of Dark Chocolate to the Hair

Improves the Quality of your Hair:

Magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc in dark chocolate are the essential minerals that enhance the quality of your hair. The vital minerals promote cell division and strengthen every strand of hair. Dark chocolate also makes the hair lustrous and soft.

Those with long hair and who often use curling tools can make their hair luscious and smooth by mixing melted dark chocolate with mashed ripe bananas. Add one teaspoon of honey to the mixture and apply it on the hair. Avoid applying on the roots.

Treats Infections in the Scalp:

Dark chocolate has extra-ordinary anti-inflammatory properties that promote healing to the scalp and prevents further development of infections. Taking dark chocolate improves blood flow to the scalp which brings essential nutrients to promote healing.

Improves Hair Volume:

Dark chocolate contains essential minerals that promote cell division. And together with increased blood flow to the scalp, the hair volume improves considerably. Dark chocolate has a positive effect on blood circulation, and that enhances the transfer of nutrients necessary for cell growth to your hair.

chocolate bar

Benefits of Dark Chocolate to your Overall Health

Keeps Premature Aging at Bay:

Wrinkles and fine lines on the skin are some of the most visible signs of aging. And even though some can argue that wisdom comes with age, no one fancies having visible signs of wisdom on their skin.

Dark chocolate keeps the skin healthy and prevents pigmentation. It improves collagen content and keeps the skin moisturized.

Eating dark chocolate improves circulation on the skin making it more elastic and healthy to prevent wrinkles. Elastic skin does not have any wrinkles.

Improves Eyesight:

Studies show that dark chocolate can improve visual contrast sensitivity. Visual contrast sensitivity is the ability to see an object at different contrasts. Another research shows that Dark chocolate improves visual clarity and visual acuity.

According to researchers, the flavonoids in dark chocolate improve blood flow in the eyes which transport essential nutrients and oxygen.

Reduces Inflammation:

Inflammation can affect various body processes including cell growth. The flavonoids in dark chocolate prevent inflammation and help in the management of such conditions as eczema.

Improves Heart Health:

The flavonoids in dark chocolate have anti-inflammatory properties, and they promote heart health. Dark chocolate improves the health of endothelial cells on arteries to improve blood flow to the heart.

Helps the Cognitive Function:

Flavonoids penetrate and accumulate in the region of the brain associated with learning. You become a better learner and excel in your studies by eating dark chocolate regularly.

Flavonoids also increase blood flow to the brain thus prevents memory loss, increases attention span and improves problem-solving skills.

For the senior citizens, taking dark chocolate can keep mental decline at a minimum.

Helps Manage Blood Pressure:

Magnesium and copper in dark chocolate help regulate blood pressure and prevent any associated complications such as heart disease and kidney problems.

Improves the Mood:

Dark chocolate increases the production of endorphins or the feel-good hormones. You may notice that your mood improves significantly after taking a delicious bar of chocolate.

Endorphins are associated with reduced stress and pain. Chocolate also has an amino acid related to happiness, tryptophan, which further reduces stress and improves your mood.

Reduces Cholesterol:

Bad cholesterol is the main cause of various diseases such heart diseases. The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, shows that dark chocolate reduces bad cholesterol in the body. High cholesterol levels can also cause blockage of arteries and cause such complications as high blood pressure and heart disease. Dark chocolate increases good cholesterol in the body and reduces the harmful effects of bad cholesterol.

Cures Mild Cases of Anemia:

Dark chocolate contains iron and together with iron-rich foods can heal mild cases of anemia. The flavonoids in chocolate help increase the red blood cells in the body.

Prevent Stroke:

Flavonoids such as epicatechin, available in dark chocolate, are known to safeguard the brain against stroke. Studies show that the nerve cells of individuals that consume dark chocolate are less likely to develop stroke compared to those that do not take dark chocolate.

Good for Workouts:

Dark chocolate also contains proteins from the added milk. The proteins together with carbohydrates are a good source of energy for those that desperately need to recover from workouts. Chocolate milkshake will help you build muscles and give you the stamina to push yourself and achieve workout goals.

Living a healthy lifestyle does not have to be boring, add some dark chocolate to your daily diet, apply some to your skin, be creative!

About the Author

Anna is a healthy lifestyle blogger at curltheblessing.com as she is passionate about health, fashion, natural living. She spends most of her time writing for her fashion and healthy lifestyle blog. She has her writing published on thefrisky.com before. Being a writer and a stylist doesn’t really stop her passion from traveling, too. Besides writing, she loves to hang out with her friends. She plans to launch her own beauty brand some day.

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Empties: Our Beauty Buyer’s Picks — National Hair Day Edition

Empties: Our Beauty Buyer’s Picks — National Hair Day Edition

Our Beauty Buyer Amanda tells us why these six cruelty-free — and 100% cool — hair products are good to the literal last drop…

This is my all-time favorite dry shampoo, leaving my hair feeling and smelling fresh. Totally absorbs oils and never leaves any residue! Playa’s Pure Dry Shampoo has completely changed my need to wash my hair every day  I also love to use this product as a texturizing spray on clean hair.

Voir Hair Masque 

The inspiration behind this product is what first drew me to it — “inspired by the soothing tranquility of a cool rain”… I mean, dreamy! Then I tried it and I can’t stop using it. My hair tends to be quite dry but this really locks in moisture and makes my hair feel so soft.

This oil smells like a dream and leaves your hair feeling so soft!

Hum Hair Sweet Hair

Ever decide to chop your hair short and then you’re like, WHAT DID I DO? Who am I?? Hair Sweet Hair to the rescue — helping your hair to grow quickly and stay super strong.

Hairgurt 

This is literally like a smoothie for your hair. Makes your hair super soft and will have it smelling amazing for the entire day.

Completely eliminates static and tames flyaways! I especially love to use it on humid days, because it reduces frizz and leaves you with a polished look.

12 Reasons You Should be Using Ghee (+Infographic)

12 Reasons You Should be Using Ghee (+Infographic)

 Every nation has its secret beauty ingredient. While its green tea in China and the Far East, it is argan oil in Morocco, olive oil in the Mediterranean, turmeric, and ghee in India, and many more. I did not know about ghee as a beauty ingredient until I received MIRATI night cream, which was a pleasant experience for me, you can read my full review here.

That made me curious about learning what exactly is ghee, so I browsed through the Internet and found some interesting facts that I would love to share with you 🙂

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So What is Ghee?

According to Wikipedia “Ghee is a class of clarified butter that originated in India and is commonly used in Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi, Nepali and Sri Lankan cuisine, traditional medicine, and religious rituals.”

Clarified butter means that ghee is derived from butter. While ghee has similar properties to that of butter, it is not the same as butter.

Ghee is made by cooking butter until all moisture is removed and all milk solids are caramelized. Butter is heated slowly on the stove to remove all the impurities and milk solids. The result is golden purified butter.

And to my surprise, I found that ghee is much healthier than butter, for many reasons…

Health Benefits of Ghee

  1. Butter may increase unhealthy cholesterol levels while ghee lowers the unhealthy cholesterol levels. That helps prevent heart diseases. [Source]
  2. Rich in vitamins A, D, K2, E, and anti-oxidants.
  3. Full of fatty acids that are absorbed directly and burnt to produce energy. And if you consume ghee in small portions that will help you lose weight.
  4. Ghee has a high smoke point(250 °C  482 °F), you can easily cook with it without losing its benefits or producing highly dangerous compounds (harmful free radicals).
  5. Ghee is also a good substitute for those who are lactose or casein intolerant.
  6. In India and the Far East, it is used for detoxifying the body.

Ghee Benefits to Your Skin and Hair

7. It makes your skin glow; ghee locks moisture in your skin, and thus it protects your skin from getting dry.

8. Cures chapped lips by providing your lips with the fatty acids needed to lock in moisture, thus preventing your lips from dryness.

9. Moisturizes your skin, whether it is your face, arms or legs, you can apply ghee and massage gently, leave it on for around half an hour then take your shower. Ghee will leave your skin soft and supple.

10. Reduces dark circles when applied daily before going to bed.

11. Hair treatment for coarse dry hair including split ends. You need to warm ghee and apply it to the end of your hair, wait for an hour before shampooing your hair.

12. If you have dry skin during winter, ghee could be one good solution for your skin, just like coconut oil and shea butter, the good fatty acids can cure your dry skin.

Ghee Face Mask Recipe for Glowing Skin.

Mix ghee and milk ( of equal portions), add besan till you get a creamy consistency, then apply to your face, let it dry for 20 minutes then wash off your face with cold water.

Ghee can make your skin incredibly soft just like shea butter and coconut oil. What makes ghee stands out from other natural beauty ingredients is that you can cook with ghee, rub your hands with the leftovers, apply some to your hair, and massage your face with it. And when you finish cooking, take a shower, and enjoy the feel of soft skin, and healthy shiny hair! No wonder when I used MIRATI night cream, I always woke up with very soft skin in the morning!

Here is an infographic about why you should use ghee by MavCure.

Health Benefits Of Ghee

Have you ever used ghee in your beauty routine? Was it pure ghee or cream? Tell me about it in the comments.

Image credit by Rainer Zenz via Wikipedia

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How to Repair Damaged Summer Hair

How to Repair Damaged Summer Hair

Whether you’re dealing with frizz, spilt ends or dull strands, Voir is a small-batch line out of Toronto that has the botanical-based solution.  

It’s almost a wrap on endless summer weekends, but the physical effects of frolicking in the sun, sand and surf can stick with you for a while. Just run your hands through your hair and you can probably feel a difference already: All that exposure to the elements has probably left your strands a bit parched, frayed and lacking in Valencia-filter-like shine.

Fortunately the situation is easy to remedy with a post-summer hair rehab. For deeply replenishing solutions, look no further than our latest arrival, Voir. Inspired by the natural cycle of the seasons, the Toronto-based hair-care brand taps into high-grade ingredients, cold-pressed plant oils, botanical extracts and super berries to heal strands. The tightly edited, four-piece line includes all the basics you need—from nourishing hair oils to detoxifying scalp masks — with the kind of light, airy textures that will make you want to use the elixirs year-round.

Here, a quick guide for how to put these essentials in your routine — so you can head into fall with healthy, thick strands.  

Step 1: Rid buildup and repair your scalp.

Healthy hair most definitely starts with a healthy scalp — so you’ll want to get rid of any residue and film left over from sunscreen and sweat while also replacing all the moisture you lost from the sun beating down on your head. The Rhythm of the Rain weekly hair mask does all of the above, with a mix of natural butters, oils and extracts. You can apply the creamy mask after shampooing in place of conditioner — or for a deeper treatment — work it through damp hair and wrap in a towel for 20 minutes.

Step 2: Seal in moisture.

Go for the hydrating (but not greasy) Walk in the Sun hair oil — the blend of rosehip, avocado and jojoba oils sinks in quickly to help repair everything from split ends, frizz and sun-streaked strands that have now turned dry and brittle. Bonus: it also works as a detangler or pre-shampoo treatment (just massage it in before lathering up for extra shine).

Step 3: Prevent oiliness.

When your hair is already worn-out, you don’t want to strip it by shampooing too often. Instead, stick to every other day or longer. To fend off greasiness reach for She’s Like the Wind dry shampoo — not only does this micro-powder mop up excess oil, it also leaves strands silky soft.

Step 4: Get beachy hair the healthy way.

Letting the salty breezes whip through your strands might give you authentic beach waves but it’s still pretty punishing on your hair. An alternative: Secrets in the Snow styling foam, an innovative mousse that tames frizz and builds natural texture with a restorative mix of marula seed oil and bamboo extract (plus a dreamy pear-jasmine scent).

+ Click here to shop the full Voir collection. Got any other post-summer hair rehab secrets? Share with us in the comments below!

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