Latest Hair Styles for the Occasion

There is some basic information you need to know before you start looking at short latest hair styles or wondering if you should go blonde or keep your black hair. Styles are determined by hair type, facial configuration, and length of cut. Short hair means those cuts that fall above the jaw line. Long hair styles fall below the shoulders.
Different hair styles within those parameters of short and long work for different kinds of hair, different facial features, and different occasions. Bridal hair styles will be different from teen hair styles and the latest hair styles may not be the best for you just because they're currently in.

The latest hair style that's "in" for you should be the one that best matches your facial features. It's always best to be armed with some basic information before you make any changes from cut to hair color. Salon consultations are the best route, but there are basic rules of thumb by which anyone can be guided. The following text contains information about the latest women hair styles along with good expert styling tips.

Curly Longing to be Straight

Because curly hair tends to get frizzy, it can present annoying styling problems. Using hair spray to spritz the hair before shaping it with the fingers or with a brush works but be aware that the alcohol in the spray will dry your hair and make the frizziness worse. The more you use hair spray the more you will need to moisturize your hair.

Select a wide tooth comb to work on tangles in straight, gentle, downward strokes. Don't jerk the hair or work at it vigorously with a brush. You'll damage the outer cuticle of the hair and increase its tendency to get tangled. Never brush wet hair. If possible, let your hair air dry.

Since hair style selection is based largely on facial shape, curly hair, which has good volume and body, can be coaxed into almost any style, especially when straightening products or accessories like a flat iron are used. Straightening products contain harsh chemicals and mechanical straightening implements that generate heat can burn the hair. Always moisturize and condition your curly hair when using these products.

Just as a general rule, the best curly hair styles are short. These cuts take advantage of your hair's natural body and can be charmingly low maintenance. The longer the length of your curly hair the more problems you will have with it and the greater its tendency to tangle and to break.

Straight Longing to Curl

Straight hair can be of any type and texture. It can be cut into short or long lengths. The major problem is that straight hair often just won't curl. Unfortunately women with straight hair usually wish they had curly hair just as those with curly hair long for straight, silky tresses. That's usually where the trouble starts.

The degree of curl in hair is determined by the chemistry of the hair. Sulfur atoms in hair proteins join together in disulfide bonds. If the two atoms are far apart when they join, they literally bend the hair. If they are close together, the hair remains straight. By using a group of chemicals known as permanent wave solution, the cuticle of the hair is penetrated so the disulfide bonds can be broken down and replaced with new ones with greater distance between the atoms. The result is curly hair that will stay curly until new growth appears at the roots and begins to loosen the hair.

Permanents are the only long-term way to coax stubborn straight hair into wavier styles but they are hard on the hair. Shorter term solutions would be curling irons or rollers. By the end of the day, new hair styled with these implements tends to relax and if the day is humid, the increased moisture in the hair will cause any curl achieved to fall rapidly.

Your straight hair can be worn stylishly long and braided or put up in various knots and twists. Conversely stubbornly straight hair lends itself beautifully to extremely short hair styles. In the medium range of length, however, where more body is required to hold shape, extremely straight hair does not perform as well. If curls are your heart's desire, it's time to get a permanent and to begin a rigorous regiment of moisturizing and replenishing your hair to prevent chemical damage.

Special Hair Challenges for African Americans

African Americans face some special challenges with their hair because, unlike Europeans, the individual shafts of their hair are flat and roll into tight curls with a tendency to frizz. Consequently African American women tend to use chemical relaxing agents on their hair with regularity, making moisturizing and conditioning an absolute must.

While smooth, sleek latest hairstyles are more difficult for African American women to achieve they are not impossible thanks to relaxers and to implements like flat irons. The upside of the tighter quality of African American hair is that it responds well to braiding and weaving and will hold sculpted styles that are almost impossible for European hair unless the hair is practically lacquered into place.

African American women should tie up their hair at night or sleep with a scarf or cap to help prevent tangling and breakage. Most do not need to wash their hair more than once a week with deep conditioning only once a month. As little heat as possible should be applied to the hair and avoid alcohol based hair sprays and gels. Minimize the amount of "product" in your hair as much as possible.


Right Way To Wash Your Hair

Most of us think we have this all down pat, but for all we know, we might be wrong. After all, we have been washing our hair all our lives. How could we go wrong with something like washing our hair? However, we might be washing our hair the wrong way and contribute to its damage without actually knowing it.

What we should remember about our hair is that the individual strands of our hair, no matter how thick or strong it looks, is actually very delicate. So we cannot just tug and pull at it, or else it would break. We would not want to have hair breakage, would we?


So, what is the right way of washing the hair?

The first thing you should do is to comb the tangles out of the hair before you wet it so the hair would wash easily and the tangles would not worsen. And then, wet your hair thoroughly under the shower. You can use either warm or cold water if you like, but for best results, you can wet your hair with warm water to open the scale-like cuticles of the hair and wash all the oil and dirt off. And then, you can rinse your hair with cold water afterwards to close the cuticles and add to the shine of your hair.

Rinse your hair under the shower to rid it of the leave-on conditioner and styling aids you have used previously, using gentle strokes of your fingertips. Then, pour a dollop of shampoo in the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together, and then apply the shampoo to your scalp. Take note that you should put the shampoo on your scalp and not at the ends of your hair, as the shampoo would dry your hair's ends and cause it to weaken and split. Also, do not mix your hair all over your head as you shampoo because it will get all tangled up. After this, rinse the shampoo off.

More often than not, we need to shampoo our hair for a second time. The purpose of the first shampoo is to clean the oil and dirt off; the second shampoo is supposed to let the shampoo treat our hair. So, repeat the process, but let the shampoo sit on for around a couple of minutes. Rinse the hair completely after this.

To get the excess water off your hair, just squeeze the water out. Do not pull or tug at the hair because the hair is at its most delicate when it is soaked. When the excess water is out, apply a dollop of conditioner - mane event - and apply it along the hairline, the nape and the ends of the hair. Pile your hair then inside a shower cap and let the conditioner stay there for around ten minutes. And then, rinse it off completely.

The process described here does seem tedious and time-consuming. But remember, having great hair takes time and effort. And it is definitely worth it for a picture perfect hair.

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