Elchim – The Ferrari of Hair Dryers

Elchim Uragano Hair DryerElchim Italian products are characterized by the unmistakable quality and style than can only come from European design. Elchim has been providing salon professionals around the world with products of the highest 1942. As an international leader in salon appliances, Elchim creates the perfect balance between power, performance and working time. Elchim’s high pressure technology provides higher air pressure which allows you to reduce operating time without damaging the hair with excessive heat.

Allure Magazine has selected the Elchim Uragano Hair Dryer (shown above) to receive the Best of Beauty Editors Choice Award. Elchim proudly accepted the honor of receiving the highly coveted award for being the “best hairdryer on the market.” Through consistent innovation, Elchim continues to meet the demands of stylists and consumers around the world.

Celebrating over 58 years of experience (WOW), Elchim hair dryers are designed to be long-lasting, easy to handle, powerful, and well balanced for comfortable use without fatigue. Each motor is specifically designed and crafted by Elchim to guarantee exceptional performance.  Made in Italy, the sleek European design and engineering craftsmanship of every Elchim Hair dryer has earned major national and international recognition and countless awards.

Well known and well respected in the industry for their light weight, durability and multiple temperature and speed functions, Elchim tools are expected to deliver great results and are informally referred to as the Ferrari of Hair dryers. They are famous for producing twice the amount of negative ions and drying your hair in half the time. Bellisimo!

-CurlyBelle

Which BaByliss Hairsetter?

Question: 
Which BaByliss roller set should I get? I like the 30 roller sets, but one is vertical and one isn’t, are they very different? – Teri via phone

Answer:

We get this question a lot. If you’re looking to create curls, you definitely cannot go wrong with a Babyliss hair setter, it’s permanently parked on my list of all time favorites. (FYI, If you’re looking for a steam setter – join team Caurso – I’m on that team too!) But back to BaByliss.

Babyliss Pro 30 Ionic HairsetterYou’re comparing two very similar items, and from a technology standpoint, both hot roller sets are loaded with similar benefits; ease of use and exceptional performance for long-lasting, carefree curls of every size. They both feature quick heating times, and gentle, far-infrared heat to provide the maximum heat transfer from roller to hair. Super important when creating curls. Cold rollers just don’t cut it…or I should say curl it.
  
Babyliss Pro 30 HairsetterBoth Babyliss sets also have an assortment of the same 30 rollers in the following sizes: 6 Small 3/4 inch, 8 Medium 1 inch, 8 Large 1-1/4 inch, and 8 Jumbo 1-1/2 inch. These rollers have Ceramic technology for faster styling and eliminate hot spots which can cause damage to your hair. Plus the ceramic technology smoothes the hair as it curls, and wipes out the frizz so your curls will last forever – or at least until you wash them away.

That being said, the main differences between these two units are the design, the ionic activity and the heating times.
The Babyliss Pro Ionic hair setter has a space-saving folding arm that allows for vertical positioning and a vertically split cover for easy roller access. This feature was probably originally created for the stylist’s workstation to provide easy access to the rollers without using a lot of room. We know those salon workstations are puny. The folding arm is also extremely convenient for the home user who has limited counter (and storage) space.

This set also features dual ionic ports which means it creates negative ions to curl your hair faster and smoother than ever before. So if you are looking to curl with ionic technology, this set is for you. This set also heats up more quickly, 5 minutes, compared to 20 minutes of the non-ionic set. Both should be used on dry hair only.

Aside from these few differences, I know you’ll be happy with either set! To read more about each product visit our BaByliss section for the entire selection of hairsetters, curling irons, hair dryers…

-CurlyBelle

Have You Met HAI?

HAI elite of San Diego, California, have created both HAI classic and HAI elite fine ceramic styling tools and implements. The president of the company, Richard Ouellette is a hairdresser and an inventor who felt that stylists around the world needed tools that would allow them to enhance their creativity by straightening, smoothing, curling, and creating directional shape in hair. The superior line of HAI elite Ceramic styling tools was developed for salon professionals by professionals, led by world-renowned designer Phillip Wilson through our six Southern California based Salons. The HAI elite tools are the latest addition, and were created with the most current innovations in materials and design.

INNOVATIONS IN TECHNOLOGY
HAI elite Tong 2O.R.M.
HAI elite prides itself in being leaders in innovation with new age ceramic tools providing stylists enhanced comfort effectiveness and creativity. The body of the HAI elite Fine Ceramic Styling Irons is designed with Optimum Resonant Materials consisting of Tourmaline, Serpentine and Chinon. This combination purifies, stabilizes and deodorizes hair. By emitting both negative and positive ions the ORM actually improves the condition of the hair! Shown: HAI Elite Tong 2″ Styling Tool.

HAI elite Rod Styling ToolCeramic Fusion Technology
HAI elite utilizes “ceramic fusion” technology, the same used on Space Shuttle. Ceramic Fusion technology is the layering of a solid ceramic plate, a very thin layer of metal (aluminum) to conduct consistent heat, then another layer of ceramic with a heater running through, offering surround heat- designed to last in a professional environment. Power fuses the two substances together preventing any rough spots, cold spots, chemical stains, or chipping, while insuring complete transmission of a high degree of far infrared rays. Shown HAI elite Rod Ceramic Styling Iron.

HAI Elite Digistik Hair StraightenerMEGA Ion Producing Technology
HAI elite utilizes negative Ion technology – with the infusion of Tourmaline the HAI elite fine ceramic tools we increase the output of IONS that give off both positive and negative electrical charges that act as antioxidants which produce health. With the MEGA Ionic technology we are able to entrap moisture in the hair and seals the cuticle for beautiful shine and condition. Shown: HAI elite Digistik Styling Tool.

HAI elite Turbo Hair DryerFar-infrared Heating
Far Infrared heat works on an atomic level to ionically charge the hair. Far infrared heat locks in color and seals in moisture resulting in healthier hair. With the far-infrared heat, HAI elite ensures the professional hair designer protective control over various hair types and conditions, including chemically fragile and chemically straightened hair, by sealing in natural oils and moisture to the cuticle. Shown: HAI Elite Turbo HAIonic Hair Dryer.


Innovations in Design
HAI elite fine ceramic tools offer flash heating in seconds, are superbly balanced, light in weight, attractive and extremely stylist friendly with 10-foot swivel chords to maximize work convenience. HAI elite Fine Ceramic Styling Irons have beveled edges, which are essential for complete control in straightening, curling or adding flip to the hair with a simple twist of the wrist. Built for professionals our circuit board heating elements have grommets to keep secure prior to soldered.

Professional Temperature Controls
HAI elite fine ceramic styling tools operate at 110 volts, 50 watts and are set at 170 degrees, with flash heating from .05 seconds. The digital heat adjusts from 60 degrees for fine hair and up to 390 degrees for straightening and controlling long, thick, curly and unruly hair.

 

 

For more information and product details, visit our HAI and HAI elite sections.

 -StraightBelle

 

Flat Irons and Wet Hair

Question:
Can I use a CHI Volume flat iron on wet hair?  – Kiki via email

Answer:
NO! A very passionate no, but let me explain…

CHI Volume 3/4Technically you can use any flat iron on wet hair, but that doesn’t mean you should. Your already delicate hair is much more vulnerable when it is wet. This means it’s subject to more breakage and damage then when it’s dry. Doesn’t sound like the greatest time to start running a red hot appliance down your hair strands does it?

No, of course not.

Not only will using a flat iron on wet hair potentially cause damage to your hair strands (as will all flat irons, not just the CHI Volume flat iron) it will also inhibit your styling results, and lead to poor performance of the iron. No one wants that.

CHI Wet-to-Dry Flat IronI would never use a flat iron on wet hair unless it’s a wet-to-dry model, and even then I’d want my hair 90%-95% dry. The healthier you can keep your hair the better, this means only using your flat iron when your hair is 100% dry. Thanks for asking, now please put that notion out of your head.

-StraightBelle

Flat Irons: The Truth About Tourmaline

Tourmaline Schourmaline – Is it Really Better?
Want to learn more about the benefits of a Tourmaline Flat Iron? Discover the truth about Tourmaline, you might be surprised at the wonders of this semi-precious gemstone and it’s super-smoothing abilities.

FHI Platform Tourmaline Flat IronFlat Iron, Styling Iron, Hair Straightener

No matter what you call it, a professional Tourmaline flat iron has become one of the best-selling heat styling appliances on the beauty market today, and a must-have for salons, stylists, and hair divas everywhere. Originally manufactured for licensed hair professionals, and distributed only to exclusive beauty salons and boutiques, a flat iron was once considered a professional tool coveted by the everyday consumer. Over time this increased consumer interest has led to widespread mass-market distribution and a very competitive marketplace, with an emphasis on innovation and breakthrough technology. Shown: FHI Platform 1.25″ Tourmaline Nano Ceramic Flat Iron.

T3 Wide Wet-or-Dry Tourmaline Flat IronFlat Irons Get Hyped
Almost overnight top professional flat iron (and hot air brush, curling iron and hair dryer) brands such as T3, FHI, Bed Head, HaiElite and BaByliss cropped up promising to deliver silky smooth, celebrity hairstyles in seconds, because of one semi-precious gemstone, Tourmaline. Supposedly well known in the beauty industry for its ability to generate negative ions, and with so much buzz surrounding Tourmaline technology, as a Beauty Editor, and flat iron lover, I decided to get the real scoop on this gentle gemstone. Pictured: T3 Wide Wet-or-Dry Flat Iron.

A Flat Iron Lesson
Advanced technology has enabled today’s woman to create every imaginable look from sexy smooth to silky curls with a flat iron. The enormous popularity of flat irons now leaves professional hairdressers with an ever growing selection of irons from which to choose. The various choices however, seem to bring an increasingly more expensive selection of flat irons. But why are they so expensive, and more importantly, is it worth spending upwards of $100 on a flat iron?

Bed Head Tourmaline Nano Ceramic Flat IronSilky Smooth, Somewhat Expensive

Tourmaline flat irons are definitely set at higher price points. The flat iron choices on the market have prices that range from the inexpensive gold-tone aluminum plate models, that sell for under $20 to the more expensive Tourmaline models that will set you back at least a $100, and usually more. Anyone considering purchasing a flat iron probably assumes this vast price differential results in a significant difference in both quality and performance of these flat irons. But should they? Shown: Bed Head Tourmaline Nano Ceramic 2″ Flat Iron.

HAI elite Tong 2Tourmaline Tech Talk

Tourmaline, a mineral prized as a beautiful, semi-precious gemstone, has become the focus of studies at universities and research centers worldwide. The reason for the interest is that Tourmaline is a natural source of negative ions and the only mineral to show permanent electricity. It is also known to have many beneficial properties such as relieving stress, and improving the body’s immune system functions. Great you may be wondering, but what does this have to do with the cost of my flat iron, and how is any of this helping me straighten my hair? Shown: HAI Elite Tong 2″ Styling Tool.

Tourmaline Flat Irons
When millions of tiny particles of Tourmaline are added to the plate surface of a flat iron the benefits to the hair are astounding. Tourmaline generates negative ions that enhance the texture of the hair and also produces far-infrared heat that effectively dries the hair from the inside out. This makes the excessive heat generated by the iron far less damaging to the hair. OK, a positive result is that my hair is exposed to less damage with Tourmaline. I can relate.

Aluminum Plates Can Be Damaging
Many flat irons have aluminum plates, but they are technologically less advanced, produce less effective results, and are therefore less expensive – unless they also contain Ceramic Technology – this is non-damaging also. Tourmaline plates are preferred by professionals because the surface is much smoother and eliminates tugging and pulling on hair strands, resulting in a highly polished look in less time. Obviously if a professional stylist won’t use a flat iron with aluminum plates on my hair because they consider it damaging, then neither will I. Point well taken.

FHI Technique Pink Tourmaline Flat IronTourmaline Is Quicker
Another drawback of flat irons with aluminum plates is that a hairdresser must often go over one section several times to smooth the hair strands, increasing the styling time for each client. Irons with Tourmaline plates allow you to get a smooth look much faster, allowing you to move on to your next appointment and generate more revenue in less time. Better results in less time? A professional stylists dream, and mine, all within reach thanks to Tourmaline. Shown: FHI Tourmaline Pink Flat Iron.

The Pros Know
Professional hairdressers know the foundation of every hairstyle (after a great haircut) is the tool a client uses at home to prolong the salon look. A Tourmaline flat iron is great for everyone who wants to maintain his or her salon style at home. Most clients trust their stylist, and will try to reproduce a salon look at home if they have the right tools. Of course any good stylist knows that a happy client will return, and more importantly, will be gladly recommended to others.

Less heat exposure, less styling time, better results, and the pick of the professionals? The choice is clear, a flat iron with Tourmaline plates might cost a little extra, but the minutes saved in styling time, the reduction of heat exposure, and smooth results more than make up for it.

For more product information, visit our Tourmaline Flat Iron section to get the scoop on these smoothing gemstone jewels.

-CurlyBelle

Everything You Need to Know About Maxiglide…and More!

Maxiglide Flat IronIf you are an avid “Maxiglider” or are looking to become a new found fan of the Maxiglide Hair Straightener check out these Q&A’s from Maxius Beauty. At StyleBell we love to share what we find with you so  you can make the most informed decisions…. 

How can I tell if the Maxiglide is on? When your Maxiglide is on the blue light at the base of the unit will begin flashing until it has heated up completely and the light will stay blue. Turn your Maxiglide on by using the temperature dial at the bottom of the unit near the base of the power cord. 

How do I clean my Maxiglide? You can remove the plates by pushing in the two buttons on either side of the unit and sliding the plates off. Never immerse your Maxiglide into water — you must remove the plates to clean them. Use a soft cloth or toothbrush and dish soap to gently remove the build up on the plates. completely dry them before they are put back on your Maxiglide. 

Can I use Maxiglide on wet hair?  Virtually any flat iron can be used on wet hair, including Maxiglide because water evaporates at 100 degrees, and practically all irons get hotter than that. But we really don’t recommend it at all. If you are looking for a flat iron that works on damp hair – check out our wet-to-dry flat iron section, that would be a better choice for you.  

Why you shouldn’t use Maxiglide on wet hair: According to Maxius Beauty, when the hair is wet, it has more elasticity, like a rubber band. When you use a hot iron not designed for use on wet hair, you are stretching the hair and drying it. It is a little like ironing a wet wool sweater…it gets stretched and big. As you are stretching the hair it actually gets thinner and weaker – just like a rubber band. Most importantly, if you start with wet hair, what would you do about the hair close to your scalp? Umm… let it stay wet? No. Face it, Maxiglide has over 25 years of styling experience and over 6 years of development, if they say it works best on dry hair, it does. 

Can you use the Maxiglide on wet hair or does it need to be completely dry? Hair should be dry, dry, dry. Read why you shouldn’t use a Maxiglide on wet hair above, I think they really nailed the answer. 

Beyond Straight Temporary StraightenerWill the Maxiglide work on all hair types? Although no product has ever worked 100% on all users, it is extremely rare that a customer will say the Maxiglide did not work for them. If you follow the instructional DVD and styling tips we are extremely confident that Maxiglide will work for you. Please note; we do not recommend use on very damaged or fragile hair, and we always recommend using a thermal protectant before using any heat styling appliance. Try Beyond Straight (pictured left), it helps straighten and protect your hair from the heat – double bonus points!

Can I use Maxiglide on ethnic hair?  You can definitely use the Maxiglide on ethnic hair. We recommend using it on dry hair along with a thermal protectant to lightly coat your hair before you start styling. The thermal protectant along with the ceramic iron will close the cuticle therefore helping hair stay soft and straight and not frizz in humid temperatures.

My hair is very thick and frizzy, will Maxiglide work for me?  To use the Maxiglide if your hair is especially frizzy, dry, brittle or stubborn, first, without applying a lot of pressure, barely close the iron and quickly go over the frizzy, brittle part of the hair which is usually the last 3-7 inches before the ends, with 1 or 2 bursts of steam. (This will soften the hair, much like you would iron out a tough wrinkle in a shirt). Then go over the entire section from the roots to the ends WITHOUT THE STEAM. Please note I really do not recommend the use of any heat styling appliance on very damaged, fragile hair, and I would always use a flat iron with a thermal heat protectant, for added protection.  

Is Maxiglide safe to use everyday? I normally recommend using a Maxiglide once or twice a week. But then again that’s what everyone recommends for all flat irons. We know we all use them all the time! If you really want to use it more often than once a week, just make sure you deep condition your hair before you use it. You must also use a thermal protection product to keep your hair safe from the excessive heat and to keep your hair healthy and in optimal condition. If you’re going to use any heat styling appliance that frequently, just protect your hair and you should be A-OK. 

What temperature does the Maxiglide reach? At the highest heat setting it reaches 430 degrees. We don’t suggest the hottest setting for everyone; please see Maxiglide Styling Tips to find the setting that is right for you. 

What is the difference between Maxiglide and other hair straightening flat irons? Basically all the ceramic irons are the same, there is a heating element and there is a ceramic plate — but that is where the similarity stops. There is very little in common between multi-patented Maxiglide and other ceramic irons. Maxiglide is the only product in the world that detangles, smoothes, hydrates, and straightens the hair in one step and one tool, guaranteed by Maxius Beauty. 

Is the water compartment only for water? YES it is only for water, agua, H2O….Maxius Beauty recommends using distilled or bottled water and avoid using tap water. This will lengthen the lifetime of your Maxiglide. Who knew? 

I seem to see some hair breakage, how do I keep this from happening?  If you use it correctly, Maxiglide does not break the hair any more than brushing or combing does. However, when using Maxiglide, you have to remember not to use any pressure by squeezing the plates together. When using flat plates, including the Maxiglide bonus flat plate, you can use light to medium pressure. But you should never put pressure on the handle when you use the plate with the pins. There is no need to squeeze. The detangling pins glide through and straighten the hair without pressure. Also, you need to be sure that what you are experiencing is real “breakage” of hair. As you know we naturally lose between 50 to 100 hairs a day. When using the ordinary irons, you must first brush the hair over and over to smooth the hair, before using the iron – otherwise you just flatten the frizz! In the process, a lot of weakened hairs that are ready to fall out get trapped on the brush. Yea, we’ve seen that. Every day I see that – whew – it’s nice to know it’s a normal process. 

ResQ Deep Conditioning TreatmentWhen using Maxiglide, since you don’t start by brushing the hair over and over, some of the hairs that are ready to fall out will show up on the Maxiglide. You can distinguish the hair that has fallen from the roots, versus the broken hair, by checking the ends of the hair, looking for the little bulb at the end where it was set in the scalp. These hairs are part of the natural shedding process. You can always try a leave in, or rinse out deep conditioning treatment to help reduce breakage. Check out: Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Treatment, Bain De Terre Recovery Complex Smoothing Cream, Davines Rest Deep Restructuring Serum, ResQ Deep Conditioning Treatment (pictured).

I am experiencing a lot of static with my hair, can Maxiglide fix that?  Yes, we suggest using a thermal straightening lotion, a leave in conditioner, a frizz-fighting serum…we have ons of products to help you in this department. If you want to eliminate static, just check out these sections: Thermal Protection and Styling Products to find a static eliminator that works best for you.

I see a lot of hair from the detangling pins. Is this normal, or should I freak out?  Yes it’s normal. Everyone loses between 50 – 100 hairs a day, and about the same amount will grow back…thankfully! Hair normally is lost during washing, combing and brushing, etc. Since curly/wavy hair (unlike straight hair) does not get combed out everyday or on a regular basis, when you do comb or brush your hair, it seems like you are losing a lot of hair, but in fact, it is the total of one day or any number of days that the hair has not been brushed. When using Maxiglide with the pins, you are also brushing and detangling the hair too. Therefore the hair that is scheduled to fall out will be on your Maxiglide…not the bathroom floor.  

The End Silicone Shine EnhancerDoes the Maxiglide help hair stay frizz-free in humid temperatures?  Yes, all ceramic irons including Maxiglide close the cuticle therefore helping hair not to frizz in humid temperature. But if you use a smoothing balm or serum along with it as you style, your hair will stay frizz free much longer then with just the iron alone. Check out these fab frizz-fighters: GHD Smoothing Balm, Frederic Fekkai Glossing Cream, Joico K-PAK Smoothing Balm, Pureology ShineMax Shining Smoother, The End Shine Enhancer.

Is Maxiglide 100% ceramic or is it ceramic coated, and really, what’s the difference? Maxiglide, as with many other ceramic irons, is ceramic coated on high grade aluminum, which, according to Maxius Beauty, is the best combination possible, even better than all ceramic. Why? After almost six and half years of research and development to create the Maxiglide, the engineers and researchers concluded that ceramic/aluminum technology is the best combination. One reason is that they found it to be nearly impossible to polish the edges of the all ceramic plates because it is a very hard and dense material…Maxius Beauty wanted the smoothest and softest surface to contact the hair on the top and the edges of the plates. After traveling the world and attending many industry events, no one at Maxius Beauty found one “all ceramic flat iron” that had a nice, smooth and polished edge. That’s why the Maxiglide (and most of the irons on the market, professional or not) use a ceramic/aluminum combination. It’s better for the hair because of the soft, smooth surface. With the ceramic layer on top of the highly polished aluminum, Maxiglide achieves the smoothest surface especially on the edges. So, when you turn the iron to create a flip, your hair will glide on the plate, rather than possibly breaking.  Ceramic is a soft surface to touch the hair, with aluminum/ceramic you get the great heat conductivity of the aluminum underneath the soft, smoothness of the ceramic, the best of both worlds, and your hair only comes in contact with the ceramic.

I noticed some of the coating coming off of the ceramic pins on my Maxiglide; can this be harmful to the hair?  Not at all. This does not affect your hair or the performance of your Maxiglide; it’s just normal wear and tear over time. It also could be styling product build-up you see coming off, and not the ceramic coating…. Have you ever cleaned your Maxiglide? See above for tips on that.   

I am traveling internationally; will Maxiglide switch voltages from 120V to 220V automatically?  The Miniglide is dual voltage but the Maxiglide is not, but we hear that a 220V Maxiglide might be available in the near future…stay tuned.

Miniglide Flat IronHow come the Miniglide doesn’t have the steam? What’s the deal?  Good question! We asked our friends at Maxius Beauty and the answer is a smart one. The Miniglide does not contain the Steam Burst System found on the Maxiglide because the Miniglide is meant for shorter hair that is much closer to the scalp. A big hot burst of steam near your scalp? No thanks! Good thinking Miniglide.

Want more info? Visit Maxiglide section to learn all about the Maxiglide Hair Straightener and Miniglide Hair Straightener for touch ups on the go, and to view more product details. 

-StraightBelle