Is a method of styling the hair utilizing thermal irons and special manipulations.
In order to guide and educate your client you, as the stylist, must learn all about the tools and products available.
As years have passed, thermal irons have been improved and are more popular now than before. They can either be electric or stove-heated irons. A hair iron is a tool used to change the structure of the hair with the help of heat. There are three general kinds: curling irons, used to make the hair curly, straighteners or flat irons, used to straighten the hair, and crimpers or wavers, used to create small crimps in the hair.
An implement made of quality steel used to create waves or curls on dry hair using a variety of methods. There are many different types of modern curling irons, which can vary by diameter, material, and shape of barrel and the type of handle.
The diameter can be anywhere from ½ inch to 3 inches. Smaller barrels typically create spiral curls or ringlets, and larger barrels are used to give shape and volume to a hairstyle.
Curling irons are typically made of Teflon, ceramic, tourmaline, metal, or titanium. The barrel’s shape can either be a cylinder, cone, or reverse cone, and the iron can have brush attachments or double and triple barrels.
Spring-loaded handles are the most popular and use a spring to work the barrel’s clamp. When using a Marcel handle, named after Marcel Grateau, one applies his or her own pressure to the clamp. Clipless wands have no clamp, and the user simply wraps hair around a rod. Most clipless curling irons come with a glove to avoid burns.
Electric curling irons have cylindrical barrels ranging from ½ inch to 3 inches in diameter. Nonelectrical thermal irons are used by stylists who have a majority of clients with extremely curly hair. This is due to the larger range of barrel sizes or rod sizes and higher heat capacities. These types of irons are heated in a specially designed gas or electric stove.
1) Rod handle
2) Shell handle
3) Rod or barrel
4) Shell (the clamp that presses the hair against the barrel or rod)
Farouk Systems is the only tool manufacturer with this unique compound of ceramic moist heat with consistent temperature which produces far infrared and negative ions.
Why go Digital?
General features of CHI Digital Hairstyling Irons:
CHI Digital irons allow you to select a temperature and adjust for specific hair types. Thin or fine hair is more easily damaged than thick or coarse hair and therefore a lower temperature setting should be used. The graph below shows optimal temperature settings to be used for each hair type.
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CHI ARC features a CHI Ceramic 1” automatic rotating barrel that promotes a more comfortable styling position while creating beautiful long lasting curls.
CHI Digital Orbit Ceramic Curling Wands provide multiple, quick and convenient styling options. Three uniquely shaped barrels create different curls and textures for the ultimate finished look.
Dura CHI is the new definition of durability and top performance for professional stylists. DURA CHI curling irons have been designed to create luscious curls and waves with titanium infused ceramic plate technology, digital temperature control for quick set up, and a new slim, non-slip handle.
This is a lightweight, easy to use professional curling iron. It features a titanium and ceramic infused barrel with fast heat up time and adjustable heat settings. The non-slip grip is convenient for all professional styling demands. Available in ¾”, 1” 1 ¼”barrel sizes.
A flat iron is a tool that is utilized to create smooth styles on all types of hair. It works by breaking down the hair’s positive hydrogen bonds found in the hair’s cortex, which cause hair to open, bend and become curly. Once the bonds are broken, hair is prevented from holding its original, natural form, though the hydrogen bonds can re-form if exposed to moisture.
They can use ionic and Nano technology. They use mainly ceramic material for its plates. Low end straighteners use single layer of ceramic coating on its plates whereas high end straighteners use multiple layers of ceramic or even use 100% ceramic material for its plates. Flat irons have two hot plates ranging in size from ½ inch to 3 inches wide.
The flat irons that have straight edges can create smooth, straight styles and the ones with beveled edges can be manipulated to bend or flip the ends. They may even be used to create waves or curls. The edge nearest the stylist is called the inner edge and the farthest from the stylist is called the outer edge.
Today, the technology continues to improve by adding infinite heat settings for better control, constant heat, ergonomic grips, and lightweight design for comfort handling.
Our professional salon model analog hairstyling irons have a versatile “all in one” ergonomic design and use advanced ceramic technology to create silky, shiny, and frizz free hair instantly.
The dynamic CHI G2 offers a sleek design, upgraded technology and outstanding performance. The G2 features titanium infused ceramic plates for added durability and an even smoother glide. Digital temperature reading displayed on a color coded LCD screen allows for proper temperature setting for fine, medium and coarse hair up to 425°F.
Crimping irons or wavers work by crimping hair in a saw-tooth style. The look is similar to the crimps left after taking out small braids. Crimping irons come in different sizes with different sized ridges on the paddles. Larger ridges produce larger crimps in the hair and smaller ridges produce smaller crimps. Crimped hair was very popular in the 1980s and 1990s.
Today, this style has been seen on runways and red carpet events.
Create beautiful flowing soft Hollywood style waves with the ceramic deep “W” plated CHI Digital Deep Waver.
To ensure you have the appropriate temperature on your iron, test it on a piece of paper or cloth. Clap the heated iron over this material and hold for five seconds. If it scorches or turns brown, the iron is too hot. An iron that is too hot will scorch the hair and discolor white or blonde hair. Always make sure you let it cool down a bit before using.
Fine, lightened, or weakly damaged hair withstands less heat than normal hair. When using thermal irons on chemically straightened hair, be cautious and test the heat of the iron to avoid causing breakage.
Care of Thermal Irons
When you clean a thermal iron, follow the manufacturer’s directions for care and cleaning. You can remove dirt, oils, and product residue by wiping down the barrel or plates of the iron with a damp towel or rag. Always make sure the tool is turned off and has completely cooled down from a previous styling service.
Comb used with Thermal Irons
The comb should be made of a nonflammable substance. It should have fine teeth to firmly hold the hair and it is recommended to be about 7 inches in length.
CHI offers a variety of carbon combs with high heat resistance. They are lightweight, durable, and have rounded teeth so that they are gentle on the hair and scalp.
An updo is a hair style that involves arranging the hair up and off the shoulders and secured with implements such as elastics, bobby pins, and hairpins. It can be as simple as a ponytail, but is more commonly associated with more elaborate styles intended for special occasions such as weddings, proms, and evening events. Some of the classic updo techniques are the knot, twist, and pleat. You can create a unique update to a classic look by mastering these basic techniques and combining them by incorporating your creativity and imagination. To ensure a well-balanced updo, make sure you always inspect the shape you are building from every angle to check it is well proportioned.