What’s With The Hair Flipping?

One day last week, in one of my favorite places to site see, I noticed a young woman walking down the aisle. It wasn’t the tight yoga pants that got my attention, it was the hair flipping. Continue reading

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Metrodetroithair.com is an on-line resource network that has everything you want to know about hair care and the professionals in the Metropolitan Detroit area who can make you look beautiful.

Looking for a salon? Have a question about hair care? Want to share a crazy hair story or a hot topic? Are you selling or in the market for a product or slightly used salon equipment? Need a picture of the latest hairstyles to show your stylist? Metrodetroithair.com is the place. You can also ask a licensed professional a question about hair care, free of charge, or find aphoto of a hairstyle to show your stylist.

This soon to be big and bold network is designed to meet the needs of hair care consumers and professionals alike in the metro Detroit area.

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Thank you for your support while we were away. We will have fun with our NEW content, and perspectives on hair and beauty within Metro Detroit.

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Flat irons: not your momma’s straightening comb

Back in the day, African-American moms and hairdressers used straightening combs to iron out those curls and kinks. Oh, there’s nothing like the smell of burning hair in the morning with your cereal. That’s when my mother would put the hot comb on the stove and straighten my hair before school.

Well thanks to modern invention, we now have the ultimate straightening tool – the flat iron. It’s easier on the hair and the operator, but it can still be damaging if not used properly. There’s a long list of them to choose from — the ceramic, tourmaline, ionic, titanium, wet to dry, digital, mini and travel flat irons to name a few. So what’s the difference between these tools and how should you go about using them?

Choosing the right flat iron depends on your hair length and texture. Some work well for short hair, such as the small mini flat irons, while the wide-plated flat irons are best for longer hair. And while some can exceed 400 degrees, depending on your hair texture, you may need a lower or higher heat level.

According to hairstraightening.net (http://www.hairstraightening.net/) , ceramic flat irons glide through the hair easily and heat up almost immediately. There’s no waiting around for the plates to get to the desired temperature and once they are hot, they stay hot. They are also designed to seal in moisture and natural oils. But they can get really hot, and people with thin hair should be careful to choose the appropriate setting.

Tourmaline flat irons are known to give a shinier, silkier result in less time than the ceramic. It emits up to 6 times more negative ion. Wet to Dry Hair flat irons allow you to straighten your damp hair (at least 90 percent of the hair must be dry.) Digital Flat Irons allows more control over the temperature and the travel is small and fits nicely in a small toiletry bag when traveling.

Folica.com has a top 10 list of flat irons (http://www.folica.com/shop-by/top-10/flat-irons) that received the best reviews from consumers. They range from $60 to $185. And I wasn’t surprised to see that ceramic ruled over the others.

Now that you are closer to choosing the right straightening tool, using the flat iron correctly is essential for healthy hair. You will need a good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, a product that will protect your hair (you know, from all that heat you are about to apply), a comb and one of the flat irons mentioned above. After a little trial and error, you will find that it’s easy to do.

Here are a few websites with step-by-step instructions on how to straighten your hair with a flat iron for all different types and textures:

And when your sister-friend, roommate or mom asks you to flat iron the back of their hair (I get this request all the time), help them out. You may need them to return the favor someday. Happy straightening!

Karla Thornhill Coleman is a writer/blogger living in Auburn Hills, Mich.

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Cataanda James- “beautymanitarian” gets extreme

Cataanda James is well known among her peers as a leader in the beauty industry. She is frequently sought out for her image-making expertise, and is often the make-up artist and hairstylist of choice for an impressive list of celebrity clients.

In spite of being able to command top dollar for her artistry her true passion lies in giving back to the community, particularly in her work with young girls.  As a beautymanitarian (beauty- humanitarian) she indicated she would have done her most recent assignment for free; Ms James was recently charged with key hair and make-up for a very special group of young ladies participating in Girls Hope an organization that “nurtures, educates and houses disadvantaged girls”.

The young ladies from the Baltimore-area Girls Hope will be moving into a home that many of  the girls exclaimed is a “mansion” complete with the bells and whistles courtesy of the Extreme Home Make over design team. During her work on the show, Ms James focused on instilling a sense of self-esteem in the girls while reinforcing their unique sense of beauty as their new home was being built by a group of “mini-designers” (young actors) who mimicked the work done by the designers we have become so familiar with on the show.
This is Ms. James second time working with the Extreme team; she indicated that each experience goes above and beyond her job as she was able to help families who are underprivileged or homeless. She recalls one particularly moving experience during the filming of the show when one of the girls’ mothers was made up for the very first time… her entire attitude changed after her make-up application and she indicated you really ‘lightened me up’. Ms. James love of children is evident as she talks excitedly about the girls she met during this assignment- she laughs that she even served as part-time babysitter as the crew left the girls in her care on a few occasions during filming.
For Ms. James one of the most rewarding aspects of the Extreme Makeover experience was making a huge impact on the girls who will call the new Overlea area home. She plans to continue this initial impact by working with the girls during the year by teaching them life skills, and continuing to build upon the relationships she fostered while working on the show. Cataanda always fondly says “I love the kids” and this love is primarily the result of the fact that kids have so much energy and faith they can do anything.
The Extreme Home Makeover episode featuring Girls Hope of Baltimore (season premier) will air sometime in August. Check your local listing for times.
Reposted from Randalltown Style Examiner Lisa Brown-Hall
Photo: Roy Cox Photography
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Oprah flips the hair script on latest O magazine cover

As Oprah embarks on her farewell season beginning Sept. 13, her September 2010 issue of O magazine is all about the makeover — the “transformation of your look, luck, life.” The makeover and fashion “must haves” are always my favorite issues. The first transformation I noticed was Oprah’s new hairstyle. My first thought was that she’s really taking this makeover theme seriously. Her cover hairstyle was classic Oprah — stylish, smart and … short.

Yes, really short. And I love it. After Rihanna started sporting the retro short cut from the 80s, other celebrities and iconic figures followed. I’ve seen a lot of women giving up the weaves and the long wigs for the shorter styles. And, why not? These styles, made popular by the celebrity artists, are easy and breezy for the summer both naturally and chemically enhanced. Those wigs and sew-in weaves can get pretty hot and sweaty from May to September, no matter where you live.

But many of us continue to rock the long hair as I observed coming through the Detroit airport just recently. (Hey, we just stay in the air-conditioned buildings and vehicles. Stay cool at all times, right? It’s a lifestyle.)

But Oprah caught me by surprise. She’s been wearing the long locks for years. Everyone knows that where Oprah goes, so does the world. So while Rihanna and other celebrities may have peaked your interest, Oprah will have women calling their hairdressers or looking for a stylist that can do the “Oprah cut”. Before we know it, Beyonce will be coming out of her weave. (No, Beyonce. Don’t do it.)

But don’t rush off too soon. As I began reading my new O magazine, I finally reached Oprah’s welcoming page (after nearly 30 pages of top-drawer advertising, of course). The first thing she mentions: her “swingy hair.” Hey, wait, I thought we were going short, tight around the face, tapered and showing off the ears. No, sorry ladies, but it’s always best to read the fine print. Next to the picture of her with “swingy hair”, there’s a small caption that reads, “Insta-Makeover: Yes it’s a wig! P.S. The one on the cover is, too.” (Always keep our options open, I guess. )

So I got all excited for nothing? Of course not. Short hair is back and all the rage whether you wear a wig or your natural hair. It’s fun, it’s easy and can be the cornerstone for your own personal transformation. -k

Karla Thornhill Coleman is a writer/blogger living in Auburn Hills, Mich.

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As Oprah embarks on her farewell season beginning Sept. 13, her September 2010 issue of O magazine is all about the makeover, the “transformation of your look, luck, life.” The makeover and fashion “must haves” are always my favorite issues. The first transformation I noticed was Oprah’s new hairstyle. My first thought was that she’s really taking this makeover theme seriously. Her cover hairstyle was classic Oprah — stylish, smart and … short.

Yes, really short. And I love it. After Rihanna started sporting the retro short cut from the 80s, other celebrities and iconic figures followed. I started seeing a lot of women giving up the weaves and the long wigs for the shorter styles. And, why not? These styles, made popular by the celebrity artists, are easy and breezy for the summer both naturally and chemically enhanced. Those wigs and sew-in weaves can get pretty hot and sweaty from May to September, no matter where you live.

But many of us continue to rock the long hair as I observed coming through the Detroit airport just recently. (Hey, we just stay in the air-conditioned buildings and vehicles. Stay cool at all times, right? It’s a lifestyle.)

But Oprah caught me by surprise. She’s been wearing the long locks for year now. Everyone knows that where Oprah goes, so does the world. So while Rihanna and other celebrities may have peaked your interest, Oprah will have women calling their hairdressers or looking for a stylist that can do the “Oprah cut”. Before we know it, Beyonce will be coming out of her weave. (No, Beyonce. Don’t do it.)

But don’t rush off too soon. As I began reading my new O magazine, I reached Oprah’s welcoming page (after nearly 30 pages of top-drawer advertising, of course). The first thing she mentions: her “swingy hair.” Hey, wait, I thought we were going short, tight-around-the-face, tapered and showing off the ears. No, sorry ladies, but it’s always best to read the fine print. Next to the picture of her with “swingy hair”, there’s a small caption that reads, “Insta-Makeover: Yes it’s a wig! P.S. The one on the cover is, too.” (Always keep our options open, I guess. )

So I got all excited for nothing? Of course not. Short hair is back and all the rage whether you wear a wig or your natural hair. It’s fun, it’s easy and can be the cornerstone for your own personal transformation. -k

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Oprah flips the hair script on latest O magazine cover

As Oprah embarks on her farewell season beginning Sept. 13, her September 2010 issue of O magazine is all about the makeover, the “transformation of your look, luck, life.” The makeover and fashion “must haves” are always my favorite issues. The first transformation I noticed was Oprah’s new hairstyle. My first thought was that she’s really taking this makeover theme seriously. Her cover hairstyle was classic Oprah — stylish, smart and … short.
Yes, really short. And I love it. After Rihanna started sporting the retro short cut from the 80s, other celebrities and iconic figures followed. I started seeing a lot of women giving up the weaves and the long wigs for the shorter styles. And, why not? These styles, made popular by the celebrity artists, are easy and breezy for the summer both naturally and chemically enhanced. Those wigs and sew-in weaves can get pretty hot and sweaty from May to September, no matter where you live.
But many of us continue to rock the long hair as I observed coming through the Detroit airport just recently. (Hey, we just stay in the air-conditioned buildings and vehicles. Stay cool at all times, right? It’s a lifestyle.)
But Oprah caught me by surprise. She’s been wearing the long locks for year now. Everyone knows that where Oprah goes, so does the world. So while Rihanna and other celebrities may have peaked your interest, Oprah will have women calling their hairdressers or looking for a stylist that can do the “Oprah cut”. Before we know it, Beyonce will be coming out of her weave. (No, Beyonce. Don’t do it.)
But don’t rush off too soon. As I began reading my new O magazine, I reached Oprah’s welcoming page (after nearly 30 pages of top-drawer advertising, of course). The first thing she mentions: her “swingy hair.” Hey, wait, I thought we were going short, tight-around-the-face, tapered and showing off the ears. No, sorry ladies, but it’s always best to read the fine print. Next to the picture of her with “swingy hair”, there’s a small caption that reads, “Insta-Makeover: Yes it’s a wig! P.S. The one on the cover is, too.” (Always keep our options open, I guess. )
So I got all excited for nothing? Of course not. Short hair is back and all the rage whether you wear a wig or your natural hair. It’s fun, it’s easy and can be the cornerstone for your own personal transformation. -k

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Hair raising show in Troy

More than 300 hair models strutted across the stage Sunday night at the Met Hotel in Troy for the 25th annual Hair Wars. Everything from exhaust pipes to motorcycles and cars made of human and synthetic hair by more than 40 stylists was featured in a four-hour showcase.

from the Detroit News

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