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Whether you’re used to wearing your hair naturally and you want something new for a while or if you straighten your hair regularly, there are some things you have to consider before you put your hair through the stress of a straightening iron. Heat damage is a real problem and sometimes can lead to split ends or irreversible damage that can only be fixed by a haircut. But if you know what to do and what to avoid during the straightening process, you should be able to get the results you’re looking for. Here are some of the do’s and don’ts when straightening your hair.

Never Work on Wet Hair

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This is one of the most common mistakes people make when straightening their hair and one of the main reasons for hair damage. Even if the iron you’re intending to use says that straightening your hair when wet is fine, avoid doing it at all costs.

The problem is that you’ll have to spend more time on your strands if they’re wet and you’ll end up exposing your hair to more damage than you’d like to. So, if you want to prevent the amount of heat your hair will be exposed to, try to use your iron on dry hair only.

If you don’t have the time, one of the things you can do is remove any excess amount of water you have in your hair and then blow it dry. Or, you could decide to clean your hair the day before, so your hair will be completely dry in the morning and only straighten it then.

Note that wet-to-dry straighteners are an exception, but they should only be used on damp hair, not when it’s soaking wet. Just because your model is a wet-to-dry, it doesn’t mean you can just use it out of the shower. And even then, don’t take the word of the manufacturer at face value; even in this case, it’s always better to limit the amount of direct heat you apply to your hair.

Use Protective Spray

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We all know that heat can be your hair’s worst enemy, but it’s not something you can avoid when straightening it. However, there are some things that you can do to protect it. Even if you’re using the gentlest setting with the best straightening iron for your hair type, you are still prone to damage. In this case, your best protection would be to use a protective spray before using your straightening iron. While there are multiple types of protective sprays on the market, try to go for ones containing argon oil, as they’re particularly beneficial to hair.

Never Use the Maximum Setting

A lot of us have the bad habit of cranking our straightening iron on the last level to get the fastest results possible. But even if you’re on a tight schedule, this is something you should try to avoid as much as you can. You should never, under any circumstance, use the hottest temperature on your iron. Ideally, you shouldn’t go over 400° F if you have thick natural hair and 300° F if you have fine hair, or else you risk of causing some serious damage.

On the other hand, don’t assume that the opposite is true either. You shouldn’t assume that going with the lowest possible setting is a better option. If you go too low, you’ll have to go over each strand multiple times, which could cause cumulative damage to your hair.

Section your Hair First

One nice trick you can use when straightening your hair is to always separate it in multiple sections before you start working on it. It would be a wise idea to clip all other sections before you are done with the first one. If you don’t separate your hair into sections, some of the strands might get run over more than others and you could cause some of it to suffer more damage.

Don’t Clamp the Iron Down too Long

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is leaving the iron clamped down for too long on some of your strands. Whether you are distracted or just think that it’s the right thing to do, doing so could lead to some serious damage. If you spend too much time on one spot, you might cause an indentation and have to go back over the strand, which will cause even more damage.

Keep a Comb Close

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You should always have a comb in hand while straightening your hair. Each time you go over a strand with your iron, comb the area through. Not only will it help to prevent knots from forming, but it could help you get more volume. Without volume, you’ll be limited in the styles you can achieve and might not be able to get what you were looking for. If you want some inspiration for straight styled hair, take a look at these from The Right Hairstyles which are best suited for women over 40.

Don’t Go for just Any Hair Straightener

Before you even think about straightening your hair, however, you have to make sure that you pick the right one for your hair type, or else you might cause some damage and not get the results you wanted.

One of the first things you should be looking for is a unit that will give you more control over the temperature. It should have a thermometer on it that will allow you to set it at the absolute best temperature for your hair and prevent you from accidentally setting it too high.

And when picking a straightening iron, don’t judge them by the price alone. Whether an iron is cheap or expensive doesn’t mean a thing when it comes to how well it will work on your hair. While hair straighteners all serve the same function, they all work very differently and have a different effect on hair.

When it comes to material, for instance, tourmaline, ceramic and titanium work very differently and aren’t suited for the same kind of hair. And just because it says ceramic on the box, doesn’t mean all ceramic plated iron are equal. Some might only have a ceramic coating, for instance, while others will be completely made of ceramic. So, before you pick a model, make sure that you do your homework and pick the right one for your particular hair texture.

You should also pick a model that is wide enough. For instance, if you happen to have finer hair, then you should pick a unit that is no larger than an inch if possible. If you have thicker hair on the other hand, then you should be looking for something like a 3” iron. But if all you want to do is do some styling, then something like a 1.5” iron should do. And if you’re trying to get some big curls while ironing, then you should try to avoid a straight edge straightener. You should go with something with curved edges. Not only will it allow you to get the look that you want but it will also prevent bumps from forming.

Conclusion

If you manage to incorporate these tips into your straightening routine, you should be able to prevent heat damage and get the results you’re looking for in no time.

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WINNING! Teyana Taylor Announces Collab w/ MAC Cosmetics!

Teyana Taylor continues to make moves! The singer, dancer, wife, and soon to be mother of two is still doing it big and this time around MAC Cosmetics is in the mix!

Yep, Teyana has announced she is collaborating with MAC Cosmetics with a heartwarming Instagram post and a stunning campaign photo.

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Teyana Taylor continues to make moves! The singer, dancer, wife, and soon to be mother of two is still doing it big and this time around MAC Cosmetics is in the mix!

Yep, Teyana has announced she is collaborating with MAC Cosmetics with a heartwarming Instagram post and a stunning campaign photo. Check it out below!

via Teyana’s Instagram

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Wow yo! I remember walking by the Mac store on 125th street coming from school, amazed at all the dope campaign ads spread across floor to ceiling windows & on other major department stores. MAC Cosmetics really inspired me because they were one of the first mainstream companies to fearlessly and unapologetically embrace woman of color and the LGBTQ Community. That was big for me being a young black girl from Harlem telling myself that one day that would be me plastered in that window! Long story short, and by the grace of God, here I am with my own up and coming capsule collection for M•A•C!!!!! ?? On that note I’m proud to officially announce my collaboration & partnership with Mac cosmetics!!! I’m so grateful and excited to be sharing this beautiful collection I created with the MAC team and so happy the cat’s finally out the bag!! But most importantly, I’m hoping to inspire other young black women that anything and everything is possible & that our black is STUNNING!!! ? #MACteyanataylor coming July 2020!!!

We are so proud of Teyana Taylor! Just last week she revealed she is pregnant with her second child–which we already knew when her daugher Imani Shumpert, spilled the deets on her IG Live–and has a new project coming entitled, “The Album!”

We wonder if she will be getting her own line through the makeup giant, and if so what colors, shades, and mixes will be done that scream, “Teyana!” We will keep you posted as more on this story develops!

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Kontrol Exclusive: Get Holiday Beauty Chic with Blac Chyna!

The glitz, glamour, and allure of beauty in Hollywood is to die for! Your favorite female celebrities, socialites, reality stars, and TV personalities pull off some pretty trendy and inspiring looks. When it comes to the latter, Blac Chyna, reigns supreme as one of the trendiest and edgiest TV personalities when it comes to her hair and make up!

Recently Kontrol had an amazing shoot with Black Chyna and we want you to know you too can have her look, and how, during the holiday season using the same products we used for her amazing shoot!

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The glitz, glamour, and allure of beauty in Hollywood is to die for! Your favorite female celebrities, socialites, reality stars, and TV personalities pull off some pretty trendy and inspiring looks. When it comes to the latter, Blac Chyna, reigns supreme as one of the trendiest and edgiest TV personalities when it comes to her hair and make up!

Recently Kontrol had an amazing shoot with Black Chyna and we want you to know you too can have her look, and how, during the holiday season using the same products we used for her amazing shoot!

Blac Chyna for Kontrol Magazine

Check out the tips our celebrity make up artist, Jayson Glenn provided:

The winter months can be frigid and hard on your face. The best foundation during this time of season to up hold any obstacle is none other than Danessa Myrick’s. The foundation is waterproof, provides full coverage, and it is sweat resistance when being applied to with a BH Cosmetics beauty blender.

 Danessa Myrick's Enlight halo highlighter blac chyna beauty tips

•To give Chyna a radiant glow, we used Becca Cosmetics’ glaze stick ($28) and Danessa Myrick’s Enlight halo highlighter ($22) to intensify the glow. It gives a natural glow that people just cannot help but notice about you.

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•Chyna had beautiful lips already, but you can never go wrong when you use a ($18-$54). The product always delivers, rarely smears, and its from Rihanna–a win all the way around.

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•There thousands of different red lip sticks but Becca Cosmetics’ red lip stick ($24) is the “creme de la creme!” The color is bright and vibrant, and endures with very minimal touching up.

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As you can see you do not have to be millionaire to have the look of one. All these products are highly affordable and can truly catapult you to looking your best. Trust us you will have everyone thinking “Blac Chyna, who?”

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Hot? GQ’s (@GQMagazine) Showcases Men Wearing Make Up in It’s First Beauty Spread

For their November Issue, men’s magazine, GQ, decided to question the philosophy behind masculinity.

For years we have all been conditioned to associate certain things with only being for women and certain things only for men. Make up has solely been accepted as something that should only be used by women, however, recent years have seen that notion challenged. The editors at GQ decided to explore this with their men’s beauty portfolio, which showcased the history of men wearing make up. Those glam rock days of the 70’s, when rock stars carelessly flaunted faces filled with blush, eyeliner and lipstick are referenced in the spread where different men in the industry such as Luka Sabbat and eighties rock star, Billy Idol are flawlessly made up.

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For their November Issue, men’s magazine, GQ, decided to question the philosophy behind masculinity.

For years we have all been conditioned to associate certain things with only being for women and certain things only for men. Make up has solely been accepted as something that should only be used by women, however, recent years have seen that notion challenged. The editors at GQ decided to explore this with their men’s beauty portfolio, which showcased the history of men wearing make up. Those glam rock days of the 70’s, when rock stars carelessly flaunted faces filled with blush, eyeliner and lipstick are referenced in the spread where different men in the industry such as Luka Sabbat and eighties rock star, Billy Idol are flawlessly made up.

GQ men's make up

Looking at this spread I can’t help asking myself exactly when did makeup become just a girl thing? Anyone who’s taken history in school knows that makeup hasn’t always been for women. In ancient Egypt, men commonly used kohl eyeliner to exaggerate the shape of the eyes and eyebrows. This was to show wealth and status as well as to show their masculinity. Certain colors of eye-shadow was used to ward off illnesses and spirits.  In places like Ancient Rome and England, men used white powder to give the appearance of a fairer complections.  The first century saw men applying red pigment to their cheeks and even painting their fingernails.  Fast forwarding to the 1980’s when David Bowie and Boy George reigned supreme, it’s interesting to see how much men wearing make up had been socially accepted. The end of the eighties, however, saw men trading make up for a more understated social norm. Men were no longer taking those risks and the art form died with the trend. In the last couple of years, fashion houses such as Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana created cosmetics lines targeted specifically towards men.

GQ Men's Make Up

Could all of this be a precursor for a bigger movement? Will men wearing make up be completely normal 100 years from now? New trends pop up everyday, however, old habits die hard. Even though I myself personally, am not a make up person, I don’t mind a little concealer for those days when the circles under my eyes match my roots. It would be nice to look forward to a future of true gender neutrality, however, it’s hard to say whether or not men will learn to put their macho pride to the side long enough to embrace something new. Accepted or not, the conversation about masculinity needs to be had. A little eyeliner here or a little concealer there shouldn’t be what defines your “masculinity”. That word is a state of mind that can’t be wiped away with the stroke of a make up brush.

Written By: Dominique Bedell

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