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Hairstyling tools: Cloud Nine vs ghd

These days clients not only want to look great when they leave the salon. It is important for them to be able to re-create that just-left-the-hair-salon look at home. As well as prescribing the right products for them to be able to care for their hair, styling tools are a vital part of getting it right 'post-salon'. The days of having a 'hair straightener' at home are long gone. Now clients want a versatile tool - a styler - to curl, smooth, flick and give volume to their hair just like they would have in the salon. ghd and Cloud Nine are two of the most prominent companies with professional-quality styling tools available to consumers. What makes these tools the most popular? What are the points of differences between the two brands?

CLOUD NINE

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  Cloud Nine Stylers were launched in 2009, by the original creators of ghd with the motto 'less heat, more style'. The Cloud Nine styler features a temperature control switch,  allowing the user to adjust according to hair style requirements. The stylers come with recommended temperatures for different stying looks.  cloud-nine-irons-four_big                       The Cloud Nine styler has a swivel cord and head guard for safety and ease of storage. The styler is available in three different sizes,  the standard iron ($299), wide iron ($299) and micro iron ($149). All models have the added bonus of universal voltage for international travel. As well as the stylers, Cloud Nine have a range of curling tools such as a wand, a waving wand and TheO Pod. A great security feature is the built in safety chip which switches the iron into sleep mode when it is not in use for 30 minutes.  

ghd

Good Hair Day, or commonly known as ghd, is a manufacturer of hair stylers based in Leeds in the United Kingdom.The stylers come in a range of price points: the ghd IV is the base model starting at $239, the ghd Bird of Paradise (limited edition) range is $279 and the recently release ghd Eclipse is $300. All the stylers feature ceraminc heat technology, sleep-mode after 30 minutes, floating plate to glide easily through the hair, universal voltage and a two year warranty. GHD Eclipse-500x500The Eclipse uses new and innovative patented 'tri-zone' technology: three sensors on each plate to ensure there is no loss of heat during styling. They styler boasts of more effective use of heat - a constant temperature of 185°C is maintained throughout styling. According to ghd researchers, this is the optimal temperature for styling hair and produces the best and longer lasting results. The Eclipse also states that it's a a 'one pass' tool - you will only need to go over a section of hair once, rather than multiple times to achieve a smooth professional finish.

Talk to your stylist about which stylers they recommend, perhaps get them to use them on your hair at your next appointment. You could even ask to try them yourself so you can judge the result and the feel of the tool in your hands and on your hair    

The Cloud Nine Wand: less heat and more styling options!

Since it's launch in 2009, Cloud Nine has become a favourite brand of styling tool with professional hairdressers and their clientele who want to recreate that 'just been to the salon' look in their own home. Along with an essential series of straightening irons, the brand has created volumising solutions that have revolutionised at-home styling ease and accessibility.

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Charlotte, senior stylist at Liquid Hair, loves The Wand which was launched by Cloud Nine in 2012. She uses it at home herself! Here she takes us through a few of the benefits of her favourite styling tool, and gives a few professional tips onhow to use it!

"I love using the wand - it gives me loads of volume and movement, and it's so easy tphotoo use. Being able to adjust the heat means you can use a cooler setting which is better for long-lasting waves and curls," Charlotte said.

"Every time you can make the style individual by taking different sizes sections, and I really like the natural look of the waves you get from using this tool."

"I find the wand a lot easier than using irons to create curl, and so much quicker. Make sure you use a heat-protecting spray to take care of the condition of the hair. TheO Spray is also great for when you want to get that volume and shine without weighing your hair down. And remember to use the glove provided so you don't burn your fingers!"

Check out the Liquid Hair range of Cloud Nine styling tools here.

Moroccanoil – great for curly hair too!

When we use the brand name Moroccanoil the first thing that come to mind is their hero product the original Moroccanoil Treatment. Taking the world by storm this product revolutionized the hair industry and outsold many products globally. But lets not forget that this amazing product sits alongside other great products within the range. Emma Bayly, Director of Liquid Hair takes us through a few of her Moroccanoil favourites.

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"I've always been a fan of naturally curly hair but many people blessed with this see it as a curse. They are always stretching it out straight or just wearing it up not being able to tame it. Then on the other hand some people love curly hair and wish they could achieve the look but don't realise with the correct cut and correct product selection they can encourage their hair to bounce right up." Emma's tips are outlined below:

Curl Defining Cream: Frizz free definition for fine medium or course hair. Great definition for wavy or curly hair while hair retains movement.

Curl Control Mousse: I like to use this product on finer hair, not only is it weightless it give support to curls that need some extra bounce.

Intense Curl Cream: A high gloss product great for extremely curly hair. Curls remain moisturised smooth and soft.

Moroccanoil range also includes some great treatment products. The Restorative Hair Mask is great for all hair types, and is rich in protein - perfect for chemically or thermally damaged locks. You can even add the Morocanoil treatment oil to the mix for extra benefits.

A bright idea…

Ok, so the days are getting longer, and our little corner of the world is slowly turning those much anticipated few degrees closer to the sun… Spring is only a few more sleeps away now, and those tantalizing warm rays of sunlight are making everyone feel more lively as the dreariness of winter starts to lift.

That can only mean one thing: new-season makeover time is here!

Of course Liquid Girl is up to date with all the directional cuts and colours for spring/summer – but exactly what are the looks that are making a statement for the upcoming seasons? Here’s the lowdown on ways to keep your style looking fresh and current…

The Pixie

The pixie cut is a short hairstyle with texture in the upper layers that should ideally be slightly messy, which is good news - this look does not require much fussing with products and styling! It will mean however, that you will need to come in to visit the salon a little more frequently to refresh your sexy crop, and maintain the shape of the cut.

The Bob.

The bob cut is back for summer style, and this season there are a couple of different variations to try. You could do a short, smooth bob cut with an eyebrow skimming fringe and bare neck – the clean lines of this cut really make an impact. Or try a longer, slightly messy style with volume and movement. This more intermediate length looks fresh, and is perfect for the eclectic, bohemian summer dresses and accessories.

The Fringe.

It seems like the fringe never leaves the hair fashion radar! It’s back again this summer. Try one that is cut long and to the side, or go for a statement full fringe that falls right on the eyebrow. A great way to add a touch of femininity and fun to your cut – a fringe suits just about every length of hair.

 

The Long Hairstyle

Long Hair always looks great – and this summer it’s the longer the better! The main advantage to a long style is that you can change the look each time if you want. Add some layers to give natural volume. Loose braids, pony tails and effortless-looking, tousled up-styles are perfect for keeping those long locks under control in the summer months, and are being seen in just about every editorial shoot in the latest fashion journals all over the world. Think bohemian and slightly disheveled. The middle part is still a hot look - just remember to be little wild with your long hair: voluminous and messy – the smoothed down styles of the past couple of years has been all ruffled up!

Set your style dial to bright if you dare when you talk to your stylist about a new shade for your ‘do… Think Rihanna red, or Lady Gaga blonde if you want make a hair statement that pops. Or maybe try some warm, natural tones with honey-coloured highlights to compliment your haute hippie summer styling… And last but not least, don’t forget to accessorise your summer hairstyle with some ribbons or tapes, or even flowers.

Fight The Fade

Ever wonder why permanent colour fades out of your hair? Ok, here is the basic scientific explanation....The outside of your hair known as the cuticle is made up of what resembles fish scales. When you have a permanent colour the chemical reaction between the colour and the peroxide mixed together open the cuticle up. This allows the colour to penetrate and be locked inside the hair when the colour is rinsed and conditioner is used. Repetitive application of permanent colour to the ends of your hair, opens and closes the cuticle over and over again, however, each time this happens the cuticle never quite closes as tight as the last.
A semi permanent colour doesn't open the cuticle, it wedges itself in between the scales, this is why At Liquid Hair we choose to colour balance the ends of your hair with a semi permanent colour, rather than repetitively opening and closing the hair. then we can ensure that the surface of the hair stays as smooth as possible promoting healthier hair that has an incredible shine. In a nut shell, the tighter you keep the cuticle of your hair shut, the longer the colour will last and the shinier your hair will look.
There are also other factors that contribute to the fade factor, another worth mentioning is the actual size of the colour pigments. Black is the largest of the colour molecules and red is the smallest, this is why when you've had black you find it hard to go back! And of course the opposite with red hair, it is the quickest to slip out in between those fish scales that are not closed right up.
What can we do about this problem? Well for a start, every colour at Liquid Hair receives a complimentary Vivecap treatment (it's the little bottle we shake into your hair after rinsing the colour) this insures we, in the salon, keep your hair in optimum condition.
We also use Goldwell hair colour because it has a very low amount of ammonia, which is the ingredient int the colour that makes the cuticle open, thus ensuring that we are minimally altering the outside of the hair.
We also recommend the use of KMS colour vitality, a home maintenance program which protects your hair in between visits to the salon from outside influences, such as shampooing, sun exposure, blowdrying and even just combing and brushing.
But you still may ask the question, "why do my ends fade more than the roots." This is purely for the same reason, the cuticle at the ends of your hair is open a lot wider than the cuticle of your hair near the roots where it has a lot less damage. The quick fix to tis are the Revlon colour balls, These groovy looking balls are an intense shot of temporary colour mixed with a three-minute conditioning treatment. Colour balls are a great way of keeping your colour fresh right up until your nest appointment.