What to know before buying a curling iron

What to know before buying a curling iron

With all the available styling tools in market today it can be quite confusing to pick out the best curling iron for your hair. Most of these curling irons claim to be the best, so if everyone is the best than who really is telling the truth and who isn’t? There are some specific details which can help you to make a decision in this saturated market.

While you are looking for a curling iron for your hair you have to avoid everything advertised and claimed by the brand. Let’s face it they are all just marketing tactics to lure buyers and bring in more sales. But pay close attention to the details written in small letters on the package.


The first and probably the most important thing you should look for is a thermostat based heat control feature. Thermostat allows you to control heat. You can increase it or decrease it depending on the amount of heat you need for a specific style.

curling iron thermostat

Also hair is sensitive to heat. Different types of hair can withstand different amount of heat. For example coarse hair can withstand intense heat while fine hair only minimal. Curling irons without heat setting feature produces the same amount of heat. So it there is the chance of critical damage to your hair.

Barrel Material:

The second point you should keep an eye on is the material of the barrel. Most of the irons have metal barrels. But some have velvet plated and ceramic covered  barrels. Velvel plated irons are a good choice for hair this gets broken and snagged easily.

ceramic plated iron

On the other hand ceramic covered can help to infuse moisture deep into the hair strands when it’s curled. Depending on your hair type and the kind of style you want to have, you should consider the most friendly iron for your hair.

Swivel cord:

And lastly check the cord. It’s usually the first thing to go out of a curling iron. It happens because a lot of pressure gets applied on the joint where the cord is connected with the actual iron when it’s moved in different angles during use. Straight cord connections last shortest. Try getting an  iron with whirly cord connection. So that when it’s moved less stress will be put on the inner wires which powers the iron.


By now you should have a good idea about what to look for and what to avoid in a curling iron. Next time when you go to buy one of these tools recall these points in mind.



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LASIK is helping people to leave glasses at home

LASIK is helping people to leave glasses at home

LASIK, short for ‘laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis’ is the most advanced, hassle free and common laser based eye surgery for treating farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism. LASIK is pain free and takes 15 minutes to be performed on both eyes. The result is improved vision without contact lens or eyeglass and it takes place under 24 hours from surgery. Most importantly, you won’t have to feel shy of wearing glasses ever again. And of course, the option of wearing colored contact lenses for fashion reasons still remains as they do not require a prescription.

laser on eye

Pre examination:

Doctors perform a thorough tests of patient’s eyes to be certain if they are healthy enough for the surgery. He will determine the pupil size, refractive errors(if there are any), thickness and shape of the cornea and the moistness of the eye. The doctor will make the exact map starting from the cornea to the retina using an automated instrument called corneal topographer. It basically measures the curvature of the surface of the cornea and starts making the map from the data. Combined with that patients undergo a wavefront analysis. Their eyes are subjected to different types of light at different intensities to detect any abnormality effecting the vision’s mechanism.

Procedure of LASIK surgery:

lasik steps

Similar to other refractive surgeries, LASIK reshapes the eye cornea in a way so that it can focus the entering light precisely on the retina for clear vision. This is the main objective of the whole surgery.

During the surgery numbing drops are applied to the eyes to relax them. Patient may be given other medications depending on their pre examination reports to be made comfortable. Next, the eyes are positioned under the laser emitter. An instrument known as the lid speculum is used to keep the eye lids open. The cornea is marked using ink marker. A suction ring is applied to the front to prevent any retinal movements or loss of contact which will in turn affect the overall flap quality.

After the flap is done creating the surgeon will fold back the hinged flap to access the underlying cornea. The laser is than positioned to pinpoint the cornea. This specialized laser uses a ultraviolet beam of ray to remove like microscopic amounts of tissue from the actual cornea so that it can focus light accurately to the retina. The temperature of the laser beam is very cool unlike conventional laser, so no heat is felt during the surgery. The laser pulses reshapes the cornea accordingly to the problem.

Right after the surgery temporary burns and itching maybe felt. The surgeon will perform a quick post operation test to determine if everything went smoothly. There maybe some haziness and blurred vision for the next 24 hours after the surgery. But it passes away after proper sleep and rest. Eye sight continues to improve and stabilize in 3-4 days usually.

LASIK can dramatically improve your vision and quality of life. Most people achieve 20/20 vision just after a few days from surgery. But some people achieve 20/40 people depending on their eye condition. You won’t have to use glasses in your daily activities, but incase you need the focus level will be much lower than usually required.




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