Hair Care Buying Guide
|Make your hair look its best at all times
with the right hair
care products and know-how. You’ll find everything
you need to get that salon look and make bad hair days
a thing of the past on eBay.
Your Hair Healthy
High-quality products can
maximize your hair's potential every time you shower.
Manufacturers formulate shampoo
for a variety of hair types.
- Dry hair: Coloring,
chemical treatment, over-styling, and frequent blow-drying
can dry your hair. Rejuvenate your hair with products
designed to add moisture.
- Normal Hair: Use
products designed for "normal
hair" and use the quantities recommended on the
bottle—too much conditioner can make your hair
- Oily Hair: Products
designed for oily
hair include fewer conditioning ingredients. To
best prevent your hair from getting greasy, apply
conditioner sparingly to the ends of your hair instead
of your entire scalp. Also consider using a clarifying
shampoo to wash out styling product buildup.
Consider conditioning your hair before you straighten
or perm it, and you may want to buy hair
color that includes a conditioner.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
What you eat can affect your
hair’s health and appearance. Make sure you get
enough protein in your diet, as well as minerals such
as zinc, iron, and copper. Vitamin A and vitamin B complex
also help promote healthy hair and a healthy scalp.
Aging, hormonal changes, pregnancy, and weather will
affect your hair no matter what, but reducing stress
can go a long way toward improving its appearance.
Get a Haircut
One way to maintain healthy
hair is to have it regularly cut or trimmed. For example,
every three to four weeks for short hair and every six
to eight weeks for long hair.
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Everybody wants their hair
to look stylish and sensational. Styling
products from Aveda,
and Bumble can contribute to your hair’s overall
health and enhance how it looks, making it appear shinier,
healthier, and more full-bodied.
- Gel: Use gel to
shape and style your hair into spikes or apply gel
to wet hair to achieve a "wet" look
- Mousse: Add body
while gaining style control with hair mousse.
- Hairspray: Hold
your hair neatly in place with hairspray.
- Hair Wax: Achieve
extreme punk rock looks or all-day up-dos with hair
wax that only washes out with hot water.
- Pomade: Sparingly
to your hair to give it a chunky look, eliminate frizz,
or slick it back.
- Styling lotion:Use
a lightweight hair styling
lotion normal and normal-to-fine hair.
- Texturizer: Quickly
relax your hair and soften curls with texturizer.
- Curl Enhancers:
enhancers shape your hair’s natural curls.
- Straightening Balm:
Brush waves, curls, and frizz out of your hair with
If you have allergies to any hair care products or
ingredients, make sure you check the ingredients on
the label of these products before using them.
Hair Curlers and Curling Irons
Curl your hair for that special
occasion or for work with hair
curlers or a curling
- Hair curlers: Clairol,
Sassoon, and several other companies manufacture
curlers and rollers
designed for overnight wear. Plug in your set of curlers,
let them heat up, roll each curler into your hair,
and after a few minutes carefully unroll your new
- Curling irons: Companies
such as Chi,
produce curling irons. These products feature a plastic
grip and metal rod that heats up. You place a section
of hair in the curling iron, roll it, hold it, and
wait a period of time for the curl to take before
Take your hair care experience
to the next level by bringing the salon experience home.
equipment available on eBay runs the gamut from
machines and lights
to high-end scissors
bottles. You can treat yourself, your family, or
even get the supplies you need to open your own beauty
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Your Hair Straight
Different hair care products
can help you complete your quest for straight hair.
Start by looking for straightening shampoos,
and other frizz-free
styling products. These hair care products can be used
on their own or in conjunction with hair dryers, blow
dryers, and flat irons.
Blow-Dry Your Hair Straight
When selecting a device to
dry your hair, you can choose a basic hair
dryer or a blow
- Hair Ddryer: Basic
hair dryers have basic settings and come in a few
different sizes: compact (or travel), midsize, and
- Blow Dryer: Varying
in wattage and available from companies such as Chi,
blow dryers generally have multiple speed settings
and a cold-air button. Some blow dryers have design
features such as a lightweight body and ergonomically
- Ionic Blow Dryer
blow dryers put out less heat than traditional
blow dryers and dry hair faster, generally resulting
in less damage to your hair.
Consider the following
steps for the best hair-straightening results:
- Towel-dry your hair and
then wait a bit before blow-drying. That way, you
may experience less hair damage.
- Prep your hair with a heat-activated
product designed to protect your hair from styling
damage before blow-drying.
- Use a round
brush to brush out your hair in flat strands.
For more volume, round your hair with the brush.
- When blow-drying, always
point the dryer down to prevent frizz.
- After you finish blow-drying
with heat, switch to cool air to smooth your hair.
Iron Your Hair Flat
When a hair dryer doesn’t
render your hair flat enough, consider using a flat
iron (also called a straightening iron) from a company
If you choose to use a flat iron, make sure you read
all information about safe use on the product or product
packaging before use.
Flat irons feature two
long plates made of ceramic
or metal. When the plates heat up, apply them to your
hair, and wait for the heat to work its magic. Look
- Ceramic Plates:
More gentle than metal plates, ceramic
plates work best for most people.
- Important Settings:
Consider a flat iron that can be used on either damp
or dry hair. Some models, such as the Farouk Chi Wet/Dry
Straightening Iron, work on both wet and dry hair.
- High Quality: You'll
see a range of prices for flat irons. Spend a little
extra money on a quality
flat iron if you have thick and curly hair or
fragile and thin hair.
When using a flat iron:
- Apply a silicone and a
balm prior to ironing to protect your hair, set
it, and lock moisture out.
- Only use flat irons on
clean hair. Otherwise, dirt and grease will cook on
the iron and damage your hair.
- Don’t use flat irons
every day; the direct contact of the high heat to
your hair can be damaging.
Regularly clean flat iron plates with rubbing alcohol
and a clean cloth to remove accumulated hair product
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to Find Hair Care Items on eBay
Once you know what type of
hair care items you want, go to the Health
& Beauty portal, click Hair
Care, and start searching for item listings on eBay.
- Categories: The
Categories list on the left side of each page will
help you narrow down your listings by item type. You'll
find links for Shampoo,
Loss, and more. As you dig deeper into the site,
you'll also be able to narrow down your choice by
- Keyword Search:
Search eBay title listings for specific words. For
example, if you want to find a flat iron, type "flat
iron” (without quotation marks) into the Search
box. Click "Search title and description" to expand
your results. Visit eBay's Search
Tips page for more tips on searching with keywords.
If you can't find exactly what you want, try shopping
Stores, tell the eBay Community what you want by
creating a post on Want
It Now, or save
a search on My eBay and eBay will email you when
a match becomes available.
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Hair Care Items With Confidence
Before making your purchase,
make sure you know exactly what you're buying, research
your seller, and understand how eBay and PayPal protect
Know Your Purchase
Carefully read the details
in item listings.
- Figure delivery costs into
your final price. If you spend a lot of money, make
sure the seller will insure the item when it ships.
- If you want more information,
ask by clicking the "Ask
seller a question" link under the seller's profile.
- Always make sure to complete
your transaction on eBay (with a bid, Buy It Now,
or Best Offer). Transactions conducted outside of
eBay are not covered by eBay protection programs.
- Never pay for your eBay
item using instant cash wire transfer services through
Western Union or MoneyGram. These payment methods
are unsafe when paying someone you do not know.
Know Your Seller
Research your seller so you
feel positive and secure about every transaction.
- What is the seller's Feedback
rating? How many transactions have they completed?
What percentage of positive responses do they have?
- What do buyers say in their
Feedback? Did the seller receive praise?
- Most top eBay sellers operate
like retail stores and have return policies. Do they
offer a money-back guarantee? What are the terms and
In the unlikely event that
a problem arises during your transaction, eBay and PayPal
are there for you.
- Pay Safely with PayPal:
enables you to pay without the seller ever seeing
your bank account or credit card numbers. In fact,
PayPal protects buyers 100% against unauthorized payments
from their accounts. Plus, with PayPal Buyer Protection,
your purchase can be covered up to $1,000.
- eBay Security &
Resolution Center: Visit the Security
& Resolution Center to learn how to protect
your account and use eBay's quick and efficient resolution
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