How to buy the perfect blow dryer for your hair type

 

 

I have not come across anyone who is happy with his/her natural hair. If a list of such disgruntled own-hair-haters is ever made I will be the first in that list. People like me are constantly under an unknown pressure to find newer ways to transform their hair into their dream style. The most essential of these hair managing and grooming tools is a blow dryer.  Believe me you cannot buy a blow dryer randomly especially if your hair is accustomed only with the best blow dryers. Yes of course brand, quality, settings provided are essential features to look into before getting a blow dryer. But the pivoting guide to buy a perfect blow dryer is your own hair.

Your blow dryer must cater to the needs of your hair. It must improve your hair in texture and look. So here is a set of rules you can follow to buy an ideal blow dryer for your hair type.

 

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Curly hair

If you have been battling with those unruly curls all your life then look for a blow dryer that is made from ceramic. The reason for this choice is that this kind of blow dryer uses infrared heat and dry hair from the inside out. This ensures that the moisture in your hair is retained, controlling curls to a great extent. Its wattage must also be in higher range because these stubborn hair need a real hot blow to manage them.

Frizzy hair

Frizzy hairs are more of a delicate kind and are prone to breakage. Your blow dryer must be able to do the damage control here. You can reliably trust a blow dryer that comes with tourmaline or thermal ionic technology. These type of blow dryers do not fry up your hair while managing the heat required. It retains the natural dampness of this kind of hair while improving on the lost luster in your hair.

Fine Hair

Never go for a blow dryer with powerful heating for this hair type. They will be blown with the overheating to the point of total damage. Select a blow dryer with anti overheating control and low heat settings to preserve the fineness of your hair.

Thick hair

Thick hair are generally quite strong to handle any kind of care or un-care. Thick hair need a dryer that dries faster, so a high wattage blow dryer will be the best option. If your hair is thick and glossy go for a ceramic one. But if your hair are dull as well, then get a blow dryer with ionic technology so that while drying your hair quickly the dryer adds to the sheen also.

 

 

Point and shoot digital cameras – why I like using them

I have been a dreamer throughout my life. I had this dream to be a photographer whose photo-shoots and exhibitions would take the world by surprise. Well, after spending 48 years of my life as a banker I decided to give my best shot on my most cherished reverie to be a photographer.

 

I must confess that even though I always had this dream, but I had no clue about which is the best camera available today. So I took advice of my grandson who is a gadget guru. He advised me to buy the best point and shoot camera for wildlife if this is where I will be using it. I was very confident about his suggestion so I went ahead and got this amazing point and shoot digital camera by Sony. I have been using it for two months now and in a position to admit that this has been one of the best decisions I have ever taken. Here are my views about why I like this camera so much.

 

Clear Images

I am really astonished by the clarity of images that I am able to shoot. The camera is digital so it captures the real colors.  This point and blank camera completely complements my vision of the scene I want to capture. I just get images as I want them with no distortion at all. Yeah! The good count of megapixels does the trick for me and I get all the credit for outstanding clicks.

 

Zooming

The whole optical system provided in my point and shoot digital camera offers me another capability. I can zoom as close I want. With this advantage on my side I get highly detailed and expressive images of flowers and birds that make favorite theme of my photography.

 

Easy settings

I cannot control the natural light and shades. My camera gives me some great options to set the camera in a way that I manage to have amazing images in spite of limitation on external factors. I can control light sensitivity and apply special preloaded effects. The autofocus ability of the camera do wonders when I am shooting people (With camera! Of course)

 

LCD screen for preview.

Whatever I photograph I can have an immediate look on the results of my creativity on the LCD screen provided in my digital camera. I can delete any image that is not up to my standards and try again for  a better capture.

I am coming up with my first exhibition in the last weekend of this month. I am totally in love with my first ever point and shoot digital camera. Whether you are a professional or an amateur, I am sure that this gadget will be an excellent choice for you as well.

Why I prefer corded vacuum cleaners over cordless models

Vacuum cleaners are no doubt a revolutionary gadget to help the house keepers in keeping their homes clean and sparkling.  Their numerous benefits like speed of operation, dust collection, deep cleaning, efficiency on different surfaces like hard floors or carpets makes them superior in comparison to brooms and brushes.

Two main categories of vacuum cleaners are available in the current age-corded and cordless. I prefer the corded vacuum cleaners over cordless ones due to the following reasons

  • The corded vacuum cleaners are dependable since they don’t need any charging. I can do as much cleaning as I wish without worrying about charging it after every hour of cleaning.
  • The cordless vacuums are meant to be lightweight and handy due to their structure and demand. If you see other aspect of this advantage is that the cordless vacuum cleaners will be not very powerful since the limit on its motor will be defined by the batteries it is getting power from. Batteries can provide only a limited power supply. My home is big  with four kids and two burly pets. I cannot  clean all the mess created by this mischievous pack with a small and limited cordless vacuum cleaner.
  • I have seen the cordless vacuum cleaners in numerous homes. I must admit that I am not very impressed by its suction ability. I am really happy with the strong suction of my corded vacuum cleaner.
  • My friends who own vacuum cleaners without cord start looking for a better model after every two or three years. I have been using my corded vacuum cleaner for last five years with no complaints at all. I am pretty sure that it will go like this for another three years. I feel very happy for this decision and a wise investment.
  • The cordless vacuum needs battery replacement when the batteries are worn out. So, it is an extra cost that the owners have to bear.
  • I never have to worry that whether my vacuum cleaner is charged or not before using it. All I need to do is plug and clean. But in case of cordless vacuum cleaners, if you forget to charge it, next time you may have to wait for many hours before you get it charged and complete your cleaning task.

I personally find using corded vacuum cleaners easy and efficient. Others may differ on my views. To sum up a corded vacuum cleaner is a clear winner in efficiency and dependability.

Why I choose a convertible crib for my child

Yes, it is really exciting and overwhelming to shop for all those delightful small and big baby necessities out in the market. But before getting infatuated by anything that sounds cute and pretty and get ready to spend over your budget, it is of utmost important to be wise and smart and go for a long term investment. This is the reason why I feel that a convertible crib is the best kind of crib to spend the money on. It is a sensible and practical choice for all the far sighted and well-planning parents. Isn’t it very obvious and logical to buy something that can be used for years after its actual use is no more needed over something that will be good for nothing after only a year or two?

Children grow every day, and they will in no time grow enough to climb up that crib making it a useless piece of wood. But if your crib is convertible, it will serve you years after your child outgrows it.

Convertible cribs are the ones that mature with your child. They are available as two-in-one, three-in-one and even four-in-one cribs, the functionalities and costs of which grow accordingly. Their prices are mostly based on the functionalities and transition they offer (and are directly proportional to the available factors). You can buy convertible cribs even if you are a little short on budget, only that those will offer comparatively lesser features and transition. There are a range of convertible cribs available for every budget and need in the online as well as offline market.

These cribs easily convert from an infant crib into a toddler’s bed and then to a full-fledged bed for grown up children. This not only saves your time and money for buying new furniture year after year, but also saves your budget of buying new curtains and coloring to match the furniture.

This multipurpose capability of convertible cribs makes them environment friendly. Also, most of these cribs are strong enough to tolerate adult weight, which makes them useful even after your child enters pre-teen years.

Long story cut short, convertible cribs are the most prudent investments even after being expensive. They are one time, long lasting investments and hence are becoming more and more popular among parents today. So if you are out to select a baby crib for your baby, go for a convertible crib.

Shopping for a GPS unit for your next holiday

GPS is a navigation system that provides the geographic location and information about the time without any fault. GPS unit is a very handy system to have in your vehicle when you go out on a holiday. Let us see why.

One of my friends went on a vacation in his car along with his family. During his journey, he was very sure about the way to his holiday resort. But, on the route to the resort, he lost his way and reached somewhere. It was an isolated area. So, there was no one to help him. Even his phone was dead. He struggled and had to spend the whole night with his family in a deserted area without knowing how to go back.

Many people are likely to face similar situations when they go for a holiday. They don’t know the exact route and struggle to find their way to their destination. To solve the problem, I recommend to use a GPS system in their vehicle. There is no need to go for an expensive model if you are just looking for a GPS system that shows the route and map correctly. You can get a reasonably good GPS system without draining your pocket.

This is the best time to buy a GPS system, the competition from the Smartphone industry has resulted in reducing the price of the GPS system. You can get a good standalone cost effective GPS system easily nowadays. Here are some basic things that you should have in your GPS system.

The size of the screen is an important factor in deciding the GPS system. The current standard size is 5 inches but you can get units with lesser size at a lower price. Most GPS systems come up with in-built maps of the United States. If you need additional maps, you can easily download using your PC.  Before you start on your holiday, make sure your maps are updated as the roads keep changing.

Bluetooth calling is another useful feature that needs to be present in your GPS unit. By enabling Bluetooth, you can easily sync your contacts from the Smartphone and make hands-free calls using the GPS system.  All these essential features are generally present in a GPS unit and do not cost you more than $200.

When I decided to buy a GPS unit before we left for our holiday last summer, I checked various models and finally purchased the Garmin Nuvi 2350LMT. I had to shell out less than $150 and got all the necessary features that made my holiday an outing to remember.

3 camcorder models that you might like

In the war between camcorders and DSLR, it looks like camcorders are slowly losing the battle. But that does not mean, there are no good camcorders available in the market. Companies like Sony, JVC and Canon are coming back strongly with HD and 4K camcorders that can displace DSLR from the top position.

I strongly believe if you are looking for video recording with a professional touch, then you need to use camcorders. Yes, DSLR is good but for the overall effect you need a good quality camcorder. Here is a list of 3 camcorders that you should consider buying.

Sony HDR-CX330 HD Camcorder

Sony is the leading manufacturer of camcorder for years now. Sony HDR-CX330 HD Camcorder is a simple, easy to use camcorder that supports Wi-Fi. It has 16 GB internal memory. The dual flash camcorder can take HD quality videos. It has a new wide angle lens of 29.8 mm with 30x optical zoom. The camcorder offers 2.7 inch LCD screen with 9.2 megapixels for taking still images. The built-in Wi-Fi allows you to connect your camcorder with your Smartphone or PC.  You can get this splendid device for less than 350$.

Panasonic HC-V550 Camcorder

Panasonic has been in the market for years. It is one of the brands that have been giving Sony tough competition. Panasonic HC-V550 Camcorder offers full HD recording with 2.51 megapixels and has a 3 inch LCD screen. It has a healthy 60x optical zoom and premium optical image stabilization. What makes Panasonic HC-V550 Camcorder stand out from the rest is the size and easy-to-use features. The compatible size makes it easy to carry anywhere and it is worth every penny you spend. The color accuracy of Panasonic HC-V550 Camcorder is pretty good when compared to other models in this price range. The audio quality is good and you can even hear the slightest noise without any difficulty. At less than $400, Panasonic HC-V550 Camcorder is a good buy.

JVC Everio GZ-R70

When compared to the other two models, JVC Everio GZ-R70 is more compact and lightweight. It can record quality HD videos fully and is easy to operate. Even a beginner can use the camcorder without any training. JVC Everio GZ-R70 is water resistant, dust proof and freeze proof making it easy to carry anywhere without worrying. JVC Everio GZ-R70 has a 3 inch touch LCD screen with the record button placed at the back. The battery life of the camcorder is good; the in-built battery allows you to record for more than 3 hours. You can quickly charge the battery using the mini-USB port. You can get this camcorder for less than $500.

So why wait? Go, grab your camcorder today and record memories for the future!

 

 

 

Convertible car seats – the best investment you could make.

Buying stuff for babies is a tough job, especially if have been no experience in this. And since things are for the BABIES, and most of the times, things we buy are foreign. People tend to become extra conscious before making any choices. Car seats are one such difficult decision, and in that too, the kind of car seats that one must choose becomes a big question all the time. In my opinion, convertible car seats are a better investment over traditional ones or any other type.

 

 

What are they?

These are the special seats that you can set up in your car to seat an infant or a toddler. They can be used for infants to keep them facing the rear and for the toddlers to face front of the vehicle. They usually come with 5-point harness that is built into the car seat model itself. This holds the baby at a place and ensures safety while driving or on a sudden halt.

 

Why are they better?

Convertible car seats are way safer than other car seats because they remain fixed at a place and hold the baby strongly at one place. So, children are protected in a bumpy ride from the upheavals of uneven roads. Many convertible car seats come with higher rear facing weight limits that helps parents keep their babies rear facing for better protection, up to two years of age. This is one of the major advantages of using a convertible seat.

Moreover, convertible car seats are a long term investment. Children grow really fast and if you start with an infant-only seat then you may probably be forced to replace it within four to six months to match the growing kid’s weight and physique. It is better to shift to the convertible or a bigger one. However, if you buy a convertible seat the very first time, you won’t have to replace the outgrown units frequently and that too until your child is two years old (in most cases) or the seat gets damaged due to overuse. This is because most convertible seats fit babies with around 5 to 40 pounds weight.

This also saves a lot of money because as you are skipping the infant-only seat and directly picking up the next level seat, you save a lot on your budget and time.

Therefore, convertible car seats are always my first recommendations to all those parents who are right now contemplating to buy a new car seat for their kiddo.

Finding a good mattress if you’re suffering from back pains

In current age of stress and hectic work schedules elderly as well as the young people suffer from back pain ranging from mild to severe. The reason can also be contributed to unhealthy lifestyle and sleeping on wrong type of mattress. Improper mattress cause strained muscles and spine resulting in wrong sleeping postures and lower back pain.

Looking back at the 20 years, several medical studies were conducted to make perfect mattress to relieve the back pain. The hard or firm mattress was the choice of many physicians. Later the myth that “harder the mattress, better it is for back” proved wrong.

 

 

By the year 2003, a new study was done on people with lower back pain. Some were given firm mattresses and few others were made to sleep on semi-firm mattresses. The study reported some shocking results contradicting the existing theories about mattresses. The patients who used medium-firm mattress felt better after few days and were more active during the day than those who slept on hard mattresses. They felt less pain while sleeping as well as after rising from the bed.

The health professionals thus came to conclusion that too-hard mattress would exert more pressure on the body parts since there is less contact of body with the mattress, thus causing pain. The medium mattress on the other hand distributes the pressure evenly on the body.

So, in order to have a sound sleep, relieving the pressure points was considered most important factor in lowering the back pain. So it is pertinent to consider change of mattress which has been in use for more than 7 years. It has been proved that people sleeping on new mattresses felt lesser pain than sleeping on old and deformed mattresses. Price is another factor. Medium to high priced mattress perform better than low cost mattresses.

Recent study has uncovered more facts about preferred mattresses for back pain. A mattress made with memory foam as the top most layer is  the best  to reduce the lower back pain significantly. The memory foam mattress minimizes stiffness in back and shoulders when you lie on the bed after a tough day at workplace. It molds taking the shape of body and creates maximum contact with the body, thus providing more comfort to you.

Wrapping up the article, it can be mentioned that the mattress that provides maximum comfort and does not cause any stiffness is the best for you and your back pain.

How to pick a good flat iron for short hair

It is known that short hair restrict experiment in looks and allow very little room for styling. But that is not true, at least not in today’s world where you have a plethora of tools and gadgets to shape and set hair in whatever way you want. There are several awesome gigs that you can do with your hairs, with the right tools in your hand. One such hair styling accessory is the flat iron.

Different types and lengths of hairs require different kinds of flat irons. Sometimes, the best flat iron may not be as good for short hairs as those rated below them might be.

While choosing a flat iron for short hair type, you must look for the gadget which is small in size and sleek in shape. It must have minimal housing and should be easily held in hand. The bottom-line is that you must be comfortable and feel convenient while you work on your cropped hair. Narrow plates are helpful in getting through the short strands. They will allow thorough application throughout the roots and work efficiently.

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The size of the iron may also vary according to your hair texture. If you have short and straight hairs then the appropriate size can be 1 to 1.5 inches, but if your hairs are short and coarse/curly then the size must not go down from 1.5 inches.

Go for a lightweight unit because for short hair you will require to hold the tool above your head the entire duration of styling. Hence a lightweight flat iron is suggested for short hair types.

Choose a Tourmaline surfaced flat iron because while working on short hairs the tool will be held close to the hair roots and scalp for a very long duration and tourmaline heating will prevent the damage due to this prolonged exposure to heat.

Here is list of some of the most reliable and popular flat irons for short hair

  • CHI Air Style Series Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron: Good for normal and straight hairs. It is lightweight and only an inch broad to provide precise styling from tip to root.
  • Babyliss Pro porcelain Ceramic Flat Iron: This 1.5 inch broad straightener is great for coarse/thick/curly short hair type.
  • Elchim Ceramic Flat Iron: Another not so popular yet counts for reliability; this 1 inch broad straightener is a prudent investment for short hair.

Why I prefer to use cheap radar detectors – they are easily replaced

Do you believe in radar detectors? After I got two tickets for speeding, I decided it is time for me to have a radar detector installed in my car. Radar detectors give the driver timely alerts to warn him about how speedily he is driving. Thus, the driver can slow down and drive safely. I did some research and found out that you can get very good radar detectors but they can cost you a lot of money. I was not ready to spend so much on a radar detector.

So, I decided to go for a cheap radar detector. Cheap doesn’t mean that the radar detectors lack in any features. Neither does it mean that the radar detectors last only for two or three months. They are reasonably good products that have good features and last long. The advantage of going for cheap radar detectors is that it does not cost you a fortune, and if there is any issue with it, you can easily replace it with a new one without feeling guilty.

Even if you buy an expensive model, if it stops working, the chances of getting it repaired are very less. So, it is better to go for a cheap product, right?

It was after few days of researching I found out a radar detector that costs around $50. Yes, you heard it right, it is just 50$. If you go for a high end radar detector, you might have to pay more than $600. Be it a costly one or a cheap one, you have to make sure your radar detector meets the following requirements. Without that, there is no use of having a radar detector installed in your car.

When shopping for a radar detector, make sure the radar detector you decided to buy can detect all types of radar signals. There are manufacturers who guarantee that their products detect up to 9 bands. All this is just a marketing gimmick. Never fall for such statements.

Range is another factor you need to consider. You should make sure your radar detector covers a good distance; otherwise you will land up in front of cops with all the evidence they need to give you a ticket.

Only expensive radar detectors offer guarantee, so you don’t have to worry about that factor here. By spending around $50 to $100 you can get a cheap but feature full radar detector that can be easily installed in your car. So, why worry about speed tickets? Just spend a few dollars and drive freely without fear.