aka micro-crimper.

I just bought this amazing tool at ABS Chicago and couldn’t WAIT to use it!

My salon, Effigy Salon, had an Indie Rock Night and a few of us (stylists) were offering creative styles for the occasion.  Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to get my TEXTUR Iron into some willing hair!  Needless to say,  it was more than I hoped for!  I now have a need to micro-crimp everyone!  I’m actually excited for PROM season, I’m still thinking brides won’t be too keen on the idea of having a micro-crimped upstyle.

After seeing the runway looks from the Fashion weeks in Feb/Mar, and the amazing session work coming from our favorites mag’s avant garde tear sheets; a tool like this will add to the options available to create those looks as well as inspiring you to invent new ones.  I’m over poker straight looks- been for a while now-  and I’m glad the general public is also moving away too. Less Japanese Straightening- more Keratin Express and soon Digital Perms, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Thermal tools are the best way to achieve textured looks. First, keep in mind the three components of using thermal tools, including straightening and texturizing irons:

  1. Heat to alter the hydrogen bonds in the hair.
  2. Compression to remove wrinkles and add shine.
  3. Tension to determine how stretched and straight the hair will be.

“I wanted to bring a tool to market specifically designed for creating texture, and I wanted it to meet the highest standards of performance and durability,” explains Sam Villa, founding partner of the Sam Villa brand and Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Avenue.


Some of the Textur Iron’s features  (via  Sam Villa):

ROTATING TEMPERATURE CONTROLS

You will protect the integrity of the hair with the Targeted Temperature Technology that ensures consistent temperatures for specific hair types.  Colored LED indicators guarantee you always know your working temperature:

(GREEN) LOW = 375° for fine hair
(AMBER ) COLOR TREATED = 392° for most hair types, especially for color treated hair
(RED) HIGH = 410° for virgin or highly resistant hair

AND… Rear Temperature Control Band makes it impossible for you to accidentally turn off the power switch!

SNAG FREE ROUNDED PLATES

  • Rounded Plates: Square plates snag the hair. Sam Villa’s exclusive rounded plates ensure you a snag-free glide and significantly lessens the possibility of demarcations
  • Flexible Plate Assembly: Hybrid plate design gives you complete control for even compression every time!
  • Titanium Coated Plates: Coated  Textur® plates (titanium) which makes it easy for you to keep the plates clean

ERGONOMIC DESIGN FEATURES

Ergonomic Benefits: The handles of the irons fit any hand size. The slightly longer body gives you more control over the degree of compression with less wrist/hand fatigue.

Design Innovation:” I’ve designed these irons to meet my highest standards of performance and durability” Sam Villa


Don’t be jealous- get your own! Sam Villa Signature Series TEXTUR Texturizing Iron, $229.95 (retail) at SamVilla.com It also comes with a phenomenal 2Disc DVD set that showcases not only how to use the Texture Iron, but  techniques using a flat iron or curling iron as well- 21 all together.

• Rotating Temperature Controls: Help protect the integrity of hair, each with colored LED indicators.
LOW = 375° for fine hair
COLOR TREATED = 392° for most hair types, especially for color treated hair
HIGH = 410° for virgin or highly resistant hair.The Temperature Control Band is positioned at the end of the iron, which I’ve NEVER seen before, making it impossible to accidentally turn off the power while working!Other features:
• Snag Free Rounded Plates: Square plates snag hair, Sam Villa’s exclusive rounded plates ensure a snag-free glide and significantly reduces the possibility of demarcations.
• Flexible Plate Assembly: A hybrid plate design gives complete control for even compression every time.
• Titanium Coated Plates: Makes it easy to keep plates clean.
• Ergonomic Benefits: Handles are designed to fit any hand size. The slightly longer body gives more control over the degree of compression with less wrist/hand fatigue.Be sure to check it out!! samvilla.com