With Thanksgiving upon us, it’s nice to take a bit of time to reflect on how far beauty products, tools, and treatments have come. Even just a generation ago, women struggled with heavy, expensive, impractical, and even dangerous hair and skin products that could only be used for one purpose or required tons of time. Today, though, the beauty industry has made several great advances that help women get the looks they want without breaking an arm or the bank! Here are just a few of the tech advances of the past few years to be thankful for:
Ion technology. Ionic flat irons, blow dryers, and other styling tools have done a ton to help reduce frizz, dryness, and damage in all kinds of women’s hair. Truly universal tools, ion heat appliances can be used on any hair type with equally great success – and for about the same amount of money as the regular kind!
Multi-hair-type hair products. Though it may be hard for youngsters to believe, shampoos, conditioners, and styling products once came in only “normal” and “dry” formulas, with the occasional dandruff-relief product. This ignored the whole spectrum of hair types and left too many ladies despairing over their hair, convinced their locks were “bad” or untameable. Now, with recent research describing different hair types and their needs, we also have the advent of products like Mixed Chicks and Pantene’s line of products for curly, thick, thin, and oily hair – giving women almost everywhere the chance to discover the true beauty of their own tresses.
Mineral makeup. Remember the 80s and early 90s when makeup was not only hard and heavy, but seldom matched the skin tones of women of color? Well, those days are gone. Mineral makeup helps provide great coverage for all shades of skin without clogging pores or giving your face that “hockey-mask” look so common with heavier formulas. Not only have mineral makeup brands helped many women find their best face and true beauty, they’ve challenged other brands to step up their game, too.
Fusion bonding. Hair weaving has evolved from the days of wigs to the era of tracks to the most recent breakthrough – fusion hair pieces. Who would have dreamed 20 years ago that there would be a way to integrate hair extensions one strand at a time without bulky braids? Fusion hair extensions have provided a great many women with the chance to rock beautiful, long hair without the worry of tracks showing or unnatural hairlines. What an opportunity!
And those are just a few. What beauty breakthroughs are you most thankful for? What products or tools of the past few years have you come to rely on? Let us know in the comments, and enjoy a day of thankfulness and contentment!
Take care of yourselves,