Are You Voluminously Challenged?

 Maxius Beauty Adjust-a-Curl
Ok, ok, I know you love your flat iron, and enjoy that silky smooth style, but there is a difference between straight and FLAT.
Are you voluminously challenged? I bet you haven’t thought about using a curler to pump up your straight style! How ingenious…

If you are looking tons of volume, check out the latest Adjust-a-Curl from Maxius Beauty – our BFF who makes the Maxiglide. These innovative curlers do everything from creating curls of every size to adding a serious amount of lift and volume to straight styles. Curlers for straight styles? YES! Love that va, va, va, voom volume? You’ll be thanking us for this tip after just one use.

To Start Using Maxius Beauty Adjust-A-Curl:
For best results, before the first use, roll Adjust-a-Curl to the narrowest diameter (about 1 1/2″) 3 times from each direction to “train” the new roller into ‘rolling’. Make sure that the roller is tape/rough side out when using.

Adjust a CurlFor ROOT LIFT with Adjust-A-Curl
This innovative styling technique can only be achieved by the Adjust-a-Curl.
1- Begin at the hair line at the neck and work upward.
2- Roll Adjust-a-Curl half way, leaving about 5″ unrolled.
3- Follow steps 1 & 2 of the dry set instructions.
4- Place the end of the Adjustable Roller at the roots of the section of hair. Place the remainder of hair flat over the flat part of the roller. Let the ends fall free.
5- Lightly spray hair with soft hair spray for better hold.
6- Repeat on all sections of hair moving upward on scalp.
7- Leave rollers in hair for 5 to 15 minutes. The longer the rollers are in, the longer the style will last.
8- To remove, start at the lowest roller by the neck line, lift section of hair up and slowly remove roller.

You’ll flip for the volume you get with these babies (oh, and they really are great for curls too!) To learn more about Adjust-a-Curl, and all of the other fab finds from Maxis Beauty, visit our Maxiglide section.

-CurlyBelle

A Hair Dryer that Won’t Break the Bank!

Question:
I need a decent hair dryer but don’t want to spend $100! I want it to work as well as the expensive ones and have the same technology. Do you have a good one? -Margaret via email

Answer:
Sure and we have more than one. We carry a lot of great hair dryers at every price point. More expensive doesn’t always mean better technology, so make sure you read about a few hair dryers at various price points to find the one that’s best for you. Remember, when shopping for a hair dryer, you can find a lot of great technology that won’t break the bank. Here are some of my top hair dryer picks for your budget:

Elchim Galaxy Hair DryerElchim Galaxy 1800 Watt Hair Dryer – Under $75
Known as “The Ferrari of hair dryers” for being quiet and powerful, eliminating static and frizz, reducing damage and having a comfortable, lightweight design. This is one of the unsung heros in hair dryers. If you’ve tried one, you know what I mean.

Babyliss Pro Ceramix XtremeBaByliss Pro Ceramix Xtreme 2000 Watt Hair Dryer – Under $40
Why? Xtremely good for the price! Ceramic ionic technology coupled with gentle, far-infrared heat provides Xceptional salon-quality results for a fraction of the price. Xtended narrow barrel delivers Xtreme Air Pressure. This is one powerful dryer.

Conair Pro Silver Bird Hair DryerConair Pro Silver Bird 2000 Watt Hair Dryer – Under $35
Conair hair dryers are synonymous with quality and durability, and the Pro Silver Bird really lives up to that promise. Powerful, yet lightweight, this dryer has multi Ceramic components inside to emit millions of negative ions that smooth and dry hair without damage. It also has an incredible two year limited warranty from the manufacturer.

There are a lot more great hair dryers at your price point, you might want to swing by our Hair Dryers between $25 and $75 section for more product info and details.

-CurlyBelle

Flat Irons: The Truth About Tourmaline

Tourmaline Schourmaline – Is it Really Better?
Want to learn more about the benefits of a Tourmaline Flat Iron? Discover the truth about Tourmaline, you might be surprised at the wonders of this semi-precious gemstone and it’s super-smoothing abilities.

FHI Platform Tourmaline Flat IronFlat Iron, Styling Iron, Hair Straightener

No matter what you call it, a professional Tourmaline flat iron has become one of the best-selling heat styling appliances on the beauty market today, and a must-have for salons, stylists, and hair divas everywhere. Originally manufactured for licensed hair professionals, and distributed only to exclusive beauty salons and boutiques, a flat iron was once considered a professional tool coveted by the everyday consumer. Over time this increased consumer interest has led to widespread mass-market distribution and a very competitive marketplace, with an emphasis on innovation and breakthrough technology. Shown: FHI Platform 1.25″ Tourmaline Nano Ceramic Flat Iron.

T3 Wide Wet-or-Dry Tourmaline Flat IronFlat Irons Get Hyped
Almost overnight top professional flat iron (and hot air brush, curling iron and hair dryer) brands such as T3, FHI, Bed Head, HaiElite and BaByliss cropped up promising to deliver silky smooth, celebrity hairstyles in seconds, because of one semi-precious gemstone, Tourmaline. Supposedly well known in the beauty industry for its ability to generate negative ions, and with so much buzz surrounding Tourmaline technology, as a Beauty Editor, and flat iron lover, I decided to get the real scoop on this gentle gemstone. Pictured: T3 Wide Wet-or-Dry Flat Iron.

A Flat Iron Lesson
Advanced technology has enabled today’s woman to create every imaginable look from sexy smooth to silky curls with a flat iron. The enormous popularity of flat irons now leaves professional hairdressers with an ever growing selection of irons from which to choose. The various choices however, seem to bring an increasingly more expensive selection of flat irons. But why are they so expensive, and more importantly, is it worth spending upwards of $100 on a flat iron?

Bed Head Tourmaline Nano Ceramic Flat IronSilky Smooth, Somewhat Expensive

Tourmaline flat irons are definitely set at higher price points. The flat iron choices on the market have prices that range from the inexpensive gold-tone aluminum plate models, that sell for under $20 to the more expensive Tourmaline models that will set you back at least a $100, and usually more. Anyone considering purchasing a flat iron probably assumes this vast price differential results in a significant difference in both quality and performance of these flat irons. But should they? Shown: Bed Head Tourmaline Nano Ceramic 2″ Flat Iron.

HAI elite Tong 2Tourmaline Tech Talk

Tourmaline, a mineral prized as a beautiful, semi-precious gemstone, has become the focus of studies at universities and research centers worldwide. The reason for the interest is that Tourmaline is a natural source of negative ions and the only mineral to show permanent electricity. It is also known to have many beneficial properties such as relieving stress, and improving the body’s immune system functions. Great you may be wondering, but what does this have to do with the cost of my flat iron, and how is any of this helping me straighten my hair? Shown: HAI Elite Tong 2″ Styling Tool.

Tourmaline Flat Irons
When millions of tiny particles of Tourmaline are added to the plate surface of a flat iron the benefits to the hair are astounding. Tourmaline generates negative ions that enhance the texture of the hair and also produces far-infrared heat that effectively dries the hair from the inside out. This makes the excessive heat generated by the iron far less damaging to the hair. OK, a positive result is that my hair is exposed to less damage with Tourmaline. I can relate.

Aluminum Plates Can Be Damaging
Many flat irons have aluminum plates, but they are technologically less advanced, produce less effective results, and are therefore less expensive – unless they also contain Ceramic Technology – this is non-damaging also. Tourmaline plates are preferred by professionals because the surface is much smoother and eliminates tugging and pulling on hair strands, resulting in a highly polished look in less time. Obviously if a professional stylist won’t use a flat iron with aluminum plates on my hair because they consider it damaging, then neither will I. Point well taken.

FHI Technique Pink Tourmaline Flat IronTourmaline Is Quicker
Another drawback of flat irons with aluminum plates is that a hairdresser must often go over one section several times to smooth the hair strands, increasing the styling time for each client. Irons with Tourmaline plates allow you to get a smooth look much faster, allowing you to move on to your next appointment and generate more revenue in less time. Better results in less time? A professional stylists dream, and mine, all within reach thanks to Tourmaline. Shown: FHI Tourmaline Pink Flat Iron.

The Pros Know
Professional hairdressers know the foundation of every hairstyle (after a great haircut) is the tool a client uses at home to prolong the salon look. A Tourmaline flat iron is great for everyone who wants to maintain his or her salon style at home. Most clients trust their stylist, and will try to reproduce a salon look at home if they have the right tools. Of course any good stylist knows that a happy client will return, and more importantly, will be gladly recommended to others.

Less heat exposure, less styling time, better results, and the pick of the professionals? The choice is clear, a flat iron with Tourmaline plates might cost a little extra, but the minutes saved in styling time, the reduction of heat exposure, and smooth results more than make up for it.

For more product information, visit our Tourmaline Flat Iron section to get the scoop on these smoothing gemstone jewels.

-CurlyBelle