Video Review: Instyler Rotating Styling Iron

instylerA few weeks ago I went to an event in Soho, NY launching the new Instyler Rotating Barrel Styling Iron. At the event was celebrity stylist Dean Banowetz, think American Idol stylist for 6 years and stylist to Ryan Seacrest! Upon seeing the demonstration of the rotating styling iron I was quite hesitant to try. I thought it would burn my hands off! After the demonstration Dean could see my look of complete horror and decided to call me up and give me a one on one demonstration. Yay! Can I just say wow! This iron not only straightened my hair but it also curled it. Check out my video review of the Instyler below!  Read more about the Instyler at www.getinstyler.com.

Product Review: New HAI Elite HaiDraStik

haidrastikHAI Elite has just come out with a new wet to dry flat iron!  You all probably know HAI for its famous HAI Convertable Iron and the HAI Elite DigiStik.  Those irons are definitely staples in the industry.  Did you know that the Frederik Fekkai salon in Beverly Hills uses the HAI Irons?  HAI has decided to take it a step forward and introduce a new Damp to Dry flat iron/styler that can iron your hair and dry it at the same time!  Remember you should only use a Damp to Dry iron on 90% dry hair.  Otherwise it can damage your hair.

Description:   The HAI HaiDraStik is a 1.5 inch nano tourmaline iron with ceramic plates.  The iron has water channel strips so that the moisture from your hair can be quick evaporated from the thermal holes.  The iron goes up to 390 degrees F in just under 6 seconds and has a digital temperature gauge.  It comes with a 3 year warranty as well.
Feel:  The iron is a lightweight iron and is easy to use.  It is obviously heavier than a one inch iron but it won’t tire your arms.  The digital control is easy to use although it took reading the instructions manual to really figure it out.  There are 6 fixed temperatures on the temperature control which is a little different then what I am used to.  I usually can adjust the temperature to any temperature.  But I didn’t mind this.   
Usage:  I kept my hair a little damp after blow drying.  I turned it on to the lowest degree temperature and started to test out.  I then continued to adjust until I felt that I was getting the appropriate one pass straightening.  I felt that my hair straightened best at 360 – 390 degrees F.  You could use the lower temperature if you have fine hair or chemically treated hair.  It took me about 15 minutes to iron my entire head which is about average.   
Results:  The HAI HaiDraStik did really dry my hair while it straightened.  Remember my hair was about 90% dry so it doesn’t take much but it did do its job.  What I liked about it was that I didn’t hear any sizzling noises while I was straightening.  (Which yes I have heard with other non damp to dry irons)  The straightening results were great.  It straightened my hair within one pass – of course at the highest temperature.  The results were shiny, smooth, and silky.

Read more and buy the HAI HaiDraStik for $159.99.

Product Review: Aveda Sun Care Line

The summer months are soon approaching and I am getting ready for my fun in the sun.  Unfortunately by the end of summer my hair looks like a complete tangled mess.  My hair color is who knows what and the frizzies are all throughout.  What is a girl to do?  My answer this summer will be all Aveda.  Aveda has just come out with their Aveda Sun Care line to help protect your hair against the stresses of summer sun, salt water, and chlorine.  The line includes a shampoo, a hair masque, and a uv protector spray.  I decided to review the hair masque and the uv protector spray. 

 

Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil
Description:   Leave in sun protection spray for your hair.  The protective hair veil is supposed to protect your against the dangerous UV rays from the sun.  Think sunscreen for your hair.  This product includes Sunflower Seed Oil and Coconut Oil
Texture:  The Protective Hair Veil comes in a spray bottle and when pumped is a light mist.  
Smell:  Aveda is known for their natural Pure-Fume aromas which I love.  It has a natural combination of citrus and flowers.  It is not over empowering. 
Application:  I sprayed this product on my hair when it was wet and when it was dry.  I honestly saw now difference in the end results.    
Results:  The Sun Care Protective Hair Veil is an amazing product.  I tried the product for 2 weeks and not only did it protect my hair color against the UV rays it also left my hair a little softer and shinier.  I give this product a thumbs up!
Aveda Sun Care After-Sun Hair Masque
Description:   The After-Sun Hair Masque can be used anytime however it is specifically designed to give life back to sun dried, chlorinated hair.  The after-sun formula with morikue protein, tamanu oil, and organic coconut oil moisturizes sun-exposed hair.  The anti-oxidant blend of green tea, organic sunflower oil and vitamin E helps protect against free radical damage 
Texture:  The hair masque is a surprising light formula for a hair masque.  It is thick enough to condition but not heavy enough to weight down your hair. 
Smell:  It is the same citrus flowery smell as the Hair Veil  
Application:  This product is to be used after shampooing.  I put about a quarter size on the palm of my hands and rubbed through my hair.  I then combed it through.  I left it on for about  4 minutes and then rinsed through.  The application was like any other hair masque, however, the texture was a little lighter then others I have tested.     

Results:  The Aveda Sun Care After-Sun Hair Masque is a great accompaniment to your overall sun protection regime for your hair.  My hair was noticeably softer and looked less damaged.   

 

 

The summer months are soon approaching and I am getting ready for my fun in the sun.  Unfortunately by the end of summer my hair looks like a complete tangled mess.  My hair color is who knows what and the frizzies are all throughout.  What is a girl to do?  My answer this summer will be all Aveda.  Aveda has just come out with their Aveda Sun Care line to help protect your hair against the stresses of summer sun, salt water, and chlorine.  The line includes a shampoo, a hair masque, and a uv protector spray.  I decided to review the hair masque and the uv protector spray. 

Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil
hair veilDescription:   Leave in sun protection spray for your hair.  The protective hair veil is supposed to protect your against the dangerous UV rays from the sun.  Think sunscreen for your hair.  This product includes Sunflower Seed Oil and Coconut Oil
Texture:  The Protective Hair Veil comes in a spray bottle and when pumped is a light mist.  
Smell:  Aveda is known for their natural Pure-Fume aromas which I love.  It has a natural combination of citrus and flowers.  It is not over empowering. 
Application:  I sprayed this product on my hair when it was wet and when it was dry.  I honestly saw now difference in the end results.    
Results:  The Sun Care Protective Hair Veil is an amazing product.  I tried the product for 2 weeks and not only did it protect my hair color against the UV rays it also left my hair a little softer and shinier.  I give this product a thumbs up!
Aveda Sun Care After-Sun Hair Masque

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Description:   The After-Sun Hair Masque can be used anytime however it is specifically designed to give life back to sun dried, chlorinated hair.  The after-sun formula with morikue protein, tamanu oil, and organic coconut oil moisturizes sun-exposed hair.  The anti-oxidant blend of green tea, organic sunflower oil and vitamin E helps protect against free radical damage 
Texture:  The hair masque is a surprising light formula for a hair masque.  It is thick enough to condition but not heavy enough to weight down your hair. 
Smell:  It is the same citrus flowery smell as the Hair Veil  
Application:  This product is to be used after shampooing.  I put about a quarter size on the palm of my hands and rubbed through my hair.  I then combed it through.  I left it on for about  4 minutes and then rinsed through.  The application was like any other hair masque, however, the texture was a little lighter then others I have tested.     
Results:  The Aveda Sun Care After-Sun Hair Masque is a great accompaniment to your overall sun protection regime for your hair.  My hair was noticeably softer and looked less damaged.   
Check out the full line of Aveda products at www.aveda.com.  

Minnie Driver Uses Ouidad

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What is the secret to Minnie Driver’s succulent curly locks?  StyleBell has just been told that Minnie Driver uses Ouidad products, in her upcoming film, Betty Anne Waters.  Ouidad is an incredible line of products that helps women keep their beautiful curls!  For peak performance from her craveworthy curls, Minnie called on Ouidad – the curl expert — to send the essentials: Botanical Boost Conditioning Spray, Curl Quencher Shampoo and Balancing Rinse, Climate Control Gel.   

In Betty Anne Waters, Minnie Driver plays a law student trying to help free an innocent man.  Ouidad helped to free Minnie’s curls — but will Minnie help free her man?

MoroccanOil Gold Shimmer Spray

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MoroccanOil has just added the MoroccanOil Gold Shimmer Spray to their incredible line of products. The Gold Shimmer Spray provides an incredible veil of pure luminous shine and also protects your hair and hair color with UV filters! Just in time for the summer rays. What I love about the MoroccanOil Gold Shimmer Spray is that it provides an incredible sheen and shine on your hair but it does not weigh it down like other shine serums. This is a must have product for the summer Don’t we all love MoroccanOil!

Belegenza Hair Products

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Product Find Alert!  Recently I tried this incredible line of hair care products, Belegenza including a shampoo and conditioner.  Belegenza is committed to providing natural, eco-friendly, and effective products which I love!  I get products to review all of the time but this one really caught my eye.  What makes this line different?  Belegenza provides 8 – 33% active ingredients in a base of natural juices.  Most products contact on 3 – 5% active ingredients.  Belegenza products are all free from silicone and its derivaties, paba, parabens, phthalate, petrolatum, mineral oil, SD alcohol, sodium chloride and sodium lauryl sulfates.  Less is definitely more for me. 

I have been using the Belegenza line of products for the last few weeks.  Both products are fantastic and create a natural lightness and shine to my hair with incredible lift.  With natural ingredients like aloe, seaweed, honey, lemon, beet, coconut, green tea, nettle, and rosemary this is definitely a product must have!  Check them out at www.belegenza.com

Aveda Launches Original Clove Shampoo

aveda-clove-shampooDo you ever reminisce about the good old days and wish you could just bring a little of that with you today.  Well guess what you can!  Aveda has just re-introduced their very first all natural shampoo the Aveda Vintage Clove Shampoo in its original packaging.  This shampoo was launched in 1978 and with one smell it will definitely take you back.  The shampoo is a refreshing light daily use shampoo that is fantastic for natural brunette and honey blonde hair.  It was inspired by Ayurveda, the ancient healing wisdom of India.  Another plus, Aveda is using recycled bottle caps on this packaging.  Buy today at the Aveda site.

Queen Latifah’s Oscars Hair and Hair Style!

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Queen Latifah looked amazing on the red carpet with her slicked back hair.  Julie Baker, Quenn Latifah’s hair stylist told StyleBell that “Latifah’s dress is very elegant, modern and chic, and her hair needed to complement this, so we decided on a modern chignon which features very smooth hair, a side part, bangs that swoop down in front, a low bun in the back that is off to the side.”  StyleBell must agree that Baker did a fanstastic job.  Wondering what flat iron Baker used on Queen Latifah?  It was no other than the FHI Heat styling iron.  Buy FHI Heat here plus get $20 off today!