Tourmaline, Titanium, Ionic what does it mean?!

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Flat iron, hair dryer, and curling iron technology terms have gone through the roof!  “This dryer has ionpialia technology” or “Get the latest in timonia torque” is what it all sounds to me.  Gibberish!  So I did a quick investigation of these hair appliance terms to help expose the true meaning!  Guess what I found – this stuff really means something and can do wonders for your hair.

What is Tourmaline and why is it important in a styling product?
Tourmaline is a precious gemstone.  When heated, it naturally releases negative ions and far-infrared heat, both of which benefit hair by reducing static and frizz to increase shine. Far-infrared heat is gentle and eliminates potential heat damage to hair.  This is definitely good!

What is Titanium and why is it important in a styling product?
Titanium is a unique metal, as strong as steel but 40% lighter!  It’s the smoothest surface available in a styling tool, retains higher heat longer and distributes temperatures consistently across surfaces.  The end result is less styling time and healthier hair.  I have been using a titianium plate flat iron and think it is definitely better than its ceramic counterpart.  Quicker styling time, higher heat, and a very smooth surface.

What is Ionic and why is it important in a styling product?
Ions close the hair cuticle and reduce the static electricity that dulls hair and causes fly-away frizzies.  During dry winter months this is key!  Ions also break water molecules into tiny, micronized clusters for deeper moisture penetration into hair, and hold the moisture longer for silkier and shinier hair.

Product Reviews: HAI SST Tourmaline Hair Dryer

sb-00113-2t.jpgAre you looking for a hair dryer that is just as good or better than the T3, but at half the price?  Of course you are!  I put my old blow dryer aside and I spent the last month testing out the newly redesigned HAI SST Tourmaline Ionic Hair Dryer.  (StyleBell insider note: HAI is redesigning their entire HAI classic line of hair appliances including the straightening irons and the hair dryers.)  After using the dryer daily I am 100% sold.  The hair dryer changed the texture of my hair from frizzy and dry to soft and shiny.          

StyleBell’s Review
        
Very easy to hold and extremely lightweight – Think Lexus versus Volvo
        
Far infrared heating element decreased my drying time by half
        
3 airflow settings allowed me to get just the right amount of flow
        
Hair was noticeably stronger and healthier less frizzy
        
Price point was in my budget at $99.95  

Do you have a HAI SST Dryer?  Let us know what you think of the dryer.

BaByliss Heatwaves Brushes

Babyliss Heatwaves Hair BrushDoes your hair brush have a unique Ceramic Barrel that changes color when optimum heat temperature is reached? Mine does! Meet the Heatwaves Brushes from Babyliss Pro. These Ceramic round brushes are perfect for smoothing, straightening, curling and adding tons of volume to all hair types with Ceramic Technology and Ionic Nylon Bristles. Yep, Ceramic AND Ionic.

The innovative Ceramic Barrel Technology evenly distributes the heat from your hair dryer for faster styling (which I love) while the Ionic bristles close the hair’s cuticle and emits ions to smooth and relax hair strands (which I love even more). Sound familiar? It is. This is the same gentle ionic technology you have in your Ceramic Flat Iron, which translates into less pulling, less tugging and less damage to your hair. And we all know that less damage to your hair is always a good thing.

It also has a comfortably soft, rubberized handle that provides the ultimate control while styling, all you have to do is pick a barrel size! How easy is that? Very!

-StraightBelle

CHI Pink vs. CHI Original

Question:
CHI Original or CHI Pink, which is better?
Hi, I am shopping for a new flat iron and I was hoping you can tell me the difference between the chi original and the chi pink flat irons? – Barbara via email

CHI Pink Flat IronAnswer:
They’re essentially the same!
Technology-wise, they are the same flat iron. CHI has been coming out with a new limited edition pink flat iron every year for the past few years to generate support for national breast cancer awareness. Farouk Systems (the makers of CHI) donates a portion of their pink flat iron sales (from October through December) to the cause every year – and we applaud them. Rest assured you are getting the same ceramic, ionic technology, fixed temperature setting and flash infrared heating with the CHI Pink 1″ flat iron as the CHI Original 1″ flat iron, but the CHI Pink flat iron is way cuter of course, and the cause is worth it!

You might also want to check out this article for the scoop on all of the CHI 1″ flat irons: Which CHI 1″ Flat Iron is Right for YOU?

Thanks for the question!

-StraightBelle

Which BaByliss Hairsetter?

Question: 
Which BaByliss roller set should I get? I like the 30 roller sets, but one is vertical and one isn’t, are they very different? – Teri via phone

Answer:

We get this question a lot. If you’re looking to create curls, you definitely cannot go wrong with a Babyliss hair setter, it’s permanently parked on my list of all time favorites. (FYI, If you’re looking for a steam setter – join team Caurso – I’m on that team too!) But back to BaByliss.

Babyliss Pro 30 Ionic HairsetterYou’re comparing two very similar items, and from a technology standpoint, both hot roller sets are loaded with similar benefits; ease of use and exceptional performance for long-lasting, carefree curls of every size. They both feature quick heating times, and gentle, far-infrared heat to provide the maximum heat transfer from roller to hair. Super important when creating curls. Cold rollers just don’t cut it…or I should say curl it.
  
Babyliss Pro 30 HairsetterBoth Babyliss sets also have an assortment of the same 30 rollers in the following sizes: 6 Small 3/4 inch, 8 Medium 1 inch, 8 Large 1-1/4 inch, and 8 Jumbo 1-1/2 inch. These rollers have Ceramic technology for faster styling and eliminate hot spots which can cause damage to your hair. Plus the ceramic technology smoothes the hair as it curls, and wipes out the frizz so your curls will last forever – or at least until you wash them away.

That being said, the main differences between these two units are the design, the ionic activity and the heating times.
The Babyliss Pro Ionic hair setter has a space-saving folding arm that allows for vertical positioning and a vertically split cover for easy roller access. This feature was probably originally created for the stylist’s workstation to provide easy access to the rollers without using a lot of room. We know those salon workstations are puny. The folding arm is also extremely convenient for the home user who has limited counter (and storage) space.

This set also features dual ionic ports which means it creates negative ions to curl your hair faster and smoother than ever before. So if you are looking to curl with ionic technology, this set is for you. This set also heats up more quickly, 5 minutes, compared to 20 minutes of the non-ionic set. Both should be used on dry hair only.

Aside from these few differences, I know you’ll be happy with either set! To read more about each product visit our BaByliss section for the entire selection of hairsetters, curling irons, hair dryers…

-CurlyBelle

Everything You Need to Know About Maxiglide…and More!

Maxiglide Flat IronIf you are an avid “Maxiglider” or are looking to become a new found fan of the Maxiglide Hair Straightener check out these Q&A’s from Maxius Beauty. At StyleBell we love to share what we find with you so  you can make the most informed decisions…. 

How can I tell if the Maxiglide is on? When your Maxiglide is on the blue light at the base of the unit will begin flashing until it has heated up completely and the light will stay blue. Turn your Maxiglide on by using the temperature dial at the bottom of the unit near the base of the power cord. 

How do I clean my Maxiglide? You can remove the plates by pushing in the two buttons on either side of the unit and sliding the plates off. Never immerse your Maxiglide into water — you must remove the plates to clean them. Use a soft cloth or toothbrush and dish soap to gently remove the build up on the plates. completely dry them before they are put back on your Maxiglide. 

Can I use Maxiglide on wet hair?  Virtually any flat iron can be used on wet hair, including Maxiglide because water evaporates at 100 degrees, and practically all irons get hotter than that. But we really don’t recommend it at all. If you are looking for a flat iron that works on damp hair – check out our wet-to-dry flat iron section, that would be a better choice for you.  

Why you shouldn’t use Maxiglide on wet hair: According to Maxius Beauty, when the hair is wet, it has more elasticity, like a rubber band. When you use a hot iron not designed for use on wet hair, you are stretching the hair and drying it. It is a little like ironing a wet wool sweater…it gets stretched and big. As you are stretching the hair it actually gets thinner and weaker – just like a rubber band. Most importantly, if you start with wet hair, what would you do about the hair close to your scalp? Umm… let it stay wet? No. Face it, Maxiglide has over 25 years of styling experience and over 6 years of development, if they say it works best on dry hair, it does. 

Can you use the Maxiglide on wet hair or does it need to be completely dry? Hair should be dry, dry, dry. Read why you shouldn’t use a Maxiglide on wet hair above, I think they really nailed the answer. 

Beyond Straight Temporary StraightenerWill the Maxiglide work on all hair types? Although no product has ever worked 100% on all users, it is extremely rare that a customer will say the Maxiglide did not work for them. If you follow the instructional DVD and styling tips we are extremely confident that Maxiglide will work for you. Please note; we do not recommend use on very damaged or fragile hair, and we always recommend using a thermal protectant before using any heat styling appliance. Try Beyond Straight (pictured left), it helps straighten and protect your hair from the heat – double bonus points!

Can I use Maxiglide on ethnic hair?  You can definitely use the Maxiglide on ethnic hair. We recommend using it on dry hair along with a thermal protectant to lightly coat your hair before you start styling. The thermal protectant along with the ceramic iron will close the cuticle therefore helping hair stay soft and straight and not frizz in humid temperatures.

My hair is very thick and frizzy, will Maxiglide work for me?  To use the Maxiglide if your hair is especially frizzy, dry, brittle or stubborn, first, without applying a lot of pressure, barely close the iron and quickly go over the frizzy, brittle part of the hair which is usually the last 3-7 inches before the ends, with 1 or 2 bursts of steam. (This will soften the hair, much like you would iron out a tough wrinkle in a shirt). Then go over the entire section from the roots to the ends WITHOUT THE STEAM. Please note I really do not recommend the use of any heat styling appliance on very damaged, fragile hair, and I would always use a flat iron with a thermal heat protectant, for added protection.  

Is Maxiglide safe to use everyday? I normally recommend using a Maxiglide once or twice a week. But then again that’s what everyone recommends for all flat irons. We know we all use them all the time! If you really want to use it more often than once a week, just make sure you deep condition your hair before you use it. You must also use a thermal protection product to keep your hair safe from the excessive heat and to keep your hair healthy and in optimal condition. If you’re going to use any heat styling appliance that frequently, just protect your hair and you should be A-OK. 

What temperature does the Maxiglide reach? At the highest heat setting it reaches 430 degrees. We don’t suggest the hottest setting for everyone; please see Maxiglide Styling Tips to find the setting that is right for you. 

What is the difference between Maxiglide and other hair straightening flat irons? Basically all the ceramic irons are the same, there is a heating element and there is a ceramic plate — but that is where the similarity stops. There is very little in common between multi-patented Maxiglide and other ceramic irons. Maxiglide is the only product in the world that detangles, smoothes, hydrates, and straightens the hair in one step and one tool, guaranteed by Maxius Beauty. 

Is the water compartment only for water? YES it is only for water, agua, H2O….Maxius Beauty recommends using distilled or bottled water and avoid using tap water. This will lengthen the lifetime of your Maxiglide. Who knew? 

I seem to see some hair breakage, how do I keep this from happening?  If you use it correctly, Maxiglide does not break the hair any more than brushing or combing does. However, when using Maxiglide, you have to remember not to use any pressure by squeezing the plates together. When using flat plates, including the Maxiglide bonus flat plate, you can use light to medium pressure. But you should never put pressure on the handle when you use the plate with the pins. There is no need to squeeze. The detangling pins glide through and straighten the hair without pressure. Also, you need to be sure that what you are experiencing is real “breakage” of hair. As you know we naturally lose between 50 to 100 hairs a day. When using the ordinary irons, you must first brush the hair over and over to smooth the hair, before using the iron – otherwise you just flatten the frizz! In the process, a lot of weakened hairs that are ready to fall out get trapped on the brush. Yea, we’ve seen that. Every day I see that – whew – it’s nice to know it’s a normal process. 

ResQ Deep Conditioning TreatmentWhen using Maxiglide, since you don’t start by brushing the hair over and over, some of the hairs that are ready to fall out will show up on the Maxiglide. You can distinguish the hair that has fallen from the roots, versus the broken hair, by checking the ends of the hair, looking for the little bulb at the end where it was set in the scalp. These hairs are part of the natural shedding process. You can always try a leave in, or rinse out deep conditioning treatment to help reduce breakage. Check out: Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Treatment, Bain De Terre Recovery Complex Smoothing Cream, Davines Rest Deep Restructuring Serum, ResQ Deep Conditioning Treatment (pictured).

I am experiencing a lot of static with my hair, can Maxiglide fix that?  Yes, we suggest using a thermal straightening lotion, a leave in conditioner, a frizz-fighting serum…we have ons of products to help you in this department. If you want to eliminate static, just check out these sections: Thermal Protection and Styling Products to find a static eliminator that works best for you.

I see a lot of hair from the detangling pins. Is this normal, or should I freak out?  Yes it’s normal. Everyone loses between 50 – 100 hairs a day, and about the same amount will grow back…thankfully! Hair normally is lost during washing, combing and brushing, etc. Since curly/wavy hair (unlike straight hair) does not get combed out everyday or on a regular basis, when you do comb or brush your hair, it seems like you are losing a lot of hair, but in fact, it is the total of one day or any number of days that the hair has not been brushed. When using Maxiglide with the pins, you are also brushing and detangling the hair too. Therefore the hair that is scheduled to fall out will be on your Maxiglide…not the bathroom floor.  

The End Silicone Shine EnhancerDoes the Maxiglide help hair stay frizz-free in humid temperatures?  Yes, all ceramic irons including Maxiglide close the cuticle therefore helping hair not to frizz in humid temperature. But if you use a smoothing balm or serum along with it as you style, your hair will stay frizz free much longer then with just the iron alone. Check out these fab frizz-fighters: GHD Smoothing Balm, Frederic Fekkai Glossing Cream, Joico K-PAK Smoothing Balm, Pureology ShineMax Shining Smoother, The End Shine Enhancer.

Is Maxiglide 100% ceramic or is it ceramic coated, and really, what’s the difference? Maxiglide, as with many other ceramic irons, is ceramic coated on high grade aluminum, which, according to Maxius Beauty, is the best combination possible, even better than all ceramic. Why? After almost six and half years of research and development to create the Maxiglide, the engineers and researchers concluded that ceramic/aluminum technology is the best combination. One reason is that they found it to be nearly impossible to polish the edges of the all ceramic plates because it is a very hard and dense material…Maxius Beauty wanted the smoothest and softest surface to contact the hair on the top and the edges of the plates. After traveling the world and attending many industry events, no one at Maxius Beauty found one “all ceramic flat iron” that had a nice, smooth and polished edge. That’s why the Maxiglide (and most of the irons on the market, professional or not) use a ceramic/aluminum combination. It’s better for the hair because of the soft, smooth surface. With the ceramic layer on top of the highly polished aluminum, Maxiglide achieves the smoothest surface especially on the edges. So, when you turn the iron to create a flip, your hair will glide on the plate, rather than possibly breaking.  Ceramic is a soft surface to touch the hair, with aluminum/ceramic you get the great heat conductivity of the aluminum underneath the soft, smoothness of the ceramic, the best of both worlds, and your hair only comes in contact with the ceramic.

I noticed some of the coating coming off of the ceramic pins on my Maxiglide; can this be harmful to the hair?  Not at all. This does not affect your hair or the performance of your Maxiglide; it’s just normal wear and tear over time. It also could be styling product build-up you see coming off, and not the ceramic coating…. Have you ever cleaned your Maxiglide? See above for tips on that.   

I am traveling internationally; will Maxiglide switch voltages from 120V to 220V automatically?  The Miniglide is dual voltage but the Maxiglide is not, but we hear that a 220V Maxiglide might be available in the near future…stay tuned.

Miniglide Flat IronHow come the Miniglide doesn’t have the steam? What’s the deal?  Good question! We asked our friends at Maxius Beauty and the answer is a smart one. The Miniglide does not contain the Steam Burst System found on the Maxiglide because the Miniglide is meant for shorter hair that is much closer to the scalp. A big hot burst of steam near your scalp? No thanks! Good thinking Miniglide.

Want more info? Visit Maxiglide section to learn all about the Maxiglide Hair Straightener and Miniglide Hair Straightener for touch ups on the go, and to view more product details. 

-StraightBelle

Which CHI 1″ Flat Iron is right for YOU?

CHII know, I know, your best friend has a CHI flat iron and you want one too. Or maybe your hairstylist told you to buy a CHI so you can get those silky straight strands at home. I hear it all the time, “I want to buy the CHI 1″ Flat Iron.” I gladly answer, “Sure, which one?”

CHI truly is an innovative brand well known in the beauty industry for producing some of the most sought after flat irons on the planet, and it seems as if absolutely everyone has been told to buy one. But, there are so many CHI’s out there; CHI Original, CHI Turbo, CHI Pink, CHI Nano… which CHI is right for you?

The Similarities:
In addition to all being fabulous flat irons, they do share a few common features such as:

  • 1″ curved plates for straight and curly styles
  • Ceramic, Ionic and Far Infrared Technology to smooth down the hair’s cuticle and create sleek, shiny hair without damage
  • Flash heating for quick heat-up times
  • Quick recovery time – this eliminates damaging hot spots that can damage your hair

So at least you know whichever CHI you choose, you’re getting an absolute powerhouse dedicated to smoothing your hair with every snag-free glide, but read on to find out what each CHI is famous for…

CHI Original Ceramic Flat IronCHI Original 1″ Flat Iron
Product Snapshot: This professional salon model is a best-seller for good reason…it’s awesome. Part of CHI’s original collection of flat irons, this versatile styling tool has an ergonomic design and curved edge plates to create any style from straight to curly and everything in between. With a flash heating element and fixed temperature setting, the power to create the style of your dreams is your hands, and with ceramic, ionic, infrared technology, frizz is nowhere to be found.

The main difference: Fixed temperature – it provides the exact amount of heat every time, and everyone loves this iron.

CHI Pink Dazzle Flat IronCHI Pink 1″ Dazzle Ceramic Flat Iron
You get the professional CHI Original Ceramic 1″ Flat Iron in, you guessed it – PINK! With its ergonomic design and curved edge plates you’ll be straightening and curling constantly. Plus, Farouk Systems will donate a portion of all sales (from October -December) of this limited edition pink flat iron to support national breast cancer awareness. It’s a great cause and a great tool.

Why I love it: It’s a limited edition iron – the same as the CHI Original – but a portion of all sales go to support National Breast Cancer Awareness. What’s not to love?

CHI Turbo Flat IronCHI Turbo 1″ Ceramic Flat Iron
Turn on the turbo and get a great style fast with the CHI Turbo 1″ Flat Iron. Ceramic, ionic technology seals in the hair’s natural moisture and shine by smoothing the hair cuticle, creating a healthy static-free shine. Variable temperature settings from 175 to 356 degrees F allow you to control the amount of gentle, far infrared heat as you style. Negative ion activity straightens your hair making it sleek and smooth, and the curved edge plates allow you to make curls and waves as well.

What’s so special? Variable Temperature Settings – you control the amount of heat your hair needs – perfect for if you cannot use your iron on the hottest setting. Plus, I think the Turbo grips you hair much better than the Original model. This matters if your hair is somewhat difficult to straighten.

Bonus points: Felt heat protection on the outside of the iron.

CHI Nano Ceramic Flat IronCHI Nano Ceramic 1″ Flat Iron
Product Snapshot: If you’re looking for the latest in technology, you’re looking for the CHI Nano 1″ Ceramic Flat Iron. This ceramic ionic professional appliance features include flash heating in under 10 seconds, curved edge plates for curling and straightening, and a temperature setting from 302-356 degrees F. Innovative Nano Silver Technology in the iron eliminates bacteria, creating a germ-free environment every time you use it. Talk about innovation! CHI rocks.

Why it’s a best-seller: Nano Silver Technology eliminates bacteria on the iron. That’s cool. Very cool.

 

CHI Nano Digital Ceramic Flat IronCHI Nano Digital 1″ Ceramic Flat Iron
Product Snapshot: With the latest in Nano Silver Technology and Digital Control Options, this CHI Nano Digital 1″ Flat Iron is sure to become your new best friend. Packed with innovative technology including Nano Silver Technology that eliminates bacteria on the appliance, creating a germ-free environment every time you use it, this ceramic ionic professional appliance features flash heating, far infrared heat and curved plates for creating straight styles, flips and curls.

The perks: Nano Silver Technology eliminates bacteria on the iron, which as you know is very cool; it also has digital control options. If you want a hi-tech tool, this is it!

The breakthrough technology used in the development of CHI appliances has given them a competitive edge by allowing them to create truly unique products and styling tools that are so well known in the industry they are asked for time and time again. From the latest in far infrared, ceramic and ionic technology to pioneering the newest Nano Silver technology, CHI tools not only out perform other appliances, but some of their tools actually sterilize themselves.

If you’re ready to style your hair like a professional, you’re ready for CHI – go directly to our CHI Flat Irons section, it’s chock full of CHI – in our favorite 1″ size.

-StraightBelle