Friday, August 31, 2012

InfraShine UL3 Cool Switch Ceramic Blow Dryer

The Ultimate in Hair Drying Performance

Quiet, ultra lightweight and perfectly balanced, the InfraShine UL3 Cool Switch Ceramic Blow Dryer has a sleek, stealth-like design with revolutionary technology that dries hair quickly and effectively using less electricity and effort. The UL3 offers 2200 watts of drying power using only 1400 watts of electricity - For those of you looking to be more green, this is huge!

InfraShine’s new Anionic Mineral T
echnology or AMT coats the internal workings of the dryer making classic ceramic technology even more effective. A great source for powerful negative ions (negative ions counteract the static electricity caused by positive ions), AMT coupled with a FAR-infrared ceramic heater work together to seal in more of hair’s natural moisture and make the cuticle layer smoother, leaving hair even silkier and luster-rich.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Curling Iron Overview - Basic Tools Feature

Curl Power - Curling Irons 101
Curling Iron Types: Marcel, Spring Iron, Clip-Free Iron, Tapered Rod, Spiral Spring Iron and a Three-Barrel Wave Iron
There are many ways to create curl and wave but curling irons and wands are the most popular and versatile. They come in a wide variety of barrel sizes and shapes, and iron types to give a wider array of hair bending options. Let's take a look at some of the options.

Marcel n’ Me 
Marcel curling irons were originally designed for salon professionals and are best suited for styling someone else’s hair, unless you are super-coordinated. Instead of holding the iron closed with a constant grip like with spring curling irons, marcel irons offer the ultimate control with a lever design and a locking mechanism to hold the hair around the barrel. They offer exceptional styling control and speedy curl creation for those experienced with the tool. Higher temperatures, quicker recovery times and professional grade materials give salon quality results but usually come with pro-oriented pricing. If you chose to go this direction, be ready for an investment.

Spring Time 
Spring curling irons are easy to use and are the most popular type of curling iron available. They are great starter tools that offer a spring arm or clamp to maintain a firm hold on hair. You simply use your thumb to open the clamp arm and release sections of hair as you work.

Spring irons come in a wide variety of barrel widths from super small at 3/8-inch or ½-inch, small at 3/4 –inch, medium at 1-inch, large at 1.25-inch, 1.5-inch or even 1.75-inch, or the extra large or “Bumper Irons” at 2-inches. If you are just starting out and looking for a good basic iron, a 1-inch or medium is the most versatile. If you have shorter hair, you may want to step down a notch as you want to be able to wrap the hair all the way around the barrel of the iron at least once.

Because spring irons are so very popular, it’s no surprise that they come in a wide array of sizes, barrel shapes (like round, oblong, triangular, etc.) and qualities, which naturally translates to pricing. If you are looking for a good basic iron, invest well in a high quality, current technology iron in a size that will work for creating a wide variety of styles. For specialized irons that you are less likely to use on a regular basis, you may wish to be more frugal.

Regardless, don’t get caught up with all of the gimmicks, but do look for an iron with adjustable heat settings, a ceramic barrel and heating element, a beefy cord, a comfortable grip, and a decent warranty from the manufacturer. A one-year warranty is standard and expected for a good iron.

Clip-free Curling Irons, Rods or Wands
It can take a little bit of practice to get the hang of clip-free curling irons, also known as rod and wands, but once you do the curling opportunities are endless. No clip or clamp means that you curl your hair by draping it around the barrel, wrapping the ends of your hair last, versus first. Most of these irons come with or require a heat glove to use effectively, but do be careful as it’s easy to get burned. These tools are great for creating volume at the base (root) and pieciness at the ends, best known as beachy waves or curls. The barrels of these tools come in a variety of sizes but the 1-inch is still the most popular and versatile. If you really want to mix it up, consider a tapered iron, which will provide a variety of curl sizes using one tool.

Specialty Irons - Notched or Ridged Curling Irons
Spiral or ribbon curling iron are relatively new on the scene irons have raised ridges on the barrel that guide hair around into precise spirals. It makes for quick styling for that specific type of curl. These irons are fun to work with, but may be a bit limiting to some users.

Multiple Barrel Curling Irons
Double-barrel curling irons allow you to create figure-eight loops or simple waves while triple barrel or wave irons press your hair into an oscillating pattern for beachy waves. These types of irons work with larger sections of hair at one time and make for fast styling and predictable results.

Where to Start
Not sure what to get? Start with a good basic like a 1-inch spring iron and play around with different sections of hair to see what sort of results you can achieve and then add to your collection as you see fit. If not, consider an iron with interchangeable barrels or play around with a tapered wand. Just remember: the size the iron is proportionate to the size of the curl while the size of the section of hair being curled is in proportion to how tight the curl is. For tighter curls, use smaller sections, for looser waves, use larger sections.

Now get out there and make some waves (or curls)!

BTW: Folica seems to have a nice assortment!

Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken to be in this feature article. 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Pureology - New Product Feature

Pureology Precious Oil System 
Pureology’s expanded Precious Oil haircare system is ideal for creating soft, touchable strands for all hair types. The Precious Oil system features the revolutionary Green Seal Certified Versatile Caring Oil, the first 100% biodegradable product free of silicone and parabens for color-treated hair, as well as a first of its kind Shamp’Oil—a sulfate and silicone free oil featuring a unique delivery system that allows the oil to penetrate deep into hair fibers to deliver four times the active ingredients to drastically replenish hair from the inside out. Together, the system evenly recharges every hair strand for softer, shinier, fuller and longer-lasting haircolor, guaranteed.

The Precious Oil haircare system includes:
  • Precious Oil Shamp'Oil
  • Precious Oil Condition
  • Precious Oil Softening Hair Masque
  • Precious Oil Versatile Caring Oil
For more information, please
Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken to be in this feature article. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Revita High-Performance Hair Stimulating Shampoo

Cutting Your losses with Hair Loss
Using cutting-edge research from DS Laboratories, Revita shampoo is effective for preserving hair and avoiding shedding. It maintains the vitality of your scalp with a combination of anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antioxidant, and anti-DHT agents that act together against follicular dysfunction. Revita also contains active ingredients to hydrate, feed, and stimulate hair follicles.

For maximum effectiveness, DS Laboratories uses a gentle, chemical-free extraction process to preserve the molecular integrity and bioactivity of the active compounds.

Revita contains the recently discovered hair-stimulating compound procyanidin B-2, which has demonstrated through clinical trials to promote rejuvenation of the hairline as effectively as minoxidil does at the vertex.

Several active ingredients work to keep the scalp healthy. Copper peptide complex counters the degenerative diseases of aging skin and hair while Spin traps detoxify free radicals. Ketoconazole reduces irritation and removes excess sebum and Rooibos contributes anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Caffeine stimulates the hair follicles and Carnitine tartrate helps to generate adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the universal currency of bio-energy.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Age Suprême by L'OREAL

Anti-Aging Solutions for Hair

As we age, hair can become thin, dull and brittle. According to the good folks at L’OREAL Professional, we can combat aging hair with Age Suprême, a complete hair care regimen developed specifically to re-densify, nourish, and add shine to our strands. 

Healthy hair is hair where the cell structures and ionic bonds are intact and strong. In sensitized and damaged hair, cortex cells are disconnected, weakening the internal structure and leaving the hair dry, rough and dull.
Using Lactic Acid Technology, Age Suprême is a complete salon system with Omega-6 and Intra-Cylane to re-densify, nourish and add shine to aging hair.

  • Omega 6  - An essential fatty acid that helps fortify & rebuild the core of the hair as it nourishes and strengthens the hair fiber. 
  • Intra-Cylane - Acts at the cortex to reconstruct and re-densify the hair fiber from the inside. 
  • Anti-Oxidants - A combination of Vitamin E and UV filters gives radiance to the hair while protecting from oxidation and free radicals that weaken the hair fiber & cause premature aging. 
Hair feeling dry, dull and thinner than you'd like? Help fight these signs of aging hair with this lightweight, bodifying shampoo. It gently cleanses and nourishes the hair, leaving it softer with enhanced body and shine. Simply distribute evenly through wet hair and lather. Rinse thoroughly and repeat the process if necessary.


Defy age with this supremely luxurious masque. Enriched with Intra-Cylane technology and Omega 6, this youth-enhancing masque nourishes dry hair leaving it feeling soft, densified and beautifully radiant. Apply and massage evenly to shampooed hair, distributing well. Leave on for 2-3 minutes and rinse thoroughly. 

For more information about Age Suprême by L'OREAL, please visit

Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken to be in this feature article. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Doop Hairgear Giveaway(s)

Extremely Addictive Hairgear by Doop

Looking for something different product-wise for your hair? Take a step to and over the edge with a wildly unique product line from Europe called Doop. Pronounced “dope” in Dutch (yes, you saw that right*), this professional line is inspired by the creative youth in urban hotspots like Amsterdam, Tokyo, London, New York, and Los Angeles, and translates into hairstyling products of the highest quality, fit to meet the needs of this hip, young market.

This youth-oriented line is the ultimate styling brand and with a playful twist on words comes a declaration of Doop’s addictive qualities. Available online and to selective salons, or Doop Dealers, the Doop line of products offers a styling solution for everybody.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Product Trend - Hair Treatment Oils

Oil Essences for Healthy Hair

Natural oils have been used for moisturizing, antioxidant and protective benefits for hair and skin for centuries. There has been a recent resurgence, especially with argan oil, but also manketti nut, primrose, abyssinica, tiare flower and other oil-laced treatments and styling elixirs, with many new products popping up all of the time. Here is just a taste of what’s available.

MoroccanOil Treatment
Vitamin rich with powerful antioxidants, this treatment oil hydrates, nourishes, and restores hair, increases elasticity and detangles tresses, softens thick and unruly hair, and controls frizz. This formula protects hair from damage caused by drying or over-processing, even environmental elements and restores it to its natural condition.

Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment
This lightweight oil adds moisture and nutrients for shine and increased manageability while providing UV protection. It can be mixed into color for improved absorption resulting in longer-lasting applications. Natural UV protection extends the life of color and reduces blow dry time.

Joico K-PAK Color Restorative Styling Oil 
This weightless formula can be used as both a treatment and styler. It contains a blend of manketti, argan and evening primrose oils, to help seal and nourish the cuticle—preventing premature color fading. Conditions hair for softness and smoothness. As a styling aid, it reduces drying time and provides shine without weight or build-up.

Biolage ExquisiteOil 
Contains weightless Moringa oil, a clear, odorless botanical that contains antioxidants to protect strands from environmental stressors while infusing shine. It cushions strands with emollients and leaves a healthy shine. 

Rusk Sensories Wellness Oil
This rich treatment contains oils from the Tahitian Tiare flower, the Moroccan argan tree and Ethiopian Abyssinica. Rusk Sensories Wellness Oil includes panthenol, hydrolyzed silk and mango butter to cleanse, condition and treat hair. It offers a color-safe, organic hair care experience.

Agadir Argan Oil Treatment
This treatment oil repairs, smoothes and strengthens dry, brittle, frizzy and overworked hair. It contains vitamin E, antioxidants and essential fatty acids and protects against heat styling tools and UV rays.

How to use oil products: 
Most oils are best applied to clean, damp hair, working a small amount in from the mid shafts to the ends – the areas that typically need the most moisturizing and protection. If your scalp is dry, a very small amount can be massaged through, just be aware that it may hamper any root lift efforts you may try to achieve during style. After working the oil in, comb through to help distribute the product and then either air-dry or blow-dry as you normally would. You’ll notice a quicker dry time and softer strands. If you are going for a sleek look, add a few drops to your hands and smooth your palms over dry, flat ironed hair to take down any flyaways. If you have any of the product left, most oils make for a great hand and skin moisturizer too.

Disclosure: No compensation was offered or taken to be in this feature article. 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Tea Tree Lemon Sage Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner Giveaway

Energizing Body Builder 

Dubbed the "Best Shampoo and Conditioner for Fine/Limp Hair", the people at Paul Mitchell present Tea Tree Lemon Sage Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner. 

Tea Tree Lemon Sage Thickening Shampoo
Uplifting lemon, sage, peppermint and tea tree refresh mind, spirit and hair. This zesty color-safe formula plumps up fine hair, helps strengthen strands and protects against split ends. Thickening agents boost volume while Panthenol strengthens every strand. It leaves hair looking and feeling clean, thick and healthy.

Tea Tree Lemon Sage Thickening Conditioner 
This lightweight formula conditions and adds zest to limp locks. Thickening agents boost volume while conditioners protect and add shine. The moisturizing botanical blend detangles, smoothes snarls, reduces static and protects your precious locks. Enjoy an invigorating tingle that leaves hair and scalp looking and feeling healthy.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Fabulous Skin Care Finds

The Whole Truth Kit by Ole Henriksen

As an editor, I am privy to a variety of beauty products and have subjected my hair, skin and face to plenty of items all claiming to be the best on the market. Many do perform quite well while some are less effective for a variety of reasons, but once in awhile I come across a jewel in the mix. This distinction I hold exclusively for products that I feel outperform their price.

Recommended by an associate based on my skin type and aging eye area issues, I was thrilled to experience the benefits truly delivered by the Whole Truth Kit by Ole Henriksen. This kit contains Collagen Booster, Truth Crème and Total Truth Eye Crème SPF 15. Powered by Vitamin C, these three products by skin expert Ole Henriksen work in synergy to brighten and even skin tone, firm by supporting healthy collagen, provide all day hydration to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles and protect from damaging UV rays with broad spectrum sunscreen. 

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster comes in a.5 fl oz | 15 ml size in this kit. Like a daily vitamin for the face, this high-powered vitamin C complex helps smooth out lines and wrinkles and prevents further damage. Loaded with antioxidants to fight off environmental aggressors and moisture-binding ingredients to keep skin nourished and protected, this aromatic serum is absorbed instantly and penetrates to the deeper layers of the skin to provide long-term results.

Specifically around the thin skin of my eye area, I dabbed on Ole Henriksen Total Truth Eye Crème SPF 15 from the 0.1oz jar. This broad spectrum UV protection eye crème with Omega 3 extracts nourishes, hydrates and diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while micro algae and peptides strengthen and firm the eye area. An added bonus, The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends Ole Henriksen Total Truth Eye Crème SPF 15 as an effective UV sunscreen.

Truth Crème Advanced Hydration is a multi-level anti-aging moisturizer with Ole Henriksen’s exclusive Advanced Hydration Complex and vitamin C to hydrate, brighten, and give skin a radiant glow. It comes in a 1 oz | 30 g size, which is ideal to give you a taste of what it can do for your skin. Using the Truth Crème Advanced Hydration after the Collagen Booster and Eye Creme, my skin was left firm, smooth, hydrated with a healthy dewiness.

I was lucky enough to receive a complementary kit, but for only $45 (a $65 value according to their website) you can check it out for yourself… Your skin will thank you for it!

Disclosure: The representing PR company provided  sample products in exchange for a possible review. The opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Paul Mitchell Super Strong

Strengthen, Rebuild & Protect 

Introducing Paul Mitchell Super Strong Daily Shampoo and Conditioner to strengthen, rebuild and protect weak, damaged hair.

Paul Mitchell Super Strong Daily Shampoo gently cleanses and repairs damaged strands, works to help to prevent further damage and improves the look and feel of hair. Super Strong Complex penetrates deep into the cortex to rebuild the internal structure of hair. Mild, color-safe surfactants cleanse and protect while conditioning agents improve texture and 
add shine.

Super Strong Daily Conditioner is a color-safe formula that repairs and protects worn down locks. Canola, soy bean and corn starch soften and smooth hair and work to prevent moisture loss. Super Strong Complex rebuilds the internal structure of hair while herbal extracts shield strands from damaging UV rays.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Enjoy Instant Reconstructor Review

Give Hair Strength & Elasticity 
Let's admit it ladies...we abuse our hair! We overdo our tender tresses with overheated hot tools, constant teasing, stress points from too many ponytails and constant primping, not to mention perpetual color mood swings! I personally go from dark to light in the spring and lighter yet in the summer, and then spend too much unprotected time in the sun. There are highlights on top of highlights for me, which is never good for hair. I always find myself in need of hair repair and have made it my mane objective (get it?) to find some of the best remedies on the market.

I recently tried something new (to me), called Enjoy Instant Reconstructor. According to the information provided with the sample product, it's designed to work with all hair types. It's a color-safe everyday conditioner that is great to use before and after all chemical treatments (hmmmm, should tell my colorist). Low molecular weight keratin amino acids (90-150mw) penetrate and repair dry, brittle, weak and overly processed hair (yup, that's me). 

I started by working the thick cream onto my clean, damp hair and combed it through like the directions suggested, drying and styling as usual. I found my hair to be softer, less coarse feeling and easier to manage when styling. My hair was noticeably easier to comb out when wet, and softer to the touch after styling. There was less frizz and the areas that have been highlighted over and over again didn't feel brittle any more...And my hair still had volume. So many intensive conditioners tend to weigh down my hair, but this one did not. I think I found the right balance (protein vs moisture) for me!

If you are interested in trying this wonder worker for yourself, check out their salon locator at

Disclosure: The representing PR company provided  sample products in exchange for a possible review. The opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Curl Enhancing Coil Care

NEW Bioken Enfanti Curly Shampoo

Bioken Enfanti Curly Shampoo is a sulfate, paraben and DEA free cleanser that is gentle, color-safe and moisture balancing. The rich formula provides curl-enhancing properties to create body and bounce in your hair. 

This unique blend is infused with Aloe Vera and Calendula to offer intense hydration and eliminate frizz while increasing elasticity. Shea butter works as a moisture-building conditioning agent while Panthenol or Pro-vitamin B-5 deeply moisturizes and heals. Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein nourishes and smooths hair leaving manageable, defined, and frizz-free curls.

Simply apply Enfanti Curly Shampoo to wet hair, lather and rinse thoroughly. For best results, use daily with Enfanti Conditioner or Bioken Enfanti Treatment.

 About Bioken: Bioken Incorporated, a U.S. based company, was established in 2003 and was built on the foundation of striving for healthy hair and scalp. Believing that nature holds the secrets for beautiful hair, a source of youthful allure for women and vigor for men, Bioken’s mission is to help everyone discover and restore these elements of their image using the finest hair care solutions available. With a blend of natural ingredients, Bioken brings a luxurious and sensual quality to every hair care experience. Let Bioken share nature’s secret with you.
My Take
My hair is more wavy than curly but with a little help subtle coils do start to form. I was curious to try the new Bioken Enfanti Curly Shampoo and reached out to their PR firm  for a sample. I have always liked their treatments and conditioners, so paring this Curly Shampoo up with either I knew would be a great option.