Brushing up with UMBERTO Beverly Hills Professional Brushes

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When we were growing up and learning about taking care of ourselves, we were told that it was great to brush your hair with 100 strokes daily to keep our scalps healthy and our hair at its best. Now they seem to say that this is just an old wive’s tale. Well Lisa and Marcia happen to be “old” wives and we believe that it is good for our heads to brush well. Neither of us count to 100 but we know the value of a good hairbrush for styling and healthy living.

UMBERTO Beverly Hills now has a line of hair brushes that they sell exclusively at Target and Target.com. We were sent several to test and share our results with you. You’ll able to find these at Target for the low prices they cost are a boon to all of us – easy access, professional products, and a wallet friendly price.

UMBERTO Oval Brush

UMBERTO Oval Brush

MARCIA’S BRUSH  Oval Brush: For Smooth, Full Style, and to Create Bend on the Ends

I wear my hair straight with a slight bend at the ends. In the days when I was growing up it was called a page boy. I’m showing my age by even mentioning that since I haven’t heard that term in forever. In the past I’ve gotten Keratin Straightening but it’s all grown out and I don’t have plans to do it again for a long time.

UMBERTO Oval Brush

UMBERTO Oval Brush

The UMBERTO Professional Series Oval brush ($12.99) is great for all hair styles but it’s highly recommended for straight hair that needs some volume. The bristles in the Oval brush are a combination of boar and nylon bristles. The Natural Boar Bristles help distribute the natural oils in your hair so that your hair is smooth and shiny. The Nylon Bristles work to gently detangle and give you control to style. As you can see, the bristles are an uneven length in order to avoid pulling or tearing.

smooth wood for handles and back

smooth wood for handles and back

The Oval brush is well made with smooth wood that’s easy to keep clean. It’s a gentle massaging brush unlike many boar bristle brushes. This one never hurts yet I know it’s helping with the circulation in my scalp. I like it and so does my hair!

LISA’S BRUSHES:  Paddle Brush to create loose, natural, straight styles and Round Brush for smoothing, shine and lift

Umberto Round Brush and Paddle Brush

Umberto Round Brush and Paddle Brush

I have bangs and long layers, so I use both a round brush and a paddle brush every time I blow my hair dry. I use a paddle brush for my bangs and to get my hair mostly dry, then I use a round brush to curl the ends. Sometimes I wrap sections several times around a round brush and hit it with some heat to curl it under. Other times I only curl the ends round the brush one time, then I twist my hair into a rope and blow it dry for long, loose waves.

Umberto Paddle Brush

Umberto Paddle Brush

The Paddle Brush is great for detangling so it’s perfect for blowing my hair to that ‘almost dry’ stage. I really like the curved shape of the paddle, it is easier to use and more comfortable than a traditional paddle with straight edges. The nylon bristles are very comfy and don’t hurt my scalp. And the handle is awesome, making this a very lightweight brush that makes blow drying all that hair much less of a chore.

Umberto Large Barrel Round Brush

Umberto Round Brush

The Professional Series Round Brushes come in three different sizes and mine is the Large size. It is terrific for long, layered hair. This makes big, loose curls, or with the twisting method it makes tighter curls. It has boar bristles so it not only smooths away frizz, it also makes hair shiny. My hair doesn’t get all tangled up regardless of how many times I wrap it around, and the light wood hollow barrel help my hair dry quickly. Prices range from $8.99 – $12.99.

beachy waves thanks to my Umberto brushes

beachy waves thanks to my Umberto brushes

No need for 100 strokes with UMBERTO Professional Brushes. These wallet-friendly brushes will make you – and your hair – very happy. Pick one (or two) up at Target and you’ll be sure to have great hair days.

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Get some Goody hair accessories for the good girls on your list!

Goody Holiday Collection
My girls have been very, very good this year, so it only makes sense to put some Goody in their stockings!  They sent us a few items from the new Holiday Collection and these hair accessories are super cute.  The Holiday Collection features jewel tones that are fun and festive, and you can find all the items at Meijer.

Goody Holiday Collection Ouchless Black and Multiglitter Elastics

Goody Holiday Collection Ouchless Black and Multiglitter Elastics

Hair elastics are a basic item that every girl needs, and the Goody Holiday Collection features great sets with bonuses!  The Ouchless Black Elastics ($4.99) come with 30 black elastics that won’t snag or break hair, plus four jewel tone glitter elastics for some bling.  My girls like to use a black elastic to secure their hair, then layer with different multicolor elastics for style.  If your girl uses more multiglitter than black, just get the reverse set – Ouchless Multiglitter Elastics ($4.99) with a bonus four black elastics.

Goody Holiday Collection Ouchless Multiglitter Headwraps and Ribbon Elastics

Goody Holiday Collection Ouchless Multiglitter Headwraps and Ribbon Elastics

My youngest daughter is a fencer, so she needs headbands that keep her bangs out of her eyes, especially when wearing her fencing mask.  The Ouchless Multiglitter Headwraps ($3.99) do the job and don’t get all tangled up in her hair.  These are also a great choice for some color with updos and braids.  Another favorite are the Ouchless Ribbon Elastics.  Every night, I put my daughter’s wet hair in a braid and wrap the end with a Ouchless Ribbon Elastic.  The ribbon is strong enough to keep the braid in place as she sleeps, but soft enough not to crease her hair.  In the morning we take out the braid and she has beautiful waves that last all day.  Plus, she keeps a couple on her wrist like a bracelet, and uses them whenever she wants to put her hair back.

Goody Holiday Collection Purse Brush and FashioNow Flower Salon Clips

Goody Holiday Collection Purse Brush and FashioNow Flower Salon Clips

I just love the FashioNow Flower Salon Clips ($4.99)!  They are darling, and the colors are so cheerful.  Each clip comes with 5 bonus elastics so you can put in a ponytail then add the clip for style.  For a really neat gift, add in a matching jewel-toned Purse Brush ($4.99).  This little brush is the perfect size, and it comes with a bonus ribbon elastic.

Reward the good girls in your life with some Goody good stuff, for goodness sake!  These cute and cool accessories are just waiting for you at your local Meijers.  – Lisa

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4 tips for brushing wet hair…and a Coolway Knotty Girl Brush review

Coolway brush 3Most people will tell you not to brush wet hair.  Well, you can safely do this…just follow these four tips.

1.  After you shampoo, be sure to use a conditioner – conditioned hair is stronger and less likely to be damaged by styling.

2.  Be careful when towel drying your hair after washing. Remove excess moisture by squeezing hair with your towel – rubbing it will only create tangles and breakage.

3.  Apply a leave-in conditioner like the one from Marco Pelusi to further strengthen and protect hair.

4.  Because hair is most fragile when wet, it is very important to use the right tool. You definitely want to choose a specialty brush made specifically for brushing wet hair. Section hair into smaller areas and brush slowly and carefully. Again, it is so important to use the right tool!

A great option is the Coolway Knotty Girl Brush ($9.95).

All the good things about using the Coolway Brush

All the good things about using the Coolway Brush

The Knotty Girl Brush has SoftFlowTM bristles that are designed to handle brushing wet hair without breaking the strands. When the bristles encounter a tangle, they loosen it up very slowly and carefully, so once the brush is all the way through the hair there is no tangle left…and your hair is perfectly intact.

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Knotty Girl Brush

Coolway

Knotty Girl Brush

Coolway

the perfect bristle for brushing wet hair

This gentle brush makes it easy to brush out wet hair without any pain, loss of hair, or damage. And it’s also fabulous to use on dry hair! My daughter was the WORST at letting me brush her hair, but once I started using the Knotty Girl brush she stopped throwing a fit every time she saw me with coming with a brush in hand.

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Remember, it is possible to safely brush wet hair if you are using the right tools. The Knotty Girl Brush is a perfect solution – and it’s your solution for tangled dry hair, too.  – Lisa

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Go for the red! Valentine’s Day gift ideas from Mont Bleu

One of my favorite etailer sites for beauty items with that ‘bling factor’ is Mont Bleu. They sent some amazing options that are deliciously perfect for Valentine’s Day. These red-themed items are all adorned with Swarovski crystals and each comes with a certificate of authenticity. Even better, right now Mont Bleu is having a sale but hurry up – it ends February 16th. Until then, just enter the code VALENTINE for 25% off.

Mont Bleu Glass Nail File

Mont Bleu Swarovski Glass Nail File

Mont Bleu Glass Nail File

Mont Bleu Glass Nail File – Waterfall Color – Rose

This Glass Nail File (WC-M10, $12.98) is hand decorated with Swarovski Elements in a waterfall pattern. Glass nail files are awesome because they are easy on the nails, hygienic, and they never wear out. This beautiful file will last forever – in fact it comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Mont Bleu Hair Brush

Mont Bleu Breeze Hair Brush

Mont Bleu Hair Brush

Mont Bleu Breeze Hair Brush

Mont Bleu Hair Brush

close up of the Mont Bleu Hair Brush

The Breeze Hair Brush ($50.61) is absolutely stunning. It’s a wooden boar bristle brush that is studded with Swarovski crystals. The red and white combination couldn’t be better for Valentine’s Day (it also comes in blue, which I think is equally gorgeous). The brush is extremely gentle and it’s perfect for winter because it won’t cause the dreaded static hair.

Mont Bleu Compact Mirror

Mont Bleu Compact Mirror with Certificate of Authenticity

Mont Bleu Compact Mirror

Mont Bleu Corals V Compact Mirror

Mont Bleu Compact Mirror

Mont Bleu Corals V Compact Mirror

The Corals V Compact Mirror ($128.48) is certainly spendy, but it is fabulous. I really can’t adequately describe how flipping gorgeous this mirrored compact is – the pictures don’t even begin to do it justice. The Swarovski crystals are applied by hand, and it comes in a beautiful black leatherette gift box. The compact is made of metal and it has just enough heft to feel substantial without being unwieldy. It opens easily to reveal two mirrors, a standard one and magnifying one. This will make you swoon!

You need to take a few moments to peruse the Mont Bleu website. They ship super fast and the beautiful selections seem endless. Find what you want for Valentine’s Day and tell your significant other…or buy it for yourself!  – Lisa

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Conair Quick Gems review, plus a giveaway!

What better way to glam it up for the holidays than with Conair Quick Gems ($28.99)?  This is just a ton of fun.  My girls absolutely love it!  Anyone who likes a little bling will be thrilled with it.

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Conair Quick Gems – I know you’ve seen it on TV!

Conair Quick Gems is a hair bejeweler. It’s super easy to use, and you can get as creative as you want with designs.  You can fill your hair with jewels all over, or just do one strand of hair.

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Conair Quick Gems

The gem cartridge can hold up to 18 jewels at once. The cartridge rotates automatically, you just put a strand of hair through the compartment and push the button. A jewel is attached to the strand in seconds. The jewels stay on really well, and when you are done with them they just slide off.

cartridge

cartridge

The jeweler comes with 24 reusable jewels in two sizes and four shapes. I am NOT a hairstylist by any stretch of the imagination, but I was able to use this from my first try and it’s always a blast.

gems

gems

I did my daughter Marina’s hair and it took me less than a minute. Isn’t it cute?? You can find Conair Quick Gems nationwide at mass market and drugstore retailers, as well as at www.conair.com.

Pretty!

Pretty!

To help celebrate the holidays, Conair is sponsoring a giveaway for Beauty Info Zone readers!  You can win a Conair Topsy Tail ($4.99) and a Conair Impressions Brush ($7.99).

topsy tail

topsy tail

The large Topsy Tail creates six different looks, and talk about easy – I am floored by the beautiful styles this little tool can create.

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The large Topsy Tail

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The Topsy Tail Jr.

The kit also has a Topsy Tail Jr., a smaller version that you can use on smaller sections of hair. In addition to the Topsy Tail, you will also win a Conair Impressions Brush.

Conair Impressions Brush

Conair Impressions Brush

This brush is ideal for everyday brushing of all hair lengths and is designed to gently detangle wet or dry hair. The flexible cushion base allows for stress-free brushing, and the ball-tipped bristles will not snag or pull hair.

brush

brush

Conair says, “Holiday festivities are the perfect excuse to try out a fun or bold new hairstyle. Conair offers so many ways to create a new look – from glossy waves to glittering jewels — for every gathering. These and other Conair hair appliances and tools even make fabulous holiday gifts for the fashionistas on your list!” Enter our giveaway for a chance to win the Topsy Tail and the Conair Impressions Cushion Brush. You can also go to Conair’s Facebook page and make your own wishlist there. Good luck!  – Lisa
Giveaway is open in the US only through 12/27/12 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
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