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.

Coolway Brush

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.

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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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