Chasing a perfect blow out with Spornette Brushes

Spornette BrushesOne of my goals in life is to be able to recreate that look and feeling that comes after a professional blow out. I should be able to make my hair look that incredible every time I dry it! I have come to realize that in the world of blow outs, the blow dryer itself matters, but so do the brushes. Spornette recently sent me some new hair brushes to try and I have three favorites that have brought me closer to my goal:  The Ion Fusion Paddle Hair Brush ($13), Magnesium Miracle Hair Brush ($36), and the Ventura Blow-Out Brush ($30).

Spornette Ion Fusion Paddle Brush

Spornette Ion Fusion Paddle Brush

I had a paddle brush from Aveda that I used for years and years, until the wood finally warped and the bristles wore down. The Spornette Ion Fusion Paddle Hair Brush was the perfect replacement brush for me. It does a wonderful job of brushing out my long, mid-back length hair without pulling out strands. The handle is substantial but lightweight, and it feels so comfortable in my hand. After I towel dry my hair I typically apply blow out cream, a little spray on conditioner, and some mousse, and this brush is perfect for getting even distribution. The sides are long and flat, which make it easy to dry and straighten large sections of hair.

Spornette Magnesium Miracle Hair Brush

Spornette Magnesium Miracle Hair Brush

Spornette Magnesium Miracle Hair Brush

Spornette Magnesium Miracle Hair Brush

For beautiful big curls I love the Magnesium Miracle Hair Brush 2.75 inch. It has an aerated barrel that heats up super quick because it’s coated in magnesium. The heat helps set the curl and the hot air flow reduces drying time. Magnesium releases infra-red energy and it also sanitizes the hair.   It actually has a 45% higher heat conductive rate than aluminum. The 2.75 inch barrel is awesome for long hair and Spornette has smaller barrel sizes for medium and short hair.

Spornette Ventura Blow Out Brush

Spornette Ventura Blow Out Brush

Spornette Ventura Blow Out Brush

Spornette Ventura Blow Out Brush

When I want to straighten my hair plus add some curl or a flip, I dry the majority of my hair first with the Paddle Brush, then I follow that with the unique and cool looking Spornette Ventura Blow-Out Brush. This brush has a learning curve, but once you learn how to properly wield it you will wonder where it’s been all your life.  

This is a combination of a paddle brush and a round brush. That means you can dry your hair straight, give your ends a little flip up or under, or go for bigger curls – all with the same brush. The barrel is metal, which provides extra heat power for straightening and curling. It’s a wide brush, which means you can grab lots of hair at one time. The shape is elliptical and I learned to twist my wrist to pull my roots straight for volume and to smooth out the ends for extra sleek hair.

Spornette Ventura Blow Out Brush

Spornette Ventura Blow Out Brush

It is awesome to be able to switch back and forth between straightening (for the length of my hair) and curling (for the ends) without changing brushes. I find that this brush shortens my dry time and leaves me with nicely curled ends that stay all day. While the curls aren’t as intense as the one from a curling iron, it gives me loose, wavy, beachy curls in a short amount of time.

Regardless of which brush you use, if you have long hair, then sectioning is a must – it not only results in better style, it also shortens dry time and gives much better volume. Spornette brushes are used by stylists everywhere, so be sure to check them out…they will definitely help you recreate that salon blow out look at home.  – Lisa

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Two drugstore hair saviors you need now: The Conair Dry Shampoo Brush and the Scunci

Conair Dry Hair Brush and Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

Conair Dry Hair Brush and Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

Got a hair emergency?  There are two awesome drugstore products that will never let you down!    PR samples

Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

Scunci Hair Emergency Kit

1.  The Scunci Hair Emergency Kit ($7) has saved me many times over.  The cute little zippered gray bag holds so much it’s almost like a magic trick.  The kit includes bobby pins, elastics, headwraps, a jaw clip and polybands.  Pretty much everything you need for any hair emergency you might encounter, including oversleeping, a sudden rainstorm, and that horrible moment when you discover the back of your hair (which you forgot to check before you left that morning) is an embarrassing disaster.

Conair Dry Hair Brush

Conair Dry Hair Brush

2.  Let’s put this one into the ‘I never knew I needed this, but now I will never be without it’ file – the Conair Dry Shampoo Brush ($7).

I use dry shampoo all the time.  I have long, color-treated hair that can’t take being washed every day…but second and third day hair is not kind to my bangs.  They go all limp and look greasy.  So I use dry shampoo to spruce them up – I spray along my hair-line all the way around as well as on my part.  Sometimes I will use dry shampoo on first day hair for a little more texture and volume.  And sometimes I use it because I am, as usual, running late and I just don’t have time for anything but hair triage.

Conair Dry Shampoo Brush

Dry shampoo is awesome, but it has drawbacks if it’s not applied properly.  Most dry shampoos have a white cast, which is not good for someone with dark hair who is always trying to hide those tell-tale grey roots as it is.  That’s where the magic of the Conair Dry Shampoo Brush comes into play.

This brush has a combo of boar bristles and nylon bristles.  The boar bristles are on the inside of the brush, and they distribute the dry shampoo into the hair while brushing out the dirt and oil.  The nylon bristles on the outer portion lift up the hair and give it lots of volume.  So hair is lifted while the dry shampoo is evenly distributed, making those tell-tale white patches a thing of the past.

The Conair Dry Shampoo Brush is a nifty invention that is absolutely worth the extremely affordable price tag.  Pick up one of these babies for the best dry shampoo results possible.

Hair emergencies are going to happen, so you might as well remember the Girl Scout motto and be prepared – and these two drugstore finds are just what you need. – Lisa

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It’s hip to be square! Fromm 1907 Square Thermal Brushes

1907 by Fromm Square Thermal Brushes

1907 by Fromm Square Thermal Brushes

When it comes to brushes, I thought there were two shapes: flat and round. Flat brushes, like paddle brushes, give me straight, smooth hair. Round brushes give me a soft wave. So I was confused when Fromm Brushes sent their new 1907 by Fromm Square Thermal Brushes to test…what in the world does a square brush do?? Plenty, it turns out.

Fromm is a well-known brand that has been around forever in the professional beauty industry. Their latest line, 1907 by Fromm, brings those high quality salon tools to the average consumer. A trip to Ulta is all you need for innovative, professional grade hair tools.

1907 by Fromm Square Thermal Brushes

1907 by Fromm Square Thermal Brushes

Besides looking cool, the square thermal brushes have plenty of advantages. First, they have rippled nylon bristles that make for faster drying time. I can’t even tell you how much I appreciate this…three extra minutes in the morning can make all the difference. The thermal ceramic coated barrels protect hair and reduce static. The handles have a soft-touch grip that are very comfortable and easy to use.

1907 by Fromm Square Thermal Brush handle

1907 by Fromm Square Thermal Brush handle

And the square shape means three different kinds of styling in one. Use a flat side for smooth hair like a paddle brush gives. Use one square side for a loose wave-like a round brush gives. And wrap hair around two square sides for a tight curl. All together, one square brush makes for one perfect blow out.1907 by Fromm Square Thermal Brush

There are three different sizes from which to choose:  small, medium, and large.

The 2” SMALL SQUARE THERMAL BRUSH ($15.00) is perfect for bangs and for shorter hair styles.  It’s also great for tight curls at the ends of longer hair styles.
The 2.5” MEDIUM SQUARE THERMAL BRUSH ($16.50) is the most versatile size, and works for pretty much all hair lengths.
The 2.75” LARGE SQUARE THERMAL BRUSH ($17.99) is really large…this is great for really long hair.  I love it, and it definitely makes my drying time faster.1907 by Fromm Square Thermal Brush barrel
I thought that the square shape would give my hair weird angles, but it doesn’t. These brushes give my hair volume, bounce, and curl when I want it. They are so cool…they’re hip! 1907 by Fromm Square Thermal Brushes debuted at Ulta in April, so they are easy to find – be sure to check them out!  – Lisa
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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.

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.

Coolway brush 2

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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