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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Free flowing waves with Philip B. and John Frieda

All my life I have been chasing the perfect wave. Not like Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze in Point Break…although that is my favorite guilty pleasure movie of all time…more like Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex in the City.

Not searching for this kind of wave...

Not searching for this kind of wave…

Searching for this kind of wave!

Searching for this kind of wave!

We were recently sent two products to test that together make free-flowing waves for the ultimate summer hairstyle. Move over Keanu and Patrick…John Frieda and Philip B are the dynamic duo making my awesome waves.

Philip B Self Adjusting Hairspray

Philip B Self Adjusting Hairspray

I start with the Philip B Self Adjusting Hairspray ($22). A little sprayed onto damp roots gives a nice lift and helps hold those waves all day.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Conical by Conair

John Frieda Frizz Ease Conical by Conair

After drying hair with a paddle brush, it’s time for the John Frieda® 1 ½ Inch Frizz Ease® Conical by Conair ($39.99). I have no experience using a curling iron without a clamp, and had my doubts as I am not exactly known for my awesome hand/eye coordination. The benefit of clamplessness (is that a word??) is no danger of awkward, unnatural bends in the hair.

John Frieda Curling Iron glove

My biggest fear was burning myself, but included with the Conical Curling Iron is a very smart three-fingered glove.

John Frieda Conical Curling IronJohn Frieda Curling Iron controls

This wand has a 1 ½ inch clamp-free conical barrel with a titanium ceramic coating. The coating prevents frizz and keeps hair looking smooth. It heats up very quickly, reaching 400ºF in only 30 seconds. I wrap sections around the wand, holding them in place with my gloved fingers. It definitely makes for natural looking waves, while a curling iron with a clamp gives me a tighter curl.

After I curl each section, I go back to the Philip B. Self Adjusting Hair Spray. I have very fine hair, so non-aerosol hairspray almost never works for me. It’s just too heavy and instead of holding my curls, it typically kills them. I found that this hairspray works great as long as I remember to hold it a good 12 inches away  from my hair when I spray. This helps give it room to develop into a finer spray that won’t clump hair together or make it stiff. The ingredients include Vitamin B5 and amino acids for conditioning hair.  Each spray strengthens hold, so I use just one spray for a light hold and three for major hold. 
John Frieda Wavy Curls Curling Iron beachy waves
John Frieda Wavy Curls Curling Iron waves
Ok, so I’m no Carrie Bradshaw, but the waves still look pretty good! You can try finding your own perfect wave with the John Frieda® 1 ½ Inch Frizz Ease® Conical by Conair available on Amazon.com and Philip B. Self Adjusting Hair Spray on PhilipB.com.  – Lisa
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Clearly better hair with Isabella’s Clearly

We take the topic of hair very, very seriously at Beauty Info Zone. Great looking hair can completely change the trajectory of your day, so it’s worth testing all sorts of products to find ones that consistently create silky, manageable, lustrous locks. We were totally up to the challenge when Isabella’s Clearly offered us two hair products to test.

Isabella’s Clearly is sold on Etsy and on Amazon.  The line features hair, skin, and body treatments and we each chose a hair product based on our own particular follicle challenges.

Isabellas Clearly Tame

LISA uses CLEARLY TAME ($24.98, on sale right now at Amazon and Etsy for $22.98)

My hair issues?  Humidity takes away my curl and turns me into a total frizz-head. Extremely dry air does the same thing, along with the NOT awesome addition of static. I just can’t win! Plus, my hair is very fine, so many products for frizzy hair leave me with a sad, limp hair-don’t.

Isabellas Clearly Tame

CLEARLY TAME is a hair oil for taming down frizz and eliminating static. Ingredients include Almond and Castor oils with essential oils including Peppermint, Lavender, Sandalwood, Geranium, Basil and Rosemary. It sounds like it would be extremely fragranced but it’s isn’t, and any fragrance quickly dissipates. It also sounds like a heavy oil, but used correctly it doesn’t weigh my fine hair down one bit.

CLEARLY TAME can be used several different ways. Those with very dry and curly hair will want to apply it to towel dry hair before air drying or styling. It leaves hair soft and smooth with lots of shine. Those with an oily scalp can use it as a treatment just on the ends and it is fantastic for fixing split ends.

Isabellas Clearly Tame No Frizz Oil

Dry and color treated hair are perfect for TAME. I also use it on my daughter’s hair as a detangler. I am happy to report that even after humid, rainy spring days my hair has no frizz and still has all the curl! This is a great product and I know your hair will love it.

MARCIA uses CLEARLY LONG

Isabella's Clearly Long

Isabella’s Clearly Long

When given the opportunity to try out an Isabella’s Clearly product I instantly knew that CLEARLY LONG was the one for me.  My hair needs extra help these days and the benefits of Clearly Long are perfect for me. According to the site Clearly Long

  • Promotes hair growth
  • Rejuvenates dry damaged hair
  • Moisturizes and nourishes dry scalp bringing total hair balance
  • Does not weigh your hair down
  • 100% natural essential oil ingredients

This lightweight oil ($22.98 for 2 oz at Amazon and Etsy) helps by transforming hair inside and out. The way I use it is to start with a little (and I mean a little) bit. After washing and towel drying I pour a drop into my hands, rub them together and massage my scalp.  Another way to apply this is to section your hair and comb it through each section but I prefer to use less of the oil and concentrate on my scalp.

Isabella's Clearly Long

Isabella’s Clearly Long

The ingredients help with growth and also with having smoother, less frizzy hair. I know hair growth is a very slow process but I’m doing what I can to get a healthy head of hair again and Clearly Long is helping me on that journey.  It has a very light herbal fragrance that is gone by the time I finish blow drying my hair. I find my hair to be shiny and easy to manage after using Clearly Long.

I’m counting on Clearly Long to help with the follicles and roots of my hair because of their use of therapeutic grade natural ingredients” a proprietary blend of Almond oil with essential oils including Peppermint, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Peppermint, Lemon, Sage, and Rosemary, Cypress, Geranium.” Grow long please with Clearly Long and Isabella!!

We declare both products worthy of good hair days. Be sure to take a look at Isabella’s Clearly on Amazon and on Etsy.

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Dry hair? Get Rich. RICH Silk Oil Serum and De-Frizz and Shine Mist

If you have extremely dry hair, I have the answer to your prayers!  You’ve got to try RICH Silk Oil Serum and RICH De-Frizz and Shine Mist. They are the perfect antidote to frizz and crunch.

RICH Hair Care is a luxurious, award-winning European line that I hadn’t even heard of before we were sent these products to try.

Rich DeFrizz and Shine Mist and Silk Oil Serum

Rich DeFrizz and Shine Mist and Silk Oil Serum

Rich Pure Luxury Silk Oil Serum

Rich Pure Luxury Silk Oil Serum

The Silk Oil Serum ($15.99) is a beautiful, lightweight oil that calms and hydrates hair. It works wonders on my colored hair, even when my ends are like the Sahara Desert. This is a great blend of organic jojoba oil, sweet almond oil and olive oil that hair simply loves. It doesn’t weigh down my hair and I even use it for my daughter’s super fine hair with great results. If you want smooth, this is the answer.

Rich Pure Luxury Argan De-Frizz and Shine Mist

Rich Pure Luxury Argan De-Frizz and Shine Mist

The Argan De-Frizz and Shine Mist ($19.99) has Argania Spinosa Kernal Oil, along with coconut oil. It sprays out in a fine mist and it is fantastic for very dry hair. Those of you with curls will love it because it makes them super smooth and shiny.

My RICH hair!

My RICH hair!

RICH Hair Care has impressed me…I can’t wait to try their other products. If you have dry, frizzy, or naturally curly hair, I highly recommend the Silk Oil Serum and De-Frizz and Shine Mist for smooth, silky, frizz-free hair.  – Lisa

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Firm but flexible hair with ColorProof styling products

Firm….but flexible. That approach works in many areas – parenting, teaching, architecture…and hair. Especially hair.

All that...and a mullet, too!

All that…and a mullet, too!

I definitely want my hair to be firm – I need volume and curls to stay in place! But I also want flexible. My days of shellacked, AquaNet hair are safely ensconced in the ’80’s. I am able to find my happy medium with two products that ColorProof sent us to test:  RuleBreaker Firm Flexible Wax and HardCore Epic Hold ColorProtect Hair Spray. The added bonus? They are both perfect for color treated hair.

ColorProof

ColorProof 3

  • Uniquely elastic fibers derived from liquid bamboo fused with a proprietary blend of 3 vegan waxes provide maximum pliability and supreme stretchable hold
  • Revolutionary, ultra-lightweight polymers infuse texture and definition with a touchable semi-matte finish
  • Perfect for sculpting, piecing and spot-styling
  • Unsurpassed color and heat protection

I put a little on my bangs while my hair is damp, and after drying and styling I rub some on my palms then smooth through my hair.

Once I do that, I get busy with some HardCoreTM Epic Hold Color Protect Hairspray.

ColorProof 2

  • Next generation, ultra-light polymers boost volume, amplify and strengthen while providing extraordinary long-lasting supreme hold.
  • Micro-silicone technology illuminates hair with brilliant shine and never weighs hair down
  • Unsurpassed color and heat protection
  • Your go-to spray for updo’s, editorial work and must-hold styles

HardCore Epic Hold Hairspray has a scent, but it is more than tolerable and it dissipates after a while. It’s rare to find a hairspray with this level of hold that doesn’t have a heavy-duty scent. It is one of the best hairsprays I have ever used and will be a constant repurchase for me.

Big hair, don't care with ColorProof!

Big hair, don’t care with ColorProof!

I highly recommend RuleBreaker Firm Flexible Wax and HardCore Epic Hold Hairspray for big hair that is just right for 2015. You can find ColorProof Hair Care products at salons worldwide, just use the Where to Buy link at the website.  – Lisa

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Meet your color match with AG Hair Dry Shampoo

So how did you meet your match…speed dating? Online website? Did you bump into him at the grocery store and then melt when he asked if he could squeeze your Charmin? amd-charmin-jpg

Prepare to meet your match – your color match, that is – with AG Hair Dry Shampoos. I found that three out of the four ‘flavours’ were matches for me, so the heck with monogamy. I am in love with the concept of a dry shampoo that actually matches my hair color, taking care of both excess oil and grey roots at the same time.

AG Hair Dry Shampoo

I am a big fan of dry shampoo in general for several reasons. First, it gives me another day or two before having to wash my hair, soaking up oil and dirt and refreshing my hairstyle. It’s great on freshly washed hair, giving it some texture and lift. AG Hair Dry Shampoos also have ingredients that add moisture and shine to hair.  The ingredients include:

  • Rice and tapioca starch – natural oil absorbers.
  • Hydrolyzed silk protein – excellent moisture binding properties with low molecular weight, allowing penetration into the hair fiber, thereby strengthening and moisturizing the hair.
  • Green tea leaf extract – powerful antioxidants protect and strengthen the hair, making it healthier and more full.

There are four types, or as AG Hair calls them ‘flavours’, of Dry Shampoo. The Simply Dry Shampoo has no color, and it doesn’t leave a white cast on hair so it works for all hair types and shades. Just hold the bottle about 8 inches away from roots, spray on, let dry for a minute then fluff with fingers. Voila, fluffy clean hair with lots of body! This is a great dry shampoo for texturizing and refreshing. It has three friends that do all the same things PLUS cover up roots.

AG Hair Dry Shampoo left to right:  Blonde, Light Brown, Brunette

AG Hair Dry Shampoo left to right: Blonde, Light Brown, Brunette

The Blonde Dry Shampoo matches lighter hair shades. It not only covers greys, it also makes thinner hair look more full. This is not a match for my brown hair, but I know it will make a perfect couple for all of you blondes having so much fun out there!

The Light Brown Dry Shampoo is for those with light to medium brown hair. I have medium brown hair and it works perfectly for me. Here is a before and after comparison.

AG Hair Dry Shampoo before and after

Lucky me, the Brunette Dry Shampoo is a match as well! This works for dark brown to black hair and I really love this for covering up my weird cowlick that is like a part down the back of my head. The Brunette Dry Shampoo has less red in it than the Light Brown Dry Shampoo.

Regardless of which flavour you choose, I know it will be a successful pairing. AG Hair Dry Shampoo is an awesome product and I highly recommend it  You can find AG Hair products at Ulta and salons everywhere. Just use the Salon Locator on the AG Hair website.  – Lisa

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Meet your color match!

Meet your color match!

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Defend your hair from the polar vortex with Mark Hill Salon Professional

If you want to tackle the hazards of winter hair, Mark Hill is your go-to guy.

Mark Hill

Mark Hill

The UK hair stylist Mark Hill won both ‘British Hairdresser of the Year’ and ‘International Hairdresser of the Year’ not just once – but twice each! He is known as the ‘Master of Sexy, Wearable Hair.’ Lucky for us, he also has a fantastic and affordable  hair care line, Mark Hill Salon Professional that takes care of dry, static-filled winter hair.

For super dry hair, I recommend the MiracOilicious products. They leave my hair incredibly soft and moistened, but not flat and limp.

Mark HIll MiracOilicious

Mark Hill MiracOilicious

Mark Hill MiracOilicious 2 Minute Treatment

Mark Hill MiracOILicious 2 Minute Treatment

The Mark Hill MiracOILicious 2 Minute Intensive Treatment ($11.99) is a hair mask that I use once a week to save my ends from indoor heat and outdoor frigid air. I like to put this on the entire length of my hair, although if you have oily roots you might want to just concentrate on lower half. It makes my hair so happy – I am extremely impressed with the way it repairs dry ends and leaves my hair wonderfully shiny.

Mark Hill MiracOilicious Moroccan Argan Oil

Mark Hill MiracOILicious Moroccan Argan Oil

The Mark Hill MiracOILicious Argan Oil ($11.99) is terrific on damp hair. It moisturizes, repairs, and even speeds up dry time. I love, love, love this oil and it’s a great price for an argan oil.

Now, if frizz is your main enemy, I would advise you try the Defrizz-ilicious products.

Mark Hill Defrizzilicious

Mark Hill Defrizz-ilicious

The Mark Hill Defrizz-ilicious Oh So Smooth De-Frizz Conditioner ($9.99) is a big tube of conditioning goodness for hair. The secret ingredient is something called Sea Silk. I am not sure what that is, but it definitely leaves my hair silky soft and free of frizz.

Some real hair magic - Mark Hill Magic Drops

Some real hair magic – Mark Hill Magic Drops

I think the Mark Hill Defrizz-ilicious Magic Drops Rescue and Repair Treatment ($11.99) has a perfect name because this leave-in treatment is magical for dry hair. I have great results on my hair, but the ultimate test was on my youngest daughter’s hair. She wears a knit hat and you know how baby fine hair goes like this once the hat is off:

photo from rainashairdesign.com

photo from rainashairdesign.com

Well, when I smooth some Magic Drops into her damp hair, she can wear her knit hat knowing she won’t become the fly-away queen.

The magic ingredients include Micro Wheat Proteins & Keravis, which create some sort of alchemy that make this leave-in treatment pretty miraculous.

My Mark Hill hair - look ma, no frizz!

My Mark Hill hair – look ma, no frizz!

My  hair is very fine, so moisturizing products that tackle frizz often leave it so weighed down I can’t get a curl. Mark Hill Salon Professional products give me soft, conditioned, volumized hair with no static or frizz, even in the middle of a polar vortex. This is a TERRIFIC hair care line and I highly recommend it!

You can find Mark Hill Salon Professional internationally at Boots stores and in the US at Walgreens and Ulta.  – Lisa

*samples for editorial consideration…opinion and hair all my own!