Aquis Essentials Lisse Luxe hair turban and towel – you’re going to love these

Aquis

When AQUIS Towels came calling the Beauty Info Zone ladies came running. This is the premier brand of hair towels and we were excited to be able to use their newest towels. There are so many types of towels from AQUIS including body towels that this is only the tip of the iceberg. Today we are all about their hair towels.

 

  • Choose the best for your hair

    AQUIS comes in formats to suit different hairstyles and lifestyles. There are basically three choices.
    Length: Long towels are for long hair, otherwise choose regular.
    Fabric: Lisse Luxe is best for delicate hair and curls, Waffle Luxe is best for thick hair and lots of it.
    Format: Turbans are super convenient and stay on better. Plus there is no temptation to rub your hair (old habits die hard).
    Our towels are also light and easy to tie, usually dry hair slightly faster.

No one asks for frizz but everyone should ask for AQUIS!

AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban

AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban

Lisa and her Lisse Luxe Hair Turban:  I use a hair turban every single time I shampoo. My hair is long, but a regular towel is just TOO MUCH to wrap my hair in…it falls off my head within minutes. Hair turbans keep my wet hair safely in place and good ones do double duty by also reducing my dry time.

AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban

AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban

AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair TurbanAQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban

I love, love, love the AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban ($30). First, it comes in a super cute plastic pouch that is perfect for travel. I am so addicted to hair turbans that I can’t go without on vacation! It has a button and fastening loop to keep the turban in place and hair out of my face. I even use this when I am doing a facial mask or applying my makeup.

AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban made with Aquitex

AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban made with Aquitex

The best part, though, is how well it absorbs water. The turban is made with Aquitex, which is soft and comfy and incredibly absorbent. This saves my hair from heat styling time, resulting in wonderful side effects like better hair health, less frizz, and less split ends. I love my AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban so much that I only have one complaint – I need more because my daughters keep stealing it!!

Hey....give me back my AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban!!

Hey….give me back my AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban!!

Marcia and her Lisse Luxe Towel:

Aquis Towel Lisse Luxe in Chevron

Aquis Towel Lisse Luxe in Chevron

I introduced my Aquis Lisse Luxe Towel on my Frizz Busters post the other day. I too use mine every time I wash my shoulder length hair. I fold it turban style and it wicks out the wet. I save so much time drying my hair because of the efficiency of this Aquis Towel.

The one I have is the full size Lisse Luxe towel which comes in several colors. Mine is a chevron weave and if that doesn’t suit you just pick from Desert Rose, Ivory White, or Cloudberry. The Chevron is perfect for my gray and white bathroom!

Aquis Lisse Luxe Towel in Chevron

Aquis Lisse Luxe Towel in Chevron

This particular towel is 19 X 42 in (50 X 107 CM) which gives it plenty of room to wrap my hair and stay wrapped. I leave it on for 5-10 minutes while I’m brushing teeth, taking vitamins, prepping my skin with moisturizer. When I remove it my hair isn’t wet wet anymore, it’s damp but not damaged. Rubbing a towel on your head is not good for your hair so it’s important that the water gets wicked away without pressure.

AQUIS Lisse Luxe on a double bed

AQUIS Lisse Luxe on a double bed

I’ve owned Aquis towels for years and years. As soon as I first learned about the brand I went to Bed, Bath, and Beyond to purchase one. My previous one has gone on many vacations with me so it’s seen a lot of good times but when I look at the new one I know it’s time to put my previous one away.

AQUIS Lisse Luxe vs my original AQUIS

AQUIS Lisse Luxe vs my original AQUIS

The size and feel of the Lisse Luxe is superb. I know this is going to sound silly but I have a phobia about hair clinging to towels and items (this is coming from the mother of a shedding dog). Lisse Luxe doesn’t hold onto those hairs so I don’t have to get the shivers picking them off. A small thing but important to me.

Aquis Lisse Luxe Chevon packaging

Aquis Lisse Luxe Chevon packaging

Whether you are a fan of the Turban or the Hair Towel, you are in for a treat. At $30 each they may seem expensive at first but you’ll get so many years of use from these that they’ll practically paying you to use them. The Aquis website has free shipping at $30 which is a bonus. Aquis Hair Turban is also newly available at Sephora.com to make your shopping even easier.

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Straighten, curl, and add volume with the InStyler MAX

InStyler MAX

InStyler MAX

One single tool that solves every styling issue? It almost sounds too good to be true. With three women in my house who need hair styling tools, the bathroom cabinet is awfully crowded. I’ve got long, fine hair that I like to straighten or curl. My older daughter has long, extremely thick hair that she loves to put waves in, and my youngest daughter has shoulder length hair that needs straightening and volume. The InStyler MAX sounded like a solution to all those straightening/curling/heat styling tools in the bathroom vanity.                                                                                           *pr sample

The InStyler MAX is a rotating hot iron unlike any other styling tool. The patented design of the tourmaline ceramic polishing rotating cylinder combined with ionic bristles that separate your hair allow for lower heat and in turn won’t fry your hair like traditional tools – finally. Straighten, curl, smooth and shine your hair in minutes with one tool.

InStyler MAX

My version is the purple ¼ inch barrel ($99, available at Ulta and Walmart). All the goodies included:

Heated rotating barrel that goes in two different directions

Ionic bristles

Tourmaline ceramic floating plate

4 heat settings

Removable cool tip

30 second rapid heat up

Auto shut off

6 inch swivel cord

Removable heat protectant cage

Styling comb

Heat resistant mat

comb, cool tip, heat protecting cage, heat protecting mat

styling comb, removable cool tip, heat protectant cage, heat resistant mat

InStyler MAX

InStyler MAX

InStyler MAX

The removable cool tip is great – I put this in and see no reason to take it out. It allows you to hold the iron safely from the top without burning your fingers. The mat is nice because you need to set the iron down while sectioning hair for styling. It also comes with a heat protectant cage that you can snap on and off…I preferred it without the cage which just seemed to get in the way.

This device has a learning curve for sure. The barrel rotates in two directions, and you can switch between each easily. The barrel provides the heat while the brush provides the tension and shine. I recommend checking out some of the ‘how to’ videos on YouTube before using this.

Since the three females in my house have totally different hair we all gave this a shot and found it worked differently for each one of us.

I have mid-back length hair that is fine, but there’s a lot of it. I have very long layers. The InStyler MAX works really well for straightening my hair and for adding volume. I leave it close to my roots for about 30 seconds for a wonderful lift, and I like how I can rotate the barrel in the direction I would use to backcomb for volume without tangles and damaging the hair shaft. This is not my choice for curls, however. It gives me soft, beach waves but they don’t last long – my hair is just too heavy.

My oldest daughter has long hair that is very thick and heavy. She likes the InStyler MAX for straightening her ends and for correcting any weirdness or kinks that might have happened overnight. However, her hair is so thick and there is so much of it that it takes a very long time to do a full head treatment. Also, her hair is wiry and coarse, and the InStyler MAX just doesn’t hold her hair tight enough to really make a lasting wave or curl.

The InStyler MAX is perfect for my youngest daughter’s shoulder length, medium/fine hair. It gets rid of frizz and leaves her hair smooth and shiny. She can get a long-lasting curl or a head full of waves if she wants. It doesn’t take long to do all of her hair, especially when she sections it and works on the bottom layers first. Another bonus – the InStyler MAX is light so her hand doesn’t get tired, and it’s great to have all these styling options in one single tool.

InStyler MAX

Overall evaluation:  the InStyler MAX shines for all hair types as a hair straightener that also gives volume. Those with shoulder-length and shorter hair styles will love the wave and curls it can give. Those with longer hair styles may find their hair to be too heavy for long-lasting curls. The best results are found with medium to fine hair, while those with wiry or coarse hair will probably want something even more powerful. What do you think, is the InStyler MAX right for you?  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Straighten up quick with the Luma™ Hair Straightener

Luma Hair StraightenerI want it all. I want beautiful, shiny, straight hair…and I want it now. I don’t want to have to clip up sections of my hair, painstakingly flat ironing each section over and over for straight perfection that still has some body. I want to spend less time on my hair and more time on doing…well…everything else! I think that Luma™ Hair Straightener ($59) is the answer to my hair straightening dreams.

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Luma™ Hair Straightener

Luma™ Hair Straightener

Luma™ Hair Straightener

Luma™ Hair Straightener

The Luma™ is a hair straightener that works fast and is as easy as brushing your hair. Hair needs to be dry first – this is crucial! – but then all you need to do is turn on the Luma™, wait one minute for it to heat up, and then brush it through your hair.

Luma™ Hair Straightener

It takes two or three passes to get the effect I want. I don’t section, clip, or do anything but simply brush. At first I thought I needed to hold my hair or pull it, but that really isn’t necessary. Besides, you risk burning your hand if you try to ‘help’ the Luma™. Trust me, it doesn’t need your help, and it doesn’t overheat hair or burn your scalp. lumacompare

I don’t think I will be ironing my hair again because the Luma™ really works. I have a ton of hair, so styling usually takes forever. When I want straight hair or when I just don’t have time to curl it, I will reach for the Luma™ Hair Straightener every time.

Getting ready to heat up...

Getting ready to heat up…

60 seconds later, ready to use!

60 seconds later, ready to use!

Plug it in and the red light means it’s starting to heat up. Within 60 seconds, the green light means it’s ready to use.

Before Luma™ Hair Straightener

Before Luma™ Hair Straightener

After Luma™ Hair Straightener

After Luma™ Hair Straightener

The back of my hair after the Luma™ Hair Straightener

The back of my hair after the Luma™ Hair Straightener

Luma™ Hair Straightener

The Luma™ Hair Straightener is ten times faster than a regular flat iron and you can see the results for yourself. I think this is a terrific hair styling tool and I highly recommend it!  – Lisa

*sample sent for editorial consideration

Revlon One Step Hair Dryer and Styler – not what your mother taught you

I’m going to show my age today when telling you about Revlon One Step Hair Dryer and Styler. You see when I was growing up I battled my mother with how I wore my hair. I liked my hair to lie straight and I wanted to wear a headband in it all the time. Instead my mother insisted on using these on me:spoolies box

Spoolies

Spoolies

OMG, the horror of it all. You never knew which way the fussy curl was going to land; they were uncomfortable to sleep in and I usually still woke up with wet hair; and I cried a lot!

No more crying these days since we’ve come a long way in what we can use on ourselves and our daughters. I’m sure there are still tears because that’s just how girls are but hopefully less with the advancements made with hair drying and styling.

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Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler

One such advancement is Revlon’s One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler. This would have been the ideal hair tool when I was growing up. It does it all in one step. When using this I towel dry my hair and then put in my leave-in conditioner. I comb through so my hair is straight and let my hair dry a little longer while I do some of my bathroom basics.

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler

That’s when my Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler starts creating its magic. This eliminates my hair dryer, my brush, and my flat iron. It does it all with just this one machine.

There are two heat setting plus a cool setting making it better for use all thicknesses of hair. The cord swivels so you don’t need a degree in gymnastics to use this. I wish the cord were a little longer but if your plug isn’t far then the 5.5″ length will be fine.

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler brush

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler brush

The brush is a large 3″x5″ paddle brush that’s cushioned so it’s comfortable on your head and doesn’t pull. Even though Revlon calls this lightweight I don’t really agree with that. It’s less than 1 lb though so I might be in the minority.

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler

This works best on the length of my hair. I use clips and separate my hair so I’m drying and straightening it in sections. The top of my hair is a little more stubborn when using this but if I save it for last it’s dry enough to make the job easier.

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler from the box

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler from the box

My recommendation for the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler is that it’s best for hair that’s at least shoulder length and not too curly. It helps eliminate frizz and will keep your hair pretty darn straight. The drying power is 1000 Watts so it’s gentler on hair than most hairdryers plus being faster there’s less chance for damage.

If you have hair horrors like I did, look into this 21st century hair tool. And don’t use Spoolies on your daughter!!  — Marcia

The Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler is $49.99 and available at Ulta, Target, Amazon, and more retail outlets.

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Love it or hate it? John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush

John Frieda Frizz Ease

John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush

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Here at the BIZ we focus on products we love. There is enough negativity in the world as it is…if we don’t like something, we probably won’t even review it. So when I tried the John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush ($39.99) and hated it, I thought there was no way I could review this – and it was particularly ironic since since it’s one of Marcia’s favorite hair tools of all time!! Then I decided to try it out on my daughter’s hair…and guess what? Now I wouldn’t trade this baby for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

John Frieda Frizz Ease

John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush

At first, I assumed this was basically a curling iron with a brush attached. But it’s not a curling iron, it’s a blow dryer. Use it on towel-dried hair to smooth, dry, and de-frizz hair, all the while giving it the volume and slight curl that a round brush will give you. I have very long hair – mid-back, super long layers, and while my hair is fine I have tons of it. So…if your hair is similar, this is not the drying/styling device for you. My hair is too long to wrap up in the brush, which means I have to start at the root and slowly move through my hair to the bottom…so it takes forever to dry my hair. And then, while it certainly leaves my hair smooth, it doesn’t give it much volume or curl.  For the time and the so-so results, I felt the Salon Shape Hot Air Brush just wasn’t worth it.

Then I figured I would give it a shot on my daughter Annie’s hair. She has shoulder-length fine hair with bangs and layers. Honestly it is a pain in the butt to do her hair because she is such a wimp…everything hurts her; she fights every bit of product and every stroke of the brush. When I told her I wanted to test this on her she almost cried. Then a Christmas miracle happened….she LOVED it and her hair looked the best it has ever looked!

John Frieda Frizz Ease

John Frieda Frizz Ease

The 1 1/2 inch titanium ceramic hair brush barrel is easy to maneuver and the bristles are soft enough to be comfortable, but firm enough to hold hair. It has 500 watts of power, two heat settings, and a cold air option. It dries shorter, layered hair so quickly and painlessly I could not believe it. Now my daughter is always begging me to do her hair – or doing it herself – and then spending a half hour staring at the fabulousness of her hair style.

The bottom line is, if you have long, heavy hair there are better options for you. If you have shoulder length or shorter hair, or shorter layers, you will be thrilled with the John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush. I’m so glad I gave this a second chance!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Beautiful hair on the go with Chi Escape Cordless Curling Iron

CHI Escape Cordless Curling Iron

CHI Escape Cordless Curling Iron

I’m always looking for convenient beauty products that help me out in a pinch and I think I’ve found the ultimate hair styling tool that works just as well in my car as it does at home – the Chi Escape Cordless Curling Iron ($109.98).

I didn’t expect a whole lot when I was sent this to test – anything that also charges in my car is usually just semi-effective triage when it comes to my hair. This curling iron, however, is no joke.

CHI Escape Cordless Curling Iron

CHI Escape Cordless Curling Iron

CHI Escape Cordless Curling Iron

CHI Escape Cordless Curling Iron

I was sent the Chi Escape Cordless Curling Iron by Farouk Systems Inc. No hassle with electric cords with this heavy-duty ceramic curling iron, instead it’s battery operated. The 1″ ceramic barrel gives hair smooth curls that have terrific lasting power. There is a temperature control button that works for all hair types, from super fine to very coarse. Temperature settings are color coded: Blue 340°F for Fine Hair, Green- 375°F for Medium Hair and Red- 392°F for coarse hair.

The Chi Escape Cordless Curling Iron highlights include:

  • Cordless Technology: Ideal for traveling and on the go styling.
  • 1’’ CHI Ceramic Barrel: Retains moisture in order to create smooth, sleek styles.
  • CHI Ceramic Heater: For optimal temperature control and even heat distribution.
  • Temperature and Control Button: Color-coded temperature settings.
  • Lithium Battery: Up to 30 min of constant heating.
  • Travel Pouch: Protects and stores iron and chargers.
  • Compact Size: Easy to store and travel.
  • Car and Wall Charger: Options for charging on the go.
  • *2 Year warranty
CHI Escape Cordless Curling Iron

CHI Escape Cordless Curling Iron with wall charger and car charger

CHI Escape Cordless Curling Iron

You need to do an initial 4 hour charge, which then provides up to 30 minutes of salon-quality hair curling. The iron is small enough to take anywhere and the pouch is a great way to store the iron when you aren’t using it. You can put the iron back into the pouch even when it’s still warm, which is nice.

I can’t even begin to tell what an excellent, high quality curling iron this is –  it’s even better than the plug-in one I own. If you are looking for an extraordinary travel iron that you can even use in your car, look no further –  the Chi Escape Cordless Curling Iron is the answer to your prayers.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Holiday Gift Guide for Lustrous Locks

A good friend of mine once said, “It’s all about two things: skin and hair.” I took it to heart and put all of my efforts into having great skin and great hair – and I think she is a genius. Great hair in particular just makes EVERYTHING better. Here are my picks for awesome holidays gifts for creating lustrous locks!

Mastey Paris Hair Care

1.  Mastey Color Protecting Shampoo, Restorative Mask, and Oil Treatment: I can’t get over this fabulous 100% vegan and completely eco-friendly salon line. I never even knew about it until about 6 months ago and I have not only finished everything I’ve tried, I’ve actually stood there in the shower with an empty bottle trying to wish more product into it.

Mastey Paris Hair CareBig favorites of mine include the Color Protecting Shampoo (SAVE! $34), which does a great job of washing my oddball hair – oily roots, dry ends, tons of hair but it’s very fine, color treated, mid-back length…yeah, not many people have all the weird issues I have, so when I find something that works it usually works for everyone else. This creamy shampoo has great ingredients like argan oil and olive oil, and is so gentle you can also use it as a face and body cleanser. The Restorative Mask (SAVE! $22) is an incredible deep conditioning treatment that soothes dry, damaged ends with Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9, Argan Oil, Olive Oil, and Grape Seed Extract. The Oil Treatment (SAVE! $25) is hair treatment perfection in a bottle.  Not too heavy for fine hair, but still nourishing and conditioning.

Philip B Rejuvenating Oil

Philip B Rejuvenating Oil

2.  Philip B. Rejuvenating Oil (SAVE! $30)  This is a VERY interesting hair product – a perfect stocking stuffer for the hair aficionado who has everything but wants even more. You put this on dry hair before washing. It sinks into every single strand of hair, plumping it up for the most possible volume. It makes hair super strong and shiny, and it is also a scalp ‘detox’, getting rid of any built up product and oil. My ends can get very dry and frizzy because I do a lot of heat styling, and this treatment never fails to bring me back to bouncy, shiny hair. Another bonus – it can be used on keratin treated hair!

White Sands Leave In Spray Conditioner

3.  White Sands Leave In Spray Conditioner (SAVE! $15)  I love a good leave-in conditioner and this one from White Sands is superb. It has something called ‘selective conditioning’, which reminds me of my ‘selective listening’ skills (say work and I tune out…say chocolate and you have my full attention!). The Leave In Spray Conditioner hones in on frazzled areas to repair and smooth, giving already healthy areas a lighter treatment.

KISS Instawave Hair Curler

KISS Instawave hair curls

KISS Instawave hair curls

4.  KISS Instawave (SPLURGE! $60)  This is cool. I am totally uncoordinated when it comes to hair styling and it took me about 10 seconds to get the hang of this. The curler does the work for you, wrapping hair around the diamond-ceramic ionic hair curler. My hair is LONG, so usually these types of devices do not work for me, but this works on any length and gives me a loose, wavy curl that lasts all day.

Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret

Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret curls

Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret curls

5.  Conair Infiniti Pro Curl Secret (SPLURGE! $100)  You want curls that last for three days? The Conair Infiniti Pro delivers. This fantastic tool has a learning curve – it took me several times to figure out how to use it correctly for my particular hairstyle – but it has become my go-to for my best curled hair look that lasts several days. Curls are created via the tourmaline ceramic barrel inside the curling machine. You need to section hair, putting each piece in at a time. The machine pulls hair in, curling it tightly and closely to the heated barrel. A beeper tells you when hair is finished, and the Infiniti Pro Curl Secret releases the hair – and it’s fabulously curled. You can decide how tight you want your curl. For me, my hair is so long that I can only do about 3/4 of the length…but oh my, the curls this gives!! Long, wavy, flowy curls that look amazing finger brushed the first day. The second and third day I use a brush and the curl is still there holding strong. Because I have so much hair, the curling is time intensive – about 20 minutes, compared to the 10 minutes with the KISS Instawave – but the results are always worth it. This is a fantastic gift for anyone who wants tons of curls – loose, medium, or tight – that just won’t go limp.  – Lisa

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