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

John Frieda Frizz Ease

John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush

*pr sample

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

*samples sent for editorial consideration; affiliate links

Giveaway alert! Teez W/Eeze Aqua Brush and Folding Back Combing Comb

Is flat hair dragging you down? Are tangles tying you into knots? Do hair puns drive you right over the edge??? Today’s giveaway from Teez w/Eez can cure all of these ills!

Teez w/Eez Giveaway

Two lucky winners will receive a hair product duo from Teez w/Eez including the Aqua Brush and the Folding Back Combing Comb.

The Aqua Brush

The Aqua Brush

Brushes specifically for wet hair are very popular and for good reason. It is so easy to damage wet hair with brushing or combing, but brushes made for wet hair are gentle enough to eliminate tangles without breaking fragile strands. I have tried many wet brushes, but my absolute favorite is the Teez w/Eez Aqua Brush.

My family literally fights over this brush! Many wet brushes are too wimpy for long hair and tough tangles, but this one is just firm enough to really tackle tough knots. It’s also terrific on dry hair. Most mornings when I reach for this I can’t find it…my poor brush is a kidnapping victim almost every day.

The Aqua Brush also works on extensions and wigs, and is perfect for thinning and very fragile hair. As Teez w/Eez says, ‘lose the knots, not the hair’! It also has an ‘anti-slip grip’ which prevents the dreaded involuntary brush toss. It’s also the best brush ever for kids…every mom should have one of these!

The Back Combing Comb

The Folding Back Combing Comb

Once I solve my tangled hair issues, I need help taking my hair from flat to fabulous. I have mid-back length hair with long layers, so getting some lift at the roots is always a chore for me. I first reviewed the Back Combing Comb two years ago and I have used my comb every single day since. This comb makes it so easy that even a klutz like me can back comb like a pro.

The new version has the same great features plus a bonus. The unique steel pin design means that hair won’t suddenly be full of static, plus a single stroke through is like four from a regular comb. That means fewer strokes for the same effect…and less damage to your hair. The large comb has a great handle that makes it extremely easy to use on yourself and the pick end is great for sectioning hair. The cool addition with the new version is a folding handle, which makes the comb compact and perfect for on the go. The ergonomic handle can still be used for sectioning hair, but then the comb can be folded up, protecting the teeth and minimizing space.

You can find the Aqua Brush and the Folding Back Combing Comb online at teezeweez.com and at beauty supply stores.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  This is open to US Subscribers only through Friday September 25, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close email me with your comment at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Teez w/Eez, then press that entry button and continue on. Between the Aqua Brush and the Folding Back Combing Comb, your hair is going to look better than ever!  Enter today to win…two people will get this great set, why not make yourself one of the lucky ones??  — Lisa

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*sent for consideration

Want sleek, shiny hair fast? Try Jose Eber Quickshine Infrared Blow Dryer

Jose Eber Quickshine Infrared Blow Dryer

Jose Eber Quickshine Infrared Blow Dryer

Are you in the market for a new hair dryer?  If so, make sure the Jose Eber Quickshine Infrared Blow Dryer is on your list.  I was sent one to test and I am impressed!

While this is a professional grade hair dryer, it’s extremely lightweight.  It uses Far Infrared light, which means it dries the hair cuticle from within – and that means your drying time is cut in half.  It also makes hair sleek and shiny.

Jose Eber Quickshine Infrared Blow Dryer

Jose Eber Quickshine Infrared Blow Dryer

Jose Eber Quickshine Infrared Blow Dryer

Jose Eber Quickshine Infrared Blow Dryer

The blow dryer comes with a nozzle attachment which is worth using.  I have always kind of thrown them away or lost them deep in a drawer, but the nozzle helps concentrate the air so hair really dries quickly and gets that awesome shine.  Here is everything you need to know:

  • Powerful, professional-grade blow dryer with a 1500-watt DC motor
  • Uses far infrared light to help infuse gentle heat into the core of the cuticle, not the surface of the hair shaft
  • Helps decrease drying time, drying hair quickly and completely
  • Helps provide high shine and smoothness
  • Emits cooler heat as it dries to help eliminate hot spots and burns to the hair and scalp
  • Helps minimize heat damage
  • Cool shot button helps set your style
  • Ultra lightweight, portable design can go with you anywhere for quick styling
  • Ideal for all hair types

I found this for $159 at  www.JoséEberHair.com and for $99 on hsn.com.  – Lisa

*received for editorial consideration

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
*received for editorial consideration

Double hair goodness with Hubalou hair wrap and Duelette

If I were you I’d be questioning what in the world is a Hubalou and who is Duelette? The answer is that these are two products I’ve been using to help my hair look better.

Hubalou Hair Wrap

Hubalou Hair Wrap

I learned about Hubalou from Allison of Never Say Die Beauty. She reviewed the Hubalou Hair Wrap that she received from Gloss48. I thought about it overnight and didn’t stop thinking about it. Since I was ordering something else from Gloss48, it was a no-brainer that I’d add this onto my order.

Hubalou Hair Wrap

Hubalou Hair Wrap

Previously I was raving about my Aqua Towel for drying my hair. Mine is so old that it already has its driver’s license. It looks that old too. It’s very dingy and I wanted it replaced. Well Aqua Towel has changed the material and the last one I bought wasn’t nearly the same. Plus it attracted hair and wouldn’t let it go. I cringe when I see hair in things so that was a waste.

Hubalou on the other hand is made from soft, sustainable bamboo fibers. I love the feel of it and it doesn’t grab onto hair, it just helps dry it faster and without any damage.

how do I use Hubalou?

how do I use Hubalou?

how do I wrap Hubalou?

how do I wrap Hubalou?

I’m sure most of us have used a hair turban so using it isn’t going to be difficult. Because this is so large it’s easier to tie up in turban fashion. It starts absorbing water instantly. I wrap my head out of the shower, do my morning routine (teeth, RX, vitamins) and then I’m ready to  blow dry. My hair isn’t bone dry, it’s still quite damp, but it’s amazing how quickly my hair dries after using Hubalou since it’s gotten the water out.

Hubalou opened fully

Hubalou opened fully

This sells for $24.00 and comes in 3 shades (cream, peach and plum) at Gloss48. It’s just the thing you need to minimize your dry time. It’s perfect if you have dry or brittle hair because of the softness. This is a top buy of mine.

Hubalou in peach

Hubalou in peach

Now you get to learn about Duelette. If you have hair long enough to wear in a pony then you really want to learn about Duelette. A lot of companies make stretchy hair ties that you can wear on your wrist that look better than the coated rubber bands. But Duelette makes an actual bracelet that looks great on your wrist as well as in your hair.

Duelette

Duelette

Duelette

Duelette

There are different styles and colors to pick from. The bands come in either black or white, the beads are 14k gold and silver plated for shine and durability and can be worn alone or together to create different looks for different occasions.

Duelette

Duelette

The one I was sent is a combination of the gold and silver so it works perfectly with any jewelry and my watch. I open it wide, pull my hair back and then slide the bead to the spot it most comfortably holds my hair in a pony.

Duelette

Duelette

duelette back

It’s stylish on my wrist as well as in my hair. For $15 you have your choice of 6 combinations so that you too can look great in just a short time even if you are coming from the gym. Duelette can be found at ChillyJilly.

Duelette (from chillyjilly.com)

Duelette (from chillyjilly.com)

Now that you’ve learned two of my hair secrets, what are yours? — Marcia

*Duelette provided a PR sample. Hulabou was purchased by me.