Need volume and texture? Try the Chi Onyx Euroshine 1″ Crimping Iron

Chi Onyx Euroshine 1″ Crimping Iron

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Crimped hair? Why in the world would I ever want to do that, short of maybe the Depeche Mode concert this weekend?? Well, actually, there are some really great reasons – like volume and texture! And much to my surprise I am loving the CHI Onyx Euroshine 1” Crimping Iron ($149.99 from loxabeauty.com), a hair styling tool that I was sure was only going to collect dust in my bathroom. I am very happy to be proven wrong.

Chi Onyx Euroshine 1″ Crimping Iron

Chi Onyx Euroshine 1″ Crimping Iron

The CHI Onyx Euroshine 1” Crimping Iron gives a very tight crimp that is pretty cool – it’s a unique texture that makes for a very different hairstyle if you want to go all out and give yourself some full on crimping. Where I think this tool truly shines, however, is with discriminating use. A few well placed accents are adorable. Some crimping at the roots gives great volume to finer hair.

Chi Onyx Euroshine 1″ Crimping Iron

Chi Onyx Euroshine 1″ Crimping Iron

Chi Onyx Euroshine 1″ Crimping Iron

This is a high quality tool with tons of great features, particularly the customizable temperature selection that varies by hair type.

Key Features:

• 1” Onyx ceramic plates for impeccable shine creation

• Micro-ridges produce instant volume and texture

• Preset temperature settings for various hair types

• 370°F – Fine

• 395°F – Medium

• 425°F – Coarse

• 30 second heat up

• Max temperature of up to 425°F

The CHI Onyx Euroshine 1” Crimping Iron is a beautiful hair styling tool that doesn’t take up much room and is getting a lot of play from me – I am especially loving it for giving my long hair some added volume at my roots. Here are a few videos that show how to use this really cool tool.  I hope you pick this up – it’s way more than a throw back to the 1980’s! – Lisa

Long hair? You are going to love this curling iron: Pro Beauty Tools X-Long Gold Curling Wand

PBIR1900-product-600x600This review is for all the long-haired ladies! You know how it goes…the shorter the curling iron wand, the harder you have to work to curl your hair. A shorter wand means either 1. You take twice as long because you can only curl half the amount of hair or 2.  ou get so impatient you just start curling big chunks of hair, which don’t really get a firm curl because the hair is so piled up on the wand. Lose lose either way.                                                                                                                                                                                       sample

Well, get yourself to Walmart, because the answer to your long hair woes is there – the Pro Beauty Tools 1″ Professional X-Long Gold Curling Wand ($34.99). The extra long barrel means you can section off bigger chunks of hair, and there is no hair overlay since the barrel gives plenty of curling room. Here are all the features:PBIR1900

  • 24K Gold -Plated Barrel 
  • Provides advanced heat technology ideal for all hair types
  • Extra Long Barrel
  • 2” longer than traditional iron, ideal for longer hair
  • Heats up to 430?F
  • Creating 24 hour curls
  • Fast Heat Recovery System
  • Ensures optimum heat distribution with electronic sensor for consistent performance
  • Multiple Heat Settings
  • For all hair types
  • Cool Tip
  • Ergonomic Handle
  • Bonus: Heat Protective Glove
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty

Pro Beauty Tools X-Long Curling IronPro Beauty ToolsPro Beauty Tools Curling IronThis curling iron is like a styling tool that is right between the heavy-duty professional ones and the regular consumer ones you can easily find. The iron itself is definitely pro quality, but the price is awesome. The extra 2 inches on the barrel makes for much better hair distribution and the curls are super strong and last all day. So if you have long hair, you need the Pro Beauty Tools 1″ Professional X-Long Gold Curling Iron! It’s a total winner.  – Lisa

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Teeze w/Eez – it’s not a comb, it’s a magic wand and you can win one in this giveaway

Teeze w/Eez

Teeze w/Eez

Teeze w/Eez now has a PRO version so I was very excited when they offered to send me two to try for myself and have a giveaway for 12 of our readers – you read that right, twelve! But you need to learn more about this interesting comb so you can see why you need it in your life.

Teeze w/Eez Zebra

Teeze w/Eez Zebra

A year ago Lisa reviewed a version of the Teeze w/Eez so you can learn more about it there. She had a folding version but I have the full size Pro version and not only the Pro version but in some great looking styles. Teeze w/Eez is now available in Cheetah, Zebra, and Leopard. Originally it came in beautiful bright shades (Electric Pink, Purple Passion, and Gun Metal Gray) but now we can also get fancy!

Teez w/Eez Leopard

Teez w/Eez Leopard

What the heck is a Teeze w/Eez? It’s a teasing comb aka a back-combing tool. 1 stroke of the Teeze w/Eez equals 4 strokes of a regular comb because of its unique and patented pin tooth design. This comb is great for any kind of teasing you want to do. Like it high? You’ve got it. Like it just enough to give your hair just a lift and to help hold the shape? You’ve got it. Or maybe you just want a great comb for your hair that gets through it no matter how thick you hair is. Well this comb does it all.

Teez W/Eez patented pin teeth

Teeze W/Eez patented pin teeth

This back-combing tool has a unique steel design that helps keep the static away. Since there are 4 layers of pins you can do any teasing faster which is better for the health of your hair. The opposite end can be used as a pick to help section your hair and lift layers. It really is the perfect tool.

Teeze w/Eez Cheetah

Teeze w/Eez Cheetah

Teeze w/Eez helpful hints

Teeze w/Eez helpful hints

Order your own Teeze w/Eez on their website or look for it at a beauty salon.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  This is a US only giveaway that will be sent by Teeze w/Eez to 12 winners. All you have to do is decide which design you’d like to win. If you are a BIZ subscriber and comment then you are set to enter. Continue using the Rafflecopter for extra chances to win. If our comment section closes please email me your comment to [email protected] with the subject Teeze and tell me your choice. Then click ‘I commented’ and continue on. This is open through December 8, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Sending you luck and great hair.

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*products sent to facilitate this giveaway, winners will receive their prize from Teeze w/Eez. We are unable to take any responsibility for prizes sent by the company.

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

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

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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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Ultra Chi Glitter Sweet Tourmaline Ceramic flat Iron – get it N.O.W.

Ultra Chi Glitter Sweet Tourmaline Ceramic Hairstyling Iron

Ultra Chi Glitter Sweet Tourmaline Ceramic Hairstyling Iron

When it comes to hairstyling don’t we all want to be chic? Our tools should be chic too and that’s exactly what Ulta has for you with the Ultra Chi Glitter Sweet Tourmaline Ceramic Hairstyling Iron. This amazing flat iron is on sale right now for $89.95 from $149.95. I was sent this to try and I wanted to fly to Chi headquarters to thank them for a hairstyling iron that was adorable and was a breeze to use.

Ultra Chi Hairstyling Iron

Ultra Chi Hairstyling Iron

Ultra Chi Glitter Sweet Tourmaline Ceramic Hairstyling Iron

Ultra Chi Glitter Sweet Tourmaline Ceramic Hairstyling Iron

Look at the finish! It’s to die for. As sparkly and glittery as it is, it’s all embedded in the finish and won’t come off on your hands or hair.

Ultra Chi Glitter Sweet Iron

Ultra Chi Glitter Sweet Iron

Ulta and Ultra Chi tell us: “The Ultra CHI Glitter Sweet 1″ Iron features tourmaline ceramic plates for even heat distribution and a ceramic heater that produces far infrared and negative ions. This iron instantly adds moisture and shine, reduces frizz and static electricity.”

Key Features:

  • 1″ Tourmaline ceramic plates
  • Versatile “all in one” ergonomic design
  • Professional salon model
  • Flash quick 30 second heat up
  • Swivel cord for tangle prevention
  • Reaches a max. temperature of 392 degrees Fahrenheit/200 degrees Celsius (heat is non-adjustable)
  • Dual voltage but requires an adapter
  • 1 year manufacturer’s warranty

Now let’s see what I say! This beauty is gracing my vanity and I smile every time I look at it. I’m just a girly girl at heart (okay girly woman if you insist) and I love seeing these pink and bright shine when I’m in the bathroom. But pretty isn’t the criteria. This is one of the nicest flat irons I’ve ever used. I used to work at Ulta when I retired from teaching and the first thing I bought with my employee discount was a CHI flat iron. I would spend my breaks studying them to see which one would end up coming home with me. As much as I enjoyed that one, the ULTRA CHI Tourmaline blows it out of the water.

Ultra Chi Hairstyling Iron switch

Ultra Chi Hairstyling Iron switch

Ultra Chi Hairstyling Iron plate

Ultra Chi Hairstyling Iron plate

This glides through my hair and never catches any hair in its plate. The plates are smooth and a great size for my shoulder length hair. I love that it gets hot so quickly and that the cord swivels as I work with the flat iron. The only thing it’s missing is a timed shutoff but other than that, it’s perfect.

Ultra Chi Glitter Sweet Hairstyling Iron and free tote

Ultra Chi Glitter Sweet Hairstyling Iron and free tote

The bonus you get is this great silver sturdy tote bag. This free bag in the Ultra Chi Glitter Sweet Tourmaline Hairstyling Iron box is a wonderful gwp and perfect for carrying packages while you are shopping. Plus if you decide that it should be a gift, your pal will be totally impressed.

Ultra Chi Glitter Sweet Hairstyling Iron bonus tote

Ultra Chi Glitter Sweet Hairstyling Iron bonus tote

I’ve got two people on my list who have told me they need a new flat iron and this is the one I’ll gift and/or recommend. If you want super smooth hair this is for you. If you want more style than just straight hair you can use this to flip and curl with ease. It’s so versatile.

This ULTA Exclusive is on sale right now using code 308308 at checkout through 12/28. You already know the quality of CHI and now you can find out about ULTRA CHI with this beautiful, efficient hairstyling tool. — Marcia

Don’t forget to use Ebates if you are buying on line. Money back makes it even more of a value.

*sent for review consideration