Posts Tagged ‘hair tools’

BRUSH BATH

The two most dreaded words of the season: spring cleaning. Naturally you’ll do the windows, you’ll deep clean your room, break out some lighter-weight bedding, but will you shampoo your hair brushes? I realized this post needed to happen when I was talking to my client the other day. She said she was having a very hard time getting the silky smooth blowout that she normally gets. I asked her if she had been doing anything different recently and she said she was using a volumizing mousse for a while but had stopped. I asked her if she had shampooed her brush between then and now and she just gave me this stumped look. I’m pretty sure she realized right then why it made sense. But I explained that you blowdry with product, it obviously transfers onto the brush. If you do that for a couple/few weeks you will have a build up of product that will transfer right back into wet hair when it’s dragged through. The product on the brush will also attract dust. Long-ish story short, she shampooed the brush and then we got a cute email titled “hooray” to let us know that it fully did the trick. Seems so obvious but when you can’t see the product just by looking down at the brush you really don’t think much about it. It’s not just mousses either– it’s leave-in conditioners, hairspray, thermal protectant, serums, pomades, etc. If you’re a product user, take the time every couple of weeks to shampoo your brushes like this…

  1. Looking at your brush doesn’t tell you much. Looks good enough, right?
  2. Look at it a little closer. On metal-core round brushes, you’ll often see product that’s been burned while sitting on the metal. Particles come off and get in your hair the next time you run it through your freshly shampooed strands.
  3. Before taking them for a dip, use the wide side of a comb to get the hair out.
  4. I specifically encourage you to use a clarifying shampoo. I like THIS ONE + THIS ONE. Don’t just use soap as that can leave behind even more residue.
  5. Fill the sink up about halfway with medium to hot water while adding your clarifying shampoo. Let them sit for about 5 minutes– enough to soften the hardened product particles.
  6. Using a basic scrubber (which I get from the 99 cent store) rub at the core of a metal round brush or at the padding of a flat brush. If you’re cleaning a natural bristle brush, massage it with your fingers under the water instead.Rinse them well with cold water. Make sure you’ve removed all the shampoo.
  7. Now either lay them out to dry or blowdry them on medium heat, which is what I like to do.
  8. See. No more nastiness! You’re sure to get a much better blowout when you have freshly cleaned brushes. This only takes a few minutes and makes all the difference in the world.

BEST BLOWDRYERS 2014

 

As you recall, we did THIS post a couple days ago which was to help you figure out every feature you need from a blowdryer for your hair type or to combat a specific issue. And as we mentioned in that post, you should have a written short list of your needs based on your hair type, texture and/or specific issues. The week before that, we posted THIS glossary so you could get to know common words associated with blow dryers and think more like a pro while searching the shelves. Let’s face it, in order to know what you’re looking for, you have to know the language, right? Okay, so in this third and final post, we’ve made our best of the best list. Hooray!! It’s time to grab your list of needs and find the dryer that bests suits you…

  1. SuperSolano - My favorite thing about this dryer is it puts out SO. MUCH. WIND. Great for anyone with super thick hair or anyone who’s always running late.
  2. Elchim 2001 - I’ve been loyal to this dryer for over a decade. I can’t live without it. The perfect amount of wind and heat for those of you with fine hair and a LOT of it.
  3. MorrocanOil Tourmalite - Shine shine shine shine. Great for thick, dry + damaged hair. Expensive, but putting out the money is not as painful as major breakage from a dryer that causes extra damage. Invest!
  4. John Frieda Hair Dryer - A really great dryer for anyone on a budget who’s trying to minimize heat damage. It’s not the best ever, but it’s $40 and insanely good for that price.
  5. BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Travel Dryer - Little powerhouse. I’m not mad at it. Folds up nicely and doesn’t give off that just burned smell like a hotel dryer. Pretty strong for a travel dryer. Also VERY lightweight for anyone with wrist issues.
  6. Conair Infiniti Pro - Okay, this surprised me. Heavy duty, strong wind, good heat and an ac motor in a drugstore dryer?? If I were saving money, this is the one I would get as an alternative to the SuperSolano.
  7. Harry Josh Pro Dryer 2000 - Okay, I know some of you may bug out over the price, but hear me out… this is a serious tool. Every time I use this dryer I love it more and more. The fact that it has an ionic on/off switch is SUCH a game changer. That means I can turn it on when I want smooth and shiny locks and then I can turn it off to bulk up and create major volume. I was definitely skeptical because it’s fairly small compared to the pro dryer I normally use, but make no mistake, this little green gem’s stealing my heart one client at a time.
  8. John Frieda Ceramic Hot Air Brush - I would really only use this on shorter hair, bangs or the very ends of your long hair if you’re not coordinated enough to use a curling iron. Not ideal for getting up into the root with longer hair because it’s too likely to get tangled. That being said, this is great for getting volume and curl at the same time in shorter hair.
  9. Revlon 1875W Tourmaline Ionic - Good bang for your buck. Ha. Get it? Bang? Okay. This is like the cheaper little sister to the MoroccanOil Tourmalite. So if you’re not about to drop a couple hundo on a dryer for dry, damaged, thick hair, try this!
  10. Turbo Power TwinTurbo 3200 - This is super windy and non-ionic. That means it’s for anyone trying to get that BIG BIG hair. Anyone with  super thick hair who wants to stay away from tourmaline/ionic “smoothing dryers” will want to marry this.
  11. Conair Soft Bonnet - Shorties, pixies and curlies! This one is for you. Set it and forget it! I love a bonnet dryer for the same reasons I love a diffuser. You can put this on while you do your makeup and it will dry your hair in it’s natural state much faster. Good for those who live in cold climates who can’t get their hair to air dry quickly.
  12. Jose Eber Infrared - Infrared technology is interesting and I don’t know the long term effect of this, but what I do know for sure is that this is the fastest my hair has ever dried. Not quite as frizz free as I would have hoped but still good for me because I’m always, always, always late.
  13. DevaCurl Dryer - If you wear your hair naturally curly this is legit my favorite. It’s got these fingers that go up into your scalp which is where I always seem to need more heat/air when I diffuse. A lot of diffusers instruct you to set the hair on top of the surface, but that only dries the ends. When I do curly hair, I prefer to blowdry/diffuse more at the scalp and then let the ends air dry. This does just that.
  14. T3 Featherweight 2- I think we’ve all heard a thing or two or two thousand about this dryer. I like it a lot.  It is the greatest dc motor hairdryer on the market. It actually shocked me the first time I heard it was a dc. But that’s what makes it so lightweight. The softness that comes from this dryer is unreal and they have a line of brushes that increase shine + softness even more so. A very popular choice amongst my pro stylist friends.

TOOL TIME (STRAIGHT HAIR)

post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

Okay all you straight hair Sallys! It’s your turn. Today we’re going over the essentials for your bathroom. Whether you struggle with how straight your hair is or you love it, these are great things to have on hand for changing things up. As always if you have something you LOVE that you think we missed on this list, we would love to hear about it in the comment section below. Here we go!

  1. Sectioning clips. It’s really important to section your hair when trying to build volume, assuming that’s what you want to do. If you like the straightness of your hair and want to maintain it, you’ll still get a shinier, smoother, sleeker blowout when you section it off.
  2. Blowdryer. That’s pretty obvious. You’ll want one with a cool button because setting the hair with cool air is what will make it stay longer.
  3. Filter for the shower. Vital. Straight hair can become heavier and straighter with film caused by different elements in our shower water. Keep that heaviness away by putting a filter in the shower. There are several options at Sephora.
  4. Teasing brush. Stop trying to get volume with a comb. You’ll save so much time by getting one of these natural bristled teasing brushes.
  5. Metal core round brush. These serve as a curling iron when they heat up so you could avoid using an actual iron if you can get the right bend with one of these.
  6. Mason Pearson style brush. Massage your scalp and encourage hair growth with a Mason Pearson style flat brush. Actual Mason Pearsons cost a fortune but there are great alternatives out there. I like the ones by Denman mentioned in this article I wrote a long time ago!
  7. Extra-large sponge rollers or velcro rollers. These help set your hair and give you that major bounce you want, which you can’t typically get with straight hair. Remember this tutorial?
  8. Emi Jay hair ties. One of my favorite tricks for straight hair is tying it up on top of the head for 20 or 30 minutes using one of these. Letting the hair dry a little while the follicles are going in an upward direction helps add a little more volume and keep the hair from laying super flat.
  9. Hot rollers. Obviously a straight haired gals best friend. May seem old-school but still a great way to get lasting waves.
  10. Various curling irons. Straight hair is a blank canvas. Never overdo it but definitely try different things. Challenge yourself and try not to use curling irons on super straight hair more than a few days a week.

Anything you want to add? xo

DETANGLING MADE EASY

photos/design: Kristin Ess article: Sarah St. Lifer

Whether you have long hair, short hair, curly hair, straight hair, fine hair, thick hair, wavy hair, natural hair or fake hair, you should own this brush. Many others boast the ability to glide through dry hair like NBD, but we’ve been hard-pressed to find a brush that eliminates tangles without the inevitable Advil dosage post-styling. Short + thick bristles barely get the job done, leaving paddles looking like a stray strand graveyard. Well, while on vacay, our TBD hair guru did the unthinkable — stuffed a suitcase but forgot to pack a brush. Naturally, she hightailed it to the nearest drugstore and scooped up a replacement– this Conair Detangling Brush to be exact. The packaging promised zero snagging and hair-pulling, all for less than $5. Hesitant,  she took the new tool to her hotel room — and hasn’t put the thing down since! Mayyyybe our entire team has followed suit, and mayyyybe she bought one for each of her salon clients. Why? Well, because this thing delivers. Knots from damaged ends are a distant memory, and one touch to your roots and you’re in instant cranium heaven — it seriously doubles as a scalp massager. Trust, there will be no more wincing with each stroke — a true blessing for those with sensitive scalps, especially now that the windows are down every time we get behind the wheel!

Ps– I know curly girls are going to challenge the opinion that hair can be brushed while dry, but just give this brush a shot before inserting an opinion! It’s incredibly flexible/soft and truly does not break the hair off.

*For more of our affordable beauty favorites, check out the Pinboard we’ve created with Target during the month of May.