Hair Care Caring for your hair <![CDATA[ Turbie Twist Hair Towel Review]]> Turbie Twist Hair Towels to try because I saw it on a end cap at a store where I shopped. I loved it so much that I ended up going back and buying more for myself. I also purchased some for my daughter and daughter in law. These towels are great for people with shoulder length to long hair. If you would like to read more about how to use Turbie Twist Hair Towels please read my Full Review on Turbie Twist Hair Towels]]> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 15:34:29 +0000 <![CDATA[ Best Polishing Spray for Some Seriously Shiny Locks!]]> amazing.  It adds shine to my hair and eliminates frizz, greatly taming it.  I've been using it for about two years now, and I'm still seriously in love with it.  I first started looking into CHI products after extensive research on the best hair straightener led me to the CHI hair straightener.  All the message boards and reviews that I read about the straightener suggested using CHI products in conjunction with the straightener, so CHI product hunting I went!

Surprisingly, I was able to find CHI products at Target, since, for a time, they were only available at salons.  These are somewhat pricey, but as long as they lived up to the hype, I didn't care.  I've tried out quite a few CHI products and this has got to be my favorite one because its got great results that I can actually see and feel. 

The directions on the bottle are pretty ambiguous and don't really tell you when or how to use it, so I've experimented a bit.  I found that when straightening, it's best to spray it on before using the flat ironing.  My hair comes out shiny and soft as silk!  When I don't plan on straightening, I spray it on anyways, whether it's right after a wash or before I go out because it definitely adds a shiny boost to my locks.

Each bottle is only 5.3 ounces, but since it's an aerosol spray can that sprays out a very fine mist and coats hair evenly, a little goes a really long way.  Spraying too much will make your hair greasy, so take it easy.  As with other CHI products, the smell isn't great, somewhat akin to men's cologne, so I would suggest picking up some hair scents, like Aquolina's Pink Sugar.  Other than that, this is a great hair product with fantastic results.

Just a little spray and you're ready for your close up! ;)]]> Sun, 24 Jan 2010 03:44:11 +0000
<![CDATA[ A Quick, Temporary Fix Conditioner For Dry Hair]]> Guide to Fabulosity list.  Well, this CHI Infra Treatment is one of my newest discoveries.  CHI products use to be only be available in salons, so I was totally surprised to find this at Target.  Not only that, but they were prepackaged in sets of two and were on sale for for buy two for the price of one.  Since it's CHI, I couldn't pass it up.

I have no idea what "infra treatment" means, and the directions on the bottle are a little fuzzy, but I take it that this product is to be used as a conditioner.  I have pretty dry hair from all the hair straightening I do, so I was hoping that this would hydrate my hair.  The directions simply say, "After shampooing the hair, apply a generous amount of CHI Infra Treatment and work into the hair evenly.  Leave on hair for 2-5 minutes and rinse thoroughly".  I did just that and allowed my hair to air dry as a I usually do.

Typically when I air dry my hair, my hair dries kind of frizzy and I always have to style it before leaving the house, so I was pleasantly surprised that post-CHI Infra Treatment, my hair looked decent with less frizz and more shine.  No styling necessary!  Here's the unfortunate part though, at least for me: every time there's some sort of change, such as me straightening my hair, the weather becoming more moist, or being sleeping on it, etc, my hair would revert back into its puffball stage.  I've never experienced a hair conditioner that did this before, but I guess this product is more of a one day thing.  At least its short term results are good.

There is just one more thing that irks me about this product -- its scent is reminiscent to men's cologne.  I wish it smelled more girly and... flower-y, but I guess that's where Aquolina comes in handy, right?  I'm still on the look out for the ultimate +5 hair treatment though.  Maybe the Je Veux or MOROCCANOIL that some of the ladies of Lunch have been raving about?  Until I find that above average hair treatment though, the CHI Infra Treatment will be satisfactory enough.]]> Mon, 2 Nov 2009 16:48:35 +0000
<![CDATA[ Straighten Out]]> Straight, shiny hair has always been a coveted style for me. I have serums, shampoos, hair masks, and flat irons that help me create this sleek and serious look. The Best Flat Iron I have found (and am now a religious user of) is the Sedu Pro Ionic Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron. This flat iron has stood the test of time and allows me to straighten my hair every day with just the right amount of heat.

Rated the Best Hair Straightener on the market and preferred by top hair stylists around the world, the Sedu flat iron straightens, smoothes and tames frizzy or rebellious hair for long-lasting results. Sedu’s patented ultra-smooth ceramic/tourmaline plates guarantee smooth straightening motion without pulling or breaking of hair. The adjustable temperature ranges from 210 – 410 Degrees Fahrenheit and reaches the target tempature in 25 seconds.

The Sedu Pro Ionic Flat Iron has over 4,352 reviews on and is considered the #1 Flat Iron on the site. I can attest to these raving reviews, this product is fabulous!

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<![CDATA[ Cholesterol Might Be Bad for Your Body, But It's Pretty Good for Your Hair]]>
What's so significant about Queen Helene's hair cholesterol to me?  I'm a big Augusten Burroughs fan, and in particular, a huge fan of his memoir Running with Scissors, and for some reason, he mentions Queen Helene hair cholesterol in his memoir A LOT.  I was always a bit curious about it, but figured it probably wasn't in production anymore since I had never heard of it before and his book is set in the 80's.  So finding it at Target totally caught me by surprise.  As I examined the tub in the aisle of Target, I thought to myself, "Hmmm, found in the 'Ethnic Hair Care' section, seemingly highly recommended by a gay ex-wannabe hairdresser, and it only costs $2.49... Okay, I'm sold".

I followed the directions on the tub, which were shampoo, cover hair in hair cholesterol, put on shower cap, and wrap in hot towel.  It suggested leaving it on for 15-30 minutes, but if you get enthralled in something, as I did (I watched Law & Order, Lunched, and eBayed!), it never hurts to leave it on for longer.  After an hour, I rinsed and didn't shampoo as the directions instructed me not to do, and then dried it.  My hair was... Okay.  Definitely no miracle cream.  I didn't understand why Augusten Burrough wrote about it so much, and why it was still around in 2009 if these were the results.  Was I just using it wrong? 

I had to consult my trusty ladies at MakeupAlley, and they had a thing or two to say about this product.  The best sounding suggestion that I received was to add olive oil to it.  So I decided to try the hair cholesterol once more.  I debated between stirring olive oil into the tub, and applying olive oil directly to the ends of my hair and then covering it with the hair cholesterol.  I decided on the latter because I figured the cream would lock in the olive oil.  I went through the same routine again with this change, and when I dried my hair, it was silky smooth!

I give Queen Helene's Hair Cholesterol a +3 on its own and a +5 when used with olive oil, so I'm just going to average it out to a +4.

Random story:  After my second try with Queen Helene's hair cholesterol, I just had to share with my mommy this hair product that I discovered that makes my hair all shiny and managable, "It's this stuff called Queen Helene's hair cholesterol and I use it with olive oil".  My mom was like, "Queen Helene?  I used to use that stuff by the gallon tubs back when I was a hairdresser in the early 80's".  Then she went under her bathroom sink and pulled out this literally gallon tub of Queen Helene hair cholesterol, straight from the 80's (she never throws anything away!).  Her tub looked EXACTLY like my tub, except on steroids.  Too weird, too weird.]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2009 23:11:49 +0000
<![CDATA[ The Secret to Sleek, Straight Locks]]>
The Farouk CHI took literally 10 seconds to heat up to 240 degrees, and with one swipe through each section of hair, my hair became instantaneously straight.  No need for a second or third round like other flat irons!  Within 15 minutes, all of my hair was straight, shiny and gorgeous.  That's pretty darn impressive for doing it myself.  One look in the mirror and I knew I had to purchase a Farouk CHI flat iron of my own.

Tip #1: CHI also has an awesome line of hair styling products that can be purchased at beauty supply stores or even Target.  Before flat ironing your hair, I suggest spraying it with CHI's Iron Guard spray, and then post-flat ironing, finish it off with CHI's Shine Infusion spray.

Tip #2: As fabulous as this flat hair iron is, I wouldn't use it religiously because all that direct heat can really damage your hair.  I only run it through my hair when it's extra unruly or if I'm going out for a night on the town!]]> Tue, 9 Dec 2008 11:00:09 +0000