Lately I’ve been on a mission to get my hair back to optimal health. I’ve always liked my hair lighter, it just brightens up my face and makes me look more friendly. But the fact is that I was born with extra dark, almost-black hair; and coupled with the fact that my hair is dry, coarse, and frizzy, it makes lightening practically a death sentence for my mane! So I decided to just embrace my dark locks and get on the road to recovery. I thought the journey getting my hair from brittle and broken to healthy and manageable would be a long and tough one, but I was pleasantly surprised.

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You may have seen some posts on Instagram of a fun project I recently did with TRESemmé in NYC. I’m happy to say you can now see what we’ve come up with!! This was a fresh new idea from the Tresemme team and once I heard it, I was so excited to be on board. A lot of you ask me for more hair tutorials, and for me, my favorite hair tutorials are the easy ones because I’m always short on time! We did two videos, both of which are interactive, where I create different hairstyles based on what you, the user, pick! Choose my outfits, accessories, activities, and hairstyles as I get ready… Have a look and you’ll see what I mean!

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When I find a good hair treatment, my first thought is always, ‘I can’t wait to blog about this!‘ It’s not often I find a product that does what it says, (that’s why you’ll see a smaller selection of recommended hair products on my blog!) especially if the claim is pretty hefty. Such was the case when Kérastase sent me their Initialiste Advanced Scalp and Hair Concentrate: It claims to reduce breakage drastically, promote longer hair growth as a result of keeping the hair healthier, and altogether stronger and shinier hair… And these results are supposed to become visible after seven uses. All of this sounds great, of course, but I had to put this super serum to the test!

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(see the end of the post for an opportunity for LA residents!)

It’s always a pleasure for me to review hair products that claim to add softness and shine to my dry, brittle hair. My hair is dry to begin with because of its coarse, frizzy, and curly texture, but the fact that I color treat it and heat style makes it even more dry and thus thirsty for more nourishment. Bumble and Bumble just sent me their Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo and Conditioner because I explained to them the nature of my hair. Immediately I noticed what makes this particular shampoo unique: It’s got a blend of six different oils in it. I found coconut oil, argan oil, macadamia nut oil, sweet almond oil, sunflower seed oil, and grapeseed oil in the ingredients, all known to be effective softening agents for hair and skin. I eagerly tried out the shampoo (sulfate-free) and conditioner, along with Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer. (This spray goes on before styling and it’s supposed to protect from heat and UV damage.)

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A good blow dryer is an essential tool when it comes to styling. It can determine your style and the overall health of your hair… Two very important things! My previous hair routine involved blow drying straight then curling all over with a 1.5 inch curling iron; these days I’m into a smooth, sleek blowout. But my new ‘do requires just the right tools to get it to look as smooth and polished as possible, especially considering my hair’s natural state is frizzy, coarse, and curly! Enter the ghd Air Professional Performance Hair Dryer: I’ve always been a big fan of the ghd styling tools (I have their 1 inch and 2 inch gold series flat irons and I adore them) so when I was sent the ghd Air to try I knew it was going to be a winner.

There are just so many things I love about this hair dryer. For one thing, when you open the box you’ll see two nozzle attachments, one smaller and one larger. (Though both have the super slim concentrated shape for that professional finish. This nozzle design, in my opinion, is essential for the perfect blowout.) And I know it has nothing to do with its performance, but the look of this dryer is so chic! When I picked it up I noticed one very important thing: It’s much lighter than I expected. Especially for a dryer that’s professional grade and so powerful, I’m very impressed with the weight of it; I have a lot of hair and it’s difficult to dry so I appreciate that!

On to the performance: Of course I used the hottest and highest settings on the dryer, which uses a top-of-the-line ionic technology to ease up on the damage and dry hair much more quickly. I sectioned off my hair and began drying with a round brush,  and immediately noticed the power of the motor. This paired with the ionic technology is what got me the most sleek and smooth blowout which left me with the perfect style. And here’s why this is so important, especially for someone like me who has difficult hair to deal with: Before I used to take a paddle brush and quickly dry my hair straight so I could move on to curling it for a nice finish. The paddle brush finish was awful; I ended up with straw-like ends but I just needed my hair to be straight and dry quick!! Of course I’d love to have that perfect round brush finish every time, but that takes about a solid 45-50 minutes to achieve. With the ghd Air, I got the perfect shape and zero frizz in exactly 27 minutes. (I timed it!)

And it was just easier. I noticed that I put less effort into it because my hair got smoother faster, so I progressively did less work. If you’ve got coarse, thick, or curly hair, or if your goal is to achieve a smooth, shiny finish, this is the blow dryer for you.