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!
(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.)
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.
*** COMMENTING HAS OFFICIALLY CLOSED FOR ALL GIVEAWAYS. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON DECEMBER 25***
Part three of the Bellami giveaway is my favorite!! I used the Bellami clip-in bangs for this look and I’m completely obsessed with them! If you can’t commit to bangs, this is a great way to play with them! For this giveaway there will be TWO winners!
What you’ll win:
Bellami Clip-in Bangs
HOW TO ENTER:
1. Leave a comment on this blog post – ONE COMMENT PER PERSON. (this is very important: Names will be chosen from the comments!)
2. This giveaway is open to international residents.
How the giveaways work:
For each video and giveaway, there will be a separate blog post. So to enter each giveaway, you must leave a comment on each post. When it comes time to pick a winner, I will use a random generator to randomly pick the number of winners for each giveaway. All comments will close on December 20 so you have until then to enter all giveaways. There will be no repeat winners; I want to give as many people a chance to win as possible! Some giveaways have one winner, and some have more.
ALL WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED CHRISTMAS DAY! Good luck to all!