Voluminous Curls are Just a Diffuser Away With The Infiniti Pro by Conair® 3Q™

Blow DryerWhen I started my natural hair journey over four years ago, my goal was to have big, gold curly hair. It’s what got me through the rough transition, the awkward length stage and even now in the “I’m-getting-kinda-bored stage”. I’ve been having a love/hate relationship with my hair lately – the shrinkage in particular. Letting it air dry takes days of stretching before I get the big hair that I want and taking a blow dryer to it spells frizz central, no matter what I do. Even blowing it out caused more flyaways that made the hour it took to flat iron it a complete waste of time. I love my curls but want to show off the length i.e all of my hard hair-work over the years with the same definition that air drying gives me. Can using a high quality blow drier with a diffuser attachment deliver the hair I want?

Taking The Infiniti Pro by Conair® 3Q™ for a test drive was the perfect opportunity to find out!

Hitting store shelves this past September, it boasts a brushless motor technology that reduces drying time by up to 70% (when compared to the T3 Dryer Model 83808). It also does so much more quietly than the previous 3Q dryer. It comes with a concentrated nozzle perfect for blowouts and a diffuser attachment made for these curls. It also has two heat settings, a cool shot feature, as well as three different speeds.

After washing my hair, deep conditioning it and adding my styling products, I set the Conair 3Q to low heat on a high speed. I wanted to dry my curls fast without frying them to death. Flipping my hair over, I let my curls fall into the diffuser cup and pressed it gently against head. I let the lift and dry my curls for about a minute before moving onto the next section. It took about 20 minutes to get my hair 90% dry.

The results?

Diffusing Natural Hair

I had second day volume on wash day which is completely unheard of for me. Even better, there was minimal frizz and plenty of curl definition to go around. I had a cute curly fro in no time! My hair was super soft too. As the week went on, my hair just got bigger and better! I loved the fact that it cut my drying time by a whole day without killing my strands. Finally, the answer to my hair boredom!

You can find The Infiniti Pro by Conair® 3Q™ in more than 15,000 locations, including Target, Walgreens, Ulta, Walmart, Rite Aid, CVC and Bed, Bath and Beyond.

 

Photo courtesy of Conair

FTC Disclosure: This item was provided for review courtesy of www.beautystat.com

Best Drugstore Beauty: The Natural Hair Edition

Natural Hair

When it comes to hair, the drug store is the holy grail of products. I learned over the years that expensive doesn’t always equal best, no matter what type of hair you have. Some of the best conditioners and styling products I ever used fall under the $10 mark.

Organix Argan Oil and Shea Butter Shampoo

This sulfate and paraben free line of hair products has ton of products that deliver great looking curls. The Argan Oil and Shea Butter Shampoo is the most moisturizing of them all, leaving hair crazy soft.

TRESemme Flawless Curls Conditioner

Hands down this is one of the best conditioners for my curls as well as the best bang for my buck. Infused with Vitamin B1 to gently condition hair while taming frizz it has the right amount of slip to make detangling a breeze. It also leaves your curls crazy soft, whether you use it before or after shampooing.

EcoStyler Olive Oil Gel

My edges would be looking crazy if it wasn’t for this hair gel. Made with 100% pure olive oil, this gel gives superior hold without flaking or drying your hair out.

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

The priciest product out of the bunch, it’s worth the slight splurge if your hair needs a styling product with some serious hydrating power. From twists to wash and goes, you get curly hair perfection each and every time.

Cream of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment

If you want to see results right away, this conditioner from Cream of Nature is the way to go. After the first use my hair was so much softer and curls much more defined I almost didn’t believe it (so I had to use it again…and again!)

Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle

No time to sit under a dryer for 30 minutes to deep condition, Aussie has you covered with the 3 minute miracle. By the time it takes you to apply and detangle, you’re ready to rinse while still getting the strengthening and moisturizing benefits of a longer conditioning session.

Hollywood Beauty Tea Tree Oil

When dry scalp is a serious problem, massaging it with a little bit of tea tree oil does the trick. Drugstores like Walgreens carry an affordable size bottle of it (just have to look way down on the shelf).

Be sure to check out the eyeshadow and lipstick drugstore editions!

What’s your favorite drugstore hair product?

Bringing My Curls Back To Life with One N Only’s Argan Oil Hydrating Mask

Deep Conditioning MaskI was seriously late to the deep conditioning party and honestly I didn’t know what I was thinking! Every since I started incorporating it into my natural hair routine, I’ve noticed a huge difference. My hair stays so moisturized that I don’t even need to apply styling products throughout the week. My curls are healthier and I can count more good hair days than bad. A great deep conditioner is crucial to say the least, setting the beauty tone for the rest of my hair week. I’ve used some great ones that leave my hair so soft it should be a crime and others that did a so-so job?

So where does One N Only’s Argan Oil Hydrating Mask fit in the scheme of things?

Two words: Ah-mazing!

Just like their styling mousse, I was floored by how well this hair mask performed, especially since it doesn’t require any type of heat. Formulated with Moroccan Argan Oil, this rich conditioning treatment restores hair to its healthy and moisturized glory, improving elasticity and protecting it from free radicals. All it takes is five to seven minutes and a quick rinse and you can see an immediate difference. My hair is crazy soft when I step out of the shower and seriously stays that way until wash day the following week. I don’t need to apply any moisturizing products whatsoever (just a little gel for these edges cuz girl…that fuzz is not cute!). When does come time to wash my hair again, my strands are much easier to detangle giving great slip and shedding is kept to a minimum. Even the little fairy knots that plagued my beauty life for the last few weeks were nowhere to be seen.

I can go on but honestly I would just be repeating myself. This hair mask is amazing and perfect for a busy girl like me who doesn’t always have time for a major deep conditioning session.

Are you a fan of One N Only?

 

Photo courtesy of Ulta

FTC Disclosure: Product mentioned in this review was received as a free sample for review. All opinions are my own.

A Summer Hair Regimen for Us Fine Curly Girls

Natural Hair

How I rock my hair 90% of the time

For the past few months I’ve been trying to change up my hair routine. I feel like my hair growth has stalled a bit and the sun is doing a major number on my hair. Not only that, my little girl is really shaping up to be an Olympic swimmer so we’re  spending at least two days a week in the pool. Most recently, I dyed all of my hair for the first time ever and though I didn’t get the color I was looking for (I got a tint of burgundy instead of burgundy), my hair needs extra TLC.

After a few tweaks I’ve finally nailed a hair routine that gives me stronger hair and, most importantly, super moisturized curls that only require refreshing up to two times a week (as opposed to every morning). From start to finish, my hair routine takes an hour and half.

Natural Hair Products

Prepoo with My Favorite Conditioner

I’ve read how great prepooing your hair is a gazillion times, yet never bothered to add it to my routine. I thought I just didn’t have the time. But my hair was getting drier by the day and once I started doing it during my review of Motions new hair care line, I discovered all the moisturizing goodness I was missing!

So while my daughter is eating lunch, I coat my hair with TRESemme  and put it up in a bun. By the time I eat something and get my munchkin off to bed for her nap, 30 minutes have already gone by and it’s time to rinse.

Cleanse with a Sulfate-free Shampoo

This part of my routine never changes. Sulfate free shampoos get my hair clean without drying it out.  Since my hair is already soft from the prepoo, it stays that away even after shampooing.  My shampoos of choice: Coconut Milk, Moroccan Argan Crème, and argan oil & shea butter shampoos from Organix. I’m telling you, this brand is awesome for natural hair and super easy on the wallet too!

Deep Conditioning

This was another piece of natural hair advice I often ignored, also believing I didn’t have time. Coloring my hair made me put that idea to bed, going with conditioners that required heat for my low porosity strands. I also took a break from my comb and use my fingers to detangle. It’s gentler on my hair, especially my ends which get the most tangles.

The Creme Of Nature Intensive Conditioning Treatment is by far my favorite. 15 minutes under a hair dryer is all I need to get the soft and strong hair I need. If I’m super pressed for time, I’ll use the Motions Deep Conditioning Masque which only needs 5 to 10 minutes with low heat.

Styling

I’ve tried to expand my styling horizons; from chunky flat twists to cute summer do’s like this one. However, nothing compares to big, fluffy goodness of my Wash N Go especially if I stick to the way I always do it. My leave in­-conditioner from Cantu Shea Butter goes on first, followed by a moisturizing cream, like the Curl Enhancing Yogurt from Organix. I seal everything in with olive oil and apply either my Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper for the Brazilian Keratin Mousse for hold while my hair air dries.

Maintenance

While I love my satin pillow, I found that it was still doing a number of my sensitive edges. So after pineappling my hair with the Mixed Chicks Spring Bands, I throw on my satin bonnet and then lay on my satin pillow. If my hair is feeling little dry, especially if it’s getting close to my weekly wash day, I use a refresher spray and my leave in to bring my curls back to life.

 

Your turn ladies! What’s your summer hair routine?

Get Summer Perfect Curls with Motions New Natural Textures Product Line

 

The Motions brand and I go way back to my relaxer days. Their shampoo was the only one I use because it always left my hair soft and moisturized. Since I went natural I sadly had to let it go for more curly friendly products. So you can only imagine how excited I was when they reached out to me to try out their new Natural Textures Line.

With 9 products that take us from cleansing to styling, it promises healthy and great looking hair whether you’re rocking wavy, coily, or kinky curly hair.  I’ve been using their products for the last few weeks for my normal wash-and-goes and even a braid out attempt. Armed with their products and their online tips for my hair type, this is how I got my summer curl game going with Motions.

Natural Hair

Day 1 Hair

Wash And Go

  1. My hair has been really dry lately so I did a prepoo with the Smoothing Conditioner. Formulated with shea butter, coconut, and avocado oils helps restore hairs pH balance and keep the frizzies  away.  I applied it to my dry hair, put it up in a bun, and left it in for 30 minutes.  My hair already felt crazy soft by the time I was ready to shampoo.
  2. Next up was the Moisturizing Cleanser. Made with the same yummy ingredients as the conditioner, it’s just as creamy with a rich lather. My curls were clean without feeling dried out.
  3. To keep the moisture party going, I applied the Deep Conditioning Curling Masque. It had great slip that helped with detangling. Then I wrapped it up in a plastic cap and sat under a warm dryer for 10 minutes. I rinsed it out with cold water and I had awesomely soft curls.
  4. After my leave in conditioner, I used the Hydrate My Curls Pudding to strengthen and moisturize my hair, giving it some hold without weighing down. It also smells amazing and doesn’t leave any residue behind.
  5. I always need a little bit more hold, so I finished off with the Define My Curls Crème, which is more of pomade than a cream. I made sure to use a little bit and only on my ends.
Type 4 Hair

Day 3 Hair

My hair stayed soft and moisturized all week, especially with the Curls Pudding as my refresher.

Braid Out

  1. I followed the same cleansing and conditioning routine as my wash-and-go.
  2. I used the Hydrate My Curls Pudding as my moisturizer.
  3. Dividing my hair into sections, I put in a little of the Define My Curls Crème and combed it through.
  4. Then I did three cornrows straight back, putting perm rods on the ends.
  5. In the morning when my hair was dry, I poured a little of the Radiating Hair Gloss on my finger, took them down, and fluffed.
Type 4 Hair

Braid Out

Though it wasn’t my usual “big hair don’t care” hair style, it was a nice change. Unfortunately the humidity was too much for it to handle so the curls didn’t last too long.

All in all, I was happy with the new Motion’s natural hair line. The Smoothing Conditioner was an awesome prepoo and the curl pudding is a great moisturizer for the summer.

Are you a fan of Motions? Have you tried any of their new products?

 

FTC Disclosure: Products were received as a free samples for review. All opinions are my own.