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.

Fierce Hair: Fall Worthy Braids

If you’ve been following me on Facebook, you may have noticed that braids and I are having a moment. It’s my latest hair obsession, from five strand fishtails to waist length box braids. Could it be the casual chicness they bring to a beauty look? Or the edge a girl needs in her life without doing anything drastic. Either way, it’s a trend worth rocking this fall. With cooler temps and the holidays around the corner, you need something low maintenance, incredibly fierce, and gives your hair the break it needs from the day to day styling.

Ready to jump into some braided hair goodness? Here’s some inspiration to get you started!

Side Braid

Black Hairstyles

Fall Hair Trends

Byrdie

Natural hairstyles

The Right Hairstyles

Side Braid

Beauty High

Natural Hair

TotalBeauty

Fall Hair Trends

Buzzfeed

Four Fierce Fall Hair Trends

Hair Styles

Though the temps aren’t letting up (at least down here anyway) this weekend marked the official end of summer. These past two weeks for me have been the epitome of the Fall season – colorful changes and ending the year on a high note. And as such, I’m embracing these exciting changes on all fronts. My wardrobe is as Fall ready as ever and now it’s time to do something different with this hair. Like many of you, I’m looking at the season’s latest trends for the season.

This year fall fashion designers have been on the ball, re-imagining old trends while staying true to the classics. While the Fall is usually about slicked back hair and business worthy updos, this year there’s more style variety to go around. I’ll show you what I mean!

Relaxed Ballerina Bun

Fall Hair Trends 2014

Renewed Style

Remember this hair style from a few seasons back? Instead of loading our hair up with ton’s of gel and pulling it back super tight, we can go the Roberto Cavalli route. No need for it to be super perfect but rather a laid back kinda of vibe that’s still chic and trendy.

Slicked Back Center Part

Fall Hair Trends 2014

Harpar’s BAZAAR

If sleek and chic is more your thing (even I have my moments!) then this trend is worth a try. A crisp center part and a really laid ponytail can work anywhere from the office to Happy Hour. It’s also the perfect hairstyle to rock metallic eyeshadow or berry red lipstick.

Ride the Waves

Natural Hair Styles

Pinterest

Not ready to let go of the summer just yet? Then rock soft waves like the models in Chloe Fall fashion show. The key is to keep them smooth so they don’t look like you spent your morning on a windy beach.

Sixties Mod Hair

Fall Hair Trends 2014

Darling Dexter

If you’re going to have sixties inspired fashion, you have to have the hair to go with it right? Channel your inner Joan Crawford or Megan Draper with a side swept bang and well placed bouffant. If you’re really looking for a change, go short with an asymmetrical bob.

What’s your favorite Fall hair trend?