How to Quickly Salon Style Your Hair at Home feat. InfinitiPRO by Conair®

*This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received the InfinitiPRO by Conair® Curl Secret® and the InfinitiPRO by Conair Diamond Brilliance Diamond-Infused Ceramic Smoothing Hot Brush for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

Hair tools can be so intimidating. But we shouldn’t be allowing something different to keep us from being able to get our favorite look every single day – without the help of a salon stylist. For today’s post I have two hair tools to speak to you about – the InfinitiPRO by Conair® Curl Secret® and the brand NEW InfinitiPRO by Conair Diamond Brilliance Diamond-Infused Ceramic Smoothing Hot Brush.

I’ve spoken several times before about how much I like the InfinitiPRO by Conair® Curl Secret®. This device features a unique and patented curl chamber which allows your hair to be gently held and heated from all directions to create a consistent and perfect curl, every time. The Curl Secret® gently draws your hair into the heated curl chamber without clamping down. There are two heat levels and three timer settings. You’ll hear a few steady beeps as the chamber works its magic and then a more consistent beep when it’s time to release your hair. There’s a learning curve to it, but once you get it down it’s super quick and easy to get salon style curls that actually last all day.

While your hair is curling in the chamber a tourmaline ceramic coated surface will eliminate frizz and leave your hair feeling silky. Do note that there is a brushless motor and safety sensor for tangle free curls. The InfinitiPRO by Conair® Curl Secret® is good for all hair types and textures. It retails for $99.99 and you can find out where to purchase at www.curlsecret.com.

Now for the new InfinitiPRO by Conair Diamond Brilliance Diamond-Infused Ceramic Smoothing Hot Brush. This paddle brush has silicon bristles that grip and hold hair in place while the nylon bristles guide hair to give added shine and help control. These bristles also remove static and add visible smoothness and shine. The metal fins transfer the heat that straightens and smooths the hair without losing volume.

I used this brush with and without product (such as mousse or a styling cream) to see the effect and it still straightened and gave my hair shine. The entire process of using the brush and working it through my hair took half the time that a regular straightening iron would and did a better job. It’s incredibly quick and easy to use, particularly for the pieces at the back of the head that you can’t see. Tip: to get super close to your scalp run the brush on the top side and then at the underside of the section of hair that you’re working on. This technique will make it so you don’t miss any hair in the section and you’ll be able to get closer to the scalp.

Below is my before and after using the InfinitiPRO by Conair Diamond Brilliance Diamond-Infused Ceramic Smoothing Hot Brush with no product in my hair for styling/shine/frizz fighting… nothing at all.

The InfinitiPRO by Conair Diamond Brilliance Diamond-Infused Ceramic Smoothing Hot Brush has three heat settings and is suitable for all hair types. It retails for $49.99 and is currently available at your local Target, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Bed Bath and Beyond and ULTA stores, and online at Target.com, Amazon.com, Ulta.com and Walmart.com. Learn more about it here.

Learn more about Conair® by visiting their website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

For more information about Conair’s full line of styling products, visit Conair at www.conair.com, and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for great beauty tips and giveaways!

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received the InfinitiPRO by Conair Curl Secret and the InfinitiPRO by Conair Diamond Brilliance Diamond-Infused Ceramic Smoothing Hot Brush for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

7 Holiday Gifts for the Hair Junkie!

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She… (or he) is obsessed with her (his!) hair. So wtf do you even begin to give them for the holidays? I have a short list of a few of my faves as well as some great gift ideas for the Hair Junkie in your life!

  1. Living Proof Frizz Collection. This has long been my favorite line of hair care, and is absolutely necessary for me to use in the Summer and humid months. I use the Styling Cream year round as well! These Travel Kits make perfect gifts!
  2. Kai. This high-end brand has a line of 16 fragrance, bath & body and home items that are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates & phosphates. If you already know your recipient loves this, the full-sized shampoo and conditioner is a winner. Their travel kit is also fabulous, under $50 and contains smaller sizes of the shampoo, conditioner, body wash, bathing bubbles, body lotion and a small vial of fragrance… all wrapped up in a clear travel bag!
  3. Verb. I have so many faves from this brand. A new item they have out is the Dry Shampoo, which is a powder that is perfect for refreshing your hair and boosting body.
  4. Batiste. If you’re more into the aerosol version of dry shampoo application, definitely check out this one. I have major oil happening at the roots and this does a great job keeping that at bay.
  5. NuNaat. For those with unruly curls or frizz the Brazilian Keratin collection is wonderful. Make sure you use the shampoo and conditioner to extend the life of the style.
  6. Agadir Argan Oil. All Argan Oils are not created equal, and the line from Agadir is definitely one of the best I’ve tried!
  7. Infinity Pro by Conair Curl Secret. Insane amounts of awesome, this curler actually works! It takes a sec to get used to, but it’s really the easiest way to get perfect and uniform curls.

Let’s keep the holiday hair ideas flowing! What is your favorite hair product? 

Infiniti Pro by Conair Curl Secret Photos & Review

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I’ve been really into curling my hair lately. I used to have a lot of issues getting my hair to curl, let alone hold that curl for more than 20 seconds.

Some curling irons work better than others. Lately the ones I’ve had the best and most lasting curls from are the clipless ones and then the Infiniti Pro by Conair Auto-Rotating Curling Iron.

But now, there’s something new. And it takes curling your hair to a whole new level. The Infinity Pro by Conair Curl Secret will give gorgeous shine & shape to your hair by adding volume and amazing curls. There are three timer settings for different curling effects (read: size) and also two heat settings (low & high).

What Ulta says about the Infiniti Pro by Conair Curl Secret:

  • Tourmaline Ceramic 3/4 inch built-in barrel and curl chamber
  • 2 heat settings – 400 F high heat
  • Ready timer and auto beep indicator – 8, 10, 12 seconds
  • Safety tangle feature
  • 30 second instant heat
  • Sleep mode function
  • Auto off
  • 6′ professional swivel cord

This is an idiot proof device. You literally do not have to think at all. As you can see above, it actually tells you where and how to position the barrel. You stick a section of hair in (if you stick in too much it’ll beep and let you know, so you can correct it), close the device and it’ll wrap up the section. Hold until you hear a rapid beep, open the device… behold your curls.

I did a Instagram video on this as well as posted a pic, if you’re interested in seeing the Curl Secret in action.

^^^^I obviously was having way too much fun with editing.

The curls stayed bouncy and natural all day with only a slight dusting of hairspray after I finished. I separated my hair into 6 sections and was able to curl my whole head in 15 minutes.

Now. One problem I ran into, and you’re going to want to pay attention. If a stray hair from another section gets caught into the device while you’re winding in the hair for curl… it will get caught. DO NOT PANIC. I panicked the first time and ended up with cold sweats and a big knot. I learned to just unplug the device and it comes free. I repeat – unplug the device. Disclaimer – I’m no electrician and I don’t know how safe it is to just unplug that… just saying that’s what I did.

That one warning aside, want to know how much I love this? This post may be marked as a press sample, but this was actually a sample that I had to send back after I tested and played around with it. The day I sent it back, I also drove to Ulta and bought one. As many curling irons and gadgets as I have, I simply can’t live without this.

The Infiniti Pro by Conair Curl Secret retails for $99.99 and is available at Ulta as well as other mass drugstores (like Target) beginning in September. Visit the Curl Secret website for more information.

Conair AdjustaCurl Self Grip Rollers Photos, Review & Giveaway!

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Conair AdjustaCurl Self Grip Rollers are the at home way for you to get bombshell shine, volume or curl (depending on how tight you roll them up) and maximize your storage space all in one shot (since they store flat!).

What Ulta says about the Conair AdjustaCurl Self Grip Rollers:

The AdjustaCurl lets you create any size curls, lift and volume with one roller! It starts out flat and rolls to the size you want, quickly and easily. Roll into Conair’s root volumizer to add volume to straight styles, or roll into standard round rollers to create classic curls and waves or smooth styles. With tourmaline’s ionic technology to reduce static electricity, the end result is shiny, silky beautiful hair. And the flat design stacks to store for ultimate portability.

The AdjustaCurl Self Grip Rollers are amazing for volume! I have a heck of a time getting a decent “bump” at the front of my hair. It never looks perfect and it’s never got that right amount of poof. These rollers make it easy to get volume at my crown with no hassle. I put them in, do my makeup, take them out… pin up the poof… done.

At first, it was awkward to place them on my head, but I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed in the wee hours of the morning! Once you get the hang of it it’s easy, and the rollers aren’t heavy or painful to have in your hair.

I’ve also posted pics on Instagram of myself and my daughter using these rollers!

The Conair AdjustaCurl Self Grip Rollers retail for $14.99 and are available nationwide at Ulta, Kmart and other drugstores.

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Ulta Invites You to Their 21 Days of Beauty! Take the Hair Pledge & Enter to Win $100!

Did you ever notice that when you take just an extra few minutes to do up your hair, you feel fabulous? Your confidence level goes up, your smile gets extra wide…and, trust me, people take notice. ULTA Beauty wants you to love the hair your have, so they’re taking the Mom’s month of May and giving you 21 Days of Beauty (May 12 – June 1) as well as the chance to take the hair pledge! All items featured in this post are available always, but during their Love Your Hair campaign, they are going to have featured Beauty Steals™. My hair pledge is to do my hair as much as I do my makeup! As a stay-at-home mom, it’s easy and habit to just throw my hair up on top of my head. So, here I am running around in a full face of makeup with scraggle hair. My pledge only takes an extra 20 minutes out of my day to blow dry and flat iron myself into something presentable. DO-ABLE! With the 21 products provided by ULTA Beauty, I chose my faves and did three hair looks.Look 1:For this look I used Rusk Brilliance Shampoo and Conditioner, Conair You Style Hair Dryer, Hot Tools Nano Ceramic 1/2″ Flat Iron, Chi 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray, Matrix Biolage Style Mousse and Kenra Volume Spray.

On the first day I wanted to start simply and just basically do what I’d normally do but amp it up. I washed my hair using the Rusk Brilliance Shampoo and Conditioner, which smelled like grapefruits and had an excellent lather. The conditioner is technically a leave-in, but my hair tends to look weighed down, so I rinsed it out after leaving it in for a few minutes. I dried using the Conair You Style Hair Dryer, which dried my hair fast and had a gentle blast. After that I put in Chi 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray then flat ironed with the Hot Tools Nano Ceramic 1/2″ Flat Iron (which is mini and perfect for getting those hard to handle flyaways or would be amazing for short hair). Finishing off, I added in the Matrix Biolage Style Mousse and Kenra Volume Spray, which added thickness and volume to my hair.

Look 2:For this look I used Schwarzkoff Professional: Osis + Mattifying Powder, Conair More Big Curls Hairsetter and Redken Control Addict 28.

On the second day I wanted to definitely test out how the mattifying powder worked. I have such problems finding a product that will actually suck the grease out of my roots. The Schwarzkoff Professional: Osis + Mattifying Powder does the job tenfold. With this, I found it’s best to tap a little in your hands and work through your roots. After I rolled up my hair with the Conair More Big Curls Hairsetter and left them in for about 20 minutes. Upon taking them out I flipped my head over and spritzed in some Redken Control Addict 28 and voila. Volume. Normally, if I don’t wash my hair every day, it’s flat as a pancake and basically pretty disgusting. Between the Mattifying Powder and Hot Rollers…we’re in business.

Look 3For this look I used the ABBA Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner, Big Sexy Hair Root Pump, TIGI Bed Head Straighten Out Straightening Cream and the Hot Tools Cheetah 1″ Tapered Iron.

This was my fave look because it was so bombshell and really very different for what I do on an every day basis. The ABBA Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner smell AMAZING. The Shampoo had an excellent lather and the scent was energizing and minty. While my hair was still damp I put in the TIGI Bed Head Straighten Out Straightening Cream because my hair is so frizzy I had to straighten it a bit before I went ahead and curled it. I know…it’s a rough life. With the Big Sexy Hair Root Pump, I simply flipped my head over and sprayed, then after I curled and sprayed it again just sort of around my head using it as a hair spray. Those curls lasted all day, through heavy wind. Amaze. The Hot Tools Cheetah 1″ Tapered Iron is the stuff dreams are made of. It includes a glove so you won’t burn yourself and curling my hair was quick and easy.

On to the Sweepstakes! Enter for a chance to win a $100 ULTA Beauty gift card! The rules are below, but the easiest way to enter is to simply leave a comment on this post telling me about your own hair pledge! Want more? Beginning May 12 enter ULTA’s Hair Pledge, where they are encouraging women to pledge to love the hair they have for the chance to win free blowouts for the rest of the year. Joining is simple – tweet your hair pledge with the hashtag #ULTAHairPledge and you’re entered. You can see sample pledges, more info, and other ways to enter here.Sweepstakes Rules:

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The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 5/15/13 – 6/1/13.

Be sure to visit the ULTA Beauty page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!

 

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Infiniti Pro by Conair Auto-Rotating Curling Iron Photos & Review

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I’ve had many a woes throughout my life while trying to curl my hair. It basically doesn’t usually work. I did recently find a 19mm Nume Curling Iron which worked well for tighter curls, but not for loose and bouncy sexy girl waves.

Enter the Infiniti Pro by Conair Auto-Rotating Curling Iron. This curling iron is described on Ulta with the following points:

  • Auto-rotating clamp holds hair and spins around to create the perfect curl
  • 1-in. tourmaline ceramic barrel for smooth, shiny, silky curls
  • Bi-directional rotation
  • No-slip silicone strip for deep shine
  • Less damage & zero hot spots
  • 400 degrees F high heat
  • 30-second heat up
  • Auto-off
  • Limited five-year manufacturer’s warranty

“The perfect curl” is a lot to live up to. Especially for someone like me who has a ridiculously hard time getting her hair to curl and actually KEEP the curl.

But, I’m always game to try! Simply clamp about a one inch section of hair at the barrel and hit the button (left or right, depending on that look you’re going for) and the iron works it’s magic. I did my entire head quickly and without incident. My curls were shiny and bouncy throughout the day, only losing a slight amount of volume as the day went on. I set the curls using hairspray. I’ve got to tell you, I was pretty happy with the results!

I also posted photos on my Instagram feed here, here and here.

The biggest thing I have to remind you… you MUST pay attention while you’re letting the barrel rotate. I tend to be distracted very easily (wooo shiny things lol) and this rotator won’t stop until you take your hand off of the button. Just saying… watch your scalp and other areas of close proximity 😉

Purchase the Infiniti Pro by Conair Auto-Rotating Curling Iron for $49.99 at Ulta.