Holiday Curls with Kiss InstaWave

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I’ve been meaning to share a new product with you, and after checking out my limp, lifeless hair in a photo from last night’s holiday party, I have to get this post out ASAP. No, I didn’t use the KISS InstaWave to do my hair, but I should have at least given it a shot. The reason I’ve been holding off on the review is that my hair just doesn’t like to cooperate, but it’s time to show you what I learned.

KISS is a beauty product company that makes it easy for busy folks like me to amp up their natural beauty. The InstaWave is an automatic curling iron that frees up one hand for you multi-taskers. Watch this video to see what I mean:

It looks easy, right? Well, I’ve got to be honest. It wasn’t really easy for me. At first, I was super worried that I would twist my hair up and be left with short hair (reminiscent of my pregnancy with Evan, eek). But it doesn’t get tight to the point it pulls. I am sure that this is a product that actually does what it is intended to do, but my hair just simply hates to cooperate. I had it on as hot as it would go (which was safe enough to use on Arianna and even Evan who helped me out with photos), but my hair just doesn’t like to wave. Boo!

Arianna wasn’t scared, and her hair is similar to mine, fine but some natural waves. I think it gave her a cute “boost”, but this isn’t something we’ll be using all the time on her young hair.

The process…and then the result:

Just because our hair wasn’t the right fit for this curling iron, doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. I’ve NEVER been successful with curls, but always want to try. Both Arianna and Evan had gorgeous curls (Ev still has his) and I am super jealous. But I am sure that if the curls stick around, he’d be wishing he got my genes instead and shave it all off like his Daddy does. (Hopefully there’s a girl in my belly that will love the Willis curls!) If you’d like to give the KISS InstaWave a try, you can grab it over on Ulta.com or at Target (MSRP is $59.99). Find out more about KISS and their products by visiting them at kissusa.com.

Flat Iron Experts: Avanti Flat Iron

Disclaimer: Flat Iron Experts provided me with the Avanti Flat Iron in exchange for an honest review. All opinions below are 100% my own.

It’s no secret this mama has some need for help when it comes to the style and hair department. Typically, this is what my hair looks like, morning, noon and night:

Ouidad Before and #BareNaked Campaign photo

It’s not horrible, it just needs some help. When I found out about Flat Iron Experts, I was sure their products could help me out. My only requirements were that my hot mess hair would be tamed, it be a quick fix for busy mornings, and I could use the product at the gym or home.

Enter the Avanti Wet-Dry Nano-Titanium Ceramic Silver Digital Flat Iron from FlatIronExperts.com comined with KQC Thermal Shine spray as the suggested plan of action.

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I started with the hair above, plus a shampoo and quick towel dry. While I put on my makeup, I pressed the “on” button (holding it for three seconds to do so). The default temperature was 330 degrees Fahrenheit, and while it can go all the way up to 450 degrees, I thought this would work out just fine. By the time I had my moisturizer on, the digital reader indicated the Avanti Wet-Dry had reached the desired temperature. (What a great feature!)

After finishing up my makeup, I sprayed my damp hair with the KQC Thermal Shine and got to work. From other times I’d had my hair straightened, I decided to put my hair in sections and straighten it as such. I was amazed at how quickly my hair not only straightened but dried at the same time. There was a little bit of steam, but I wasn’t concerned because my hair didn’t look, feel, or smell like it was burning, just drying. (For you wondering how this works,  the science behind it is Far Infrared (FIR) rays. These “are electro-magnetic waves of energy, totally invisible to the naked eye, capable of penetrating deep into the human body, including the hair shaft. It therefore dries the hair from the inside out. The result is that more moisture remains in the hair shaft and there is less damage to the hair”, according to Flat Iron Experts.)

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I cannot lie when I tell you that it takes me a solid five minutes flat to heat my Avanti Wet-Dry Flat Iron, spray my hair, and have it dried and straightened. I do not think that blow drying alone would be that quick! Impressed can’t even begin to describe my happiness with the iron.

Remember my requirement that I had to be able to have the same style and convenience at the gym as I got at home? The Avanti Wet-Dry delivers this. Since it weighs only 0.88 pounds, it’s nothing to put this iron in my gym bag for using on the go. Add the quick heat and a fairly quick cool-down time, and you’ve got a pleased me in the mornings when I hit the gym.

This flat iron (officially known as model WD-AVCROC), was not something I would have discovered on my own without the help of Flat Iron Experts. It’s been awarded with Flat Iron Experts “Best Wet to Dry Flat Iron” because of its durability and performance. A few more technical specs of the Avanti Wet-Dry (noted on Flat Iron Experts) include: Nano Titanium / Ceramic Technology (which “distributes heat evenly across the entire surface, retains heat more efficiently, and eliminates damaging hot spots”), Nano-Silver (to kill germs and reduce friction), and Negative Ion Technology (‘which is very good for the health and appearance of the hair”).

For the price of $159.95 for this iron, I have to say the performance is worth the spend. Add on an extra $10 to get the FIE Iron Holder (which suctions to your counter or can be hung on the wall) plus the $13.99 for the KQC Thermal Spray, too. Trust this busy mama who doesn’t consider herself a hair expert by any means, but is impressed with the performance and results (and has gotten many compliments about how much nicer my hair looks these days).

What do you think?

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Creating Waves with Ouidad (and a Giveaway!)

Disclaimer: In exchange for an honest review, I was sent products. All opinions, however, are 100% my own.

The saying goes something like ‘if you have straight hair, you want curly hair and if you have curly hair, you want straight hair’. I kind of like the in between, waves! There’s a new collection by Ouidad to help with creating waves that look like you are fresh from the beach. The Wave Create Collection will help give you that look.

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I was sent both products in the line, Sea Spray and Texture Taffy. The products are made with seawater and sea salt crystals (and although you can smell a hint of salt, it’s in no way overwhelming). To give you the “day at the beach” waves that stick, Ouidad added in humectants (from plants) and kept out the dyes, parabens, sulfates, and silicones. (Interpreted – good for your hair and the environment!)

As a busy mom who leaves caring for her hair at the bottom of a growing to do list, I was excited to give both products a try on my straight, fine hair. What I found was…

  • Sea Spray is used to create soft waves and works best on straight hair with some texture. Sea Spray alone wasn’t a great fit with my hair–the tips suggested using it in conjunction with Texture Taffy which helped! As you’ll see below, I used it in Arianna’s messy, naturally wavy hair and got results alone. You spray it liberally on damp hair and scrunch hair from the ends up. It can be air-dried or set with a hair dryer and diffuser.
  • Texture Taffy is a sticky substance that works well on hair with no real texture. Read, my hair! You use a nickel-sized dallop (it goes a long way, you don’t want a lot of product in your sexy hair!) and rub it between your palms (I think this warming helps it work it’s magic!). Scooping the ends of your hair in your palms, work it through your hair in an upward motion until the texture forms.
  • Both retail for $23 (each), but I’d totally justify the spend. The Texture Taffy really does go a long way, these are products that should last you! You can buy both products in the Wave Create Collection at ouidad.com, Ouidad salons, and Ulta.

So now, to show you how it went! I used Texture Taffy to style my hair. Here’s the before, a straight look.

Ouidad Before and #BareNaked Campaign photo

After using Texture Taffy, my hair had some waves. Greg wasn’t “impressed” with the look because he felt my hair around my face makes me look heavier than I am. If my hair was longer, he said he’d love it.

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So, I pulled it into a messy ponytail, and he said it was good. 🙂

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I’ll tell you, I used just the Sea Spray earlier in the day to go to work. By the time 10 AM rolled around, my hair just looked like I forgot to brush it. Can I say JEALOUS of you naturally wavy ladies? I really like the “fresh from the beach” look, but right now, it’s not fitting right with me.

No fear, there’s someone in this house that will happily use the Sea Spray! She’s not quite five, but a ‘lil fashionista and was excited to give this a try. We vlogged the experience to show you how it went.

Arianna and I are not the only ones who get to try out the new Wave Create system! One lucky reader will receive a package containing the Sea Spray and Texture Taffy (a $46 value!). All you need to do is enter the giveaway, below. Giveaway is limited to US Residents 18 and older and ends on 9/25 at 11:59 PM. Winner will be drawn and have 48 hours to respond with address. Good luck!

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Whose Hair?

Arianna has the unlucky luck of having my fine hair. We discussed this is I worked the tangles out (with her “sheep brush”) this morning.

“Mama, why do I have  your hair?”

“Because God gave it to you,” I replied.

“And Evan has Daddy and Pappy’s curly hair,” she asked. I nodded.

“You sure he doesn’t have PopPop hair?”

“Nope, cause he don’t have any and Daddy and Pappy have curlies.”

So, there’s that.

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I wasn’t made for this…

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Being the mother of a girl, there are certain things that you will have to experience in your life. One of those things is dealing with hair.

While getting ready today, Ari demanded she shave like her daddy, so I had to let her pretend. Then she demanded I put a ponytail holder in her hair, but she still has really short, fine curls that aren’t tamed easily. Her hair was wet, so it made it easy to pull into two (messy) pigtails (because I don’t have patience).

Just thirty minutes later, they fell out in the wind. This is how she started today’s journey in the Strip District. Luckily, Greg somehow knows how to do hair, so he fixed it before she went about looking crazy. My inabilities to do hair make me jealous…so who wants to come do her hair every morning when the time comes?