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The Prestige Beauty Buys – Features CHI Spin N Curl

The Prestige Beauty Buys – Features CHI Spin N Curl

The most coveted beauty secrets usually come from industry insiders who have exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the latest launches, and the rest of us just have to wait patiently. Luckily, the latest beauty secret I’ve discovered isn’t so much what as it is where — and it’s incredibly accessible.

Here’s the scoop: Walmart.com actually has all the same prestige beauty brandsas some of your favorite big ticket retailers. Finding the best high-end beauty at Walmart might come as a surprise, but as someone whose beauty collection is a healthy mix of cult-classic drugstore products and top-performing prestige brands, it’s a pleasant one.

From nourishing J-beauty skincare products like SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence to one of the most raved-about hair repair treatment, Olaplex’s Hair Perfector No. 3, stock up on your favorite beauty buys at Walmart.com or upgrade your routine just in time for spring. Below, we’re getting you started by sharing a few of our favorite prestige buys available on Walmart.com.

Master Effortless Curls With This Spinning Curler

CHI Spin N Curl – Ceramic Rotating Hair Curler

If you love the look of curls but hate the curling process, this spinning curler is a must-have. With the push of a button, each section of hair is spun into a chamber where its curled to your selected level of heat — no twisting required.

CHI Spin N Curl

CHI Spin N Curl 1” Ceramic Rotating Curler Create flawless curls and waves at the push of a button with the CHI Spin n Curl. Hair is drawn into the curl chamber where it is heated and timed to create perfect curls and waves every time!

Features:

  • 1” Ceramic Rotating Barrel
  • 410°F Maximum Temperature
  • Directional Buttons
  • Tangle Protection
  • Includes Pre-set Temperatures:
  • – Low 370°F for Fine Hair
  • – Medium 390°F for Medium Hair
  • – High 410°F for Coarse Hair
Amazing Protein Treatments that Work – Features CHI Keratin Mist

Amazing Protein Treatments that Work – Features CHI Keratin Mist

Are you sick of your hair breaking off, splitting at the ends, or just looking worn out? ​Moisturizing treatments can help keep your dried out hair feeling better, but to really prevent hair from splitting, you need to strengthen your hair ​with protein. Hair is made of protein, and reinforcing your hair from the inside out will keep those ends from breaking off and splitting apart!

CHI Keratin Mist by Farouk Systems

CHI Keratin Mist by Farouk Systems is, hands down, one of my favorite products of all time. I use it on just about every head I touch in the salon, and I use it on my own hair every day. The light mist provides protein to the hair shaft, light detangling, and also evens out the porosity of the hair shaft in one product. So, what does that mean? It means a better hair day today, and even better hair days tomorrow!

CHI Keratin Mist

Leave-in strengthening treatment that helps  provide hair with strength, protection and softness.

  • Protects the hair from daily use of thermal tools
  • Infuses hair with proteins
  • Evens the porosity of the hair shaft

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Best Rotating Curling Irons on Amazon – CHI Spin N Curl

Best Rotating Curling Irons on Amazon – CHI Spin N Curl

We’re always looking for time-saving shortcuts to streamline and simplify our beauty routines, so when we discovered that automatic rotating curling irons existed, we were absolutely thrilled and compelled to share our discovery. If you use a curling iron, straightener, or any other heat styling tool to do your hair, you know that it’s one of the most time-consuming steps in the when it comes to the steps required for “getting ready,” and unfortunately, there aren’t many ways to shave off time without compromising the end result. This is precisely why the advent of an automatic curling iron that rotates up and down with requiring you to maneuver the barrel by hand struck us as straight-up genius. Also, if you’re like me and are truly challenged when it comes to achieving the ubiquitous and deceptively “effortless” Instagram hair (you know, that perfect not-too-defined but voluminous wave) these hair tools are a true game-changer.

Sure, they won’t actually do all of the work for you — you’ll still have to turn the device on and place your strands in the iron to your liking — but they will save you a solid amount of time spent in front of the mirror. And, as a bonus, they’ll also absorb some of the manual labor, taking away the one-sided arm workout that comes along with twisting and twirling your way to a perfectly tousled beach wave. So, whether you prefer a relaxed wave with bedhead-level texture or a more defined curl with a next-level bounce factor, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite automatic curlers to bring down the fuss level in your beauty regimen.

CHI Spin N’ Curl Ceramic Rotating Curler

This curler offers a wide range of settings to choose from, allowing for more precision and customization for different hair types and looks. The heated chamber can also be adjusted, allowing for those with damaged hair to take it down a notch to prevent further breakage. It’s also equipped with other damage-preventing features, including a beeping notification that prompts you to reset if and when hair gets tangled in the curling process.

CHI Spin N Curl

CHI Spin N Curl 1” Ceramic Rotating Curler Create flawless curls and waves at the push of a button with the CHI Spin n Curl. Hair is drawn into the curl chamber where it is heated and timed to create perfect curls and waves every time! The digital temperature display offers easily adjustable temperature settings and a selection of preset temperature settings for each hair texture, creating a customizable styling experience while avoiding unnecessary heat damage. Ceramic heat technology produces far infrared heat while the conditioning benefits of negative ions results in shinier, healthier and more beautiful hair. Curling hair has never been so effortless with the CHI Spin n Curl!

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How to Curl Your Hair with Velcro Rollers – Features CHI Silk Infusion

How to Curl Your Hair with Velcro Rollers – Features CHI Silk Infusion

01 of 08 – Soft, Romantic Curls That Last

Velcro rollers are oft-overlooked styling tools that create waves and curls that are soft and pretty, last a long time, and save your hair from damaging heat styling. You’ll need a little extra time for creating Velcro roller curls, but the results are worth it.

Velcro roller curls are great for a night out or a special occasion when you need your style to last. Depending on the size rollers you choose, you can get retro waves with big Marilyn Monroe volume or small, loopy ringlets. If you have fine, thin, or stubborn hair that just won’t hold a curl, Velcro rollers can help create long-lasting volume.

02 of 08 – Gather Your Supplies

To start, you’re going to need a few things:

  1. Velcro rollers: The size you need depends on the effect you want. Naturally, small rollers will give you small curls, and big rollers will give you waves or big volume, depending on your hair’s thickness and texture. Conair’s Self-Grip Rollers are an inexpensive option; they come in a multipack with rollers in assorted sizes, so you can experiment. 
  2. Light holding or heat-setting hairspray: Choose a hairspray that’s made for heat styling, such as CHI Infra Texture Hairspray. It provides texture and won’t weigh your hair down.
  3. Anti-frizz serum: Prep your towel-dried hair with a product that will keep frizz to a minimum. One to try: CHI Silk Infusion.
  4. Lightweight mousse: A volumizing formulation such as Kenra Extra Volume Mousse provides a firm hold without making your hair sticky or stiff.

Add or subtract products depending on your hair type and texture, of course. You might have to play around with a few at first to find what works for you. The goal is to prevent frizz and provide a little hold without getting hard or sticky. Heavy gels and styling products can make your curls crunchy and stiff instead of soft and loose. Also, too much sticky product can create the perfect storm for those rollers to get stuck in your hair.

03 of 08 – Prep Your Hair

Start with freshly washed and conditioned hair. Towel it dry and apply an anti-frizz serum or hair oil and your lightweight volumizing mousse or spray. 

Here’s the most important part: Allow your hair to air-dry (or you can blow it dry) until it is only about 90 percent dry—barely damp to the touch but not completely dry. It shouldn’t look wet; the wetter your hair is when you put it into Velcro rollers, the longer it will take to complete your look, especially if you have long hair. If your ends get too dry, mist them lightly with water; just don’t use too much.

Then, spray your hair throughout with a light-holding, flexible hairspray. Comb through. Now you’re ready to start rolling.

04 of 08 – Section Your Hair

Divide your hair into three large sections. Some people find that using clips to hold them in place is helpful. Choose a section and split it into a few more. The optimum number depends on your hair’s thickness and length. They should be narrower than your roller and no thicker than the diameter of your roller. Comb each section thoroughly, making sure your ends are completely smooth.

05 of 08 – Roll It Up

Now you’re ready to roll. Here’s how:

  1. Place the roller near your scalp, at the bottom of the section.
    • If you want your curls to be directed backward, place the roller behind your section.
    • If you want your curls to be directed forward, place the roller in front of your section.
    • If you want your curls to be directed under, place the roller under your section.
    • If you want the curl to be directed up (to flip out), place the roller above your section.
  2. Use the roller to smooth the hair as you slide it through the mid-shaft to the ends of your hair.
  3. When you get to the ends, make sure they’re smooth and in contact with the roller.
  4. Gently roll your hair onto the roller back to your scalp.
  5. Velcro rollers secure themselves—no pins or clips needed.

Repeat for all sections of hair.

06 of 08 – Hurry Up and Wait

Give your hair time to set. How long you should wait depends on the thickness of your hair and how wet it was when you started. Plan on at least an hour; the longer you wait, the better. For this reason, rolling your hair is ideal when you have somewhere to be at night and can spend the day doing other stuff around the house while your hair sets. 

If you don’t have that kind of time, you can speed up the drying process with a hairdryer.

  1. Use a low airspeed only.
  2. Be sure that the air flows over your rollers in the same direction that your hair is rolled to prevent flyaways and frizz.
  3. Allow the rollers to cool completely after using a hairdryer.

07 of 08 – Remove Rollers and Style

After your hair’s completely dry, you can remove the rollers. Here are a few tips:

  • Don’t unroll them; instead, pull them gently to the side, letting the Velcro fibers lightly “brush” the section as the roller comes out. (This method smoothes frizz and keeps you from unwinding the curl right out of your hair.)
  • If you find that a section of hair is still damp, just roll it back up and wait for it to dry further. 
  • Focus on the rollers toward the bottom of your hair first, and work your way up to the top.
  • Velcro rollers can get tangled in your hair, so use caution, and don’t go too fast. Take your time so you don’t cause frizz.

08 of 08 – Play With Your Hair

Now that you’ve removed your Velcro rollers, you’re free to discover your style. You can finger-comb and style your hair, or use a brush for even softer waves. Use hairspray to set your style as desired.

CHI Silk Infusion

CHI Silk Infusion Silk Reconstructing Complex is a rich leave-in treatment enriched with silk, wheat, and soy proteins that will penetrate and help strengthen the hair, providing incredible softness, manageability and shine without build up.

Key Benefits:

  • Adds moisture and shine
  • Leave-in alcohol free reconstructing treatment
  • Enriched with pure natural silk, wheat and soy proteins
  • Protects the hair against thermal styling and the environment
  • Suitable for all hair types

CHI Infra Texture Hair Spray

CHI Infra Texture Hair Spray is a fast-drying hairspray giving lift, movement, texture, and control with no build up or flakes. Great as a working or finishing spray.

Key Benefits:

  • Thermal protection against moisture and humidity
  • Incredibly lightweight, providing a silky shine
  • Suitable for all hair types
  • Contains Ionic and Cationic Hydration Interlink technology

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Easy Party Hair Styles for Long Hair – Features CHI Royal Treatment Rapid Shine

Easy Party Hair Styles for Long Hair – Features CHI Royal Treatment Rapid Shine

Do you want to master some simple long-hair styles for special occasions? In this article, Los Angeles-based stylist Cynthia shows easy styles for long hair that can be recreated in 15 minutes or so. They’re all great styles for heading out to a party!

The List of My Favorite Hair Products

These are my most frequently used hair products and tools. Therefore, I recommend them for creating the hair styles in the below tutorial videos. You can opt for alternatives with similar functions (texturizing, volumizing, taming and so on), but I think many women will find life-changing products from the list of my current favorites:

CHI Farouk Royal Treatment Rapid Shine

A lightweight spray for gloss and shine. Love this product for my sleek looks. After I straighten my hair, I like to spray this all over to give my hair that extra shine and gloss.

Royal Treatment Rapid Shine

 

A lightweight shine spray with a luxurious fine mist, that adds incredible shine and gloss to dull hair. Use as a finishing touch to styles, helping to add depth and dimension to color while eliminating frizz. UV protectants shield hair from UV damage and color loss.

Key Ingredients & Benefits:

  • Helps repair split ends
  • Eliminates frizz
  • Provides the utmost protection
Best Curly Hair Products For Summer – Features CHI Aloe Vera Oil

Best Curly Hair Products For Summer – Features CHI Aloe Vera Oil

As much as we love Summer, the hot and humid temperatures can wreak havoc on curly hair — causing frizz, dryness, and even breakage. But, don’t worry: there are methods and products that can help maintain bounce and health for your curls.

We had POPSUGAR editors, as well as New York-based hairstylist Emely Miranda, weigh in on the best curly hair products for this Summer. “Moisture is key,” Miranda said. “Using a weekly hair mask and more cream-based products will block out humidity, lock in moisture, and tame curls.” She also said that hair should be damp when applying products, as it “helps lock everything in as the hair dries.”

Meet your Summer curl essentials, ahead.

CHI Aloe Vera Oil

The lightweight, Chi Aloe Vera Oil moisturizes curls while sealing ends.

CHI Aloe Vera Oil

 

Fueled with Aloe Vera and silk, the oil fortifies weak strands and reduces breakage and dryness. Seals in superior moisture and smoothness to control frizz. Provides high-gloss finish for beautiful, all-day styles.

Key Features:

  • Fortifies weak strands and reduces breakage and dryness
  • Leaves curls defined, moisturized, smooth and frizz-free
  • Sulfate Free – Paraben Free – Gluten Free

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Miss USA Hairstylist Joy Williams Says Curly Hair Is Here To Stay

Miss USA Hairstylist Joy Williams Says Curly Hair Is Here To Stay

For the first time ever, three black women are holding the head titles of the country’s biggest national beauty pageants. Behind the natural hairstyles of two of them (Miss USA Cheslie Krist and Miss Teen USA Kaleigh Garris) is Joy Williams, the Executive Master Educator for CHI and a textured hair specialist. Below, Williams shares her curly hair tips and experience, her thoughts on beauty inclusivity, and what it was like to be a part of this important moment in the natural hair movement.  

How long have you been doing pageant hair? 

I’ve had experience with pageant hair since I graduated cosmetology school in 2010. I would literally reach out and ask if they needed volunteers and then show up with my tools because I wanted the experience. I have now done several state and local pageants, in addition to fitness competitions and fashion shows. This was my first time at Miss USA, however. 

Do you specialize in curly hair? How did you become an expert with curly hair? 

Yes, I am a texture specialist. I have curly hair myself and I’m constantly switching back and forth between curly and straight. In addition, I took the time to learn about the different textures and types in order to service curly hair clients. I went to classes and trainings with different artists to make sure that I fully understood. 

Why is natural hair important to you? 

JW: Natural hair is important to me because historically it was suggested to those with naturally curly hair were somehow in the wrong or not beautiful simply because it was different. That messaging has affected women negatively for generations. Notice, I didn’t just say black women. Curly hair is texture, and all ethnicities have texture of some sort. I believe all people have the right to feel beautiful just as they were made, and the natural hair movement has done that for natural and curly textures of all races. 

The Miss USA and Miss Teen USA beauty pageants are obviously two of the biggest definers of beauty standards for this country. How does it feel to be the stylist behind this culture-defining moment? 

It feels amazing. I am absolutely honored and humbled that my gift led me to this space in time. I was ecstatic just to be invited to work Miss USA, but to end up being involved at this capacity is mind-blowing. 

Miss Teen USA mentioned in an interview with Refinery29 her winning finger-curling style and how long it took. Can you share some other unique techniques for achieving defined curls? 

Finger-coiling is definitely one of my favorites. In addition, the LOC method is a curly girl’s secret weapon—L is for liquid/leave in, O is for oil (can be a serum as well) and C is for cream. It’s a step-by-step process for how to lock in moisture and softness for curly hair. That’s the technique I used on Miss USA before and during the pageant, and on Miss Teen USA following her big win. Also depending on the hair type, I do a lot of styling with just my fingers. I use a wide-tooth comb to detangle after shampooing with conditioner (the CHI Aloe Vera Curls Defined Detangling Conditioner is my favorite, and then I only use a comb for parting—it’s important to limit the amount of disturbance to the curl pattern. 

If you had any advice or tips to give to curly-haired women, what would it be? What about advice for hairstylists specializing in curly hair? 

For curly girls, I’d say embrace it! Curly hair is accepted more now than ever before—we just have to learn to accept it ourselves. Don’t be afraid to stand out in the crowd, but also be sure to take care of those tresses with deep conditioning treatments and trims when necessary. 

For hairstylists, I believe that even if you don’t specialize in curly hair, it’s crucial to have a working knowledge of the different hair types. I think some people might be intimidated by the volume or look of curly hair, but if we change our mindsets and understand that curly hair is simply textured hair and that even curly hair can be fine, medium and coarse, we can start to change our approach. Our clients are more educated than they ever have been as a result of the information they can easily get online, so we must educate ourselves constantly. Take some classes, get out of your comfort zone and get your hands dirty. That is what sets us apart as professionals in this Industry. 

Both Miss Teen USA and Miss USA won wearing their natural curls. What do you think this means for the future of beauty, both in and out of pageants? 

I think the future of beauty is looking very inclusive. I love what I’m seeing! Also, the fact that each of these women have different curly hair types also adds to the diversity on display. Pageants, I think, are still very much relevant because they showcase examples of hardworking, influential women that have the platform to impact everyone watching. Outside of pageants, I think this is great for little girls and boys growing up and seeing a real-life example of someone that looks like them or someone is proud of the way they look—that representation is life changing. I didn’t have such diverse examples when I was a kid, so I’m so happy that the next generation does. It also means that businesses, companies, agencies and any other entity in and around the beauty industry must sit up and take notice. Curly hair is here to stay! 

Gladys Magazine – Spring 2019 – Features CHI Aloe Vera

Gladys Magazine – Spring 2019 – Features CHI Aloe Vera

Humidity Resistant Leave-In Conditioner

Climate control formula resists humidity and conditions to tame dryness and frizz. Provides increased elasticity for protection against breakage and seals in long-lasting moisture, smoothness and shine. Primes hair for effortless styling and eliminates unruly tendrils.

Key Features

  • Primes hair with long-lasting conditioning and moisture for effortless styling
  • Leave curls defined, smooth and frizz-free
CHI’s Game of Thrones Hair Tutorial on Mane Addicts!

CHI’s Game of Thrones Hair Tutorial on Mane Addicts!

The best part about Sunday night? If you said GoT, you’re only half right. We tune-in like clockwork for many reasons, but if we’re being totally honest, it’s especially for the Game of Thrones hairstyles. Whether riding dragons or battling White Walkers, the GoT ladies manage to never have a hair misplaced. The show has given us braidspo for years and so, even though this is the closing season, we’re still living for all the GoT style inspo.

To keep you in a Khaleesi mood after the finale (and be the best tressed at the viewing party) we rounded up step-by-step’s from top stylists on exactly how to DIY GoT.

Khaleesi-inspired Wavy Rope Braid

– Amber Marie, CHI’s Creative Artist and Executive Master Educator.

Step 1: Create an off-center part with a comb and then divide hair for easier curling. Section in half horizontally at the occipital bone so hair is half up and half down. Secure the top section with a large clip.

Step 2: Starting at the back of your neck, take 1-inch sub-sections and begin curling with the CHI LAVA Spin and Curl: This automatic curler creates perfect spirals at the push of a button – no curling iron skills needed! Spray sections with CHI Enviro 54 Hair Spray Firm Hold: for added control while styling.

Step 3: Continue curling entire head, alternating the curl direction to create added volume and dimension. Follow this technique until all hair is curled, including the clipped, top section.

Step 4: To create the Rope Braid (a 2-strand braid), start in the front, right fringe area. Take a 2-inch section, split into 2 pieces and cross the front section over the back piece and TWIST. Continue to pick up hair from the front, cross over TOP to the back and TWIST again and continue this process, working down the hair. Make sure to twist sections clockwise and then twist over each other counter clockwise. When you reach the ends, secure completed rope braid with a small rubber band. Mist hairspray while braiding as needed to minimize fly-aways.

Step 5: Repeat Step 4 on the left side of the fringe area so you now have rope braids on both sides. “For fine hair, use bobby pins to secure the braid if needed to add extra volume,” adds Marie.

Step 6: Gently pull each loop of the braid to loosen and add volume to final look. “This technique is known as pancaking,” says Marie. “It focuses on making the individual braid loops fuller. Use your thumb and pointer finger to carefully pull or stretch the desired areas. You can also use the tip of a rat tail comb to lift and widen certain loops.”

Step 7: Finish the look with additional CHI Enviro 54 Hairspray Firm Hold: Hold can 10-12 inches away from hair and spray evenly to set the style. For even more shine, mist with CHI Shine Infusion Hair Shine Spray: for an instant, weightless sheen.

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I Reviewed the CHI Spin N’ Curl Iron and I’m Obsessed

I Reviewed the CHI Spin N’ Curl Iron and I’m Obsessed

Hey, guys! A lot of you have been asking me about my skincare and hair routine, and I just wanted to—JK, literally no one has ever asked me about how I do my hair, because it normally looks shitty and janky. That is, until I taught myself how to finally curl my hair at the ripe age of me, three weeks ago, thanks to my new magical curling iron.

Well, to be fair, “taught myself” is a loose term, as this tool really does most of the heavy lifting, if not all of the work. Enter the CHI Spin N’ Curl – a rotating, self-curling iron that basically curls your hair automatically. Seriously.

You just feed a small section of hair into its tulip-shaped chamber, press a button (left or right, depending on which side you’re curling your hair), and wait approximately five seconds as some air gently winds your hair around an internal rotating iron and curls it—that’s it.

And if you’re thinking, wow, that def seems like a recipe for me losing all my hair, don’t worry—your hair can’t actually get “stuck” or snagged in the barrel (believe me, I’ve tried). If you insert a section of hair that’s too thick or tangled, the wand automatically senses an issue, stops curling, and beeps to let you know to remove that ish ASAP.

Basically, this iron was designed for someone with absolute no skills or confidence in their hairstyling abilities. Not sure how long to hold a curl? Doesn’t matter—the wand beeps when it’s time to release your hair (although you can totally remove your hair at any time; it’s not “locked” in or anything).

Terrified you’ll burn your fingers (or neck, or scalp, or face…)? Don’t be—the actual iron in the Chi Air Spin N’ Curl is covered by a sturdy shell that barely feels warm against your skin. Unless you purposely stick your fingers into the chamber to touch the iron (don’t?), it’s basically impossible for you to burn yourself.

Plus, and this is the most important plus, it actually curls your hair and makes it look good. None of that limp-noodle or prom-curl B.S. Proof: my coworker’s hair, which I curled in under 10 minutes.

But if you’re still not convinced, allow me to break down why, exactly, the Chi Air Spin N’ Curl is so appealing to me, a baby-woman who has avoided all hair tools (including hair dryers) for the majority of my life.

Tl;dr: The Pros

  • You don’t need to know how to curl your hair. The last friend who tried to teach me how to curl my hair lasted exactly 10 minutes before my incompetence broke her and left her repeating, “Curl outside-in, outside-in,” while trembling in a corner. Thankfully, this iron takes your hair and curls it all by itself—you just need to push a button for the direction you want.
  • You cannot—I repeat—cannot burn yourself. I’ve even masochistically tried, inching my finger onto the surface of the outer chamber like a surrogate patch of tender neck or scalp ready to be charred, and, folks, it does not burn you. This thing is truly idiot-proof.
  • Your hair can’t get stuck or tangled in it, no matter how lazily you section it off. I’m not one for precision when it comes to these things, so if I can get through it without ripping my hair out, you can too.
  • Your arm doesn’t get tired. I can’t even blow-dry my hair without my arms getting exhausted and me turning irritable (which is why, you know, I don’t). But you’re doing very little work here—mostly just pinching off pieces of hair to feed into the chamber.
  • You don’t have to guess the temp. I assumed the fancy digital thermometer was just to make it seem more high-tech than it needed to be, but it’s actually very convenient to know exactly when the iron is hot enough to use (which, in my experience, is within a minute).

The conclusion is that I’m in love with this iron. And for those of you who are wondering how I could be so obsessed with the CHI Spin N’ Curl if I have to bust out another tool to do my crown, it’s like this: The Spin N’ Curl is like your best friend of the month—you love EVERYTHING about her, you’re both obsessed with each other, and she can cheer you up fast with shit-talking and words of affirmation.

But there are times when you want serious input too. And your regular curling iron is like a stern but loving matriarch. You’re a little scared of her, but you know she’s got your back. She might not be as fun, but she’s reliable, and when you’re going through it and need advice, you know you’ll feel better if you get that support ratio of 85 percent fun friend, 15 percent scary-but-loving grandma.

Ultimately, though, the Spin N’ Curl has changed my life. No longer shackled to the whims of the universe and random good hair days, I’ve suddenly discovered a reserve of fortitude within to create my own destiny: amazing hair days every day! Anyway, I hard-core recommend buying this curling iron—either way, I intend on claiming this story as a charitable contribution on my taxes.

CHI Spin N Curl

Create flawless curls and waves at the push of a button with the CHI Spin n Curl. Hair is drawn into the curl chamber where it is heated and timed to create perfect curls and waves every time! The digital temperature display offers easily adjustable temperature settings and a selection of preset temperature settings for each hair texture, creating a customizable styling experience while avoiding unnecessary heat damage.

Ceramic heat technology produces far infrared heat while the conditioning benefits of negative ions results in shinier, healthier and more beautiful hair. Curling hair has never been so effortless with the CHI Spin n Curl!

Most Memorable Hair Moments in Miss USA History – Features CHI

Most Memorable Hair Moments in Miss USA History – Features CHI

When you hear the term “pageant ready,” you usually imagine superlong hair, perfect curls, and subdued makeup, right? Not anymore! As our standards of beauty are constantly expanding and diversifying, so are the hair and makeup styles sported by Miss USA pageant contestants each year.

From short and choppy hairstyles to daringly dark lips to playful updos, each year brings a whole new crop of contestants who push the envelope on pageant-ready looks, and we couldn’t be more excited to see what this year’s Miss USA contestants will bring to the stage. While we wait for the new winner to be crowned on May 2, let’s take a look back at some of the most memorable looks we’ve seen on stage over the past few years.

Kára McCullough

The 2017 pageant winner, Kára McCullough, made history when she appeared on stage with her natural curls, knowing that her natural hair is what makes her feel her most beautiful and confident. Her hair product of choice? CHI Miss Universe Style Illuminate Spotlight Shine Spray, which enhances her hair’s natural shine. 

Olivia Jordan

Miss USA 2015 winner Olivia Jordan gave us major Old Hollywood vibes with her soft, vintage waves and deep side part. To create her full, bouncy look, she used CHI Magnified Volume Hairspray and a CHI Lava Ceramic Hairstyling Iron for gorgeously voluminous curls.

Hope Stephens

Whoever said a part was even necessary? Miss Tennessee USA 2016 rocked a slicked-back style that somehow looked effortless while staying perfectly in place. We’re going to need some CHI Enviro 54 Natural Hold Hairspray to pull off this look.

Products Used:

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The Real Reason Your Hair Won’t Curl – Features CHI 44 Iron Guard

The Real Reason Your Hair Won’t Curl – Features CHI 44 Iron Guard

The fate of fine-haired women feels especially unfair. Sure, information on how to achieve Blake Lively–esque waves abounds, with all the accompanying step-by-step guides, product picks, and must-read tips, yet none of the advice seems to take into account your thin strands and how they quickly deflate to their flat, lifeless state after just a few hours (or, let’s be real, minutes). What a tease it is to have what you desire at your fingertips but remain completely unreachable. Le sigh.
Before you succumb to a life of flat, straight hair, know this: We here at Byrdie HQ have heard your cries and are here to help your limp strands.

We spoke with hairstylist Matthew Fugate at Sally Hershberger Salon in New York City and asked him the real reason our curls unfurl, plus exactly what we can do to remedy it. Considering he’s worked with the likes of Claire Danes, Brooke Shields, and, yes, the ever-well-tressed Blake Lively, we’re taking his word as gospel, natch. Keep scrolling to see his tips.

First things first—part of the reason your hair doesn’t hold curl well simply has to do with genetics (thanks, Mom!). “Natural texture is a huge factor into how well your hair holds curl, as well as thickness,” Fugate explains. But just because you weren’t born with your best friend’s curly mane doesn’t mean you can’t fake them yourself. “You have to just attack your hair in a different way based on your unique hair type,” Fugate says. “Every hair can hold a curl—it just depends on how much patience you have to create it.”

Kinky-Curly Technique

If you’re trying to get old-school Felicity curls and you have super-fine hair, you’ll have to plan ahead and do it overnight—no ifs, ands or buts about it. “Sponge rollers are my favorite and you can get them for super cheap,” Fugate says. “You would wrap your dry hair in them the night before, sleep, then undo them, and wake up with really beautiful, tightly wound curls.” No foam rollers? Try paper towels, rags, or anything soft you can tie your hair around.

CHI 44 Iron Guard

Superior thermal protection spray that works from the inside-out, helping to protect hair from thermal damage and breakage with a weightless formula with no added build up. Helps to seal the cuticle and works to prevent future damage.

Key Benefits:

  • Vitamins and proteins add essential moisture
  • Protects against thermal damage
  • Suitable for all hair types

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Easy Natural Hairstyles To Try For Every Day In May – Features CHI 44 Iron Guard

Easy Natural Hairstyles To Try For Every Day In May – Features CHI 44 Iron Guard

One standout quality of natural hair is its ability to be styled in a multitude of ways — Fulani braids, Marley twists, sky-high updos, and cropped cuts only scratch the surface. On one hand, having so many easy natural hairstyle ideas is a good problem to have… you’ll never run out of options. On the other, deciding on your next style can feel a bit intimidating. Do you take the plunge and dye your hair platinum for the summer? Or do you spend eight hours in the salon chair for butt-length box braids? The options are endless.

Even though the decision-making process might be daunting (good luck!), luckily, there’s plenty of inspiration to pull from. Stars like Beyoncé, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Kiki Layne use their hair as a canvas to create all kinds of magic. Celebrity hairstylist Nai’vasha Johnson, whose clients include Serena Williams, Yara Shahidi, and Thandie Newton, agrees. “I’m looking forward to lots of hair freedom,” she tells The Zoe Report. “I think we can look forward to spring dripping with hair jewelry — statement barrettes, combs, and pins to accentuate fun textures.”

If accessories aren’t your thing, there are still plenty of classic cuts, sleek ponytails, and simple, strong Afros to try. I mean — you have an entire month to experiment, after all. Let the games begin.

Silk Press

Thinking about getting a silk press like Sanaa Lathan’s Apr. 8 look? Use a heat protectant before applying heat to your hair to avoid excessive damage.

CHI 44 Iron Guard

Superior thermal protection spray that works from the inside-out, helping to protect hair from thermal damage and breakage with a weightless formula with no added build up. Helps to seal the cuticle and works to prevent future damage.

Key Benefits:

  • Vitamins and proteins add essential moisture
  • Protects against thermal damage
  • Suitable for all hair types
The Best Curling Iron For Long Hair – Features CHI Spin N Curl

The Best Curling Iron For Long Hair – Features CHI Spin N Curl

Long hair provides the wearer with many style options. Not knowing the best tools for the task at hand can turn this wonderful advantage into a curse. While anyone with hand dexterity can use ponytail holders and hair clips, it takes a certain amount of product knowledge to choose the best curling iron for lengthy tresses. This article will review the considerations needed when choosing a curling iron, as well as the following products:

Things To Consider Before Choosing A Curling Iron

What’s Your Style?

Curling irons give you several options. Knowing which look you want to achieve is key when choosing your iron. Is your objective loose, beachy waves that boost volume near your roots, or are you looking to add a tousled curls to an updo for a special occasion? Are you going for more of a defined, classic wave, or are you channeling your inner Shirley Temple with ringlet curls?

What Size Barrel?

Once a style is decided, curling iron options begin to narrow. The size of the iron’s barrel–the part of the iron the hair wraps around–determines the type of wave or curl it can achieve. While any barrel size can be used with long hair, it is important to understand that not every size can deliver every style. Ulta notes that, for beachy waves, a 2 inch barrel is needed, while tousled curls require, at maximum, a barrel of 1.5 inches. 1 inch barrels produce classic curls, while tight, ringlet curls require a 0.75 inch barrel.

What Type of Barrel?

Curling iron barrels are made of several different materials, including ceramic, tourmaline, titanium, and gold. Each material interacts with hair in a different way in order to achieve the desired curl or wave.

Ceramic

Hair Glamourista notes that ceramic curling irons offer an even heating surface, decreasing the likelihood of sporadic heat damage. Ceramic’s use of negatively charged ions stimulates the hair’s natural oils, leaving curls looking soft and lustrous instead of frizzy and dry.

Tourmaline

Like ceramic curling irons, tourmaline curling irons use negative ions in order to protect the cuticle of each hair. Tourmaline curling irons offer more protection than ceramic, shielding even the most coarse hair from heat damage. The tourmaline curling iron is also lighter and easier to handle than ceramic curling irons.

Titanium

Titanium curling irons also depend on negative ions to provide protection from heat damage. However, barrels made from titanium hold their desired temperature longer than those made of tourmaline or ceramic. While this is an advantage for the seasoned ironer, those new to the curling iron may unintentionally damage their hair by leaving it at high temperatures for too long.

What Are The Best Curling Irons For Long Hair?

Like the Instawave, CHI’s Spin N Curl does all the work for you. It has three temperature settings, 370 degrees Fahrenheit for fine hair, 390 degrees Fahrenheit for medium hair, and 410 degrees Fahrenheit for coarse hair. Unlike the Instawave, it does not detangle hair; instead, a button will beep for you to reset the hair by manually removing small sections from the machine. Its prime directive is to deliver spiral curls with its 1-inch barrel.

CHI Spin N Curl

Create flawless curls and waves at the push of a button with the CHI Air Spin n Curl. Hair is drawn into the curl chamber where it is heated and timed to create perfect curls and waves every time! The digital temperature display offers easily adjustable temperature settings and a selection of preset temperature settings for each hair texture, creating a customizable styling experience while avoiding unnecessary heat damage. Ceramic heat technology produces far infrared heat while the conditioning benefits of negative ions results in shinier, healthier and more beautiful hair.

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Humidity-Proof Hairstyles to Keep You Frizz-Free All Summer Long – Features CHI LAVA Wand

Humidity-Proof Hairstyles to Keep You Frizz-Free All Summer Long – Features CHI LAVA Wand

Ah, summer. There are so many things to love about the season: Long days spent at the beach, lazy afternoons on the porch, a cold glass of rosé (or orange wine). The only potential spoiler to all this fun? Untamed, frizzy, hot mess hair. No matter your hair type, texture, or length, heat and humidity can take a toll on your tresses, and make styling a serious chore. So to alleviate all your hot weather tress stress, we asked top stylists to share their favorite cute summer hairstyles.

There are a few universal things to keep in mind. One, whenever you can, get your hair up. “As the temperatures rise, I love to create fashionable summer hairstyles that keep your neck free. This keeps you cooler longer, but it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on style,” says celebrity hairstylist Laurie Heaps. Two: Have fun! Now’s the time to play around with accessories like brightly colored pins or scarves and easy ways to add visual interest to otherwise simple styles. And when all else fails, don’t forget that a simple topknot or loose bun is always a good back-up option, notes John Mouzakis, a stylist at Mixed Co. Salon in Chicago. (And to that point, he advises always keeping a few extra bobby pins or hair ties on hand, just in case). Ahead, the six best summer hairstyles for 2019. Happy summer!

For Curly Hair: Defined Curls

Any attempt you make to completely straighten your curls likely won’t last long in the heat and humidity. Instead, Mouzakis recommends working with what you’ve got and simply enhancing your curls: “Twist in a curl lotion or cream, and let hair air dry,” he says. Try Oribe Styling Butter Curl Enhancing Créme ($46; amazon.com). You can then touch up any pieces that aren’t falling just so with a curling iron. Heaps likes the CHI Lava Wand since you can use it to define any size curl depending on which part of the wand you twist your hair around. Finally, instead of brushing them out, use your fingers to piece out and separate the spirals ever so slightly. And if all else fails, “Pull your hair into a low bun and call it a day,” says Mouzakis.

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CHI Lava Tapered Volcanic Lava Ceramic Hairstyling Wand

Specially designed 3/8”– 3/4” extended versatile wand creates flawless, shiny curls for medium to long hair lengths. Made with Volcanic Lava and Ceramic the extended wand provides gentle consistent heat during styling. The combination of volcanic lava and ceramic allows styling at lower temperatures than normal which produces less damage to the hair while offering smooth, shiny results. Using only this tool, multiple curl patterns such as coils, curls and waves are possible. Creates smooth looks by leaving hair frizzfree with reflective shine. Offers consistent heated plates producing smooth results on all hair types.

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Beauty Launchpad Magazine – April 2019 – Features Rocky Vitelli

Beauty Launchpad Magazine – April 2019 – Features Rocky Vitelli

Best Hair Dryers for Natural Hair – Features CHI Air Classic 2-Piece Travel Set

Best Hair Dryers for Natural Hair – Features CHI Air Classic 2-Piece Travel Set

Why did we decide to do a ranking of the best hair dryers for natural hair? Managing your hair in its God-given state is not a feat for the faint-hearted. But nobody should be brought to tears by the simple thought of wash day, especially not when a 1 lb device can make all your #naturalhairproblems into distant memories.

The blow-drying vs air-drying argument aside (we’ll get to that later), a wash-and-go is sometimes impractical, especially on the days when you want to channel your inner ’90s diva. Since we can’t all dash to DryBar on a whim, a hair dryer is as good as it gets.

We’ll level with you: Some hair dryers have terribly frizzy and strand-breaking consequences, supporting the notion that air drying is better for natural hair. And that’s exactly why we searched for the best hair dryers to keep your natural hair looking amazing. After scouring the internet, gathering expert opinions, and digging through user reviews, we found some real gems.

More often than not, natural hair has a mind of its own. Finding the right hair dryer is the first step to compromise. The truth is that hair dryers are not created equal, so shopping for a natural hair option often takes little more effort than a quick dash to the drugstore.

CHI Air Classic 2-Piece Travel Set

What you get when you buy the CHI Air Classic travel set might actually surprise you. It is portable, containing a hair straightener, curling iron, round bristle brush, as well as the unique 1000W hair dryer. It is the perfect solution for the frequent traveler who is rather unwilling to take a vacation from properly coiffed tresses.

Aside from being dirt cheap and TSA-friendly, the hair dryer in the CHI set is lightweight and ergonomically designed for easy handling. It is your classic ceramic and tourmaline hair dryer, emitting negative ions to reduce static and lock in cuticle moisture for shinier, healthy-looking hair.

Between the dryer’s two attachments and three settings, it is easy to forget that this is a miniature travel set. When it comes down to it, a 1000W DC motor doesn’t particularly over-perform, and its 6.5-foot swivel cord does not chalk up points for this little guy. But if you don’t mind a few extra minutes on the job, it’s a handy companion and not a bad pick at all.

CHI Classic 2-Piece Travel Set

Take your hair necessities with you wherever you go. This set includes 3-in-1 travel iron, 1000W Travel Dryer with/nozzle and diffuser and handy travel bag from CHI Home.

Features:

  • Iron heats up to 392 degrees for internal & external plates. Helps reduces frizz and helps provide unparalleled shine with a 6.5ft swivel cord & dual voltage.
  • 1000W Dryeer with far infrared, lightweight ergonomic design with collapsible handle, DC motor, 6.5 ft swivel cord and dual voltage.
  • 2-year limited warranty
  • Ceramic

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Best Curling Irons for Beginners – Features CHI Spin N Curls

Best Curling Irons for Beginners – Features CHI Spin N Curls

If you’re like me and a lot of other gals, you use your curling iron A LOT to give your look and your confidence a boost. Some of us like tight, springy curls and others wear California girl waves like a boss.

Picking the right tool for your hair type and your patience level is super important. What works for your friend with long, thick hair might not be best for your shorter, thinner hair.

Let’s look at how to choose the best curling iron for beginners and hair magic mavens, and review some of my top product picks for creating a look all your friends will crave.

Features To Look For and Things To Consider

1. Temperature Settings

One of the things I look for in a curling iron is what temperature settings are available and how fast it reaches temperature. Being able to set the temp for my hair type or the curl I want is really important, and I don’t want to wait 15 minutes for my curler to heat up.

2. Ergonomic Design and Ease of Use

Another important factor is how easy the settings are to change. Being able to adjust the temperature or reset the hardware on the device with just my thumb as I’m using it is a huge plus. Curling hair can already be a bit of a pain. Easy to use products get high ratings from me!

3. Barrel Type

Picking a barrel that won’t cause damage to hair as it heats is a must when choosing your next curling iron. Ceramic and tourmaline barrels are the best possible for your hair, as they close your hair shaft instead of opening it like metal barrels will do. Ceramic is an “ok” material, but you want to watch the coating as it can wear off over time.

4. Curling Iron Size

Consider the length of your hair, too. Different sized curling irons create different sized curls. If you’ve got super short hair, even a 3/4″ barrel may be too large to give you anything but a surf-worthy wave that sticks straight up from your scalp. That’s not a good look for anyone.

Now that we’ve armed ourselves with some shopping tips, let’s check out a few of the easiest curling irons to use. These tools have a range of price points and unique features. Remember the tips above when you’re considering which one might be your new best friend.

The CHI Spin N Curl curling iron has a unique design that is super easy to use. Hair is drawn in to the curling chamber, heated to the perfect temperature and unwound into smooth, shiny curls.

The heat selections are preset to work best with either fine, medium, or coarse hair. All you have to do is pick which setting best fits your hair type and the curler does the rest. The 1″ barrel will give tighter curls with higher temperatures.

The digital temperature display is super easy to read. Adjust the heat with a touch of the buttons located within thumb’s reach on the handle of the device.

With CHI’s Spin n Curl tool, you can even choose which way the curl curves, so your look is customized to you. Easily curl toward your face for a saucy vintage look for date night. Wind curls in the opposite direction for all day waves that take you from office meetings to girls’ night out.

If you’re having trouble getting your curls just right with a traditional curling iron or are prone to burning yourself, this could be a great tool for you.

CHI Spin N Curl

Create flawless curls and waves at the push of a button with the CHI Spin n Curl. Hair is drawn into the curl chamber where it is heated and timed to create perfect curls and waves every time! The digital temperature display offers easily adjustable temperature settings and a selection of preset temperature settings for each hair texture, creating a customizable styling experience while avoiding unnecessary heat damage. Ceramic heat technology produces far infrared heat while the conditioning benefits of negative ions results in shinier, healthier and more beautiful hair. Curling hair has never been so effortless with the CHI Spin n Curl!

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New Shampoo and Conditioner Duos for Every Single Hair Type – Features CHI Aloe Vera

New Shampoo and Conditioner Duos for Every Single Hair Type – Features CHI Aloe Vera

If you’re on the prowl for a shiny new shampoo and conditioner duo then now is the perfect time to shop, since seasonal changes usually mean new launches from brands. Whether you’ve got thick and curly tendrils, are trying to preserve your color (that was hella expensive), are dealing with an oily scalp, or want to boost volume, there’s something for everyone to use in this roundup.

Curly Hair: CHI Aloe Vera Curl Enhancing Shampoo and Detangling Conditioner

Don’t hide your curls! Embrace them with CHI Haircare’s latest shampoo and conditioner launch. The formula works to define your natural texture without weighing things down or making them feel crunchy or greasy. It also makes sure to clean your hair without stripping it of important oils so that hair is healthy, soft, and easy to manage.

CHI Aloe Vera Curl Enhancing Shampoo

Gentle lathering shampoo delicately cleanses hair of impurities without stripping hair of natural oils. Featuring Aloe Vera, Agave Nectar and a Super Hydration blend, soothes and nourishes to increase elasticity, moisture and enhance curl definition. Hair is left the way you like it, clean, soft and manageable.

Key Features:

  • Cleanses hair of impurities without stripping hair of natural oils
  • Leaves curls defined, clean, soft and manageable

CHI Aloe Vera Detangling Conditioner

Define curls with a rich moisturizing formula that locks in moisture for fragile, thirst-craved curls. Infused with silk for added softness, easily detangles and strengthens to reduce damage and leaves hair shiny, touchable and manageable.

Key Features:

  • Quenches and strengthens fragile, thirst-craved curls
  • Leaves curls defined, tangle-free, touchable and manageable

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The Best Travel Hair Dryers for Perfect Blowouts

The Best Travel Hair Dryers for Perfect Blowouts

When you’re on vacation, the last thing you want to do is spend time fussing over your hair. But you still want to look great for all those selfies and date nights. The problem? The dryer the hotel provides simply won’t do the trick. Leave it where it belongs—in the drawer—and invest in one of the best travel hair dryers instead. Today, there are plenty of first class dryers that are compact enough to fit in that already overcrowded suitcase, but powerful enough to style your hair quickly and with the same precision as a professional blowout.

CHI LAVA Hair Dryer

Though pricey, and a bit of a cheat, since it’s not technically a travel hair dryer, the CHI LAVA is so compact and lightweight that you can conveniently pack it wherever you go, says hair stylist Cynthia Diersen. You’ll save yourself on storage space since you won’t have to stash two dryers, plus you’ll never have to sacrifice performance. This dryer is quick, keeps hair hydrated, and provides long-lasting style. Plus, it comes with three attachments (a straight nozzle, a comb nozzle, and a diffuser).

CHI LAVA Hair Dryer

Made with Volcanic Lava and Ceramic heater that provides gentle consistent heat during styling. The combination of volcanic lava and ceramic allows styling at lower temperatures than normal which produces less damage to the hair while offering smooth, shiny results.

Features:

  • Volcanic Lava Ceramic heater provides less damage to the hair offering smooth, shiny results
  • Volcanic and ceramic minerals are embedded into the honeycomb ceramic lava heater
  • Volcanic ceramic minerals conduct negative ions automatically
  • Lava ceramic ions smooth, reduce frizz and lock-in shine providing moist heat for healthier hair

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Focus On Hair – Features CHI Aloe Curl Reactivating Spray

Focus On Hair – Features CHI Aloe Curl Reactivating Spray

Coil Spritz – Curl Enhancing Spray

Curls sometimes need a little help to regain their bounciness. Whether it’s time for a complete activation of coils or a simple refresh between washings, there’s a curl-enhancing spray that’s ideal for your naturally textured locks. Here are some of our top picks:

CHI Aloe Vera Curl Reactivating Spray

Revive your curls and get them to bounce back to life with this light mist styling aid. It’s easily absorbed into the hair and is perfect for refreshing styles and adding shine and moisture. 

CHI Aloe Vera Curl Reactivating Spray

Revive curls and bounce them back to life with a light mist styling aid that is perfect for refreshing styles and adding shine and moisture. Mist is easily absorbed into the hair leaving no residue.

Key Features:

  • Revives curls and refreshes style
  • Leaves curls refreshed with shine and moisture

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Anyone With Thick Hair: This Dryers Will Save You So Much Time

Anyone With Thick Hair: This Dryers Will Save You So Much Time

People with thick hair know that blow-drying is a marathon, not a sprint. They’re used to holding a hair dryer up for what seems like millennia while it whips their hair around, makes their arm weary, and drones on in their ear. This is also, subsequently, how they know that not all hair dryers are created equal.

At one end of the spectrum, there are the clunky, weak ones that fry hair faster than they dry it. On the opposite end are the sleek, lightweight, and forceful dryers that keep your hair smooth and healthy. Those are the only ones we’re interested in, because who wants to stand in their bathroom for 20 minutes willing their hair to please dry faster or they’ll be late for work again?

That’s why we’ve curated a list of our nine favorite hair dryers for quickly and effectively drying thick hair while also minimizing heat damage. Because drying your hair isn’t worth it if you’re going to singe it off along the way—at least we don’t think so. Go forth and shop, and here’s to better blow-outs in your future.

CHI AIR Style Series Ceramic Hair Dryer

This CHI dryer features fast airflow and tourmaline ceramic technology, which repels humidity and static electricity from affecting your strands. It also has a cold shot button, for when you want airflow without the heat (like we do when we want to distribute product or add a boost of volume to our hair).

CHI AIR Style Series Ceramic Hair Dryer

CHI Air Style Series Ceramic Hair dryer is a powerful 1500 watt DC motor dryer that delivers fast airflow to minimize heat styling damage, leaving hair with less frizz, more manageability, with incredible shine for beautiful style. The innovative technology of tourmaline ceramic elements with even heat distribution creates an exceptionally high amount of negative ions and Far Infrared, which repels humidity and reduces static electricity. The simple design of the Style Series Ceramic Dryer makes it easy to create the look you want!

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New Products that Make Travel Way More Comfortable – Features CHI Escape Iron

New Products that Make Travel Way More Comfortable – Features CHI Escape Iron

Traveling for work sound exciting and exotic, but it can also be stressful and exhausting. I have been working as a food and travel writer for well over a decade, and that means flying a few times a month. These trips are often early mornings and late nights, with each hour tightly scheduled and dozens of emails waiting to be answered when I get back to my hotel room at the end of the night.

Those early morning flights and tight layovers, all while trying to get writing done while in air, can take a toll but the right tools have often made all the difference. That’s why I’m selective about what I pack in my carry-on.

Here are some favorites that come in handy whether you’re traveling for work or for pleasure.

10. CHI Escape Cordless Styling Iron

A cordless styling iron is great to travel with, or even throw in your gym bag. You can charge it just like a cell phone and do your hair literally anywhere, even in an airplane bathroom!

CHI Escape Hairstyling Travel Iron

This battery operated professional hairstyling travel iron features CHI Ceramic technology which provides even heat distribution, locking in moisture and creating smooth, sleek styles. Experience the benefits of on-the-go, lightweight, cordless styling with CHI.

Features:

  • 1” CHI Ceramic plates: CHI Ceramic Technology locks in moisture creating smooth sleek styles
  • Lithium Battery: 30 mins to an hour of consistent heating depending on heat setting
  • Locking Mechanism: Safe for travel
  • Travel Pouch: Stores and protects iron and chargers while traveling
  • Car and Wall Charger: Convenient charging options
  • 1 Year Warranty

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Best Curling Iron for Big Curls – Features CHI Spin N Curl

Best Curling Iron for Big Curls – Features CHI Spin N Curl

Unless you’ve been blessed with perfectly curly hair, a high-quality curling iron is a must-have product in most women’s beauty arsenals. Whether you prefer bouncy spiraled ringlets or voluminous beachy waves, there is a curling iron out there that will help you seriously up your game.

But with so many options available, it can feel downright daunting trying to figure out which one will give you the curls of your dreams. So to help you find the right option, we rounded up 15 of the most-beloved curling irons in stores now. These top-rated hair tools not only have an overwhelming number of glowing customer reviews, but they also have thousands of five-star reviews between them.

Best for Big Curls: CHI Spin N Curl

Love the look of big bouncy curls? Opt for the Chi Air N Spin Curler. Simply place sections of your hair into this handy tool and push a button — it will automatically curl your hair into the chamber and heat up using ceramic heat technology, producing voluminous curls and waves. (Spoiler: The tool also uses negative ions that make hair smoother and super shiny.) Even better? The barrel is actually inside the curl chamber, so your hands won’t touch the hot surface, making it virtually burn-proof.

It has an impressive 4.6-star rating on Amazon and customers rave about how easy it is to use. “I really love this tool,” said one reviewer. “I have a hard time with curling irons, either I burn myself or one curl turns or different than the others or I accidentally curl one an opposite direction than the rest. This tool eliminates all my challenges. The tool doesn’t get hot on the outside so you will never burn your skin. It has a timer that beeps when time to release your hair, which is great. I highly recommend this product. CHI outdid themselves with this one!”

CHI Spin N Curl

Features:

  • 1” Ceramic Rotating Barrel
  • 410°F Maximum Temperature
  • Directional Buttons
  • Tangle Protection
  • Pre-set Temperatures
  • Adjustable Heat-Up Times
  • Temperature Display
  • Beep Alert
  • Auto Temperature Lock
  • 1-hour Auto Shut Off
  • 9 ft Swivel Cord
  • Dual Voltage
  • 2-year Limited Warranty

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Ionic Hair Dryer you can Style without Damage – Features CHI Touch 2 Dryer

Ionic Hair Dryer you can Style without Damage – Features CHI Touch 2 Dryer

Up there on the list of annoying tasks like doing the dishes and waiting in line at airport security is drying your hair. It’s loud, heavy, and time-consuming, but for those cursed with hair that just can’t be air-dried (I know the struggle, trust me), allow us to introduce you to ionic hair dryers. In layman’s terms, they work by transferring negative ions to the hair, which attracts the positive ions in water to help the hair dry faster. Aside from the convenience of getting your hair to dry faster, this process helps seal the strands’ cuticles to retain moisture.

The end result: shiner, healthier hair. Take a look at some of our favorite ionic hair dryers.

Not only does CHI’s dryer emit over three times more ions to reduce frizz and increase shine, but it features a super-innovative touch screen for speed, temperature, and ion control.

CHI Touch 2 Dryer

Experience the second generation of touch-screen styling with the new design of the CHI Touch 2 Hair Dryer. Slimmer and superiorly lightweight, it features a compact 2.4 inch touch screen control and a unique speedometer easily customizable intelligent settings, including controlling the speed, temperature, and ionic output.

Features:

  • Touch screen control: New touch screen design with easily adjustable speedometer dials for speed, temperature, and ion control.
  • New design: Lighter and more compact with a concave handle for a more comfortable grip position.
  • 3D ion generation system: Emits over three times more ions to reduce frizz.
  • Hands-free: Back of dryer can be used as a stand on a flat surface for hands-free drying.
  • CHI ceramic technology: Provides moist heat and keeps a consistent temperature to aid in reducing thermal heat styling damage.

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Best Eco-Conscious Beauty Products for Earth Day – Features CHI LAVA Dryer

Best Eco-Conscious Beauty Products for Earth Day – Features CHI LAVA Dryer

Climate change, endangered animal species, and a widening hole in the ozone layer are just a few of the things changing our planet for the worse. While most of us may not have pursued careers to save the earth, there’s one significant way we can all help—by cleaning up our beauty routine. Using products derived from natural ingredients is a start; however, taking a more in-depth look into the small details that we ignore, like the packaging and production of our beauty products, is equally important. Lessening your carbon footprint is the name of the game—something as simple as using a biodegradable toothbrush can help you do your part.

Outside of the more obvious issue of plastic waste from beauty products, our beauty shopping habits cause avoidable waste. In celebration of Earth Day, you can take important steps to preserve the planet by shopping products that help to minimize waste.

If you’re looking for ways to clean up your carbon footprint, here are 14 products to add to your shopping cart.

13. CHI LAVA Dryer

If your hair takes forever to dry, this new blowdryer from CHI saves energy (up to 50%), meaning it’s well worth the investment.

CHI LAVA Hair Dryer

Made with Volcanic Lava and Ceramic heater that provides gentle consistent heat during styling. The combination of volcanic lava and ceramic allows styling at lower temperatures than normal which produces less damage to the hair while offering smooth, shiny results.

Features:

  • Volcanic Lava Ceramic heater provides less damage to the hair offering smooth, shiny results
  • Volcanic and ceramic minerals are embedded into the honeycomb ceramic lava heater
  • Volcanic ceramic minerals conduct negative ions automatically
  • Lava ceramic ions smooth, reduce frizz and lock-in shine providing moist heat for healthier hair
  • Cold air temperature for setting styles
  • Slide switch prevents from turning dryer off accidentally
  • Energy saver up to 50%
curlingdiva.com – Best Travel Curling Iron – Features CHI Air Travel Collection

curlingdiva.com – Best Travel Curling Iron – Features CHI Air Travel Collection

Traveling abroad is a super exciting thought, until you start thinking about how you’re going to look your best while Tweeting out your adventures.  

In case you didn’t already know, not all curling irons are created equal, nor do they all travel the same. If you’re heading off for a few weeks in Europe, you’re going to need one that can take the heat, literally. Having a dual voltage curling iron packed in your bag will get you the style you want, without the risk of burning the house down! (Or melting your curling iron).

I’ve reviewed the best curling irons for travel, and have put together some points to consider when choosing the best option for your needs.

Things to Consider:

  1. Size and portability. If you’ve got long or ultra thick hair, a compact curling iron model might not be your best bet for traveling with. Choose the right barrel length for your hair, and you’re sure to love the results. If you do need something to toss in your bag and go, the travel size products could be your new go-to for styling on the go.
  2. Dual Voltage. If you want to use your curling iron outside the U.S., you’ve got to look for one with dual voltage capabilities. Keep in mind, too, most curling tongs will come with a standard American plug, so you’ll need a plug adapter to fit European outlets.  Don’t leave the States without it!
  3. With Cord or Cordless. For ladies traveling to remote areas, or going long periods without power, a cordless option may be best. These models are usually compact and heat up quickly.  Make sure to check airline policy before you pack–butane cartridges can’t be packed in your carry-on, and you don’t want security chucking the heart of your curling iron into the trash!
  4. Varied Hairstyles. If you’re a lady who likes bouncy big curls one day and chic smooth styling the next, check out the 2-in-1 options in the review section. Those curlers let you decide what style you want and save you from bringing along both your curling iron and hair straightener.

Now that we’ve got some information, let’s check out some FAQ’s to answer a few more questions before moving on to product reviews. 

First, what does dual voltage even mean for a curling iron? Dual voltage is required when you want to use your curling iron in the United States and in other countries. Dual voltage curling irons will work in 110v-120v and 220v-240v outlets. They will automatically switch to the proper voltage setting when you plug them in. Are most curling irons dual voltageNo, don’t assume. You should always check if it has dual/universal voltage. Is Beachwaver dual voltage? This popular brand is NOT dual voltage, contrary to what some people believe. You can only use it for travels within the US.

Second, do you need special accessories? Yes, a thousand times. When taking your dual voltage curling tongs around the world, make sure you have an adapter for your plug to fit the outlet style of the country you are visiting. Without your plug adapter, you won’t be able to plug your product in!

Third, can you use your curling iron in Spain and other countries in Europe? Again, YES! As long as it is dual voltage capable and you remembered your plug adapter. 

Finally, can you take a curling iron on a plane? Corded curling irons can be tossed in your carry on and travel right by your side. If you are using a butane powered curling iron, it must be stored in your checked baggage. Follow the rules, or security is likely to take your butane and leave you with no power for your device!

CHI Travel Curling Iron

CHI makes traveling in style a breeze with this 3 in 1 flat iron, curler, and wave styling heat tool. This CHI dual voltage curling iron will save you from extra checked baggage fees and bad hair days. This 3 in 1 tool features a tourmaline ceramic barrel and infrared heat, a true one-two punch that protects your hair from damage and keeps frizz and flyaways at bay. It is important to remember this is a compact sized product designed to travel easily. 

Create beachy waves one day and a sleek, chic style the next. The smaller size may not be convenient for longer, thicker hair but it does feature the same curling and straightening power as the full sized product. It heats up to 392 degrees so is good for thin and slightly thick hair.  The dual voltage capability rounds out the features of this travel-ready beauty tool. 

If you’re a CHI fan and are looking for a Chi travel curling iron, the CHI Air Travel 2-piece Collection is your best bet as it comes with a travel hair dryer too.

CHI AIR Classic 2-Piece Travel Set

Features:

  • Iron heats up to 392 degrees for internal & external plates. Helps reduces frizz and helps provide unparalleled shine with a 6.5ft swivel cord & dual voltage.
  • 1000W Dryeer with far infrared, lightweight ergonomic design with collapsible handle, DC motor, 6.5 ft swivel cord and dual voltage.
  • 2-year limited warranty
  • Ceramic

Includes:

  • Travel 3-in-1 Iron
  • 1000W Travel Dryer w/ Nozzle & Diffuser
  • Black Travel Zip Bag

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Sophisticate’s Black Hair Magazine – Features CHI Nano Hair Dryer

Sophisticate’s Black Hair Magazine – Features CHI Nano Hair Dryer

CHI Nano Hair Dryer

The CHI Nano hair dryer features a lightweight ergonomic design with a powerful 1875W Ceramic motor for faster styling. Its ceramic ionic technology generates negative ions that dry hair without damage, while sealing in moisture and shine. Offering a dual air-intake system with two vents that help to reduce drying time while producing a stronger air flow. The Rapid Clean Technology®: Nano Silver and Blue LED lights help to kill bacteria providing cleaner air.

Features:

  • 1875W DC motor
  • Dual vent air-intake system
  • Rapid Clean Technology®
  • Weighs less than a pound
  • Sleek ergonomic design with silicone grip stand
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