Beauty

Hair Straightening Brush Review

Taylor Swift Hair straightener brushSo unless you’ve got dead straight hair 24/7, you have probably taken notice of these seemingly magical brushes that straighten your hair when they’ve popped up in your social news feed. If not, believe me; I’m not making this up, these brushes exist! They have a built in ceramic heating element the same as your old school hair straightener, combined with heat proof nylon bristles to form the brush head, so you can simply brush your hair and the hair comes in contact with the heating element straightening as you go.

Now I’m an every day curly fuzz bucket as many of you may already know, and I’m also a bit lazy when it comes to styling my hair because of the time it takes for me to do anything with it. So when I saw this brush that straightens hair I was totally stoked – no need to separate my hair into sections, just wake up, roll out of bed, turn on brush, and brush hair straight!

I found a few hair straightener brush reviews online and decided to go with the Swift Hair straightener brush. It has a different design to the other straightener brushes out there like the Dafni and the Apalus. I also don’t think $300AUD is a reasonable price to pay for something that might not work that well, especially when i can get a classic ghd straightener (which I know works) for less! The Swift Hair straightener brush was still at the higher end of the models on offer ($149.95AUD) but it looked like it was better quality than the ones flooding eBay, plus I’ve got a soft spot for Taylor Swift (not sure if it’s affiliated). I’ll post my own video soon, (still editing) but in the meantime, here is a video review of one of the cheaper models. (TLDR – it doesn’t really work for her)

Hair Straightening Brush Test

Unboxing

I put in my order and had my new magic hair straightening brush in three days. I felt like Hermione, pulling out my new magic wand. First impressions were good, Nice box with detailed instructions and features. I particularly liked that the brush had a super long swivel cord and one button on the handle which controls the five heat settings (120° -200° Celsius). I got the red and black model, but they also have a pink one.

straightener hair brush up close

Power Up

The Swift Hair website gives a guide on what temperature to use for what hair type so I decided to start on 180° recommended for coarse, wavy hair. So I plugged it in and waited 1 minute and 10 seconds for it to reach the selected temperature (yes I timed it!) You can tell it has reached your temperature as the light on the handle stops flashing. Ok, so start up time is a tick in the column of the hair straightener brush – quicker than my other hair iron.

Straightening My Hair

All right, so the moment of truth…Did the straightening brush work? I started brushing my hair at about the same pace as I would use my hair iron. I found it easier to hold the section of my hair I was brushing at the tips so the hair would penetrate the brush head as deeply as possible. After just a couple of strokes, my hair was already straightening out, I flipped the brush around and repeated the straightening process on the underside of the same area.

I stared into the mirror to admire my handy work and I have to say I was impressed. It was easy to get the brush through my hair without it tangling, and you can manoeuvre the brush around your ears and scalp and neck with little worry of burning yourself as the heating element is protected by the brush bristles. Of course if you go poking your fingers in there you’ll burn them but if your using it as instructed, it’s pretty much impossible to burn yourself. This got me thinking that this would be a great product for my little sister! No need to worry about her burning herself and it even turns off automatically if she leaves it on (you know what kids are like).

straightening brush results

The Verdict

In total, to straighten my whole head of wavy curls took about 5 minutes. This is a massive time saver when compared with my flat iron hair straightening routine, which would be up around 40 minutes from start to finish. The Swift Hair straightening brush has given me back 30 minutes of extra sleep every morning, eliminating my frizz and straightening my hair in next to no time! Because of this, I’m going to award the Swift Brush the prestigious Ella Mobbs Style Award!

hair straightening brush review

Tips For Keeping Hair Shiny The Natural Way

When it comes to tips for keeping hair shiny, the first instinct is to rush over to the nearest hairstylist and ask for recommendations. This is actually understandable and even acceptable at times especially in cases where prominent hair experts are involved.

shiny hair naturallyStill, the tips for keeping hair shiny as offered by the typical hairstylist, can be quite expensive. Apart from the expected service or professional fees, a few other products may need to be purchased eventually if only to maintain that distinctive hair shine. Although they will usually offer you a salon treatment if it’s available, many hairdressers have a few secrets up their sleeve for when professional hair treatment is not an option. We spoke with New Farm hairdresser Amy, from Jagged Hair and Beauty about some ways to keep the shine all natural!

A less costly alternative is the do-it-yourself or DIY way. These are not new and untested techniques but have been used by people even before commercial hair beauty products were formulated.

A classic example of this is coconut oil which just needs to be massaged all across the scalp prior to bathing. Coconut oil is hardly expensive, although care should be taken when purchasing coconut oil for hair use. The ideal coconut oil to use is the unrefined type as this will easily soak into the hair strands. When applying this onto the hair, it is best to start at the end point since this is the area that is in need of extra conditioning. The scalp usually produces natural oil so this will not really require assistance in the conditioning aspect. The exact oil amount is an issue that will depend greatly on hair texture and thickness. For generally dry hair, more coconut oil is recommended. Oily hair, on the other hand, will require significantly lesser amount.

After the scalp massage, use warm water to wash the hair and wrap this tight with a clean towel. The goal at this stage is to contain the moisture both from the water and the coconut oil. This should be maintained for approximately half an hour.

Upon rinsing, make use of the normal shampoo and conditioner. Wash this off with cold and clean water and allow this to dry the natural way. Rubbing the hair dry with a bath towel should not be considered as this could remove the necessary nutrients and can jeopardize all efforts at creating beautiful and shiny hair.

egg is good for your hairA few other tips for keeping hair shiny can be a bit messy to some people but can be quite effective. The use of eggs, for instance, as a massaging material may not sit well with a number of women. Nevertheless, the consequent results should be worth all the hard and messy work initially put in.

For tips for keeping hair shiny via the egg treatment process, the first step will involve cracking at least two pieces of raw eggs. A few more eggs may have to be considered in the case of generally long hair. Upon cracking the eggs, collect all the yolk or the yellow portion into a bowl and mix this with olive oil. The solution should be prepared in such a way that the yolk gets effectively covered. The white part of the egg, meanwhile, can be set aside for other use. Shampoo the hair the normal way and rinse this using lukewarm water. Massage the hair with the prepared solution afterwards and keep it on for about five minutes.

Rinse the hair a second time using lukewarm water and finish this off with a third rinse but this time, using cold water. Of the many tips for keeping hair shiny, this can take some time but should be given serious consideration as it has been proven to be quite effective. If this doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, give the girls at Jagged Hair and Beauty a call on +61 7 3252 5032 to book in for a professional salon shine treatment – no egg!

Snow Beauty

Forget dry, flaky skin and blotchy red patches… Forget about staticky frizzy hair and untameable manes… This snow season, we have you covered with these amazingly handy tips to really become that snow beauty!

Hairlooking good at the snow

Cold, dry winter conditions do wonders for your hair. (Note sarcasm..)  Limp, lifeless, frizzy hair caused by static… Forget about summer humidity, winter is coming.. Luckily, we know how to handle you mane this snow season!

Use a moisturising shampoo followed by a rich conditioner and aim to use a hair mask once a week. Kukui/macadamia/argan oils are great for smoothing out your hair and giving it that silky touch.

If you suffer from limp hair, you/re probably looking at overactive oil glands, which draw your hair down from the roots. Usually, people with this issue experience an all-year-round nuisance, however, it is particularly noticeable during the winter conditions where humid air is unavailable to add volume to your mane. To avoid this, apply conditioner starting at your ears to your tips… Do not massage it into your scalp .. adding oil to oil is not the best option… Dry shampoo is going to be your best friend. Adding layers to your hair style can also help prevent that limp mop of a head.

Static be gone! If you aren’t prone to static then.. You probably haven’t got hair? To avoid this fuzz monster, try using a silk pillowcase and a natural bristle brush (hint: adding a little hair spray to your natural bristle hair brush can help flatten the fuzz).

Hold the hat…. At least until your hair is cool. Putting a hat on straight after blowdrying will cause your hair to take its form! A looser hat is always better as the shape is more fluid; again, something silk-lined is the way to go.

Makeup

fresh lips snowWhen it’s cold, our showers get hotter, our skin gets drier and our complexions begin to adopt a blotchy uneven tone… For that perfect complexion we all want it is vital that you cater to the needs of your current climate. Deeper moisturises, gentler washes etc… For foundation, for skin that NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser is an awesome combo of skincare, sunscreen, and colour in one. If you suffer from uneven texture or oiliness, the Sheer Matte Foundation with medium coverage is great for those who seek extra more coverage and prefer typical liquid make-ups. As it has build-able coverage it is perfectly suited for winter month for immaculate and flawless kin. But don’t forget to set with a loose powder. Priming beforehand is another important element…. helping to refine the skin’s surface for more even application and absorption of the makeup. Deep, dark cherry lips, raisin and plum tones,  or any other bold lips compliment the chilly weather beautifully. Winged, cat-eye looks or smudged smokey eyes are amazing with the aforementioned lip tones.

For pale complexions, a little pink/red tones go along way. Cream blushes which melt into the skin are perfect snow buddies. G-Spot or Malibu Mulitples are awesome three-in-one cream products that can be used on eyes, lips, and cheeks. With a translucent coverage, it looks super natural and realistic. Apply just below cheekbone point and blend slightly downwards near the jaw and outwards to the ear. Keep in mind where the natural flush of your skin occurs after a brisk walk or jog in cooler climates.

….Don’t forget the nails!
Choose a nail polish the same way you would any other accessory – go with what you’re drawn to and what makes you feel confidant! Bold lip and bold contrasting nails are wonderful statement accessories.