Products I love and trust giving you a salon style with minimum effort. It took me years to figure out what really works. But in a few minutes you can have great products saving you from costly mistakes.

Straightener Brushes - My top pick is the Drybar and yes it cost more but you do not need a glove to protect your hand because the back of the brush does not get burning hot. The brush is nicely insulated to protect your hands. Top straightener brushes need to give you enough heat settings for styling a wide range of hair types. Fine to normal hair needs only minimum heat where as thick natural hair needs more heat. Having a digital temperature display and up to 16 heat settings goes a long way in protecting your hair. My picks below are the best of the best.

Straightener Brushes
Description Recommendation And Use Price
Drybar The Brush Crush Heated Straightening Brush Has all the features and great quality. Brush head does not get too hot. Check Price
GLAMFIELDS Hair Straightener Brush Great budget brush with many features. Check Price
MiroPure, 2-in-1 Ceramic Ionic Straightening Brush Great budget brush with many features. Check Price
TYMO Ionic Hair Straightener Brush Great brush, great features, solid quality Check Price


Hot Air Brushes - My top pick below is the Revlon One-Step, it's not perfect but it has the air flow and tension for great styling. For the price it's unbeatable. Great hot air brushes need 3 qualities. 1). Air Flow - must have enough flow and be even. Air should flow evenly from top to bottom of the head unit. 2). Tension - bristles must be able to penetrate, grab and hold hair for styling. 3). Temperature settings - should have at the minimum 3 to 4 heat settings but more is better. The best brushes have a digital display and up to 16 settings allowing you to dial in the perfect temperature to set your hair for an all-day lasting style. Unfortunately none of the hot brush have this feature.


Hot Air Brushes
Description Recommendation And Use Price
Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer And Volumizer Great budget hot air brush, delivers good volume and brilliant shine in a single step. Check Price
Conair 3-in-1 Tourmaline Ceramic Hot Air Brush Combo Kit Very good budget hot air brush, comes with 3 attachments. Check Price
INFINITIPRO BY CONAIR Wet/Dry Hot Air Brush Styler Great budget Wet/Dry hot air brush. Check Price
INFINITIPRO BY CONAIR Titanium Ceramic Hot Air Brush Great budget hot air brush with a one inch brush for shorter hair. Check Price

Styling Brushes - Great brushes have 3 things in common. 1). Penetration, the ability to penetrate hair. Bristles must be stiff enough and long enough. 2). Tension, bristles must be able to grab and hold hair with enough tension for styling. 3). Control, the brush handle should give you a good grip to bend and style hair. All my picks have these qualities and more.

Styling Brushes
Description Recommendation And Use Price
Sam Villa Signature Series Bristle Round Brush Great design thin and flat design from spine to teeth allows for closer contact. Medium Oval Boar Bristle Hair Brush with 100% boar & tourmaline infused nylon bristles create volume. Check Price
Olivia Garden Ceramic and Ion Thermal Brush Excellent ceramic and ion thermal brush. Comes in different sizes. Check Price
T3 Smooth Paddle Hair Brush Paddle style brushes more hair 25% faster. Nice design, with a cushioned body and a broad flat base. Check Price
Wet Brush Shine Hair Brush Fantastic for tangles. Check Price

Silicone Shampoo Brushes - Silicone shampoo brushes work well because they have bristles that are firm enough to massage your scalp but soft enough not to cause damage. Shampoo brushes have specially formulated firm but flexible bristles that exfoliates and cleans your scalp with every brush stoke. The bristles help shampoo penetrate deeper to the scalp so you get an effective deep cleaning. Deeper penetration and cleaning helps maintain healthy hair and scalp by lifting dandruff flakes away and stimulating your skin cells.

Silicone Shampoo Brushes
Description Recommendation And Use Price
Vitagoods Scalp Massaging Shampoo Brush Bristles are made from silicone which is soft and bendable . Check Price
Shampoo Scalp Brush SheartS Very good high quality. Made in Japan. Flexible long and short bristles feels great on your scalp. Check Price
Hair Scalp Massager Shampoo Brush by Maxsoft Very good budget scalp brush. Check Price
Scalpmaster Shampoo Brush Very good price and does the job. Check Price

Leave in Products - Think of these as multi-purpose tools for your hair. They do many things from rejuvenating damaged hair, detangling hair, aide in styling, taming frizz and even protecting your hair from heat while adding shine. What you want in a leave in product is not to leave your hair oily, dry or flake off after it dries. And you want the product to do what it claims. All my top picks do just that. They are the best of best at what they do. Everyone needs a miracle when it come to hair and my top pick gives you just that: Its a 10 miracle leave in product.

Leave in Products
Description Recommendation And Use Price
It's a 10 Haircare Miracle Leave-In Product Eliminate frizz, detangle, and restore shine with this excellent nourishing treatment and UV protectant that can be used alone or as a restorative styling product. Check Price
Palmer's Formula Leave-in Conditioner, Coconut Oil Hair-nourishing emollients fortify hair, control frizz & reduce split ends. Coconut Oil strengthens & adds shine, Monoi Oil nourishes & hydrates and Silk Amino Acids detangle and smooth. Check Price
Creme of Nature with argan oil Strengthening protein complex to protect against damage and heat styling. Very good for the price!!! Check Price
Renpure Coconut Whipped Creme Leave-In Conditioner Coconut oil delivers vital moisture & nutrients to dry, damaged hair. It conditions while sealing in moisture, smoothing the cuticle & creating smooth, silky, frizz-free hair. I like because they are cruelty free, nice! Check Price

Shampoos - 4 key things to look for in a high quality shampoo: 1). Works with all hair conditions. The shampoo must be able to work well with frizzy, oily, and dry hair without making any of these conditions worst. 2). I like sulfate free. And here is why if you have dry or frizzy hair, sulfates will strip away any natural oils leaving you hair dry and frizzy. 3). Must work well with color treated hair. Not to say it is specially formulated for color treated hair but at least it is safe to use on a regular basis. 4). Must help with tangles. Not to say it is a detangler but at least does not promote tangles. All my tops picks below do the 4 key things at a reasonable cost. That is why I use the OGX brand.

Shampoos & Dry Shampoos
Description Recommendation And Use Price
Redken All Soft Shampoo | for Dry/Brittle Hair | Provides Intense Softness
and Shine | with Argan Oil
argan oil enriched shampoo gently cleanses and softens, leaving hair soft,
manageable, and shiny
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Redken Color Extend Blondage Color Depositing Purple Shampoo | for Blonde
Hair | Neutralizes Brassy Tones In Blonde Hair | with Citric Acid
Great toning and strengthening color care system will help keep your
blondes brighter and healthier.
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Joico Color Balance Purple Shampoo Instantly neutralizes brassy and yellow tones for blondes and gray hair
Repairs and protects color-treated hair
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REDKEN Extreme Shampoo | for Distressed | Hair Strengthen & Repair Damaged
Hair | Infused with Proteins
Excellent shampoo for damaged hair that helps reduce breakage and split
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Dry Shampoo - Batiste Dry Shampoo, Original Classic fragrance with subtle hints of powder, lavender, and musk Check Price
Dry Shampoo - OGX Extra Strength Refresh Restore + Dry Shampoo, Coconut Miracle Oil A blended with coconut, tiare essence, & vanilla bean extract, helps absorb oil, extend your style Check Price

Description Recommendation And Use Price
OGX Renewing + Argan Oil of Morocco Hydrating Hair Conditioner, Cold-Pressed Argan Oil Very good hydrating conditioner helps renew and soften hair by penetrating strands to lock in moisture. Great smell good price! Check Price
Redken All Soft Argan Oil Conditioner | for Dry/Brittle Hair | Moisturizes & Provides Intense Softness Argan oil enriched conditioner gently cleanses and softens, leaving hair soft, manageable, and shiny. Check Price
Redken One United All-In-One Leave-In Conditioner It’s a fantastic leave in conditioner and heat protectant detangles, hydrates, fights frizz, prevents breakage and adds shine. Check Price
Joico Color Balance Purple Conditioner I like it because it neutralizes brassy and yellow tones for blondes and gray hair while maintaining hair’s vibrancy. Check Price

Dry Scalp and Dandruff Products – sometimes you have a dry and itchy scalp condition and a dandruff shampoo is not really needed. You just need a shampoo and conditioner to relieve the itch. I recommend OGX Teatree Mint shampoo and conditioners. It really works, I know because this is what I use. Also, you maybe looking to really control dandruff and need a shampoo with a little more dandruff fighting ingredients. I recommend Nizoral. Another product that works well and I personally use. And lastly when you need a stronger dandruff shampoo I recommend T/Gel by Neutrogena. I like this shampoo because it starts working after just one use.

Dry Scalp and Dandruff Products
Description Recommendation And Use Price
Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo Original Formula, Anti-Dandruff Treatment Great price, helps control scalp itching and flaking. Has a strong smell but I found it works good. Check Price
Nizoral A-D Anti-Dandruff Shampoo Pleasant smell and also works well. I like it because is made with ketoconazole 1%, an effective ingredient that is proven to help fight dandruff outbreaks. Check Price
Design Essentials Scalp & Skin Care Anti-itch & Tension Relief, Tea Tree & Aloe Soothes the scalp and Relives itching Check Price
Head and Shoulders Scalp Cream Treatment, Daily Moisture, Anti Dandruff, Royal Oils Collection with Coconut Oil, Scalp Care for Natural and Curly Hair I like because it helps balance and restore scalp health with regular use. Check Price

Products for Thin Hair
Description Recommendation And Use Price
Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam Highly recommend, volumizing spray foam adds volume and thickness with a medium hold that controls frizz and flyaway. Check Price
BOLDIFY Hair Thickening Spray I like because it’s made in the USA and made responsibility. Sprya in and leave or comb trough for more volume. Check Price
PURA D'OR Professional Grade Anti-Hair Thinning Shampoo & conditioner that smells great – light banana and lemon grass smell, very present. Contains DHT blockers, herbs and extracts. Check Price
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray Creates incredible volume and texture. Acts as a dry shampoo, absorbing oil and leaving you with just-styled hair for days. Check Price

Hair dryers - I look for 4 main features in a top quality hair dryer. 1). Must weigh under 1 pound. The lighter the better and the reason why is because when in use it is going to be either above your head or up in the air to the side of your head closely following the brush as it moves through hair. Who wants muscle strain? 2). Negative Ion capability and have the ability to turn off negative ions when needed. It is super important to be able to control this feature because who wants flat hair all the time? 3). A narrow nozzle for polished finishes. You need the ability to focus hot air on your hair right at the point where it wraps around the brush not on the bristles. Who wants to destroy their expensive brush, right? 4). A shot of cold air to set the hair molecules for that all day lasting style. My top pick is the Sam Villa Professional Ionic hair dryer. And yes, it cost more but it is worth it in my opinion. I realize there are folks who are on a strict budget so I added in some really good budget models to round out the list.

Hair Dryers
Brush Description Recommendation And Use Price
Sam Villa Blow Dryer superb!!! Has the ability to turn off ions when you want more volume – priceless!!! Check Price
Drybar Buttercup Blow-Dryer Excellent!!! Check Price
INFINITIPRO BY CONAIR 1875 Watt Salon Performance Very good budget hairdryer. Check Price
Remington D3190 Damage Protection Hair Dryer Great budget dryer. Price is fantastic. Check Price

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