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Red by Kiss Professional Salon 1875 Watt Bonnet Hood Hair Dryer

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The Red by Kiss Professional Salon Bonnet Hood Hair Dryer has 1875 watts and dual motors that should last the test of time through hair drying, roller setting, hot treatments, color processing, deep conditioning, protein treatments, and much more. The adjustable height makes it perfect to customize to your own needs. I love that this Professional Salon Bonnet Hood Hair Dryer has 4 speeds: cold, low, medium and high. It was a challenge for me to find a bonnet dryer with more than just off/on and high and low! The best part is that this bonnet hair dryer folds down and nests neatly within itself. This is great for people like me who live in a small space or simply don’t have much storage.

So far I’ve used this bonnet hair dryer once a week for deep conditioning, henna hair packs, and/or protein treatments, depending on my hair’s needs. I’ve been wanting to try out a roller set, but I just haven’t had the time (or patience). But, given the ceramic tourmaline technology, your hair will be left smooth, silky, and frizz-free, regardless of your style. And, if you do decide to do a roller set, this bonnet hair dryer  has 15% more coverage to accommodate most rollers (even the jumbo size). Because the height of the hair dryer adjusts up an additional 4 ½”, you can also choose whatever surface or chair will best suit you.

 

Unfortunately, about a month after use, the hair dryer started to make a weird sound and smell. I unplugged it, let it cool, and replugged it (this time using a surge protector). It functioned seamlessly after that … up until today that is … when it made a loud sputtering noise for 60 seconds, started to smell like burnt wire, and then just completely died for no reason. I’ve only had this dryer for 9 months and have only used it once a week, sometimes only once every 2-3 weeks (when I got busy). My last bonnet dryer was a previous incarnation of the latest Gold ‘n Hot and lasted for a decade! In fact, I only ended up having to replace it after accidentally dropping it and cracking part of the neck of the unit that connected the hooded dryer to the base. If it hadn’t been for that, I am convinced it would have kept on running for at least another year or two. Sigh …

So, although the Red by Kiss Professional Salon Bonnet Hood Hair Dryer is a great price (under $50), given its short life span, it can hardly be recommended. 😥

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Quick Tip #17: Use Coconut Oil CAUTIOUSLY!

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Fresh Coconuts (Set of 3)

Ok, scientifically coconut oil IS NOT a protein but, in a sense, I feel like it behaves like one because it contains lauric acid (a medium chain fatty acid that binds easily to protein in hair). Because of this, coconut oil has the ability to penetrate the hair shaft (due to its low molecular weight), reducing protein loss and strengthening the hair’s structure. It also creates a “hardening effect” due to its ability to change viscosity so quickly (i.e., from a liquid to a solid state) at low temperatures. As a result, harsh winter winds, for example, can create stiff hair very quickly. In addition, repeated use of coconut oil can cause protein build-up, drastically reducing hair’s elasticity and causing follicles to become dull, dry, brittle, easily tangled, and more prone to breakage.

Have you been overusing coconut oil? If so, consider utilizing a deep conditioner or moisturizing hair mask to restore the protein:moisture balance of your hair. Need a complete restart? Try a reconstructor instead.

 

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Lustrasilk Aloe Vera Cholesterol: Super Detangling Formula for Extremely Dry or Damaged Hair

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I have been using Hollywood Beauty’s Olive Cholesterol since February of last year (2013). I loved it so much that I did a product review on it in July (2013). However, my stash began to run out, and I needed to buy some replacements. I received an Amazon gift card, so I decided to see if they carried my beloved deep conditioner. They did! But, to my everlasting surprise, they had a list price of $12.49 for ONE 20 oz. jar with a so-called sale price of $6.80 (+ $3.10 shipping)! Are they kidding? I can get this from my local Dollar General for $3.20, and that’s INCLUDING tax! 

Sadly, I had to pass on that wallet-buster of a deal. But, I still needed a deep conditioner. Straying from my staple Hollywood Beauty (HB) Cholesterol seemed wrong, but I didn’t really need to purchase anything else from Amazon, so I reluctantly searched for a deep conditioner that could tide me over until I could make it to my Dollar General. In my search to settle, I stumbled upon an old favorite brand: Lustrasilk. This was the same company that made my cherished Shea Butter Cholesterol. Only this cholesterol from Amazon came in a 5 lb., salon-sized container. Although, it is also available in a 20 oz. jar.

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I nervously took the plunge and anxiously awaited for my package to arrive. I had one more portion of my HB Cholesterol left. So, I used it. Once my package arrived, the time quickly came for me to deep condition my hair again. I did my normal routine. I shampooed and conditioned my hair. Then, I applied my new Lustrasilk Aloe Vera Cholesterol. I gotta say, I didn’t expect much. After all, this cholesterol had pretty big Hollywood Beauty shoes to fill …

THE CLAIMS:
Lustrasilk Aloe Vera Cholesterol is carefully formulated with deep conditioning agents that treat dry, chemically-treated, or extremely damaged hair. Aloe Vera extract has been added for increased moisturizing properties and to provide extra protection from hot curling irons and blow dryers. Leaves hair shiny and easy to manage.

THE INSTRUCTIONS:
Shampoo and towel dry. Apply cream to hair and scalp. Leave on for 3-5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water. For extra conditioning of overly dry or damaged hair, repeat the process. Style as usual.

THE RESULTS:
The Lustrasilk Cholesterol has a light, mild fragrance that is very pleasant. I always deep condition under a hooded dryer for 20-30 minutes with a processing cap. The first time I used this cholesterol, I used it straight from the container after shampooing and conditioning my hair. It isn’t as thick as my HB Cholesterol, yet it still managed to really moisturize my coils. It softened my tresses and left it extremely detangled. I got the same root-to-tip tangle-free results as my HB Cholesterol, all without pre-detangling my hair. (Gasp!)

It also really made all three textures of my coils (3C, 4A, and 4B) POP, just like my HB Cholesterol. However, when I used the HB Cholesterol, as soon as I rinsed the cholesterol out of my hair, the definition melted away. Not so with the Lustrasilk! Even after rinsing out the product, I had AHHHMAZING curl definition. So much so that I didn’t want to ruin it by adding any product to my hair. But, I know all too well the dangers of not moisturizing and sealing one’s hair properly, so I resisted the temptation. (Sigh.) Nevertheless, this cholesterol worked so well that if I cannot purchase my HB Cholesterol from Dollar General, for some reason, I would definitely buy Lustrasilk Aloe Vera instead.

I spent $19.47 at amazon.com for 5 lbs. of product (the equivalent of four 20 oz. jars) and qualified for Free Super Saver Shipping. While this salon-sized container cost me $6.67 more than four 20 oz. jars of the Hollywood Beauty Cholesterol, it is still pretty inexpensive for the quantity received. I deep condition my hair once a week, so this 5 lb. jar will last me about 10 months (or 38-40 uses)! Not too shabby for twenty bucks! 

While this cholesterol does contain mineral oil, which I don’t particularly care for, it is the ninth ingredient. Although it doesn’t have the same goodies I love from my Hollywood Beauty Cholesterol (i.e., castor oil, olive oil, glycerin, tea tree oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, egg protein, as well as aloe vera, rosemary, sage, white nettle, and chamomile extracts), it works just as well. It also has the benefit of not smelling like grape candy on steroids.    🙂

Here’s hoping Lustrasilk doesn’t discontinue this beauty like they did their shea butter cholesterol

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Lustrasilk Shea Butter Cholesterol PLUS … A GOOD BUY

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I’ve been using Lustrasilk Shea Butter Cholesterol PLUS for a while now. I have used this on both relaxed and natural hair with the same results. The first time I used this Shea Butter Cholesterol, I applied it to my lightly towel-blotted hair after I shampooed and then sat under a bonnet dryer for 20 minutes with a plastic processing cap. The results were mediocre at best. The product was SUPER watery, and even after I rinsed it out, I couldn’t see any marked difference in my hair.

The second time, I applied the Cholesterol to my dry hair and sat under my bonnet dryer again for 20 minutes. I noticed a BIG difference (compared to my first-time use on wet hair). So, I would recommend using this as a deep conditioner on DRY or VERY LIGHTLY damp (not soaking or wet) hair.

The Cholesterol does separate and produce a lot of liquid in-between uses, but I just simply stir the liquid back in prior to use, so that’s not a big deal for me. What I especially love is the value. I purchased this for less than $3 from my local beauty supply store. This is a HUGE tub for the price! If you’re someone who likes to doctor up your conditioning or pre-poo treatments with oils or other goodies, this is a great buy because you have a lot to work with. Just make sure you scoop out the amount you want to use into a separate container and then add your oils, etc. (Don’t add your goodies directly to the jar!)

Is this the world’s best deep conditioner? Probably not. However, I don’t have any major complaints. I just wish this Cholesterol was thicker since I have fine hair. But, given the price, and the fact that this doesn’t contain any mineral oil, lanolin, or petroleum, I will definitely repurchase and use it as a base to add natural oils when I deep condition.

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