There’s nothing wrong with being a budget-smart fashionista. It’s a good move to pinch your pennies, but sometimes holding onto them can do more harm than good. When you’re hunting for a new styling tool, it’s tempting to buy a less expensive model than pay an arm and a leg for the high-end version. But sometimes you have to spare no expense when it comes to maintaining the health of your hair.
Not sure why high-end styling tools (such as the high-tech hair dryers and flat irons by T3) cost so much more than their cheaper counterparts? For starters, they offer several practical benefits:
High-end styling tools like the SinglePass straightening iron use ceramic plates with special technologies, like Tourmaline. Less expensive styling tools usually only use ceramic-coated plates. (Fail.) Ceramic can withstand high temperatures, and the plates are excellent at distributing the heat evenly, which helps seal hair cuticles better. (Win!) Plus, the negative ions in high-end styling tools by T3 and other manufacturers keep your hair from looking like the F-word (frizzy).
Because high-end styling tools heat up quickly and distribute the heat evenly, you spend less time styling your hair. Styling products that are more expensive, such as the T3 Featherweight hair dryer, are generally more reliable than their budget counterparts, so you get a quick, fantastic result every time you do your hair.
There’s no way around it – heat damages your hair. However, when you’re able to adjust the temperature of your styling tool for your hair type and choose a hair dryer or flat iron that distributes heat evenly and uses the latest technologies to protect your hair, you can save your tresses from unnecessary cruelty. When you use a low-end product that doesn’t heat up well or provides you with the minimum you need to pull off a style, you end up exposing your hair to heat longer than necessary. The sad truth is that the more you expose your locks to heat (because your styling tool doesn’t get the job done efficiently) the drier and duller they get.
When it comes to styling products, you always end up paying for them in one way or another. You can go cheap and pay for extra products to help salvage heat-damaged hair. Or you can pay the extra cash upfront for products such as a T3 hair dryer that will keep your hair healthy and looking awesome in the long run.
If you're like me and using the same brush (Garnier) since high school, (clearly you can see hair brushes is not where I invest my beauty cash flow), then might I suggest a brand that has a huge following, Mason Pearson. This brand dates back to 1920 and is still going strong thanks to their exquisite design of handmade brushes that won't pull or damage the hair shaft. It was recently featured in March's In Style magazine as part of a series of hair products to get full and bouncy hair as seen on the runway models at the Versace show.
The Popular Mix Brush and Tail Comb was used in Step 3 of the look to brush through curls and tease the crown to create that full sexy-bombshell hair the Versace woman is so known for. No Mason Pearson brush will stear you wrong and they have a large assortment of different size brushes that all have a cushion made of natural rubber that allow the bristles to conform to the shape of the head and the premium boar bristles creates circulation of blood to the hair follicles which polishes the cuticle and results in increased shine! If you're staring in horror like I was at my old brush, then perhaps it's time to invest in a brand that will remain timeless and always get the job done!
Not a fan of the aroma of self tanners in general? XEN-TAN has come up with an answer for self tan-orexics such as myself with it's latest addition, Scent Secure Gold. This tinted moisturizer adorned with 24 karat gold leaf will give your skin a sunkissed glow and slight color while eliminating sunnless tanning odor and nourishing your summer skin with oil free hydration. XEN-TAN is one of the leaders in sunless tanning and their Scent Secure Gold will quickly become the perfect companion to enhance your sunless tan and give it the chi-chi 24 karat gold treatment!