The Best in Holiday 2012 Gift Finds is an ongoing series until December that celebrates the practical to the extravagant, the unusual to the commonly needed items of everyday life.
From food, wine and spirits to beauty, clothing and even home goods and appliances, we have been trying and testing and ultimately weeding out the good stuff you should consider for giving this holiday season. Take us shopping with you
This is the extra dressy time of year where a touch more curl or finish to the hair is essential to complement the dress.
Hair experts all agree, don’t touch your waves after finishing your hair.
Touching your hair before the curls are formed and dry is just as damaging as brushing your hair and can cause the entire hairdo to fail. If you spend too much time manipulating your style and touching your hair, you will end up with a real mess.
There were many hair gadgets and sprays sent for consideration, but the four different items below represent best in class for what they are.
Bed Head® Specialty Curling Irons - Curlipops™
The new Bed Head® Curlipops curling irons are three specialty curling irons with unique barrel shapes that create fun texture, loose curls, and waves. Each iron features Tourmaline Ceramic Technology, a clamp-free wrap and go design, high heat, and a heat protective styling glove for easy styling.
We tried the 1” Tourmaline Ceramic Hourglass Styling Iron (BH312) - $29.99 MSRP
This 1” styling iron barrel is great for mixing up texture and waves for hair with some length to it. The candy apple red hourglass styling iron creates loads of volume. Easy to use.
Bed Head® Groupies Hair Appliance
Travel-Sized Styling Appliances
Bed Head must-haves for the beauty junkies include their purse-friendly Groupie Collection. We tried and loved the mini-sized dryer, a powerful portable item that is a boon for the gym bag, traveler or purse for overnighters. Not too heavy, but a quality mini-dryer for those who need to touch up or to handle styling on the go.
John Frieda Full Volume Dryer 1875 WATT
A very nice dryer for under $50 bucks; this essential styling tool can be used with a diffuser. Just make sure to hold the dryer a good distance from hair so that strands don't come into direct contact with high heat. Never blow dry really wet hair. Whenever possible, dry at low heat. The John Frieda JF1 full-volume dryer has a lightweight AC motor and is balanced with easy to use controls. Has a limited 4-year
White Sands Infinity Finishing Spray
Best new hairspray find of the year. Made in the USA. A staple in the hair trailer on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" as it keep their hairstyles on point and in check. Leaves no hard feel, just solid structural support without weight. Infinity is a flexible finish spray, providing hold, control, and volume. Not perfume-y either. It can be easily combed through for any style change, provides UV protection, and repels moisture, even in the harshest weather conditions. Infinity Finishing Spray is also ideal to use with the Curlipops iron and the Frieda blow dryer for styling too. ($21, 10oz)