The Best in Holiday 2012 Gift Finds is an ongoing series until December 20th 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.
Go Big or go home, especially for hair this 2012-2013 fall winter season.
Forget the Pixie hair look, even pretty Ginnifer Goodwin needs to cover those ears. A mane of big hair done just right, not dried out and not overly teased - is a thing of glory. Despite trends and stylist blather, a head of volume-enhanced hair makes a woman feel beautiful.
So how to get 'Big Sexy Hair?'
Product is key, as are techniques for backcombing and using the best tools for the job: Hot Rollers and a good air brush that can style in a flash.
While the styles may change, big hair done well is an art that employs some strategic backcombing and volume to get the look.
Divide your hair into manageable portions and secure with clips, and pull a section of your hair up vertically and then use your tease or tail comb at the mid-lengths of the section (underside of hair) and then gently brush down, pushing your hair against itself. Repeat until you get the height and volume you want. Do not overdo it and avoid the roots please.
For simple volume, use use volumizing hair styling products. Wash with shampoos and hair conditioners specifically designed to add volume to your hair, plus lightweight root lift sprays and body-building hair mousses. Do not apply oil based finishers.
The key is learning to use your hot rollers, but they are not all alike. The Revlon Curl Collection™ Line has two items that really deliver the Big Sexy Hair look without damage to hair.
While the wavy and curly-haired ladies of the world go for the anti-frizz products, spend hours blowdrying and straightening, the straight-haired people will benefit from the new hot rollers by Revlon, designed to create the fullest, thickest hair. The secret is the Revlon curlers are ionic, meaning they actually help fortify the strand, and the design is updated so you cannot burn your fingers pulling the rollers in and out of the container. Anyone else have scars from their old heated rod Clairol sets?
You can achieve vastly different results from these hot rollers. Always let your hair cool before brushing. If you want tighter curls, don't brush your hair, just use fingers to set with spray, and if you want super tight ringlets or banana curls, roll the rollers vertically instead of horizontally. Volume begs the usage of the big fat curlers.
One caveat and thing I wish Revlon would design is to make it easier to divide and manage the roller clips, and have the lid attached to the actual body of the hot rollers. Otherwise for the money (Under $30) these rollers are fast to heat up and deliver a great head full of waves, curls and volume.
The other genius item I loved was the Revlon Hot Air Kit, a three piece portable brush-meets-blow drier that can finish ends, add volume and put a real curl in a lock of hair. I use this for travel and weekenders, but love the quickness for mornings too, when you're moving fast to get to work.
The differentiation for these versus others we tried was the fail safe Ionic technology for fast drying and shiner/healthier results and the ceramic technology giving even heat for styling in a fraction of the time without hot spots.