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If you’ve been simply buying hairbrushes based on their price or the way they look, it’s time to change the way you think about your hairbrush. You use your hairbrush everyday. This tool can have a dramatic impact on your hair. Here’s a guide to the best hairbrush for your hair type.

Very Thick Hair

If your hair is super thick, a synthetic bristle brush works great. Synthetic bristles are usually made from nylon, which makes stiff bristles that will be able to really get through thicker strands. Another benefit to synthetic bristle brushes is that they don’t create static when you use them.

Fine, Delicate Hair

If your hair is thin, fine and delicate, opt for a natural bristle brush. Sometimes made with boar’s hair bristles, these brushes are a little more pricey than some other hairbrushes, but the extra cost is worth it. Natural bristle brushes are easier and gentler on fine hair, and they won’t tug and damage delicate locks.

Dry Hair

If you suffer from dry hair and scalp, a natural bristle brush is perfect for you, too. These hairbrushes reach the scalp, and help to distribute natural oils along hair strands.

Oily Hair

Does it seem like your hair could always do with a good wash? Then a vent brush would work well. Vent brushes are designed to work in tandem with blow dryers, but they are also good for styling oily hair because they don’t distribute oil from the scalp like some other hairbrushes.

Curly Hair

If your hair is medium or very curly, a mixed bristle brush is a good tool to try. Mixed bristle hairbrushes combine natural and synthetic bristles in one hairbrush that will help detangle as well as style those unruly curls.

Remember, no matter which kind of hairbrush you use, never brush wet hair, and always keep your hairbrush as clean as possible. Even if you have the best hairbrush, if you don’t clean it regularly, you’ll be distributing oil, dust and dirt every time you brush.  If your hair isn’t behaving the way you would like, it’s possible that the cause is your hairbrush. Consider one of these options to fit better with your type of hair.

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HiMirror is a new smart mirror that is taking the skincare industry by storm! Essentially, this invention is a smart mirror that gives detailed information about the condition of the skin. Perfect tool for every skincare provider to have on the shelf.

How Does the HiMirror Work?

This 14-inch screen mirror has a built-in high-resolution camera that captures an image of your face which then analyzes the condition of your skin. When the analysis is complete, the device offers suggestions to treat the issues that were found. How cool is that?

How is the Information Presented? 

After the device captures the image, it presents the information in a slideshow format, with close ups of areas that needs correction. These results are rated on a severity scale that take only seconds to complete.

What Issues Are Pointed Out?

The HiMirror brings attention to areas that need immediate attention to areas that areas that need improvement over time. Results include blackheads, whiteheads, broken capillaries, wrinkles, age spots, enlarged pores, under-eye circles, and areas of skin discoloration.

How Can Skincare Professionals Benefit from HiMirror?

Professional estheticians will love having the new HiMirror in their arsenal of skin treatment tools. This high tech invention enables professionals to provide clients a thorough explanation of their skin condition. Instead of trying to convince clients on specific treatments that are needed, the client can see for themselves. Another benefit to skincare professionals is the ability to demonstrate the effectiveness of treatment from one appointment to another. Clients will be able to see improvements firsthand.

 

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Resistance bands are still great to tuck into your suitcase when you’re on the move. But there are some other portable workout options these days that you may have overlooked, such as “body blades” and smaller step platforms.

BodyBlade

If you’re traveling with a garment bag or over sized duffel, you can probably fit the bow-like BodyBlade into its interior. The tool is on the long side, but is flexible and weighs only 1.5 pounds.

Designed initially as an injury rehabilitation tool, BodyBlade works on the principle of inertia, along with the characteristics of vibration, to force the kind of rapid body contractions that gradually improve strength, balance and coordination. The manufacturer estimates that the vibrating bow causes automatic contractions in your body at the amazing rate of 270 times per second.

Include instructions or your gym instructor can show you how to hold the tool as you do regular moves like ab crunches and bicep press.

 

Zumba Equipment

The new generation of Zumba workouts features equipment that’s much for portable that the traditional footrest-sized riser steps and heavy weights. Zumba risers won’t take up much more space than a folded towel in your suitcase, and is less than 5 pounds. For arm work, Zumba toning sticks are even smaller and more compact. Bring one or both types of equipment.

If where you’re staying has a player, tuck one of the workout DVDs that usually comes with the equipment. Otherwise, you’re sure to find a pre-recorded class online.

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The Classics

Trying to make due with a tiny carry-on? Resistance bands are certainly a still a great way to make sure you don’t miss your “leg days” or “arm days.” Or just pack a bathing suit or a yoga mat. Your hotel may well have a swimming pool, and even the tiniest rooms have enough space to spread a mat.

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Are you sick of spending upwards of 30 minutes blow drying your thick hair? If you find yourself putting off showering because you don’t have the time to blow dry after, it’s time to upgrade your blow dryer to one that’s ideal for thick hair. Here are our stylist’s top picks.

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

Dyson invested a whopping $71 million — and 100 engineering staff who took hairstyling classes to better understand how the pros use hair dryers — in the development of this hair dryer. We’re happy to report that the brand’s gamble paid off with a stunning blow dryer. With unique air multiplier technology, the Dyson dryer offers a fast drying time in a unit that’s incredibly lightweight. Whether you’ve got crazy thick hair, super long hair, or both, this dryer will deliver results.

Cricket Centrix Alumilite Dryer

The first time you use this unique hair dryer, its 50 mph speed might startle you. But that velocity means an uber-fast dry for thick hair. Cool shot, three heat and two speed settings customize the blow drying experience. Combined with the low weight at under 2 pounds, this is a blow dryer you can easily hold all day long — but you’ll be happy you don’t have to.

Paul Mitchell Neuro Dry

This Paul Mitchell product is one of the best all-around hair dryers for different hair types. If you’ve got fine hair or damaged hair and you’re worried about scorch, you’ll love its gentle power. Its drying time on thick hair is pretty amazing. And the rubbery finish protects the blow dryer in case you drop it. This is a great pick for a spa or salon environment where you need to accommodate all hair types, including thick tresses.

Do you have a blow dryer for thick hair that you can’t stop raving about? Share your favorite in the comments.

 

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Environmental factors and lifestyle habits can contribute to dry or damaged tresses. Oils secreted from the scalp provide the hair with essential hydration. To restore hair back to full health, many turn to hair oils. One of the easiest ways to promote natural hair growth is through the application of oils. Oils provide hydration and nourishment while fostering body and shine. They contain nourishing ingredients that moisturize hair follicles for softer, stronger, and all-around healthier locks.

The Good

When it comes to your hair care products, you’ll be glad to know there’s many great hair oils on the market. Coconut oil is among one of the best. Not only does it repair hair damage and breakage, it also acts as a heat protectant, helps to prevent hair loss, and actually aids in new hair growth. Coconut oil keeps the hair well-nourished with only one to four treatments a month.

Extracted from the argan tree, argan oil can do wonders for your hair. Just a few drops are needed to nourish, moisturize, and protect your hair from heat. The oil can also reduce frizziness and help repair dry or brittle tresses. Jojoba oil is also an excellent hair oil that greatly mimics the properties of the oil naturally produced by our scalps. Jojoba oil deeply moisturizes hair follicles, while also treating problems like dry scalp and dandruff.

The Bad

While most natural oils can be beneficial for hair, mineral oil is not one of them. While mineral oil is derived from crude oil, meaning it has some organic origins, it is a commercial product that does not occur naturally. Mineral oil has been known to irritate the scalp, which can impair healthy hair growth.

 

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There’s no shortage of great acne treatments on the market, ranging from basic creams and cleansers to potent face masks and peels. When shopping for acne treatments, you may find salicylic acid to be a common ingredient in many products. Salicylic acid is designed to correct the abnormal shedding of skin cells. It can also help unclog pores to prevent a buildup of harmful bacteria on the skin.

What Is Salicylic Acid?

Salicylic acid is a keratolytic or peeling agent that causes the outer layer of skin to shed. When used topically, this versatile acid is effective in treating many skin disorders like acne, psoriasis, dandruff, and seborrheic dermatitis. Salicylic acid works by softening a protein known as keratin which makes up part of the skin’s structure. When applied to the skin, it helps to loosen dry or scaly skin, making it easier to reveal new, healthy skin underneath.

How Does It Help Acne?

Salicylic acid is recognized by the FDA as an effective acne-treating ingredient. While it is typically used to treat mild to moderate acne, it has also been found effective in treating post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation for a clearer complexion. When used on a continuous basis, salicylic acid can help minimize a buildup of dirt and oils on the skin and prevent a buildup of irritants that can contribute to breakouts. Salicylic acid can be found in cleansers, lotions, moisturizers, and other topical products. These liquid solutions can be applied directly to the skin without scrubbing which reduces the risk of breaking blood vessels or rupturing pores.

Most topical acne treating products containing salicylic acid have a concentration of just three to six percent. Only a small amount is needed to treat the skin. Too much and you risk damaging the delicate skin tissue. When used as instructed, a skincare regimen containing salicylic acid can help you achieve a flawless complexion.