Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Heat is On—Brazilian Heat

The following is a guest review by incredible writer and loyal blog friend Kristen, who writes From Here to There and Back. She also has fabulous hair.


About six months ago, my sister, who owns a small boutique PR firm, introduced me to Brazilian Heat hairstyling tools.

Before I go on, let me say one thing about my sister: though she represents some very cool products (like Brazilian Heat), she never sends me free stuff. Or at least, she never sends me free stuff unless I drive her crazy asking for it. So here’s my honesty clause—yes, Brazilian Heat is one of my sister’s clients; no, I did not pay for any of the product she sent me; and yes, I had to beg for it.

It all started like this: A long long time ago, I wanted a flat iron. So, my sister gave me one of her old ones. It was fine. I used it a few times a month when I wanted a more polished look, but I wasn’t particularly attached to it in any way. In fact, it seemed like a lotta effort for so-so results.Then I dropped it on the tile floor and one of the plates fell out, so I tossed it in the trash.

Two other things happened about this same time. Brazilian Heat became one of my sister’s clients, and I let my thick, wavy hair grow below my shoulders.

Though I liked my hair long, I found styling it was a chore. So, I asked my sister for a new flat iron. This is what she sent me.

Aside from the fact that it looks unlike any other flat iron I’ve seen, it is lightweight, easy to control and leaves my hair shiny and smooth. According to press materials, the plates on the Brazilian Heat flat iron are double dipped in ceramic allowing it to glide effortlessly through your hair. Available in both 1” and 1-1/2” plate sizes, the iron features six heat settings up to 450 degrees (heats up in 30 seconds) and has an on/off switch and digital temperature lock. Plus it comes with a great thermal pouch for storage or travel.

The truth is, as much as I like my hair to look good, I’m pretty lazy, so the ease of this flat iron really speaks to me. I don’t get all fancy sectioning off my hair—half the time I only run the iron through the top layer—but the end result is as close as I’ve ever come to having that salon look on a daily basis.

I love this flat iron so much, that I asked my sister what else was in the Brazilian Heat product line that I should know about. She offered to send me a curling iron for the days when I want to give my hair a little extra flippiness and a set of round brushes. She also sent me the blow dryer. I haven’t used the curling iron much (I’m just so crazed for this flat, smooth look right now...) but the round brushes (in four sizes) are incredibly easy to handle and the blow dryer is lightweight, powerful and again, just so easy to control.

The dryer features ionic conditioning—less drying time, healthier hair—a turbo boost and cool shot setting as well as a super long 9 foot power cord. I really like the way the dryer feels in my hand and the fact that I can control the heat setting beyond the traditional “low” and “high” of other dryers.

The truth is, I get a pretty polished look from the dryer and the brushes alone, with very minimal effort on my part. The brushes grasp my hair without pulling or tangling and the ceramic barrel heats up (from the heat of the blow dryer) changing color when it gets hot. All of which adds up to very happy hair, very happy me.

Brazilian Heat products
come with a two year warranty, and though they aren’t cheap—the flat iron retails for about $80, the dryer for $100—I think they are definitely worth it. I love the way these products glide through my hair, doing the job in half the time it used to take with my old styling tools. And I really love the white and orange color scheme. Very cool.


Jordan said...

Hey, it's Materialistic Tuesday on Stimey's blog! Two great bloggers in one great place - love it! These sound great, Kristen. I use those big round brushes, too and an ionic hairdryer; they're awesome. Never heard of this company, though, I'll keep it in mind. Try Bumble & Bumble's Styling Lotion (it's a spray) - your hair is similar to mine and I LOVE that stuff! I spray it towards the end of drying when I start styling. Now you've got me thinking about the curling iron and flat iron (wait? is that what it's called? i can't see the post here...). Great post!

Jordan said...

Here's a link to the spray: http://www.bumbleandbumble.com/product/spp.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CAT74&PRODUCT_ID=215

Niksmom said...

Ooh, this makes me want to come over for a slumber party and play "hair salon" like when I was a kid! Ok, it really just makes me want to borrow all those neat things without having to pay for them! ;-)

james said...

I guess I need to comment since I'm usually blabbing on the main site. So here goes. In college I had really long hair cut in a way-cool layered hair cut. It was quite the look! So now I wear it either really cropped ala Steve McQueen or overgrown like...our lawn. Except this summer the barber didn't hear me say SEMI crew and gave me a peach fuzz of a cut that is only NOW, three months later, looking on the right side of Mr. Clean. So...what does this have to do with these products. Nothing really except for the fact that I'm always seeing them in our bathroom, they look high tech cool and...my wife's hair looks AWESOME.

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