How DIY Scalp Scrub + Dr. Groot Actually Helped My Buildup Astonishingly Quick

How DIY Scalp Scrub + Dr. Groot Actually Helped My Buildup Astonishingly Quick

I had meant to write on the Dr. Groot line when we launched the product. I won’t lie and say it was laziness. I happen to be a busy mom of three, one disabled, and a university student. There are days where I have written enough that I don’t want to write anymore and other days I don’t get the chance. Not to forget the other days, I am too pooped for much of anything. Still, I wanted to post about this. I have talked about hair before and how society places a lot of emphasis on appearance and hair care. There are a lot of hair products. It is easy to be unsure of what you’re doing. You go with what the ads say because that’s what they are made for. It’s more to understand a product and your hair care. What works for one will not always for another. It’s the fun of being human. We can share similarities but are still different enough to not need to use the same thing as the next person. When we have found something that works, it’s only natural to want to talk about it. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to advertise. Or at least direct. It does not replace any medical advice or advice from a professional hairstylist who puts in long hours of training to become certified.

With that, I would like to talk about my experience with Avon’s Dr. Groot Exfoliating Shampoo and the homemade scalp scrub treatment I made for my buildup that was causing itching.

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About My Scalp Issue

When I was about fifteen, I recall scratching my head during choir, and under my nails was gunk from my scalp. It wasn’t white either. Nor was it yellow, which would indicate a different condition going on. It was a color that I can’t seem to find information on, so I will chalk it up to not just build up but the dirt that clung to the build-up. Either way, I mentioned it to my mom. She took me to a hair salon in the lovely town of Bellingham, Washington, where we used to live (I miss the greenery). I was there for a bit getting my scalp cleaned and then cut and styled. Once finished, my scalp felt cleansed. When I touched it, my fingers felt cool to the touch. I could feel the air move through my hair at the roots, something I never noticed before. No one explained much about why I had had this build-up.

The Homemade Scalp Scrub

Fast forward a few years later, 2020, and Avon releases Dr. Groot. A hair care line meant for people with fine, thin hair. I felt excited. I have tried a lot of hair care lines, and not many live up to their claims. While I haven’t tried everything in this particular line, I first bought the exfoliating shampoo. It doesn’t have beads in it to exfoliate the scalp. Instead, it has ginger and ginseng to help with soothing redness and itching while helping to remove the buildup we can get from using products. It certainly did that. I hate feeling like I have an itchy scalp. Especially after washing my hair. It also has caffeine and biotin to help thicken hair. I could smell the menthol in the shampoo as well. I tried it a few times and could feel my scalp for the first time a while and the itching was gone for the most part.

For a few days after washing my hair, my hair was cleaner for a day or so longer than normal. I also liked that. The shampoo also has caffeine to thicken the hair. I can’t say I noticed any thickening either by touch or my appearance. I wasn’t using it for that anyway. I wanted to help with the build-up and the itchiness that can accompany buildup. After a while, the build-up did return. I would say a few months later. Still not a lot of itching. I still had some itching due to dryness. So, I used Avon’s Advanced Techniques Daily Shine 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner. It did help with the dryness. I began to use Dr. Groot once every two weeks to rebalance the microbiome of my scalp.

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There was a time I used it with every wash. It helped my itchy scalp, but I still had some issues with buildup. My hairstylist explained that overusing clarifying shampoo can create the problem that it is made to combat and cause dryness of the scalp. I decided to take it a step further and use Dr. Groot’s fortifying shampoo in a homemade scalp scrub. Using salt, honey, vinegar (even though Dr. Groots has some vinegar in it), a tad bit of olive oil, and some of Avon’s lavender essential oil. The essential oil is safe to use on the skin and in the purifier. I got the recipe from Stephanie Pollard at Hello Glow. I am linking that here as it is not my recipe. I only want to reference it because it worked amazingly well when I used it, with a few routine steps I added in for myself. When I followed the scalp scrub with regular shampoo and then the apple cider vinegar rinse, I got to feel that feeling back when I was fifteen in Bellingham. I could feel my fingers when I touched my scalp and could feel my hairbrush on my scalp. I don’t have a reference for the vinegar to water ratio. However, I made enough to cover my whole head. There is a factor to keep in mind when it comes to apple cider vinegar. If your scalp feels like it has a burning sensation, rinse it out immediately. The vinegar may be cleaning your scalp but is also acidic. It’s not good if you feel a burning sensation. I made sure to dilute my vinegar rinse with a lot of water. Yes, it has a smell that my son commented on. No, it doesn’t make your hair smell like vinegar.

The reason I followed with regular shampoo is based upon my observation of use. I had dried my hair and noticed it seemed oily but wasn’t upset because the build-up was gone. I used regular shampoo to get out some of the oiliness from the scrub. Figuring it’s the olive oil since I didn’t have the other oil Hello Glow initially mentions in her recipe. But I did read that it should be just fine as a substitute. 

After having a great experience with this scrub and the shampoo Avon sells, I decided to try it on my daughter. She has both oily hair and an oily scalp and has had scalp issues since birth. My daughter was born with psoriasis. I don’t think I have seen a baby born with that condition until her. She has experienced this bizarre condition of wet buildup/dandruff. I had never seen it before until I had her. Let me tell you, it is a pain if you let it go for too long. Once, I had to sit and carefully clean out her scalp. Something to keep in mind is that product and sebum buildup can cause hair loss. It’s not pretty. In her case, her body overproduces sebum that builds up. The buildup attracts dirt and everything else. Hers is a long-term ordeal. I was having trouble as of late and decided to try the Dr. Groots fortifying shampoo. It wasn’t working for her. But the scalp scrub with the shampoo helped SO much. It took several sessions before I could go on with the regular shampoo. Since it’s hard for me to show my condition, I decided to take pictures of hers.

To sum that up: I applied the scalp scrub, let it sit for five minutes, rinsed it out with warm apple cider vinegar rinse and warm water from the showerhead, used a quarter-sized amount of regular (nothing fancy like volumizing or straightening) shampoo and rinsed again. My hair came out cleaner, not oily, as well as softer to touch and shinier (a bonus in my book). The same goes for my daughter.

Scalp Care Nitty Gritty

Before I get into the product information, let’s talk about scalp buildup. Some can confuse those flakes on their shirt for dandruff. I certainly have. It can be caused for several reasons, skipping washes (sebum buildup), dead skin cells, and product use. I mentioned my daughter’s body overproducing sebum. Left untreated, it can result in hair loss, inflammation, and infection.

Depending on your needs, you will benefit from how often you wash your hair. Normal to oily can do it every 1-2 days (I am an every other day type of gal). Dry hair needs it 3-4 times a week. I have seen few people be able to go a week.

Hair type plays into the type of product you use. Be sure to look into what will help and if you need to, as your hairdresser. If you go with the wrong kind of shampoo and conditioner for your hair type, it can add to the buildup. As much as I love the idea of volumizing shampoo and the ones meant to thicken fine hair, they only make my hair look worse a day later and contribute to buildup. You have regular shampoo and clarifying. Clarifying dries the hair more and shouldn’t be used as a replacement. Everyday shampoos don’t mean you use them every day. Thank you, Brad Mondo for explaining that.

Next is serums. They are wonderful at times and I can recall when I first used that hot oil stuff from my aunt’s bathroom. They are great for preventing frizz, tangles, and help to condition course hair. Oil hair is better suited for serums with vinegar. The dry scalp needs moisture but something that also removes buildup. Serums with Tea tree oil are better for that. 

Conditioner. I admit I try not to use it. It leaves my hair heavy and I don’t want heavy. Fine hair doesn’t do well with heavy. It’s like I’m a dog dipped in oil. I only use it on my ends. Yes, I mentioned I have a regular 2-in-1 product. Activated charcoal is great for helping clarify the hair in a conditioner. Lactic acid can be added to that list, too.

Now to talk about Dr. Groot

This line is geared to those noticing hair loss. As we get older our hair thins. Men and women are equally susceptible to it. A few are lucky and don’t get it much. I am almost 40 and started noticing mine at my widow’s peeks last year. Fine-haired folk are people also likely to use the product. It has natural ingredients plus a few others I imagine are naturally based but hard to pronounce. Brad Mondo, I would love your input on this brand. Avon’s product information states that it is: “Infused with para-probiotics and prebiotics, these formulas help restore your scalp’s invisible microbiome shield of healthy flora for healthier scalp and hair. 

Get to the root. Made with rosemary extract, this fortifying shampoo gently exfoliates, helping to remove dirt and impurities from the scalp to leave it feeling rejuvenated. Contains natural ginger and ginseng to help soothe redness and itching, and biotin and caffeine to help thicken hair.”

It is thin when poured out without much color. I would say a faint green, perhaps. It does smell of menthol. A little bit of tea tree oil as well.

BENEFITS

• Infused with para-probiotics and prebiotics, it helps restore your scalp’s invisible microbiome shield of healthy flora for healthier scalp and hair

• With natural ginger and ginseng to help soothe redness and itching, and biotin and caffeine to help thicken hair

• No sulfates, parabens, or silicones

• Use products individually or as part of a regimen

TO USE

After soaking the hair and scalp with warm water, apply an appropriate amount evenly to the hair and scalp, massage, and rinse thoroughly with water.

Again, I haven’t noticed any thickening to my hair with it. Either way, caffeine is a temporary way to give the appearance of thicker hair. It doesn’t restructure the hair and make it thick from the shaft. Similar to how it temporarily makes cellulite and stretch marks look like they have vanished around the stomach. I am not an advocate for using products that claim that they thicken your hair because they can add to the buildup. When it comes to this product, use it according to your needs. I, for example, try and use it once every two weeks in the scalp scrub. If you don’t want to use it in the scalp scrub, my tips to use are to use it along with the areas you get the most buildup and itch. I have plenty of spots for both and I get it more on the scalp and along my part. I lift my wet hair a bit and then put it on. I then massage it into my scalp making sure to use just the fingers tips of my fingers. Not my nails. It’s likely to cause scratching and if you have an infection, don’t use this product and don’t use your nails. Please see a professional for treatment before using this product. The ingredients aren’t meant for those with current infections.

Before I get to the tips, I would like to list the ingredients. Everyone is about the ingredients today. And for good reasons. Allergies and some wanting to keep ingredient amounts to a minimum. WATER, DISODIUM, LAURETH SULFOSUCCINATE, LAURYL HYDROXYSULTAINE, DISODIUM LAURYL SULFOSUCCINATE, GLYCERIN, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, COCO-GLUCOSIDE, GLYCERYL OLEATE, TETRASODIUM EDTA, POLYGLYCERYL-4 CAPRATE, POLYQUATERNIUM-22, CLIMBAZOLE, DI-C12-13 ALKYL MALATE, MENTHOL, PANTHENOL, SALICYLIC ACID, SODIUM COCOYL ISETHIONATE, CITRIC ACID, NIACINAMIDE, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT OIL, MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA (TEA TREE) LEAF OIL, MENTHA ARVENSIS LEAF OIL, EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS LEAF OIL, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF OIL, METHYLPROPANEDIOL, COCONUT ACID, SODIUM ISETHIONATE, SERINE, MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) OIL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CHLOROPHYLLIN-COPPER COMPLEX, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, INULIN, MALTODEXTRIN, SODIUM CITRATE, ANTHEMIS NOBILIS FLOWER WATER, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) EXTRACT, ALCOHOL, BIOTIN, CAFFEINE, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, MELISSA OFFICINALIS FLOWER/LEAF/STEM WATER, YEAST EXTRACT, VINEGAR, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, HOUTTUYNIA CORDATA EXTRACT, PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT, SODIUM BENZOATE, 

PAEONIA SUFFRUTICOSA BRANCH/FLOWER/LEAF EXTRACT, PAEONIA SUFFRUTICOSA ROOT EXTRACT, ARTEMISIA ANNUA EXTRACT, AZADIRACHTA INDICA LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, SODIUM PCA, SODIUM LACTATE, MENTHA ARVENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CENTELLA ASIATICA LEAF EXTRACT, HYALURONIC ACID, POLYGONUM MULTIFLORUM ROOT EXTRACT, SACCHAROMYCES CEREVISIAE EXTRACT, PANAX GINSENG LEAF/STEM EXTRACT, ARGININE, BENZYL ALCOHOL, ASPARTIC ACID, DEXTRIN

GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) SEED EXTRACT, ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) BRAN EXTRACT, POLYLYSINE, SESAMUM INDICUM (SESAME) SEED EXTRACT, ZINGIBER OFFICINALE (GINGER) ROOT EXTRACT, GANODERMA LUCIDUM (MUSHROOM) EXTRACT, PCA, BETA-GLUCAN

POTASSIUM SORBATE, GLYCINE, ALANINE, ALTHAEA OFFICINALIS ROOT EXTRACT, CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER EXTRACT, CHAMAECYPARIS OBTUSA LEAF EXTRACT, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN

PHELLINUS LINTEUS EXTRACT, VALINE, BIFIDA FERMENT LYSATE, LACTOBACILLUS FERMENT LYSATE, DEHYDROACETIC ACID, ISOLEUCINE, PROLINE, THREONINE, HISTIDINE, PHENYLALANINE, ALCHEMILLA VULGARIS EXTRACT, LIMONENE, and LINALOOL.

Tips for Removing and Preventing Scalp Buildup

  1. Limit Hair Care Product Use – I get it. You want to do stuff with your hair. Tame it, curl it, dry it, style it, texturize it, avoid the shower because you got busy or whatnot so you grab the dry shampoo. Even de-tangler can add buildup. I love de-tangler. It’s helped so much. I have my hair layer, sure but then there are times I need that de-tangler. Still, all this use of hair products can add to the buildup and block pores which can over-produce oils. Your hair may be clean but your scalp may not be clean. But you end up showering because a day later your hair looks gross again. Check that you aren’t overusing products and keep your scalp clean. I’m not saying to not use products, just not so often. I heard growing up that too much hair spray breaks your hair off. I can see how that would happen but I am not sure if it’s true to the point that you just don’t wash it out.
  2. Limit Heat Styling and Hair Dying – I think this one can be hard for some people. We might be in a hurry or our hair takes too long to dry. We hate our color and have to redo it too soon or we overdo it with bleaching. Please don’t over bleach. I have not experienced hair loss from over bleaching but I did get very dry ends and it looks horrible when you fry your hair. It has three layers. Don’t assume that just because it has three that it can’t be damaged. That’s like saying a simple cut to the skin can’t be harmful if left untreated. It does happen. When you use heat too often it weakens the outermost layer and leaves it less able to protect the inner layer of your hair. Overheating and over-dying can cause splits ends and dryness. Your hair can’t keep the moisture in. When you dye your hair too often, a similar thing occurs. The outer layer is lifted during lightning and makes it so the inner part can receive color more easily. But doing it too much and you can start to lose hair. I knew a neighbor that was always doing something with her hair and she had a few balds spots. Don’t get me started on her then 6-year-old son’s hair. She’d dyed it green but when it grew out it was all sorts of weird colors and his hair was like an over-used brillo pad. Only shoulder length. Yet he was upset when it was cut short. Why am I talking about the hair when this is about the scalp? Well, the scalp starts to overproduce oils because it thinks it’s too dry to be maintained but then things get clogged up and oil attracts dirt. Dead skin cells have nowhere to go. Product build-up adds to it as well. All because the hair and scalp are exposed to continuous heat and hair dye. This can cause infection when the follicles are clogged. I had a cyst once. Most likely caused by clogged pores. I had to have it surgically removed. No, it was not fun. They had to numb me and then poke and cut my scalp.
  3. Stick to a routine – Depending on your needs, it’s always good to stick to a routine. The scalp will appreciate that it only has to work as hard as it should. If you work out a lot, shower more. Again, that sweat can bring in dirt and we don’t want that. Yes, there is such thing as too clean. Find the balance.
  4. Brush Regularly – Back in the olden days, women would flip their hair upside down during their infrequent hair washing to help rid the build-up on their scalp while brushing. Yeah, look up hair care through the centuries. It’s fascinating how different we are today compared to then. Sure some of the routines are questionable. Such as the infrequent bathing of the medieval period. Also, they used products we would never use today to not only clean their hair but to make it smell good and look better than it was. Still, some eras had a different way of washing that could involve egg yolk and hot water. Sun to dry the hair.
  5. When in doubt make a scalp scrub or go to a professional. Then follow suggestions accordingly.

I hope you have enjoyed this new post. Again, I am so sorry it took forever. Be sure to check out my store and don’t forget to sign up for emails if you haven’t already. That way you can keep up with all the discounts and specials.

Curl Me Crazy: Avon’s Chi Hair Styling Iron Review

Curl Me Crazy: Avon’s Chi Hair Styling Iron Review

I am opening up this review with a bit of 411 of the handful of ways women have been straightening their hair. When I think of some methods women had used to do this, I think of the clothes iron. The thought of it scared me only because that item is big and the other person has to be paying attention to what they are doing. Still, the history of straightening your hair goes as far back as the late 1800s.

Methods

There were a few methods of straightening hair and to be honest it wasn’t just women that did it though we are more well known for doing it. Some of the methods used were:

  • A Hot Comb – Heated electrically and most widely used for coarse hair. I have a curling brush that works in the same manner and does straighten my fine hair. Though not in the manner I would like. It is better suited for coarse hair.
  • Chemical Relaxers – Used by those with very tight curls. You can often find African American’s showing how they do their curly hair straight in YouTube videos.
  • Japanese Hair Straightening – This one was new to me. According to Byrdie Beauty, last accessed April 15, 2020, “Japanese hair straightening relies on a special solution that’s applied to hair, similar to a flat perm. This solution breaks down the hair’s bonds that give it shape, allowing it to become pin-straight when the flat-iron is applied. The hair is saturated with the solution, rinsed, dried with a blowdryer, and then flat-ironed with a ceramic iron in small 1/8-inch sections. Also like a perm solution, a neutralizer is then applied, which locks the style in place. The entire process is labor and time-intensive. Depending on the length of your hair and its thickness, you can expect to be in the salon for a few hours.”
  • Brazilian Hair Straightening (Also known as a Brazilian Blowout) – Similar to Japanese hair straightening.
  • Roller Sets (for Curly Hair to be more straight) – You achieve this by washing your hair at night before bed, then rolling your hair in the biggest rollers you can get and let them dry while you sleep. Though for the life of me I could never figure out how it was comfortable.
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There are also shampoos and other hair products that create a temporary straight hair look. You may be wondering why I choose to talk about straightening hair when I used the Styling Iron to curl my hair. The reason I started to talk about that is that, for the most part, it is what flat irons and styling irons did in the beginning and are still used for that same purpose now. Still, I find the history of straightening rather fascinating and worth bringing up.

Cons of Mentioned Methods

Many of the methods above, especially if done too often or not done correctly, can open the shaft of the hair and expose it to damage that can dry out the hair and cause it to break. And in some cases, you may lose hair. If you are addicted to using a method too much, it can cause enough damage that it takes months to repair. I recall this former neighbor once who claimed she knew what she was doing in always chemically treating her hair. She ended up with bald spots. To be honest I am shocked she kept doing what she did and didn’t cut all of it off. It was beyond repair. To make it worse, she decided to add dreadlocks to her hair. On her own. With damaged hair. Even when I went back to being a dark brunette from being a plum purple who lost her color, I had to use a balm for my hair for 6 months and use more moisturizer than I imagined I ever would use. Basically when you dye, perm, straighten, use heating tools too much, what happens is the cuticle of your hair opens (now when you dye your hair lighter this is only supposed to happen so you can let dye in especially for us dark-haired folk) up and if done for too long or too much it can cause damage to the hair. Your hair becomes dull, frizzy, split, brittle and dry. And if you have fine hair like me, it can happen all too easily. it can take a lot of time to fix the damage and if I recall, one celeb had such damaged hair from the treatment it received that she cut it all off. I don’t remember who sadly.

Why the Chi Styling Iron is Different

As I mentioned in the description of the stying iron in my post Hair Chi: Adding Life Back into Your Hair, the “CHI 1″ Tourmaline Ceramic Hairstyling Iron utilizes the latest innovative technology combining Tourmaline Ceramic with even heat distribution, producing an exceptionally high amount of negative ions and Far Infrared which reducestatic electricity for that perfect style. Hair is left smooth and silky with an exceptional shine. This hairstyling iron is ideal for all your hairstyle needs. Now you can straighten, smooth, curl, wave, spiral, flip, and bend. Just use your imagination and create your own personal flair.” The iron has a temperature nob on it next to the switch. And each temperature can be used for your hair type. I used the lowest setting of 310 degrees and only had the iron on my hair for 3-5 seconds and gradually and gently brought it down to the ends of my hair to create a nice decently sized curl to add volume to my hair. The fact that it has an adjustable temperature and guide to use it helps in knowing you won’t be as likely to damage your hair. The plates are heated in the tool as evenly distributed as well. A bonus knowing that one section that you use it on won’t be as hot as the rest. Also, it has a shutoff timer within it and turns off one hour after not being used. I am not sure how that works but at least you know if you forget to turn it off that it will on its own.

My Review

It had been years since I had used a styling tool. And I am pretty sure the last one I used didn’t have an adjustable temperature. It did have a light like the Chi Styling tool to tell you when it was heated. Also, a bonus. I didn’t expect it to be as large as it is. I like the color. Black; a favorite color of mine. I liked that it came with a warranty and also some instructions. The cord is very long. Still, I styled my hair after watching a few videos. You think I wouldn’t need to but, again, it has been a very long time since I have used this styling tool.

The result was nice curls. I don’t have a curling iron. I could get one but this is what I chose. How I went about prepping to use the tool was that I first used a detangler on my hair damp hair and then used the Chi Heat Protectant from Avon to help protect my hair while I blew it dry. It took about 15 minutes. I didn’t time how long it took to dry and then I plugged in my styling tool and waited for it to be ready. It didn’t very long. Maybe about 5 minutes on the lowest setting. Then I used the styling tool to get out any kinks in my hair first. I did notice that though my hair was dry that my hair felt ever so slightly damp but then quickly was dry again. I heard this is a feature of many new styling tools now. I don’t have many clips to section my hair and decided I would just do around my face. I like to add volume to my hair. I did just under 1″ sections. I placed the hair, one inch from the roots, between the clamp and carefully turned it way from my face at one and a half times. I held it for 3-5 seconds and slowly, using two hands, brought it down slowly so the hair curled as it was brought down.

One one side I have curls in and on the other, not curls, using the styling iron.
A full frontal view of my hair after it is done.

A side view
My daughter’s high ponytail with curls.

I got nice, decently sized curls that opened up my face and added volume to my hair. I also did my daughters hair but I wrapped her hair around a pencil and used the iron to clamp the hair for the same length of time, she has fine hair like me, to create tighter curls. It came out great on her. One difference is that I did use hair spray on mine to keep the hold. Whenever I get my hair down I hate having it move a lot. It’s been a weird thing of mine since I was young. I didn’t do this on my daughter.

The reason this is a part of the review is that I have a heated curling brush that adds soft curls to my hair. But even with a heat protecting spray, that I hear help hold curls, my hair never stayed styled without the use of hair spray. So, this time I wanted it to stay but used my daughter as a way to test if the curls stayed in her. And they did. For three days with gentle brushing. She looks great with curls in her hair, too. They somehow made her look more like the teen that she is. I still like using hair spray though. The kind I use may not be Avon but it is made for voluminous looks and holds a curl. I have made a view that features how I did my daughter’s hair. Due to my internet being slow I have to post the link different than how I would like. I wanted to start with where I was doing her hair. I do apologize for the shakiness of the camera. I had accidentally deleted the whole scene of me doing her hair and had to repeat. My son wanted to be the cameraman.

Final Thoughts

I think I have a new favorite tool in my hairstyling routine. I won’t go nuts and use it every day. Maybe twice a week for when I do videos and for when I go out. Whenever that will be with this social distancing going on still. I do suggest something to the Chi company though: add cord keepers for long cords to product packaging, and maybe sell gloves that protect your hands from heat or at least have a grip area at the top of the tool to make it easier to hold. Other than that I loved the tool.

I recommend buying the Chi Styling Iron from Avon from their new line of styling products. Make sure to get the heat protecting spray as well and keep those locks safe from heat exposure. If you have used this item before or buy it from me here at my online store, tell me what you think in the comments below. The styling tool is $125 right now in campaign 10 (2020) (Reg $139). Let me know in the comments if you have bought this product and what you think of it. What are your thoughts on straightening your hair? have you ever tried it and how did it work out for you?

Check out my other articles on Avon hair products:

Hair Chi: Adding Life Back Into Your Hair

Avon Hair Color Overview

Three Powerful Reasons to Use Chi Essentials by Avon

Amazing to Dye For Hair Color Line by Chi

Hair Chi: Adding Life Back into Your Hair (Quarantine Edition)

Hair Chi: Adding Life Back into Your Hair (Quarantine Edition)

The Chi founder Farouk Shami, a hairdresser, wanted it to be his mission to create healthier and safer hair products (as well as a work environment) for everyone.

As of late, we are having to practice healthier and safer environments during the pandemic by practicing self-distancing. It throws off the balance we may have had before. Let us discuss finding balance during uncertain times through hairstyling.

About Chi

When I first heard of the company Chi, I immediately thought of the traditional concept of Qi. Which is a Chinese term of philosophy for “vital life force.” It is what binds all things in life. Being everything and nothing. I thought of Tai Chi that people do in the park, or so I have seen, and in the movie The Karate Kid (both the new and original). A form of martial art. I want to look at the philosophical aspect of qi. That way we can look at how it is a concept of the company brand and why it is a way to add life back into your hair using Chi hair styling tools now out through Avon.

Chi Founder and Hair stylist, Farouk Shami

A Little About Qi

Beyond having to maintain the health of our hair to give us reason to look our best with the Chi products I have written about consisting of shampoo, conditioner, serum, and heat protectant as well as the new hair dye line, it may be that your hair needs more life to it. I, for one, have very fine hair that can quickly go limp and cannot keep a curl though I have tried with regular styling tools. May I now look at my none Chi curling brush with disdain at its lack of ability to do what I would like on my hair without needing to use hair curling aids such as special shampoos. Remember Wash and Curl shampoo? Yeah. I used to use that on the regular when my hair wasn’t permed. It was the only way, besides heavy use of super-strong hair spray that is not good for the overall health of very-fine hair, I could keep a curl longer than 30 minutes. Not to say that curls are the only way to add life to hair but also hair straighteners and handheld hair dryers. Heating tools are often used to add life to our hair.

Symbol for Qi

Qi deficiency is when something is off balance. It could be any number or combination of things. Inadequate sleep, not enough water intake, tainted water, poor nutrition, too much of a particular nutrient (least we forget that this is also not healthy), air pollution, mental and emotional un-wellness. The list goes on. If you are wondering what that has to do with hair, well healthy hair and healthy-looking hair add to our overall appearance and look of health. It’s isn’t enough to want to look handsome or pretty, but to look healthy. Hair can give us a glow. Maintaining our qi (Chi) in as many areas as possible, hair included, will help us look and feel our best. I don’t mean you have to do it every day. However, doing it when you need to (for work, for example) or when you need a pick me up (hello Coronavirus stay-at-home orders that are driving us up the wall with cabin fever) or are tired of the same old look can aid in balancing out the off days. Or when you can chill with friends in a messy bun and sweatshirt binge-watching your favorite shows.

I recall a very hard time in my life when I felt as if I would be in that same position day in and day out for the rest of my life. When I began to do my makeup and my hair and picking out an outfit to compliment all that, I felt better. I wasn’t looking to impress but simply to feel better and that I had at least some control over my life’s direction at the time. I easily suffered anxiety attacks and got depressed often. I, for some reason or another, decided I wanted to learn more about doing makeup and taking care of my hair and knowing what to wear and what it meant to wear that particular outfit. Doing all that balanced out the negative in my life. Granted, it wasn’t always easy, but it helped. Many would say it sounds vain. To be honest, I don’t always do it. There are times I feel content sitting in my sweats with a messy bun drinking coffee. Binge-watching many shows until I think I have had enough and maybe read a book.

Avon’s New Hair Styling Tools

Fast forward to now when Avon rolled out a new line of hair styling tools to go along with their other Chi products. As you know, Avon and Chi partnered up last year, as I mentioned in my hair dye review. I got a bit excited about the new hair styling tools. A hairdryer with attachments, a hair curler, and a flatiron. Let’s look at the curling iron first.

The Chi Lava Spin and Curl

Made of volcanic lava ceramic material that has minerals in it that distribute heat evenly and doesn’t stick to your hair. It has several features worth looking at. Such as:

  • 1” Volcanic Lava Ceramic rotating barrel creates bouncy curls and waves
  • Maximum temperature of up to 410°F/210°C
  • Includes pre-set temperature settings with adjustable heat-up times and display
  • Pre-Set Temperatures:
  • – Low 370°F / 188°C – Fine Hair
  • – Medium 390°F / 199°C – Medium Hair
  • – High 410°F / 210°C – Coarse Hair
  • Adjustable Heat -Up Times (Timer Settings):
  • – 15 seconds – Fine Hair
  • – 17 seconds – Medium Hair
  • – 19 seconds – Coarse Hair
  • Curl chamber surrounded by a protective heat barrier for safe usage
  • Directional buttons with tangle protection
  • Temperature display with auto-lock
  • 11 ft. (3.35m) swivel cord
  • 1-hour auto shut-off
  • Dual voltage

It also beeps when it is done curling, which is a nice feature to have if you aren’t sure how long to curl for. An excellent way to know that you won’t somehow singe the hair. In addition to knowing when your curls are set, it also has an alarm to let you know if your hair might get tangled. A fear for many fine hair girls or any of girl.

CHI 1″ Tourmaline Ceramic Hairstyling Iron – Black Matte

This is the product that I have used. I have used crimping irons back in the day but not flatirons. It worked great on both my hair and my daughter’s hair. Read about it here. I will quote the description of the tool as I don’t think I could say it any other way. “CHI 1″ Tourmaline Ceramic Hairstyling Iron utilizes the latest innovative technology combining Tourmaline Ceramic with even heat distribution, producing an exceptionally high amount of negative ions and Far Infrared which reducestatic electricity for that perfect style. Hair is left smooth and silky with an exceptional shine. This hairstyling iron is ideal for all your hairstyle needs. Now you can straighten, smooth, curl, wave, spiral, flip, and bend. Just use your imagination and create your own personal flair.” I really do love how this product worked, and it is now the most expensive hair styling tool I own. Now on to the features of the ceramic flatiron.

  • 1” Curved Floating Plates
  • 392°F(202°C) Maximum Temperature
  • 30-second Quick Heat Up
  • 9 ft Swivel Cord
  • Dual Voltage
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty

Benefits:

  • Reduces Frizz & Static
  • Adds Exceptional Shine
  • Versatile Styling: Smooth, Curl and Flip

Not to forget that this tool also shuts off after an hour of none use. It locks moisture into the hair and seals cuticles as well. The temperatures are set to suit your hair type. Look to curling wand above for info related to that.

CHI Advanced Ionic Compact Hair Dryer

Many women blow dry their hair to get their hairdryer faster and to help set hairstyles. It gives hair volume as well. Something I look for in a hairdryer. The way this one works is by emitting negative ions that reduce frizz and shine. Who doesn’t have to deal with frizz and flyaways when they have done drying their hair? I tend to have to gently use a serum just to manage that. I want volume, not frizz. It has microbial properties that keep the air that circulates through the dryer cleaner when it hits your hair and also reduces buildup in the dryer using blue LED lights. Something new, I learned to be a “thing.” It comes with a few attachments. That helps concentrate and diffuse. Other features are:

  • 1875 Watts
  • CHI Ceramic Technology locks in moisture and maintains body
  • Ion Generator reduces frizz and minimizes fly-a-ways
  • Adjustable 3 Heat / 2 Speed Settings
  • Cold Shot Button locks in curls, waves, and styles
  • Lightweight and Powerful DC motor
  • Air Nozzle Concentrator and Diffuser included
  • Super Compact, space-saver design.
  • The removable filter prevents damaging lint buildup and extends motor life
  • 6.5 ft. (1.9 m) cord for convenience
  • designed for all hair types

To accompany the new products, we have BioSilk Silk Therapy, which, along with the hair protectant, can help keep curls longer.

BioSilk Silk Therapy

A weightless protein product that adds for strength, elasticity, shine, and moisture to hair while reducing frizz and fly-aways.

Main Ingredients

Silk protein… The natural wonder for hair because:

Strength – One of the most durable fibers in the world, silk contains 17 of the 19 amino acids found in hair; it bonds and builds hair from the inside out.

Moisture – Holds up to 2.5-3X its weight in moisture, to improve elasticity.

Shine – Provides unparalleled shine due to its triangular molecular structure.

• Protection – Helps shield hair from UV rays, heat, humidity, and other environmental stressors.

TO USE

Shake well before use. Place a small amount of Silk Therapy in the palms and apply from the scalp to the ends. May be used on wet or dry hair or skin. Use as often as necessary.

My Styles with the Flatiron

Though I have written a review of the Styling Iron, I still want to show you pictures anyway. This is my and my daughter’s hair. I did hers by wrapping the hair around a pencil and using the iron to create tight curls. She loved it. For me, I simply wrapped my hair around the iron, waited about 5 seconds and slowly brought it down to the ends creating big curls. I loved it. It gave my hair more volume which I am always up for. Still, check out my review here. Now these items will be out as of tomorrow April 14, 2020.

Finally

With being stuck at home a lot right now, you few chances to walk outside stylish. People dress-up in Australia right now to take our garbage just to add joy to the day of not being able to go much of anywhere. Or, if you are one of the essential workers that can do up their hair, these new tools are a great way to add life to your hair that stays and doesn’t let the hair loose its style, my daughter’s curls stayed in for two days even with brushing and no hair spray. Do it for that video call you have. Keep a healthy balance of lounge days and days where you want to feel like there is still something to try out. Have a virtual girls night in through Facetime or another video chat platform, and you all can do your hair. Kind of like a “get ready with me.” Stay safe and add some life to your look while you’re at it.

I have a video that shows more of how I used the styling iron on my daughter. Forgive me for having a shaking camera in it. I had the luxury of accidentally deleting that scene and having to redo some of it. And since setting up can take a few minutes, my adorable son wanted to help out. You will find great ideas for Mother’s Day, May 20th, in it as well.

Check out my other articles on Avon hair products:

Curl Me Crazy: Chi Styling Iron from Avon Review

Avon Hair Color Overview

Three Powerful Reasons to Use Chi Essentials by Avon

Amazing to Dye For Hair Color Line by Chi