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

True Reflection: VDL Primer by Avon

True Reflection: VDL Primer by Avon

Few know the origins of Snow White. Many may think it is a simply fairy tale that attribute to either Disney, The Brothers Grimm or even more recently a retelling in Once Upon a Time (a show I LOVED). There was some truth to the story however. It is said to be loosely based on Princess Maria Sophia Margaretha Catherina von und zu Erthal of Bavaria. After her father died he married her step mother, Claudia Elisabeth von Reichenstein. Who brought with her children of a previous marriage. According to historycollection.co, last accessed March 16, 2020, “Maria Sophia von Erthal grew up in the castle, which is now a museum. One of its rooms contains a “talking” mirror – an acoustic toy – made in Lohr, renowned for its looking glasses.”

The ‘talking mirror’ constructed in 1720 that furnished the home of Maria’s stepmother, the Countess of Reichenstein. Credit: Manfred Scherer / Spessart Museum
Portrait of Maria Sophia von Erthal. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The real life Evil Queen has little information that I have found but the mirror did in fact exist but it didn’t talk the way we think it did though it is still called The Talking Mirror. The best guess is that maybe the room it was in had an echo and one could think that it was talking back. Either way Sophia was later sent to live with her uncle and lived to be in her 20’s never having been married but always fought over to be courted. There is no evidence of a poisoned apple given to her but there is rumor that a vile man was selling apples laced with poison to children. It is possible that her parent’s had some involvement in her death but we can’t say.

Why VDL Lumilayer?

There are a lot of primers out there and all have a main purpose to help create a barrier between the face and makeup. And many have specific purposes such as making the makeup look more photo ready or to help minimize the appearance of pores. With VDL Lumilayer, the main idea is to give the face a glassy appearance. To create a smooth surface and to reflect light off of the face. To do this, Avon’s new line uses pearls. You may be wondering how this works. How they get pearl inside of facial products. I wondered the same and am here to tell you a little bit about how that works. According to the cosmetics industry a pearl can be crushed to a powder only microns wife. Scientifically pearl is being looked at for it’s many benefits. For skin, it can “strengthen(s) the internal structure of the cells responsible for skin nutrition and density.” because certain proteins in pearls can reduce wrinkles, and firm, tone, and illuminate the skin. Pearls also have keratin which is, of course, one of the many parts of the structure of hair, skin and nails. Many Asian makeup industries use pearl in their products. As you may have noticed, Avon has incorporated many Korean products into our company as of late.

Mythology of Mirrors

Back to the mirror. It does exist. And it is now the epitamy of vanity and how we see ourselves. Mirrors have an interesting history to them and if you have ever seen the movie Mirrors (a bit scarier than Snow White or Avon’s new Primer collection), you can view a history of mirrors on it’s extras. Such as in the mesoamerican culture believed that mirrors were portals to other realms of reality. In Jewish tradition mirrors are covered after one has died so as to protect the soul from being trapped in the mirror. There are many ideas behind the the belief of what mirrors do. Some people do in fact, not physically, become stuck in the mirror because they are in love with their reflection. Much like Narcissus of Greek mythology who pined his own reflection. Sometimes they see something that may not be there and begin to critique themselves. It isn’t unheard of that we do this too often in mirrors and sometimes people go a long time without looking into one for that reason.

What if instead of seeing what we want to see in a mirror, we can reflect what is already there on the inside to the outside? That’s what Avon’s new VDL Primer line can do. It gives the face a glassy look and has different finishes.

The VDL Lumilayer Primer

As with all other primers in this collection, the lumilayer Primer captures and reflects light. So you see a smooth surface and a luminescent glow. The products use prismatic pearls that emit red and blue radiance creating a soft violet sheen for a lit-from-within look. It blurs pores and enhances the wear of foundation, adding to a silky texture. Dullness will be gone with this product with it’s violet pigment. Your face will have added dimension and volume.

Price at $32 (Reg $50)

How to Use It
• Apply after skincare routine and before
foundation.
• Can be worn alone, under foundation or
as a sheer highlighter.
• Use a pea-sized amount.
• Warm primer between fingers and apply
to face.

VDL Lumilayer Metal Cushion Primer

This primer has a metal plate and delivers a cooling sensation while adding light to the skin. It does all that the one above does as well as adds 80″% skin conditioning ingredients for rough and dull skin. It has Vitamin C and niacinamide and 30% more lumilayer pearls. Includes a refill and 2 applicators.

Price at $40 (Reg $50)

VDL Lumilayer Primer Fresh

This primer gives your skin a sun-kissed glow with pore-filling technology that blurs and smooths fine lines and add’s 70% more moisture. The glow is brought by red, gold, and white pearls that absorb and reflect light. The effect’s are in four steps: Hydration, Light Moisturizing, Smoothness, and Radiance. This one can also be used as a highlighter.

Price at $32 (Reg $50)

VDL Satin Veil Primer

This primer finishes with a matte look. Which is what I had hoped to pick but my eyes are needing new glasses an I got the Fresh. It helps with oil and shine control, perfect for those of us with oily, combo/oily skin. It has prune water to replenish skin and rose enfleurage oil to improve skin elasticity and texture over time.

Price at $32 (reg $50)

My Review

I used the Fresh Primer in my latest YoutTube video along with my new Cashmere foundation and concealer. Which I also wrote about here. It had a high shine to it once I put it on. Just having it on my hand was a sight to behold. It was immensely pretty. I liked that it gave my face a glow. And for being someone with combination oily skin, generally I keep away from lotions and makeup that give my face a shiny or dewy appearance. But this is different. The primer gave a a shine that was obvious but not in an oily or wet way. I have to admit it is nice to move my face back and forth in the mirror just to see the difference. As I did in my Gif where on my left side, I have the primer on my un-made face and on the other, it was bare and had only received the anti-pollution serum. I slowed the Gif down the best I could for you to see the difference. I think I could keep my face like that for most of the day without makeup to follow.

My face, with only having used Anti-Pollution serum by Avon after washing it. I have very very little makeup on. In fact, I tried getting most of my eyeliner off.
What the VDL Lumilayer Fresh looks like on my hand before using it.
My face, moving from left to to right. On the left I have the primer on and on the right I don’t. You can see that my left cheek is brighter than the other as well as half of my forehead. I used the primer all over my nose so it is all reflective.

I hope that this post was interesting and I hope that you come shop with me. Be sure to check out my previous post where I go over Avon’s new line of foundation and concealer Cashmere. Where there are 12 new food named shades of concealer and 30 new shades of foundation. Also food named. I want to also note that during the recent Corona Virus event’s, Avon may experience delays in orders. If you have any questions for orders, please call 1 (866) 513-AVON

Face of Cashmere

Face of Cashmere

Few things come as a comfort of wear to people and that thing can sometimes be a favorite shirt or hat. Or a good ol’ pair of trusty jeans that are just too comfortable to not have in your stash of owned items. I think one of my favorite comforts, though I haven’t used it in a while, is a nice, big, heavy robe in the morning. Unless it is too warm then I am sorry dear robe, I can’t wear you. Sitting with a rob and nice cup of coffee on the porch early morning is something I may not have done in a while but it is a comfort I enjoy when I do do it.

What is Comfort?

I start my post in the oddest of ways. Talking about comfort. We don’t think about it much. Comfort and the history thereof. When you think about it, the word can mean many things. It can refer to the comforts of the rich who never seem to have to worry about anything.. The lap of luxury as they say. It could mean comfort food or soul food. For those times you feel like a pick me up, a good piece of mind and advice over a steaming bowl of red beans and rice. Comfort could mean simply conversation with those you trust and can talk to anything about. Let’s look at the etymology of comfort.

The comfort of a cashmere sweater brings to mind how great it feels on the skin.
Photo by the framestreet from Pexels

According to the Oxford Dictionary online, last accessed March 15, 2020, comfort is a noun and a verb. As a noun, it means “consolation, solace; pleasure, enjoyment,” coming from the old French word confort.

Comfort and Makeup

Exactly, how does this relate to makeup? Many of us relate comfort and makeup in that wearing makeup shouldn’t feel like your face is bogged down and the makeup doesn’t dry. It’s not fun. Makeup should feel as if you aren’t wearing it. Though how could you forget? for me these means that I can still feel the makeup on my face. I don’t like feeling like it hasn’t set on my face. So, when you hear the word “breathable” it means that it is lightweight and most likely a liquid formula. It should say water as one of the first ingredients on the label. You don’t need a lot either. Making the makeup comfortable to wear. Other ingredients in makeup can make a product comfortable for the skin and recently I cam across a wonderful cosmetic dictionary by paulschoice.com I think I fell in love learning more about all the many ingredients of makeup and makeup products. Getting to know more of why makeup can be a comfort to some especially in how it can be worn.

Avon’s New Cashmere Line

This is where Avon in it’s new line of Cashmere Makeup and VDL primer products can make us feel more comfortable in wearing makeup and understanding why it is so darn soft to wear and why it is breathable. Because, honestly, in doing my most recent video on YouTube I am in love with how soft my face felt and how light it all felt on my skin. In learning more from Paula’s Choice and demoing the new products, Avon is going to create waves in how great this new line is. Your face is going to feel so soft and so comfortable, I promise!

Let’s get into some the ingredients of Avon’s new Cashmere line as well as what each ingredient does that will explain why this product feels so soft on the skin. I will be quoting much of what Paula’s choice says about each product:

The wonderful well of foundation (outer circle) and concealer (inner circle)

Water/Eau – makes a product more breathable.
Isohexadecane – Synthetic, dry-finish ingredient with a powder-like finish. Wont go too far into the skin. So this ingredient helps it to finish more matte and wont leave the makeup a wet on the skin.
Dimethicone – forms a permeable barrier that works to prevent moisture loss and impart a wonderfully silky feel. Derived from natural silicone. This ingredient helps to give the product a soft feel on the skin.
Trimethylsiloxysilicate – Used as a skin-softening and occlusive agent. Another ingredient to make it feel soft and cashmere-like.
Hordeum Vulgare Seed Extract – contains gluten but is not overly bad unless you are allergic.

There are, of course, other ingredients like mica, that are commonly found in makeup products and also vitamins and minerals. These first mentioned ingredients help the product to feel more light weight and also help to give it a nice softness that we like to have with our makeup.

My Review

The new Cashmere line does stay on for many hours and in fact can stay on for up to 24-hours worth of wear. It sets matte and is water resistant. Is ideal for all skin types and is vegan friendly with no parabens, sulfates or phthalates and comes in 30, yes 30 shades! It blurs pores (I have big ones around/on my nose and between my eyebrows) and fine lines for a smoother appearance. The shades range in skin tone types Cool (C), Neutral (N), Warm (W), and Warm Olive (WO). Comes in a bottle that might I say is much larger than I was expecting and a wand that has an angled tip perfect for this tight places like around the nose. You can blend with your fingers, a makeup sponge, or brush.

I already had Magix tinted moisturizer which came out last year and fell in love with that because you can where it by itself with a translucent powder over the top. I did a comparison with that and the new Cashmere line to see which I liked best. I like both to be honest and either has something the other doesn’t have. The Cashmere line truly does feel soft on your face and blends perfectly. It has a larger collection of colors to choose from compared to Magix. You can blend two different colors together with Magix and I figure you could do the same here as well though the color range is much larger. Both blur imperfections and are light weight. But with Magix I felt it more on my face and used it less liberally. Both are buildable but Cashmere you don’t have to use a lot of whereas with Magix you can use more if you feel you need it. I like both but I truly do love how soft my face is with Cashmere. It’s my new best friend and I was able to pick my color easily. The colors have yummy food names like Truffle, Ganach, Marshmallow, and Cannoli. A bunch of sweetly named shades for a sweet face. The concealer as well blended into my face much better than Avon’s True Color Concealer. Which I chose a light shade for my face to better conceal under my eyes where I use it most. The Cashmere concealer is also soft in it’s touch and didn’t over add to the softness of the foundation. It would be weird to have a different in softness somewhere on my face. Not that softness is bad just it would be noticeable. I feel Cashmere is aptly named and it really does make you feel more comfortable in how you look. Like that favorite cashmere sweater you have in your closet. Though now they days are getting warmer so we need a good replacement for that sweater. Why not with this product line? Also, in lieu with this line I also used one of the new VLD Primers that Avon also is rolling out. Meant to make your face have a glassy look. I will write the next blog post on this as well. It is covered in my video of both lines. I compared it to Magix Primer by Avon.

The concealer is priced at $14.99 (reg $22) now and the foundation is priced at $21.99 (reg $32). It is well worth the price.