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Dyson’s New Supersonic Dryer Goes Seriously High Tech For Your Hair

April 27th, 2016 by Christen   We all know Dyson from a variety of home electronics - from vacuums to home air filters, everyone knows that Dyson is a leader in clean home technology.  But what about clean hair technology? Dyson supersonic The new Dyson Supersonic is powered by a tiny digital motor with triple the drying speed of an average blow dryer.  The unique diffuser design then disperses air around the hair to dry it in a more natural way. dyson supersonic The Dyson Supersonic takes the heat out of damage control worries with a heat control system that prevents hair from exposure to damaging temps.  Outfitted with four heat settings and three airflow settings, the Supersonic takes a scientific approach to high tech hairstyling that could leave your hair happier and healthier than ever before.   The beauty gadget is even equipped with a silencer feature that keeps it as quiet as possible.  To reduce the noise of the Supersonic, Dyson’s engineers included acoustic silencers in the handle of the dryer – eliminating the typical, brash blower sound. dyson supersonic   As tech-savvy as the Dyson Supersonic sounds, all this high tech hair power won’t come cheap.  The dryer pricing starts at $400 and will become available later in June.   Would you consider spending big bucks on a beauty gadget that could potentially save your hair?  How much is too much to spend on beauty?  Sound off and tweet us at @DivasandDorks!      

Check Out Beautiful Textures For Getting The Most Out Of Your Summer Color Styles

July 29th, 2015 by Christen Summer hair is all about drama, beachy waves or an occasional dye job or two.  This summer, I turned up the heat (in living color) and became a platinum blonde!  Of course, adding color to your tresses can be damaging and even cause your hair to become brittle, eventually breaking off.  However, with a few healthy hair products from Beautiful Textures, I can share just how I've been getting the most out of my summer color styles below. As a child, I can remember Saturday nights always being DIY salon time complete with washes, blowouts and silk stove pressings by my Nana.  The more things change, the more they stay the same.  This past Saturday night, I found myself stuck at home preparing to wash and style my hair.  So of course this was the perfect time to break out just a few of my favorite Beautiful Textures products to make my Saturday night regimen as flawless as possible (and given that it was a Saturday night and I was actually at home washing my hair - I was indeed in for a wild and crazy DIY night!)  

Must Read: How I Get Creative With Protective Styles Using Beautiful Textures

Beutiful Textures product shot   After washing my hair, it was time that I used Beautiful Textures' Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner for an intense moisture-rich formula that renews damaged ends, and helps adds beautiful shine.  It's my favorite product for damage control, and does a great job repairing heat and color treated hair. Once washed, conditioned and ready to go - it was time to add a little oomph to securing my style and that's when Beautiful Textures' Curl Definer Mousse becomes my ultimate product of choice for setting my summer style.  The Curl Definer Mousse is a quick-drying mousse that is mostly used for achieving smooth, bouncy spiral or roller sets, but did you know it's actually a great product for us girls that are transitioning into the natural lifestyle too!  It's unique formula actually allows you to blend two textures of hair flawlessly and create the style you've always wanted.  

Must Read: A Beautiful Twist In Island Style With Strength Of Nature

Beautiful Textures wash and go   After an hour or two setting my hair underneath the blow drying, it's time to pincurl, set and go!  The next day, my hair felt rejuvenated and completely softer and more manageable than ever before.   Beautiful Textures Final Selfie   Discover more amazing products and healthy hair summer styling ideas by visiting and get social by following Beautiful Textures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram today! This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Strength of Nature. The opinions and text are all mine.

How I Get Creative With Protective Styles Using Beautiful Textures

March 27th, 2015 by Christen senegalese twists   I must admit, my recent change up in hair was the direct result of an (earlier than usual) trip to the Caribbean. If you keep up with my ever changing style, then you know typically around this time of year, you can catch me in a mean set of waist-length extensions, sprinkled with a little color for variety.  However, because of my latest excursion to Jamaica with Strength of Nature, I opted for a new do' and for the first time (to my delight) I've been donning stylish Senegalese twists.   Never before have I found myself so excited about creating unique styles from top knots to ponytails to french rolls, I've tried them all!  What's my secret? I've been using Beautiful Textures Curl Definer Mousse to eliminate signs of twist wear and tear!  Check out my latest style creation video below!  
  Love my style?  Check out additional videos linked from Ty Alexander of and Kela Walker of and let us know how you change up your style using Beautiful Textures Curl Definer Mousse in the comments below!

A Beautiful Twist In Island Style With Strength Of Nature

March 16th, 2015 by Christen strength of nature   The weather is finally getting warmer and you know what that means?  Time to plan your next Caribbean vacation and  protective style to match!  I rarely go on vacations where salt-water is involved without a plan to keep my hair looking stylish and protected while on the go.  While I typically opt for box braids, this season I wanted to go for a look that was as easily manageable but slightly unique and softer.  Thus a visit to a local braiding salon in Brooklyn had me ready to go with my first venture in Senegalese twists.   Thanks to a recent Jamaica getaway with Strength of Nature - I got an inside look at the amazing product line including African Pride, Beautiful Textures, Elasta QP, Soft and Beautiful Botanicals.  In addition to a look at the products, I got a chance to see how the pros create beautiful and healthy styles with Pamela Hogan and Felicia Leatherwood demonstrating quick styling tips for any girl on the go.   strength of nature   Moments after checking out the haute hair demos, I had the pleasure of getting an impromptu one-on-one styling session from a local bartender with an impeccable Senegalese twists style.  When I asked her how she styled her twists, instead of explaining her step-by-step method, she demonstrated her winding twist form of braiding in my own strands.    

[Must Read: 10 Beautiful Moments Awaiting You In Jamaica This Season]

    Standard Senegalese twists are formed by twisting two pieces of hair around each other and securing by braiding the ends to ensure that each twist stays in tact.  The remixed style adds a coil-effect to each twist by forming a coil to one piece of the twists and wrapping it around the other piece of hair prior to twisting them both together.     Once you create the desired coil length that you want for each twist, you simply continue by twisting each strand around the other as you would for a normal Senegalese twist braid (and secure with a three strand braid at each end.)  

[Get deets on this Versatile Vacation Dress That Every Girl Must Own HERE]

Senegalese twists are the perfect style for any vacation destination.  From classic top buns to flowing strands caught in the beach breeze - it's truly a style that every woman must experience at least once in her lifetime.  I'm glad I took the leap to try a new style and I'm sure you will too!   strength of nature   Now that I'm stocked with Strength of Nature products, I can't wait to share my created Senegalese styles on the blog next.  From updos to sleek flowing strands, Strength of Nature carries products for practically every hair type and style.  For the last few weeks, I've been experimenting with a few stylish looks using the Beautiful Textures curl defining mousse and Soft and Beautiful Botanicals Coconut Oil and I can't wait to show off my latest styled creation on the blog soon... [Stay Tuned!]   strength of nature

Holiday Curls Preview With The TULIP InStyler Auto Curler

November 20th, 2014 by Christen TULIP InStyler Auto Curler

[Hanging out with my good "curl"friends Kéla and Ty...]

Who doesn't want big, buxom and bold curls for the next huge holiday party or family gathering?  There's just something that screams holiday festive when a girl is wearing beautiful, round ringlets of curls.  This week, the InStyler creators introduced the NEW TULIP Auto Curler to beauty bloggers, editors and more.  With live demos within the SOHO Cutler Studio salon, guests received complementary demonstrations and styling services using the new hair tool innovation. TULIP InStyler Auto Curler

[Say Hello to the New TULIP InStyler Auto Curler]

  With never before seen technology the TULIP gives you perfect curls and waves in seconds.  It's lightweight, ergonomic, open barrel design and groundbreaking dual rotating, ceramic barrel create natural, long=lasting beautiful curls and waves for hair of all types. Women can achieve a multitude of looks with this new heat styling tool.  Beachy waves, soft curls, and even tight curls are sculpted within seconds.  The open design and space surrounding the barrel keep hair visible at all times to prevent unwanted tangling.   TULIP InStyler Auto Curler

[The New TULiP InStyler Auto Curler is easy to use and leaves you with big, beautiful curls]

    During my initial experience using the TULIP InStyler, I first noticed how light-weight and easy it was to maneuver while positioning it to curl my hair.  Since the TULIP InStyler Auto Curler has 3 different rotation settings, it can easily switch the barrel right, left or to auto which alternations rotation left to right after each completed curl.  That means, matter if you're a lefty or a righty - you can get perfectly luxe curls no matter what!   Check out the TULIP InStyler Auto Curler demo below:  
TULIP InStyler Auto Curler   The TULIP's revolutionary features include: 2-Way Heated Rotating Barrel - It smoothes hair as it creates frizz-free shiny curls without pulling or tugging, reducing breaking and damage. Open Barrel design - Leaves hair visible and exposed at all times, protecting it from tangling or jamming in the unit, and allowing you to curl long and thick hair. Cool Tough Safety Guard - Prevents contact with the hot barrel and allows you to place the tool directly against your head without burning yourself Timer Switch - 3 timer settings to select 3, 8 or 12 secs to creat your desired curl style Heat Settings - Allow you to select the perfect heat setting for fine, medium or thick hair up to 430 degrees.   Want to learn more about the auto curler, check it out and pre-order your own online at  

NYFW Spring Hair Trends We Love! Chic Tresses By Orlando Pita For CHI Haircare

September 8th, 2014 by Christen Are you looking for haute Spring hair trends that you can try out today?  New York Fashion Week is filled with the hottest style trends from head to toe.  For Spring 2015, I caught up with the man behind the stylish tresses found at the best shows that fashion week has to offer. Lead Stylist Orlando Pita for CHI Haircare creates flawless looks that are as fluid and carefree as each collection, showing that from BCBG MAX AZRIA to DVF chic simplicity is something for girl with tresses to strive for this spring.  
Spring Hair Trends BCBG Max Azria For Chi

Lead Stylist Orlando Pita for CHI Haircare creates a Bohemian look that any girl can rock effortlessly.



The Hairspiration - The hairstyle is designed by the collection’s aesthetic-- the bohemian, free-spirited woman who has style – kind of a California girl.  That is why the hair is quite effortless and doesn’t look too worked on-- even though it is-- it has a little bump in the back and a middle-parting. It’s a nod to the pixie hairstyle, but not necessarily going retro.”
Spring Hair Trends bcbg chi orlando pita

Orlando Pita Shares How To Get The Look:

  • To prep, we sprayed hair with CHI 44 Iron Guard ($15, to protect strands from thermal styling tools and create volume and a manageable texture.
  • Next we blow dried with the CHI TOUCH Touchscreen Dryer ($199.95, but we didn’t use a brush, we use our fingers to make hair straight, but not stick straight.
  • We then moved to the back and flat ironed the last two inches of the hair to make ends really straight using the CHI G2 Titanium Ceramic Hairstyling Iron ($159.95,
  • We left an off-center part and at the top middle of the head we blow dried hair using just our fingers to direct hair back and get a little lift at the crown.
  • We finished with CHI 44 Iron Guard Style & Stay ($15.96,, to set the style.
  • Before models hit the runway, I’ll use the new CHI Escape Cordless Styling Iron ($109.95, / avail 11/14) for last look touch ups to smooth any frizz or flyaways.


Diane Von Furstenberg’s Spring/Summer 2015 Collection was inspired by the sun, sea, luxury and intrigue of the Cote d’Azur, and the people who spent time on the sun-soaked stretch of coastline in the 50s and 60s including Picasso, Gaudi and Bardot.  
Spring Hair Trends Orlando Pita

Orlando Pita talks the specifics behind the new Bardot-inspired runway hair of DVF.

  The Hairspiration - “The collection is inspired by the South of France, San Tropez with a bit of gingham and a bit of Picasso and Gaudi influence.  They were around a lot in the French Riviera during the 50’s and 60’s, but the collection is more about today.”  “Brigitte Bardot was often one of the people in San Tropez, so it’s all loosely based on her – that kind of undone-sexy-lots-of-hair-volume look but not done so 60-esque but more for a girl of today.” “Brigitte Bardot wasn’t perfectly done all the time, which makes her even sexier I think.  Although it’s a modern take on her look, it’s not too far from what she was already doing then.”  
Spring Hair Trends DVF

Get The Look: DVF SS2015 Full, voluminous hair.

  • “We start by prepping the hair with a good amount of BioSilk Volumizing Therapy Root Lift ($12.50, then to get a lot of lift and volume with our blow-dry we use a large round CHI ceramic brush ($14.95, ulta,com).  Then we go over some of the ends of the hair with a CHI Air 1.5" Curling Iron." ($59.99,
  • “Then we go section by section putting in BioSilk Volumizing Therapy Texturizing Powder ($12.50, on the roots to give even more volume without teasing, because the tease is more 60’s.  Then we add even more powder all over the hair to get thick, gorgeous tendrils that look piecey and undone.”
  • “I finish it off with BioSilk Volumizing Therapy Strong Hold Hairspray ($15.98, to hold the look. I prefer a firm hold to natural hold spray.”
                  Which one of these chic hair trends inspire you to try a new look this season?  Are you loving the buxom body of tresses seen at DVF or the luxe Bohemian beachy waves found at BCBG Max Azria?  

Back In The Hair Habit With Angela’s Hair Studio

August 6th, 2014 by Christen   I'm a serial protective style girl. I absolutely adore my natural curls far to much to ruin them by experimenting with hot curlers, damaging hair products or worse (insert the dreaded P-word here). So instead of damaging my hair with tons of style changes, DIY attempts, etc, I use someone else's! Angela's Hair Studio brand of luxe quality extensions offers clients the variety styles they want without gauging prices in the beauty industry. As a follow up to my initial experience earlier this year (remember my birthday moment of ombré?) I was offered another opportunity to experience Angela's Hair Studio mobile services first hand. Angela's Hair Studio Angela’s Hair Studio NYC is leading the trend of in home styling services.  As a mobile salon serving the greater New York metro area, professionally trained stylists will meet you in your home and give you the personalized service that we all want and deserve.  During the experience, I was greeted by Angela's Hair Studio owner - Trina and experienced stylist Chelsea for our scheduled appointment. During the appointment Chelsea thoroughly washed/cleaned and conditioned my hair in preparation for the installation of 4 bundles of 24" & 26" hair. After a precise  installation, Chelsea styled my hair with very minimal heat and I was ready to go.   Angela's Hair Studio     Angela’s Hair Studio brand hair is 100% Human Virgin Indian & Brazillian Hair, also known as Cuticle Hair.  It is unprocessed and only comes in donor natural colors of black and brown.  The hair remains in the same direction from root to tip.  It comes in Straight, Body Wave, Loose Curl and Deep Wave.  This Diamond Grade A hair can be dyed, bleached, colored, flat-ironed or straightened with a hot comb.  It is tangle free, has minimal shedding and if cared for properly can last up to a year or longer.  For more on Angela's Hair Studio visit and connect on FacebookTwitter and Instagram today.   20140806-085044-31844990.jpg  

Whip Your Hair: Did You Know April 30th Is Hairstyle Appreciation Day?

April 30th, 2014 by Lifestyle Staff   182656193     TODAY is Hairstyle Appreciation Day! Below are some hair-raising stats from StyleSeat, the app and website where you can find and book beauty appointments in more than 15,000 cities across the U.S.   A bad haircut can bring us to tears 🙁
  • 59% of women have cried over a bad haircut.
Having a good hair day can help your career.
  • 19% of people say they are “more productive at work” when they have a good hair day.
  • 18% of people say they are “nicer to others” when their ‘do is doing what its supposed to do.
Hairstyle Appreciation DayWhat would you forgo for a good ‘do?
  • 46% of people would give up their daily coffee in exchange for good hair.
  • 24% would close up all their social media accounts if they could have incredible hair every day.
  • Only 4% of people would give up their mobile phone.
For some, it’s better to have great hair than a great figure.
  • 22% of people would give up their gym membership for incredible hair.
Ombre is here to stay!
  • More than half of people (55%) say the Ombre trend is still cool.
#1 benefit of a good hair day = confidence
  • A whopping 91% of people say that having a good hair day makes them feel more confident.
  • Only 7% say that their hair does not affect their day in any way.
  StyleSeat is your source for discovering and booking top beauty and wellness professionals near you, from hair stylists to massage therapists to personal trainers.  For more about StyleSeat visit them online at How will you celebrate Hairstyle Appreciation Day?    

Diva Does Beauty: Angela’s Hair Studio NYC [REVIEW]

March 21st, 2014 by Christen Disclosure:  Angela's Hair Studio NYC has provided hair services and extension products for review, however all opinions illustrated below are my own.  
Angela's Hair Studio

Two weeks after installation, Angela's Hair Studio NYC brand of hair extension look this good with fresh curls.

  As a self proclaimed “hair connoisseur” I have been known to seek out only the finest grade of locks to adorn and accessorize my crown.  I have seen it all, bought it all and done it all, just short of personally visiting a sacred hair temple in India.  So I was more than excited to be introduced to New York’s newest mobile salon and it’s signature line of virgin, unprocessed extensions.  
Angela's Hair Studio

Angela's Hair Studio NYC brand extensions is beautifully packaged in a tube with easy to read instructions on hair care.

  Angela’s Hair Studio NYC is leading the trend of in home styling services.  As a mobile salon serving the greater New York metro area, professionally trained stylists will meet you in your home and give you the personalized service that we all want and deserve.  During my birthday appointment, the stylist arrived early and completely prepared with all the products, tools and accessories needed for my appointment.   Within minutes of arrival, the stylist proceeded to wash, condition and prepare my hair for installation of Angela’s Hair extensions.  It’s very easy to identify an unseasoned stylist, however the stylist from Angela’s Hair Studio was knowledgeable, friendly and very thorough throughout the shampoo & conditioning stage of the appointment.  Immediately following cleaning and blow-drying my natural hair, the stylist began the installation process by braiding my natural hair and adhering a net for additional support.  
  Using five 4-oz bundles of  pure virgin (unprocessed) hair, custom colored with various blonde highlights the stylist completed the installation, cut and styled the hair to complete my birthday look.  
Angela's Hair Studio

Diamond Grade 100% Human Virgin Indian & Brazillian Hair, also known as Cuticle Hair.

  Angela's Hair Studio brand hair is 100% Human Virgin Indian & Brazillian Hair, also known as Cuticle Hair.  It is unprocessed and only comes in donor natural colors of black and brown.  The hair remains in the same direction from root to tip.  It comes in Straight, Body Wave, Loose Curl and Deep Wave.  This Diamond Grade A hair can be dyed, bleached, colored, flat-ironed or straightened with a hot comb.  It is tangle free, has minimal shedding and if cared for properly can last up to a year or longer.     What do you think of my new favorite brand of hair extensions by Angela's Hair Studio NYC.  For more information visit and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram today.      

Your Favorite Celebs Talk Hair Care & Beauty With My DNA (VIDEO)

July 4th, 2013 by Christen My DNA Are you curious about how some of your favorite celebrities style their natural hair?  Over the BET Experience Weekend in Los Angeles, I got the chance to catch up with some of your favorite celebrities to talk hair & beauty.  Check out some of the highlights as we talk sew-ins to presses from the weekend below. My DNA       
My DNA Connect with My DNA on Twitter at @MyDNA_rocks, Facebook at and discover My DNA online at    About My DNA:  MY DNA was created for spiral hair of every texture and for natural hair consumers who embrace their cultural DNA. MY DNA knows that you are beautiful because you are natural. The line was formulated with unique natural ingredients that help you rediscover and accept the way you were born and allows you to be bold, confident and naturally free.  We invite you to join the movement of men, women and children who are committed to natural lifestyles. The MY DNA line has been reformulated with you in mind and we have listened carefully to natural hair consumers, bloggers and salons to insure you get the finest natural hair product possible.    Disclosure:  Please note that I often tweet using #MyDNA – MyDNA tweets include a 24/7 conversation providing information and education about use of MyDNA product line and natural hair care, the opinions I express tagged #MyDNA are my own.



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