Tools of the Trade

To do any job right, whether it’s changing a tire, tailoring a dress, or baking a pie, you need the right tools. That includes making yourself look great. Here are a few tools that help with that!

Solano makes two hair care tools you will want to add to your beauty arsenal. The SuperSolano 3700Moda Dryer is a pro tool slightly heavier than consumer versions, but it is small with a short barrel for easy handling. The ceramic thermal grill distributes heat evenly and the Far Infrared heat dries from the inside out for healthier hair. Tourmaline and Ionic technologies add shine and diminish frizz. I was a little hesitant when I felt its heft, but I was hooked when I saw how much faster it dried my hair!

The Solano SleekHeat 450 Flat Iron is a great way to touch up your hairstyle. The instant and even heat feature (which you can set to your choice of temperature) prevents burns. Ionic improves moisture while minimizing static and tourmaline adds shine. It can be used not only to straighten hair, but also to create waves and curls. It has cool touch tips resistant to heat for safer styling, too.

Once you’ve gotten your hair perfect, you’ll want to keep it that way. It’s possible your scalp is working overtime to replace natural oils lost by over-washing. With the Branche Charmeuse pillow case, you can retrain your hair to stop over-compensating by washing less often. I washed my hair every other day; with this pillow case, I was able to keep my hairstyle, with minimal refreshing, for three days. Made with premium long silk fibers and 22 momme weight, the pink case has 18 amino acids and high copper content to restore hair elasticity and luster and reduces hair loss and breakage. And I love the softness on my skin. Best pillowcase ever!

imageSo, you wake up, your hair looks great, and now you’re setting about your morning routine. Ready to put on your make-up? Ecotools has a complete line of make-up brushes with bamboo handles and brushes of taklon fiber, a synthetic used in artist quality brushes. With no protein or allergen elements, it is a great vegan option. Real hair brushes have surface irregularities that make it impossible to clean properly; taklon has none of these irregularities, so Ecotools brushes may be cleaned efficiently. Plus, they are so soft and glide across your skin so smoothly.

toni munna

Toni Munna is a native Long Islander who is always on the lookout for products that fulfill their promise to firm, hydrate, slim, soothe, de-wrinkle, plump, relax, de-stress, and just generally make you look and feel better. She a firm believer that wellness enhances beauty and has been testing beauty products and reviewing spas for you since the fall of 2006. You can reach her with questions at