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About Face: Holiday gift guide, part 2 – body, hair, and cosmetics ideas!


Straighten out

SeduIron Serum ChesapeakeFamilyAboutFaceLeft to right: Sedu Pro Ionic Ceramic Straightening Iron, Anti-Frizz Polishing Treatment with Pure Argan Oil

It took me years to buy a hair straightener for myself, even though I have curly, thick, ridiculously unmanageable hair. I just couldn’t bring myself to do it, thinking it was too much cash to hand over for one item. But since I’ve bought one, I can’t get over how much I love using it; every time I straighten my hair, I appreciate both the tool and my own hair more.

So give that feeling to someone else with a professional-grade straightening iron, like one from Sedu. The brand’s Pro Ionic Ceramic Straightening Iron won’t snag or pull your hair, heats up in less than 25 seconds, and has various heat settings so you won’t burn yourself; plus, it offers a two-year warranty, just in case something goes wrong. Pair that with Sedu’s Anti-Frizz Polishing Treatment with Pure Argan Oil and you’ve got a great gift for someone who loves that blowout look but doesn’t enjoy handing $30 or more to the salon each week. It adds up, you know?

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: $129.99 for the Straightening Iron, $16-$37 for the Anti-Frizz Polishing Treatment, both at SeduBeauty.com.

Treat and condition

OuidadSalonSeries ChesapeakeFamilyAboutFaceFirst picture, left to right: Salon Series by Ouidad Omega-3 Replenishing Hair Treatment, Mediterranean Bay Leaf Exfoliating Hair & Scalp Treatment, Biotin Lightweight Reparative Hair Serum

Second picture, left to right: Bumble and bumble Mending Shampoo, Conditioner, and Complex; Quenching Shampoo, Conditioner, and Complex

But a straightener isn’t the only hair-themed gift you can provide; a special hair treatment or set of products can be just as pampering or useful.

For the girl on your list who loves trying new products, consider the new Salon Series by Ouidad, the brand best known for catering to curly-haired women. Their Omega-3 Replenishing Hair Treatment is deeply hydrating; the Mediterranean Bay Leaf Exfoliating Hair & Scalp Treatment deep-cleans your hair with a bit of grit; and Biotin Lightweight Reparative Hair Serum is a leave-in product that prevents breakage. They’re salon-quality but meant for your use whenever you feel like it.

BumbleandbumbleSets ChesapeakeFamilyAboutFaceAnd, of course, there’s Bumble and bumble, the good old standby. Throw together a few of the brand’s themed products, like from their Quenching or Mending lines, and you have a DIY set for anyone on your list. The brand’s Shampoo, Conditioner, and Complex are meant to work together, so why not gift them together?

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: $36 each for Omega-3 and Mediterranean Bay Leaf, $42 for Biotin, all at Ouidad.com; $29-$80 for Mending or Quenching products, all at Bumbleandbumble.com.

EDITORIAL NOTE: The products featured in this post were provided to Chesapeake Family’s About Face blog by the manufacturer or their public relations company for review. Chesapeake Family’s About Face blog posts are inspired by personal experience and opinion, and are not paid for or influenced by the manufacturer, PR company, or any other organization unless mentioned.

Photos by Roxana Hadadi.

Roxana Hadadi headshotIn middle school, Roxana Hadadi was a cosmetics-scorning tomboy; in high school, a glitter eye shadow- and black nail polish-loving trend kid; in college, obsessively committed to dying her hair unruly colors that upset her mom. Now a bit older and a bit more mature, she’s trying to figure out what hair, body and cosmetics products will work for her, you and your family in About Face, Chesapeake Family’s new beauty blog — and she’ll leave the sparkle makeup and neon highlights in the past. Roxana also writes movie reviews for Chesapeake Family’s Popcorn Parents blog.

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