Category Archives: Spornette

Perfecting the Blow Dry


After nearly three years of growth, my hair is finally really long. It thrills me to no end, but it doesn’t come without its own set of challenges. Primarily, the blow dry.  If I had the luxury of getting a blowout 3-4 times a week, I’d do it in a second. It takes so much more work to get my hair ready to be dried, and then of course, the actual drying. It’s a total chore. But there is an art to it, so I wanted to share some of the tools, tricks and products I attribute to helping me conquer this necessary evil.  

It starts in the shower. I alternate hair cleansers, but right now, I am really into Peter Lamas Rice Protein Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner. It’s a 100% vegan and I feel like this protects and nourishes my hair. It’s 2012 — there’s no reason to use sulfates and stripping agents in your shampoo. None. This shampoo/conditioner duo is fortified with carrot seed, chamomile, enriched with aloe and avocado and contains Panthenol (a.k.a. vitamin B-5) to help strengthen hair. Oh, and the rice proteins work to plump up the hair shaft and create a thicker look.

I use a few different brushes/combs during the blow dry. The wide-toothed comb to detangle wet hair as a first step, for example. But this Spornette #955 from the brand’s Italian collection, is my go-to for creating volume at the roots. I’m obsessed with using it, and it makes me feel like a pro. I use it when my hair is more than halfway dry and past the tangle stage and use it to dry sections of my hair, from the crown on down. It gives serious lift at the roots!

If I’m looking to shave some time off my dry, I use Blow Ready Set Blow Express Blow Dry Lotion. Without using alcohol (a “drying agent”), this cream is made from a protein blend that minimizes stress on hair and boosts heat conductivity. I work this throughout my strands and comb it out with a wide-toothed comb. Beyond just speeding up the dry process, it also locks out humidity during the day.

I might be addicted to the lovely scent of Paul Mitchell’s Ginger Awapuhi Hydromist Blowout Spray. It also happens to work quite well. Natural awapuhi and honey extract help eliminate frizz and lightweight conditioners protect hair from damage. It also gives my hair some grit (without a gritty feel).

Beauty VIP of the Week: Spornette Luxury Cushion Brush


I knew it was going to be a great week when the forecast called for spring-like temps. I mean, 45 degrees in Chicago is not supposed to happen in February. And yes, my idea of spring might be a bit depressing. BUT, the spring-like reprieve was fantastic. Throw in five good hair days, and this week was just mine. My locks have a new (to me!) brush to thank, the Spornette Luxury Cushion Brush, this week’s Beauty VIP.

Spornette has been making brushes since the 1950s, and the Sporn family still runs the business (making good brushes must be in the DNA).  In fact, they’re based just south of Chicago. The second best part of Spornette’s Luxury Cushion Brush? It doesn’t come with a luxury price tag. The first part, of course, is how this little diddy treats your hair. I’ve been using the smaller size, which is great for travel (or toting in your purse!)

The brush features a duo of bristles in a combo of boar and tourmaline-infused nylon. The result is a brush that glides gently and smoothly through the hair. I use it on damp and dry hair, and before bed, just like Marcia Brady used to. It manages to smooth out tangles when damp without tugging at my hair and doesn’t cause static when used on dry hair. Also, the handle is very easy to hold on to and has a nice satin finish. If you tend to drop things out of your hand a lot, then you would appreciate this feature. This brush is my new companion. Won’t leave home without it!