Give Hair a Much-Needed Boost ... FREE

By Charlotte on July 15, 2011 6:58 AM

Bob wonders why it takes me so long to get dressed and, for that matter, undressed. But I STRUGGLE with my hair.


Since it's fine and thin with no natural body, my morning styling routine is quite a workout. I start with several body-building sprays then use a blow dryer, flat iron and rollers. Whew!  All that and some days it still falls flat.


At night, in addition to the mandatory hair brushing, I have my eyelashes to worry about. After losing them to chemotherapy about a year and a half ago (talk about depressing), I don't take any chances. I'm ultra careful when removing eye makeup. I also do everything possible to keep my lashes strong, healthy and encourage new growth.  


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We're giving away two remarkable, new hair boosters, including:


  • The Ferrum Professional Styler, a unique flat iron that builds body while taming frizzies

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  • Envyderm, the nonprescription eyelash growth serum that promotes longer, fuller, darker lashes

Click "Read More" for details on how you can win this $250-value prize package ... FREE.* Contest ends July 29!


I'd like nothing better than to simplify my hair-styling regime. And to have some help growing long, feathery eye fringe that's not prone to breaking or thinning.


The folks at Ferrum and EnvyDerm want to offer one lucky boomer babe the chance to do just that. They've joined us to give away $250 in hair-boosting prizes, including:


  • The Ferrum Professional Styler - A flat iron that delivers sleek, straight looks without sacrificing volume. It can also curl and provide gentle waves.

  • Envyderm Eyelash Growth & Conditioning Serum - A safe, non-prescription formula that promotes natural eyelash growth to give you longer, fuller, darker lashes.


Get Fat Hair not Flat Hair with the New Ferrum Professional Styler


The Ferrum Professional Styler is a flat iron that smoothes frizzies while adding volume. Designed for use on dry hair, it protects locks from breakage and can curl and make soft waves as well as straighten.


Unlike traditional flat irons with two hot metal sides, the Ferrum's VSS System Technology combines a non-heated, padded fabric element with a tourmaline-coated ceramic plate that heats to 450 degrees. The unique fabric-padded element contains lightweight, anti-static polymers that help hair "breathe" during straightening, increasing volume. Hair that rests on the soft, cool fabric surface retains more of its natural moisture, shine and bounce.


How Do You Use the Ferrum Professional Styler?


For best results, hairstylist and American Beauty Salon owner Barbara Abbasi, who developed the Ferrum styling tool, recommends:

  • Allow ample time for the styler to heat up. The results will be worth it.
  • Make sure your hair is completely dry. Two things change the composition of hair: heat and moisture. If your hair is wet, it will be much less manageable.
  • Always start straightening with the pad facing out or "under" your hair.
  • Begin styling from the root. With this flat iron, you can get very close to the root without burning your scalp.
  • Use a slow and steady motion from root to tip.
  • Control volume by changing the styling angle. To add fullness, turn your hand so your wrist is closer to your head. For a sleeker look, finish by doing an extra stroke with the pad facing inwards.

How Can I Protect My Style?


Barbara advises:

  • Use a lightweight finishing spray to keep your hair in place.
  • Take good care of your styler. It's a great piece of equipment and not exactly cheap to replace, so protect your flat iron by storing it in a heat-proof pouch. Resting your iron on this protective surface during styling also safeguards counters from possible heat damage.
  • Clean your flat iron frequently if you use leave-in conditioners or heat serums, every week or so if not. Build-up on the plates can cause your hair to snag and shorten the life of your styler. To clean, heat the iron; then wipe plates with a non-abrasive cloth. If you're fond of leave-in treatments, use a cleaner made specifically for flat irons. Also, avoid chemical solvents not meant for cleaning your iron.  

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Enhance Your Natural Beauty with Envyderm Eyelash Serum


EnvyDerm is an effective eyelash growth and conditioning serum that promotes fuller, longer and stronger lashes.


This nonprescription formula is made with active natural ingredients such as bioavailable lipo-oligopeptides that stimulate keratin genes. Powerful SymPeptide technology lengthens and strengthens natural lashes. EnvyDerm uses vitamins, minerals and amino ccids to moisturize and nourish lashes and brows. Plus, it contains only safe ingredients tested by ophthalmologists without involving animals.


How Do You Use EnvyDerm?


The EnvyDerm applicator is very similar to a liquid eyeliner applicator. You apply the stimulating serum once a day before bedtime along the upper and lower lash lines. EnvyDerm does not disrupt the daily application of makeup or other skincare routines. And it can be used on brows as well as lashes (bonus!).


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You should begin to see the lash line becoming thicker, fuller and healthier looking in as little as two weeks. In a clinical study, users saw a 25 percent increase in eyelash length during this period. EnvyDerm will continue to provide results over time if used on a consistent basis.


On the Shelf: $99.95 at Envyderm.com, Amazon.com, Drugstore.com and Overstock.com


One lucky boomer will win these two, new hair-boosting solutions (a $250 value):

  • The Ferrum Professional Styler, a flat iron that delivers sleek, straight looks without sacrificing volume. It can also curl the hair or give it gentle waves.
  • Envyderm Eyelash Growth & Conditioning Serum , a safe, non-prescription formula that could help you begin growing stronger, healthier lashes in as little as two weeks.

To enter the contest, email your name, mailing address (no PO Boxes please) and phone number to Enter@BoomerBrief.com by July 29 and put "Hair-Boosting Giveaway" in the subject line.



* This contest is only open to entrants in the 50 United States.


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