If you aren't aware of the HairDini, that's just criminal. The hair gadget company has been producing supremely goofy infomercials for years, and its "Hair Police" ad is pure comedic gold. I don't know whether it's the announcer's voice or the incredibly shiny French twists showcased, but now I'm feeling strangely compelled to create a huge, overly complicated bun. Check out the video and tell me if you're suddenly in the mood for a little hair magic, too:
"I do a lot of walking on my treadmill because I injured myself once jogging. Now I just walk on an incline . . . I really try to do something physically active every day."
— Christina Ricci on how she stays in such great shape. Christina also told Us Weekly she tried to get her boyfriend — photographer Curtis Buchanan — to buy her the Brazil Butt Lift DVD workout series after watching the infomercial. No word from Curtis if he's complying.
Like what Christina has to say? Check out what other Healthy Bites celebs are saying these days.
Every now and then I get sucked into infomercials that advertise wacky products like the Snuggie, Ab Rocket, or Shake Weights. And though I've never ordered anything (yet!), I've often wondered if this stuff really works. Actress Jenifer Love Hewitt thinks so. Sounding a bit like an infomercial herself, the star told Us Magazine that she's been getting results from a $200 fitness machine she bought after seeing an infomercial: "I just got this machine called the Ab Circle Pro — I ordered it off TV, and I love it!" (If you don't know what the Ab Circle Pro is, it's billed as a treadmill for your abs and it's supposed to work your stomach, butt, hips, and thighs.)
It's true that Jennifer is looking slim these days, but she's also doing a lot more than working out on the Ab Circle Pro. At least three to four times a week, Jennifer works on her upper and lower body.
To find out what exercises Jennifer does, read more
A few weeks ago, I was sleepless in my hotel room. Normally, I'm not so tossy and turny, but I just couldn't seem to catch my heavy z's. Perhaps it was the article I had read earlier about the rise in bed bugs at hotels or perhaps it's because I was under the influence — of a bevy of mesmerizing late night infomercials, that is.
Maybe you've taken my first celebrity infomercial beauty quiz, so let's see what else you know when it comes to these cheesy delights. How much off-hours viewing keeps you glued to the TV late night?Take the Quiz
Ever since I mentioned the bizarre yet fascinating Rejuvenique Electric Face Mask, I've had infomercials on the mind. Ack!
Like a fly attracted to the allure of a bug zapper's tempting bright lights, I find these ultra cheesy (and ultra long) product pitches rather captivating, mesmerizing — addicting. Now that we know that Linda Evans sure liked to get zapped by means of an electric face mask, this got me to thinking . . .
What other celebrities have touted the benefits of beauty products — infomercial style? Take my fun quiz to find out.Take the Quiz
Call me a crazy (or clever) drunk, but couldn't this mode of "exercise" be achieved on a simple barstool? My unsolicited advice: Forget buying the overpriced lawn chair advertised below and stick to the pubs instead. You can sit on a stool for free and a cold, frothy means of hydration will be readily available in the mug right in front of you. Voila! I totally missed my calling as a life coach.
The perfect bod — what's exercise got to do with it? According to the folks in the following infomercial, the Slender Shaper is all anyone needs to achieve a flawless figure. Much like the Hawaii Chair, the Slender Shaper promises results without all the pain, hassle, and sweat of exercising. Mmmkay. Whoever knew that jiggling one's body fat was the quick fix way to get Tara's abs, Paris's butt, and Winehouse's legs? How convenient.
I want to believe this commercial. I want to get rock solid, six-pack abs in just five minutes a day. I want to sit back and take a "rocket ride" and get "awesome abs." The problem is that devices that target your midsection, like this one called the Ab Rocket, just won't do the trick. The commercial sounds too good to be true because, well, it is.
I'm not saying that you won't feel this in your upper, middle, and lower abs, but you can't get "the body you always wanted" by solely using this machine. Target toning doesn't melt away a flabby belly — only calorie burning exercise can help you do that. Once you get rid of excess pounds, it'll reveal an all around more toned body including a slimmer waistline, which is more than this silly fitness gadget could ever do.
Tempted to splurge on that magical device you saw on TV last night that promises to remove four inches off your midsection in just four minutes a day? As you know, I am not one for buying "As Seen on TV" products, but Consumer Reports did the dirty (and expensive) work for you to see what works, or more so, what doesn't. Here are highlights:
- Ab Lounge XL ($210). This mesh chair mimics the motion of a jackknife sit-up. The signature jackknife move engaged the target muscles, but for most tested muscle groups, it was not as tough as a full jackknife done on the floor. CR's take: Good range of motion, and can provide a good workout, but not a lot more useful than a floor mat.
- The Bean ($50). On average, results were similar to those with no equipment for this inflatable device that targets abdominal and oblique muscles. CR's take: It might strengthen abs, but the Bean alone won't get you lean.
- Urban Rebounder ($150). The intermediate workout on this mini trampoline for bouncing, aerobics, and running in place burned about as many calories as jogging at 5.6 mph. CR experts found the device easy to use and a nice change from typical aerobic exercise. CR's take: A good alternative to running, but more than the recommended 15 minutes is required to burn calories.
- Fluidity Bar ($200). The advanced workout on this floor-standing ballet bar with attached mat burned fewer calories than the no-equipment, circuit-training routine. CR's take: A pricey but potentially enjoyable alternative to strength training, plus stretching. But its heft could make it hard to store.
The kids are screaming in the back seat, but you'd rather put a hammer to your head than listen to another kiddie song. What to do? Pull out Kids' Rock, the CD that couples kiddie song lyrics with adult tunes. "Old McPearl Jam Had a Farm," anyone? How about a little "B-I-N-G-Metallic-O"? And let's not forget "Welcome to McDonald's," the song that put Guns 'N Roses at the top of the (kiddie) charts. Listen up: