Invisibobble Hair Rings

So at first look, I must admit these did not catch my eye….but what changed? Here is a little back story. I am a natural brunette who has very light bleached blonde hair. It is very fragile and requires a lot of extra special care and attention to keep it looking healthy. Most days (if I am being honest) my hair is up in some sort of a messy bun, and like most girls, I would use the regular, circular hair ties (like these). While reading through various blogs and Instagram accounts that I follow, I came across a post about the damage that traditional hair ties can cause, and when I say damage, I mean breakage. The worst word to be spoken in front of any bleached blonde.

So I began to do a little research. I like to use Ulta as a starting point for research because they usually have tons of reviews for the items they carry. In my research I found that these strange looking hair ties were quite remarkable and were rated 4.5/5.0 (based on 106 reviews). Many people stated that they did not hurt their head like other types of hair ties, that they don’t pull or break the hair, that they do not leave an indent pattern on the hair when removed and the list goes on and on.

First and foremost I wanted something that could easily be camouflaged in my hair. Second, I needed a hair tie that was sturdy and would hold all day without the need to readjust from slipping. Based on the reviews I read, I thought I’d try them out.

So glad that I did! These are a great product and the story behind the company is rather cute as well. One most women can relate to.

While a price point of $7.95 for a quantity of 3 might seem a tad high; once you try these for yourself you will quickly realize that they are totally worth it. I’ve even thrown away all my old hair bands. The Invisibobble hair ties come in a variety of colors, but I love the clear version because it is easily concealed when I put my hair up.

In the weeks I have used them (and again, I wear my hair up most days), I have noticed less tangling, more comfort throughout the day, and on a huge positive note, my messy buns have never looked better…BONUS! πŸ™‚

These modern miracles are available at Ulta or on the Invisibobble website.

If you have also tried these, please leave me your thoughts in the comments below.

Thanks for reading!!

 

Knit Headbands

Even in sunny Southern California, the weather is freezing right now. Early mornings are especially frosty and if you are anything like me, being frozen is not fun for you. 

I already frequently sport headbands on a semi-regular basis, whether it be a messy bun kind of hair day, or because I was too lazy or too rushed to do anything else with it; headbands add a quick little oomph and style to whatever else you have going on with your hair.

Lately my main motivation behind wearing them has been the weather. Knit headbands truly make a huge difference in my ability to keep warm. They also cover my ears, which is a huge plus, cause those little babies get cold!

The headbands pictured above were all recently purchased at Forever 21 (my new stock for this winter season). But I have several tried and true headbands that have made it winter after winter from many retailers such as H&M, Active, American Eagle, and Nordstrom.

One Year Blogiversary and Holiday Giveaway!

So wow! A full year of blogging madness began one whole year ago this very day. In celebration of my blogiversary, I am doing a celebratory giveaway. Yay for me and yay for you!!! πŸ™‚

The giveaway includes (exactly as pictured above):

  • A Love & Beauty face mask from Forever 21
  • A NYX Intense Butter Gloss
  • A package of Ardell lashes
  • Burt’s Bees Mango Lip Balm
  • Agave Healing Oil – oil treatment
  • Hask Kalahari Oil shampoo and conditioner

How to enter:

  • Follow my blog.
  • Like this post.
  • Comment below on what your favorite post of the year was.

Winners will be selected at random on December 30th. Open to U.S. and International followers.

Good luck and thank you for all your support over the last year.

    NuMe Curling Wands

    The NuMe Curling Wand is one of my favorite hair tools to date. NuMe produces high quality hair tools for a reasonable price (especially when they go on sale or are running a promotion – which is pretty often if you are willing to wait for it). They are available on the NuMe site, Ulta, and Amazon.

    I bought mine during one of their many promotions and got a straightener as well. Both are super for all your styling needs, however for this particular review, I’ll be focusing on the curling wands. NuMe also carries additional styling tools including straighteners, hair dryers, accessories, and styling sets to suit your hair goals.

    But on to the curling wands… Since using the NuMe curling wand I have noticed that my curls last a lot longer, like on to the second day durability. Of course, a little touch up is needed, but overall the hold is better than any other curling iron or wand I’ve used in the past.

    There are a wide range of wands to fit your curling needs, including the Classic Wand (pictured above), a Reverse Curl Classic Wand, and a Pearl Classic Wand. There are also a variety of colors to choose from such as black, pink, blue, and a few other specialty colors. They come available for both European and US power outlets; and the size ranges include 19mm, 25mm, and 32mm (pictured above). Prices run from around $139 to $179, but again they go on sale all the time. I believe I purchased mine for about $60/$70 during a promotion.

    Please let me know if you have any questions that I didn’t cover above and I’ll be happy to share my NuMe experiences with you. Thanks for reading! πŸ™‚

    For answers to all your other NuMe questions visit their website here.

    It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product

    One of my favorite hair products that I have repeatedly bought time and time again because of how great it makes my hair feel, is It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product. I use this as a repairing product as well as a detangler after every hair washing session. The smell is wonderful and a little product goes a long way.

    The product description states that it is formulated to deliver 10 benefits, including:

    • Repairing dry and damaged hair
    • Adds shine
    • Detangles
    • Controls frizziness
    • Seals and protects hair color
    • Prevents split ends
    • Stops hair breakage
    • Silkiness
    • Enhances natural body 
    • Flat iron spray and thermal protection

    I can attest that this product does indeed deliver on the myriad of benefits mentioned above and can be considered nothing short of a miracle product.

    There are five options available for the leave-in product, which are geared toward various hair types or needs, they include:

    • The Original
    • Plus Keratin
    • For Blondes 
    • Lite 
    • Silk Express

    Of the five different varieties of the product, I have tried three. The original in the blue bottle (pictured above) is by far my favorite. In my opinion it not only smells the best of the options I have tried, but it seems to work best for my hair.

    Pricing for the 4 ounce bottle runs about $11 – $18 depending on where you purchase it from. It’s a bit pricey considering the size, but this stuff is worth it and as I mentioned previously, you don’t need to use much. Ulta and Target usually have all the varieties available, if you are feeling adventurous πŸ˜‰

    Give it a try! 

    Sexy Hair – Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner

       

    A few weeks ago I finally got around to trying Sexy Hair‘s Blonde Bombshell shampoo and conditioner… And WOW! 

    As I mentioned in a previous post, my usual hair care routine involves washing with a cleansing conditioner, and following up with a deep conditioner – which I still do. But sometimes I really miss the sensation of a good frothy lather that cleansing conditioners simply do not provide… Here steps in Sexy Hair!

    The Blonde Bombshell line is sulfate-free (which is HUGE in keeping your hair moisturized and looking healthy). The fragrance of both the shampoo and conditioner is lovely! It reminds me of a sophisticated powdery smell, not like baby powder, but like the kind of powder you’d want to use as an adult… I don’t know if that’s what chamomile, honey and quinoa smells like when combined together, but it’s a unique and clean pretty smell.

     

    Happy shampooing! πŸ™‚

    Holy Trinity of Hair Care

    So anyone who has massively color treated hair knows the importance of maintaining a good hair regimen. I am naturally a dark brunette but as of lately I have become a very light blonde (a la Gwen Stefani or Marilyn Monroe type blonde). So keeping my hair strong, moisturized, and healthy is SUPER important. These are the products I use to keep my hair looking smooth and silky. All products are available at Target, for approximately $4-$7 each.

    First the Renpure. It comes in three different fragrances, and all of them are lovely smelling. The “Sweet Pomegranate” is pictured above, but it also comes in a “Rosemary Mint,” and “Lavender.” Renpure’s cleansing conditioner is a product I tried purely out of curiosity, and because I had been reading so many great things about using cleansing conditioners in place of shampoo. Many shampoos contain sulfates which can dry out your hair, this product does not. Also, because of the nature of shampooing (the lathering process), hair can also become dried out. The difference with cleansing conditioners is that it does not lather. This does take a little while to get used to (or at least it did for me). Once you have coated the hair in the cleansing conditioner, let it sit or a few minutes, and then rinse.

    Next the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle. This comes in a few different options as well, they include, “Strong,” “Moist,” and “Color.” I prefer the “Strong” (photographed above) because I just like the smell a bit better than the other types.

    I use this as a conditioner every time I wash my hair. After leaving it in for three minutes you will definitely notice that your hair is much softer, and why the name of the product includes the word “miracle.”

    Last, but not least, the coconut oil. I’m sure by now you have heard about all the great uses and benefits of coconut oil, and for hair care it is no less. I use it as a deep conditioning mask once a week (if I’m being really good), or every other week. Basically I just scoop it out into my hands, rub it together to get it to melt a bit, and then rub it into my hair starting at the ends. After I coat my entire head, I wrap my hair into a loose bun on the top of my head and clip it down to secure it. I then cover it with a shower cap and go to sleep. In the morning I wash with the Renpure cleansing conditioner and follow up with the Aussie 3 minute miracle.

    *On a side note, I typically will wash/condition my hair no more than three times a week using the above process.

    Happy Hair-doing! πŸ™‚ xo