Bunheads

Wouldja get a load of that forecast?! Obviously, my flat iron has not seen the light of day since this cruel, cruel summer started, so I’ve been looking for other ways to just “throw my hair up” and not look like a slob.

As it happens, I have found love in a HOPELESS place. Enter: Claires! They have a rather peculiar product that looks like the bastard offspring of a brillo pad and the most famous donut in the world:

I guess 2012 is finally the year of the “hair donut!” This is one donut I don’t regret buying.

I know, I know. I still can’t quite look it in the eye either!!!

Anyway, I used my HD (because I refuse to say hair donut out loud) to create a glorious top knot this morning. Sadly, the pics I took just don’t give it justice so you’re just going to have to imagine a world filled with magnificent simple updos.

You may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one.

It’s very easy to use. All you do is put your hair into a high ponytail, and then loop the HD over. Then, as messy or neat as you’d like, wrap your hair around the HD and secure with bobby pins. Done. I’m in serious like. I feel so fancy today, and I think I’m even standing a little taller! I think it’s because I’m a Leo, and all of my strength comes from my hair.

Precisely.

Hair donut comes in 3 sizes: small, large and oversized ($4 to $5.50). Claires stores nationwide or http://www.claires.com.

 

 

 

 

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Nature’s Rescue

It was time for a change. A BIG change. You know what this means, time to throw caution to the wind and welcome a new shampoo into your home. It’s rarely fun and never easy, but I heard lots of good things about Redken’s new “Nature’s Rescue” line of detoxing shampoos and conditioners.

First impressions: Nice packaging. Definitely conveys the soothing nature of the products. Nice scent, too. Smells like expensive sea scrub.

I bought the Refreshing Detox Shampoo, Refining Sea Polish, and Cooling Deep Conditioner to try. I didn’t buy the Radiant Sea Spray because my hair is already nothing BUT texture. Grrr. Anyway, they were a perfect choice because they’re all sulfate and paraben-free, something you need to keep in mind when you are always getting Brazilian blowouts. (Tip: At ULTA, Redken products are buy 2 get 1 free for a limited time, and for the Nature’s Rescue products, are available in stores only!)

Now for each of the products:

Shampoo-¬†It doesn’t lather, which kind of bothered me, but I guess in the grand scheme of things, is no big deal. Just be careful not to use more than you mean to. The shampoo is working, it just isn’t getting all foamy like you’re probably used to.

Refining Sea Polish – Hmm, a pumice scrub for your hair?? Gosh, 2012 is amazing, isn’t it? The instructions for this product were to rub into hair in small sections from root to tip. It is meant to remove impurities and refine the hair’s surface, leaving hair smooth and shiny. After washing out, my hair felt squeaky clean!

Cooling Deep Conditioner – I can see myself getting down with this on a hot summer day. Why? Because it literally cools your scalp. For someone who suffers from self-diagnosed quarter-life crisis pre-menopausal hot flashes, this is nothin’ but good news.

The post review: After washing my hair with all three, my hair felt clean. Well, I hope so, right? The part that sealed the deal for me was that after my hair air dried and I flat ironed that beast, my hair didn’t feel greasy like it does after using the recommended Brazilian blowout shampoo and products. And my hair smelled amazing for the whole day (and still does now!)

Dear Redken, I like! ūüôā

Giveaway Winner

Congratulations Michelle! You’ve won the Suave Keratin Infusions 30-day smoothing kit. Hope it works out for you, we’d love to hear what you think of it!

Hopefully many more giveaways to come!

Products We’re Excited For + Giveaway!

As you may have seen on Fashion Star, Suave has come out with an at-home, formaldehyde-free, easy-to-do Keratin treatment that they really really really want you to buy.

I do not want you to buy it.

I want to give it to you!

This is my 100th post and I think it’s time I give a little something back to you!

So what’s the catch? Well, you must have virgin hair. If you’re a Brazilian blowout Queen like I am, please, move along. If you’ve had your hair chemically straightened or highlighted, please, move along. ¬†I know, what a drag, right? Take this quiz to see if the product is right for you, and if it is, then leave me a comment below and I’ll choose a random winner this Sunday, April 15th!

Just a few small, but important things to note: I am not affiliated with Suave in any way, nor is this contest sponsored by the Company. I love my International friends, but this giveaway is only open to US residents ages 18+. By entering you are accepting these terms and also consenting to have your name (first name only) announced as winner. Please use product only as directed. This is not mandatory, but I would LOVE a review from you once you use the product! Love it? Hate it? I wanna know!

Real Life Rapunzel

12-year old Natasha Moraes de Andrade of Rio de Janeiro is set to do something that most people accomplish within the first few years of their life.

Other than entering multiple Cousin It lookalike contests.

That’s right. She bout to cut her damn hair!

Natasha’s hair measures up at 5’2, which means that since we’re the same height, I could literally wear her like last year’s Versace.

She’s planning on selling her crazy¬†cabelo¬†to local witch doctors¬†hair companies to be made into extensions. Her asking price?¬†¬£3,500, or about $4,600 USD, which she plans on using to upgrade her bedroom. In her little shantytown. Hmm. Your decision-making skills worry me, lil gurl.

You SHOULD be using that money to buy proper fitting clothes . Sorry, I had to!!!

If you cut off 62 inches of your hair, what would YOU do with it?

  • a) Donate it to Locks of Love
  • b) Terrorize neighborhood children with your detached braid
  • c) Exchange for gas $$
  • d) Give to science
  • e) Write in ballot: ______________________

Drunken Beauty Tips, Part II

Now onto the most time-honored beer + beauty combo: the hair rinse!

image via Ayushveda.com

I know what you’re thinking. Why waste good beer on my hair? Beer’s only purpose in life is to live in my tummy and make me hilarious!

Well, beer is an excellent conditioner for dull hair. It contains several vitamins and proteins (and malts and hops) that help give your hair shine, softness, and volume! All that yeast in the beer you use will make your hair cuticles swell almost instantly. Pro tip: The darker the beer, the bigger the volume!

How to do it:

Quite simple!

-Open a can of beer, and let sit for an hour to let it go flat.
-Shampoo your hair as usual.
-Pour beer on your hair, making sure it has saturated from root to tip. Massage beer into scalp, and let it sit for two minutes.
-Rinse!
-You can condition your hair afterwards, but it’s not necessary. You’ll notice that your hair is bouncier, shinier, and clear of residue.

Even though I’ll smell like a hot mess alcoholic for a bit, I am very excited for the results this beer treatment will bring! Just ask hair Queen Catherine Zeta-Jones, who swears by it!

Get On The Shelf!

Have you ever wondered how hot new products make their way into the mainstream? Do they have more lucky stars? A fairy godmother? A few magic beans?

Actually, it’s quite simple. Every now and then, mega-companies like Walmart sponsor contests for worthy products to get on the shelf!¬†And it’s not just beauty products either, this is also for home appliances, electronics, toys, and gadgets of all sorts.

Starting today, you can vote for a variety of new products, including the one you think should get the chance to be sold at Walmart stores nationwide AND on Walmart.com!

Check them out at getontheshelf.com and cast your vote (lots of times) for your favorite product. What is getting my vote, you ask?

Easy. Purrrfect Bangs¬†(the bang trimming kit).¬†Click that (<—) link to vote!

Good luck, everyone!

The Bieb

We can ignore the fact that it’s Justin Bieber’s birthday, but we absolutely cannot ignore the huge contribution that he (and his stylist Vanessa Price) has made to the hair industry!

Relax. It's 18 now.

Call it what you will: The Bieber Shag, The Underage Combover, ¬†Bieber Layers, The $750 brushover, ¬†The Bieber Hair Helmet, Bieb Bangs — whatever! This cut is going down in HISTORY, alongside “The Rachel” and “The Posh Bob.”

What To Do When Your Hair Smells of Fart and Perfume?

This juicy little poetic detail from a product review was too funny to not explore further!

This is Bumble and Bumble’s new hair straightening treatment that claims to straighten and smooth hair and add shine for up to 30 shampoos. This product was JUST about to be added to my “Products We’re Excited For” list, until I started reading some reviews. I started on Sephora, because I had just gotten an email blast about this product.

“I noticed minor results, but my hair smells like f_rt and perfume (which I guess is how perm smells). not mad enough to get a refund, not good enough to buy again.” -sweetlola

And that, friends, is enough for me to not want to buy this product! I mean, I’m surrounded by the smell of fart all the time, thanks to my close proximity to a certain deteriorating coworker (70 years old and still farts like a junebug). Other reviews mention the same types of issues:

  • Bad smell
  • Product only works for a few days
  • Excessive blowdrying and flat ironing still needed
  • Perm-like bumps in hair
  • Pricey

Their print ad didn’t do much to convince me either.

Umm…is this the before or after?

Is the Colonial-Sister Wives look in again?

These photos are just creep me the f*ck out. Sorry, I can’t. I CAN’T!!!

There’s also a Bumble and Bumble Concen Straight (I also CAN’T with this stupid play on words!) treatment available at select salons. For “just” $275, you can get your hair done by a pro and then take home the products. Umm…no thanks. I’m doing just fine hunting Groupon for $99 Brazilian Blowouts…kthxbye!

Bumble and Bumble Concen Straight Hair Smoothing Treatment | $45 | http://www.sephora.com & in stores

Beauty Tips from the Capitol

Since “The Hunger Games” is taking over the world in just 52 days, it would behoove us all to strive to meet the Capitol’s demands for looking our best. Style icon and District 12 escort Effie Trinket takes the time to explain these things to us on the new (and Capitol approved) Web site Capitol Couture.

Effie also wants to make sure your nails will be on point. She’s released some nail tips and propaganda, and to no ones surprise, District 12 ranks last in terms of nail care. No offense to all you D-Twelvers, but maybe you’d all get some more Capitol love and tessarae if you just start acting like you care about yourselves. Coal mines or not, it is just rude to have dirty nails. RUDE.

To help with this, China Glaze will release a line of polishes themed to the movie soon, all Trinket-approved, I’m sure!

While we’re on the Hunger Games topic, make sure to head on over to Twitter and follow the hysterical @District12Diva, whose sarcastic and witty tweets about life in the Seam are sure to brighten even the darkest Panem day.

May everlasting beauty be ever in your favor!

The Hunger Games opens nationwide on March 23rd, 2012. All images via capitolcouture.pn

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