Showing posts with label Featured Accessories. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Featured Accessories. Show all posts

May 24, 2017

Easy Fishtail Braid Hack! Snap Braid Half Up Hair Tutorial

Snap braid video tutorial. French fishtail braid hack!

Have you struggled with learning how to french fishtail braid? Or dislike how long these intricate braids can take to create? Then you will love this braiding hack!

For today's hair tutorial we are showing a braiding tool called the "snap braid." We found ours a few years ago on Amazon (affiliate.)  This tool is great for creating half up fishtail hairstyles (as shown)  or full length fishtail braids.

Snap Braid Half Up Fishtail Braid Hairstyle Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Fishtail braids have gained popularity over the years and are "on trend" with braided hairstyles in general.  Of course, this braid can be made to look tight and neat, or a little more loose and messy. If you have wavy or curly hair, I think this style would look so beautiful and more textured / voluminous. We are loving the carefree boho look of this braid.

How to french fishtail braid cheat!  Snap braid tool.

Supplies needed to recreate this look:
  • A "snap braid" braiding tool (affiliate.) 
  • If you are making a full length braid, you will need a hair tie or elastic to tie the braid off at the end.
  • Finishing hair spray, gel, etc.
Although this method is very easy and fairly quick, it does have a few cons: We noticed that even though we were strategically placing the hair to try and cover the tool, it did end up showing through in a few spots. Also, as you are bringing in each piece, you need to be careful not to add any hair where the tool snaps together at each end, or it will not stay clamped.  And although it was effortless for us to remove this tool at the end of the day, my daughter's hair is very straight and naturally smooth. I could see that if your hair has more texture to it, it could easily get tangled when you go to take it out.  With that said, we love how this braid looked, how simple and quick it was to create, and will be using it again.
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Feb 15, 2017

Belle Hairstyle Tutorial, Beauty And The Beast Inspired

Belle Hair Tutorial, Beauty and the Beast inspired. Video instructions.
This Belle hair tutorial is inspired by Disney's new "Beauty And The Beast."  A beautiful half up hairstyle which is worn with the gorgeous yellow ball gown in the dancing scene with the Beast.

We are so excited for the new live action Beauty and the Beast Disney movie coming out on March 17, 2017. And we could not wait to film this hair tutorial! We have loved watching Emma Watson for years and think she will make the perfect Belle. (Our favorite Disney Princess!)

Belle Hair Tutorial, Elegant Half Up Bun Hairstyle: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



Before filming this tutorial, we tried searching the internet for a clear picture of this hairstyle from an actual movie still shot, but were unsuccessful. (We only found blurry pics from the side or front and a very quick flash of the style in the official trailer.) So, this is our perceived rendition and not an exact replica.  Based off of the animated movie and books, seeing Belle at Disneyland, etc...  we know her classic style is a half up with curls, with some type of bun in the back, possibly featuring a yellow ribbon or gold hair accessory of some sort. Of course, although our minor details may not be spot on with the new movie, this hairstyle will definitely pass for Belle!  We can't wait to see the actual authentic details when we go watch this in the theater next month! 

Gorgeous Belle hair tutorial. Half up bun hairstyle from Beauty and the Beast.

Beauty and the Beasty hairstyle tutorial. Emma Watson (Disney Belle) inspired.

This hairstyle is fairly easy to make (for a Disney Princess hairstyle) and would be great to go with a Princess Belle Halloween costume, a day at Disneyland or Disney world, a Disney Princess party, watching the Beauty and the Beast movie premiere, etc.

Supplies needed to recreate this glamorous hairstyle: 
  • 3 small or medium hair elastics
  • Several bobby pins
  • Finishing hair spray
  • To create the voluminous bun for this style, we used our "Hollywood Half Up" accessory made by Scunci.  When we saw this tool at Walmart, we thought it would be perfect for helping to create Belle's hairstyle and it really was simple to use.  We have an older Belle hair tutorial showing another idea for making the bun from several years ago if you want to check that out. This Bell hairstyle could also be created by following the first few steps shown in our video, and then making a regular twisted, braided, or messy bun with the half ponytail and tying a yellow ribbon around it, or adding a gold clip or barrette (instead of using a bun maker like we did.) 
  • The ringlet curls cascading underneath the bun were created using our 3/4 inch curling iron, starting at the the root.
  • A topsy tail (affiliate) is optional for creating this hairstyle, but does make it easier and can be used for many other styles as well. These can be found online and in some stores that sell hair accessories. 

Browse our Disney Princess Hairstyles playlist. We have renditions of hairstyles for Jasmine, Elsa, Anna, Cinderella & Aurora!
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Jul 20, 2016

Hair Brush Straightener Review

Hairbrush straightener review. Tested on naturally wavy, curly, frizzy hair.

Today we are reviewing the "Simply Straight" hair brush straightener (as seen on TV.)  We saw a commercial for this product quite awhile ago and have been wanting to try it ever since.  Then a few months ago we noticed that it was available at our local Walmart, so we went ahead and purchased it.

We are testing this heated brush on naturally wavy, slightly curly, color treated, fairly thick, and generally frizzy hair.  I allowed my hair to air dry after washing it and did not add any hair products except for heat protectant before using (to see what this brush could do on its own.)

Hair Brush Straightener Video Review: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



As shown in our video, this product did mostly straighten my hair, but left it frizzy looking and not completely smooth.  Although It was fun, fairly quick, and easy to use, I felt that I needed to touch up my hair with a curling iron or flat iron afterwards to make it look presentable.... which kind of defeats the purpose.

On the box, this product claims to be "safe and gentle" with "salon quality results."  I can agree that this would probably cause less damage than a flat iron, since your hair isn't being completely flattened between two hot plates giving direct heat, but heat is still being applied (up to 450 degrees) so I can guess that damage will still occur while using this brush.  As with any heated tool, I would suggest using heat protectant, and to only use it occasionally. Also, we were not able to achieve salon quality results in my opinion. 

I could see this being useful if you wanted to quickly straighten your hair before finishing with a curling iron or flat iron to smooth things out completely (as shown in the bottom photo below.)

Naturally curly hair, before hair brush straightener.

Results after using hair brush straightener.

Hair brush straightener results, after touching up with curling iron.

There are several brands of these ceramic electric brushes available and I have only tried "simply straight." Some others I have heard of are: DAFNI, Apalus, Jouvelle, Femjolie, Uspicy, Conair, Chi, Vega, FHI, and Avon.  The simply straight brush was priced at around $40.  The other brands I have seen range from $19 to over $200.
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May 18, 2016

Fancy Fishtail Kit Hair Tutorial, Fishtail Braid With Beads

Goody Fancy Fishtail Braid Kit, Video Tutorial

We recently purchased a "Fancy Fishtail Kit" (made by Goody) and thought it was so fun, we decided to do a tutorial with it.  My daughter wears fishtail braids to school quite often, but loves the subtle style and flair these beads add to the braid.  On top of that, this tool is so much quicker for her than creating a regular fishtail braid (which can be quite time consuming on long hair) and on school mornings, she is all about quick!

Fishtail Braid With Beads, Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



This hairstyle would be great for all ages... teens, little girls, even moms.  I could also see this working for casual as well as formal occasions.  The braid itself is quite standard, but the beads give it more of a glamorous look, which would be pretty for Prom, Homecoming, church, recitals, weddings, etc.  You can choose to leave the braid sleek and neat looking, or stretch it out and deconstruct it a bit for more of a relaxed, trendy, and voluminous look. 

My daughter was at school the day I had time to film this tutorial, but we wanted to show you what this looks like on real human hair. I think it's so pretty!

Fancy fishtail braid with beads, video tutorial.  Easy.

This braid can be created on the side (as shown) or in the low center.  Of course, this could also be placed in a high ponytail if you prefer, or even made as a half up hairstyle or wrapped into a bun.

This will work best with medium length or long hair and would be adorable with curly or wavy hair as well as straight. If your hair is longer than the tool,  you can extend the braid all the way to the end of your ponytail with a regular fishtail braid if you prefer, or you can stop at the last bead like we did.

As mentioned in our video, this kit comes in several different colors.  I have seen the beads in silver, gold, and black.  I tried searching online for a link to this kit and did not find it, even on Amazon (I think it is too new.)  But, it can be found in most discount and drug stores (we purchased ours at Walmart.) I am including a picture of the packaging (below) so that you can hopefully find if it if you are wanting one.

Goody fancy fishtail kit, video instructions.

Easy fishtail braid with beads tutorial
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Mar 23, 2016

Waterfall Braid Maker Tutorial & Review

Waterfall braid maker review and tutorial. Made by Conair.

This week we are trying out the "waterfall braid maker" by Conair.  We noticed this product a few months ago while browsing the "hair aisle" at Walmart and were immediately intrigued.  I know there are many people who struggle with making the waterfall braid, and I was curious to see how helpful this would be.  After quickly looking over the instructions on the back of the package at the store, I was thinking it looked pretty overwhelming and overly complicated... but decided to give it a try. After some trial and error (and almost and hour later) I did finally figure out how to use this tool! And as you can see, it does make a pretty braid.

Waterfall braid maker review and tutorial.

I decided to do a step by step tutorial showing how to use this product, along with a review (for those of you who are visual learners like me.) Maybe between our video tutorial and the written instructions on the package, you will have an easier time figuring this out than I did!  ;)  Enjoy!!

Waterfall Braid Maker Tutorial and Review: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



*Link to our video tutorial showing a regular waterfall braid without using this tool: Waterfall braid hairstyle.

*The "waterfall braid maker" on Amazon. (Affiliate.) This can also be found in stores, including Walmart & Target.
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Dec 16, 2015

Pinwheel Bun Shortcut Tutorial

Pinwheel bun shortcut hair tutorial. Quick and easy!

Today we are showing a quick and easy "hack" for creating one of our all time favorite hairstyles, the "pinwheel bun." My daughter loves to wear the pinwheel bun to dance class and occasionally to school or church. But, the one complaint we have with our original method is that it can be quite time consuming.  Not to mention, it is a bit of a hassle to take the bun down when you are done wearing it.  This new variation (shown in our video today) is quick, easy, and comes out effortlessly when you are done.

The idea for this "shortcut" came to us a few months ago when my daughter had a dance competition and we were using "the perfect bun" to make her standard performance hairstyle (shown in our latest tutorial.) We wondered how the bun would turn out if we braided her hair first, and loved that the end result looked almost identical to a braided variation of the pinwheel bun (also known as the "bun of braids.")

Easy updo tutorial. Pinwheel bun shortcut.

Of course, there are several variations of the pinwheel that can be created using this technique.  If you want the bun to be more of a twisted texture (like the original) I would suggest utilizing twist braids (or rope braids) instead of standard 3 strand braids in your ponytail.  You could really do any type of braids you want for many different options and variations of this updo.

Pinwheel Bun Shortcut Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



As mentioned in our video, the number of braids you will need to cover the bun foundation is going to depend on your specific hair texture and length.  The longer your hair is, the more times the braids will be wrapping around the foundation to provide more coverage.... so you will need less.  And obviously, thicker hair is going to cover more of the surface area, which means less braids will be needed as well.  If your hair is on the thinner side, I would suggest stretching the braids out before you wrap them up to help cover more area.  Also, if you find a "perfect bun maker" close to the color of hair you are working with, it's not going to matter as much if some of it shows through.

Supplies needed to recreate this bun:
  • 2 ponytail holders or hair elastics
  • Alligator clip or temporary hair ties to keep the braids from unraveling while you work.
  • Several bobby pins
  • A bun foundation as shown in our video. The one we used is called "the perfect bun" and can be found online or in stores. (affiliate.)
  • Finishing hairspray (optional)

This bun would be a great hairstyle for dance, gymnastics, ballet, figure skating and sports, or for formal events such as prom, homecoming, weddings, holidays, and church.
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Sep 30, 2015

Disney's Descendents Hairstyle Tutorial - Evie

Disney Descendants Hairstyle Tutorial

Our hair tutorial this week (and our first Halloween Hairstyle of the season) is inspired by a fun style we saw on Disney's new show "Descendants" which was worn by "Evie" ie Sofia Carson.

In the original style, Evie is wearing a blue/purple woven or braided headpiece (which sort of resembles a crown or tiara) sitting atop her classic dark blue hair.  We wanted to create a DIY of something similar, as well as something simple and inexpensive for anyone who is planning on dressing up as Evie for Halloween... or for anyone else just because it's a cute style!

Descendants "Evie" Hairstyle Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)



P.S. If you are wanting to make some curls or waves to go with your headpiece (like Evie is wearing) feel free to watch our curling wand tutorial.

Evie Hairstyle and Headpiece Tutorial From Descendants

As shown in our video tutorial (above) we braided our headpiece right into "the Princess's" hair.  This is not actually necessary.  If your hair is too short, or if you would rather make the headpiece on its own and bobby pin it into place, you definitely can.  We just thought it would be a fun way to keep the headpiece in place without having to use bobby pins or clips and worry about it falling out while trick-or-treating!  

Halloween Hairstyle, Evie from Disney's Descendants

You may have noticed in our photos and video that we are showing 2 different ways to finish this style.  Depending on your personal preference, you can either leave the braids sitting on top of the hair (as shown above) or you can drape some hair over the back/center of the headpiece to hide the elastic and give the hairstyle more of an authentic look to the original style (shown below.)

DIY Halloween Hairstyle and Headpiece from Descendants (Sofia Carson)

Evie hairstyle for halloween

Supplies needed to recreate this look:
  • Ribbon: We found the 2 rolls of ribbon shown in our tutorial at our local craft store in the discount bin for 50 cents each.  You can really use any ribbon you want, but I would suggest finding some that is around 1/2 inch thick to easily create the "point" in the front of the headpiece. We used around 3 feet of each roll.
  • If you have beads, you could thread the beads onto the ribbon and randomly add them throughout the braid for added bling and sparkle. 
  • If you really want to make this hairstyle authentic, you could actually dye or spray your hair dark blue! Or you could look for a blue wig, which would be less messy.  ;)
  • Curling iron/wand or other curling method if you are wanting curls.
  • 1 medium/clear elastic.
  • Finishing hair spray (optional)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
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Oct 1, 2014

Genie Hairstyle, Halloween Hairstyles

A fun genie ponytail and DIY headpiece

Genie hairstyle tutorial, Halloween Hairstyles

Now that October is here, we are super excited to kick off our Halloween Hairstyles tutorial series today with a cute genie hairstyle and DIY veil / headpiece!  Anyone planning on being a Genie for Halloween? 

genie high ponytail and veil tutorial

Did you watch "I dream of Jeannie" back in the day?  I sure did! You may remember that Jeannie wore her hair like this, but with a thick braid wrapped around the base of the ponytail (in front of the fabric ponytail holder.) You could easily add a braid to this style if you want more of an "I dream of Jeannie" look!  If your hair is not long enough or thick enough to do that, I have also seen synthetic braided ponytail holders which would slip right over the top of the ponytail and save you some stress.

Genie costume headpiece tutorial

This costume accessory and hairstyle could work for a "generic genie" as well as a Jasmine inspired Disney Princess costume.  Of course, you can use any color of fabric you like.  I would recommend finding fabric which is sheer and quite thin, as it will look more authentic and will lay nicer.  ;)  If you want to get creative, you can embellish this look by adding beads, glitter, sequins, or other fancy d├ęcor to your finished design!

Easy Genie Hairstyle Tutorial

This high ponytail hairstyle and "genie ponytail holder" are both super easy to make.  No sewing is involved here, and the ponytail of course is nothing extravagant.  Now all you need is a cute Genie costume to go with your hairstyle!

Supplies Needed:
  • 1 strip of fabric, approximately 2 inches wide by 5 ft long
  • 1 rectangle piece of fabric, approximately 2ft x 3ft
  • Scissors
  • 1 empty toilet paper (or paper towel) tube 
  • 2 small safety pins (or a hot glue gun)
  • 1 hair elastic for the ponytail
  • curling iron or wand (optional)

Genie Hairstyle and DIY Headpiece Video Tutorial: (Click here to watch the video directly on YouTube.)


Still looking for Halloween costume and hairstyle ideas? Click here to browse our Halloween Hairstyles playlist on YouTube which includes several Disney Princess hairstyles from Frozen (Elsa and Anna,) Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, How To Train Your Dragon 2, and more!
 
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Jan 8, 2014

Easy Hairstyles, Braid Wrapped Messy Bun

A Quick, Easy, And Cute Bun!
easy and cute braid wrapped messy bun

It's always nice to have a few quick and easy hairstyle ideas on hand. And this hair tutorial (below) shows how to make the easiest bun ever!  I'm loving the different textures in this style.  Mixing curls with braids always seems to turn out cute.

This bun would be great for many occasions:  Dance, ballet, figure skating, cheerleading, sports, recitals, communions, baptisms, weddings, school, church.... any occasion really. Maybe even a cute Valentine's Day Hairstyle!  The best part is that it literally only takes a few minutes to complete. 
 
braid wrapped messy bun hair tutorial

We love the effortless look of a messy bun, but as the princess's hair has gotten longer... making a messy bun is sometimes not so effortless! In fact, a messy bun usually takes us longer than most other types of buns (which kind of defeats the whole purpose.)  So, as you will see in this tutorial, we have "cheated" just a little bit.  ;)  We went a different route and used a hairpiece  to help form the bun! I know some people don't like the thought of  using "fake hair" and it can seem a little strange if you really think about it.  But, since purchasing our "hair twister" from Sally Beauty Supply, we have used it time and time again. It is just so quick and easy, looks great, is non damaging to your hair, and no one really knows it isn't your real hair anyway.  The Princess and I tend to use ours a lot on mornings when our hair isn't looking so great and we don't have time to deal with it..... 9:00 A.M. church comes to mind!

Of course, you can easily use this "fake hair" to form a standard bun or half up bun without the braid wrapped around it.  We wanted to add the braid to make it a little bit more unique.  We have also done this same style with a rope braid wrapped around the bun, as well as a four strand.  Both variations turned out super cute.

Supplies needed:
  • 1 medium sized hair elastic/ponytail holder
  • 1 small clear elastic
  • Several bobby pins
  • 1 hairpiece (shown in our video below.)  The one we purchased came from Sally Beauty Supply and is called a "hair twister"  I believe it was around $3-$4.  I have also seen them at Walmart and various drug stores. 
Braid Wrapped Messy Bun Video Tutorial:  (Click here to watch this tutorial directly on YouTube if you are using a mobile device and can not view the video from our site.)


I think the key to making this look as natural as possible is matching your real hair up to the hair piece as best as you can.  I would recommend taking the person you are going to be using this for with you to the store when you buy it, so that you can match it closely to the natural hair color you will be working with.
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Jul 12, 2012

DIY And Crafts - Pop Tab Headband

A cute headband made from soda can pop tabs and ribbon!
pop tab headband with ribbon
We saw a neat video on Pinterest a few months ago showing how to make a pop tab bracelet. The video (which is in Spanish) can be found here: pop tab bracelet video  After watching the tutorial, we had an idea to try and make a pop tab headband. We love how the headband turned out and had so much fun making it that we wanted to share with you!      
pop tab headband and fishbone braid
Pop Tab Headband With Fishtail Braid
After looking around on Youtube, we have found tons and tons of videos showing various "pop can crafts" and tutorials for making all types of jewelry and other items. It seems you can make almost anything out of pop tabs! We have actually made several headband variations and hair accessories since we filmed this video (even a cute pop tab flower headband!) If you like to craft, and have pop can tabs on hand.... the possibilities really are endless. If you have some time to search through Youtube, you will see what I mean! 
diy soda tab headband
This is a great craft project for kids as well.  The princess has been making what she calls "pop bracelets" as well as this darling pop tab belt!  The only problem we have found is finding enough pop tabs to keep up with her.  ;)
pop tab ribbon belt
It's always fun to upcycle, or turn "trash" into "treasure." ;)  I also love that this project is quite inexpensive as you don't need many supplies or any glue for these headbands.

The supplies you will need:
  • 7-8 ft length of ribbon
  • Approx 45 pop tabs
  • 2 small safety pins (You could also use a sewing needle, but I find the safety pins are better since they won't fall off.)
  • Scissors
  • Approx 20 minutes

Pop Tab Headband Instructions:


Of course, we would love to see pictures of your pop tab creations on our facebook page!

PS:  We have had quite a few requests/Youtube comments asking for a tutorial on the hairstyle shown at the very end of this video.  We will do our best to get to it soon.  ;)
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Nov 4, 2011

Fishtail Braid Headband Hairstyle, Dancing With The Stars

Quick and Easy Hairstyles: Fishtail Braid Headband Cheat

fish braid headbandWe have done a few hairstyles in the past using the Princess's actual hair to make a braided headband. These are some of our favorite styles and I love the look of braids crossing over her cute head! I do realize though, that fairly long hair is needed to create a style like that and it can be difficult for some to arrange the braids (and keep them in place throughout the day.) This is a fun cheat!

We purchased this cute fish tail aka fish bone / herringbone braided headband at "Sally Beauty Supply." I believe it is synthetic hair. The brand is Bellissima and is part of the "Dancing With The Stars" hair collection. I'm sure similar headbands can be found in most stores that carry hair accessories, or at Amazon here: Braided Headband

This headband can be incorporated into many hairstyles as an accent to add an adorable bohemian, hippie look. This "cheat" is so much easier and faster than braiding your own hair and can work even if you have short hair! My daughter has been wearing this non stop since we got it. I think it's one of our favorite accessories!


This has been great for us on school mornings... a 5 minute, easy hairstyle. ;) I actually have worn it myself a few times as well! It can work for every age (girls, tweens, teens, and adults) every hair type, and every hair length!

*This is not a sponsored post. We purchased the headband and thought it was so cute, we just wanted to share.
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May 30, 2011

French Fish Braid Hairstyle, Side Swept

The Sideways Fishtail Braid

We posted a picture of this side swept french fish bone braid here on our blog and on one of our hairstyle ideas videos on Youtube awhile ago. Since then we have received request after request for a video tutorial. Well, here we are almost 2 years later finally getting around to it! :)

This unique looking hairdo is actually pretty easy and uncomplicated (although it is a little more time consuming than a regular french braid.) It also takes a bit to get used to making the braid sideways instead of up and down.

sideways french fish braid
french fishtail braidFor me, this braid is easier to make with wet hair (since the princess's hair is naturally so straight and tends to get flyaways while dry.) But, depending on the hair texture you are working with, you may want to try it dry. If you have naturally curly hair, this would look adorable done with a more tousled, dry, beachy, look. Just do what works best for you!

herringbone braid
fabric flower headbandAnd here's the video tutorial some of you have been asking for..... finally!


Btw, did you notice the adorable headband and flower accessories in these hairstyle pictures? I'm participating in a 3 part series of posts called "Mums The Word-But I Just Gotta Tell Ya" for All Things Ribbon. The fun mom (Jen) over at AllThingsRibbon.com sent myself and 2 of my hair blogging friends (Girly Dos and Babes In Hairland) these darling mums. Each of us are taking a day to post a hairstyle using her adorable creations! I can't wait to see what the other 2 hair bloggers come up with and will add links from this post when they get their hairstyles up so that you can see them too! You may also want to join All Things Ribbon on Facebook where you can keep up with Jen's latest creations and great deals!!

Update:
To see what Girly Do's did with these adorable mums, go check out her triangle curls!
And, click here to see Babes In Hairland cute Figure 8 Braid Side Pony!
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May 11, 2011

HANAair Professional Hair Dryer Review

I don't do a lot of product reviews on this hair blog (mainly for lack of time.) But, I couldn't pass this one up! I've been using the same hair dryer for years and it's pretty much on it's last leg. A common occurrence (while using my old dryer) is to be about halfway done drying my hair when it overheats and shuts off! I just really don't have time for it most mornings and it's becoming a huge pain. (I won't mention which brand it is, but I think it cost around $15 at Walmart if that tells you anything.) So.... when I was contacted by Misikko to give this Professional Hana Hair Dryer a try, of course I said yes. I have used several Hair Straighteners from this same brand, so I know how great their products are.

This hair dryer is nothing like my old one. It's probably not even a fair comparison. But, so far I love it so much more.
professional hair dryer reviewMy favorite features are the adjustable heat and air settings. It has 3 heat settings, 2 fan settings and a cold shot button. I don't blow dry my daughter's hair very often, but when I do... she really doesn't like the heat. So the lowest heat setting is perfect for her. I (on the other hand) need some heat to help flatten and straighten my frizzy hair. :)

hanaair hair dryer
From the Misikko website: "This dryer has been Salon tested and Salon recommended since its inception. Inspired by Italian design, the combination of HANAair's strongest AC motor along with its tourmaline lined ceramic heater will dry your hair up to 60% faster maintaining natural shine while promoting healthy luxurious hair."

I wanted to test this dryer out to see if it really would dry my hair faster than my old store brand. My old blow dryer took just under 15 minutes to completely dry my hair.

I was almost shocked at how powerful this dryer was the first time I tried it. It really blows! :) And yes, it was much quicker- only taking 6 minutes!

The Pros:
  • Quick drying time
  • Long cord
  • Adjustable heat settings
  • Great quality
  • Ionic heat that is supposed to be healthier for your hair
  • The weight and feel of the dryer
The Cons:
  • Price. This hair dryer is on sale right now for $194.99. I'm a frugal person, so I would have a hard time paying that for a hair dryer. I'm thinking you would need to look at this as an investment in something that would outlast and outperform the cheaper products available and eventually pay for itself over time.
So overall, would I recommend this dryer? Definitely yes!

*I was provided a hair dryer for this review by Misikko.com. No other compensation was exchanged. The opinions expressed are my own.
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Mar 23, 2011

Quick Hairstyle | Woven Half Ponytail

A Fancy Half Ponytail

This is the first of several quick and easy hairstyles we'll be posting using a flexi clip. Of course if you don't have a flexi clip, you could accomplish this same woven look with a barrette or a variety of other hair accessories.

This would be a great hairstyle for school mornings since it can be done in under 2 minutes! We just wanted something simple, but unique and pretty at the same time.

fancy woven half ponytailI'm thinking this half-up hair style would be cute for teens, tweens, girls and moms. ;) You could maybe even wear this to a dance or other special occasion of you wanted to.

The video tutorial:


We found the clip used in this video at Lilla Rose. It's a size "extra small" if that helps.
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Dec 1, 2010

Ribbon Braid Design - Scunci Design Weaver

So, we recently got a new "hairstyling toy" from Hair Flair Boutique called the Design Weaver (made by Scunci.) The package includes a hair weaving tool (similar to a plastic needle) and 4 colored ribbons that look a lot like tulle or netting, but glide smoothly through braids and hair.

The weaving tool that comes in this package is nice because the eye is much larger than a regular craft needle (making it easier to thread hair and ribbons through.) If you wanted to do something like this woven basket hairstyle or this quick woven ponytail the weaving tool would really come in handy. :)

These aren't available in stores yet and can only be purchased online. If you click here: Design Weaver it will take you to Amazon, where they are available to purchase.
scunci design weaverAs you can see, we've been having lots of fun with this! This wrapped around french braid ribbon design is just one of many hairstyles we've created using this new tool. The Princess has asked for ribbons in her hair almost every day since we got our design weaver package! We'll probably be posting a few more hairstyles we have done with this in the near future, but I won't bore you with all of them. Lets just say, the possibilities are endless! wrap around french braidThis kind of reminds me of a hairstyle you might see at a renaissance faire or festival. renaissance braiding A fun, colorful, princessy version of a side swept ribbon french braid.....renaissaince hairstyle And this is a more elegant, sophisticated, subtle version of basically the same hairstyle......
elegant ribbon braid We also did a french braid going up the back of her head (with the black ribbon) and a messy bun for church. It was gorgeous, but unfortunately I didn't take any pics that day. Anyway, just an idea if you wanted something more elegant or an updo for a teen or tween.
ribbon french braid
ribbon braiding And here are the video instructions to create this fun hair style:

The princess really loved his hairdo. :)
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