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OVERRATED VS. UNDERRATED: HAIRSPRAY EDITION

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OVERRATED VS. UNDERRATED: HAIRSPRAY EDITION

Everyone has different hair problems. Some deal with oily hair, some dry hair, some damaged hair, or some grey hairs (yikes). It’s important to find the products that works best for YOU rather than whatever the “it” product is at the moment, but of course the only way to find that is through experimentation! After years of trial and error, I found my go-to hairsprays that I’ve become very loyal to. Before I give my picks for most overrated and underrated hairspray, I want to share what I look for in my hairspray so you can evaluate whether these products are what you’re looking for. First off, I would describe my hair type as long, thick, and oily (and by oily I mean vs. having dry hair). I mainly use hairspray for the purpose of frizz-ease. I like to wear my hair with my natural waves, and hairspray is a great way to calm my hair down and let me wear it naturally without doing much work. It’s an easy, effortless look in which hairspray plays a large roll in. That being said, it’s an added bonus when a hairspray is multi-purposeful and adds liftshine, and holds my hair in place, so when I try out different products I look for one that gives me these benefits as well! Here are my picks my most overrated and underrated hairsprays: 

OVERRATED: L'Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray

It’s all over every social media outlet with celebrities like Kim Kardashian claiming they love it, but I don’t know if L'Oreal Paris is just shoving out millions of bucks towards product placement or what, but I am NOT a fan of L'Oreal’s Elnett. I started seeing all these ads and magazine articles about this new miracle hairspray that’s supposed to be “the best kept secret for gorgeous hair” so I had to see what all the hype was out. I must say that I was severely disappointed. From the awful old school hairspray smell to the actual hold, it didn’t live up to my expectations. Also, one of the promises is that it’s “so fine, it disappears at the stroke of a brush” in which I’m calling BS! It makes my hair feel tangled, rough, and extremely dry. Don’t believe me? Go ahead and try it on your own, but be ready to shove out 14 bucks for a drugstore product. If you want to try this product out on your own, I recommend getting it at Amazon for half the cost

UNDERRATED: Garnier Fructis Flexible Control Anti-Humidity Aerosol Hairspray

LOVE IT! This is a MUST HAVE and might I add super affordable hairspray. Like I said above, this hairspray really does reduce my frizz (one less product I have to buy woo), but I also love that it doesn’t weigh down my hair. It gives me everything I am looking for in a hairspray for an unbeatable price. I mean, can you really go wrong with a product you can get for under 4 bucks at CVS

UNDERRATED: Oscar Blandi Lacca Hairspray For Volume, Hold, and Shine 

This is the first product I’ve tried from the Oscar Blandi line, and I’m officially obsessed. What makes it so great is the ingredients used in it including sugar creating it anti-static effect. I LOVE using this hairspray after I straighten my hair to add just a little lift at the root, especially at the crown on my head. Some might not like the distinct honeysuckle scent of the product, but I happen to like it and get tons of compliments for it. The downfall? I would say the price. It is pricier than your average hairspray, but I do love that it’s a unisex product that men can use as well, so think of it as half the price? There are all different sizes of this hairspray too which makes it great for travel or to just throw in your purse/clutch. You can get this and other great products apart of the Oscar Blandi line (like dry shampoo!) and Sephora.

What’s YOUR favorite hairspray?

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DIY HAIR TRENDS: SLICKED BACK CHIC

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DIY HAIR TRENDS: SLICKED BACK CHIC

How many times have you gotten ready to go out and were so frustrated with your hair, just wanted to put it up, and not deal with it, but you couldn’t figure out how to and still look cute? Being that it happens to me hmm maybe twice a weekend, I decided to follow a common Hollywood trend of slicking my hair back. Here are a few different ways it’s being done:

SLICKED BACK AND DOWN: Megan Fox at the MTV Movie Awards looking greasy fab

SLICKED BACK PONYTAIL: Beyonce on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK (P.S How AMAZING is her navy blue eye shadow?! Watch the behind the scenes footage of this shoot here)

SLICKED BACK BUN: Kim Kardashian on virtually every red carpet event these days from her endorsement launches to the Teen Choice Awards (notice how you can go from elegant to fun with this look just by the height placement of the bun)

For starters, NOT a fan of the way Megan Fox did the slicked back look. It looks like she hasn’t showered in days or decided to put oil randomly on the top of her head, but I must say props to her- she is probably the only woman in America who can wear her hair like that and still look stunning. #notfair

If you decide to rock this look, stick to the bottom two. Beyonce and Kim are just two of many who have been slicking their hair back these days. My favorite part about this is how much it brings out your face. By slicking your hair back, you’re bringing a lot more attention to your face, in a good way of course, but here’s a tip:

  • For those of you who aren’t a fan of the hair line on your forehead, you can still wear this look! Just wear your hair the way Beyonce has it in the Harper’s Bazaar picture. By parting your hair down the middle and tightly pulling it back, your disguising your hair line by covering up all those little hairs that just won’t stay down.
  • For those of you who have a more defined hair line on your forehead, I definitely recommend wearing it like Kim. It’s the best way to accentuate your BEST facial features.

P.S I don’t know if anyone else has noticed this, but who else loves Kim K’s hair line? Are celebs just born without baby hairs? #poweroflaserhairremoval

What’s YOUR fav slicked back hair look?

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DIY HAIR TRENDS: BRAIDED UP

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DIY HAIR TRENDS: BRAIDED UP

One of my favorite hair trend is anything and everything with braids. It’s so simple and can make an entire look so much more fashion forward. I love that it exudes effortless style and so easy to do yourself! Although the braid trend has been around forever, it’s evolved significantly. Who can forget the Lauren Conrad braid from The Hills days?! I love that you can wear the braid messy or tight/sleek-either way is super trendy and goes with relatively any look. Celebs have really taken the trend to new heights: 

I love how Rachel McAdams used a bold lip while Mary Kate Olsen went with a nude and both colors worked perfectly with the braid. Of all the braid looks, I do have one have one favorite. I think it’s because it is simple to do as opposed to some of the fancy shmancy ones seen above. Here it is: 

I love how Blake Lively added a twist to the sleeked back hair look by not just pulling it back into a pony tail and adding a braid. Think there is no way you could ever get your hair to look like this? You’re wrong- it’s simple! Just follow these step:

  1. Put your hair back in a tight high pony tail. I think higher the better. It’s not like you’re going to leave it just hanging like that anyways. 
  2. Try to get rid of all the fly away baby hairs with the products of your preference. I use hair spray and a comb. It looks better without pinning it down with bobby pins (leave the bobby pin messy look for another braid experiment).
  3. Braid your pony tail with whatever braid type you desire- go crazy and have fun with it! I like normal english braids for this specific look, but I’ve seen it done with a fishtail braid too. 
  4. Depending on the outfit, make the braid as tight or loose as you want. Being that the top of the hair is so sleeked back, I prefer somewhat looser braids, but tight ones look great as well!

So the next time you’re doing your hair, can’t figure out what to do with it, and want to try something different, throw a braid in it. It may be out of your comfort zone, but who cares if none of your friends are doing it? Be the first and start the trend! You may surprise yourself with a fun, new look that you love.

Do YOU like braids in your hair? What’s your favorite braid do?

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