This fancy braided updo will certainly have people asking how you did it or complimenting you. Keep reading to find out how to do it!
As with all updos, you want to start off with having texture in your hair. If your hair is naturally curly or wavy, don't worry about this step. If you have straight hair like me, put in 5 or 6 tight braids in your hair overnight to give you some crazy texture that helps give volume to the bun and make it stay easier. Before starting the look make sure your hair is completely brushed out so you don't rip your hair while braiding. What you'll do is start with a small section above your ear (I did the right ear) and begin a french braid. On the top pieces you'll want to take strands from the front of your head to get all the hair above the braid incorporated into it. But, on the bottom you'll want to take pieces only from right under the braid because you'll need to leave hair under the braid. Continue the braid and slowly curve it down until you get to the base of your neck. Then, finish off the braid normally and tie it off with a clear elastic. Next, to make the base of the bun do a normal braid with the hair that isn't in the french braid and tie this off with a clear elastic as well. Wrap this braid around itself to make a bun. Use plenty of bobby pins to hold it in place. To finish the bun, take the other braid and wrap it around the bun and pin it in place. Spray with hairspray and your look is finished!
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L'Oreal Claims: "Total Repair 5 Restorative Dry Oil is a luxurious daily leave-in treatment that revitalizes hair from root to tip. This multi-tasking dry oil is so potent that it tames flyaways and infuses lasting, luminous shine. It’s weightless and non-greasy, so the formula is instantly absorbed"
On L'Oreal's Website: http://www.lorealparisusa.com/en/Products/Hair/Hair-Care/Treatments/Advanced-Haircare-Total-Repair-5-Multi-Restorative-Dry-Oil-34oz.aspx
How To Use
You can use this product on damp or dry hair. For damp (after shower) hair, spray through all the hair, concentrating it at the ends of your hair. On dry hair, use a little bit to add shine & smooth down fly-aways. This product is meant to be left in your hair.
How It Did
On dry hair I did notice that it helped calm down some fly aways that stick up on the top of my head. As for the fixing damaged hair, I also noticed it helped with that, but, I have been using it in combination with my Aussie Split End Protector. I think it's a nice product for curly or straight hair of all lengths. It's inexpensive & smells really good.
Products I Use
After I take a shower (whether the night before or morning of) I use my curl boosting mousse--to help my hair curl--before drying it. I sometimes use my Spongy Rollers to add some curl, see the post linked under the Spongy Rod Rollers to see how. To protect my hair from the heat of the curling iron, I spray my heat protectant all over my hair.
Now that my hair is prepped, I plug in my curling iron. The Conair You Curl has 4 heat settings (300, 330, 360 and 400 degrees) I like mine to be on 360 degrees. You won't need as high of a temperature if your hair curls easily. Then, I will sometimes clip up a layer of my hair to curl my hair in 2 parts. This part is optional.
To curl my hair, I grab a medium section of hair. You can choose to use more hair to create bigger curls, however, my hair doesn't hold bigger curls. I begin my curl a little higher than half way down the piece of hair and twist the hair around the barrel to the tip. I hold the piece for 5 to 8 seconds and let the piece go. I follow these steps for every chunk of hair. Once all the hair is curled I lightly mist it with my aerosol hair spray, and then do a more heavy-duty job with my non-aerosol hair spray.
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Size: 5 fl. oz. / 150 mL.
On Aussie's Website: https://www.aussie.com/en_US/hair-insurance-split-end-protector
This product comes in a short pump bottle. It comes out very easily and doesn't give you too much product when you use one pump.
How It Did
Only using this product twice made me notice less split ends. Now, this doesn't completely get rid of all your split ends, but, that really isn't possible. I was a little sceptical when I bought this and was worried it wouldn't do anything, but, I was wrong!
Will you be picking up this product?
Unfortunately for me, I have never had very soft hair. It's just not my hair type! I've tried all sorts of conditioners over the years; Lush, Garnier, Pantene, Paul Mitchell, Chi, Herbal Essences, Matrix, Aussie, Clear... nothing seemed to work!
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L'Oreal Claims: "Total Repair 5 Restoring Conditioner instantly and over time helps repair the five visible signs of damaged hair - split ends, weakness, roughness, dullness and dehydration - without weighing hair down. Clinically tested* *System of shampoo and conditioner tested for instant results + lasting transformation."
You know those conditioning treatments you get with hair dye from the drugstore? This is that (maybe even better) in a big bottle! I'm so happy I found this, because I loved the treatment that came with my two L'Oreal hair dyes.
This conditioner is the typical white, semi-thick formula. On my hair, I like to use a quarter size amount to get my hair silky & smooth. If your hair is already soft, you won't need to use as much as I do. I leave it in for 2-3 minutes and wash it out. I then dry my newly soft hair & style as usual!
I haven't tried the shampoo or the styling products from the line, but I would really like to! Will you be picking up this conditioner?
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Size: 8 fl. oz. / 236 mL.
On Aussie's Website: https://www.aussie.com/en_US/moist-3-minute-miracle-deeeeep-conditioner
Aussie's Claim: "Super deep conditioning for a seriously simple fix to dry, damaged hair. It's your own little wonder for any wrongdoing done to your 'do."
This deep conditioner comes in a container that doesn't have a lid that needs to be removed! There is a little hole in the bottom of the white lid that the product comes out of. However, the product does not just come out when it isn't squeezed, so that's good.
How It Did
Since I use heat on my hair almost everyday, my hair isn't the healthiest. Keeping this in mind, my results may differ from someone who already has pretty healthy, soft hair. After using this deep conditioner once, I did notice a difference in softness when my hair is completely detangled. However, it still feels the same as it did before when it isn't completely detangled. This is perfectly fine though, because, obviously no one's hair is super soft when it is tangled. Overall, I think it really did help my hair to be soft & at a cheap price.
How I Suggest Using It
I suggest using this product once a week. Using a deep conditioner too often will make your hair heavy & weighed down. Use a dime to quarter sized dot (depending on hair length & thickness) on wet, clean hair (so after you shampoo & wash it out). Focus the conditioner on the hair that isn't close to your scalp & avoid your roots. White roots need to be conditioned too, it can make your hair greasy. Leave this on for 3 minutes while you wash your body, wash your face, shave...etc. Then rinse it out and your good to go!
Will you be picking up this budget-friendly deep conditioner?
All the descriptions are the products in the photo from left to right.
Garnier Fructis Brilliantine Shine Glossing Spray: If you're hair is dull and has no shine...get this product. Get up right now, go to Target and get it! It makes your hair much more glossy & shiny, with one spray.
Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum: My #1 Holy Grail hair product. It helps you straighten your hair & keep it straight. It works great on people with super curly to naturally straight hair. It is a little bit pricey, however you barely need to use any because it is an oily product.
Spray Bottle of Water: Just an old heat tamer spray bottle that I filled with water. I use this if I'm chalking my hair, want braids to be wet so they will dry wavy...or whatever.