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Three ways to wear a Bandana

Hello everyone,

I have finally got a bandana! You have no idea how excited I am for this – I no longer have to wear toilet roll in my hair to pretend I’m some 80s punk-rock chick. I found this amazing seller on Ebay that sells these gorgeous hair ties for a reasonable price, so if you’re looking to purchase one take a look at the shop here. Once I have worn this one a few time, I’ll definitely be going back there for more… they are soo nice!

Anyway, since getting the bandana, I have discovered some other ways to wear it other than in your hair. Check them out and let me know what you think…

1. In your hair

Here I have done a quick up do to demonstrate how to tie a bandana into your hair. I feel as though this look doesn’t have to be the neatest  of looks. You can pull up your hair in a ponytail, bun or wrap and then wrap your bandana around your head, carefully twisting it into a knot at the top. I love how quirky this look is and how easy and fast it is to do. Very simple yet very effective.

2. Around your neck

I think this is such a funky way to wear a bandana. Since my friend introduced me to this style I have been completely in love. It adds that extra something to any outfit, especially if you’re wearing a low cut top, it really shows off this accessory. I think it looks super cool with a necklace on underneath it too.

3. On your wrist

This is something that the 80s fashion introduced me to. They were very much into wrapping as much around your wrist as you can (my style influence here obviously being Madonna). I think it looks quite boho and would look super cute in the summer paired with some denim jeans.

Let me know what you think of these three ways to wear a bandana and if you have styled it in any other way let me know in the comments section below!

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Hairdo | Review

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I have evolved!

I have been wanting this with my hair for around three or so years now and have never been brave enough to do it. I have no idea where from, but I found some courage in the new year and booked in at the hairdressers for a colour. Yes, I do not trust myself to dye my own hair ^_^ I think I would have ended up with an orange face!

I have never had my hair coloured properly before. Once I had blonde streaks put in, but I was around 12 years old and it was very natural looking so there wasn’t too much to worry about. Then a few years later I went black, or dark brown, when I hit that ’emo’ stage. I think everyone sees this stage in their rebellious, early teenage years. It lasted a couple of months and I quickly grew out of it.

Since then, all of my dyed hair had grown out and so I decided to go for this orangy-red ombre look.

Now I know what a lot of you are thinking… this is nothing to do with the death of David Bowie. However three years ago, I was still obsessed and wanted to dye my hair orange because of him. I looked online for more subtle hairdos to reflect that of Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane and found this groovy style. I fell in love and from then onward had wanted to dye it. Even though I booked this before Monday, I feel like it holds even more meaning right now.

I absolutely adore my new hair colour and think it looks sooo good. I now have no idea why I was scared of having it done. I still feel funny looking in the mirror like “That’s not me!” hahaha! I’m going to have to get used to this new version of myself. But I love it and I feel more myself than I have for a long time.

I think everyone at some point of their life must adapt and evolve in someway. Trying new things is healthy and exciting, so why not play around with the appearance of your hair?

My only regret about dying it, is that I didn’t do this sooner!

Please let me know what you think of this new look – and honestly if you want to dye yours too… just do it! Life is too short not to take risks.

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Hair Texturing Liquid Powder | Review

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I’ve recently just had my hair cut into a kind of new choppy style. I decided to get my full fringe put back in but have it cut into so it’s more layered. Before having it chopped I thought it looked very much like two separate styles (with having a pixie cut on one side and still keeping it long on the other) but since going to the hairdressers I feel that it finally looks like one hair style, making me fall back in love with my hair!

Normally my hair is really shiny and sleek and also dead straight which means it’s hard to get any natural texture or lift to it. However, I have been introduced to this amazing liquid powder which gives my hair so much body and volume it is insane.

It’s called Bamboo Style Texturizing Body Boost Volumizing Liquid Powder (a bit of a mouthful I know…) but it actually is awesome.

When I first purchased it I was a bit unsure as to how my hair would look after applying the powder. I’ve had many dry shampoo faux pas before where my hair has been left with one long white streak or my ears have turned brown from the dyes. But this did nothing of the sort. The powder itself is translucent and so leaves no trail of where it has been. I did notice that my hair looked half a shade lighter but that’s probably because I have quite dark hair as it is and so didn’t bother me too much.

When applying the powder you have to put it in your roots, then massage it in to make it work. A word of warning – don’t put too much in otherwise your hair goes crazily big and you end up feeling like Sideshow Bob, or Simba’s mane at the end of Hakuna Matata.

Once you have the volume you want you can then just shape your hair as to how you like it and it’s ready for the day. It is like dry shampoo so it does make my hair feel quite dry and it acts in the same kind of way where it makes your hair look cleaner, however it gives so much more volume and texture to your hair than dry shampoo does and holds it in place all day.

I love this product. It is a little bit pricey but you definitely get what you pay for. And I feel as though a little bottle would last a lifetime.

It’s in the sale on amazon at the moment HERE if you’re interested in trying it out..

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John Frieda Hair Care | Review

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Last year I had my appendix removed which resulted in me being extremely lazy, in pain and not wanting to move. Therefore, I don’t think I washed my hair for a good week – which is gross I know, but these were special circumstances and believe me, when you feel that bad your hair is the last thing on your mind.

Anyway, it came to the time where people wanted to come and see me to make sure that I was okay. Which is really nice, but this made me realise how gross I actually looked. I remember texting my mum’s cousin asking her to let me know when she was coming round so that I could wash my hair and make myself look presentable.

She turned up at the door one night, and bless her soul, she had gone and bought me some John Frieda Brilliant Brunette shampoo and conditioner. I was so grateful and could not wait to try this out.

The next day I dragged myself off the sofa and upstairs and washed my hair for the first time in what felt like forever. I’ve never tried more of the expensive drug store shampoo before, I didn’t really think it would make that much of a difference, but oh my! It is the best thing.

Not only does it bring out the colour of my hair a lot more, it leaves it feeling so silky smooth and really shiney – it’s as though I’ve just come out of a salon (minus the styling – teehee).

Not to mention that it smells amazing!!

I don’t really buy expensive things when it comes to beauty and make-up, especially with being a student, that money tends to be spent on food rather than unnecessary products. However since trying this shampoo and conditioner I have not gone back. I make sure that I leave a bit in my budget so I can purchase this product.

It depends where you buy this shampoo from, but I do believe that it is just under £6 per bottle – and if you’re lucky you may find out it’s half price! I think it is money well worth spent and the bottles that you get seem to last forever!

If you’re looking for some shampoo to try out then I would so recommend you try this out.

Please let me know what you use, do you notice that spending that little bit extra actually does make a difference?

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Hair decoration ideas

I have this problem where I never know what to do with my hair.

It has gone through many stages:

I’ve had it in a bob, however I got bored because I couldn’t really do anything with it and so decided to grow my hair.

It grew to a certain stage where I looked very much like Miss Hoolie from Balamory and so wanted to chop it all off again. However I persevered and managed to get my hair a a reasonably long length.

I was really happy with it but found that with having busy and rushed mornings, I never had the time to do anything with it. I rarely put my hair up, I didn’t dye it any crazy colours and so again, I became bored.

This led me to chopping one side off, sporting the half pixie cut half long hair look. I absolutely love this hairstyle, but a part of me wishes that it was back long on both sides again.

Therefore I have come up with a few ways to spice back up my hair and give it some life again!

It’s really simple and anyone with long hair (or even short I guess) can pull this off.

I want to call it the ‘raid your house’ look. This is all I did. I went around my bedroom and found a few items that had no use and so I decided to put in my hair.

I found an old bit of material, I don’t really know why I bought this, it has been sitting in one of my draws for a very long time, but I have finally found something to do with it! I folded it in half and hooked it around a section of my hair pulling it tight so it sat firmly at the top of the section. Then with the two pieces hanging down I braided it with the strand of hair. It is so easy and yet so effective.

I’ve had a hand-me-down off my sister for a while. It is a bracelet that’s really colourful with bells hanging from it. When she offered it to me I couldn’t refuse and was surprised that she was throwing it out. However, when coming to put it on my wrist it was too big and just kept falling off. I don’t know why, but I couldn’t part with it that quickly and so it has just been sitting in my make-up draw for a few years. I came across it when hunting for something to go in my hair. It was the perfect length and size and so again, I braided it in.

I’m definitely going to be experimenting with this. Maybe next time I’ll add a few beads, or even some feathers.

I love this effect. It adds colour and dimension to your hair and gives your style a summery boho look.

If you’ve given this a go, I’d love to see your finish looks or for you to share some ideas of what I can decorate my hair with!

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New hair (ish) | Hair Lazy

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If you’ve been reading my blog for quite some time, you will have come to realise that I am always questioning what I should be doing with my hair. Whether or not it’s growing it out from a bob, trying to get rid of my fringe, or just chopping off one whole side, it is pretty clear I am inconclusive with what hair style I want.

And this persists.

I’ve been contemplating dying my hair ginger, cutting it into a pixie cut or just leaving it to grow and see what happens. You see, I’m getting a little bit bored of having half a pixie cut and half long hair. Although I do loooovee my elf ear, because I’m at university (and don’t really know any good hairdressers around where I live) I have to wait around eight weeks before I get my hair seen to. This means that throughout these eight weeks, the short side of my hair gets floppier and floppier until I just end up having a comb over or a slap head. I’m not particularly fond of showing off my forehead, so having a slap is a complete no go area for me.

Because of this, I have come to the conclusion to try and grow out my hair. This is going to be one painstaking task, and is going to last forever! But I think that in the long run it will be better and less maintenance for me to keep up with – yes, I have officially become hair lazy.

In the meantime, I’m just going to have to put up with a number of hairstyles.

At the weekend, I decided to cut my hair into a full fringe so that I no longer have to suffer the slap. The side that I chopped off is now around all one length (kind of like a realllyyy short bob) so hopefully it will just grow down without me having to take the scissors to the other side.

I think I will let it grow for a while now and hopefully by the end of summer I will have enough hair on the short side to allow me to equal out the other side.

I’m aiming for a shoulder length bob and then just allowing it to grow back into its old style.

We shall have to wait and see what happens, I mean, by then I might get bored of growing it and change my mind completely as to what hairstyle I want.

Let me know what you think of my new fringe, and my decision to grow out the style.

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Osmo Clay Wax | Review

Since getting my hair cut short on one side, I’ve been trying to find something that will give it that extra volume, something that creates a kind of messy but styled look and I have managed to fall upon the exact product which gives my hair that little bit more life.
It’s called Osmo clay wax and it is ace. It gives a firm hold which lasts for the whole day, I managed to walk the illuminations the other night and my hair came out the other side looking pretty much like it did when I left the house… and that never happens for me!
It doesn’t go flaky when it has been in for a while, and if you use the right amount it’s easy enough to wash out.
You don’t need a lot for the wax to hold your hair so I imagine the tin will last for ages. It’s not thick and it doesn’t way your hair down, it just leaves it with a really good texture and on top of that, it smells amazing.
I would really recommend Osmo clay wax, it is a little bit pricey, I managed to get it for £7.50, but like I say, I think the tin it will last a long time and with the way it makes your hair look, it’s really worth it.
You can purchase it on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1pbkv61
Tweet me @abigillibrand if you’ve used Osmo before, or if you know of another good clay wax
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