Monday, August 29, 2016

fav hair styling products

You might of noticed I don't post nearly as often as I used to, and that's fine!  I think I'm going to have to start more of a schedule again.  I've noticed as Sophie as gotten older my time is more limited and I value the time I get with her more often.  So I choose that over blogging.

Also, summer has blown by and we're getting closer and closer to fall!  My favorite season.  Scarves galore and hot chocolate.  Although I'm one of those who drink hot chocolate in the summer too.  But my real reason for posting today, is hair styling products.  you might have noticed if you follow me on instagram or read the blog that my hair style has changed from the braid I've worn so religiously is slowly fading out. Don't get me wrong love the braid and seriously it's still one of my easier styles but for me it also takes time to look right.  I got my hair cut when we were up for my brother's wedding, which was a big factor in changing my hairstyle.  But since I've switched to a new hairstyle I depend on some new hair products.

I love Batiste, and didn't really think it was good until Mattie started raving about it on her blog.  Although it took me a good five months to actually get on the train!  and now I use it all the time.

for my light haired girls, this Batiste is for you and the dark haired, this Batiste is for you.  Although I actually use the light haired one and just rub it in well.  I haven't tried out the other scents yet, but I'm sure they work just as well.

Because of where I live, humidity and frizziness is just part of the game, so some of the things I use are this Garnier Fructis serum or Paul Mitchell Skinny Serum, both of them smell well too.

These are what I use to help hold the curls, both are by Garnier Fructis, this is an anti humidity spray and this is what I use to help with holding the curls throughout the day.  I absolutely love Garnier Fructis products and how they smell and work with my hair.  I also use Organix shampoo as well mainly because of how long my hair smells good.

I actually don't curl my hair with an actual curling iron anymore, ( I legit just hold and twist it) but this worked wonders for me when I did.  I loved how there was nothing that you had to clamp down onto your hair, and a heat protectant glove was included.  And I actually still use this straightener.  Hands down the best straightener I've owned and works so well on my hair. I  have thick, thick hair, and this would always straighten really well, and quickly.

And this is my hair:


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

welcome home wednesdays #54

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

weclome home wednesdays #53

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

welcome home wednesdays #52

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

four hairstyles on the go

I don't know about you, but as a mother of a toddler, and person with thick hair, I rarely have time to spend on my hair, at least not as much as I used to.  I can't believe at one time I was dedicated enough to straighten my hair every week.... I laugh at that time now.

These are the four most popular hairstyles that I wear and find the most quick in the mornings.

I use for each hair style, six bobby pins (the bane of thick hair), two or three rubber bands (both in color and black) or an actual large rubber bands for the bun (note probably not for all).

the braid:
The most popular hairstyle I've worn, but after three years and counting it's slowly fading out.  Lots of time and dedication.  And if you've been following me for a while, you've noticed that it's not the only hairstyle I've been wearing in my pictures.

Honestly, I had my hair cut to unevenly to work with the braid, but after the wedding I had it trimmed back to mostly even by Kyle and his handy dandy wahl.  Don't get me wrong it didn't bother me having it uneven, but it got tedious after a bit hiding the fact that it was uneven.

how to:
pull your hair to one side
split into three sections
braid and secure with a hair tie
if need be, us bobby pins to hold up the back section.  I always needed this because of how thick my hair was.

I always loved having a messier braid, but doing it every single day took time and made me more frustrated on some days then need be.

the faux braid:
This came into play for my brother's wedding, and yes I consider him my brother even if we're only by marriage.  I wanted to do something new and simple.  and even though my sister in law is a hair stylist didn't want to bother her on the day of her wedding.  This style was a lot easier for me to accomplish, but because of hair thick my hair was, it did look a look messier than I had planned for.

how to:
pull your hair to one side
split into two sections
using a ponytail holder, secure one section
pull the other non secured section through the secured section so that it lays on top of it
then secure the section you just pulled through with a hairband
continue until at the bottom of your hair.
pull and "fluff" if needed.  I did do this for my hair at the wedding.
since I have bangs, I twisted my bangs sideways and then up to get that appearance, and I did it in the next hairstyle as well.

It was a lot easier when my hair was cut for over to the left side because now that it's evened out normally, lots of hairs come out of the faux braid.  It's still a very nice quick style to do in the morning.

the side ponytail:
Leaving out the rest of the braid to make a side ponytail, perfect for less humid days.  Not the greatest picture of it, but jumped with talking a selfie with Kyle.


how to:
pull your hair to one side
split into two sections
using a ponytail holder, secure one section
pull the other non secured section through the secured section so that it lays on top of it
I usually just twist my hair several times throughout the day to maintain the "curled" part since I don't have any hairspray on hand.

It's the same as the faux braid but you just stop at the first or second section.

the bun:
and when I don't want anyone to know how long it's been since I washed my hair.  Perfect for chasing after a toddler, in the rain, getting a tattoo, traveling on a plane.

how to:
I actually think I wrote a nice tutorial about this the other day, but it may have been confusing to some.  Essentially it's ponytail pulled up and mussed around.


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