Saturday Obsession: messy plaited hair

So I know we’ve had braids or plaits in a earlier the Saturday Obsession post, but this time it’s not just the messy, side plait; it’s everything messy and plaited.

All these styles are varied and pretty in their own relaxed, but yet polished way. Does this even make sense? I don’t know, but I do know I really like these styles – and as always there are far more where this came from on the Saturday Obsession Pinterest Board. I think I enjoy plaits so much now, because I kind of always relate plaits to autumn and winter. It’s also a great way to keep your hair away from your face, and with the colder weather the static hair thing becomes a problem again. As I have previously mentioned, I love plaits for deep treating the hair with some oil, and for getting those nice waves as well. See, with plaits the possibilities are endless!

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A hair product I love

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As previously mentioned (in both this post and in this one) I have thick, heavy hair and I am trying to manage it. One of the steps towards “Okay, but not needing too much work” kind of hair is embracing the waves. My hair is naturally wavy, but depending of how I treat it when wet it can range from straight to curly. Lately I’ve been using the Oribe Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse after wash, and before blow drying I ad this little baby.

The Uniq One All In One Coconut Hair Treatment.  Can we just take a moment to appreciate the “all in one” part of this long name? This spray product promises to amongst other things, control frizz, add body and repair dry hair. I don’t know if it does it all, but it sure adds some great body and it has good staying power. I like to use this to add some texture, without the dryness that comes with a texturizing spray. The fact that it is coconut scented is the biggest bonus! I buy this when I’m in Denmark, at my grandmothers regular hair salon (it’s that kind of stumble upon product) but you can get it on FeelUnique as well. Definitely a good one for the colder months, as it is a great static fighter as well. 

A new hair oil

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I have thick and massive hair. I’m not bragging, that’s just the way it is. There is a lot of hair, and it’s heavy and frizzy. That is why I love hair oils. Ever since the Moroccanoil became a hit, I have been able to somewhat manage my mane. So over the years I have tried most hair oils, and I don’t think I’ve ever really found one that ticks all the boxes.

Before now. The Matrix Biolage ExquisitOil is smooth and smells amazing, and it doesn’t weigh my hair down. That is one of the things I don’t like about Moroccanoil – my hair feels more heavy than normal with that stuff in. The ExquisitOil feels quite silicone like in texture, but as far as my research goes there is not a drop of silicone in there! This is a good thing as the oil makes my hair smooth and shiny, but not oily. Mind you, this stuff never ever touches the roots of my hair! Only the lengths. It also doesn’t feel like a lot in my hair – meaning I can wear a nice blouse without worrying about my hair greasing it up. Thus far this is the best oil I’ve tried. But if you have another suggestion, please let me know!

 

5 tips for a bad hair day

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Yes, it is the last day of the hair themed week here on Etc. Beauty and we end with a post on bad hair days – and how to semi-save them.

1. Dry shampoo is your friend

But, if you’re like me and feel like your hair gets worse by adding dry shampoo; go for a texturizing spray. It will leave your hair with a bit more body, and can save it when it just really needs a wash.

2. Tie it up

A messy bun, or a messy pony tail can be your best friend. There are tons and tons of tutorials on Pinterest on YouTube, and you can check out some of my favorite messy buns on this Pinterest board.

3. Ad some scent

I don’t know if it’s only me or everyone can smell it (I hope not) but I feel like my hair smells like bad hair day! The best saviour on these days is to add some good smelling stuff to the hair. Really, this works every time for me. I sprits some perfume, or preferably one of the Body Shops mists in my hair, and it really freshens things up.

4. The milk maid braid

This style (also called a halo braid) is so good at hiding bad hair! It works for almost all hair lengths. I especially love Suzies tutorial on it, it really is so easy to master I whip my hair up in this when I am late out the door and my hair just won’t cooperate.

5. Accessorize (also known as the distraction strategy)

When nothing goes right, throw in some sparkly headbands or tie a silk scarf around your bun. Anything to distract attention away from the mess that is your hair!

Saturday obsession: braids

The Saturday obsession being hair themed is no wonder. Previously I have obsessed over the fringe, the messy long bob and the messy bun. Today’s S.O. post is all about the messy, untidy braid. (Sidenote: there seems to be a pattern in the messyness of he hair obsessions!)

I love a good braid, the thicker the better. When Alexander Wang brought out the side braids to the runway in 2010, I was as obsessed as the next girl. It’s something about the way this hairstyle is on the one hand very put together, and on the other completely random and careless. I’ve included three favorites in this post, but there is heaps more on the Etc. Beauty Saturday Obsession Pinterest board. 

 

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Weekly beauty craving: a good saltwater spray

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As this week is all about hair, of course the weekly beauty craving follows the theme. Now for years, I used to resent my natural waves. I would straighten my hair every day, hating on every little wave that would creep up. Rain and humidity was my greatest enemy, and if I didn’t have time to straighten my hair before school I would rather be late than go with even a touch of curliness. During the years I have learned to love my hair as it is; both colour and texture. Now a days I sway more towards curl enhancing products, and this summer I have been on a quest for a good saltwater spray. But a lass, no luck. They all seem to be more water than salt, and none of those I have tried have actually made a noticeable difference. But I might have found the product. 

After using the Bumble&Bumble Surf series, I have been looking at the Surf spray in the same range. I have heard some good things about it, though never any raves. I might be tempted to order it home and try it out for myself soon. If you have any thoughts on this one, or can recommend another saltwater spray, please do!

Deep conditioning

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As mentioned in this weeks first post, I love a squeaky clean wash when it comes to my hair. Both the Bumble&Bumble Sunday shampoo and the Surf shampoo are quite clarifying shampoos – and with that they give a quite stripping wash. I enjoy both products in my routine, but as they can be quite drying I make sure to deep condition my hair at least every other week. For that I have three products I turn to.

The Philip Kingsley Elasticizer is a product I really enjoy using. It can be used as a conditioner, but as it is quite a luxe product, I mostly use it as an overnight mask. I wet the lengths of my hair, and massage the product in. I then braid it and sleep with the product working in my hair until the next day. When I rinse it out, my hair is super soft and strong.

The Bumble&Bumble creme de coco conditioner is rich in moisture; super rich. I tend to use this with the Sunday shampoo, as it is quite heavy on my hair. It makes the ends soft and silky, but this product I never use above my neck as it really weighs the hair down.

And lastly, The Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Shine Deep Treatment. This is kind of an in between of a conditioner and a mask. I use it after shampooing and leave it in my hair when I do everything else in the shower – so approximately ten minutes. This conditions and softens the hair, and the smell is amazing. I always enjoy the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle treatments as thy give good results quite quickly.