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Blogmas Day 5: Decorative Hair Tie 

Welcome to Day 5 of Blogmas! I’m not going to lie to you. Today’s advent calendar panel was quite the disappointment. It contained what I’m assuming to be a very flimsy decorative hair tie.

It’s very small and fits snugly on my wrist. To be honest, I would wear it as a bracelet if it didn’t have an enormous knot holding it together that would make it seem too bulky. This did not do a good job at holding my hair in a ponytail because it’s not quite firm enough. This was the first dud day, and hopefully tomorrow’s goodie will be better!

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-XO Tiffy

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Verb Sea Spray 

I’ll admit that I still feel like a fledgling when it comes to hair styling. I think mostly I’m just lazy when it comes to my hair. I don’t know why I’m so willing to spend lots of time and energy on makeup but then I don’t put a lot of effort in my hair. I think part of this is because some of my friends made fun of my hair when I was in junior high and high school. They said it always looked messy and unkempt. This hurt my feelings and spurned me into obsessively straightening it every single day throughout school (which, as expected, eventually left it fried and frizzy). Since high school, I’ve just given up on it. I don’t want it to be fried and frizzy but everything else I try seems to still make it look boring and messy. Anyway, that was a long introduction, but I just wanted to be honest about my insecurities when it comes to hair. Recently, I was given a sample of the Verb Sea Spray, which is a texturizing spray that can be purchased from Sephora for $16.

As I’ve mentioned, I’m no expert when it comes to hair, but I just couldn’t get this to work for me. It did not give me beachy waves at all. In fact, I couldn’t notice any difference in texture at all with this one. I tried applying it on both wet hair and dry hair. I’ve tried scrunching the hair with my fingers after application too, and nothing happened. To make matters worse, I thought this product smelled awful. It smells overly salty but also kind of like musky old lady perfume. The smell does fade after an hour or so, but I just hated it.

Overall, I would not recommend this product because it didn’t do anything for me besides leaving an unpleasant odor.

Have you tried a texturizing spray that really worked? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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-XO Tiffy

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Frizz Ease Keraflex Hairspray 

Hairspray is essential on humid days. It really holds a hairstyle together, so I was excited to try the Frizz Ease Keraflex Hairspray this summer. This product can be purchased for $7.50 at Target or similar stores.

I will admit that I’m not terribly picky when it comes to hairspray. I think that it’s a product that’s hard to mess up and most of them feel the same. That being said, I really liked this one. It really does let hair remain flexible while still keeping the hairstyle intact. It’s a very fine mist and I love that it doesn’t leave my hair feeling weird and crunchy. For $7.50, I think this is a great quality hairspray! Frizz Ease is owned by the John Frieda brand, and that’s a brand that I really love. This is another winner!

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-XO Tiffy

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B&B Grooming Creme 

I have recently started trying to take better care of my hair. I’m also trying to style it a bit more effectively than before, and part of my new routing includes the Bumble and Bumble Grooming Creme. This can be purchased from Sephora for $31.

I love how this product is light and easy to use. A teeny bit goes a long way. I usually rub a pea-sized amount in my palms and then I run it through the ends of my tresses. It instantly tames fly-aways, adds some shine, and removes all frizz. It works so well and it never makes my hair look greasy. My hair is also very thin, but it never weighs it down. Overall, I’ve found that this is the perfect hair product for me, and I highly recommend it!

Are there any great hair products you’ve tried recently? Feel free to share in the comment section!

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-XO Tiffy

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Klorane Dry Shampoo with Goat Milk

I think dry shampoo is an amazing invention, and I love trying them. My hair can get a little bit oily if I don’t wash it every day, so I’m always looking for a way to have great second day hair that doesn’t involve a headband or scrunchie. Recently, I tried the Klorane Dry Shampoo with Goat Milk which can be purchased for $20 from Sephora.

Unfortunately, this dry shampoo did not work for me, but it did have some positive features. First, it smelled amazing. Also, I have very dark brown hair, but it did not leave any white residue behind, which I really appreciated. (This is so rare for dry shampoos!) Still, I just didn’t see any oil being absorbed. My hair looked shinier after I used this and it smelled nice and fresh, but my roots still looked just as oily as before. It claims to add some volume, and I did notice this a bit, but my main concern when using a dry shampoo is that I want it to remove all oiliness, and this one just didn’t.

I would definitely recommend this one to people who have thin, dry hair and no oily roots. This would probably help you to have nice second day hair with some added volume and texture. But I definitely don’t recommend it for anyone trying to reduce oil on their scalp. For that, I would recommend Tresemme Fresh Start, which is still the best dry shampoo I’ve ever used (and it’s significantly cheaper than anything from Sephora or a salon).

Do you have a dry shampoo that you absolutely love? Let me know in the comments section so I can try it out!

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-XO Tiffy

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John Frieda Precision Foam Hair Colour 

So, I’m going to be completely honest in this post. My hair started going grey when I was only 19. I guess it’s genetic because my mom also started going grey pretty young. So, for years now, I’ve been religiously dying my hair once a month (or every five weeks). I just don’t want to be 25 with streaks of white in my hair. I’ve experimented with lots of different dyes over the years, but for the past two years, my go-to has been the John Frieda Precision Foam Hair Colour in the shade Dark Cool Espresso Brown.

This product can be purchased from Target or similar stores for about $12. It is truly the easiest hair dye I’ve ever used. It is a foam, which makes it so easy to saturate your hair. The foam can seep into the little nooks and crannies where strands of hair hide, so it really delivers a very even color. It’s almost foolproof! Plus, the foam is thick enough that it does not drip and create a mess everywhere.

The color is very dark and compliments my cool skin tone, but it still has enough dimension to prevent the hair from looking too lifeless or monochromatic. I leave it on a few extra minutes, and it always covers all of my pesky grey hairs. It also comes with a generous amount of conditioner that provides a very deep conditioning treatment, and there’s definitely enough to use it about weekly. By the time you run out, you’re probably ready to dye your hair again anyway.

I will say that this does use a lot of chemicals, so it may leave your hair feeling heavy if you use it too frequently. Still, it is well worth the cost because it really does deliver excellent results and is super easy to use. I would absolutely recommend this product to both beginners as well as hair experts. Finally, the smell isn’t too bad, and it has never caused me to have any skin or eye irritation.

Have you tried this product? What is your go-to hair dye? Please, let me know in the comments section.

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-XO Tiffy

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Tresemmé Heat Tamer 

Do you blow dry, straighten, or curl your hair? If so, you should really consider using some sort of heat protection spray. The heat from these types of hair tools can seriously damage hair over time, resulting in split ends, breakage, and frizziness. To combat this, you can spritz a heat protection spray right before you use your blow dryer, straightener, or curling iron. My favorite right now is the Tresemmé Heat Tamer, which you can buy at Target or similar stores for only $4 per 8 oz bottle.

I can definitely tell a difference when I use this product versus when I don’t use it. When I use this spray, my hair looks shinier and healthier after I’ve straightened my hair. When I don’t use it, sometimes my hair looks kind of frizzy and not nearly as shiny. I also love how this spray helps to prevent inevitable split ends. Of course, your ends are going to get split eventually whether you use this or not, but I’ve found that using this product can definitely help me avoid needing a haircut too soon. Finally, this product also smells really nice – just like a hair salon! It smells clean but is not overly perfumed.

What types of products do you use to avoid hair damage? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

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-XO Tiffy

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Tresemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo 

Dry shampoo is a life saver for people like me who sometimes get oily roots. I’ve searched high and low for the perfect one, and I finally found it: Tresemmé Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo! 

I love literally every aspect of this product! First, the price point: you can pick it up at Target or similar stores for only $5. It also smells fresh and amazing but isn’t overly perfumed – this means it won’t conflict with any other fragrance products you may choose to wear.

The best quality, however, is the fact that it is CLEAR! That’s right, if you use this product correctly (which means spraying it lightly and not holding it really close to your roots) then there is no residue! And if you do happen to spray it too generously or too closely, you can just rub it a teeny bit and it disappears and still dries clear. This is just so amazing because most dry shampoos leave a weird filmy white residue no matter what I do, and brown tinted dry shampoos can stain skin or clothing.

I like the volumizing aspect because it helps my hair have a bit more life to it (I have thin hair, but lot’s of it!) However, if you have thick hair or just don’t want more volume, Tresemmé also has a Basic Care version that absorbs oil and freshens up your hair without this aspect.

If you’ve been having issues with knowing how to use dry shampoo or you’re unsure of which dry shampoo would be best for your hair needs, here is a helpful infographic that can walk you through this.

Have you tried this product, or do you have a favorite dry shampoo? Please, let me know in the comments section!

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-XO Tiffy

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L’Oreal Root Rescue 

I’ve been looking for hair dye solutions that prevent me from having to completely dye my hair every 4-5 weeks. I typically use John Frieda Precision Foam hair dye monthly for an overall color. I’ve noticed that my ends have been getting drier and frizzier, and so I wanted something to target just my roots. My plan is to dye all of my hair and then follow that up after four weeks with a root touch up and then go another four weeks before dying all of my hair again. My first product that I’m testing for just my roots is the L’Oreal Paris Root Rescue in Dark Brown 4.

This product can be purchased at most drugstores or at Ulta for about $8. It was easy to mix and apply. I loved that the tip was like a comb, and it was so easy to brush it into my roots. The formula itself is really thick, which is excellent because this prevents dripping. Overall, this product was really easy to use and apply, with the exception of the truly terrible gloves that come with the kit. These were definitely the worst plastic gloves I’ve ever tried to put on my hands – it was so hard to get my hands into them without ripping them.

I am happy with the results of this product. My grey hairs are all covered (and I have a shocking amount of grey hair for a 25 year old!) Unfortunately, I think this product irritated my skin just a little bit. My scalp looked a little red for about half an hour after using the product, and the skin on my face seemed more sensitive. As far as hair dye reactions go, that is very mild, but it’s still more of a reaction than I’m used to having with hair dye, and I don’t know if I want to try again to see if the same thing will happen (or worse). The only hair dye reactions I’ve ever had were from L’Oreal products, so perhaps this just isn’t the brand for me. Still, I liked the results, so maybe I’ll try to find a similar product from another brand.

Has anyone had any experiences with this product or a similar product? What did you think? What are your favorite hair dye solutions?

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-XO Tiffy

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Lunatic Fringe Salon – Sharonville

Today, I just wanted to talk about my great experience at the Lunatic Fringe Salon in Sharonville. It had been a year and three months since I’d had my hair cut – life just got so busy and I was enjoying how long it was getting. But I finally reached a point where it was getting really hard to dye with only one box of dye and I was noticing the split ends a lot, so I knew it was time to get a hair cut. My anxiety has been really bad lately, and I got to a place where I was anxious about how I looked knowing that I needed a haircut, but I was just as anxious at the thought of trying a new hair salon. I decided that this would be a good opportunity to force myself to try something new instead of waiting for an appointment at my usual place. (That may not make sense to everyone – but when my anxiety is really bad, giving in to it often makes it worse, so I wanted to fight back a little).

There’s a convenient online form on Lunatic Fringe’s website, which made setting up the appointment a breeze. On Wednesday morning, I used the form to request an appointment after work that day, and I received a confirmation email pretty quickly. I love how easy it was to book the appointment because that made it impossible for me to chicken out and give in to my anxiety.

I arrived a few minutes early and was greeted by the owner Greg, who seemed like such a genuinely nice guy. He offered me a complimentary beverage (they have wine and water and more), which I thought was really nice customer service and really exemplified the customer-focused atmosphere. I then met my stylist Paige who was so lovely. She immediately asked me about my sparkly nail polish and showed me her own pink sparkly nails, and I felt immediately at ease. She is the kind of person who seems to take a genuine interest in others, and I really enjoyed our conversations throughout the appointment. Immediately, my last bit of anxiety at getting a haircut just melted away.

Paige took me to the lather lounge, a separate room used for shampooing, and used their new Kerastase products on my hair. These products smelled so nice and really left my hair feeling smooth and tangle-free. She also did a complimentary hair mask which felt luxurious. She did an amazing job at cutting my hair and the results were exactly what I wanted – still as long as possible but with no split ends. Now, days later, my hair still feels amazing from the products, and I’m seriously considering buying the shampoo she used on my hair: Kerastase Bain Magistral. (Tip: if you get this shampoo, you really only need a small amount. A little goes a really long way, so the container will probably last quite a while).

The salon as a whole just had a really nice ambiance. Everything seemed warm and inviting. The space itself was so clean and well-lit. They are really reasonably priced (my haircut was $40). They sell Paul Mitchell and Kerastase products as well as Jane Iredale makeup. Everyone there seemed so friendly. Their website states, “Our guests leave the salon as a member of the Lunatic Fringe family, with the knowledge and tools needed to recreate their style at home. We serve the community by going above and beyond to provide exceptional service and quality results during every guest experience.” This was absolutely true. I felt so comfortable at this salon, and I’m thrilled with the results. If you need a haircut and are in the Greater Cincinnati Area, I highly recommend this place. You won’t be disappointed!