My New Hair!

I’ve had long hair for several years now, and I do (did) love it. Recently, though, I’ve seen a few beauty YouTubers and bloggers I follow chopping there hair off and going for a new style! Desi Perkins was the first one I saw take the plunge, and her hair turned out amazing!! I fell in love with the style, and started thinking about whether or not I wanted to make a change, as well.

Here is Desi’s hair:

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She is one of my favorite YouTubers! I love her makeup, and she also does great fashion! 

Jaclyn Hill is also one of my favorites. She just chopped her hair, but even shorter than Desi’s! Believe me, I thought about it, but I didn’t want to have chopper’s remorse the day after! 

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Her hair has gotten redder and redder through the years, and now shorter and shorter. I love the way it looks on her! I SO wish I could pull off the colors of hair she can! I’ve tried a lot of things, but a tried and true blonde is what I’ll always be. The nice thing about that is I can pull off both warm and cool toned clothes and makeup. When I had reddish brown hair (at a few points in my life), I really had to stay on the warm side to actually pull things off. Even with blue eyes, pinks and purples still looked terrible on me. 

So on Wednesday, I decided to go ahead and let my amazing neighbor and fellow small business owner, Loren, make the chop! 

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That was right after Loren styled it. Hair all fixed and nowhere to go! Well, except for bed, haha! The next day, I re-curled it on my own, and it turned out like this:

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That’s the Snapchat I sent out, and here is the pic I posted on Instagram:

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Loren Brimhall owns Luxxi Salon and Boutique over right next to the Walgreens on Tatum and Shea in Scottsdale. Check it out!! She does cuts, color, and some really bomb hair extensions! The boutique also carries unique, stylish clothes including one of my favorite brands, Naked Zebra, among others. 

 

I used the same 1 and 1/4” curling wand I always use, and just wrapped each piece so there were 2” uncurled on both sides. I ended up wrapping each piece 1 and 1/2 to 2 times around the barrel depending on the length of the piece. That’s what will give you the kinky, beachy, loose curls that look so good with hair this length. I need to find a texturizing product to put on while my hair is wet. I use the Bumble and Bumble Dry Spun Finishing Spray when it’s dry, but today it didn’t do a very good job roughing it up. It just feels too silky and clean. I know it sounds funny to say that, but that’s what weighs my hair down and what causes it to not be “piecy” like I want it. I curled each piece in the same direction, so I might try alternating next time. That means curling every other piece clockwise, then counterclockwise, and so on. It really does make a difference in the way it looks!

I am going to go check out Desi’s channel to see if her “How I Style My New Hair” video is up yet! I saw on her Snapchat today that she was editing it!

Have you been contemplating cutting your hair or changing it up lately? What are you thinking about doing!?? Leave me a comment below, and I’d be glad to give you my opinion! I hope you guys have an awesome Friday!!

Happy Trails,

Stacey

Allure Sample Society Box Opening March 2015

The Allure Sample Society box is a similar product to Birchbox and Ipsy Bag. I decided to share this month's box opening with you guys! I love one particular item I got, and will follow up with you guys soon to let you know how I like using it.

Click below to watch my quick video, and leave me a comment below if you get any of these sample boxes and tell me how you like them!

I hope you enjoyed it! Have an awesome weekend!

Happy Trails!

Stacey

 

My Favorite Hair Products

I was out to brunch with some of my girlfriends this past weekend, and was asked what products I use in my hair. I was telling them everything, and decided that it might be easier to do a blog post about it! I’ve been really happy with the things I’ve been using lately. If you’re new to Pugmamastace, welcome! Just so you know,I have long brown and blond ombre hair that goes about halfway down my back. It is fine, but I have a lot of it. So lets start with shampoo and conditioner. 

I have been using this shampoo for the past month or so:

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This brand was suggested to me by a stylist at Ulta during their liter sale. Pureology wasn’t included in the sale, so I wanted something that was still good, but wasn’t going to cost me $100! It smells incredible, and works very well! It feels like it is moisturizing my hair when I am lathering it up. Before this, I was using Paul Mitchell’s Lemon Sage tea tree oil (I believe if I remember right) shampoo. My scalp gets really dry in the winter, so last year I bought it to help with those issues, and ended up really liking it! They were out of it at the last liter sale :-(. My Ulta seems to always be out of SO much ALL of the time! Does anyone else experience that same problem? 

As far as conditioner, I love this one from Pureology:

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Once a year, Beauty Brands has a sale specifically for this brand. I think it is once a year, but it might be twice. I just know that it is rare to get Pureology on sale, so I take full advantage! I got 15% off of this bottle. It still hurts to pay so much for conditioner, but I’ll tell you guys right now, nothing compares to this. 

I also saw this brand of conditioner during the liter sale at Beauty Brands, and asked one of the employees about it. She said that she just purchased it, and absolutely loved it! It was fairly reasonable and I hadn’t gotten my Pureology yet, so I decided to take a risk and try it.

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It smells fantastic! It also does a great job moisturizing my hair without weighing it down. I put it (and all conditioners) mainly on the lower 2/3 of my hair, and just a little bit up around the scalp. It doesn’t take much to weigh my hair down, and it is fine enough already. There were a couple of different formulas, and I don’t remember what they were, but this one was perfect for me! 

Once every week or two when I remember, I add half of a pump of this to my conditioner:

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It is by far one of the best things I have done for my hair. I started using it probably 4 years ago, and never looked back! Just add about a dime-sized amount to conditioner in your hand, rub your hands together to mix it, and apply like normal. Leave it on for a few minutes, and then rinse out. It’s a great treatment that adds moisture and shine to your hair, and again (at least for me) doesn’t weigh it down. It is pricey, but a little goes a long way and I only use it once a week max. It it totally worth the investment!

Every week or two I also use a deep conditioning treatment. Here are a couple of good ones I have been using recently:

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I have enjoyed both of these conditioners. I apply them starting from the ends of my hair, and working up toward my scalp, concentrating on the lower 2/3 of my hair. I do something else for 5 minutes, and then rinse out. I got the Fekkai in my Birchbox last month. I believe you can find both brands at Walgreens or Ulta.

When I get out of the shower and towel dry my hair, I spray this all over to help detangle and nourish it:

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I really like this, and have already repurchased it twice! I use a Tangle Teaser to brush out my hair. Having hair this long tends to cause rats’ nests to happen more often than desired! The Tangle Teaser is more gentle on the hair, and causes less to rip out when detangling. I have no idea how it works, but it’s awesome! 

I also like to spray this on my ends before I dry my hair on the days I don’t use the Macadamia Healing Oil with my conditioner:

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I got this in my Birchbox a few months ago, and showed it in my video of the opening. This stuff rocks! You only need a few sprays, and you’re good to go. 

I got this last product on sale at Walgreens, but I’m not sure if they carry it anymore. You can always try Ulta or another drug store.

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It’s just an oil for the ends of your hair. Again, like with a lot of these products, a little goes a long way. I put a drop about the size of a pea or smaller, rub it between my hands, and then lightly run my fingers through the bottom 1/4 of my hair. I smooth down any flyaways after most of the is off of my hands. 

That’s it! If you guys have any questions, please leave me a comment below!

Happy Trails!

Stacey