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New Hair

Happy Saturday everyone!
So February is my birthday month, (February 1st), and I decided it was a good excuse to treat myself. So I went out and got some highlights! I’ve always had black hair and wanted a change. As nice as black hair is, it’s pretty boring (at least to me). Braids and curls don’t look nearly as cute as when there’s some sort of dimension to it, so I got some highlights. My hair dresser described it as a balayage sort of highlight. Here’s the picture I used to show her what I wanted:

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I have similar hair inspirations on my Pinterest @amandasushma

I know if you have black hair, lightening it is super hard. It does cost a lot, (mine was $100), but I’d rather get it done by a professional than a friend who claims they can do it. As much as I like my friends, I don’t want an amateur coming at my hair with bleach. I really recommend if you’re considering someone like that, ask them for pictures to see what they’ve done. I thought I would share my look to inspire any of my dark-haired girls who are nervous about dying their hair.

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I’m super happy with the result! It’s not too much of a drastic change, but the color really makes my hairstyles look good. Even if it’s just bedhead, it looks a thousand times better. I love it so much! I hope you guys get inspired! Feel free to comment and ask any questions.

Batiste Dry Shampoo: Dark & Deep Brown Tutorial

Hello everyone!

Today, I have a video for you guys! In 2014, I wrote a post about my favorite dry shampoo, Batiste Dry Shampoo: Dark & Deep Brown, back in 2014. And…it’s still my favorite, so I thought it would be fun to make a video and show you guys exactly how I use it! Hope it helps any of you who want to try out dry shampoo!

Voluminous Waves for Long Hair

Hello everyone!

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Below is the tutorial video for how I achieve long waves, like the picture above. If you would prefer to read about it, click here for my blog post. Thanks so much, and I hope you enjoy!

Hot Tools Pink Wand Curls

Hello everyone! Sorry for not posting in awhile, but school is finally over! So without a further ado, let’s get to the fun stuff!

I’ve been using this curling wand for almost two years and I absolutely love it! It is the Hot Tools Tapered Curling Iron. The smallest part is 3/4 of an inch and it goes up to 1 1/4″. I keep it on 350 degrees and have the best curls.

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I start off with applying Tresemme Heat Tamer spray, especially towards my ends. I am quite a lazy person, so I don’t section my hair. My hair is all virtually the same length, so I just grab random sections and curl them. It took me a while to figure out how to get these curls, but the secret is holding the strand there for only 6 to 10 seconds. When you hold the strand there for too long, it gets too tight and doesn’t loosen up as nicely.

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With this curling iron it only takes me about ten to fifteen minutes to do my hair, which is awesome! I also really like that the iron has a little stand, so that the hot part doesn’t touch any surfaces. It also has a light that allows you to know if it’s turned on or off. Also, the cord is 8 feet long and swivels, which is really helpful!

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I bought mine from Ulta for about $60.00. It is pricey but the quality is worth it. It also comes with a protective glove, (but I don’t use it). It is made out of titanium, which helps the heat spread faster, so you don’t have to wait a long time for it to heat up.

Overall, I highly recommend this curling wand! It’s pricey, but sometimes Ulta or other places have sales so definitely check it out. Click here to see it on the Ulta website. I hope you guys enjoyed and feel free to ask any questions! And I will be posting more!

Review: AG Fast Food Shampoo

Hello everyone!

Sorry for being so MIA lately! I’ve been having a stressful time, but now everything is great! So let’s hop into the review!

I want to talk about the AG Fast Food Shampoo. It was recommended by Farah Dukai, a huge beauty youtuber and one of my favorites as well. I trust her opinions and she really loved this shampoo, so I figured I would give it a shot. I found the smaller size for less than $15 (full size is $55), in the clearance section of Ulta.

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This shampoo is sulfate-free and claims to provide lots of hydration to chronically dry hair and other hair types. It sounded so great, so I tried it out immediately. The first couple times, I noticed my hair felt softer and looked shinier.

But after the third week with it, I started to notice a lot of fall out from my hair. I know fall out is normal, but it was an unusual amount. I didn’t know exactly what it was, so I kept on using the shampoo. I also bought one for my mom, who started using it as well. After a couple weeks, she told me that it was causing her hair to fall out!

I immediately stopped using it and went back to my regular shampoo, Garnier Pure Clean, and my hair returned to normal, with its minimal amount of fall out, which is normal.

I’ve heard a lot of great reviews about this shampoo, but unfortunarly it’s not for me. It might be my hair type, which is medium thick and straight. But, the shampoo claims to be for all hair types, which is a wide claim.

Feel free to comment and ask questions! Have you guys ever tried this shampoo? Let me know about your experience.

Thanks so much for reading!

Batiste Dry Shampoo: Dark & Deep Brown

Hello there!

So I hate washing my hair! I know I’m not the only one out there who hates it. It’s such a chore for short or long hair. That’s why I absolutely love the Batiste Dry Shampoo: A Hint of Colour Dark & Deep Brown and wanted to share it with you guys. Now this specific one will work best for my dark haired people out there, but don’t worry, they have one specifically for blondes too! There’s actually quite a variety from different colors to different scents, and there’s also their original dry shampoo.

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I usually skip a day because my hair gets oily fast. Sometimes I skip two because I’m just too lazy to be bothered with it (don’t judge me). All you need to do is shake that can, and then spray it on those greasy roots! Make sure you separate each section, and I would not spray it on the actual part you’re parting your hair on. Especially with this dark one, because it does have stain, that’s why it’s meant for dark hair. Make sure you spray it far away, like you would hair spray, the instructions say spray about 30 cm away from the hair, and I agree with it. Spraying it too close doesn’t spread it evenly. After you spray it, let it settle for a couple minutes, after all, it’s basically power. Then, shake your hair out and you’ll have voluminous, clean-looking hair! No one has to know what it really is 🙂

The description on the back says it will “remove any excess grease. Hair feels gorgeously clean and fresh with added body and texture”. It does soak up all the grease/oil, and it looks like it’s clean. But, to be honest it doesn’t feel “gorgeously clean”. It feels kind of…rough. But it looks damn good and clean! Also, it really does give great volume! Usually on my second day hair, I’ll curl it first, because the natural oils helps it hold a curl slightly more, and after I’ll spray the dry shampoo. It helps it hold better, and the texture is amazing!

 

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Before: My third day hair! Gross, I know, but I had to let you guys see how it soaks up the oil!

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The dry shampoo sprays a tinted powder, giving your hair this color. After it settles, shake it out.

 

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After: Look at the difference! Definitely does it’s job!

 

I’ve only seen it at ULTA and Cvs. It’s 8.99 at ULTA. Maybe more than you would usually pay for say, a hairspray, but you really don’t use a lot of the product, so it actually lasts quite a long time. It has 6.73 fl. oz. One usually lasts me about two month, which isn’t bad at all! I’ve tried a lot of dry shampoos, like Pssst, Tresemme,and Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo, and none of them really worked for me. I think it’s because they were all the regular white spray, and it just made my hair look…like a faded black. There are a couple of downsides to the Batiste one though. First of all, it does have a scent, but I deal with it. It’s basically like the scent of hairspray, you just gotta live with it. Another thing about it is that, if you don’t give it time to settle onto your hair, when you touch it, the dark color might go on your hands, but you can wash it off. So let it settle! One last thing that I find annoying about it, is that after you use it, you need to clean the little part that the product comes out of. Because the product is a dark powder, it stains the white nozzle thingy and just looks gross.

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So yes, it does have some downsides, but it’s the best one I’ve tried so far, and it does the job. So when you’re feeling like you don’t want to wash your hair but it looks greasy/oily, definitely give this a go! Let me know if you tried it!

Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed!

Macadamia Natural Oil: Deep Repair Hair Masque

Hello there!

Today, I wanted to share one of my favorite hair products. It’s the Macadamia Natural Oil: Deep Repair Hair Masque. I’ve been using it for about a year now and it’s definitely made a difference. Before, I wasn’t too protective over my hair…I would use heat on it, without any heat protectant, (sometimes straighten and curl in one day!), comb it while it was wet, and other damaging things. Thinking back on it, I’m surprised I have any at all. All of my bad habits made my hair unmanageable, dry, and gave me lots of split ends. I decided to fix it and I went to ULTA, and saw the Macadamia hair masque. Not going to lie guys, the only reason I picked it up was because there was a little trial-sized packet for about $4.00..Hehe. I followed the instructions, which was to apply it to wet hair and wait about seven minutes, then wash it out. I remember feeling my hair and being surprised, because it was much softer than before. I recommend leaving it on for about fifteen minutes, because it has more of an effect. It does have a scent, but I love it! I managed to make the trial packet last three weeks, because I only put it on the bottom half of my hair, and it made my hair quite soft and shiny. I’ve been a loyal to it ever since.

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It’s creamy and quite thick. It also has a strong scent, which does stay in your hair, but only for a couple of hours. I recommend only putting it on the ends of your hair, maybe the middle if you want. If you put it on the top of your head, just like any conditioner, it’ll make your roots oily. The packaging is different, which I like. It’s just kind of this big tub of the product. I like it because when I’m ready, I’ll just dip my fingers and take as much as I need. They have it packaged in a tube if you prefer that, but the tube only holds 3.3 oz, compared to the tub, which is 8.5 oz.

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The first tub of it I bought was at ULTA for $36, I know, that’s too expensive! That one lasted me about five months though, so at least it wasn’t a waste. One day I was in Tj Maxx, and guess what I found? That’s right, the hair masque, but it was only $25! You guys have no idea how excited I was when I saw that! Sure, $25 isn’t cheap either, but it sure beats $36! Now my hair is nice and healthy, and I use this to pamper it after I use heat on it!

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Overall, I absolutely love this product! It’s one of my regulars! Let me know if you tried it!

Thanks for reading!