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Bestope Straightening Hair Brush – The Taming of the Frizz

One of the most asked questions that I got the most from my What’s in Travel Bag post was actually something that didn’t go in my make up bag. My pink hairbrush straightener from Bestope. I kind of threw it in the picture last minute, when I noticed it off in the corner of the bed, not thinking that some of you would zero in on it, but you sure did! There must be a whole lot more frizzy haired femmes out there than I originally thought.

I don’t feel so alone anymore.

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Most of you asked the following questions:

  • Does it really straighten your hair? Yes. Not the kind of straight you get from a flat iron, but it leaves it smooth and silky feeling.
  • How long does it take to straighten your hair? I guess that would depend on how much hair you have, but I have A LOT of hair and if I where to blow dry and then use the flat iron, we are talking about a solid hour or more. With the hairbrush straighter, I would say it takes about 30 minutes. Maybe 45 if the kids are out of school. Moms, you feel me, right?
  • How much does it cost? I bought mine about a year ago on Amazon and I paid about $29.99 for it. I couldn’t find the exact one on there anymore, but I found a similar one from Bestope and it’s even cheaper….$24.99!!

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I know sometime last year, Dafni came out with a straightening hair brush that cost like $300 (for the record it’s like $66 dollars now) Everyone went crazy buying it and there was a huge waitlist. Of course, it didn’t take long for a bunch of dups to come out in the market and seeing as I how I am A) not very patient and B) didn’t have $300 to drop on hair tool, I decided to purchase a copy cat.

I really didn’t have high hopes, to be honest. I have been fighting the frizz since I was a teen and although I know my way around a blow dryer and flat iron, I always hated the time it took to get my hair straight. Fast forward a few years, a couple of keratin treatments that seriously stunted the growth of my hair, and giving birth to my little Time Suckers, it seemed like having straight hair was turning into the equivalent of a full nights sleep – a dream only achieved once or twice a year when I visited that magical place called a Hair Salon (queue the angels choir).

However, the Bestope Hair Straightener exceeded my expectations. Not only did it cut my time in half in front of the mirror, but it also made my hair look really smooth. It’s also a breeze to use. All you need is:

  • Dry hair (not be used with wet hair)
  • Make sure to spritz on some heat protectant. I use the It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Spray because ain’t nobody got time use so many products when this one does it all.
  • Adjust the heat to your desired degree. With my hair type and thickness I do the max, 425 F, which I know is not recommended and is probably contributing to the frizziness, but it’s like once you go 425F, you can never go back!
  • Portion off your hair in pieces and basically brush your hair, but comb it through slowly. Repeat until you get the desired smoothness.
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left side: au natural / right side: smoothed out

There are a few cons I have to point out. First off,  it’s hard to get those little hairs around your temple and forehead because its hard to run the brush that close to your skin without burning it. Same thing goes for the underside of your hair around your neck. I’ve given myself more than a few hickey looking burns by being careless. It’s also a little hard to reach the roots on the top of the head. When I am done, I usually go in with a round brush and blow dryer and smooth out the roots and wispy hairs around the side and forehead.

In order to maintain the look until I wash my hair, I usually go in every morning and give my hair a quick once over with the hairbrush straightener and I’m out the door. Ok. Not really because I am always running back into the house to get something that I forgot, like keys, phones, my kids.

Don’t judge, ok? We’ve all been there.

Anyways, shoot over any frizz fighting tips. I’m always on the hunt for any recommendations on how to tame the beast.

Till next time, my friends.

Maritza

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The Art of the Messy Bun

I consider myself a beauty enthusiast. I love makeup, skincare, nails and fashion. However, there is one aspect that I loathe and detest. My hair.

Don’t get me wrong. I am grateful to have a full head of hair. I know plenty of people who due to disease or genetics, don’t have any hair and would read this blog and be like “Oh no, she didn’t!” But my love/hate relationship with my hair is more about not knowing what the hell to do with it rather than hating its mere existence.

You see, I have thick, wavy hair with a tendency to frizz at the slightest touch to humidity. Did I mention I live in South Florida? Rain and humidity is a way of life here. It is also the bane of my beauty existence because it prevents me from options. If I want to straighten my hair, I have to pray and hope that it doesn’t rain, otherwise goodbye shiny straight locks. If I decide to curl my hair with a wand, then one step outside the front door guarantees me those curls will die a quick death. Therefore, in the battle between me and Mother Nature, I end up waving my white flag and decide to do nothing and throw it into a messy bun, which is why you guys rarely see me with my hair down in my blog posts.

I’m also not going to lie. I’m pretty lazy and throwing my hair in a bun is so much easier that spending an hour trying to get it to cooperate. Call me defeated, but I don’t care. I work from home most of the time, so it’s not like I am trying to impress anyone. My husband and kids probably don’t even remember what I look like with my hair down.

I have a few go to products to create the Not So Perfect Messy Bun. The first one is a hair tie. If you have thick, long hair like me, then let me introduce you to my best friend. The Beauty 360 Ponytailers Strong Hold for Thick Hair.

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I find these at CVS and they cost about $5 for a pack of 24. They are strong, so they don’t break easily and they don’t stretch out and become all floppy. The best part is that they are wider/longer than the average hair tie, which any girl with a full head of thick hair knows, the smaller ones can be too short to get the tie around the ponytail enough times to get that hold that keeps your hair in place all day. For messy buns, these are the BEST because not only do you have enough give to hold the hair up, but also take the band around one more time to secure everything in place and prevent the ever dreaded bun droop. Nothing says loser like a droopy bun.

However, even a messy bun is not the solution, cause I have all these little baby hairs that fly all over the place and frizz even when slicked back with hair spray, which is why my second best friend, next to the hair ties, is the headband. I find that a head band can give the messy bun that added touch of fake glam. I mean, let’s face it, nothing says I didn’t try more than a messy bun, but adding a cute headband mean you tried a little harder and therefore, my friends, you are one step above the masses. I personally like these retro headbands that I get on Amazon. They cost about $8 a piece and come in a bunch of funky designs.

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Once I get the bun and head band in place, then add a spritz of your favorite hairspray and you are all set. I personally do my hair after my makeup, so the finished look is something like this.

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Not too shabby, right??

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza