Visiting Wonderland / Veronica Lake Waves / Classic Hairstyle, Not So Classic Color

The finished look
I'll be heading to NYC soon... but before I do I wanted to get photos up from my last trip.  I was recently there in November for a friend's wedding.  I wanted to have a polished look for the black tie event, so I went to one of my favorite beauty studio's in New York, Wonderland Beauty Parlour.  Jeb did my hair in a classic Veronica Lake side sweep.  With my bright purple color, it was a real contrast!

To achieve this look, Jeb barrel curled my hair with a 1.25" curling iron and pinned it to cool.  Each lock was sprayed with Oribe Soft Lacquer spray (my new secret weapon for hot tool looks!).  Then it was brushed out.  Voila!

Before look


Ok, going to be late.

End result.

Not bad. 
Have you gotten your hair done recently?  What kind of look do you go for?  Have you ever tried this look at home?

My Lazy Girl Waves - How I Get Soft Waves From Home To The Office

 Waves made on my commute.
 Flat.  Meh. No body or life.
I love this formula, and the scent is divine.  However, the bottle is just ridiculous.  A really unfortunate design.
 I use about two pumps on my ends.
 I rub the smoothing cream into dry hair. 
Bed Head's After Party doesn't weigh hair down and sets hair very softly.
 Twist the length of my hair.
Key step.  I wrap it in a scrunchie.  Yes, I know that scrunchies are about as fashionable as knee high nude hose with white nurse shoes; however, scrunchies damage hair less than rubber bands or elastics.  Also, they don't leave that dent in your hair after you've had your hair up in a bun or ponytail.

I twist my hair and put it in a bun holding it all together with a scrunchie.  Then by the time I'm at my desk, my hair has set and I have soft waves or at least some body in the hair. 
More body the longer you leave it in.  
Though there is always the temptation of just leaving your hair up all day. 
What do you do as your quick fix for looking polished at work?

The Longest Name For a Hair Product - Organix Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy Anti-Breakage Serum Review - Is It Worth All Those Words?

 Organix Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy Anti-Breakage Serum

I couldn't figure out what the brand, line, product was on this.  So many words all over the bottle.  However, a few things jumped out at me.  "Keratin," "Straight," "coconut oil" all sounded good to me, so I picked up a bottle of this serum.

I am not an expert on 'cones, that's referring to ingredients based off of silicone.  I know there are good 'cones and bad 'cones.  For example, products like John Freida Frizz Ease, which were all the rage when I was in high school and college for my frizzy friends carry 'cones that may in fact do the exact opposite of what you want.  The deflect moisture, clog the scalp and can cause build up.  However, I also know that not all 'cones do this.

Organix Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy Anti-Breakage Serum has 'cones, but I feel as if they must be the good kind.  I have been using this product for a couple weeks now on and off, and I think that the days I do use it, my ends seem silkier and less frizzy.  Plus there is the added benefit of the smell.  It's just delicious.  A rich cocoa and coconut without being overly heady or gourmand.  I am a fan of his serum, though it does need to abbreviate its name.  What do you think would be a good nickname for it?

 The ingredients.  'Cones included but also yummy things like cocoa butter, coconut oil and avocado oil.
 The clear serum.
 I noticed less frizzies myself.
 I liked how smooth it made my hair.
Shiny face, but also shiny hair! :)  Where's MAC Blot when you need it? 

Organix Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy Anti-Breakage Serum is about $7 for 100ml, 3.3oz at mass retailers, drugstores and supermarkets nationwide.

Do you know the downlow on 'cones?  Link me in the comments if you do!  What do you use to keep frizzies at bay.

Life's A Beach - Bed Head Deep Waver Wave Artist - Get Beachy Mermaid Waves

Bed Head Deep Waver, Wave Artist.

With summer coming up, there is nothing I love more than tousled, beachy waves.  We all want to be Gisele, but my natural hair is more like Naomi's (well her extensions?). 

Anyway, we all want what we can't have, so I wanted to test out Bed Head's Deep Waver Wave Artist before we were in full summer swing.   I purchased mine from a while back, but I had only tried it once and was convinced I did it wrong.  So after air drying my hair with some Herbal Essences Volumizing mousse, I heated up my Deep Waver and starting getting beachy. 

 My regular hair.  Just air dried with some mousse.  Straight. Flat. Meh.
This rippling crimper(?) creates waves in hair.

This tool isn't a curling iron.  It actual more resembles a hair crimper.  Remember those?  But instead of crunchy, angular pyramids, the idea is that these three rounded barrels give you soft, mermaid waves.  The heat time is very quick, and I appreciate the lock system for when it's cool for neater, cleaner storage.

Feed me! :-O

I took 2 - 3 inch sections of hair and worked the Deep Waver down the length of my hair.  It worked best when not taking too much hair at a time.  Many of my girlfriends love wavy hair, but they aren't as handy with a curly iron.  The Deep Waver would probably be an excellent choice for them.  It's super easy just to clamp down the length of the hair to get your wavy look.

 Is this how Shakira does it?
 Mermaid waves.  Fin not included.

All in all, I think it did deliver a nice wavy style to my hair.  However, I do believe that I could have achieved a similar and less frizzy look with a regular large barrel curling iron.  I found that sometimes my hair looked too "clamped" and not soft and natural.  Running my fingers through, helped soften these spots, but overall, I think I prefer a regular curling iron.  This tool would probably work best on those with at least shoulder length to long hair (probably best on longer hair)
To review: if you are good with a curling iron, you can probably do without this.  If you are bad with heated tools and want something easy to work with, give this a try (but make sure you have long hair).

Bed Head Deep Waver Wave Artist is available at and for about $30 depending on retailer.