What Would We Do Without Pocket Mirrors?!

Luckily for us, back in the days someone figured out that if you blink up metal you can see your face in it.

Luckily for us, back in the days someone figured out that if you blink up metal you can see your face in it.

I don’t know about you, but my pocket mirror is definitely one of my best friends. Lately, I haven’t gone anywhere without it, it’s in my back “pocket” wherever I go! I’m sure you’ll agree with me that when walking out in this harsh winter your hair gets blown away and although it made have been neat and put together when you left the house, a few minutes outside can turn it up side down. So of course, we all turn to our tiny little buddies to help us straighten ourselves up and look just right. Luckily for us, back in the days someone figured out that if you blink up metal you can see your face in it.

Mirrors have been around for a long, long time now. It seems like even the Egyptians were already using copper mirrors and in the 16th Century mirror makers in Venice invented a mirror made of glass and the back was covered with mercury which gave an excellent reflection. The French then industrialized the process in the 17th century making it a wide spread and popular object. The pocket mirror was invented shortly after for all of those (like us) who felt they needed a mirror on them at all times.

There are lots of different kinds of travel mirrors for many different purposes. Some include travel mirrors for makeup which are generally a little larger than the compact mirrors for ones purse, there are pocket mirrors for bathrooms, counter tops and many more different sizes and shapes. But the more typical pocket mirror is the Compact mirror which is typically the smallest of the travel types. It’s two halves open and close with a center hinge to allow double the mirror size in half the space. While many compact travel mirror styles are round, they come in many different sizes. They can be found in heart shapes, roses, ladybugs and anything else you can dream up! They can even be found with a key chain on it so they can be attached to a key ring, a wristlet or anything else to make it even more practical.

So if you are still looking for that simple solution to be able to fix up your hair wherever you are- any time and anywhere, I think it’s safe to say that the pocket mirror is definitely going to be your best bet!!

Tips for Putting Bobby Pins in Properly in your Hair

bobby pin in hair

How to wear a bobby pin in your hair

It’s amazing how a bobby pin which is so small and looks so useless is actually one of the most wanted and practical hair accessories. Originally, this flat wire hairpin with prongs that press tightly together was used to hold bob hairstyles in place; hence the name. The little bobby pin though, can be used in many different hair styles, not just the bob. Bobby pins are a great way to hold your hair up without using harsh chemicals, tricky fasteners or any heat tool to do the trick. Besides for that they are easy to use and can be carried around in a pocket book for emergencies.

There are a few simple steps to follow when putting a bobby pin in your hair. So for those of you who’ve had trouble in the past keeping your hair pins securely on your head, below are a few tips to ensure your bobby pins will work for you.

Firstly, make sure that the wavy side if the bobby pin is facing down. No, the waves are not just there to make the pin look exciting, they’re actually there to grip and lock the pin in place. Besides for that, it also allows you to get more hair in there and believe it or not, simply putting the waves on bottom really helps prevent hair from slipping out all day long.

Also, before you slip the bobby pin on your hair try to open it from the opening just a bit so that it can get as much hair as possible. The mistake people make is opening it with they’re teeth because first of all your teeth are too strong for such a delicate pin and will probably stretch it too much causing it not to hold properly and secondly, you might by mistake bight off that plastic piece at the tip to prevent it from scratching your scalp.

Another great tip is that if you have thick hair or you are looking to use your bobby pin to hold a lot of hair up you may want to try using two bobby pins and forming an x. First, hold your hair up (the piece you are looking to hold down with bobby pins), then take a bobby pin in your right hand and going from right to left insert it diagonally on the piece of hair. Then, take a bobby pin in your left hand and going from left to right insert it onto and into the bobby pin already there. This will secure the bobby pins in place and ensure that they will remain there for as long as you need.

Aside from the practical side of bobby pins, they can also be used as decorative hair accessories. Many brides wear extra fancy rhinestone bobby pins in their hair-dos on their special day! And even for regular days, bobby pins don’t have to be just black or gold, beautiful decorative hair pins abound with designs ranging from the small and delicate to the large statement hair pins!

So go ahead and give them another shot if you’ve stopped trying. Besides, they manage to do the trick and they cost pennies per pin so it really doesn’t hurt to try.

All About Hair Sticks & How to Wear Hair Sticks in Your Hair

woman wearing hair sticks

Hair Sticks are an elegant hair accessory for women that are simpler to use than they look!

For all of you who are new to hair sticks, a hair stick is a straight stick that comes to a point at the end. It is generally between 5 and 9 inches in length, and when two hair sticks or chopstix are used together they can hold hair up and out of ones face. They are fashionable, stylish and are a really exciting hair accessory once you know how to use them.

Believe it or not, hair sticks have been in use for thousands of years. Hair sticks were a popular hair accessory in the cultures of Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, and although most of them were jeweled luxury items, in Rome they were mainly simple and wooden and were worn by all, no matter their financial standing. Of course, the more common culture that wore these hair sticks were the Japanese, who still wear them today, along with anyone and everyone who came to find them dressy, original and right up their ally.

So as you can see, women have been styling their hair using hair sticks for a long time now, but still, many people have no idea how to use them. Although the result looks really elegant and extremely complicated, the truth is that once you get the hang of it it’s really simple! So for all of you out there who are interested in giving them a shot, below are a few simple steps of making a bun in your hair with hair sticks.

1. Start by brushing or coming your hair.

2. Hold your hair into a pony tail and hold the base tightly with your left hand.

3. Take your right hand and twist your pony tail into a spiral.

4. Then, take your twirled pony tail and start twirling it around and around the base of the pony. Once you’ve twirled it half way, take your left hand off from the base to hold the forming bun securely.

5. Tuck the end of your pony tail under the bun.

6. Secure the bun using a hair stick. Insert the stick pointed in and up, then lift like a lever and weave the stick into your hair.

The first few times you try it, you may want to give up – but try again because you’ll get the hang of it and hair sticks are really a great hair accessory to add to your collection!

The Boar Bristle Hair Brush- Is It All It’s Made Out To Be?

A Boar Bristle brush can actually have many benefits to the quality of your hair

A Boar Bristle brush can actually have many benefits to the quality of your hair

Like lots of other women out there, I’m sure you may wonder what the difference between a regular hair brush with plastic bristles and a brush with boar bristles is. What is boar anyways? How come people make such a big deal over the brushes with boar bristles especially in the winter time? Below you will find everything you need to know about a brush with boar bristles and we’ll leave choosing the right type of hair brush for yourself up to you.

For starters, a boar is actually a male pig. Boar bristles are the pig’s hair which is harvested from slaughterhouses where boars are slaughtered, and attached to the brushes with glue. I know this seems a little gross, but when you hear all the benefits it can actually have on your hair, I’m not sure you’ll be so grossed out anymore.

Our scalp produces natural oils to keep our hair healthy at all times. When brushing our hair, we distribute the healthy oils all around, from the top to the bottom of our hair to keep it healthy. Using a plastic brush does not always to such a great job spreading the healthy oils everywhere, which is why they came out with a brush that has natural bristles instead of synthetic bristles. So while you may be spending lots of money on the perfect shampoos and extra oils to keep your hair moist and healthy, sometimes all you really need is the right brush to do the trick.

In the winter, our hair tends to be extra dry than usual due to the harsh cold winds which is why using a brush with boar bristles is really a great option in the winter. Obviously, a brush with plastic bristles will not damage your hair, but it may not do as good as a job spreading the oils which may really affect the quality of your hair.

So if you’ve been suffering from a dry scalp or crimpy hair you might want to try using a brush with boar bristles to help your situation and see a real difference.
Good Luck!

Fed Up of Getting a Pony Mark When Wearing a Pony Tail? Try a Hair Scrunchie!

A scrunchy hair tie is a piece of elastic covered by material such as cotton, velour, satin, chiffon, etc.

A scrunchy hair tie is a piece of elastic covered by material such as cotton, velour, satin, chiffon, etc.

I’m sure you all agree with me that pony tail holders were definitely one of the smartest inventions of hair accessories. They allow us to be comfortable by just putting our hair up and out of our face at any time. In addition to providing comfort, they give a neat and classy look for any hair length. However, the one thing that sometimes keeps people away from wearing a pony tail holder is when they have their hair professionally done and as much as they would love to keep their hair up for a bit they do not want to leave a pony mark in their hair – which is why we have scrunchies.

A scrunchy hair tie is a piece of elastic covered by material such as cotton, velour, satin, chiffon, etc. Since it has a layer of material around it, it does not leave a mark when you take it off which is why you can enjoy the best of both worlds when wearing a scrunchie. They come in many different styles and colors. They can be found in dark colors such a s black, navy, brown, etc. for a classy and simple look as well as in bright neon colors for a funky and exciting look and of course everything else in between.  Just as any other pony holder, they are small and compact which allows you to keep it in to your purse or pocket book at all times in case of emergency.

So especially in the winter time when you are wearing a hat outdoors and you would like to keep your hair up without messing it up, definitely go for a stylish scrunchie pony holder to provide the comfort you are looking for as well as keep your hair in tip top shape.

 

 

Ear Muffs- Ever Wonder How The Warmest Invention Came About?

Ear muffs are so popular that today even snowmen wear them!

Ear muffs are so popular that today even snowmen wear them!

Ear muffs are so popular that today even snowmen wear them! They come in many different warm materials such as fur, fleece, velvet and much more. In addition, they can be found in lots of different styles and colors and are made for young children, kids, teens and adults of all ages. They are stylish, practical and warm which is why they are a necessary winter accessory today.

However, like every practical invention, ear muffs have not been around forever. In the year 1873, a 15 year old boy Chester Greenwood of Maine loved to ice skate. However, his ears got so cold he had to go in and warm up all the time. He was fed up and tired of suffering in the cold northern winter so he went ahead and invented the first pair of ear muffs. They consisted of two circles made of beaver fur lined with velvet and sewn onto a wire loop frame by Chester’s grandmother. Chester was extremely proud of himself because while all his friends had to go in and warm up while ice skating, his ears were kept warm at all times.

Over the years and with much experimentation, Greenwood learned to attach the earmuffs to a flexible spring-steel band that could be coiled to fit in a pocket. Due to the demand, Greenwood opened a small factory in his hometown in 1877 and in 1936 (the year before his death) his factory produced 400,000 ear muffs.  Today, thanks to Chester Greenwood, there are hundreds if not thousands of different kinds and styles of ear muffs to help keep our ears warm. Of course, in this generation some of them are even made as head phones so that you can still listen to music when wearing your earmuffs.

So next time you put on those earmuffs and brace the cold weather don’t forget to give thanks to Chester Greenwood for his brilliant invention. Apparently, in 2007, Maine held a parade to celebrate his invention and 130 years of warm ears, so you can just imagine how much they made a difference to some people’s lives. And hey, next time you feel like you can use and extra something that hasn’t been invented yet, give it a try – you never know what could come out of it….

Try Wearing Your Head Scarves as Accessories!

Rosie The Riveter wore head scarves as hair accessories

Rosie The Riveter wore head scarves as hair accessories

Want to be really different and original? Try wearing your head scarf in some other ways too. Besides for wearing them on your head or as a winter scarf, there are some other really exciting ways they can be worn. Bet you never thought you could make so much of that head scarf when you bought it! Below are some ideas we came up with, but when it comes to head scarves, the sky’s the limit!

1. Wear it as a Shawl

A head scarf makes a great shawl. It comes in handy in the house when you’re a little chilly, outdoors on a cool day, as an extra layer under your coat or simply to dress up an outfit. A large oblong Israeli tichel with lurex can be used as a shawl and even makes it a lot more exciting since there is that added sparkle of silver lurex plus a lot of isreli tichel come with fringes to add even more interest.

2. Wear it as a Sash

If you are looking for an original kind of belt to match your outfit, try using your long oblong head scarf and tie it around your waist. Depending on exactly which style you are looking for you may want to either fold it, twist it or scrunch it before you tie it around your waist. You can tie it into a knot, a tie or a bow depending on the occasion.

3. Tie it as a Head Wrap

Take a small square head scarf and fold it into a thin band. Then, put the middle of the band by your neck under all your hair. Take the two ends and tie them on top of your head in a knot or a bow. This tie can give you the look of Rosie The Riveter.

4. Tie it like a Bow tie

Take a small square head scarf, fold it into a triangle, put it around your neck and tie it! Simple as 1,2,3! This is almost like sailor look. Small square head scarves come in tons of bold or muted patterns, you can either opt for silk which is more expensive or stick with the cheaper polyester.

Head scarves are really a world of their own and make great accessories for every and any occasion. So before shopping for your many accessories try to see what you can do with the head scarves you already have. For those of you who don’t have any you may want to consider buying some!