These days, I have about this much patience for my hair…
Seriously, I just can’t freaking deal! Even the curling iron feels like too much work.
So lately I’ve been all about #thatscrunchielife, because it only takes about 10 seconds to either corral my mane into a low side pony…
…or put it up into this haphazard ponytail/bun number I lovingly call my “crazy cat lady hair.”
I have come to the realization, however, that as tempting as it is, woman cannot live on scrunchies alone. Eventually, we have to leave the house, and when we’re out there in the big, bad world, it really does help to look like a responsible citizen. It makes strangers less likely to run away when you say things like, “I’m looking for a velvet king or princess costume for my 20-pound cat.”
In that vein, and to expand my hair style horizons, I’ve started using the $5 Mia Beauty Bun Ease.
I grabbed it primarily because of the instructions on the box, which make using it sound so easy (“Just tuck and roll!”). The six-piece kit comes with everything you need to whip up a large four-inch diameter bun — one bun-holder thingy, a ponytail elastic and four large bobby pins — so you don’t have to buy anything else.
Before using it, my major worries were 1) that it would give me a headache, 2) that it wouldn’t stay in place, and 3) that it would be a chore to use, but since it was only $5 ($6 at Target), I figured that I wasn’t risking too much if it didn’t work out.
I’ve been wearing it pretty much all week long, and I’m happy to report that it’s great! It stays in all day, doesn’t make my head hurt, and it’s a cinch to use.
With it I can knock out a casually messy bun in one or two minutes. I’ll just gather my hair into a ponytail, slip it into the bun contraption, spread the ends of my hair over the edge, and roll the bun down. Then I secure it with the four bobby pins that come with the kit.
If I spend a little more time I can make the bun look neater and more Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but I kind of prefer the slightly disheveled look… I guess it speaks to the part of my soul that embraces chaos!
But here’s the deal: While I like the bun to look a little “undone,” I can’t pull off super messy like some girls can, so I still like the overall hairstyle to look somewhat polished; otherwise, I look like one of the wildlings from Game of Thrones…
What I’ll do is slick down the sides and back of my head with a firm hold hairspray, then comb down the fly-away hairs with a stiff brush. That way I get a nice contrast between the smooth sides and the haphazard bun.
I’ve been using this new Kerastase Lacque Noire ($37), a firm hold hairspray that keeps everything in place but still leaves my hair feeling soft.
See? Messy but not too messy. 🙂
I highly recommend the Mia Beauty Bun Ease kit. I found mine at Target for $6, but it’s also available for $5 at Ulta. (I just couldn’t wait).
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