For years I was known as the girl with the long hair. It was my trademark, one that I now realise I relied on too heavily. As I’ve matured, and my situation has changed (or not changed enough) my priorities have shifted. Rather than maintain my time-consuming locks, and stick to a length that has existed as a comfort blanket of sorts, I’ve lopped it off.
It’s been incredibly liberating, even more so than I predicted it could be. As well as the freeing feeling of no longer relying on my hair and it’s abundance to feel attractive, I have so much more time and energy to put into things that are probably more important to me and my happiness right now.
My hair is so much quicker to dry now, but due to it’s texture it does still require some styling with a tong or straighteners. My strands aren’t thick but I have a lot of them, so they do have a tendency to create big and fluffy hair which requires some taming.
My shorter hair is still fairly new so I have to admit than once I’ve applied heat and sorted out its finish, whether I’ve chosen straight or wavey, that’s where the process has generally concluded. That was until I received a delivery from @MyKitsch (Kitsch) which spurred me to have a bit of a play and see what simple looks I could create with my long bob.
I say simple because, the major point of cutting it off was to save time. It was an action of self-care, to give my tired arms some rest-bite, and to dedicate as much time that I felt energised to spending quality time with loved ones or getting some work done – rather than gazing at my reflection and sorting out my hair. If I was completely well or had more robust limbs, I know I’d enjoy maintaining my hair, pampering or styling it. But at the moment that’s not where I’m at, and I’m someone that’s adamant on trying to adapt to what life throws at me.
So if like me you want to have some looks that differ from your everyday basic routine, or if you lack the knowledge to do anything complex, hopefully as I review the products I got sent you may feel inspired to buy some accessories yourself, and have a little bit of an experiment too.
Mesh Hair Ties- Black/Grey £8.52
While we choose to show our most polished and perfected selves via our carefully curated Instagram squares, Instastories and daily vlogs mean people see us at all those other times too, which are actually far more common than the ‘done’ versions that generally make our pages. When I’m beavering away at home I love to go without mascara, with spot cream on my face, and have my hair up and away from my face and my perennially sweaty neck. But sometimes I will have already washed and styled my hair and will want to get another day’s worth out of the effort I’ve put into the time consuming curling or shaping of it. Those tight hair bands we use always leave a notable impression, huge ridges and dents that completely ruin our chosen look, and mean that a hair-wash is required.
These are less harsh, and have a looser grip on the hair, so it allow you to feel that lovely relief getting the hair out of the eyes delivers, but means it could still be salvaged when you decide to let it loose again. The mesh style means that any of you rock-chicks reading wouldn’t mind having them on your wrists in-between wears either – they look like an intentional edgy accessory. If you’re not quite ready to don a scrunchie these are quite a good middle ground too.
Black Marble Matchbook Bobby Pins. £8.52
Next up the elusive bobby pins. The hair friends you’ll be chummy with for 24hrs before they ghost you without rhyme or reason. But seriously guys, where the hell do they all go? And why is it you can never find them but your grumpy partner will and demand answers regarding why you always leave them everywhere!?
This premium pack contains 24 bobby pins in an assortment of silver, rose gold and gold – they’re a bit more special than the average black, brown or hair coloured ones I’ve had in the past, so I’m going to try my hardest to put them back on the packaging they arrived in after every use.
For this look I wanted to channel a Faye Dunaway late 60’s bob. It was always smooth and subtly tucked underneath – a few years ago Fearne Cotton looked beautiful with her updated version.. The aim was that it would be a minimal but striking look, the canvas being so blank the simple addition of bobby pins would make an impact.
Whether I want it to or not my hair tends to offer up a side parting, so I chose to only decorate one side. This meant that this side has a slight flick at the end, a look which Vanessa Hudgens has been enjoying via her 1920’s bob.
I know, you hardly needed me to tell you that you could use bobby pins, well… like bobby pins. This look isn’t really screaming out for a tutorial, I’m fully aware how straightforward it is. But I just anted to illustrate to those that have little time (or energy), or meagre talents when it comes to styling hair, that simple can still look great.
We often use bobby pins as the tools to secure, we want them to provide a function, but we don’t often utilise their aesthetics qualities. With these you flip reverse that notion and showcase them for their simple elegance.
I chose 3 because in creative arena’s we are always told you should use unequal numbers for a pleasing result, and because the pack provides gold, silver and rose gold options.
Depending on your outfit or your other accessories you may want stick to one shade of metallic. As my outfit was neutral with no particular emphasis in terms of gold or silver, I had one of each.
For this look I decided to mirror the idea on the other side. To pull this off a bit better, unlike me I’d ensure you get the parting perfectly in the centre, otherwise the idea of creating pleasing symmetry isn’t quite realised.
You can create added interest with bobby pins via how you position them. So instead of placing them straight and in line, I crossed them over for this look.
I started by creating a sort of fake mohawak by taking a section of hair from the front and twisting it and pushing it forward to create a lift (if you have very flat hair back-combing can help), I then secured with two bobby pins.
I then repeated a similar idea for the sections either side. But instead of trying to create a lift I pulled it tighter, but secured in exactly the same way. Twisting the hair really showcases the shine.
If you’re hair is cut fairly blunt and one length (like mine), this style is a a great way of achieving a look of subtle layers, as you can see from this back angle.
The Scrunchie £8.52 (hair scrunchies black/grey)
My hair would be less ravaged now if the scrunchie had remained in favour after first school. As soon as the slim elastic band style bands (with that bit of connecting metal) became the thing to use, the’ split ends and broken hair on the parting’ era began. It always used to get caught on the metal, or tangled in it, and you’d lose a few extra strands a day. You’d also put them round your wrist, forget about it, and then wake up with a swollen arm where you’d cut off the circulation. What I’m trying to say is, that we should of cherished the Scrunchie for it’s health and safety credentials alone!
In this @MyKitsch set you get a selection of colours in grey to black hues, which means there’s one to go with pretty much any outfit you may be wearing. When I put my hair up for the first time with one of them I felt instantly nostalgic, it brought me straight back to my school days and that decision process of whether I’d pull out those strands at the front (at my school they were called spiders) or go for a completely tied back look. There was also the conflict about whether to pull the hair through to make a cute ponytail, or to do the folded over messy bun thing.
I forgot how much more comfortable they are to wear too. None of that pulling at the temples. I’m pretty sure it brought on some receding on the hairline for me, years of severe pulling back courtesy of the super tight bands.
For this look I was embracing 80’s/90’s cutesy movie girl. Think Julia Robert’s best friend in Pretty Woman, or Sarah Jessica Parker (the Robert Downey era). In the hit movie I, Tonya we saw Margot Robbie sporting a scrunchie, a look she obviously enjoyed because she was papped wearing one on her days off from filming too.
If you wanted to channel the girls in Heather’s you’d team with a boxy oversized blazer, a done up shirt (with shoulder pads ideally) and a pencil skirt or a pleated knee-length one.
If you need some more up to date references to assure that they truly are back and acceptable to be seen in. don’t worry I have them for you too. Try and forget the admittedly funny episode of Sex and The City which compounds the anti-scrunchie stance.
Rita Ora has been seen rocking a vivid multicoloured one to achieve a high bouncy pony. Gwen Stefani was on TV with a sleep slick back look, a thick black scrunchie giving her ponytail extra height. Cressida Bonas incorporated one into a fun festival looking, teaming a pastel blue one with neon green Ray-Bans and some cute dungarees. Selena Gomez gave her fishtail plait some ooomph with one at a photocall. Jennifer Lopez was seem driving with a tropical print number one. And two of my fave beauties Kate Beckinsale and Bella Hadid often pair one with their stylish day time looks.
When I saw them bouncing down the catwalks at the like of Ashish a few seasons back, I knew we’d see a comeback. It wasn’t just any designers risking the comeback, it was many of the brand’s that are labelled as cool or hip, the one’s whose looks often filter down to the high street and street style. I know a lot of my friend’s look to Ashish in particular for their cool checklist, so it was like a green light for the beloved and much lambasted scrunchie.
My hair’s a bit too short to try wearing it this way, but at Mansur Gavriel’s SS18 show during New York Fashion Week, scrunchie’s were worn on very low ponytails. For their catwalk look it wasn’t high sheen fabrics like these, they came in vintage Italian fabrics.
The style was “very low and broken so you just keep the hair over the ears and behind the shoulders. It should also be “a little messy”.
For my final look I decided to recreate a look I did when I was younger. There were these hair accessories people used to buy that looked like springs, that people would use to create a similar effect to this. I used to layer up scrunchies which would make the ponytail hang away from the hair and bounce so much that you’d enjoyed swinging your head from side to side as you walked. Did anyone else do this or is this another weird Eggleton thing?
If you can’t quite rid yourself of the unfair prejudice against this Cyndi Lauper fave, then you should still buy them as an act of kindness to your hair . They’re great for bunging up your hair when your chilling at home, doing chores, or out and about running errands. They also look great with sportwear, so they’re perfect for the gym. Give them a chance, for your wrist health and split end reductio, if nothing else. For me any excuse to resurrect my obsession with Clarissa was enough.
This is the Universal styling wrap in blue from Kitsch (the product measures 50″/127cm), £11.36.
If you’re going to the beach and know you’re likely going to get an incredibly sweaty or salty head. you don’t want to waste time doing your hair properly, but at the same time you want to look nice for you arrival and journey to.
A ribbon like this just adds a bit of something-something to your basic look. I think the blue of this one looks like a dark denim which gives it a casual feel, and the beading is subtle enough that it looks more boho than glam, which is a style I’m much more aligned too. I was one of those girls who was obsessed with becoming Sienna Miller post Alfie. I love that ‘I haven’t really tried’ type of beauty.
If you haven’t dared to chop in a fringe, a ribbon or hair band is a great way of faking it. You could create a sweeping one but pulling it across your forehead and then tucking in and securing on the other side. It’s up to you whether you want to make the bow a feature or have it hidden underneath at the nape of the neck.
Skinny scarf or chunky necklace, you decide. Either way here’s another way you could wear this embellished ribbon. Maybe tie one or numerous knots in it to create a different shape. Double it over and wear as a choker if that’s a 90’s trend you are still embracing.
For this look I wanted a really loose low ponytail. When it’s low and slightly undone looking it has a more romantic and free-spirited feel to it.
For a normal ponytail I’d use a stretchy hair band that would feel tight and secure, for this I decided just to use the ribbon which would help to achieve the tousled boho finish, where tendrils of hair may come away and fall around the face.
The beading detail on the ribbon makes this 30 second look more intentional and like a look you may have interpreted from the catwalk .
This is one option I particularly can’t wait to recreate over festival season. While a lot of people are happy to keep their grotty passes round their wrists, gathering germs and fermenting their mosh pit sweat, I’ll be decorating my wrists with a more elegant option.
Star Hair Comb £10
This star Metal Hair Comb (14k Gold Brass) is one of my faves from Kitsch. I’ve been obsessed with star anything since THAT Chanel collection, and that amazing jumpsuit Kate Moss wore to one of her infamous birthday parties. It takes everything I’ve got to resist buying something if it has any form of star print on it.
For my first look I wanted to go for another retro look. Another 80/90’s inspired style look, quel surprise! I just did a simple half up half down style, with hair that had been given a gentle wave. The great thing is that you can use any old ugly hair band to do it, and the comb and it’s shining stars will hide it completely.
If you created this look with smoothed hair it would have a completely different effect. The ponytail part could be folded into a neat bun and the loose hair could be turned under with a round brush to create a perfected and regal look for a red carpet event. Very old Hollywood polish.
The first look that came to mind for me when I saw this accessories was a messy up-do. Whenever I do a really neat, perfectly constructed up-do I find it incredibly ageing for me. I find a more random and textured one a bit fresher (and I need all the help I can get with these eye-bags).
Of course for someone with CFS, style that require very little time with the arms above the head are also preferred and this look a matter of seconds. I give my hair some texture with some tongs first. Then I scrunched the hair in my hands, and put a hair tie round the very messy bun. I then manipulate it a bit, pulling bits out, tucking some rogue escapists in. I’ll pull some bits out at the front too, some that I’ll leave loose to frame the face, and some I”ll bring some to the back and tuck into the bun to create a draping effect.
For my final look I thought I’d use the comb to decorate a simply waved hair down look. If you like symmetry (Wes Anderson I’m talking to you, obvs) then you could part hair in the middle and have them on each side. I always prefer an asymmetrical look, but it’s a personal thing.
A few season back a wet look hair was a big trend. These combs would look great if you created a pulled back sleek look like below, with the hair smoothed a bit more like a soft wave rather than a beachy one.
A huge thanks to Kitsch for sending me these accessories and encouraging me to experiment. These were just a few ideas that came to me when I was going with my initial instincts, but I’m looking forward to trying them out in some different perhaps more challenging ways over the next fews weeks. Hopefully as I get used to making effort with my hair my skills will improve! The goal is that I’ll eventually be one of those mums that sends their daughter to school with one of those complex and intricate french braids, if I had a kid now she’d had to put up with a simple and likely lopsided, pigtails.
This is NOT a sponsored post but the items were gifted.