Bandanas are Back

Bandanas have been in my life ever since I can remember. However, I was not always so fond of them as I am now. I have many memories of my mom accessorizing my hair with bandanas during my childhood saying how stylish they were when she was growing up despite my incessant protests that I looked ridiculous. As I grew, I learned to tolerate them, and even like them on certain occasions. Even so, I can only recall a handful of times I have been seen sporting one in the past eight years.

Recently bandanas have come full circle and made a stylish and trendy reappearance.  This return began at music festivals like Coachella, notorious for its stylishly dressed attendees in eclectic and western inspired pieces.  I for one, am ecstatic that is western trend is coming back for the sheer versatility of the bandana.  Unlike previous trends gracing festival grounds, this ‘It’ accessory is very affordable and  has some real practicality to it, too.  A bandana can be worn as a head wrap, a headband, a scarf, a choker, a bracelet, and I have even seen it worn as a top on some occasions. So many possibilities!

The Trend

My Picks

Free People (1) | Urban Outfitters (1) | Free People (2) | Urban Outfitters (2) | Nasty Gal |
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Which ‘It’ trends are your favorite? Let me know if you have any bandana suggestions! 🙂

xx, Kendall

Hair Styles to Survive the Heat Wave

**Featured in the PreppyU Magazine**

Summer is a time of fun in the sun and also a time of intense heat and humidity.  In the Northeast, Summer weather comes rapidly. The temperature jumps from being in the 60s to the 80s. There is no way I can wear my hair down during this time. It’s way too hot! I was always looking for a new fun way to wear my hair thats different than the normal ponytail or bun, I bet you are too! here are 3 easy up-dos for those hot Summer days.

1 Tied Up Bun

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The first step is to find a cool hair scarf.  These come in handy in the summer to keep hair off the face and are also a cute accessory to liven up a bun. Tie the scarf around your head, then gather your hair into a slightly messy bun. This simple and easy look is not only cute but also can hide your hair if it needs a wash.

2 Headband Twist

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The headband twist is a simple way to have a clean and polished hairstyle.  First you put the headband over your hair.  Then you start by twisting your strands around the back on the headband and pinning them in place with bobbie pins.  It’s okay to have fly-aways and uneven loops.  I think these even add to the look!

3 French Braid to Bun

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The french braid into a bun is a class and elegant look for summer.  First, start by making a deep side part.  Then, start the french braid by going across your head and then backwards.  I like to keep my braid a little loose because it adds some texture.  Once you have braided the whole side of your head, put your remaining strands in a bun.  Finish the braid and wrap these strands around the already made bun.  Spray with hairspray for the style to hold and prevent frizz.

I hope you love these hairstyles as much as I do! let me know what you think.

xx, Kendall

Salon Style

Senior Prom was last week and there was no way I could procure the up-do I wanted all by myself.  That lead me to my usual salon.  I really did not know what to expect.  Do they already have an idea in mind?  How much time will be spent on me? Will they know what I want?

I texted my hair dresser before hand to ask her what she thinks will look good with my dress.  I would recommend this to anyone getting styled for an event.  This way we were able to send ideas back and forth.  We were both able to be on the same page before the appointment, making the whole thing run smoothly.

When she started doing my hair I learned I needed to be very specific and honest about how I want my hair compared to how it was.  Most people get very uncomfortable with asking their hairdresser to change something when they do not like it.  One might be weary of hurting her feelings.  What you don’t know is they will happily change something if you want it differently.  The one thing you need to remember is that she can not read your mind and will happily tweak until everything is how you pictured. My hair dresser had to redo a part of my up-do three times, but it was all worth it when it was finally perfect.

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Let me know if this post helped you! What are some of your tips to getting the hair you want in this situation?

xx, Kendall

Lustrum by NuMe

NuMe: revolutionizing the curling iron.  I recently invested in getting the Lustrum curling iron set from NuMe.  Its very different from any other curling iron I have seen because it comes with 5 interchangeable barrels, providing a large selection of curling options.  I like the versatility of it and the quality of the product.  I can change my look with just the switch of a barrel.

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In order from left to right: Barrels: 32mm, 25mm, 19mm, Pearl wand, Reverse wand

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The barrels, cord, glove, and handle all fit neatly into a carrying pouch.  It is perfect for any one who travels and like to switch up their look every day with a variety of options in one small, compact space.  Furthermore, it’s just great in general because one does not need to go and buy 5 different wands which would end up costing much more.

The most important feature of this curling iron, along with NuMe’s other styling tools, is the tourmaline-infused barrels.  Tourmaline Technology seals in natural oils and moisture with in the hair cuticle.  Many companies in this industry have started to switch over to using barrels made of different materials, like tourmaline, in hopes to find one that will not damage the hair follicles.  Tourmaline Technology provides over 600% more negative ions, creates a healthy shine, and is damage free.  I don’t know about you, but this is my dream curling iron because I am always so paranoid that my curling iron will in fact damage my hair.  Although the Lustrum does not let you choose a certain temperature, it conveniently heats up in a matter of seconds to 410 degrees Fahrenheit.

A bonus that has saved me from many possible burn injuries on my hands is the heat protecting glove it comes with.  This way I don’t have to worry about burning myself and can even touch the curling iron for a long period of time with the glove on and not feel anything.  It makes curling my hair much easier, especially in the mornings when I am half asleep.

I would love to hear what you think, leave a query or comment in the box below!

xoxo, Kendall