Charity & Review: Be Better Movement & Pantene Beautiful Lengths with Rachel S. at Classic Images Hair Design

Bye hair! Classic Images Hair Design in Livermore, Pantene Beautiful Lengths, Be Better Movement

Bye hair! Classic Images Hair Design in Livermore, Pantene Beautiful Lengths, Be Better Movement

Hello everyone!
Today I’m going to be talking about this week’s Be Better Movement Challenge, Pantene Beautiful Lengths, & my experience with Rachel S. at Classic Images Hair Design. For more info on the Be Better Movement, check out my previous post, here. A very brief reminder, the BBM is an organization that issues weekly challenges for participants to earn money for a monthly charity. For every challenge you participate in, you donate $1. If you post about the challenge on Social Media, you’ll donate $2! The challenges are supposed to help you better yourself in some way. Past challenges have included Phone Time Outs, Drink More Water, and Eat Ginger Root, among others.

This week’s BBM Challenge was to “Spoil Yourself”. The charity being supported this month is the UNICEF Tap Project. A lot of ideas sprung to mind when thinking about how I wanted to spoil myself this week – a shopping spree?! A mani/pedi?! A massage?! ALL OF THOSE THINGS?!? To keep my budget down, I decided to stick with an activity I already had planned – a much needed haircut. I kicked it up a notch by cutting off a good chunk of my hair and donating it. What better way to spoil yourself than by enjoying the feeling of helping two charities & getting a fresh new look?! On the recommendation of my friend Sara, I chose to get my hair cut at Classic Images Hair Design in Livermore with Rachel S., which I will review below. I have donated my hair to Locks of Love several times in the past, but this time chose to donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths.

Pantene Beautiful Lengths is a collaboration between Pantene and the American Cancer Society. So far they have donated over 24,000 free, real hair wigs to the ACS Wig Bank to help cancer patients across the US! You must have at least 8 inches of strong, healthy hair that has not been bleached, permanently dyed, or chemically treated. You put your hair in a ponytail, or several smaller ponytails, and CHOP! Then you follow the mailing instructions, send your hair to PBL, and a few weeks later they’ll mail you a thank you card. That’s it! If you’re brave enough or don’t care about the length of your hair, this is a really wonderful way to help someone. Hair might seem like a silly thing, but remember, the things we take for granted, someone else is wishing for.

Back view. If anyone is wondering, I have very thick but fine hair with somewhat of a wave to it. I asked for an above the shoulder cut with soft, blendable layers, that was full & bouncy & didn't frame the face too much as I have a very round face which doesn't often work well with short hair.

Back view. If anyone is wondering, I have very thick but fine hair with somewhat of a wave to it. I asked for an above the shoulder cut with soft, blendable layers, that was full & bouncy & didn’t frame the face too much as I have a very round face which doesn’t often work well with short hair.

Even though I have donated my hair several times, I’m always nervous about making such a big change. I’m so glad my friend recommended Rachel at Classic Images. She took great care of me, I couldn’t be happier! She was trained at the Paul Mitchell School in Santa Barbara and has worked in a salon for 5 years. She is a Redken Color Certified Hairstylist & a Make-Up Artist. Check out her Instagram: @hairbyrachs for pictures of her work!
I appreciated Rachel’s willingness to walk me through every step of such a big hair style change. In the past, I’ve had stylists get annoyed as I scrolled frantically through my Pinterest Hair Board attempting to show them every inspiration picture. Click here to look at my Pinterest & see what I showed Rachel. (Please feel free to follow me – I’d love to be Pin Pals!) Rachel was patient and understanding. She looked at the pictures carefully then explained how she interpreted the style & how she was going to make that work for my hair. Rachel also does a great job with brow waxing. After I left the salon someone told me my brows were on point – literally one of my top 3 compliments to receive, haha! Overall, the salon is clean, has a nice atmosphere, & decent prices. I would highly recommend Classic Images and Rachel, I have left them a 5 star Yelp Review.

What do y’all think – are you a fan of my new hair? Have you ever donated your hair or will you now? Do some research on Locks of Love and Pantene Beautiful Lengths and see if donating is something you’d be interested in. Please sign up for the Be Better Movement 52 Week Challenge by clicking here – it’s a really wonderful organization! Also, please visit my new friend Rachel S. at Classic Images Hair Design in Livermore next time you need to change up your hair or get your brows waxed – she’s also great at color, she did green & purple peekaboo highlights on my friend – so awesome! Tell her I sent you & be sure to tag me on Instagram/Twitter: @missal_leigh when you post your Before & After pics. I can’t wait to see what y’all do! As always, thanks for reading!

DIY Tutorial: Decorative Headband Holder!

DIY Decorative Headband Holder

DIY Decorative Headband Holder

Hey y’all!
Today I’m doing a DIY Tutorial that will show you how to turn an Oatmeal container into a Decorative Headband Holder! This is a really super simple version of those more complicated tutorials you may have seen on Pinterest. My tutorial doesn’t require fabric, card stock, or any kind of glue. All you need is an empty, cleaned out 38 oz container of Oatmeal (or smaller if you’re crafting for a child), scissors, & duct tape in your preferred pattern/print/color!
This project is great for beginning DIYers, busy bees who don’t have a lot of time, those working with limited crafting space or crafting on a budget! As this is a pretty easy and safe craft – be careful with the scissors! – I think this would be a good project to do with crafty kiddos. I can see myself taking my little cousins on a trip to a craft store to pick out their favorite tape & spending some time crafting.
My basic Tutorial is very simple & allows for a lot of trial & error. If you make a mistake, rip the tape off and try again! If your container gets bent out of shape, take the lid off & pop out the dent! However, if you’re looking for something more, I’ve included some tips and tricks throughout that will help you spice this DIY up a bit! Let’s get Crafting!

Start wrapping the tape around horizontally, wrapping as you go. Cut the ends instead of tearing for a cleaner look.

Start wrapping the tape around horizontally, wrapping as you go. Cut the ends instead of tearing for a cleaner look.

Start by cleaning your Oatmeal container. I put the oats in a large Tupperware & dusted out any debris. I chose to start my tape alongside the seam of the container. Working in horizontal sections, wrap the tape around, as pictured. I worked one section at a time, pulling the tape as I wrapped rather than measuring or estimating how long each piece needed to be, but it’s up to you. I chose to overlap the pieces sometimes or start the sections in other areas to make the flowers match up so I didn’t create a uniform seam going vertically down. You can choose to line the tape up perfectly, but I don’t think that’s necessary because, really, who is looking that closely!? Most of your headbands will cover up the tape lines. If you’re using a less busy pattern, like maybe a chevron print, it would probably be more beneficial to match everything more closely as it will be more obvious if your rows disturb the pattern.

The base

The base

On the last row, I worked in smaller vertical sections to fully cover the base. As you can see it took me a few tries to make all the pieces the same size, but no one will see, so it doesn’t really matter. I covered the overlapping pieces with one last horizontal taping & the container is finished – next up, the lid!

I was considering leaving the lid bare, but the plain plastic just looked so odd in comparison to the flowers. I secured a small piece of the tape under the lip of the lid, folded it up, then down onto the top. Again, this took me a few tries to get all the same size, but it doesn’t really matter because you’ll cover it up. I covered any remaining plastic in sort of a patchwork style. I wasn’t too precise with this either because I’m pretty sure I’m going to find something to decorate the top with & mostly cover the tape, but I’m not sure what yet. There you have it – that’s it! I attached a few headbands of different types so you could get an idea of what this Headband Holder can do. I will most likely be making another holder so I can separate stretchy “gym” type headbands from the more standard non stretch type.

Did you enjoy this DIY Craft Tutorial? I think this is so fun & easy! It would also be really simple to spice this DIY up a bit by using E6000 Permanent Craft Adhesive or a hot glue gun and attaching a decoration to the lid, or securing the holder to the center of a cake plate for a fancy base.
Now that I’m thinking about it, you could create this same project, punch small holes down the side, insert pegs, and voila! – you just made a stand to hold multiple pairs of sunglasses. Or cover up a large gum holder like the Mentos containers, and use it to hold bobby pins/hair ties, or just have a fancy gum holder! Hmm…the wheels are turning!
What do you think of any of the ideas I listed above? Will you be trying out this DIY project? Please let me know in the comments below or tag me on Instagram/Twitter: @missal_leigh so I can see your finished product! Click the FOLLOW button on the top right to get an email notification when I write up my next DIY Tutorial – thanks for reading!

Formal Hair!

I know, I’m the worst at updating this 😦 I said I was going to do better & then…I didn’t.

About 6 months ago I went to a formal event and I wanted to show you the tools I used to get this hair look.

Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 7.36.40 PMFor the hair, I started with clean wet hair and used the 1. Drybar Blow Dryer.
I’m a freak about protecting my hair from heat damage so I used 3 kinds of products to create a concoction of heat and split end protector.
2. Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Heat Defense Leave in Conditioner.
3. Redken Extreme Anti Snap Leave in Treatment for Distressed Hair.
4. Drybar Hot Toddy Heat Protector Frizz Fighter

After drying, I parted my hair on my preferred side then started curling using the
5. Drybar The 3-Day Bender 1″ Barrel Curling Iron
This was my first time using it and it first it was kind of confusing because it has a special twisting clamp but after a few pieces, I quickly got the hang of it and it was amazing! No more straining my wrist twisting this way and that way to get the perfect curl, or trying to figure out if the hair had been in too long/not long enough. The clamp releases when all the hair has passed through it and been evenly heated. I can do a video and more thorough review on this product if anyone would like that.

After everything has been curled, just pin the curls into rosettes and voila! I can do a more thorough tutorial on the rosettes if requested.

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Please let me know what your thoughts are on this look and any of the products mentioned!