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Lidl SilverCrest Straightening Electric Brush Review

My mum has been wanting to try one of these electric straightening brushes for quite a while and finally she decided to get the Lidl SilverCrest Straightening Electric Brush. She was looking at the original Dafni brush and since it’s quite expensive, she decided to go for a cheaper alternative that has a ceramic coating and try that first to see how it goes. This Lidl straightening electric brush was just €14.99 but since its temperature goes up to 180°C and it has a ceramic coating, what could go wrong?

Like any good daughter would, I took one for the team and tried this brush before my mum did…You know, umm, in case it burns her hair or something 😀

My hair has a natural curl to it, you can see my natural hair from an old instagram photo I’ll embed here.

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The Lild electric brush has three buttons: a power button,  and up and down buttons to adjust the temperature. I switched it on and put it all the way up to 180°C and it took about 2-3 minutes to heat up to that temperature. This is quite a long time when I compare it to my CHI straightening iron that takes about 30 seconds.

The bits on the brush head that are rose gold coloured heat up. The nice thing about this brush design is that you can only burn yourself with it if you really try. The bit that heats up does not go all the way to the edge of the brush, and although it comes up along the centre bristles of the brush, it doesn’t come up all the way. You can see the black dots in the photo below — those are black bristle tips that don’t get hot. So if you accidentally hit your scalp with the brush, your scalp won’t burn.

Before putting the electric comb through my hair, I combed my own hair thoroughly so that the heated brush doesn’t get stuck in my knots and burn my hair. I put in some macadamia oil and sectioned my hair in roughly four big sections (front & back left & right) and did each section with the brush. I made sure that my hair was going through the bristles and touching the back of the comb. (In the photo below I didn’t get it quite right since my hair wasn’t pushed towards the back of the comb properly, but you get the idea.)

Lidl SilverCrest Straightening Electric Brush

Lidl SilverCrest Straightening Electric Brush

I was honestly quite surprised at the speed at which this was straightening my hair. It only took a few strokes to get very smooth, shiny and silky straight hair and my hair didn’t feel like it was getting damaged since the temperature is 180°C.

I took the photos for this post a couple of days after I did my hair with this brush and I’m quite happy by how straight it stayed. It might just be that the weather wasn’t very humid and my hair decided to behave.

Lidl SilverCrest Straightening Electric Brush

Lidl SilverCrest Straightening Electric Brush

I love how straight, shiny and silky smooth my hair turned out to be. One thing I will mention is that it’s quite difficult to get this brush to straighten the very root of your hair. If you have a curl that starts right up at the root, you might want to touch up your roots with a straightener. My curls seem to not start that high but what I noticed about this (and loved!) is that since I didn’t get the straightener to go right up to my roots, my hair didn’t lie flat when I first did it — it had some lift to it. After a couple of days it has gone down since I’ve been pulling my hair back, but I really loved that it wasn’t flat on my scalp from day 1.

All in all I’m really surprised by how well this works. It’s very cheap but it’s very good at quickly giving my hair a silky smooth texture. My only complaint about this is the time it takes for it to reach its max temperature but honestly, for that price I’m happy to factor in those 2-3 minutes into my getting ready time estimate 😀


My New Holy Grail Hair Brush | The Wet Brush

Recently, I’ve been seeing some rave review about The Wet Brush being the best detangling brush, even better than The Tangle Teezer. Check out my Tangle Teezer review here. I saw that the brand has a PR contact so I told them that I’d like to review the brush and they sent me two! They sent me the original Wet Brush in a hot pink shade and they also sent me the Speed Dry brush that’s meant for use with a blow drier.

Here’s what these brushes look like from the top and further below you can see what these look like from the side. I also included a photo of my Tangle Teezer at the end of this post for comparison.

The Wet Brush Front

The Wet Brush Front

The Wet Brush Side

The Wet Brush Side

When I first saw these I thought that they’re ordinary brushes that will do nothing extraordinary. I took them out of their plastic boxes and tried out the pink one. My first impression was that I heard static from this brush and wasn’t sure whether this was going to make my hair frizzy. It didn’t.

Both of these DO detangle hair quite spectacularly. I was very impressed with the tangle teezer when I first tried it, but these brushes are even better. My current preferred brush is the black one (the speed dry). It’s bigger, has longer bristles (than the original) and it’s curved. I also like that it’s all made of solid plastic and has no other materials. This has become the brush that has me losing my mind when I think that I’ve misplaced it.

My hair hasn’t had a trim in 9 months and it is starting to get dry at the ends and it gets tangled more easily than when it’s trimmed and all healthy. Usually, when my hair has tangles in it, I start combing it through from the bottom so that my tangles don’t get tighter and more difficult to take out. I start brushing from the bottom and work my way up to my roots until I can brush from root to tip in one stroke. With these Wet Brushes, I’ve become quite a savage with the brushing and I always trust that it’s going to take out my tangles. Even with really tangled up hair, I can comb from root to tip straight away and this brush detangles my full length of hair right away. It’s quite impressive.

In terms of frizz, I was initially worried that it will make my hair frizzy but I was wrong about that. I have sometimes been heat styling my hair to get some curls in. After I’ve curled my hair I find that it looks too unnatural so I like taking the Wet Brush to comb through my curls once they’ve cooled down. It relaxes my curls and gives me more of the beachy wave that I’m after but without any frizz. Perfect.

Compared to the Tangle Teezer, I like that this brush has a handle and that the bristles are longer. I get the job done quicker with The Wet Brush.

One thing to note, even though the Speed Dry brush is aimed towards drying hair, it’s not my preferred brush for a blow dry. This is because I do like to straighten my hair as much as possible with my blow dryer and that requires pulling my hair firmly while I apply heat. Since this is a fantastic detangling brush, this simply goes straight through my hair and I haven’t figured out how to get my hair to be held firmly straight with this. It is great for drying hair if you don’t need to pull at it though. It lets the air through the brush and it does make for a quicker blow dry than if you were using the original Wet Brush.

All in all this brush is a winner with me. I’m obsessed.


Tangle teezer & matching nails

The Tangle Teezer

The Tangle Teezer

How to save yourself from tangled hair – The Tangle Teezer – Day 29 of the 30 Days of Beauty Challenge


Tangle Teezer

For day 29 of the 30 days of beauty challenge the topic is Hair Tools. The tangle teezer is essentially the only item that can be classified as a hair tool that I use on my hair these days.

I’ve stopped heat styling my hair since last November and I simply let it air dry with some product in it. I’ve been enjoying my natural curls lately and they look best when my hair is in the best condition possible. That said, it is also important for me to have a brush that detangles my crazy curls without damaging my hair and this tangle teezer is the only brush that does the job.

I’ve tried a couple of other brushes that are supposedly meant for detangling hair but for some reason, none work in the same way as this one. I’m very careful with detangling my hair. With any brush, I never start combing my hair from root to end because that way I simply end up with a bunch of knots at the bottom, making it more difficult to detangle without damage. I start by combing the ends and making sure that there aren’t any knots there, then I start slowly working my way up. It doesn’t take as much time as it sounds. Since my hair is healthier, it’s been more silky and the brush seems to go through without much effort. Back when my hair was more damaged and more difficult to comb through, this brush had a significant impact on my styling time and ease of detangling.

This brush is more costly than average brushes but I sincerely think that it’s worth the money. In my experience, I wasted much more money on cheaper brushes that I had to stop using and it would have cost less to simply buy this one right off the bat. And of course, since it’s not breaking my hair it also reduces my expenses on hair repair and/or frizz fighting products. For my type of hair, owning a brush like this is necessary and saves time, money, damage and frustration.



My no heat curly hair care – Day 11 of the 30 Days of Beauty Challenge

Hair ProductsBack in November I cut my hair from very long (butt length) to medium length (just past my shoulders). I noticed a change in the texture of my hair, it was less frizzy. Before cutting it, my hair appeared healthy, so much so that the hair dresser asked me about ten times about whether I actually want to cut my long healthy hair so short since a lot of girls go into the salon asking for extensions. I was sure, I just wanted the change.

So my hair appeared very healthy but somehow, cutting it made it healthier anyway. It got its bounce back and it lost the frizz. I noticed that when my hair air dried, I didn’t need to use any heat to style it and I learnt that keeping my hair healthy gives me frizz free hair that doesn’t need heat styling.

My favourite hair mask to repair my hair is the Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque. I put this on after I put on my regular shampoo and conditioner and leave it in for 10 to 20 mins. It works really well and I find it far superior to other hair masks I’ve ever tried.

Another hair mask that’s quite interesting is the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer. This is interesting because it’s applied before shampoo. To use this, I first wet my hair, apply it evenly across my whole head, cover my hair with a shower cap and I leave it on for 20-30 mins. Then I rinse it out and shampoo, condition, etc. my hair as usual. It leaves my hair feeling like pure silk.

To style my hair,  I have two methods. The first (and my favourite lately) is simply using the Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Treatment in my hair, letting my hair air dry, then when it’s almost dry I tie it up in a tight pony tail at the bottom of my head then I tightly twist it and wrap it in a tight bun. I leave my hair like this for 6-8 hours and when I let it down, I’m left with loose waves that are frizz free.

My second way of styling my hair is using one of two products. Either the 10 in 1 styling treatment by Got2B or the Aussie Curl and Define Mousse. I apply both these products in the same way. I first use some macadamia oil on my hair and then I apply the styling product liberally. I put my fingers through my hair (at my scalp) and shake it out. Then I scrunch my hair and let it air dry. My hair goes crispy with these products. I let it dry completely to crispy, then I scrunch it to remove the crisp. I’m left with curls that are defined and frizz free.

Another product that’s worth a mention in this post is the Tangle Teezer comb. It’s not only important to keep your hair moisturised and each strand healthy, but with curly hair, if strands aren’t cut at the same length, the hair can go frizzy. Therefore, if you get breakage, this may lead to frizz.

When combing hair, don’t be rough. If you hair is very tangled, make sure that you start combing through the bottom, then working your way up. If you start combing from root to tip, it will tighten the knots towards the bottom of your hair, leaving you with a knotted bunch of hair towards your ends. The brush you use also makes an impact on detangling. The tangle teezer changed my life. I don’t know what about it makes it work so well but it makes detangling hair very easy. I’ve tried dupes of this brush but nothing seems to work in the same way. The combination of using a good detangling brush and working from bottom to top with detangling will prevent breakage and prevents frizz.

Whoa… that’s a long blog post. I hope you found this interesting and do let me know what you think!




Hair Style! — Day 4 of the 30 Days of Beauty Challenge

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Here’s Day  4 of the 30 Days of Beauty Challenge – A hair style.

Admittedly, I’m not one to do very much with my hair. My preferred style is “Down and doing it’s thing”. For this hair style day, I thought I’d share my go to hair style for when I want to look like I did something with my hair. It’s quite simple really, once I figured out how to Dutch braid my hair — something I had trouble with until quite recently.

I find that the key to doing hair is practice. I love how Dutch braids look but I could never do it on myself. I was able to do a French braid down the back of my hair, or towards the side but for some reason, I could never get the hang of braiding my hair the opposite way for that 3D effect. A couple of weeks ago I decided that I’m just going to learn so I tried about ten times until I finally got a decent looking Dutch braid. From then on, my Dutch braid attempts have been successful. Yay!

So I like my hair down and doing it’s thing, but for that to work, the texture of my hair has to be frizz free. This means that I either have to heat style it, set it overnight or style it with my got2be 10 in 1 styling treatment to get my crazy curls without the frizz. So when my hair isn’t in perfect shape, what do I do? Some updo similar to this. Or a plain old lazy messy bun.

For this look, I sectioned off the front of my hair and did a side Dutch braid. Once I got to my ear I tied it in with the rest of my hair into a pony tail. I gently pulled at my Dutch braid to make it look bigger and a bit messier. At the pony tail, I made three separate regular braids and then twisted everything together and put it up in a bun.41eJY+tZixL

My favourite tools for keeping my bun in place are these spiral bobby pins. I have quite a lot of hair and it takes me quite a lot of bobby pins to secure a bun. With these pins, I twist about 3 to 4 of them into my bun and my bun stays in place all day. If I pull at my bun to make it look messy, it can look like my hair is about to fall apart anytime but these babies hold it in place all day. They also hide themselves into my bun so I don’t worry about them showing.

I hope you enjoyed this little post about my go to hair style. Admittedly, the most difficult part of this post was taking a photo of my hair such that you can see what’s going on. Filters helped!