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Goodbye Elastic Hair Ties. Hello Scrunchies.

Elastic hair ties have been my my BFF for what seems like decades now. Over the past almost 20 years, I’ve owned and lost so many elastic ties in different colors and widths. However, I recently forced to stop using them by hair monitor a.k.a hair dresser. After wearing them for most of my life (not overestimating), I was a bit hesitant about letting them go. However, according to my “hair manager”, they were actually doing more harm to my hair.

Goodbye Elastic Hair Ties. Hello Scrunchies  | STAINED COUTURE

Despite my inner turmoil, I had to focus on the bigger picture; strong and healthy hair. I mean, this is the reason why I spend so much money on my hair, which includes maintenance and products. Therefore, giving up elastic hair ties forced me to have to look for other ways to secure my hair without the use of elastic hair ties

The first thing I did was replace my elastic ties with scrunchies. Yes, those puffy circles of fabric that we rocked in elementary school are now things I buy and wear. Thankfully, 90s style is back. So, I’ve been able to find an entire slew of scrunchie options, in different styles, colors, and fabrics. Satin scrunchies are my new BFF. Although I still don’t like the look of them and they can look very childish, they are super comfy. Plus, they do a good job keeping my hair secure without the sense of being too tight or breaking my hair.

At night, I usually put my hair up, curly or straight, up in a messy, top bun. Actually, putting my hair up at night with the elastic ties was doing so much damage to ends. I thought I was doing the opposite; protecting my ends.

Now, at night, I moisturize my ends and put my hair up in a loose scrunchie. However, for those nights mean I want my hair to have a little curl and bounce the next day, I break out my satin rollers. I discovered these satin rollers in the clearance section at Target and it was the best $4 I spent. I moisturize my ends and then spray my hair with some texturizing hair spray and roll my hair up in 10 curls. Despite being them being so soft and satiny, these rollers stay in all night thanks to help of the hair spray. FYI, I’m currently using the Ouai texturizing hair spray to see if Ouai can work on more natural, thicker hair. Verdict is still out.

Do you still use elastic hair ties? If not, why not?

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Winter Hair Care for Thick Color-Treated Hair

When the weather gets colder, everything gets drier. This is very true for hair and especially thick and/or color-treated hair. When it comes to thick and/or color-treated hair, you need products that clean your hair and scalp without stripping it. Unfortunately, most shampoos do that without even trying. A couple of weeks ago, after getting my color touched up and an amazing scalp treatment, I still encountered some flakes on my scalp. However, I realized that the cold weather played a part in it, too. So, I had to find the right winter hair care routine for my thick, color-treated hair and fast!

Winter Hair Care for Thick Color-Treated Hair | STAINED COUTURE

After dealing with an avalanche of scalp snow dropping on my shoulders, I believe that I’ve found the right products to clean my hair. If you’ve been having a problem creating a winter hair care routine that cleans your hair without stripping it of it’s natural oils or your color, then keep reading. One of all of these products might be exactly what you need.

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IOTW: Coconut & Monoi Deep Moisture Balm

ITEM OF THE WEEK is a weekly series on Stained Couture that highlights a product I’m currently loving. This week: Design Essentials Natural Coconut & Monoi Moisture Balm.

ITEM OF THE WEEK: Coconut & Monoi Deep Moisture Balm | STAINED COUTURE

A few weeks, during one of Walgreens BOGO half off hair products sales, I picked up 2 products from Design Essentials. Both products are from the Design Essentails Natural Coconut & Monoi line, which my colored, natural hair seems to enjoy. I picked up 2 products from the line that I haven’t tried before for my hair. Although both products were for my hair, one of the products has been helping more than just my hair. The Coconut & Monoi Deep Moisture Balm is a moisturizing balm for hair AND skin. After using this balm for a couple of weeks, I feel like I use it more on my skin than my hair.

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IOTW: Perfect Edges On the Go

ITEM OF THE WEEK is a weekly series on Stained Couture that highlights a product we’re currently loving. This week: Cream of Nature Perfect Edges On The Go

ITEM OF THE WEEK | Creme of Nature Perfect Edges On The Go

This summer’s heat has been pretty unbearable most days. Having to deal with sweltering humidity, keeping the A/C on all day, and pushing my natural deodorant to the limits is exhausting. However, one area in my life that has been tested repeatedly by this heat is my hair line a.k.a my edges. First off, the hair on my hairline is a lot courser than the rest of my hair. So, even the slightest mist of moisture makes it frizz up. Thankfully, there are plenty of products to help us keep our hairlines slick and in formation.

Unfortunately, this heat has been testing even the strongest of gels and edge control. One a recent sticky hot summer day, my edges started to loosen, lift, and unravel by noon. Therefore, on my lunch break, I raced to the nearest drugstore where I picked up this gem; Perfect Edges On The Go. When I tell you this little tube has saved me from looking like wet rat by the hairline of plently of occasions, you wouldn’t believe me. However, keep reading to see why this is my Item of The Week!

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Lazy Girl’s Guide To Packing For Vacation

Up until my mid-20s, I used to hate traveling for vacation. It was just an absolute headache and that was back when I didn’t have to be responsible for any of the financing. However, I eventually learned to not only like traveling, but love it. I was able to do this my simplifying as many elements of traveling as possible, starting with creating a guide to packing for vacation.

Lazy Girl's Guide To Packing for Vacation | STAINED COUTURE

When I pack for vacation, I start by being realistic of what I’m going to need. I loathe over-packing. Not only are your carrying around waste, but depending on if you’re flying, it can cost you a lot of money. So, I’ve become very conscious of what I really need to bring when on vacation. Not to mention, bringing too many options will leave room for you to overthink. Who wants to overthink anything on vacation, let alone which color shorts to wear? Not me. Minus the basic denim shorts and basic tees, here’s what I include in my guide to packing for vacation.

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