Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Love Your Hair? Now You Will!


The Event
I've been on a real hair kick lately, so when ULTA Beauty and BlogHer asked me to participate in the "Love Your Hair" campaign, I couldn't resist! Having a good hair day, as shallow as it seems, can make a woman feel beautiful and confident, yet so many of us hate our hair. We resort to wearing it the same way every day or hiding it in a messy ponytail.  From May 12 until June 1, ULTA Beauty store locations and online are celebrating hair for 21 days. Each day they will feature one or more Beauty Steals™ - three WEEKS of amazing hair products and styling tools. I had the opportunity to review these products early and today I am going to share my favorites with you!



The Products
I am always looking for new products for styling my sassy pixie cut. With gravity-defying swoops and faux-hawks, I need something with strong hold. Add to that the heat of living in the South, I also need products that will resist humidity! I started by washing my hair with Sebastian Drench Shampoo and Conditioner (just a tiny dab!). Because my hair is so short, shampoo and conditioner is really a non-issue; However, I still like to make sure I am keeping my scalp and roots healthy. Drench is intensely moisturizing, and I could tell that my hair felt smoother after using it. It's specifically formulated to rehydrate coarse and color-treated hair, and since my hair fits the bill in both instances, I knew it would be a good choice.


The next morning I woke up and used the Hot Tools Nano Ceramic flat iron. It has super tiny 1/2" plates, so it was perfect for even my shortest layers. And because my hair is so coarse, I need super high heats to smooth and straighten my hair. This little baby can reach heats up to 450 degrees, which is more than enough :) One of my FAVORITE beauty products for my hair is any kind of volumizing and texturizing dust/powder. If you have thin hair, flat hair, short hair, long hair, straight hair, or curly hair, I'm telling you, this product can be a game changer.

ULTA Beauty provided Osis + Mattifying Powder, and while I wasn't familiar with it, it did work very similarly to other powders I've tried in the past. You simply sprinkle a tiny amount of the powder at your roots, tousle your hair, and voila - perfect hair. I use it right at my crown to give the spiky layers right there extra lift and definition. Usually that's all I use for styling my hair - it is truly that awesome - and Osis + was no exception. It creates very full, texturized hair with a very strong hold.

I hardly ever use hairspray, but since I had so many to choose from and it was super rainy, I decided to use Kenra Volume Spray 25. It can be used two different ways. You can use it to build up volume between your layers, by spraying it in quick bursts. You can also use it as an all-over finishing spray.


Just as a point of reference, my hair photos were taken after working all day and being out in the rain, so I am definitely impressed.
Earrings
Necklace


The Pledge
As a part of ULTA's Love Your Hair campaign, they are encouraging women to pledge to love the hair they have and maybe even win free blowouts for the rest of the year! Now, my hair's too short to bother with blowouts, but joining the movement (and entering to win) is simple. Just tweet your hair pledge with the hashtag #ULTAHairPledge and you're entered to win.


The Prize
Here's the best part. I have a $100 ULTA Beauty gift card to give to one lucky winner! Yes! To enter, simply tell me about your hair pledge. A winner will be announced during the first week in June.
Rules:
No duplicate comments. 
You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
b) Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: "#SweepstakesEntry"; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

c) Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.
This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
The Official Rules are available here.
This sweepstakes runs from 5/15/13-6/1/13.
Be sure to visit the the ULTA Beauty page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!

151 comments:

Katie Frost said...

My hair pledge is to give long hair a shot. My hair grows so slowly that I always get sick of waiting for it to get long and end up with a short do. I want to try out long hair. It's been a year and it is down to my collar bone.

Katie Frost said...

https://twitter.com/NnmnJ00/status/334655121617203200

Katie Frost said...

I am goig to take the hair pledge, I am in a rut with my hair, I went from the short styles to long and now that it took so long to grow I am hesitant to cut it again. But I am uber envious of your rocking pixie, its the perfect style on you :)

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to be patient with my hair and enjoy the fact that I am blessed to have it on my head.

Katie Frost said...

I see it as too short, too damaged, too dry, etc, but from first hand experience, some people wish for ANY hair so badly when they lose their own during chemotherapy, etc. I've donated my hair to Lock-of-Love 3 times, and I know that even though I am nit picky about how awful my hair is, some one (or 3) out there are so thankful for what I consider terrible hair. I pledge to wear my mane with pride instead of hiding it in a daily ponytail.

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to rock the awesome haircut I have right now. After growing it longer again I began to hate it, but my hubby wasn't ready for it to be short-short again (he says it makes me look too much like my mom and while she is a lovely woman, he's not ready for that LOL), so my stylist helped me find a happy medium and I LOVE it. It's kind of distinctive and I love the strong shape that still has a lot of movement and swing. And I got awesome reddish-coppery highlights!

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to do more hair more often! I tweeted about the giveaway here: https://twitter.com/thetinyheart/status/334676165342158848

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

Target Giveaway!

Katie Frost said...

My hair is the shortest it has ever been - about shoulder length. And I LOVE it! It is the perfect cut for me. Just enough layers to give the top a lift. I pledge to fix it every day! (Hairspray and mousse used to be just for a special occasion -- now I am using it daily!)

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to let my natural curls do their thing instead of trying to tame them into submission.

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to start rocking my natural curls more often

Katie Frost said...

I love your tousled pixie! You have such a beautiful face, you are seriously highlighting how pretty you are!
-Ash
www.thestylizedwannabe.com

Katie Frost said...

So, my husband wanted me to grow my hair out, and because I love him that's just what I've been doing... for several years now! (Correction: FOREVER!) Lately, I've been really missing my short hair. You always remind me of what I used to look like! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your hair! Your pic might just be coming with me to the salon. Chop Chop! It's time to get back to some texturized fun! Now, if only I had a gift card to ULTA to spend on some new product... ;)

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to actually style my hair at least 4 times a week, not just wear it in a ponytail all the time. It is so much more flattering when I take the time to style it!

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to try and set my thin, fine hair, more than once a week.
jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

Katie Frost said...

2nd entry tweet - https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/334727411520389120
jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to wake up early enough/ take the time to actually style my hair. The reason I tend to dislike how my hair looks is because I dont ever have time to do anything with it in the morning.

Katie Frost said...

A pledge to stop skipping my every 6 week color and cut touch up.

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to take the time to style my hair each day. I've been rushing and neglecting this lately.

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to get my hair trimmed in a timely manner and not put it off until it is driving me mad!

Katie Frost said...

Pledging to be happy with my hair as is.

Katie Frost said...

i pledge to keep up on my haircuts and let it air dry now and then

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to spend more time styling my hair. I get a little lazy sometimes.

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to moisturize my hair daily.

austma7@aol.com

Katie Frost said...

Tweet https://twitter.com/clc408/status/335046185813422080

Katie Frost said...

i pledge to deep moisturize weekly

Katie Frost said...

https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/335053098429054976

Katie Frost said...

i pledge to trim my hair often!


freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

Katie Frost said...

tweet: https://twitter.com/akronugurl/status/335075389116407808 .


freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to nourish the curls

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to never dye my hair black or orange :s

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to find a way to keep my curls tame and bouncy.
onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

Katie Frost said...

https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/335214512758222848
onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to let my hair grow out till I can get it into a decent ponytail, it's been short for 6 years now and I miss ponytail days.

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to spend more than 3 min a day on my hair. (Yours is adorable!)

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to get regular haircuts!

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to find the best product for my curly hair
s2s2 at comcast dot net

Katie Frost said...

https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/335534580482318336
s2s2 at comcast dot net

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to love my wavy hair!

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to keep loving my hair and work towards getting a sassy pixie cut like yours!!!


theoriginalbrynn[at]gmail[dot]com

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to try different styles to my hair, not just put it up every day.

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to have more regular haircuts.

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to go to the salon more often.

Katie Frost said...

tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/335795216227373056

wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

Katie Frost said...

I pledged not to go to work with damp hair!

wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

Katie Frost said...

I will not wait a decade to try a new ’do. :)

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to have my hair trimmed more regularly.

Katie Frost said...

https://twitter.com/mgoss123/status/335879353508442114

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to embrace the little streak of gray hair I have! It makes me unique!

Katie Frost said...

I pledge no more ponytails!

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to give my hair more volume!

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to use more hairspray!

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to take care of my hair from sunshine and all outdoor activities.

Katie Frost said...

https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/336324977529860097

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to embrace my wavy hair by finding the right styling product...and not try to straighten it everyday (which has caused a lot of damage).

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to treat my hair with the respect it deserve!

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to love my curls and put the flat iron away more.

Katie Frost said...

tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/337034126827847680
nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

Katie Frost said...

My hair pledge is not to use too much mousse or gel

Katie Frost said...

https://twitter.com/Merle0304/status/337208026467557377

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to keep mine out of a pony tail! It is so easy for me to resort to that!

Katie Frost said...

Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/337366579266326528

madelinebrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to try and wear my hair down more often! During the work week, I am often trying to give myself a few extra minutes of sleep and just put it in a ponytail.

Katie Frost said...

https://twitter.com/electricstar/status/338447720480137216 tweet

Katie Frost said...

Katie, I love your hair like this! I admit that I loved, loved your hair long but this pixie cut suits you! Not to mention the versatility of the cut and how perfect it is for the warm summer months! I wish my mop of curls looked this great after work and rain! hee hee!

Katie Frost said...

I pledged to not wait a decade to try a new do.
Thank you.

Katie Frost said...

I tweeted https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/338478402103291904

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to let the curls run rampant when I can this Summer, and limit the use of the flat iron!

Katie Frost said...

https://twitter.com/BTHM1/status/338576765972803584



tweeted

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to find a way to let my hair be natural this summer and not straighten it to death

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to let my hair dry naturally when I don't have to work.
smchester at gmail dot com

Katie Frost said...

My hair pledge is to stick with my no shampoo decision, to keep my hair short & healthy and to love it even though its too thin.

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to stop fighting my hair's natural texture!


kaleidoscopequeen at gmail dot com

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to let my hair be natural for most of the week. I will use product in it only on the weekends for the summer. Thank you!
crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to stop complaining about my hair looking limp like straw and do something about it!

Katie Frost said...

I tweeted https://twitter.com/HilaryWeston/status/339519990854193152

Katie Frost said...

Hello, I pledge to give my tresses a deep condition at least once a week. Thanks for a great giveaway!

Katie Frost said...

I tweeted on Twitter here:
https://twitter.com/trishden/status/339586941534228480
@trishden

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to actually do my hair, and not throw it into a messy ponytail every day.

Katie Frost said...

I tweeted:
http://www.hemsforher.com/2013/05/love-your-hair-now-you-will.html

Katie Frost said...

Oops, that was my link inside the tweet! Here is the actual tweet link: https://twitter.com/mrs_puddle/status/339597069775937538

Katie Frost said...

i pledge to do more than throw my hair into a bun and go.

sarah.currence at gmail

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to leave the coloring to a professional, so I don't continue to damage my hair! :)
musingsonmtn@gmail.com

Katie Frost said...

i pledge not to get lazy about battling summer humidity frizz.

Katie Frost said...

Yesterday, I had my hair cut into a pixie. It was terrifying! So now, my hair pledge is to embrace it, even though I don't love it yet, and play with it and just have fun with my new hair!

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to stop complaining when my curls have a mind of their own! :)

Katie Frost said...

Tweet! https://twitter.com/Feather_Freckle/status/339737308452503552

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to cut 7 to 8 inches off my hair and try to keep it out of a pony tail!

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to not fret if my hair isn't PERfect every single day. So what? Not the end of the world, right?

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to try a new cut! My long layered hair has been around for too long!

Katie Frost said...

https://twitter.com/courtneyimhoff/status/339769007735459840

I pledge to do something with these bangs I just got cut!

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to not wear my hair in pony tail EVERY SINGLE DAY. Sigh.

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to always wash the chorine out of my hair immediately this summer! :)

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to always wash the chorine out of my hair immediately this summer! :)

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to buy things my super curly hair will love!

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to stop damaging it with bleach and so much heat.

Katie Frost said...

Tweeted: https://twitter.com/bybreenah/status/339805914808844288

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to cut this hair off!

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to chill with the heat styling and deal with my natural waves!

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to chill! You are definitley hair inspiration both when it was long and now the super short cuteness!!

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to try a day or two a week without washing and using dry shampoo.

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to take the inspiration you have given me and be bold and creative with my hair!

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to cleanse my hair but not strip it.

Katie Frost said...

https://twitter.com/ky2here1/status/339914332420853760

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to embrace my natural curl more and give my hair a break from the straightener!

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to do more to my hair then wear it in a pony tail 24/7, by embracing the natural curly instead of fighting it this summer.

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to take good care of my hair and keep it from getting damaged
debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to keep my hair how I like it and not try to be trendy or please anybody else.

Katie Frost said...

Tweeted: https://twitter.com/cas_blessed/status/340121326679367681

Katie Frost said...

i pledge to try to wash my bangs every day. even if i don't want to deal with washing all my hair, i look so much better with freshly -washed bangs! sienna (dot) moore (at) gmail (dot) com

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to keep my hair conditioned this summer and protected from the sun!

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to try and stop focusing on what I hate about my hair!

Katie Frost said...

https://twitter.com/DesMoinesDealin/status/340269912754888704

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to change the style of my short hair more often.

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to try more styles.

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to try more styles

Katie Frost said...

I pinned:
http://pinterest.com/pin/475622410617501959/

Katie Frost said...

https://twitter.com/greenhome1/status/340535750867177473

Katie Frost said...

My hair pledge is to work on fuller looking hair.
lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to take better care of my hair = getting my hair cut when it needs it so that I don't have to wear hats! LOL
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

Katie Frost said...

I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/340553984672673792
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

Katie Frost said...

would really love to win this my hair and make up are my passions and i love ulta some of my fav stuff

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to try out new hairstyles every week!

Katie Frost said...

tweeted - https://twitter.com/steffie516/status/340624580399988736

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to keep give my hair a little more tlc

Katie Frost said...

https://twitter.com/disneyfan40/status/340649967746154496

Katie Frost said...

i pledge to give my hair some extra love star95011atyahoodotcom

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to use conditioner more!

Katie Frost said...

Definitely an experimenter!!

-Ashley Marie Morrissey
ashummz05(at)yahoo(dot)com

Katie Frost said...

https://twitter.com/fdp4life/status/340835427537788928
susansmoaks at gmail dot com

Katie Frost said...

https://twitter.com/fdp4life/status/340836013402386433
susansmoaks at gmail dot com

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to go curly from time to time

pokergrl8 at gmail.com

Katie Frost said...

https://twitter.com/aes529/status/340837613617434624

pokergrl8 at gmail.com

Katie Frost said...

My hair pledge is to find the best product to make it shinier. Thank you

Katie Frost said...

I have no problem pledging to love the hair I have, since I am continually telling my family that I am perfectly happy with my color and style.

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to use less chemicals on my hair !

Katie Frost said...

Isabella Castrillon (@Isabella0726) tweeted at 1:57 PM on Sat, Jun 01, 2013:
Enter http://t.co/AB50EzoD7B's and ulta love your hair sweepstake. #SweepstakesEntry
(https://twitter.com/Isabella0726/status/340889937840861184)

Katie Frost said...

I pledged to try a new hairdo. I've been with the same one far too long.

Katie Frost said...

Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/340904716248707074

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to use a conditioner instead of a 2 in 1

rounder9834 @yahoo.com

Katie Frost said...

https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/340916637714759685

rounder9834 @yahoo.com

Katie Frost said...

i pledge to dye my hair purple (friendly vegan hair dye) while i'm on summer break from teaching!

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to get up early enough and fix my hair..instead of wash and go

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to condition it more.

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to actually make and keep hair salon appointments to get and keep my hair healthy

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to try new hairstyles.

Katie Frost said...

tweet

https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/340950606942437376



tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to be more open to trying new hairstyles and products on my hair

Katie Frost said...

tweeted https://twitter.com/pittsy82/status/341000840338882560

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to put down the flatiron and embrace my natural (and sometimes crazy) waves!

Katie Frost said...

I pledge to stop straightening as well as "taking the easy way out" by putting my hair in a pony tail and just enjoy my wil, curly hair!

Katie Frost said...

Tweet: https://twitter.com/kristinnw/status/341025565014372354

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