I’m Obsessed: Michel Mercier Professionnel Detangling Brush

When I sat down to write this post, I tried to google up some images to use since my brush is covered in hair, and that’s when I found…I bought the kids version of this brush.  And there are not many pictures of my actual brush so you’ll have to deal with seeing my hair.

Oh Well.

So, I originally wanted a Tangle Teaser, which is the new generation of detangling brushes.  I had read and seen a lot of reviews on this brush and really wanted to get my hands on it.  However, I stumbled upon another brand, the Michel Mercier one.  I’d heard of this one too, so decided to grab it and give it a try!

I mainly wanted something I could use on wet hair, since I used to drag my normal brush through my wet hair and pull half of my hair out in the process.  I know it’s not good to brush your hair when it’s wet, but I can’t not.

The big secret to the Michel Mercier brushes are the fact that the bristles are all different lengths.

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No words can explain how this works better than those of the man himself on his website:

“428 bristles positioned at different heights with a unique geometric distribution, the brush helps to disperse the pressure placed on the hair during brushing, resulting in easier detangling, reduced hair loss and breakage, and a far more pleasant brushing experience overall”

I have tried this brush out on a few different hair types, just to see how well it works.

First of all, I tried it on my daughter.  She has thin hair that easily tangles.  She doesn’t normally wear her hair down because over the course of the day it would all tangle together and we would have a nightmare brushing it at the end of the day.  Generally with her, we would wet her hair and brush it wet because it was easier to get the tangles out.  Hair brushing at anytime involved a lot of tears.

Not with this brush, she happily lets me brush her hair, wet or dry.  And her hair is looking much healthier for it!  She is now wearing her hair down all day and we have no trouble getting the tangles out, even after an afternoon in the wind!

The second person that tried it was my friend’s daughter.  She is almost 11 and told me honestly that she only brushes her hair once a week.  Her mum gave up trying to make her do it as it always ended in a fight.  She has very thick curly hair and the only way she can manage it is to wet it, run her fingers through it and tie it up in a plait.

She very nervously let me brush her hair out.  She sat there, shoulders hunched, bracing herself for the pain.  Straight away, as soon as I began brushing, she relaxed.  Before she knew it I was finished and she said “Mum! I need one of these brushes!”

As for me using it, I am noticing that not only is it easier to brush my hair, but I am not losing nearly as much hair in the process!  I could probably count the strands that come out each time, and it’s not many.  It’s also been great at distributing product through my hair.  I like to use conditioning products in my hair after I wash it as my hair is very dry.  I’ve just been putting the products on my mid-section to ends, and then brushing it through.  I tell you, I can actually notice the difference!

Here’s a few more pictures…

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I’ve come a long way with my hair in the past few months.  I used to wish for “normal” hair.  I couldn’t style it the way I wanted, I couldn’t care for it the way I wanted.  But this brush, paired with my lotions and potions, and finished off with my amazing new curler, I now can style my hair the way I want to, instead of the way I HAVE to.  That makes for one happy Em!

xxx
Em

I’m Obsessed – Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera

I have wanted one of these babies for so long, and I finally picked one up when I was in Australia on my birthday!  I have been having so much fun taking my little instant photos (mainly of the kids) as we go about our daily lives.

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The Instax Mini is a modern-day take on the old Polaroid cameras.  They are insanely simple to use, you just open the lenses to turn it on, wait for it to sense the lighting of your surroundings, move the lenses to the setting the camera recommends and then point, and shoot!  Straight away the little photo comes out of the top and 1-2 minutes later it’s all developed ready to go!

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Of course I have the pink one, since it’s my all time favourite colour, but they also come in blue, yellow, black and white. The photos are credit-card sized and are pretty damn good quality to be honest!  The best photos are the ones taken in low lighting, but the outside photos aren’t bad either.

There is a real vintage feel to the photos which I love.  I wanted an old Diana camera for a long time, but I am glad I have this instead because I have my photos straight away.  And I love them all!

The other thing thats really fun about using these cameras, is you only have one chance to get the perfect shot.  I think there is a real art in film photography that is often forgotten about these days.  Now we can click away and choose the best shot out of our arsenal of different photos.  With film, you don’t have that luxury so you really concentrate on everything about the picture you are seeing through the lenses before you press that shutter!

Film for these cameras isn’t that cheap in New Zealand.  A pack of 20 shots costs $29.95. But I am lucky enough to have family that gets discount at one of the stores that sells the film, so I can get them a bit cheaper.

I am not sure what I’m going to do with all the photos I have taken so far, for now they are stashed in my wallet so I can pull them out and show people how cool my little camera is.  I’m just having fun with it for now!

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xxx
Em

I’m Obsessed: VS Sassoon Curl Secret

While I was away on my holiday in Australia last month, I got the chance to try out a Curl Secret.  I had seen these and another brand of the same thing around and it looked so clever!

So I tried it and was super surprised and excited about the result!  So when I came back to NZ, I went ahead and bought my own.

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These curlers are like nothing I have ever seen before.  The way they work, is you take a section of hair, clamp it where you want the curl to start and then it automatically rolls your hair into it’s barrel. It beeps five times, and then you hear a series of quick beeps which means it’s time to unclamp, and out comes a perfect curl.  Every time.  I’m serious.

My hair is long (down to my belly button when it’s straight), and I LOVE to curl it.  Problem is, I used to use my GHD Straightener for curling, and although it works a treat, the curls generally fall within the first hour.  I have taken a series of photos to show you how well my curls stayed in throughout the day when I used my new Curl Secret…

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Here I am at 11.15 at my office.  My curls had been in for 3 hours at this point and still looked exactly the same as when I first did them.

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This one was taken at 12.42 after I got back from lunch.  I did a few errands on my lunch break AND it was windy.  Curls still perfect!

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The last photo I took was at 4.38 when I jumped in my car to pick up my lovely partner from work.  The curls had ever so slightly dropped at this point, but were still perfect!

I honestly can’t believe how well this curler actually does what it says it’s going to do.  Believe the hype everyone!  It’s fast (curling my whole head took 10 minutes, I timed it.), easy (my 6 year old can do it) and effective.

I’m obsessed!

xxx
Em