Gypsy Jewels - OOTD + Hair Extension Review

I love the gypsy boho style. Its comfortable, colorful, eclectic, expressive, and incredibly easy to style. It encourages creativity and typically ends up being fairly inexpensive. Most of my jewelry is handmade locally which just feels right. Another pro to this style is its unique. You dont see very many around town.  

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Belt Trim Fedora Hat: BooHoo

Nose Ring: Iris Piercing

Choker: BooHoo

Labradorite Necklace: Made with love by my sweet sister 

Clear Quartz Necklace: Dancing Cranes

Nebula Necklace: I got this hand made treasure from a festival down in southern Utah

Gold Alex & Ani Bracelets: Alex & Ani

Gold Feather Bracelet: Unknown - I want to say H&M or Forever21, it was sooo long ago! Sorry! 

Green Bead Bracelet: Dancing Cranes

Rings: All from Dancing Cranes

Leggings: LuLu Lemon

Black Tank: Old Navy

Fringe Cover: Urban Outfitters


It has taken me too long to share this outfit post. These pictures were taken when I had just had my hair extensions put in. We took my purple locks blonde and added extensions which ended up being a very poor choice and a huge waste of money.

Although my hair is not the focus of the post, it is impossible for me to feel authentic posting these pictures and not share my honest (very blunt) thoughts on my very short lived long blonde hair. 

Were going to burn through this quickly because after all is said and done, I truly love my stylist as well as the salon I was going to. Ultimately they have been very good to me and I am grateful for my time at Lunatic Fringe.

The salon orders their extensions from HairTalk - formerly known as HotHeads. They swear by this brand and claim to have never received such a poor batch of hair. Funny enough, a friend of mine also got blonde extensions at the same salon and has had a similar experience. She has had the same problem I have had with the addition of multiple strips coming out. Along with my personal experience as well as my friends, a short google search will bring about loads of raging customers and some very sad pictures. 

I personally think this is why they have had a "revamp" in their brand name. It seems the HotHeads brand is well known for their poor quality. Why not just change the name? 

The HairTalk extensions were a nightmare. The quality of the hair is incredibly poor, they have a scratchy rough feel (like hay). They weren't done tight or blended well, pieces were constantly falling out and they looked terrible. I could barely put a brush through my hair without causing serious damage. I followed my stylists instructions perfectly and used the products they suggested per their instructions. Nothing I did made a difference. 

I took a trip back to my stylist a week after having them and they were incredibly disappointed and eager to fix the problem. After they reached out to the company to get the hair replaced, HairTalk said it wasnt in their warranty to fix them. It then became difficult to get an appointment. By the time I did get in it had been too long and getting them replaced was now on my dime. 

After lots of frustration and a few disagreements we agreed the salon would fix it, we switched to a shorter batch of hair (to make up for the price) and went with brown extensions (to make up for the poor quality). 

All around huge disaster. I would NOT recommend HairTalk extensions and I would suggest a large amount of research to anyone interested in extensions. Find someone who is really familiar with the brand, their warranty, and what chemicals you can and cannot use on them. Anytime you are hitting the $1,000 range for your hair, make sure everyone involved knows what they they are doing and make yourself aware of what will happen if shit hits the fan. 

On a positive note I got one really great selfie immediately following my day spent at the salon. Was it worth that much dough, definitely not. 

Much love,  

-Magnolia Rose  

Hair Care! Your Questions Answered!

I get so many questions on my hair! Which is fabulous but some times difficult to explain in great detail. With there being so much feedback I figured why not pass the torch and share my hair secrets with the world. 

For a long time (as long as I remember) bobs with bangs were questionable. When growing out my pixie cut, I cut my hair into a crazy short A-Line with bangs. It was the greatest decision hair wise I have ever made. 

My original cut has evolved to a long A-Line and I have kept the ballsy short bangs because I love the bob with bangs look! Around summer time I wanted to up the dramatic-ness and make it even more unique! I had always wanted an ombre but had never seen it on short hair. It was definitely a long haired style. I found a blog called One Little Momma and saw pictures of her short ombre! I fell in love immediately and decided to go for it. 

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Wanting to be careful on my hair so that it looked good in the long run I did little bits at a time, slowly adding more and more bleach higher and higher. By the end of Summer I had evolved to a full ombre with the blonde, brown, and dark brown.  

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The Process
 

I book my hair appointments every 6ish weeks. Then I go in for a color touch up every other appointment along with my cut. In the mean time I dye my roots using Garnier Olia Oil Powered Permanent Hair Color which I have used forever and really like. 

When I go in for my color and cut appointment it takes about 2-3 hours so I bring a book. My sister recently gave me "Shes Come Undone" which I started yesterday! When I am to excited to read I take pictures on snapchat (follow me! @flowerchildslc), check instagram, facebook, other various social media accounts, and of course read bloglovin. 

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Hair Care

As far as the after care I use a variety of products. For washing I use Matrix Biolage Color Treated Shampoo. I mainly got it because my hair guru uses it on me at the salon, but I actually really like the smell!

I use a hair mask in the shower about once week. I am currently using Roots from Lush. Its actually meant for fine thin hair but for my bleached ends I feel like it does its job. I dont love the smell because it doesn't mesh well with my shampoo and conditioner (it smells minty). I recently got "Hair Food" by Clairol sent to me from influenster for testing purposes and I adore it! It works just as great as Roots but it smells better and is easier to blend into your hair (Roots is a bit chunky). I use Hair Food once a week during my bath night since I dont usually wash my hair that night and it gets a bit frazzled from being wet. 

I like to use leave in conditioner just on my ends. Right now I am experimenting with different brands and products. Ipsy has been sending me a lot of leave in conditioners which I am loving! So far my favorite is the "Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask". Its actually meant to be washed out sort of like Roots, but I like to put this product on my ends when I style my hair and throughout my hair after its washed. It smells amazing and leaves your hair silky smooth! 

For styling products I use two Bed Head products. "Hard To get" for texture and style and "Masterpiece Hairspray". I love the smell of both of these and they both give me the look I want! 

I hope this answered some of your questions! I love the feedback I get on my current hair, its definitely one of my favorites! 

Much love to all of you! 

-Magnolia Rose