I must have been a raccoon in my last life, because this furry creature loves anything shiny! I love anything that glitters, and I love hair jewelry because it instantly adds a bit of glamour, even if you are having a bad hair day.
So, I’m really loving Bling Strands, especially to liven things up, for Spring! Bling Strands are tiny shreds of light-reflecting, metallic, polyester fiber not much thicker than a human hair, that bring bling to your hair in a whole, new way. These glittery strands become a part of your hairstyle, and can last for a few hours (until you remove them) or for a few days or weeks, until they finally fall out with the hair strands they’re attached to. Once they’re attached, you can shower and shampoo with them, even use a blow dryer or flat iron (up to 400 degrees).
I tried Sizzling Champagne Gold. These holographic, gold strands that blended well with my own, natural hair color. Looks like Beyonce , who wore Bling Strands in her hair at the 2010 Grammys, liked that look, too! But these Bling Strands are all for fun. I also tried the more daring, Sizzling Fuchsia that added not-so subtle pops of color. The holographic properties make Sizzling Bling Strands twinkle in the light every time you move your head. There are 30 colors in brights and pastels. You can mix several colors, or perhaps, select just one color to match an outfit. While many people will add 8-10 strands along their part line for maximum effect, even one or two makes your style, shine!
There are two types of Bling Strands available: a Salon/Stylist Package with 50 strands than measure 36 inches in length, or a Retail Size, with 25 strands measuring 18 inches in length. If your hair is longer, you can leave one end of the bling strand longer when tying it in, and if your hair is shorter, you can just cut off the length you don’t want or need. The packaging allows you to pick out one strand at a time, and then re-seal the package, so you’ll see what you have left and access it, easily. Each card has an instruction card, and there’s a “Bling Thing” (plastic with a slot and a hole) that helps you keep other strands away while you’re focusing on tying just one.
On the Bling Strands Web Site you can see all the available colors, watch a video about how to affix bling strands, and there’s also a gallery of looks to inspire you. It looks complicated, at first, but all you’re really doing is tying in each Bling Strand with knots, to one strand of your own hair. You can do this yourself, although it can get pretty tiring. The best way is to have an extra set of hands, so enlist the help of a friend. Stylists will probably charge you $2.00+ per strand to put in Bling Strands, but they can do your entire look in 15-20 minutes. Bing Strands are available wholesale to the trade, but ask your salon to stock Bling Strands so you can take some home. It may take you longer, but the results are worth it. All you really need is a little bit of patience, and practice.
With prom season, weddings, and other special events right around the corner, I know you’ll wnat to consider adding these sensational strands to your look. But you don’t need a special occasion to have fun with these. Wear them to show your support for a cause (e.g. pink for breast cancer awareness) or to cheer on your team with their colors, or just because it’s a Monday!
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