16 November, 2012

Whirl-a-Style Review and Giveaway

     My hair is always in a ponytail.  Okay, not always, occasionally I wear it down, but pretty much always.  I am a very no-fuss, no-nonsense kind of girl when it comes to my hair.  With four kids and one more close at hand, it just doesn't make sense to spend even 10 minutes on my hair when it seems like we are always running late for things even without spending any time on it.  That's why Whirl-a-Style was so appealing to me as a mom.  I can do easy up-do's and half up-do's with only 15-30 seconds extra prep time.  I can do that while I wait for the kids to buckle :)
     Whirl-a-Style is a hair accessory that looks like a rubber "C" with a slit style opening down the middle.  Your hair goes through the opening and you pull the Whirl-a-Style until it reached the end of your shortest layer of hair.  Then you curl the Whirl-a-Style towards your head and when you reach your head, you clasp the ends together to create a perfect bun.  This video shows many ways you can use it, all of which taking very minimal time:

     For review I was asked for my hair length, which is 16 inches, and was sent a large size.  It took a bit of getting used to, I think because my hair is on the thicker side.  I think also because some of my hair is shorter than the rest.  But like all good things, it is coming with time and practice.  I can get a real nice look when I put half of my hair up and leave half down.  To do this, I just follow these steps with only the top half of my hair:

Step 1: Pull your hair back into a ponytail with a ponytail holder. For an extra sleek bun, make sure your hair is wet or damp.

Step 2: Feed the hair of ponytail through the Whirl-A-Style until it bumps into the hair tie at the base of the ponytail.

Step 3: If you have layers, do NOT pull the Whirl-a-Style down to the tip of your hair. Pull the Whirl-a-Style back until you encounter your shortest layer. Stop here and roll up.

Step 4: Roll the Whirl-a-Style up towards the top of your head. You should snap it together by pulling the ends down when you get to the base of your ponytail holder again.

If some ends of your hair stick out, never fear! Take them and roll them around the base of your bun. You can insert one pin into the base of your bun to hold them down as well once you roll them up.

     I found those steps on the Whirl-a-Style Forum (yes, they have a forum) and it has proven very helpful.  The site also has an introduction page to help you learn how to use it that I also found helpful.
     The only thing that left me feeling let down in the slightest was that it tends to pull a bit when it is taken out.  However, I think it would be hard to create something like this without there being some pull.  Perhaps I just haven't learned the right method for taking my hair out of it yet :)
     There is also an alternative to Whirl-a-Style called the Klicinz which allows the addition of jewels and charms for a more sophisticated or glamorous look.  It is sold right on the Whirl-a-Style site for the same price as the original.     I would recommend the Whirl-a-Style for moms on the go as well as anyone looking for the perfect bun (a dancer, cheerleader, gymnast perhaps).  It makes quick and easy work of making a nice hairstyle for lots of different occasions.
     Here is your chance to win one (makes a great stocking stuffer).  Just enter using the Rafflecopter's easy entry method and you are all set!
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Except for the product(s) given to me for the purpose of reviewing, I received no compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.
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