SAYA Designs sent me one of their gorgeous hair forks in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid to write this blog post. There are a LOT of photos in this post. #sorrynotsorry
I have a bit of a love/hate thing going on with my hair. As a teenager it was massively frizzy; would it have killed my Mom to buy me some Frizz Ease?! My hair was natural blonde once upon a time, which I began to loathe at around age 14. A boy in my class said “Does it bother you that people think you’re stupid because you’re blonde?”. Ah the joys of being a teenager…
From then on my hair has been red, pink, purple, blue, burgundy and green. At uni, I decided to grow up a bit and go back to blonde. For a few years my hair was my pride and joy. I spent an absolute fortune on it. I discovered the magic of GHD straighteners. Then I had children and realised that spending so much money on myself was not feasible anymore. I’ve gone from having a cut and colour every six weeks to having a hair cut twice a year.
I did briefly go pink again last year though.
I Really Wanted to Call This Blog Post “May The Fork Be With You”…
Victoria from SAYA Designs got in touch with me and I was really excited about being able to choose one of their products to try out for a review. At last! My hair might look like I’ve made an effort with it!
No Skills? No Problem!
There are some people who can just seemingly click their fingers and have awesome-looking hair all day long. It’s a baffling kind of sorcery to me. I have never once managed a messy up do that doesn’t make me look like I sleep under a bridge. My hair has never stayed sleek, smooth and straight all day long.
The moment I asked Victoria for a barrette I had this sinking feeling that I wouldn’t be able to use it. I thought of the last time I went to a wedding and wore a fascinator. I’m pretty sure I spent more time trying to put it back in than actually enjoying myself. Hair accessories just seem to slide right out of my hair.
Thankfully the SAYA designs website has a handy tutorials page, where you can choose styles based on your hair length. My personal favourite is this one and it is so easy! What I really love about doing my hair like this is that it looks like I’ve made way more effort than I have.
As for whether it stays in? I can confirm that it does. I put my hair up at about 8am on Monday morning and it stayed in until I took it out at 10pm in the evening. I’d done a pretty intense karate class that night too. Here’s what my hair looked like:
Beauty With Purpose
“At SAYA we take a waste material and turn it into something beautiful and purposeful, while giving back to those dedicated to protecting our planet.”
I love companies that have a real purpose. Companies that don’t just make nice stuff, but have an awesome reason behind it. SAYA Designs don’t disappoint. This video explains their ethos better than I could.
The thing that struck me straight away when my barrette arrived was that the packaging itself was well-considered and beautiful. It is made from recyclable materials, of course and the fabric pouch included gives the hair fork a real sense of being something you’d want to look after. Which it absolutely is. It’s so smooth and tactile and the rosewood is such a gorgeous colour. Eleanor, who is 7, had her eyes on it straight away and has decided that she wants one too.
Just because there weren’t quite enough photos, here’s another. I have my eye on these banana leaf sticks as a treat for myself… (unless Eleanor grabs it first!).