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Professional MetaGrip Bobby Pins

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MetaGrip Premium Bob Pins in Black

MetaGrip Premium Bob Pins in
Champagne Blonde

 

After the supreme disaster I had with the Diane 2″ bobby pins, I had practically given up any attempt to find anything better! Thankfully, I hadn’t quite lost hope and made one last ditch effort to find a pin with more staying power. My search is over! The MetaGrip® Premium Bob Pins have exceeded my expectations. I know, I know. You’re probably thinking, “What kind of expectations can one have for a simple bobby pin?” I’ve got plenty!

I need a bobby pin that will not only stay in place but that will last over an extended period of time. There’s nothing more annoying than a bobby pin with rubberized tips that pop off or so-called “protective” coatings that peel after a few uses. While I realize that these are pretty simple stipulations, finding a bobby pin that could live up to these straight-forward requirements has been challenging (at best). Because I use a lot of oils and butters in my hair, the protective coating on most bobby pins tend to wear off over time, although none wore off as quickly as those horrible Diane 2″ bobby pins!

 

I purchased my MetaGrip® Premium Bob Pins in black, but they are also available in champagne blonde or bronze. I purchased the octagon-shaped jar (see pics above) for a larger supply, but you can also buy these in smaller quantities (see pics below).

I ♥ these bobby pins so much! Think I’m being a drama queen? Well, then, let me tell you why I’ve got so much love for such a simple hair tool …

First off, darling, these little wonders have a firm, secure grip. Never has one slipped out of my hair style. Ever! Also, they are long-lasting and have a durable coating with a gentle, comfortable tip. This is no small task for those of us whose hair craves lots of oils, butters, and creams. In addition, there are no sharp ends tugging on my fine strands.

They come in a variety of colors (black, bronze, and champagne blonde) and sizes (regular and mini-MetaGrip versions). What more does a hair diva need? If you’re interested in more than a snag-free bobby pin, this company makes hair pins and roller pins as well.

 

Not all bobby pins are created equal. However, these MetaGrip® Premium Bob Pins are worthy of any diva’s crown of glory. That’s why, for the first time ever, I am in bobby pin ♥!

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Need a powerful protein treatment? Try the KeraCare Super Reconstructor!

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With my intense new hair moisture plan, I thought it best to balance the hydration out with more routine periodic protein treatments. I love Aphogee’s Keratin 2-minute Reconstructor, however, I thought a more powerful treatment was necessary. So, I searched my beauty closet and found one of my old faithfuls from when I was relaxed: KeraCare’s Super Reconstructor. It’s quite expensive for an 8 oz. bottle … between $30 – $35. However, a little goes a long way. They’ve changed the packaging. My bottle looks like this …

The new design and color is much different …

From what I can tell, only the packaging has changed. Keracare’s Super Reconstructor is designed to extensively repair weak, damaged hair. The product claims to penetrate deep within the cortex (the thickest hair layer sandwiched between the hair cuticle and medulla) to fortify fractured, shredded hair fibers. It is also supposed to increase hair elasticity and strength while reducing porosity.

Ingredients:

Water, Collagen Amino Acids, Polyacrylamidomethylpropane Sulfonic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium PCA, Methylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea.

Directions:

  1. Apply to freshly shampooed, towel-blotted hair.
  2. Gently comb to distribute.
  3. Cover hair with a plastic cap and place patron under a very warm hood dryer for 10 minutes.
  4. Cool hair slightly, then rinse thoroughly.  Do not comb.
  5. Apply Keracare’s 5 in 1 Reconstructor or KeraCare’s Humecto® Creme Conditioner and leave on 10 minutes to soften hair.
  6. Rinse thoroughly.

I followed the instructions on the back of the bottle, taking care not to handle my hair too much. My bottle of the 5 in 1 Reconstructor was almost empty, so I used another conditioner instead. Feel free to do the same. Just make sure to use a really moisturizing deep conditioner that DOES NOT have protein in it. After rinsing my hair, I noticed that my super fine strands immediately felt 100% stronger. No lie! It really improved the strength of my hair.

I remember using this when I was relaxed, and I recall now why this was my go-to protein treatment. I used this Super Reconstructor religiously every week. It was a must-have during my relaxed days to maintain the integrity of my hair. Relaxers always left my hair lifeless, limp, and VERY fragile. So, if you are relaxed, I think this is an essential product to add to your hair care arsenal, especially if you have fine strands, damaged hair, or have processed your hair with color or any other chemical treatment.

After using this Super Reconstructor only once, my hair felt instantly stronger. And, a week later, I feel as though the moisture:protein levels of my hair have finally balanced out. My hair is supple, soft, and moisturized. I plan to continue to use my Keratin 2-minute Reconstructor whenever I only need a light protein treatment (i.e., for hair maintenance purposes). However, once a month (or whenever I feel my hair needs a more intense protein treatment), I will use KeraCare’s Super Reconstructor (i.e., for hair repair purposes).

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