Taming long hair: Tangle Teezer VS Denman

Having trouble taming those long locks? Is this THE best hairbrush ever? This is what I think of it...
Source http://www.denmanbrush.com/
Denman £7.09 

I am one of those girls who takes pride in the length of their hair, because let's be honest, it's a hard job living with (and growing) it!! There are many struggles that long-haired humans have when trying to tame, wash, colour, preserve (i.e not rip out through pure anger at hair brushing), or simply not sweat buckets when daring to wear it down on a night out...

 For now I will tell you my hair brush journey- thrilling (I know) but completely necessary!
When I saw a Denman hairbrush appear on my Mum's dressing table I instantly knew that it wouldn't be staying there for long. In fact, it took me all of one minute to take the brush and claim it as my own. Sorry, Mum...

I had seen this particular brush in hair salons and my hairdresser uses one for my hair (when I can bare to face the chop every now and again) so I knew it was a good brush. That was about five years ago and I haven't looked back since.

Now, this might offend some of you because I know how highly Tangle Teezers are rated- but I do have a brush very similar to a Tangle Teezer (aptly named Tangle Tamer) and I am sad to say that I have paid it such little attention. I find that the plastic bristles are harsher on my hair than my good old Denman mate which kinda says something, does it not?!

Source http://www.tangleteezer.com
Original Tangle Teezer £10.60

For me, having to use a different hairbrush other than my Denman, feels like having to wear someone else's foundation- and we all know how that feels, don't we girls?! The brush bristles/teeth are so kind on my hair and scalp, and having hair as long as mine means that as much pain relief as possible is a God send! I don't even know what is so good about these bristles- they are just awesome. I say this brush is a slightly better version of a tangle teezer with a handle. I have a feeling it has something to do with the length of the bristles because those on the Denman are longer than those on a Tangle Teezer, and perhaps this is the key to controlling thicker/more hair rather than just smoothing out the surface.

I'm not sure if it is just my unruly mane which requires so much attention when brushing or if it is also everyone else with long hair, but I believe that my Denman brush reduces the amount of hair breakage and tugging at the roots compared to a bog standard brush. Thinking about it now, if anything happened to my hairbrush I would be genuinely really bothered. I'd be straight on the hunt for another one, that's for sure!

So, this was a little bit of a strange post, however I think it could be helpful to many of you girlies and guys out there with luscious locks! And I always want to pass on any shortcuts/ hints/ tips like this which can turn out to be a right useful slice of pie.

Hope you have enjoyed me rambling on about my beloved hairbrush and perhaps even benefit from it! Next time you're at the hairdressers have a little look to see if they use this brush on you- you'll love it. If you fancy giving one a go (best decision of your life) you can visit: 
  http://www.denmanbrush.com/acatalog/Denman-D3-Medium-7-row-styling-brush.html (mine is this exact one. Well, not exact but you know.

Are you a loyal Tangle Teezer user? Or have you found a different brush that you cant be without?

A presto!
Olivia x

11 things that tell you you're a University student

1. You find yourself communicating with your parents more than you did whilst at home.

2. You go home for the weekend and realise how damn hungry you are.

3. Occasionally  you take extra toilet roll from restaurant/club/pub toilets because you and your flatmates cannot afford to buy more until the next student loan payment hits your account.

4. You walk around in dark clothes for two weeks while your white washing slowly accumulates to a full load.

5. You meticulously compare bacon prices throughout each supermarket.

6. Dominos pizza is your most frequently rung telephone number.

7. You feel no shame in not brushing your hair for a few days (or weeks) because it is simply too much energy.

8. Mum's pre-made meals are on the menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner for as long as they last.

9. Owning an NUS card means that that you can visit Topshop again because you're making savings, of course.

10. You have a 'quiet night in' and become more inebriated than if you went out, then throw up into your flatmates underwear drawer and miss all your lectures the next day.

11. Procrastination takes you to lengths you never thought you'd go to (see picture)

Playing dress-up with my friend Louise's crazy wardrobe.
So, there it is! If you didn't already know you were a uni student then you sure should know now! Do you agree??

A presto!
Olivia x

Becoming responsible and leaving the fresh life.

Along with many of you across the globe, it is time for me to start my second year of University. I don't think I am alone in being absolutely blooming scared about this fact, am I? Leaving my 'fresher' self at the back door of Halls was quite a sad thing a few months back. As a fresher, I had very little pressure in terms of Uni work and juggling that with a job, sleep and a social life; however I think that is all about to change....

I am now living off-campus in a house with five of my friends and that itself is stressful enough! Looking at the sad pile of washing up and having to put the toilet seat down multiple times a day is something that you forget about when deciding to live with smelly boys. However, it is also pretty cool that you can live in a house with your friends and enjoy some awesome times together as a little family!

This year I am a 'hall rep' which means that I have been looking after the new freshers who live in my old hall. We take them out for the fresher events and make sure they all get their taxis without problems, and then get drunk (responsibly) with them! It is a brilliant way to meet new people and also just another way to clutch at every string there is to pretend to be a carefree fresher again (lol). Below is a picture of us at the halls battle- which WE WON!

In Britain, (depending on your course) during first year you can pass the year with only 40%. Thankfully I achieved a better grade than that, but unfortunately, I do not have that 40% fall-back this year, so I am actually going to have to some work. Oh dear. Less partying for Olivia this year then! Does anybody else join me in feeling this way? I mean, they could have warned us about having to study as well as messing around!

Alright, all jokes aside, I do actually want to knuckle down this year and continue smashing the odd essay and exam that are thrown at me. It's going to be a struggle to fit in everything else that I want to do but I shall try and see! Some new things that I am going to try my hand at this year include joining the Samba band, the Italian society and ladies Football club at uni! They should be a great way to de-stress and make some new friends. Are you going to join any clubs or societies this year?

I'd love to hear any of your stories about moving to uni/studying or fitting in your elements of life in general so leave a comment! :)

A presto!

Olivia x