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Buh-bye sock bun. The style to rock right now is the romantic and effortless half-up, half-down. For a look reminiscent of Claire Danes circa Romeo + Juliet, rely on SARAHPOTEMPA's The Half Up. Like its big sis The WRAP UP™, this nifty tool helps you fake a fuller mane and secures your bun without the help of bobby pins.
I'd seen this around and was intrigued, so I was glad to get it in my sample box. I'm still iffy about its effectiveness, though. My hair is super straight, nearly waist-length, not especially thick but not the finest either, tangles easily, and to top it off, damaged from coloring/tangling/brushing. All that said, I think at least a few of those reasons made the Half-Up not perfect for me: my hair's too long and would slip out before I could slide the Half-Up to the end, so I had to make do with a half-bun that had a tail of hair sticking out under it. I hoped this would be a quick and easy product to use, but it seemed to need more patience than I have to yet master it, so my half-buns were always messy. On the other hand, a coworker complimented me on my hair the first time I tried wearing the Half-Up. He said I looked like I could be in a Chinese kung fu film, flying through the air and whatnot (we're both Chinese, so this was amusing and not racist ;)). It's not perfect for everyone and all hair types, but not every hair product or accessory is. Just choose carefully with this in mind. The Half-Up is at least worth a try.3
I enjoyed playing and figuring out how to use this product with my hair. It worked beautifully once I used it right. This was surprising especially since most hair styling instruments don't work with my extremely fine hair. I was happy to discover that this product produced a very clean looking bun.4
I have fine, silky, shoulder-length hair and got this with my Birchbox. The tutorial that came with the product was not very helpful, so I decided to find guides on Youtube. I used the product properly, and even used hairpins and a hair-elastic to keep my bun more secure. However, my hair just kept falling out. Maybe this might work better for someone who has less silky hair than I do, because that might provide better grip. Not for me, however.1
My hair would not completely fit into the accessory.1
I always put my hair up at work. When i got this in my monthly birchbox i was excited to try it out. Its def easier to put in a bun and keeps my hair in place5
I think that this would be a useful product for many people. I have a lot of layers in my hairs, and so the product was difficult to use with my hair.1
I liked the idea of this product, however, I have thin long hair and the hair tool was too large to use in my hair.2
I've been wanted one like this for a long time. so I am very happy when I received one in my birchbox. but I am still in process of learning how to use this one. I think it runs a little small for my long hair. anyway, I will keep trying.4
My hair is too short for this product but my daughter loves it!1
This is a super useful tool. I have fine medium length hair and it was fairly easy to use, since I have layers, I had to use a lot of hairspray to hold it all in but once you get the hang of it, it is quite easy to use. I love it because I do equestrian sports and we always have to have a low bun and this makes the process a lot quicker!5