Getting Hair Tinsels For The Holidays? Here's What You Need To Know | Clozette


We all know one person who absolutely loves the holidays. Whether that's you or someone in your gang, we're sure that this resurging hair trend will definitely pique your interest. We're talking about hair tinsels. You know this Christmas garland-like hair accessory as ever-present in music festivals in previous fashion scenes. But now, it has evolved into one of the year's hottest hairstyle trends. From celebrities to influencers to the fashionable people we personally know in our lives, it's becoming a subtle yet impactful style statement.


Girl with hair tinsels

(Photo from: SabrinaWong)


Got you convinced to get hair tinsels for a show of festive cheer? Or maybe you're considering to simply upgrade your personal style? We're dishing on this budding holiday style trend below. 


It's easy to DIY but it's better to get someone's help



Unlike hair extensions or other procedures in getting a reinvented 'do, hair tinsels are much easier to achieve. First, fold a tinsel strand in half, creating a loop on one end and a tail in the other, then create a loose slip knot. Once you have the loop ready, take two to three strands of your own hair, put it across the loop until at least half an inch from your scalp. Secure the slip knot in place but make sure it's tied perfectly to your hair strands. Just repeat the process until you're satisfied with the number of strands you have on. 



It's something that can definitely be achieved by yourself, but there's a reason why others opt having it done in salons. One, making sure that you can tie it securely is definitely challenging when you don't have a clear view of your own crown. Two, it's easier to get a nicer balance between each strand by going at it in layers. This can be pretty tough to achieve even if you have a big mirror in front of you. Plus, talk about straining your arms in doing so. 

It's not your ordinary holiday tinsel 



Despite its name, a hair tinsel's material is not at all similar to what we use on our Christmas trees. In most cases, they are either made with polyester or silk, making them able to stand an appropriate amount of heat when styled and also avoid the colour from bleeding when shampooed. This makes it easy to incorporate into your daily lifestyle without having to worry too much about changing your entire routine around it. 


It can last up to six months



In most cases, we all love a long-lasting beauty revamp. But the timeframe is something you have to consider when getting hair tinsels. Unless you're totally in it for a ride of up to six months, we suggest getting the temporary clip-on ones instead. This is because, despite the positive longevity, you might find yourself in events or situations where hair tinsels prove to be too flashy. Longevity also depends on the quality of hair tinsels used and how secured the strands are. So unless you don't mind flaunting sparkly hair for a long while, this is one thing to note when planning on getting this hairstyle done. 



You can remove it hassle-free


Hair tinsels eventually fall off on their own. But the longevity can depend on your hair's strength as well as how secure the initial knots are. The better they're tied, the longer they'll most likely stay on. Plus, usual activities, like combing your hair or styling it often, can also cause the tinsel strands to fall off naturally. You wouldn't feel a thing. 


On another note, you can actually remove the hair tinsels on your own should you not want them anymore. Simply find the base of the knot and start sliding it off the hair strands it's attached to. If they're still too tight, you may opt to yank them off ever so gently. Sounds painful? It might be. So make sure you're aware of the timeframe for this type of commitment and just enjoy them while you still have them on. 


(Cover photo from: @goddessglitterhair)


Looking for more hairstyle ideas to don during the holidays? How about adding ribbons to your style?

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Deodorant is one of those beauty slash grooming items that I — and I'm guessing most of us — skimp on. I would willingly splurge on serums, lip tints and sunblock. But spending big bucks on a deodorant? Seems a bit unnecessary. That said, I've always wondered how a high-end deodorant compares to a drugstore option. Is it really any better? I finally had the opportunity to test one out when I was asked to review the award-winning Kopari Coconut Deo



The main selling point of this popular natural deodorant is that it's aluminium-free and doesn't contain any controversial ingredients like paraben, silicone and phthalates. Why go aluminium-free? The jury is still out on this, but there have been discussions that aluminium, which is present in most antiperspirants to block sweat glands, are causing toxins to be built up in our lymph nodes. So, in theory, using an aluminium-free deodorant can keep your mind at peace and promote healthy pit sweating. 


Kopari Coconut Deo Review


If it doesn't use the traditional ingredients of keeping your pits odour-free, then what does Kopari Coconut Deo use? The answer is in the name: it's the antimicrobial, antibacterial natural coconut. As a bonus, coconut is also a good moisturiser so using Kopari Coconut Deo is like putting skincare on your underarms. Sounds like a sweet deal, right? Keep reading to know if it's worth swapping your current deo for.


Packaging and appearance


Kopari Coconut Deo Review


I love that Kopari is straight-forward when it comes to packaging — no unnecessary frills, rollers and the like, which are common in drugstore deodorants. It's very easy to use, just screw off the cap and glide the product on your underarms. Plus, the minimalist two-toned design is also super cute. No complaints here!


Texture and fragrance


You would think that putting an oil-based product on your armpits will be uncomfortable and greasy, but that's not the case with this one. Surprisingly, it just feels like a lightweight moisturiser. You don't have to worry about putting too much because the product is well-solidified (stored on my vanity table; no melting or spilling even in the afternoon) and just one or two swipes is enough to cover the underarm area. It also doesn't transfer or leave any stain marks on clothes, unlike some drugstore options. 


Kopari Coconut Deo Review

Kopari Coconut Deo is solid but melts into a lightweight creamy texture when applied on skin


As for the fragrance, I would say that it has a strong scent and people who don't like anything overly sweet-smelling will find it off-putting. But personally, I like this coconut scent with a hint of 'salty' whiff. It reminds me of carefree days lounging at the beach. Ahh!



Application and usage


Confession time: the reason why I don't splurge on deodorants is that I rarely use it. Yup, you read that right! I only use them whenever I go to an exercise class because things can get really funky and sweaty and for important events to make sure that I'm covered. On regular days, I just skip it because — not to brag — but I don't sweat a lot or have strong body odour. 


To effectively give this a test, I used this before going to my yoga and barre classes. In both times, I had no problem at all with its effectivity. I didn't experience body odour, but the sweating was really intense since it doesn't have the anti-perspiration feature a common drugstore deodorant has.



On their website, Kopari explains that there's a purging period when you first use this deodorant because you're "detoxing" all the aluminium residues on your armpits. They cautioned that for the first few days of using, you may still experience body odour but it will get better after you finish your detox. However, I didn't really experience this; it just straight-up worked in keeping the funk at bay. 


For me, the best feature of the Kopari Coconut Deo is its moisturising properties. It may have not whitened or made any visible impact on my underarm skin but it did make it smoother and plumper, which I never experienced in years of using a drugstore deodorant.


Overall thoughts


I'm all for plant-based natural alternatives that are vegan-friendly so I really like the concept of using coconut oil instead aluminium for managing body odour. However, the price (SGD25/USD14) is pretty steep if you compare it to its drugstore counterpart so it may be more of a once-in-a-while splurge for me. It does have many advantages: no non-sense packaging, unique beachy scent, clean ingredient list and super hydrating. So if you're someone who puts a premium on these factors then I'd say go for it. 


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We see the holidays as the perfect season for gifting our loved ones. But we say indulge in it as the perfect time to treat yourself, too. Before the year — the decade, actually — comes to a close, celebrate yourself and your milestones. What better way to do it than by caring for your skin? Whether you’re stressed or happy, it shows on your skin. So make sure you treat it with care. 


But you don’t have to cross out your schedule to indulge. No matter your holiday plan, there’s a way to pamper yourself and your loved ones with products that are simple but pure — just what belif products are known for. Created with nothing but the best and purest ingredients from all over the world, they’re free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates and synthetic preservatives, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances, mineral oils, and animal origin ingredients. The best part of all? They provide lasting benefits. Ready to get pampering? Here’s how.

Schedule a Christmas brunch


Starting the day off with your favourite people is just one of the best things to do during the holidays! Make sure your skin’s as bright as the day you’ll be sharing with the help of belif’s White decoction skin radiance set.

belif’s White decoction skin radiance set

White decoction skin radiance set, SGD110 (worth SGD171) 


Give your skin an oomph with the radiance-boosting White decoction – ultimate brightening essence 50ml. It’s a lightweight essence that contains antioxidant-rich Winter Aster and moisturising Napiers Aqua Formula that consists of different herbs, including Lady’s Mantle that nourishes the skin with nutrient-filled minerals and antioxidants. Plus, it’s packed with Napiers Original Formula that helps protect the skin from free radicals and gently exfoliates to reveal youthful radiance.

Follow it with the nourishing White decoction – ultimate brightening cream 50ml that gives luminance to dull skin. The kit also contains two deluxe sizes of the White decoction bubble mask 10ml and the White decoction sheet mask to supplement your brightening regimen.


Explore the Christmas markets


Ah, shopping just feels different during Christmas season, don’t you think? While you’re busy ticking off the names on your to-buy-for list, make sure your skin is pampered and armed with anti-pollution benefits as you wade through the shopping lanes of the urban jungle. The belif Knockdown bomb total defence set is your weapon of choice.


belif Knockdown bomb set

Knockdown bomb total defence set, SGD130 (worth SGD203)


In the set, you’ll get the powerful Youth creator - age knockdown bomb 50ml, which fights ageing from the inside out. It has an Age Down Formula that has been clinically proven to reduce the length of enlarged pores due to ageing by 19.2 per cent, reduce the appearance of enlarged pores by 46.1 per cent, and increase the skin’s elasticity by 18.5 per cent.

The set also contains the Anti-aging soft bomb 75ml, a super lightweight moisturiser that not only hydrates the skin but also firms it up and improves elasticity — perfect for reversing the negative effects of pollution. Plus, it has deluxe samples of the Knockdown bomb 10ml and Anti-aging soft bomb 10ml so you can ease into the routine before diving into it.



Wine and dine with the gals


‘Tis the season for hearty meals — and some drinks. Take the holidays as an excuse to indulge in that meal you’ve been planning to have for months now at your favourite restaurant. Then, cap it off with wine — we definitely encourage it. After satiating your cravings, nourish your skin.

Before heading off to sleep, massage on some of the extra-hydrating Aqua bomb sleeping mask 75ml from the belif Ultra nourishing bomb duo set. This sleeping mask has a memory formula — it wraps and seals intense hydration around the contours of your skin. It also has a jelly-pudding texture you’ll love indulging in. Best part? It’s pillow-proof — so you can sleep soundly, without fear of stains.



Ultra nourishing bomb duo set, SGD75 (worth SGD103)


For daytime, you can go for the cult-favourite The true cream - moisturizing bomb 50ml, which contains Comfrey Leaf that detoxifies the skin, Napiers Moisture formula that hydrates, and Napiers Original Formula that calms and repairs the skin. There’s also the Cica bomb cream 50ml, a.k.a. the Stress Shooter. Aside from the Napiers Aqua Formula and Napiers Original Formula, it’s made with powerful antioxidant and skin-soothing Centella Asiatica — great for shooting away the signs of stress on your skin. If a lightweight, oil-free gel-cream that refreshes the skin is what you fancy, the skin-loving The true cream - aqua bomb 50ml is for you. Made with a variety of herbs, including Lady’s Mantle, it helps fight off free radicals and improves the skin’s elasticity for skin that’s hydrated and smooth.



Enjoy the quiet downtime 


In the midst of all the bustle of planning and celebrating, immerse in silence and enjoy your own company. Relax and regenerate with the help of the ultra-nourishing belif Prime infusion repair cream special set. Treat your skin to the Prime infusion repair toner 80ml that contains Mountain Daisy extracted using the Solar Nectar Infusion technique, which harnesses the power of the sun to extract the ingredient while keeping its ingredients nothing but pure.


belif Prime infusion repair cream special set

Prime infusion repair cream special set, SGD120 (worth SGD157)



Follow it with the soothing Prime infusion repair cream 50ml. This cream keeps the skin smooth while helping get rid of visible fine lines and wrinkles. Pack on more goodness on your skin — and forget about any kind of stress — with the help of the Prime infusion repair essence 10ml, a regenerating essence that not only retains moisture on the skin but has been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.



Host a slumber party


Having your best girl friends over for a night of conversation and catching up is no doubt fun. But why not take it up a notch by making your get-together a mini pampering session, too? It’s perfect timing, too, because the nighttime is great for skin turnover.

Have the belif Peat miracle revival set ready for you and your girls to use. Indulge in the renewing powers of the Peat miracle revital serum concentrate 30ml, which contains 20 per cent concentrated Peat extract that’s great for improving natural skin turnover for youthful skin.


belif Peat miracle revital set

Peat miracle revival set, SGD120 (worth SGD194)


Next, pamper your eyes with the Peat miracle revital eye cream 25ml, a potent but extra-gentle cream that’s made with Peat Extract and Humic Acid that revitalises the skin under your eyes. It also contains GABA that stimulates collagen production and prevents fine lines and wrinkles. The next morning, aside from marvelling at your refreshed peepers, give your friends a deluxe size of the Peat miracle revital serum concentrate 6ml to take home — there are two in the kit.

Celebrate the holidays with belif. Check out more belif Christmas bundles here and get these sets from all their outlets in Singapore.



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