Buzzworthy: Mane Message

I’ve been a fan of soft elastic hairbands for about a year now.  Not only are these hairbands gentler on your hair than traditional store bought ones, they come in a wide variety of colors and are stretchy enough to wear on your wrist without cutting off your circulation.  I find that these hairbands stay put even in my super fine hair without putting as big of a dent in it (you know what I’m referring to – the dreaded ponytail dent!).

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I first purchased a couple of Emi-Jay hairband sets about a year and a half ago after seeing their products on YouTube videos in the beauty guru community.  I instantly replaced all of my store bought hair ties and began wearing these handmade ones with the exception of my very small hairbands that I use when I’m wearing a braid.  Even though I wanted to use my new handmade hair ties for braids, they were simply too big for this type of hairdo with my hair.  I started poking around drugstores for less expensive versions and eventually found some at Target made by Remington.  Even though they cost less ($1.50 for a set of two as opposed to $11 plus S+H for a set of five from Emi-Jay), they are of lesser quality.  You get what you pay for!  The Remington hairbands are a similar concept, but I find they were not as soft as my Emi-Jay ones and don’t hold up as well in my hair.  Plus, they aren’t sized large enough for wrist wear, which is part of the appeal of this kind of hairband.  Even though they are smaller, the Remington hairbands are not the right size to secure my braid.

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I was considering cutting up some of my hairbands to see if I could make smaller ones last December when Olivia, the owner and founder of Mane Message, sent an email my way.  Her Mom had turned her onto my YouTube videos last fall and she decided to reach out to me to see if I’d be interested in trying her hairbands.  I followed the link to her business webpage and saw that she carried a smaller size hairband.  Just what I was looking for!  Olivia graciously offered to send a selection of her products (including some regular, some mini, and a couple of headbands) to me, which she insisted I take as “a gift from a fan.”

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I’ve been using Mane Message hair ties ever since (impeccable timing because my old Emi-Jay & Remington ones were in sore need of being replaced!) and absolutely love them!  They are comparable in quality to Emi-Jay hairbands, but are less expensive ($7 for a set of five solid color hair ties as opposed to $11 for a similar package from Emi-Jay) and come in beautiful tie dye prints as well.  Plus, Mane Message carries Mini Hair Ties, which are my personal favorite.  A few loops secures my braid perfectly!

OJ|TBBB 2:13:2013_8The tie dye hair bands are definitely my favorite.  They are soft, stretchy, and fit my wrist perfectly.  I can even loop the mini hair ties comfortably around my thumb when needed!

Olivia is a young business woman with a successful career she launched while in her junior year of college.  Since graduating, her company has blossomed into a full time career for her.  I encourage you to visit her website even if you’re not in the market for new hairbands.  It is a beautiful and organized webstore featuring her products.  If you are in the market for some new hairbands and would like to give Mane Message a try, Olivia has very kindly extended a discount code to readers!  Apply code OrganizedJen15 at checkout to save 15% off your purchase now through March 15, 2013.

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Olivia has also very kindly provided a couple of gift sets for a giveaway!  Two lucky readers will win both the Spring 2013 Pantone Package & the Boho Package (as shown in the above picture).  Follow the directions on the Rafflecopter widget below to be entered to win.  The giveaway is open international and will run until Sunday, February 17 at 6 PM CST.  There will be TWO winners.  I will contact the winners directly via email in addition to announcing them on Sunday night on this blog post.  Good luck!


Congrats to Lisha E. & Annelies V. on winning the Mane Message Spring Giveaway!

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*This is not a sponsored post or giveaway.  All items shown, including the giveaway prizes, were graciously provided by Mane Message.  Olivia did not ask me to review or feature her products.  All opinions are my own.*




34 thoughts on “Buzzworthy: Mane Message”

  1. I like wearing my hair in a ponytail….especially during workouts. I have waist-length thick hair and am always looking for better hair ties.

  2. hehe – just wanted to let you know you have a wrong date for the 15% off coupon 😉 you have it til March 15, 2103.
    Now I don’t mind 15% off til 2103.. I mean I don’t think I’ll be around then but you know 😉 I think you meant 2013 (but may be good to correct just in case 😉 )

    lol also – the video of Don’s cook nook is rather big on your right side navigator – you will want to resize that so it doesn’t throw your layout off 😉


    Cute hair bands as well btw 😉

    1. Oops! LOL. Thanks for pointing that out 😉

      I don’t know what happened to the video sidebar widget. It got all wonky! My designer’s helping me look into it…

  3. Thanks Mane Message and Jen for the chance to win! I wear my hair in a pony or braided like the young lady in the picture so these would be really useful and beautiful. Love your new blog Jen. You are sweet and I get excited when a new post comes out.

  4. I am so excited for another one of you give aways, I could really use those since I wear my hair up most of the time and they would look great in my daughter’s hair

  5. I’ve been looking at these hair ties for a while, but they don’t seem to be that popular in the UK as yet, which is crazy as it seems like a really great idea. I hate those bands with the metal sections as they always snag my hair or dig into my wrist.

    I love the idea that you can pass these off as a wristband too, they’d fit perfectly against my Nike Fuelband.


  6. I like wearing my hair in a casual messy bun or loose pony tail. Its nice that these won’t create the awful dent! Thanks for the blog and give away!

  7. I have such thick heavy hair and love these, I would love to get some for my self and family.
    My hair seems to always end up in a pony tail. I start with it up high but by the end of the day
    it is at my neckline.

  8. Thanks to both of you for the code. I’m excited to try the hairbands. Like Jen, I have used similar bands and find the style superior to hairbands on the market. I’m always looking out for my next ‘holy grail’ product.

  9. Is anyone having trouble getting rafflecopter to open? It says error when I click on it. I would love to enter but it wont let me…

  10. Thanks Jen for the code.. i went and bought the frontier set.. i wear a ponytail daily since I just bet we are Windy-er than you in Chicago..I hate hair sticking to my lips..Anyway I like the simple colors of the Frontier set..Thanks again..

  11. awesome! I have been needing more of these and all I have found were black ones at Target. I ordereda tye dye set and the smaller 10 pack set. Thank you so much for the couoon code!!!

  12. Thanks to Olivia for her generosity in providing the prize and a discount. Thanks to you, Jen, for sharing products you love with your viewers/readers! I normally wear my hair down but love a ponytail on bad-hair days, windy days & when I’m washing my face over a sink. A gentler hairband is always a benefit and one that is so pretty is of course, a plus. Mane Message has a great selection. Thanks again for sharing.

  13. I have curly hair and usually wear it down, but I have headbands that I use every day for keeping my hair back when I wash my face and do my makeup. I also use hair ties and headbands sometimes to put my hair up when I take my bath. These look so cute and comfy. I’ll bet my granddaughters would love them too!

  14. Thanks for sharing Jen! I have a very similar hair type and always have an issue with hair things sliding out of my hair because it is so straight and fine.

  15. So excited! Just ordered some!! I had been looking for some of these but hadn’t settled on a company. This was perfect timing!

  16. Thanks so much for offering this giveaway internationally Jen! I really appreciate you including all those people who live outside of the US – I love your reviews and am always intrigued by the products.

  17. It’s usually hot and humid where I live even during the winter months. I cannot stand having my hair down unless I am going out and a pony tail wont do. My favorite is a messy bun. It looks cute and fashionable all at the same time. Honestly I just pick it up with whatever I have on hand like claw clips, bands etc…but I need something stylish that doesn’t scream plain old rubber band or school scrunchie. lol

  18. I have very long hairs, so my favorite hairdo is a super high ponytail during the day or a nice chic bun if I want a fancy look =)

  19. Hi Jen,

    I am desperate to comment on your Valentine’s day video but i do not have a youtube account 🙁
    So i apologise for the unrelated comment to the post, but i need to say this: DON IS THE CUTEST !

    You are such a sweet couple and your love and care for each other makes my heart melt!

    He is a natural at vlogging and he should definitely get a channel to interact with your followers. I know he has many many fans who just want to thank him for taking such a good care of our favourite girl Jen ! You’re both such wholesome people and your interaction livens up every video. Everybody loves Don 🙂 maybe you can call his channel DonBonbon in honour of his cuteness 😀 ..and his cooking skills

    hugs and thanks for sharing!

  20. Hi Jen, I love your videos. and want to thank you for the chance to win these beautiful hair ties.
    I have very thick hair, and when I braid it, it is about 3 inches around. Thanks for reading.

  21. Hi Jen,
    LOVED your post and I completely understand how you feel about thinking you can be way more productive in a day that you can! Thank you for being so real and honest.

  22. Dear Jen,
    thank you so much for sharing this and to give us this chance! this hairbands look awesome!!! I work in a lab so I have to havw a ponytail most of the time. Usually I have them down when I am going out in the evening 🙂
    Anyway I just wanted to say you and your videos are my little smile time of the day! Like a bubbly bath or a nice cup of tea 🙂 you make me feel better! thanks for sharing every day 🙂

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