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Summer Hair: Do’s and Don’ts July 19 2016

Summer has officially kicked off and we cannot wait to go out and enjoy it. We’re sure you can’t wait to do the same! You’ve packed your beach bag, you’ve planned the perfect summer to-do list with your friends. Well, whether you’re out enjoying some time laying on the beach, or having summer adventures with your friends, your hair may be exposed to a lot of harsh conditions. This is why we have compiled some summer do’s and dont’s that will help you keep your hair safe, and ready to take on any situation.

During summer your hair will be exposed to many unpleasant conditions that will damage your hair. Luckily, we know some top tips that will save you from unnecessary stress.

Do:

Protect your hair from UV damage: If you are planning on spending long periods of time out in the sun be sure to protect your hair from the sun’s harmful UV rays. You can do this by wearing a sun hat to shield your hair from the sun, plus you will look absolutely gorgeous rocking it! Another great way to protect your hair during sun exposure is to use sunscreen. That’s right! Sunscreen is not only for your skin. Products such as, Sun Bum Beach Leave In Formula, Aveda Sun Care Protective Veil, Pre-Soleil Hair Mist, and Paul Mitchell Sun Shield Conditioning Spray will protect your hair while you enjoy your summer plans.

         

Try a DIY natural hair remedy: If you already have some damage caused by the sun, not to worry! We also know of a way to nourish your hair to bring it back to its former healthy form. We recommend trying a DIY natural hair mask, such as a nourishing avocado hair mask. Avocado is rich in fatty acids, and vitamin E, which help nourish and promote hair growth. There are many other hair-boosting ingredients that help nourish dry, damaged hair. Coconut oil, eggs, olive oil, and honey are just a few of the ingredients that we recommend using. So, don’t be afraid to mix these ingredients to create your own hair-nourishing hair mask!

Read our “Summer Hair With Snappee” blog post: You will find some beautiful summer hairstyles that are easy to create using our Snappees, plus they require little to no hair product, which is what your hair is begging for this summer!  

Of course there are precautions you should also take. During summer there are some hair routines that may not be a big deal during non summer months, but while the sun is shining outside you should definitely avoid doing these:

Don’t:

Brush Hair While It Is Still Wet: Although you will probably be doing a lot of activities that involve water, you should be extra careful brushing your hair during the hot summer months as doing so will add more stress to your hair. When your hair is wet it is weaker, and more susceptible to damage. For this reason, when you’re done hitting the pool, or the beach, use a wide-tooth comb and start untangling from the bottom up.

Use Heat: Go easy on Straighteners, curling irons, and blow dryers they will further damage your hair creating split ends and dry hair. Instead, give your hair a break and try a cute heatless hairstyle, trust us your hair will appreciate it! If you need to dry your hair, what better way than going natural or air drying your hair?

Use Quick Drying Products: Hair products such as gel or hairspray, although effective in maintaining your hairdo on point, can cause dry hair, which is why we recommend using as little as possible, or better yet rock your hair in a no-heat, no-product hairdo.   

This summer be sure to take care of your locks! Go out and enjoy summer without having to worry about your hair getting damaged. By following our summer hair do’s and dont’s we guarantee that you and your hair will have an awesome time doing all those summer activities you have planned. Sure your hair will be put through many harsh conditions, but it will come out strong and healthy!


Summer Hair With Snappee! June 02 2016

Summer, summer time! Yes, it’s almost summer time, and that means fun in the sun! Here at Snappee we created a few fun, beachy hairstyles that you can easily recreate when you hit the beach this summer. We love these hairstyles because they are not only easy to achieve but require little to no additional products! Just your hair and your Snappees. Here they are!

The Inverted Half Up Do

Grabbing lunch? Doing a little shopping before hitting the beach? This style is perfect to keep your hair out of the way and also gives you that effortless look, which we absolutely love!

 

 

1. Start with freshly washed hair, little to no product and/or no heat (or ladies second hair day!).
2. Next, detangle your hair with a brush or by finger combing.
3. Section the top half of your hair into a half ponytail, (at this time, you can fix your ponytail to your liking i.e. smoothing out bumps, or styling your bangs)
4.Secure your ponytail with your favorite Snappee, we first used only one to keep the hair in place.
5. Next split your hair just above where you secured your Snappee (make sure there is enough room).
6. Flip the rest of your ponytail inward through the parted opening, giving you an effortless twist.
7. We can’t get enough of our Snappees so we added another one for extra security and style!
8. Volia!

The Bubble Ponytail

If you like to keep your hairstyles simple, the bubble ponytail is perfect for you! With this hairstyle you can achieve any activity such as swimming in the ocean or playing beach volleyball. This style allows you to participate in any activity while looking stunning (do your thing girl!). 

  1. Now that you have learned how to create an inverted half do, put your skills to work and start off with an inverted half up ponytail. (Refer to style one to refresh your memory if you need to).
  2. Next, gather the remaining hair into a low ponytail and secure with a Snappee. (Here you can secure to your preference i.e a tight or loose grip).
  3. Here comes the bubble part, proceed about two inches down your ponytail and secure with another Snappee. The trick is to softly tug on the hair with your fingers between your two Snappees to create the bubble effect.
  4. Repeat Step 3 for the remainder of your ponytail. We recommend to tug each section before continuing. (For a cool color effect, mix and match your favorite Snappee colors).
  1. All done!

Regular Braids Meet Fishtail Pony

If the beach is your go to place to relax, let us help you look cute while doing it! This style is ideal for tanning or taking a little nap on the beach (sign us up!) Although it may seem difficult to achieve, it is extremely easy to do, plus you do not have to worry about your hair blowing in the wind while you relax at the beach.

 

  1. First start by taking a small section of hair towards the right of your face. (For this style, part your hair down the center.)
  2. Begin to french braid the small section of hair, the trick is to only incorporate outside hair to the braid until the braid reaches your ear then just continue with a regular braid.
  3. Repeat Step 2, with the left section of your hair. Once you reach the bottom, grab both braids and secure the braids with a Snappee where they meet.
  4. Now move on to creating a fishtail pony. Gather up the remaining of your hair and divide your hair into two sections.
  5. Start with the right side, take a small piece of hair from the farthest right and cross it over to the left section.
  6. For the left section take another small piece of hair from the farthest left and cross it over to the right section.
  7. Continue the fishtail braid by repeating Steps 5 & 6, until you reach the end, and secure with a Snappee.
  8. We lightly tugged on individual pieces of the hair to achieve this loose look. (This also makes your braid look bigger and fuller).
  9. Ta-da!

Summertime is for tanning, and enjoying summer activities in the sun, but let us not forget how harmful sun rays can be to our hair. That is why we prepared some hair do’s that require little to no additional harsh chemicals that can damage your hair even further (plus these are easy to create). By following our “how to” guide to these three gorgeous summer hair do’s we can ensure you that your summer will be made up of nothing but fun in the sun (and let’s not forget great hair!)  


Snappee On The Go April 28 2016

A Day With Snappee

Imagine those days where you get everything right, including your hair. Aren’t they the best? Maybe it's a bit of faith, or a bit of luck. Well, we think Snappee has something to do with that too!

We recently spent the day with cheer captain Regene to see how Snappee helps her transition throughout her day. As a busy full-time college student, undecided major, with many duties such as studying for exams, planning cheer activities, and managing a part-time job. Regene finds it easiest to style her curly 3B hair with Snappees, Mixed Chicks hair creme and oil to keep her beautiful curls bouncy and in tact.

At the start of her day she goes through her usual morning routine of spraying water to revive her curls and applying a bit of product, then putting her hair back with the Snappee headband style to keep her curls in place for class. Regene finds it best to have her hair down, but out of her face during the day.

By mid-day, she may be done with class and her hair is still perfectly in place but her day is not over yet! Regene then shifted to her leading role as cheer squad captain of 15. That is no easy task!

During our day with Regene she decided to work a half up half down ponytail hairstyle for practice. She loves to look cute while still being able to perform all of her stunts without fussing with her hair.

We followed up with her after practice during her cool down stretch to see how Snappee and her 'do had kept up after three hours of active movement. We found that even after all that cheering and stunting Regene’s hair stayed perfectly in place. She loved how her hair was one less thing she had to worry about and knew Snappee had her covered.

Even though our day with Regene came to an end, we were happy to see that Snappee helped another woman on the go, transition throughout her busy day! 

 

 

 “I love all the different color varieties. These Snappees are amazing to use on my  hair, doesn’t damage or rip out any of my curls.”

 - Regene (Cheer Captain)  

 

 

 


Creator of Snappee Keziah Okonkwo teams up with Curl Kit monthly subscription box. April 10 2015

What's Your Hair Wishlist? 

Insider Interview with Snappee Founder Keziah Okonkwo

 


It seems that the 21st century is truly the era of the entrepreneur. With more and more people delving into the DIY (do it yourself) spirit, inventing products, solving everyday issues, and taking the leap to start their own businesses, how does anyone keep up with what's new and great on the market? Subscription boxes have become very popular because they help answer that question. Monthly or quarterly subscription boxes feature new products to targeted audiences and help companies gain new customers. And who doesn't want to receive a monthly package of goodies suited to your personal interests? (Especially when it feels more like getting a surprise gift from your best friend).

It seems like you can find a subscription box for just about anything. Many celebrities even have their own subscriptions boxes, from fashionista, Nina Garcia to musician, Pharrell Williams and even Bill Nye the science guy! Snappee, Inc. recently had the opportunity to be featured in a new subscription box called Curl Kit. In this special interview with Keziah Okonkwo, founder of Snappee, the Snap Off Hair Tie, we had some fun getting to know more about what products she's excited to give a try from her Curl Kit package and more. 
Q. Hi Keziah! Thank you for taking some time to chat with me. As the creator of a new hair tie, the Snap Off Hair Tie, we know some of your hair woes have been solved. You created one of the best hair ties for thick hair and everyone benefits from no more damage with those old worn out elastic bands. So what remains? What are your other hair pet peeves?
A. Yes, I still have a few pet peeves that I don't think I can do much about like random people touching my hair! Waking up with an automatic fro hawk and sleeping with wet hair.
Q. I share some of your frustrations! So, I know that you were recently featured by a new subscription box called Curl Kit who caters to curly hair individuals like yourself. Tell us, what product are you most excited to try from their package?
A. The Koils by Nature Hair and Body Butter! I'm all about oils, butters and cremes, they work really well for my skin and hair. Cant wait to lather it on and get that silky smooth!
Q. Have you tried any other subscription boxes? Which one(s) are you interested in?
A. Does Netflix count? (laughing). Curl Kit is my first subscription box and I love how you don't have to commit to a full size bottle of something that may not work for you. You can get samples, its wonderful, can't wait to try more. Some that I've been browsing are
1. 
Curl Box which is another great one for natural hair. I'm always interested in new curly hair accessories and keeping up with new hair tie trends. 
2. Vegan Cuts Beauty Box seems interesting because I have sensitive skin and they offer eco-friendly, natural, clearly vegan, products. And they also have a snack box that sounds yummy! 
3. Birch Box is probably the most common subscription box I hear about and I admit, I'm curious. They have all kinds of subscription options available for men and women.
4. Test Tube even though that is a interesting name for a subscription box (laughing)! It makes sense for what they offer because they give you the option of sample or full size products to try. Pretty cool.
Q. If you could pick 5 things to be featured in a subscription box, what would your wish list be and why?
A. 1. Deva Curl sample kit. All my friends with afros use this, I want to try it! Some one send me some! 
2. LUV Naturals products from the YouTuber Kim Love. I've watched all Kim Love's videos and took a lot of product recommendations from her that I've been using for a few years. She now has her own product! This is at the top of my to try list! 
3. Already made Flax Seed Gel. I’ve heard great things about this gel, the only problem.. where can I buy this already made? The people that recommend it make it themselves. I don't think I will be doing that.
4. A Deva Cut hair cut from the Curl Doctor Shai Amiel at the Los Angeles Capella Salon. Would love to get the official Deva Cut done for my hair. Say I did it and look good too!
5. Rhassoul Clay Mix. Definitely a try it before you buy it kind of thing for me. Clay on hair sounds messy, but if it produced the the results I've been hearing about, I'm all in! 
Q. That would be such an awesome and exclusive subscription box maybe we can get someone to sponsor this idea! The subscription box concept is so great too with all of the various products that are coming out all the time. It's a great way to get recognition for new start up businesses, particular those for natural hair enthusiasts. As the President of a start up company, what has been your favorite aspect of entrepreneurship so far?
A. Connecting with all types of people and getting my product out to the world. As an entrepreneur you have to learn and develop all types of skills, even the ones you are not good at. I have been able to connect with so many people with my product, whether it be moms, daughters, my curly hair sistas, dads, other entrepreneurs, you name it. Once I get time to talk about Snappee, I find that people love the product with out even having to sell it! And when you want to make a sale, you have to make that connection first. I really enjoy meeting new people, hearing what they're about and learning from them. It’s a really cool thing that we all do naturally, we want to help and connect with all people and I find this to be my favorite part of being an entrepreneur. Having something to share like Snappee that I can connect with all people in some kind of way.
So there you have it! Keziah's subscription box wishlist would be a dream come true. What would your subscription box wishlist include?

A big thank you to Curl Kit for featuring Snappee in their subscription box. We look forward to hearing from the members of Curl Kit with product reviews and testimonials. 

Snappee Welcomes Spring with a Surprise! March 30 2015

Out With the Old, in With the New

Snappee Welcomes Spring with a Surprise!

When you think of spring, you may think of spring cleaning, springing forward with the time change, ruthless allergies, the Easter bunny, hunting for Cadbury eggs & jelly beans, spring training (for all you baseball lovers), flowers in bloom, and fresh ideas

Now, you can add 
brand new Snappee colors 
to the list of exciting things for Spring 2015!

Keeping things flavorful, we are proud to announce:

Coconut
Creme Brulatte,
Chocolate Cherry
Green Apple, 
& Blueberry!

 

Change it up this Easter and stash some Chocolate Cherry and Creme Brulatte Snappee's in with Easter egg hunt! 

Stay in style with fashion trends and Pantone's Spring 2015 color scheme. Pantone Sandstorm, Pantone Toasted Almond and Pantone Marsala fit right in with the ombre of Creme Brulatte! While our Blueberry set vibes right along with Pantone Dusk Blue and Pantone Classic Blue.  

 

Stay in style with fashion trends and Pantone's Spring 2015 color scheme. Pantone Sandstorm, Pantone Toasted Almond and Pantone Marsala fit right in with the ombre of Creme Brulatte! While our Blueberry set vibes right along with Pantone Dusk Blue and Pantone Classic Blue. 


Styling Big Hair with Snappee; Twists, Braids & Locs March 13 2015



Styling Big Hair With Snappee

Twists, Braids, & Locs

Whether you’re rocking twists like Brandy, stay braided up like Beyonce, or sporting gorgeous faux locs like Zendaya, you've probably experienced one of the following problems.: either your hair tie is too tight and it breaks or it's not big enough to fit multiple times around your ultra thick hair.

You try to stretch your old elastic hair tie wide enough to fit around your hair, and before you even get your hair through it, your rubber-band breaks right at the melted seam! But let's imagine that you manage to get your hair into the rubber band without it breaking, except this time the elastic is too tight for you to wrap more than once so you're stuck with a loose and sloppy ponytail. The elastic is simply not flexible enough to meet your needs.

Luckily for you, Snappee does the trick! Our no damage hair tie is an extra stretchy and extra soft hair accessory that can support your hair. Because of the snap off technology, you are able to snap multiple hair ties together to create the perfect strength and length to fit your hair.

 

 Above you can see the luscious braids of one of our friends wrapped neatly and securely with a few Snappees. She also shows a braided style with just one Snappee holding it in place. Meanwhile, he's done the wrap and snap with his loss and has no damage when taking the hair tie out.


Learn to Love Your Hair February 26 2015

Learn to Love Your Hair

5 Simple Tips for Loving the Hair You Have

With Valentine's Day upon us, we thought it especially apropos to talk about

L--V-E

It's not always easy to love the hair atop our head. It can be especially difficult for those of you transitioning to your natural hair style for the first time. It can be very frustrating to feel as if you have no control over your locks, but a little love can go a long way. That's why we came up with this simple list of ways to practice loving our hair! But don't stop there, apply these tips and practice self love as well!

1. Be Gentle

Truly touch your hair with care and consideration. Try finger combing your hair in the shower in preparation for brushing/combing. Use gentle, non-damaging products such as the Snappee Hair Tie or silk wraps to treat your hair right. 

   

2. Take Your Time

Take your time to detangle with care. We recommend a wide tooth comb and a Denman brush for getting the rest of the pesky knots out safely. When styling, be mindful of causing damage for the sake of saving time. What's the rush? 

3. Give Yourself the Best

It may take a bit of time (and money) to test out hair products, but once you have found your regimen don't skimp. You and your hair deserve the very best and don't you forget it! Some of our favorites include Wen, Kinky Curly, and Shea Moisture (pictured left) and Moroccan Oil (not pictured).

4. Stay Hydrated

Challenge yourself to drink more water every day. Use a moisturizing conditioner, leave-in conditioner, and a deep conditioner from time to time. Another tip is avoiding over-processing and handling your hair - try protective hair styles. At night, put your hair up in a pineapple or wrap your hair in a scarf.

5. Accept Your Quirks

This may be the most challenging and quite possibly the most important tip for loving your hair, and loving yourself! Sometimes it feels like our hair has a mind of it's own. Go with it! Our quirks are what make us unique. Love every aspect of who you are including the cowlicks, grey hairs, varying textures and all!


Through with the woes of thick hair? January 30 2015


This one goes out to all the thick girls!
(And we aren’t talking about your thunder thighs) We are talking about hair so thick you go through a bottle of conditioner every week!

So how do you know if you have the kind of thick hair we’re talking about? 

When you literally get an upper body workout putting a hairband in your hair…
You know you thicky thicky thick girl!

When you have to use multiple hair ties to get your hair in a pony or bun…
Ya thicky thick!

When you resort to the infamous sloppy bun because you’ve lost all hope and know your hair will just fall into a slop-mop regardless of your valiant effort… 
You know you thicky thicky thick girl!

When you have to part your hair into sections just to comb it… 
Ya thicky thick!
 

 

So if you’re still reading this, you’re probably a thick (hair) girl like Snappee founder, Keziah Okonkwo. Her thick hair woes is what inspired the creation of the Snappee, Snap Off Hair Tie. And thank goodness she invented these life savers! Now, those of us with thick hair are able to rock cute buns and ponytails without breaking a sweat trying to lock them in, and without them melting into sloppy buns! (Sorry, Snappee wasn’t able to resolve your need to part your hair into sections before combing!

@afrolicioushairaffair 

   

@jenniferingrum

 

@melrosetradingpost

 

 

Keziah’s favorite way to use Snappees is by connecting two hair ties together to make an even stronger hair tie for her updos. She is also a big fan of the Kinky Curly product line, which helps keep her thick and curly hair moisturized. 

@keziahokonkwo

@snappeeinc 

 

Hair blogger and thick hair extraordinaire, Chime Edwards, has awesome things to say about Snappee and choosing tools and accessories for thick and natural hair.  Her advice is to lose those Goody rubber bands for good and protect your locks with a Snappee! She also gives brilliant tips on how she keeps her luscious locks in great shape in her latest blog about hair regimens

 

@Chimeedwards

 

 

We asked our thick-hair friends about their favorite hair care products and all of them agree that an oil is poignant. Most absolutely love and recommend the Moroccan Oil hair care line, while others prefer Coconut or Argon Oil to keep their hair moisturized. Let us know what your favorite thick hair accessories and products are by tagging us on IG or tweeting @snappeeinc

  

 

 

 


Happy New Year from Snappee! January 15 2015


After over 100 years of rubber bands damaging the hair of women and men, far and wide, we thought it was time to revolutionize the hair game. With the Snap Off hair technology, Snappee™ is giving hair care an upgrade and moving us into the 21st century.

We have all experienced the traumatic snagging and breakage caused by those regular old elastic hair ties. Or worse, having to cut the hair your hair tie out because of how violently entangled the elastic band has got in your locks. 

Enough is enough! Stop the damage, stop the trauma, and save your hair with the new hair trend: Snappee, the Snap Off Hair Tie™.

  

 

Snappee™ is non-elastic, extra stretchy and extra soft to protect your hair from breakage. Wrap and snap your hair into any hair style of your choice or use like a traditional hair tie. The brilliance of the product is really seen when it’s time to remove your hair tie - just UNSNAP and watch as the hair tie unravels from your hair without pulling chunks of your precious locks out in the process. 

As if saving your hair wasn’t enough, Snappee™ has quite a few more amazing features:

  • Washer & Dryer friendly - hair tie stretched out? just toss it in your regular laundry routine and watch your hair ties snap back to their original size!
  • Universal hair tie for EVERYONE - it works on all hair types from bone straight to thick hair to 4C curlies, it’s great for men and women, and to top it off, these little gadgets are hypoallergenic for anyone with sensitivity. 
  • Doubles as a fashionable accessory - no more stretched out, hair infested rubber bands around your wrist looking like a fur ball your cat coughed up… it’s not cute and you know it… Snappee™ is a cute bracelet and can be accessorized to match any outfit!
  • Long lasting - they won’t be trash once they stretch out (see above washing and drying routine) and they don’t break if you pull too hard on them!

We at Snappee™ rang in the new year by celebrating the thousands of hair strands we saved in the last few months of 2014. Our new year’s resolution is to rescue a million hair strands in 2015! What’s your new year’s resolution? Consider joining the Snappee™ revolution!