I’ve always been one to do my best to support small businesses so when my partner Liam told me he wanted to set up his own company, I wanted to encourage him as much as possible. Liam has been interested in Vikings and Nordic mythology for quite some time and has two tattoos conveying his love for it. I’ve learned so much from him and I’ve started to take a personal interest too.
Liam has set up a Shopify: Nordic Supply co. where he is selling nordic related jewellery, gear and hopefully in the future – clothing and I have been helping him grow an Instagram account to run alongside this. As I may be slightly biased in the promotions of his items, I wanted to try out and review one of the products on the website so I can be totally honest to you as to whether the product is worth buying or not.
I was sent the Norse Raven Skull Hair Band in Silver (so that the design could stand out in my dark brown hair) and I wanted to test how well it could hold a wide range of hairstyles.
Firstly, the design itself is interesting and really does stand out in the hair. The skull shape is just the right size without looking too overpowering. I was concerned that the product would feel cheap, break easily or that the skull would be plastic but I was pleasantly surprised when I received it. The skull feels like solid metal and it would take a lot for it to break. The band itself is elastic but thick and I could wrap it around my thick hair 4 times comfortably without it feeling like it was going to snap. It is certainly durable. What I would say, is that it takes a bit of getting used to for the the skull to be placed perfectly as oppose to upside down or pointing to one side.
The first hairstyle I opted for was a low pony tail. I wrapped the hair tie around my hair three times (it would probably need to go round once or twice more for thinner hair) and positioned the skull in the centre. This held my hair in place securely and added an interesting addition to what can normally be a boring style.
I then tried to style it in a braid. It needed to be wrapped round four or five times to hold the plaited hair in place but it held really well. However, I did struggle to get the skull face in the centre as it was determined to veer off to one side. However, I know braids are common in viking fashion and therefore this hairstyle supported the viking theme.
This led me to some more ambitious up-do hairstyles. I often hate having all of my hair scraped back from my face as I feel more comfortable with it down. So, I tried a pony tail to the side with the skull still visible from the back. This is when I realised the pointed part of the skull was great at keeping the hair in place as well as the hair tie itself.
I also tested how it looked in a messy bun. At first, I tried it with the skull at the front but in my opinion that looked really odd. From the back, it looked much better and added something fun to the back of your head.
My final up-do was a pony tail with multiple ties. This is a style I have seen from both Viking men and women. It was probably my favourite hairstyle but I think it would look even better if I had used 3 different raven skull bobbles.
I then tried some half-up, half-down styles. For the first try, I tied a section of my hair at the top of my head but it couldn’t really be seen from the back so I tied it slightly further down.
Lastly, I wanted to see what this style would look like with a braid in it. Again, there was issues with getting the skull in the centre but I really did love how it looked. Just imagine how cool it would look with multiple braids intertwined in my hair and tied off with the raven skull bobbles.
So, those are my finished hairstyles and the bobble is a huge hit from me!
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It’s also clear you don’t have to be a huge nordic fan to rock these looks and they’d work well in a variety of hair colours as they come in black, gold, silver and brass. At £3 I really do think it is worth it.
Of course, Liam has so much more to offer on his website so it’s worth checking out and following the Instagram account. I’d love to test out more of his products and it would be great if you could help to get the word out there.
I’d love to try out more challenging hairstyle using this bobble.
What do you think about me making a video trying out more hairstyles?
Would you order anything from the website?