Monday, March 21, 2016

Braideez Review and Giveaway

Ask and you shall receive, my lovelies!

A lot of you wanted to know about the Braideez I added to my yearly stock pile. This is a product I've used for years and strongly support, so I'm more than happy to share my opinion of them.

baby bobby dressaging in braideez since he began his baby career in 2012.

Specs:

Name: Braideez braiding wire
Price: $12
Where can I buy these wonderful things?: Available right here, but there's also a list on the website that shows stores that carry them. Yay, shopping!

I originally found these something like five years ago when they were casually mentioned in a COTH post. I'm useless when it comes to sewing in braids--I've tried thread, and I've tried yarn, but I eventually just went back to rubber bands. Obviously, even well done, those aren't the best option. You might be able to get them looking tidy (not if you're me), but they do a very good job of ripping your horse's mane out when you go to the braids out. The Braideez slide right out with zero fuss or hair shredding.

taking out braids after dressage last year. 

The Braideez are a coated copper wire that come in four different color options: black, brown, white, and party pack with all the colors. They come in packs of twenty five which might be too few for hunter riders. You guys put like five thousand braids in, right? And then you always want back ups in case you cut one too small for re-use. I only use them for dressage, and I only put ten button braids in, so I've never run out of full sized wires in all the years I've owned these.

epic christmas braids

They are reusable. Mine probably look a little less tidy than others because I leave an extra long tail when I trim them up, and that leaves me more excess to have to wrap around the braid, but I'd rather leave them a little longer and know that any wire I pick up I can put into any braid.

So. For those of you with seriously challenged braiding skills--just how easy are they to put in?

Don't worry. I'll show you!


It takes me right around one minute to do each braid. Between sectioning off mane, spritzing a little water or braiding spray in, ten braids take me no longer than fifteen minutes to blow through. Easy peasy.

Now I know there are going to be naysayers out there. I'll admit it. They can look a little sloppy from close up. But keep in mind I'm far from the world's best braider, and I zip through these as quickly as I can. I also keep Bobby's mane pretty short year round just for personal taste, so my buttons aren't as big and dreamy as some are. Check out pictures online of other people's work if you want to see fancy things. Either way, from a distance, they fit right in with the dressage world.

will model for cookies.

The Braideez also stay in forever. Before I purchased my infamous Hello Kitty neck cover, I used to braid Bobby the night before and just toss him back in his stall. He loves to nap, so the next morning I might have to pick some shavings or hay out, but the braids were always tight. Let us not forget that I left them in for almost a week after our Christmas photo shoot.

Will they work for long manes? Will they work for your tweaking, overly sensitive horse that hates life and all things, but mostly braiding? Will they tighten up enough for hunter braids?

I don't know honestly. However, the owner of Braideez has very generously agreed to giveaway a pack in the color of a winner's choosing! I'd love to see more blog reviews of these out there, and see how they work on other people's horses. Plus I'd just love to share the love of one of my favorite horse products.

How do you win? Simple! Just leave me a comment on what your braiding routine currently is. Don't braid but would like to try them anyway? No problem. Leave a comment saying what you like about the product. I'll do a random drawing Friday night after 9 p.m. EST, so say words by then.

39 comments:

  1. I read your post re: purchases and saw these on the list and was like, "Wait. What? Must Google." And google I did. What a great, simple product that gives a quick solution for braiding impaired. I mean, I can BRAID, but shaping the braids into something presentable for showing? Uh.. Nope. With plans to finally get my grey horse out and about this year in formats where I will have an excuse to make him pretty, I immediately added Braideez to my list of "to gets" before Griffin and I march into the show arena. Thanks for sharing more about this product - I'd never have known otherwise!

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  2. I (embarrassingly) don't know how to braid manes or tails, and haven't really had to learn yet. I'm very spoiled by our in-house braider who is super affordable and does a great job! Learning to braid is on the "must learn one day" list, but these look like such a great timesaver!

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  3. Those Christmas braids were incredible lol. I'm sooooo curious to try these, tho I'd probably have to finagle them into my mares long mane. Otherwise it's just running braid per usual for us!

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  4. I am a complete traditionalist when it comes to braiding (sewn-in yarn braids only! ONLY EVER YARN THAT MATCHES THE MANE.) But these things are intriguing.. definitely not as thick/sloppy looking as I envisioned it in my mind.

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  5. Christmas braids rule! I use rubber bands or yarn typically and actually enjoy the process (on horses that stand still). That said it absolutely kills my stupid arthritic hands, I would love to see what mane magic I can work with these, and if they work any pain relief magic on me!

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  6. I used to use rubber bands to braid and always hated it. I started venturing into sewing in my braids this year but it takes me forever and they were so hard to get out at the end! These definitely look like they would be much easier to deal with.

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  7. I have been a yarn person forever and hate it. I started used rubber bands plus yarn on Mia and it is a little easier. I would LOVE to try these, ANYTHING to make this damn braiding process easier!

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  8. I tried these years ago and never figured out how to keep my braids tight enough to not flop around.

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  9. I liked your description of Bacon on here ;) I think these look promising. I never know until I try with her. We did do rubberbands for one show last year and they came out alright. From afar.

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  10. I have avoided braiding Brantley only because we haven't been in a show situation that makes it necessary but I think this year that is changing so PICK ME! :)

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  11. Rubber bands every time! These look awesome though - may have to order them to try.

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  12. I also use rubber bands.. :/ I feel guilty for admitting that now though! lol!

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  13. IF ALLIE WINS I CALL DIBS ON HER PRIZE.

    Or if I win. Currently my braining routine is to do one good practice run through before show season, then look sad and have my friends braid for me. ;-) But I might have to up my game this year.

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  14. I braid with yarn that matches the mane, because otherwise BFF (who used to be a pro braider) would murder me in my sleep. She's actually fended me off a braiding job with a pair of scissors so that she could finish it because apparently, I suck at braiding.

    If I ended up with a set of these little wires, it would have to be our secret. You hear me, Internet? Shhhh!

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  15. I have always braided a little different than others I know but I haven't yet applied my method to hunter braids. I don't like braiding stuff in though so I am not sure I would like this.

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  16. I haven't braided a mane since high school, but I want to do a photo shoot with the Archer all done up.

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  17. Skeptical that these would work for hunter braids, but I'd be willing to try!

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  18. Other than the occasional braid to tame a wild mane, I pay for braids, so seeing if these would work well for hunter braids sounds awesome!I'd love an easy way to do braids for the smaller shows where usually we just leave manes out, because braids really do clean up their neckline.

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  19. I'd love to try these! I am firmly in the camp of rubber band braids. I'm awful at braiding. But I can usually do them the night before and cover them with a sleezy and they'll still be ok in the morning. These Braideez really sound amazing!

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  20. If I was a braider I would totally enter. Very cool!

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  21. I've never tried braiding before, but I am strongly considering trying some dressage shows this year, so it would be cool to try them!

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  22. Cool product. Thankfully Nilla's name is a mohawk so I don't have to braid her. And Shasta's is so long she gets a running braid.

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  23. On the rare occasions that I braid (although I guess if I take Moe to real shows, I'll have to braid for dressage), I am a yarn person all the way. I am SUPER intrigued by these, though, because I always end up snipping too much hair off when I take yarn braids out.

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  24. I've been using rubber bands since chopping my pony's mane short last summer and it's been...less than ideal, shall we say. Would definitely love to try these because I do not have the patience for sewing braids in!

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  25. I use rubber bands for the one days/quick braid jobs and yarn for a more polished look or for longer lasting braids. I hate braiding only because I'm a perfectionist! These intrigue me greatly!

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  26. Braiding has always seemed way too daunting, so I haven't tried, but Val grows such a thick pony mane, that I'm sure button braids would look adorable on him if I bothered to learn. Maybe these could be enough incentive to give it a go?

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  27. I used to do beautiful hunter braids with yarn that would take me forever and they would come out looking absolutely perfect and my fingers would ache for days. Now I just struggle bus my way through attempts at dressage braids, trying various methods, tools, tricks, and techniques, none of which turn out the way I want. So, I'd definitely be game to give these a try!

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  28. Oh fun! Learning how to braid is on my to-do's (Hunter Braids cost a zillion dollars to have done) and am all about making things easy! I would set myself to task with my winning loot!

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  29. Ooooh I really want to try these! I would freaking love to win :D

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  30. I really need to learn to braid... they are so expensive to have done- my bank account would like it!

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  31. I'd love to try these. So far I've done button braids just using elastic bands with not much success. I might be able to get the braids to stay in with braideez!

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  32. My mom, who has very bad arthritis in her hands, told me about these. I've always used bands or yarn, but I've been wanting to try these. I will be forever grateful that these made it possible for my mom to braid her own horse if she didn't have someone around to hire to do it. I've been meaning to pick some up for a long time, but always forget until right before a show and then don't have time. I'm definitely going to try them on Indy the first time I braid her since I would be surprised if her patience for the process will last much more than fifteen minutes.

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  33. I've in the rubber band camp because I'm lazy. These are super intriguing though and I want to pick up a pack!

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  34. Oh my god I need these.

    I usually struggle with rubber bands and use like, a million per braid and it takes ages and they always break and I HATES ITS

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  35. My old plan was to cut it all off and avoid braiding... but the baby has such fast growing hair I think it would be easier to learn to braid, these look perfect for dressage baby braids.

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  36. I've been wanting to try these!!! I use rubber bands on Chimi bc I have a bunch of black bands and haven't gotten around to buying black yarn- but I'd rather skip the yarn and try these out instead! :) Show season is just around the corner and my braids look kinda ugly so this could be a life saver for Chim!

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  37. Back in my days of braiding I was a yarn girl! But honestly, I haven't had a reason to braid in years. I hope to solve that problem someday :)

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  38. Right now, my Arab goes in a French braid, but I am bringing along a warmblood who will need to be braided for his first show in April. I did funky button braids with yarn on my 1st OTTB, but I am not very good at it and am ALWAYS looking for a short cut. I'd LOVE to win a set of these.

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