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Channeling Tina Turner

April 2nd, 2009
by Allison Kaplan

My hair is longer than ever as I – like so many nervous consumers – stretch the weeks between cuts. I've always wanted it this long, but would get too impatient and frustrated and cut it off (now it's a national holiday if I can coordinate an hour without children or work during salon hours). The truth is, my hair has never been the problem. Operator error is my curse. I'm just not good at doing my hair. I've been wearing it straight because it took years for me to learn how to use the straightening iron and I figured out that once I got it sort of calmed down, it would stay that way for days. "Natural" is, of course, a joke. Without styling, my hair looks like a crazy person. I've inquired, from time to time, about going wavy, but was put off by the steps involved in looking like you spent no time on your hair. Even Gisele doesn't wake up with those amazing waves, stylists say. And then they reconsider. Okay, maybe she does. But most people (i.e. losers like me) don't. I spent a recent beach vacation imagining my wet hair all loose waves and sex appeal, but in the mirror, it was more aftermath of electrocution. I complained to my stylist tonight that nothing works. He promised the length would help my thick locks fall more gracefully into place. Not true. My long bangs don't swoop like Katie Holmes'. And on top of it, the hair I lost during pregnancy is back – and wreaking frizzy havoc all around my face. "You're just bored," my stylist diagnosed. So he cut off an inch, did some rounding or straightening of layers or something and then diffused, diffused, diffused and scrunched, scrunched, scrunched. The result? No one will notice those frizzies now, nor do I need to worry about my bangs going the right direction. It's a little bit lioness, and I think I'm ok with that – tonight anyway. Of course now, the straightening creams, smoothing serums and irons I've spent years amassing are out the window and for the first time in my life with thick hair, I've been told to buy volumizer and get a diffuser. So much for cutbacks. Roar.

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4 Responses to “Channeling Tina Turner”

  1. Christopher Hopkins says:

    Large Barreled Curling Iron.

  2. Becky Sturm says:

    Yup, I agree with Christopher, big barrelled iron.
    It’s been a few days, how is it going? Do you like it more after your hair has gotten “dirtier”?

  3. Julie says:

    Hi Alison – I have hair issues similar to yours. I am a slave to my blow dryer and straightening iron. However……I found my savior in Paul Mitchels’ Whipped Cream ( mousse)! After washing/conditioning/towel drying, I comb through a bit of leave in conditioner (to defrizz) and then put in a lot of this “Whipped Cream” and scrunch. I just let my hair air dry (diffuser creates more frizzies)and use my fingers to separate the waves a bit when nearly dry. I now go wavey/curly about 50% of the time and get lots of compliments. Some people (my husband included) even tell me they actually like my wavey/curly hair better than my straighten hair! Give it a try!

  4. Kristen says:

    Flat irons & Aveda smooth control products (& John Frieda, too) do wonders. But I have to say it’s good to know. I’m not the only one who has to work really hard to look “natural”!

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