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Potential miracle

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Nofrizz I've been cycling through hair products faster lately than Pam Anderson switches husbands. But this morning, I believe I may finally have found my mate: No Frizz by Living Proof ($14 or $24 at Sephora). It's been getting a lot of buzz lately, and well-deserved. My hair seems tamer and better behaved already. Too bad it's a perfectly sunny day. Rain, humidity – bring it on!

Hair product showdown

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Kinkycurly Dealing with my new dye job and my quest for waves is getting complicated. Today in the shower, it was a showdown between conditioners: Kinky-Curly Knot Today, suggested by StormSister Spatique and Clairol Perfect 10 ColorSeal Intensive Conditioning Creme, which I was instructed to use once a week for the next six weeks by the Clairol team that did my hair last week. I thought about using both – my hair could handle it, but it just seemed like too much work, so Clairol won out. Color scares me.
I compensated by applying Kinky-Curly Styling Custard and used it to try to twist the ends of my hair for nonchalant (ha!) waves like I've seen in magazines. I dried my hair using a sock diffuser (took three Trade Secrets to locate this $6 gizmo). End result: not exactly Gisele, but less fluff, so we're making progress. Still, my hair looked frizzy so I dabbed on Aveda's Light Elements Smoothing Fluid, which might have helped – but not enough to stop me from buying No Frizz Styling Cream at Sephora, which I will try next time I wash my hair. Thank goodness that only happens twice a week.

Channeling Tina Turner

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

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. | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine © 2008 MSP Communications, Inc. All rights reserved