Surfer Rosa

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  • 6th November
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  • 5th August
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Braid Bar NYC

On Wednesday after a no good, very horrible day, Husband told me to treat myself to a blow out. In keeping with the theme of the day, it promptly deluged as soon as my hair became fluffed and flattered. I managed to salvage it with an artful tie of a scarf and a complimentary umbrella, but had I known about the new Braid Bar by John Barrett in Bergdorfs maybe I wouldn’t have needed such an intricate fix. I also would have spent just as much—$45—on a fantastic solution to my overgrown shag. image

[photo from New York Magazine]

  • 23rd July
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  • 15th July
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Simple Style

Have you seen these fancy-pants-ish messy-hair styling deals from Goody? They might actually be the best invention ever! Of course, I haven’t actually tried them yet. But I’m convinced they may actually be the key to getting a messy, je ne se quois updo look that I habitually covet. According to the Simple Style Spin Pin video I saw the how-to is pretty idiot-proof, which is exactly what I need—always. Watch out, Diane!

[photo from Goody]

  • 14th May
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  • 3rd April
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  • 9th March
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  • 28th February
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Like I Just Stepped Out of a Salon

imageAfter working on a piece for Redbook with the awesome experts at Salon AKS, they invited me up for a cut. The gorgeous salon located on Fifth Avenue and 54th street is all about being lady-like. There are tons of people attending to clients and the Balinese head massage is ultra relaxing. I really loved the gentle reminder cards about when to book your next appointment. I imagine if my lady doctor had this in each exam room, I’d be a little more vigilant about getting those dates in my calender.
It has been more than four months since my last confession cut, so I was afraid I was going to get yelled at for the state of my shaggy head. Instead when I met co-owner Kao (that’s him below) he said, “What beautiful hair.” I think he was just being super nice. But maybe the fact that I never heat style and I wash on occasion means my head is getting the right combo of natural oils and zero stress, so it looks as healthy as I wish it to be. Truth be told: I can’t control heat styling tools or fancy updo techniques worth a damn, so I loose out on looking all uptown, pulled-together spiffy.
After I told Kao that I’m a wash n go kind of girl, he gave me a choppy layered cut that’s cute and moves well. Then he showed me the ultimate insider trick: twirling. To get a lot more body with zero heat styling, all I need to do is section my hair and twist the strands away from my face. Going towards the fache will make me look like I was trapped in a wind tunnel the wrong way. If I palm a bit of light-hold gel before I start twisting, the bounce will have a little more staying power. Kao’s assistant used a Phtyo product. Mousse works just as well she said. Using a diffuser, they then dried my hair. But they told me no heat was necessary I can simply twirl and go. Oh, and I almost forgot the best part: Adding a bit of Moroccan Oil and scrunching the ends makes it all the more hydrated, shiny and more bouncy.
Please excuse the quality of these photos, I’m not so good with the snapshooting.

  • 22nd February
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