Friday, September 30, 2005

The Must-Have Tools of Any Straight-Haired Woman

"Love the advice, but i have straight hair and i never know what to do with it."

Lu, I have been in that boat. Especially if your straight hair is limp, like mine, it can be nearly impossible to find a style that is attractive, easy to maintain and not boring. There are a few things we need to do and own to keep nice hair. Firstly, you'll need to pretty much throw away the notion of wash-n-wear hair. You don't have it. Straight hair is a curse, you have to work at it to make it look good. I'm sorry. But the good news is it is a versatile texture, and with the right tools you can make it into almost anything you want. And for the products you see below, go to American Discount Beauty. Great stuff, dirt cheap!

1. Velcro Rollers. These are the straight-haired girl's best friend, and very versatile. You can make your hair wavy, curly, very curly, depending on what size you get. Dry your hair about 95% of the way, roll all your hair up into an appropriate sized set of rollers, and dry your hair the rest of the way. Undo the rollers and you're good to go! Finish up with a little light hair spray and you'll look good all day.

2. Root Volumizer. Especially for straight hair that gets limp, it will give you some lift so you won't look like a hippie. Spray it on your roots before you blowdry, then flip your head over and finish your roots first. Then flip back over and style as usual. Also, a deep side part is the sexiest thing you can do to your head. I personally recommend the one at left, by Garnier. This is also great if you're just going to wear your hair straight that day - it's just that much more exciting.

3. Two Good Brushes. One should be your regular brush, to get the tangles out. I recommend either a paddle brush with nylon bristles (to cut down on static) or a wide-toothed comb. Your second brush should be a styling brush, like the aerated rounder brush at right. Pick a brush that's as fat as you'd like your locks to be, so to speak. Get a big fat one for big fat waves, and a thin one for curlier curls.

4. Claws. Not for your hands. The little plastic claws with the teeth are great for just putting your hair up quick and looking elegant. Gather your hair at the base of your neck, then twist and pull up, like a French twist. Secure with a claw, and it's the perfect solution to a bad hair day. You can also pull your hair half back - clip the front pieces together at the base of your neck for something different. Or, do a low ponytail with a claw instead of an elastic. It's just a quirky new twist on an old 'do.

5. Jeweled Barettes. Even on a boring hairstyle, a cute jeweled barette can turn you into a glamour queen. And if you find a place where you can get a wide variety of them cheap, you can go berserk, buy a ton of them, and always have something new to put in your hair for every occasion! Like shoes, hair accessories can make a plain onld jeans and sweater into a stepping out-fit. Go ahead and pamper your hair - it's the quickest day ruiner if you have a bad hair day. But it's also the quickest way to feel gorgeous when you think you look dowdy.