Welcome to another installment of FFF, well, technically, this is the first one ON a Friday, but cut me some slack I'm moving into an apartment ova here.
Apologies for the lack of outfits/posts in general, moving in is still in process and I still have much to unpack. On TOP of that, my room mates Jenny & Nadia and I are preparing for Hurricane Irene with much stress since we live RIGHT off the Hudson in Alphabet City. Wish us luck!
So thank you to everyone who left some tips & quips in the comments. Readers Re and; The Beauty Beat and Maryebe brought some great fodder to the discussion table and have brought up what alternatives to mousse there are. I actually prefer crémes most of the time when my hair is as short as it is now, it's pliable, non-"crunchy" and de-frizzing most of the time. Here are my faves that I had left here in NYC:
Hercut's curly long layers duo: I bought a bottle of this at Sephora a while back when my hair was down to my shoulders. These folks are serious about the individualism of hair types and cuts, creating products that fit very specific needs from sleek and straight styles to short, blunt cuts and wavy lengths. This stuff is great because it's a créme and gel in one, it does all the work for you! When my hair was longer, this wasn't really a show-stopper since it works best with a lot of layers, and mine had grown out. I had to use a TON of it to get even coverage and it didn't really lift my hair. But after I had gotten my hair cut shorter and with a ton of layers, it worked beautifully and made my curls even.
Devachan's Arc AnGEL: The folks over at Devachan were wonderfully generous and bestowed this product unto me when I came in for a cut. Gels scare me because, well, we all know that one person who REALLY loves their gel and gets that crunchy, always wet-looking texture. The difference between the gel they're using and this one is that this gel is SUPER light and just a few scrunches after it has dried in your hair breaks up the tight curls it creates and leaves shiny, bouncy ringlets.
Sebastian Potion 9: One of the perks of fashion week is being able to try out some of the newest beauty products as well as some best-sellers. It's like, the best marketing ever because almost every gift bag I've gotten has introduced me to products that I get ADDICTED to, like this one, which was given out at the Dannijo preview last fall. I like to mix this all-purpose styler with leave-in conditioner and let it air-dry, it's a really great product that just lifts your hair with new body.
Washing Your hair
Another reader comment that was brought up was the temperature at which one should wash their hair. For a solid amount of time, I washed my hair in cold water since it made my hair appear shiny and healthy. This was and is a MAJOR misconception:
Cold water shuts the hair cuticle and keeps it from frizzing, this is true, however, the shine we see in our hair when we rinse with cold water is in fact all of the dirt and conditioner ALSO sealed into our hair. YUCK! So it turns out the best way to go is to wash with lukewarm water that won't strip as much from your hair.
That's it for this installment! I'll be back with regular posts soon since it seems I'll be having a lot of time on my hands staying inside while a hurricane rages up here on the East coast. Oh, and here's a preview of a very new haircut I have and am obsessed with thanks to Arrojo salon! I have honestly never been more satisfied with a cut. I'll keep y'all on your toes on that and give a more in-depth report soon! Until then, stay awesome everyone and to my fellow New Yorkers and those in the path of Irene, stay safe!!
(Nail polish is OPI's "Sparrow Me the Details")