Monday, 9 April 2012

You du-rag rag rag, you du rag rag

I have a post in production that explains my recent blog slack, so please bare with me, but in the meantime I've been bestowed some extreme problem solving wisdom from a makeup guru friend of mine Caroline Barns.

Yep, it's still the hair. The goddamn, f*#king, b^*$, st*pid short hair that chooses to behave in anyway other than OK. And which remains a mystery to even me, beauty expert that I am...
I know how straightening irons work; they iron hair straight. I know this because I have been writing about them for several years, I have seen with my own eyes the straightening evidence upon my own hair, but show a pair to my new arch nemesis short hair and they're defunct. Even the mini ones - Powerless in the face of resolute wave. Every morning I am baffled as to how the heat, plates, even steam cannot tame the tufts that curl at the back and above the ears like a wiry old poodle. A scientific anomaly...

Whilst having an eye lift lesson from Caroline (more on that later), she casually throws in a magical hair taming tit bit that has changed my life, and now yours too.

Invest a measly £1.99 in a Du Rag. Most commonly utilised by Snoop Dog and Ashley Banjo (*swoons*), to keep their Afros from forcibly ejecting their baseball caps, this funny piece of stretchy cloth is all that stands between me and perfectly smooth hair.

Forget heat damage, arm ache from wielding a hairdryer at unnatural angles, battling with a bristle brush, this is my new process:
1. Wash Hair (currently with Lee Stafford Great Lengths system. I am adamant it works to make my hair grow nicely)
2. Shove some Aveda Phomolient light hold styling foam through
3. Brush into desired shape - in my case, flat and Emma Watson ish, low side part etc,
4. Tie on Du Rag.
5. Sleep.

Come morning my hair is so flat it could even do with a little root lift in the form of dry shampoo or Fekkai Oceanic Tousled Wave spray. Done! I even use it to 'refresh' my flatness between washes, since no matter how straight and dry my hair is, by morning it's always wiry old poodle again. I'm still awaiting my Brazilian Blowdry appointment, but till then, Du Rag, I owe you a big one (and you Caroline). Even if you have earned me yet another tease to add to my Dadjokes collection. 'Snoop Dawgy Daw-aw- awg' sang at every opportune moment. Delightful. (he's right though, you do look ridiculously awful. If husband/boyfriend/other half not securely pinned down, heed my caution)...

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  1. I think you look super dooper hot with your short hair. Must have you guys round for dinner sooooon!!

  2. Sophie, you look absolutely beautiful with short hair, curly or otherwise. You have the perfect features for it. x

  3. You hair looks absolutely gorgeous and it suits your face perfectly, whether it's straight or curly. Thanks for the great advice, I'm sure that will help a lot of people. Great writing as usual. XxxX

  4. Brilliant idea! I'm currently wearing a bobble hat that is waaay to small for my head, it works great to flatten out the unruly curls. I put it on after a hair wash, blow dry, and style, and then continue fixing up the rest of me. Usually by the time I'm done, its pretty straight thanks to a few more minutes with my flat iron and Lee Stafford hair wax. Nothing can really flatten out the length though, that stuff just curls up and goes where ever it wants. A pony tail hair tie works pretty good to tame it though. My problem, other then the curls/friz, is I can't seem to keep hair color on. After about two washes (using pureology shampoo), midnight black turns into a mousey brown or an odd shade of brownish red. It seems the chemo has stripped something out of the hair, and it just wants to reject any type of color. I guess wearing a bobble hat to flatten curly hair, is much better then wearing one to hide a bald head (which was the bobble hat's previous job). You really look great with short hair. If the du rag doesn't work for you, I'm sure the brazillian blow out will. Good luck, and keep all of us posted!

  5. Great, this is helpful Sophie!

    I'm at the same point you were at in Christmas jumper photo. It's short but beginning to develop turts and kinks that are maddening. I hope they won't think I'm some ridiculous Adina/AbFab white woman tryin' to get down with the kids when I go to Finsbury Park and ask for one?!

    Currently hoping I'm channelling Jean Seaberg in Breathless (complete with obligatory Breton stripes) but probably look more like a lesbian yoga teacher. I keep being told by different people NOT to grow my hair long which I can either take as a compliment (that I look good with the pixie) or as a comment on my old look (I didn't look so good with the long hair after all). There's a real dissonance between outer looks and inner identity. Inside I'm a long-haired woman but the mirror tells a different story.

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