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Groupon Guide's first style question comes from a woman who, thanks to a unique problem, hasn't cut or styled her curly hair in years. In response, Curls and Company owner and curly-hair expert Cally Raduenzel dishes on her favorite gel, the best layering techniques, and why you should throw away your brush. Dear Groupon Guide, I have a problem. For the past 10 years, I haven't been able to cut or style my curly hair, dating back to an unfortunate incident during my 12th birthday party. Even at that age I had a rather large head, the kind that makes people say, "Cool! A padded wig!" So when the waiter at my favorite Mexican restaurant, Sombrero Rojo, crowned me with my birthday sombrero, it stuck. My hair has been trapped in the second story of a child’s sombrero for a decade. It wasn’t so bad. After a while, I barely noticed it, unless I returned to Sombrero Rojo, where they mournfully gave me free refills on select sodas. This year, though, on my 22nd birthday, came freedom. My head had finally grown enough to split the sombrero right down the middle. I was ecstatic—until I realized I had no idea what to do with my hair, which is so long and curly now that I often lose my balance. Do you have any tips for how to cut and style my curls? --Suddenly Sombrero-less Dear Suddenly, First off: congratulations on "splitting the hat"! According to some obscure Scandinavian religions, you are now a woman. And don’t worry, many people struggle with their curly hair. Luckily, we were able to get in touch with Cally Raduenzel, the owner of Rogers Park salon Curls and Company and the perfect expert to answer your question. Cutting Callie is an advocate of Devachan's dry-cutting technique, which was designed for curls—it eliminates guesswork about how far the curls will spring up as they dry. But if you can’t find a dry-cutting salon, wet cuts don’t have to be a disaster. Callie says there are three curly cuts you want to avoid: the earmuff, the teepee, and the Christmas tree. For a more flattering silhouette, request a little layering, focused in the hair’s middle section. “The center, underneath the occipital bone, is the best place to do your layering," she says. "When your hair falls over it, it’s almost like you’ve built in suspension to lift it up.” She also recommends asking your stylist to pull your layers forward, which creates a cascading effect. Cuts with razors and thinning shears, on the other hand, should be avoided at all costs. These tools separate natural curls, Cally says, leaving hair looking “frizzy and frayed.” Products Cally recommends investing in Devachan’s styling gel. “I don’t like to use the word gel,” she says, “because people think of stiff, Wall Street, tight-scary curls that will put your eye out.” She says Devachan’s formula is “more like a glaze,” and never leaves hair feeling crunchy or hard. Cally also advocates for sulfate-free shampoo (the brand here is less important than the ingredient list). These shampoos don’t lather, which makes some people think they're not as effective. But Cally says suds aren’t actually cleansing agents—they just signal the presence of sulphates, which damage and dehydrate hair. Styling Cally says that styling your curls doesn’t have to be a huge production, as curly hair’s reputation for being hard to manage is overstated. “Use a couple clips,” she says. “Put in the product while it’s wet. Let it dry naturally. If you want to use a diffuser, you can. Once it’s dry, you squeeze it, and you have beautiful hair.” There are some caveats to this plan—don’t brush or comb your hair while it’s drying, for example. Curly hair is most vulnerable to damage when it’s wet, and in the long term, brushing wet hair will cause frizz and abrade your ends. Cally recommends detangling hair in the shower instead, with your fingers and some conditioner. As far as your washing regimen, Cally recommends shampooing no more than twice a week, but wetting and conditioning your hair every day. There you have it. You’re ready for a life of bouncy, hat-free curls. Do not waste it. Love, Groupon Guide Illustration: © Dav Yendler, GrouponRead More
So I consulted a bartender, my mother, and a bus. Frankie Avalon’s Teen Angel must be quietly sobbing in his malt shop in the sky. Because pink hair is no longer the domain of beauty school dropouts—it’s a full-blown trend. It seemed like the world was just getting used to gray hair on young women, but now Pantone’s pastel hues have begun infiltrating hairdos. It started innocently enough with candy-colored streaks of hair chalk, but now it’s not unusual to spot someone with a full head of pastel strands. Lately, I’ve seen lilac- and rose-tinted ladies everywhere I look, especially on Instagram, where I follow my salon, Mops Beauty Shop (2500 N. California Ave.), as well as hip lasses like ban.do founder Jen Gotch, who recently went pink. Yet I’d never seen a pastel hairdo in real life. I wondered: could I pull it off? To find out, I decided to take pink hair for a test run and gauge public opinion. Test One: The Stylist “Would this color make me look like a baby and/or a unicorn?” I asked my stylist, Krista, as I showed her this pin. I’ve been able to pull off boy-short hair and asymmetrical bangs in the past (not at the same time), but for something as unusual as rosy-pink strands, I wanted a professional’s opinion. Her take: I could rock it. My take: Let’s do this before I chicken out. Krista picked a toner that would make my hair pink enough to try the trend, but was careful not to use more than a few shampoos could undo. At one point, as I squinted at my reflection in the mirror, I saw her hands come out of the wash basin covered with electric-pink suds—without my glasses on, it looked as if she was murdering me. (She wasn’t.) Vivid as the toner may have looked, by the time my hair was trimmed and dried, I resembled neither a baby, nor a unicorn, nor a baby unicorn. In fact, the pink actually played off the brown and blond streaks in my hair and looked about as natural as pink locks can. Test Two: The CTA/Myself I left the salon feeling hopeful—until I hopped on the bus and caught my reflection in the windows. The harsh lighting made me look like I was reviving my eighth-grade role of Anne of Green Gables all over again. Back then, a botched dye job left my hair a deep magenta for a week, instead of Anne’s signature carrot-orange. When I got off the bus, I took a quick selfie on the sidewalk to be certain: nope, my hair was still pastel, and I was still a middle-school graduate. Regression averted. Test Three: My Mom I texted my mom to tell her what I’d done. I usually call her before making even tiny decisions, like gauging a vegetable’s freshness in my crisper or impulse-buying housewares from Anthropologie, but she took this bigger news in stride: “My own little Kelly Osbourne,” she replied. “You should wear [a] Peeps necklace on Easter [to match].” Pink hair: Instagram tested, Mother approved. Test Four: A Bartender Now that I’d sufficiently impressed myself and my mother, I had one crucial demographic left to test: bartenders. I have a very young-looking face, and while someday I’m sure I’ll be grateful for all the collagen I’m packing, I’m currently carded really, really hard all the time. This night’s bartender gave my out-of-state license a cursory look and skipped the “are you secretly a minor?” stare-down I usually get. A novelty hair color makes me look less like a teenager? I was amazed. The Verdict Success. After the second wash, the color has already started to fade, but I plan to book another appointment with Krista soon to recommit to the hue for the rest of spring and summer. Not only will it look rad, but deepening the color a little will hopefully help me avoid semi-compliments like this one, which I got from a well-meaning male coworker the other day: “I like your hair. Is it … a color?” Photo: Amelia Buzzell, GrouponRead More
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