The Brazilian Blow Dry and my permanent good hair day
I couldn’t get myself dressed without one or other of my daughters acting as an unpaid handmaiden, cooking was restricted to dishes that only required gentle stirring, driving was nigh impossible and sleeping for any longer than two hours at a stretch was miraculous.
My injury and year long slow recovery did have one major benefit, however: my hair. My hair had never looked better. It looked glossy and shiny and perfect. Each and every day was a seriously kick ass "good hair day" and as all women will concur, one should never underestimate the endorphin rich halo of confidence a perfectly coiffed mane brings.
I obviously did not achieve this short lived perfection myself. adidas 2017 pas cher Even when I had two fully functioning arms I was pretty inept at blow drying my own hair. The end result never looked bouncy and sleek, it was just dry, clean and slightly wild and flyaway.
My tendonitis legitimately gave me an excuse to go to the hairdressers twice a week for a wash and blow dry. There was no other option well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it as I was physically incapable of washing my own hair and, having failed to seduce my husband into joining me in the shower to act the Warren Beatty role in Shampoo, I realised the only way I was going to solve this pressing sartorial problem was to throw money at it. Serious money. Call me shallow but I cannot overestimate the difference it made to my otherwise fragile demeanour.
I justified the (not inconsiderable) expense of bi weekly trips to Richard Ward by consoling myself that I was saving a fortune on clothes, as it was much too painful (and therefore joyless) to even contemplate trying anything on, let alone buying. mochilas kanken classic
Just as I had become used to the feel good factor of having continuous "good hair days", my arm got better. nike kd 9 pas cher The novelty of once again being able to wash my own hair was short lived. The mind may well be programmed to quickly forget pain but I can assure you the effects of a sensational blow dry are irrevocably etched into one’s DNA. I was like a junkie unwilling to go cold turkey. nike air max 2016 dames
Normally I tend to steer clear of any beauty procedure or treatment that has the word "Brazilian" attached to it too radical and painful for my liking but the new Brazilian Blow Dry (also known as Permanent Blow Dry) captured my imagination. The lure of having "fabulous glossy hair long after the blow dry" coupled with a "chemical free, semi permanent blow out" was music to my ears.
"This is a godsend for women whose hair resembles a thorn bush when left to dry naturally," enthused New York stylist Mark Garrison, "it’s a revolution." Nicole Richie and Elizabeth Hurley are rumoured to be recent converts to the sleek, frizz free mane.
My eldest daughter India tried to dampen my excitement. "You hated the way my hair looked when I had mine permanently straightened," she warned. "And you know you’re obsessed with having big Farrah like hair. You’ll hate it." "This is nothing like that awful hair straightening treatment you had," I snapped uncharitably. "I’ll be able to manage my own hair without ever having to go near the hairdressers. Credit crunch hair."
"Umm," said India. "We’ll see."
The treatment itself is simple and fast. Hair is first washed before being painted with a keratin rich solution of cocoa oil, white and red clay, vitamins and proteins. It is then dried completely before the product is sealed in with a hot irons. You have to leave the solution in for three days, before washing it out. No cheating, otherwise it doesn’t work.
I am happy to announce I am now the proud owner of silky, glossy hair that looks fabulous no matter what I do (or don’t do) to it. Towel dried it falls perfectly, with not a frizzy stray in sight; set on Velcro rollers it miraculously cascades in picture perfect waves and stays looking great until I re wash it. I am told the Brazilian "special effects" last for up to four months.
"It looks amazing," admitted India begrudgingly. "But expensive." I disagree. Good hair every day? I reckon I’m worth it. "Give your hair a day off a week," says Ben Cooke, celebrity hair stylist and Herbal Essences Ambassador. "It can be as simple as letting it dry naturally with some leave in conditioner, or applying a mask such as Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Intensive Mask (3.99) and leaving it on as long as possible."
My latest favourite hair fix is Ojon’s Restorative Hair Mask (38, 150ml, 0870 034 2566), a delicious smelling balm that you massage in and leave for at least half an hour. air max homme pas cher Kerastase salon treatments are crackers, too; Colour Boost (10, 0800 316 4400) is the beauty editors’ favourite.
While away, use hair protecting sunscreen on your hair, to minimise colour fade from UV rays, and wet your hair with plain water before you get into the pool it won’t absorb so much of the pool water chemicals.
Even low key hair needs detangling. Tangle Teezer (9.95, Boots) does a fabulous job, as does Ouchless Brush from Goody (9.95 at chemists). If you can’t live without heated appliances, Remington’s mini hair straighteners, 29, will take up minimal room in your luggage.
Use dry shampoo
Klorane’s Dry Shampoo (6.59, 01582 820 165) frequently wins awards, and Andrew Barton’s new SOS Last Another Day Dry Shampoo (2.99, Asda) smells of toffee and vanilla. "Spray dry shampoo from 10 12cm away to ensure against white residue on the scalp," says Charles Worthington (his Results Dry Shampoo costs 4.49 at Boots).