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Patricia Dates O'Brien
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From Wavy to Curly - an inexpensive, yet sexy solution for your hair; Trish's Makeup Product Of The Month!

by Patricia Dates O'Brien
May 1, 2002

Ask Trish - May 2002

From Wavy to Curly - an inexpensive, yet sexy solution for your hair

Dear Trish:

I'm not sure what the hairdo is called that I have a question about, but I will try to describe it. My hair is wavy, and I asked a hair salon to do my hair more curly, yet in a natural way. While my hair was wet, the hairdresser took a piece of hair, twisted it, then clipped it. After he clipped every piece of hair, he put me under a hair dryer for about 25 minutes. It looked great!!

The following week, I tried to do the same hair style at home. I used my blow dryer, which I thought would work. When I finished, my hair looked sluggish, limp, and not full. What might I be doing wrong?

    —Linda in L.A.

Hi Linda—

I think what you're describing is what my grandmother used to call "pin curls." This was a very popular—and inexpensive—way for war-time ladies of the 1940's to curl their hair, without having to make weekly trips to the hair salon. The curls were made using bobby pins, although "rag curls", using cloth strips instead of pins, were also popular.

Nowadays, pin curls are still a great way to achieve that sexy, curly, tousled look. When you make pin curls, first apply a product on your hair while it is still wet, like a curl-enhancing gel or spray. Personally, I like to use any of the Frizz-Ease products—they add volume to my hair, but control the frizzies!

Then grab pieces of hair and twist them tightly. As you twist, you will notice that the hair will coil and buckle around itself. Keep twisting, and pin the coiled piece to your head using one or two bobby pins. The bigger the piece of hair, the larger and looser the final curl will be. Also, the tighter you twist the hair, the tighter the curl—and the longer it will take to dry, by the way!

You can let the hair air-dry overnight, like my grandmother did (air drying is the best way, in terms of frizz control, but it takes forever), or use a hairdryer with a diffuser attachment, so that the heat goes evenly over the entire head, just like the dryer in your salon. When the hair is completely dry, take the pins out gently. Don't brush your hair; just run your fingers through your curls, or use a very wide-toothed comb to hold the springy-ness of you new 'do. At this point I like to add a dry oil, or shine spray, to give my curls added definition and luster. A good product to try is Paul Mitchell's "The Shine." Spray lightly with hairspray to hold and you are done!

Thank you for writing in!

Trish's Makeup Product Of The Month!

You heard it here first folks—-I am absolutely nuts over my latest find, "Kiss Me Mascara"! As "Kiss Me" tells the world: "stop painting your lashes—tube them." Let me explain—this is no ordinary mascara. The water-resistant formula forms tiny tubes around your lashes, rather than painting them like conventional mascara. The tubes make your lashes look longer and twice as thick, yet look totally natural.

Best of all, the mascara does not run, flake or smudge, even if you rub your eyes! Yet it comes off with water. (Be forewarned, it actually comes off in little tubes, which can make you think you are losing your own lashes…but I've been using this mascara for 3 months now, and I can assure you my lashes are still here.) Kiss Me Mascara comes in 3 colors: Black, Brown/Black, and Sapphire Blue, each for about $16.

Check out this great new product at www.BlincInc.com. I guarantee once you try it, you will be hooked!

Ask Trish…to do your makeup at dance competitions! Please E-Mail Trish at TrishDatesOBrien@aol.com to find out which competions she will be attending and to set up an appointment.

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