& tips from your side of the counter........
If I hear
that saying one more time I'll scream! You know the one - "Its
only this once", followed by a pathetic impression of Bambi thats
fooling no-one, least of all hard-hearted cynical, clinical me!
Okay, youve guessed it. I'm mad! Mad as in furious, livid seething!
Actually, thats an understatement. It would not take even the
greenest of student psychologists long to diagnose that I have
underlying homicidal tendency's, accompanied by elaborate, intricate
fantasies of terrible torture. His torture, I mean I'm sure Freud
would be in his element if he could analyse my present mood. Its
not a pretty sight, let me tell you. That line they use in films
'You look great when you're angry" definitely does not apply to
me. Then again, I don look half as bad as he looks in my imaginative
fantasies. A shaved head, no ears and missing some of his more
vital bits certainly does not suit him. However, the tattoo reading
'half-wit' on his forehead definitely does (Isn't the imagination
a wonderful thing!)
considered myself a very cool, calm and collected individual but
there's only so much a girl can take. It's irrelevant really what
the 'just the once' refers to - its the fact that the saying
is highly over-used and wearing more than a little thin. Well,
it is with me anyway.
is I don't really have any counter attack. I can't think of a
single thing that I want to do 'just this once'. Well, a date
with Patrick Swayze maybe or a quick snog with Pierce Brosnan,
but other than that - nothing. I never want to 'put in extra time
at work, have an all-night Playstation tournament or go to a Status
Quo concert . Maybe its time I did! Maybe its time I dug out the
flares and 'just this once' went to an imitation Abba concert.
I could organise an all-night nail painting marathon - just to
catch up with all those 'mates' I've lived quite happily without
for the last ten years. I could pretend to support Arsenal so
I could spend the day in the pub, drinking beers and learning
new words. Just the once, of course. Maybe I'll take an interest
in boxing so that I can stay up till four in the morning to watch
Tyson win in thirty seconds and practice some of the new words
I learned in the pub!
this minor domestic upset does give me some leverage with the
hair-chopping argument. If I appear tomorrow with a Sinead O'Connor
I don't think he'd dare utter. If I make an entrance looking like
GI Jane I truly think he'd pretend not to notice, discretion being
the better part of valour when youve had your manhood threatened
with an eye-wateringly sharp bread knife!
And of course
if he does grow a spine and brave a comment, I could easy say
"Never Mind Love, its just this once!"
you know? Did you know - That Madonnas hairstylist
Daniel Galvin has recently launched a range of home hair colourants
called Colourgloss. It promises to enhance your natural colour
complementing your own natural skin tone and eye colour. The
non-drip formula is easy to use, so if you've never coloured
your hair before this may be the subtle way to start.
to try - Dying
to Try - Pantene's new range for curly hair. I've always
been a fan of Pantene. I find it really nourishing n my
dry, brittle hair and its a perfect alternative if the
designer-named brands are to pricey for your budget. The
new packaging labels each product collectively according
to your own hair type and what you want to achieve, so its
easy to choose a whole range of products to suit you. Several
hair types are catered for, curly, sleek and straight etc
so I'm putting these on my next shopping list!
As a natural
curly-girlie myself I can't imagine why anyone would pay good
money to go curly but what do I know? Having spent my childhood
begging my mother to iron my hair under brown paper (not recommended!)
and a fortune in my adult life on straightening products. I'd
give anything for sleek, shiny straightness. But we're women -
its our job to want what we haven't got, right! Anyway, according
to hair designer Terrence Renati perms are back and have never
been more versatile.
lost favour over recent years but new and improved methods promise
that poodle - perms are a thing of the past,. The emphasis lately
has been on colour and condition but stylists claim that advanced
methods mean that all but the most fragile of hair can benefit
from a perm. They claim it can enhance the texture and appearance
of your style without sacrificing its condition or affecting its
on a perm though its vital to visit the salon to check your hair's
condition. The stylist may recommend a good trim and a conditioning
programme to follow for a few weeks to get your hair in tip-top
condition. And remember, tight curls will make your hair appear
shorter than it actually it so bear this in mind if your hair
is already short.
had your perm its vital to follow a few simple rules to keep it
looking its best, but this should take no longer than your usual
tempted you might be don't wash newly permed hair for at least
48 hours after processing. If you have a special occasion coming
up try to have your perm done a few weeks before so that you're
comfortable about managing it.
use perm-friendly shampoos and conditioners to prolong the life
of your curls. There are plenty on the market - ask your stylist
if she can recommend one.
- After washing,
detangle very gently with a smooth-ended wide tooth comb whilst
your conditioner is on. Never, never brush wet hair, especially
- Wrap hair
VERY LOOSELY in a towel to remove excess water before styling
but DO NOT RUB.
- If possible,
leave hair to dry naturally for a while (indoors) then finish
using a diffuser attachment. Tipping head upside down whilst
drying will gift lift at the roots. If you have chosen spirals
or ringlets don't disturb too much with your fingers whilst
drying. If you want softer more subtle curls or waves tease
your fingers very gently through hair during the last stages
- If curls
start to frizz during drying, gently work in some taming serum
and continue on a really low setting.
When you visit
your salon for your perm make sure your stylist is clear on what
you're after. Do you want tight spirals or soft waves - maybe
taken a picture to show what you'd like, it will make a difference
to the size of perm-rod used. Also tell him/her what your future
plans for your hair are, are your going to colour, cut or grow
it - ask for advice on how to dress your new style for an alternative
look. And if you do run into a problem with after-care, pick up
the phone! Most stylists will offer advice over the phone on how
best to look after your style. So go on, opt for a permanent solution
and enjoys your curls!