Thursday, August 21, 2008
Brigitte-Bardot-Hair for a Drugstore Price
The hairstylist that I go to at Serge Normant is capable of transforming my lackluster locks into glossy and voluminous tresses. The woman who leaves his chair is endowed with a new-found self confidence, swingy layers a-la-Kate-Beckinsale, and incredible volume. Though I wish that I could recreate the appearance of his blowout at home, even after watching him at work, as well as being given some insider tips, I am still unable to duplicate the look. I have gotten a bit closer to follicular perfection however, with the acquisition of the right product and a determined approach. Follow the steps below to get Brigitte Bardot hair for a drugstore price.
1.) After shampooing and conditioning hair, squeeze out excess water and towel dry hair well, getting as much moisture out as possible. Then comb through hair with a wide-toothed comb.
2.) turn your head upside-down, and apply a very generous dollop of John Frieda Luxurious Volume Bountiful Body Mousse (you can find this at your local Eckerd, CVS, or Rite Aid) to the roots of your hair, concentrating on the scalp and then working it through to the ends.
3.) Flip your head right side up, and begin to blow-dry your hair in 1 inch sections with any large round boar bristle brush (I like the Marilyn) using the highest heat setting. For a voluminous effect at the crown, when hair is completely dry roll 1 inch sections of hair up in the brush as close to the scalp as possible. Holding the brush at a 45 degree angle to your head, blast hot air underneath the rolled section (diffuser nozzle facing up). Continue doing this with each section of hair until you have done your whole head.
4.) Using a curling iron on the highest setting, take 1 inch sections of hair, and only wrap the bottom half of the sections in the iron. Hold the section in the iron for 10-12 seconds.
5.) After you have curled all the sections, gently finger comb through curls to create loose waves.
6.) Finish with a spritz of your favorite hairspray!
The whole process takes about 20-25 minutes, and when you're through it looks like you've been to the salon.
photo credit brush: http://marilynbrush.com
photo credit mousse: http://www.johnfrieda.com