Posts for December 7th 2009
Who knew that Tom Ford, the king of in-your-face sexual advertising, would create a moving and nuanced film that explores the complexity of death and relationships? A Single Man (see the trailer here) is earning rave reviews, and I can't wait to see it. Neither could Madonna, Judy Greer, and Julianne Moore — all of whom attended the premiere wearing creamy red lipstick. It's a bold look that they all pull off by wearing neutral-toned eye shadow. (Or sunglasses. Either way works.)Whether you choose to put sheer gloss on top or keep the color as it is, the easiest way to get red lips is with a smooth jumbo lip pencil. Nars Velvet Matte lip pencil ($24) and Lipstick Queen glossy pencil ($20) both have great shades that go on smoothly and need fewer touchups than traditional lipstick. If you like the sound of that but don't want to go red, track down Sonia Kashuk's Velvety Matte Lip Crayon ($7), which offers similarly lovely application in a variety of neutral shades.
Sephora fans, get excited. Currently, Sephora is testing out beauty vending machines in 20 smaller JCPenney stores that don't have the store-within-the-store locations. The vending machines, operated by ZoomSystems, are similar to the ones you often see in the mall for Proactiv Solutions. They'll include 50 of Sephora's most popular products, including Korres, Dior, Bare Escentuals, and Philosophy. (Dior at Penney's! Can you believe it?) We'll have to wait and see how the program plays out, but in the meantime, I'd love to know your thoughts.
An Australian team of scientists has found that a gene known as trichohyalin is responsible for determining whether your hair is straight or curly. Now it's possible to tell what kind of hair suspects who leave DNA at a crime scene have, determine a baby's hair type while she's still in the womb, and perhaps even develop medications that change hair texture without perms or straighteners.
While the first application would seem to be the most important, a lot of emphasis is being placed on the last one — more specifically on making curly hair straight without using relaxers or irons. Am I the only one who feels a little weird that one of the first applications people have leaped on is a completely unnecessary pill that suppresses your genes? Straightening your hair for different looks can be fun, but straight-haired girls like to go curly, too, and there was no mention of a "make me curly" pill. What do you think? Would a pill like this be a godsend for chronic straighteners, or is it an example of societal bias against curly hair?
A Naturally Obsessed reader asks:
What is the best way to go about detangling my natural hair?
The first thing you want to do is to divide your hair into sections. However many sections you do will depends on the length, thickness, and texture of your hair. I usually do four to six sections because my hair is very thick and highly textured. Next rinse your hair thoroughly. The conditioner allows more slip when the hair is soaking wet.
The next step is to soften the hair. If you have tight curls like mine than you know that just loading the hair with conditioner is just not enough sometimes. Apply your conditioner one section at a time then braid the hair. The braids will help to stretch the hair and prevent it from getting even more tangled. Cover the hair with a plastic cap and let it set for a few hours or even overnight. This will loosen up the curls a bit, making it a lot easier for your wide-toothed comb or Denman to get through. When it comes time to detangle, you'll do one section at a time. Unbraid it and begin to comb or brush it slowly from the ends up to the roots. If you come across a knot, work it out carefully with your fingers. Repeat, rinse, and style.