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7.30.2014

I'm Enthusiastic About: Gel (?!)


Seriously. I never thought the day would come where I would go out of my way to purchase a huge, honkin' tube of gel, but that day came and now all I want to do is wear my hair insanely slicked back every single day.

So, what brought on this sudden enthusiasm for a shiny, rock-solid helmet of hair? I heard the sirens of summer singing a song. That tune we all know so well (you know the one): "Humidity is a Bitch." The summer sirens sing that one pretty consistently during the hotter months and I had found myself in Miami for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in all its damp, heat-wavy, neon glory.

The last thing I wanted to do was let my hair down. Nothing is as refreshing as feeling your hair lapping on your back and shoulders, essentially creating a greenhouse at the nape of your neck where you could easily raise many an Amazonian fern. So, after shoveling a Shake Shack burger down my throat (they have them in Miami! Who knew?) and dropping my bags at the hotel, I beelined it over to Walgreens and grabbed a tube of TRESemmé Mega Firm Control Gel.

Let's get real for a second, people. If a product uses the word "Mega", it's no joke. "Mega" is one of those words you can't casually use. It means business. Other items in the "Mega" category that have never let me down include adhesives, sour candies, and paper products. Mega can describe strength, intensity, and size. It's kind of a big deal to use the word "Mega."

The reality (clearly still being real here) was I wanted my hair to not move. I wasn't in Miami to get romantic with anyone. The last thing I wanted was to have someone's hands running through my humid, frizzy tresses. Even if my husband was in Miami with me, it was so hot, we probably would have spent most of our time sitting at opposite ends of the room and waving at each other. This is my long way of saying that I wanted a hair helmet desperately. I wanted to look and feel like a wet, aerodynamic seal...and I totally got my wish.

Getting this look is easy:
  1. Wet your hair
  2. Comb out any tangles
  3. Work gel into all of it, starting at your hairline
  4. Comb it again, smoothing it out using the fine-tooth side of a comb
  5. Pull it back into a tight, low bun
  6. Pin the bun in place
  7. Let it air dry
Aside from one or two quick spot checks because my long bangs were attempting to flop down, my hair was bulletproof. A few people even wanted to touch it because they were so fascinated by it's lack of movement.

Now, to warn you, this is totally "a look." Don't let yourself lack confidence when wearing this because you'll automatically be categorized in the sleek & chic category. Wear basic, well-cut threads to go more androgynous or wear something a little slinky with bright lips and drop earrings to channel your inner Bobbi Flekman. (If you don't know who that is, go rent Spinal Tap immediately.)

Go with some bronzer to make you look like your cheekbones could cut someone for added drama.

However you decide to spin it, there's something to be said about going completely slick. It's modern, but also a little 70's. All I know is, it's a lot of refreshingness when the temps are up and the humidity is brutal. Hope you give it a try. Don't fear the gel, my friends! xo!

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