How I tame my fro and other beauty secrets

I’d like to think I am low maintenance. I don’t wear make-up or do much to my physical appearance. It’s a good day if I actually combed my hair instead of throwing it into a ‘messy’ bun. I also wake up two hours before work so that I have adequate time to eat breakfast and read all the news I can digest, only to throw on my clothes and try to look presentable in the last ten minutes before I have to leave. If you’ve ever seen When Harry Met Sally, this conversation sums it up:

Harry Burns: There are two kinds of women, high maintenance and low maintenance.

Sally Albright: Which one am I?

Harry Burns: You’re the worst kind: you’re high maintenance, but you think you’re low maintenance.

Sally Albright: I don’t see that.

Harry Burns: You don’t see that? Waiter, I’ll begin with a house salad, but I don’t want the regular dressing. I’ll have the balsamic vinegar and oil, but on the side. And then the salmon with the mustard sauce, but I want the mustard sauce on the side. “On the side” is a very big thing for you.

Sally Albright: Well, I just want it the way I want it.

Harry Burns: I know, high maintenance.

Yep, I am Sally Albright all right. There’s no shame in being particular and I fully embrace my quirks. So, I thought I would share my favorite products that I swear by. I am fairly cheap, but as you will see I inherited my mom’s excuse to get some of the nice stuff since we save all that money not buying make-up, aka Libby logic.

THE CURLS

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I have ridiculous hair. I used to hate it and now I cannot imagine having anything else. I avoid any products with ‘VOLUME’ written on the bottle and it will remain one of life’s mysteries as to why every hotel believes Americans want volumizing shampoo. Also, I don’t wash my hair every day. Seriously, this is 2015 and I can admit that. Also, every hairstylist I have ever had has told me not to. When I do, I make sure to use a clarifying shampoo to prevent build up. Heavy shampoo in my fro = not good. For all you curly hair ladies I recommend the following: Aveda Be Curly, the carrot kids curly hair creme from Target, Wen (I know it’s in an infomercial, but it works), Ouidad, and Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious. I don’t use a lot of product, so I am happy to splurge and Amazon is the cheapest place to get all of the above. The carrot creme reminds me of the Paul Mitchell carrot shampoo that my mom used to wash my long curls in the bathtub as a kid. I can almost smell it just thinking about it.

When I was little and my mom would go out of town, my dad would take me to the hair dresser to have my hair braided so that he didn’t have to deal with it. I have embraced the braid lately and while I can only do the side braid (on the left side oddly enough), it really helps get it out of my face.

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Two words: BAG BALM. It is a green jar of miracle wax. It was invented for cow udders and you can put it on chapped lips, burns, cuts and your nose when it turns red when you have a cold.

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For fragrances, I like anything clean smelling. I wore Chanel all through college and had the same bottle from DC for over five years. I grew up wearing my mom’s Laura Ashley and am now a fan of Philosophy, Fresh, Chloe, and Jo Malone. I’ve also started only buying the small travel sizes because who really wants to commit to the same fragrance forever? I don’t wear it daily, so I worry about it staying fresh.

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Nail Polish: I don’t really understand why you need more than four or five colors and if I am being honest, my nails are red 90% of the time if I am actually patient enough to paint them. I have also never had my nails done and I am happy to continue painting them myself. I really can’t tell the difference and I’d rather spend that money on important stuff, like really good cheese. Essie is the best – it doesn’t chip and the colors are fun.

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As for makeup, the stuff that I do have for special occasions is Bare Essentials. I use Burt’s Bees on the daily, and if I am feeling sassy I use whatever mascara I stole from my mom when I was last home. The rosebud salve is also a classic and I have been buying it since college.

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I have been using Philosophy’s Purity to wash my face and the Hope in a Jar lotion (it has SPF!) since I was in high school. It has a clean smell and I use it every night before I go to bed. My mom buys it on auto delivery from QVC and we are both hooked.

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My trusty Clarisonic – it is worth it. Your face will feel amazingly clean.

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For razors, I recently signed up for Harry’s and I have been impressed with their packaging and witty advertising. I only need them to shave my legs, so I am on the least frequent plan.

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Soap of choice: I have been using Dove unscented bar soap for as long as I can remember. Nothing fancy, but if I use anything else, I can feel the residue. I also love the Dr Bronner stuff and reading all the fun sayings and random inspiration on the bottle. That Dr. Brenner was a smart guy. The Everyone Soap is a recent Whole Foods find and I like the non-smell smell.

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My crazy hair untamed

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