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24 Responses

  1. Abby

    That’s why my hair is short-ish. That doesn’t mean it looks good, but rather that I can just blame it on genes and not my inability to maneuver my way though a French Twist barrette. (Then again, when I had long hair I was all about the pony tail.)

    Moral of the story? I have a haircut Friday, and if I didn’t, I might shave my head tonight. Needless to say this post touched on a nerve 😉

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    • Amy Vansant

      I wish I could do short hair. I had short hair once, when I was like 13, and had an old guy my parents knew say “Is this your son?” Short hair, DONE.

      I guess I’m what you call a “handsome woman.” I love saying that around my husband too. It makes him groan and say “Does that make me gay?” and I tell him, “no dear, THAT isn’t what makes you gay. 30 minutes of asking me which shirt I like better on you every time we go out – THAT is what makes you gay.”

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  2. Jessica

    I can’t do anything girly so don’t feel alone. I don’t wear makeup – I’ve gone through phases when I’ve tried but I would need to attend a three day workshop to learn the proper methods – and my hair…well, let’s just say I don’t spend much time on it. Either it’s in a ponytail or one of those claw clips where you pull your hair into a ponytail then twist it and wind it sort of into a bun and then cover it with the clip but strands are sticking out here and there in the back. Nothing fancy and styled, just out of my way. People have told me time and time again that I look better when I wear my hair down but I just can’t stand the time it takes to blow dry it (all of five minutes) and, on ambitious days, to flat iron it. Living in a place of constant humidity doesn’t help my thin, flat hair either. If left down and I’m hit by the humidity, I might as well have stuck my finger in a light socket. So hair up is just less maintenance and less stress. Now if I could just convince my husband that short hair would not be the end of the world I’d give that a try. But I had a bob in college and he hated it. So I keep the hair and it keeps getting put up. 🙂

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    • Amy Vansant

      You can use a claw-clip-ponytail-twist-strand-sticky thing? That’s sounds pretty advanced! I don’t think I’ve ever gone out with my parents (to dinner, we don’t rage or go antiquing or anything) without my mother telling me how much better I look with my hair pulled back from my face. She will sometimes lean over and physically HOLD my hair back as IF I had a barrette, and that demonstrating it will make me go OOOOH! I’m GORGEOUS!!!

      In short, I feel your pain.

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  3. Stacey

    I was super excited about being able to do a French twist myself until I actually read the post. Oh well. At least I’ve mastered the ponytail.

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    • Amy Vansant

      Sorry, it wasn’t my intentions to crush another person’s hopes and dreams after the way I was treated…

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  4. Christina Lee

    Hmmm… no wonder I’m off to get my hair chopped off today :-)))))

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  5. Amy B

    I suck at hair and makeup. My makeup is the same every single day. Just heavier/lighter depending on what time of day. And by heavier, I mean an extra swipe of mascara. Have you seen the paint by numbers crap they want you to do on the back of a thing of eyeshadow? Please…

    As for hair… yeah… people who are talented enough to french braid their own hair can suck it.

    I’m a tad jealous.

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    • Amy Vansant

      My mother actually bought me a “how to put on eyeshadow” Clinique kit for Christmas… that’s how complicated it is!

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    • Amy Vansant

      Ooh, yeah, I forgot about that one… I could USE that one! I think it was called the Dipsy Do or something. All I know is that you could make one yourself out of a pipe cleaner or wire hanger…

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  6. Carrie - Cannibalistic Nerd

    And what about the half-up-half-down hairdo on the box? That picture must be smaller because it’s a carved bust and they don’t want you to notice. I just tell myself that Audrey Hepburn looked fabulous in a ponytail so therefore it is an acceptable, glamorous option. And then I block out the whole natural beauty, clear skin, and lithe ballerina body aspect of Audrey Hepburn, wrap a neon green rubber band around my hair, and I’m ready for the Oscars.

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    • Amy Vansant

      Audrey didn’t really play fair when it comes to the rest of us…bitch. Wonderful, wonderful, loverly bitch.

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  7. Jeane

    Fabulous hats…so much easier. Place on head and go! I always look at great hair clips and accessories and I have to back slowly away knowing they are there just to taunt me!

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  8. Kirstie

    Check this one out: http://www.bighappiehair.com/
    I drank way too much wine one night and decided that I needed a change. I needed volume. I needed to channel Snooki from Jersey Shore. I drunkenly purchased the bump-it. Despite promising confidence and beauty, the bump-it left me looking like I had a giant brain tumor in my parietal lobe. Don’t do it.

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    • Amy Vansant

      So that thing on Snooki’s head isn’t a brain tumor? Hm. I thought that explained so much…

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  9. maggie

    My hairdresser showed up at my work one day with her rabbit, and I had my usual work hair… tied in a messy bun with random curls sticking out of my head EVERYWHERE. I felt like I should apologize for making no effort to preserve the lovely things she does to my hair.
    I’m actually pretty girly. . . but also exquisitely lazy and desperately not a morning person.

    As for this product. . . looking at the instructions confused me. I’ve pulled off a french twist on a good day with an elastic and like 3 bobby pins. And I’ve never been able to repeat the feat. That contraption looks like it requires a lot more dexterity than I possess on even my best days.

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  10. Amy Vansant

    I think if I just had a few more hands… it is possible I was shopping in the “Octopi Only” aisle. I should have probably checked…

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  11. Tracy

    I hear you. Last time I complained to my hairdresser about my hair breaking due to the ponytail I wear when I run, she suggested I braid it instead. I just glared at her. She clearly didn’t understand who she was talking to. I actually did try braiding my hair a couple of times, but it’s amazing how quickly I’m left with two tiny stubs of hair and one super long one.

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    • Amy Vansant

      I can kind of do a regular braid, but nowhere useful. Just like right on the side of my head, which is fine if you’re Pippi Longstocking…

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  12. Jenbug

    Thank you so much for saving me the $6.95, because I was totally gonna try that!

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  13. saysha

    BOGUS PRODUCT!!! firstly, GETTING mohair into the product was challenge. the clasp worked horribly!!! Conair has forgotten that generally as humans we do not have a pair o fetes at eh back of our heads so a clasp which gave tonnes of trouble was the end of it for me. then came the twisting into a “sleek roll”. HA!!! it bellied to one said and was pulled taut at the other. ALL in all , a terrible product. way to go CON air!!!

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