Wednesday, March 07, 2007


When you’re a curly girl like myself, there aren’t many things that you treasure more than good product.

There have been too many gels, mousses, sprays and serums promising the perfect, bouncing, frizzless head of curly hair that have broken my tender heart. I purchase with the highest expectations; more often than not, I am disappointed.

I discovered my current gel, L’Oreal Curly Somethingoranother, when I was in college. My hair was quite long in college and I was wearing it curly every day, so I was going through a lot of gel. It was fairly inexpensive – not wallet draining salon prices, anyway – and it worked really well.

While I’ve tried others, I’ve remained dedicated to that gel to this day.

Lately, I’ve had a hunch that L’Oreal was on the verge of discontinuing it.

Proving that I’m psychic.

L’Oreal has revamped their entire Studio line. The products are now dressed in chic and shiny black packaging. Some of the products have new and improved formulas or a different, cheeky name. AND SOME PRODUCTS HAVE BEEN UNJUSTLY RIPPED FROM THE HANDS OF THEIR DEDICATED BRETHEREN.

I’m gutted.

I have a decent stash in my medicine cabinet – three or four bottles, anyway – to keep me until I find a new gel.

But what if I don’t find a new gel in time? What if I run out of my current stash and I have a job interview and I have to go with frizzy, unmanageable curls?

What if I never find a new gel? I will be forever destined to a frizzy poof of strawberry blonde that will scare small children when I answer the door at Halloween. I’ll never get married, because people with scary hair never marry, and then I’ll never have kids and that will be a tragedy because I could pass my curly hair on to my children and CURLY HAIR LOOKS GOOD ON LITTLE KIDS even if it isn’t so becoming on their mothers.

I’m gutted.

If you need me, you’ll find me obsessively searching the product reviews at Naturally Curly.


Amy said...

Oh I so feel for you. I have hair that CAN be somewhat curly or CAN be straight, depending on what I try to do to it on any given day. I have never taken the time to find a product that makes me truly love my hair, (other than the rubber band that allows me to put it up and NOT deal with it!!) But I'm with you, the things in life I DO love they stop making (whatever happened to Snackwell's double chocolate yogurt?!)

Lauren said...

I have VERY curly hair, not to mention it's quite thick. I've found a product line that I would swear by for anyone. It's by TIGI and it's called Curls Rock. You can get it at many salons, and places like Ulta or Trade Secret. I use the shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner, and curl amplifier. I've said goodbye to bad hairdays with this stuff, even in 90% humidity on August days in DC.

Go get some. Now! you'll love it, I promise!

Unknown said...

Hello!! I haven't stopped by in a while so I thought I'd pop by. My hair can also be curly or straight depending on my mood and I have a line of products I use on my hair that I love. Here's the link. (Sorry it's so long!)

A said...

Amy, it's always nice to realize that I'm not the only one who has had the rug yanked out from under me by greedy corporate America. I'm so sorry to hear of your Snackwell's loss. ;)

Krista and BG, thanks for the suggestions. I'm adding both to my (long) lists of potential products!

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