Archive for Sunday, May 4, 2003

Olive oil can rescue your bad hair day

May 4, 2003

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— There is a product out there to suit just about every imaginable beauty need.

There are moisturizing bronzers with exfoliating powers and an SFP of 30 for smooth, tanned skin without one second of exposure to harmful ultraviolet sun rays.

There are creams pumped up with caffeine as a pick-me-up for tired eyes.

But what about the "needs-to-be-fixed-right-now" beauty emergency -- such as bad hair on a big day like a job interview or a pimple that pops up in time for a high school reunion? In these dire situations, there is no time to stop at the store and scour the shelves for the scientifically correct cure.

Average folks sweat these cosmetic catastrophes; industry insiders, including hair guru Frederic Fekkai, Cosmopolitan beauty director Rachel Hayes and Mally Roncal, celebrity makeup artist for Almay, don't.

"It's actually very difficult to have a bad hair day because there are so many quick fixes," says Fekkai.

Applying a glossing cream with silicon to the hair and then pulling it back into a ponytail is a surefire fix for anyone with long hair, he says, and if the problem is static or flyaways, brush the hair upside down, put a little volumizing moose on the roots, flip it back over and add a smoothing product. Voila!

In the constant battle against DNA and the weather for pin-straight hair, Fekkai says olive oil is a good weapon.

For the office or a dinner, put a dab of oil on your hand, then comb the oil through the ends of your hair with your fingers.

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