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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Thank You, 80s

The 80s gets a lot of flack for being an era of drugs, sex, and God-awful style..and to some extent, we can all agree that fashion and hair was...ehh... Adventurous.


One style we probably never thought we'd revisit is the side ponytail. Because why would any sane person do THIS again?

However, the side pony DID make its return, and I for one, am grateful. Today's side pony is smooth, natural, and a helluvalot easier than full-out fixing your hair. This is my go-to style when I have 1 more day until it's time to wash my hair (yes, -GASP!- I only wash my hair about 2-3 times a week. I have super thick mega-hair, and since it's long, the ends tend to dry out.) The side ponytail is a way to have a little something pretty going on up front and keep your hair off your neck, with as minimal effort as possible. I tend to wear my hair wavy (by using a 1 1/2 inch curling iron to make spiral waves), and can usually milk the style for another couple days...when it's getting a little oily up top, I just use a few puffs of dry shampoo on the roots, brush it out, and put it into a side ponytail. Then I run the curling iron through the longer pieces if needed, hairspray it, and I'm done. Thank you, 80s, for the one hairstyle that stands the test of time, albeit a little modified.

I won't even charge ya for the crap cell phone pic.

Little sidebar... I just need to give some quick daps to the inventor of dry shampoo. A year ago, I was a major shampoo ho, washing my hair about 5 times per week. What a waste of time! I would use baby powder as a way to soak up excess oil, but it never really settles into your hair, so you're left with what looks like a powdered wig version of your hair. Not to mention, you smell like a diaper bag. No offense, babies. I'm just not into that for my own head-smells. I really like Not Your Mother's Clean Freak, and the classic Psssssst Dry Shampoo (which, from the looks of the bottle design, has been around since the 90s, and probably had a commercial featuring some sort of Dallas/Dynasty-looking lady, saying "'s my little secret!!"). Now I only have to worry about the added step of blow-drying my hair about twice a week. That saves me TONS of time, and if you ask my hubs, any slashing of time from my getting-ready routine is a rare and welcome nugget. Plus, my hair is better moisturized without all that shampooing and blow-drying.
If you're worried about your side pony being a flashback from the 80s, check out these pics for inspiration.

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