OK, perhaps “fabulous” is a bit of an overstatement, but I was going for alliteration. As journalists and editors who have worked with me often ruefully recall, I love alliteration.
Let’s say then: I really, really like these two products. They are not new, although one is very new to me and the other I’ve been using for a few months.
Let me explain. . .when I was in Chicago and was flitting about with social engagements I made hair appointments so that I would have the perfect blow-dry. That’s when I was introduced to the Wet Brush.
Now, as the name implies, it was invented to be used on wet hair. Combing through my wet hair has always been pure torture. My hair is thick, slightly curly and on top of that there is the balayage all of which, unless slick with product, makes for a most unpleasant wet hair experience.
But, not anymore. This brush glides through the tangles without a tug or a broken strand. When I discovered how brilliant it was, I bought one for Ella so that her mother could brush her massive curls without tears. (I realize one could read that sentence in two ways, but you know I’m referring to Ella’s tears.)
Second on my latest favorite list is the gel setter top coat from Essie. Maybe you’ve discovered this little wonder, if not I suggest you run out and buy it.
1.) A classic manicure lasts, with a little luck, four days. Several professional manicurists admitted this when I questioned them for my research.
2.) The “semi-permanent” gel manicures, which must be performed professionally, are a bit pricey and though they have staying power — depending upon how quickly one’s nails grow — they are not my first choice in nail grooming although I do love gel polishes on my toes as I have mentioned before.
3.) The Essie top coat goes over any standard polish, although the Essie publicity will tell you otherwise. Don’t believe it.
4.) The top coat provides precisely the same super shiny finish that one gets in the gel manicures and the best part is that it extends the life of a classic nail polish manicure from about four days to 10 — maybe longer if you’re careful.
5,) Again, I interviewed manicurists asking them why they didn’t offer the gel-like option of Essie or other similar brands. They told me that salons want women to chose either classic polishes with short on-finger lifespans or pay for the considerably more expensive gel alternative. Apparently, professionally speaking, the extended wear “in-between” option doesn’t make business sense.
Oh yes, the Wet Brush works beautifully on dry hair as well. I use it in the morning when my hair is dangled from lots of tossing about while I sleep.
If I discover more wonders, you’ll be the first to know.