Hair Care

By Sharon Gomes Thomas

Let It Be…..Don’t Fix It If It Isn’t Broken…..Let Sleeping Dogs Lie…..All very wise old proverbs that advise against change. I’m a great believer in the last saying – Let Sleeping Dogs Lie. Primarily because I’m a recent “mother” to an Irish Setter puppy. Silly me, to have ignored everyone’s warnings that Setters are rollicking dogs, hyper-active creatures who destroy everything. “Pshaw” I said, “I’ll train her well”. So far she’s eaten my sofa, soiled the leather armchair and ruined a throw rug. So when she does fall asleep after an afternoon of disruptive exploits around the home, I let her lie. And hope she has a nice long nap. Shaking things up, how silly of me.

Change shouldn’t be bad, especially when you still have all the same good ingredients left after the transformation. That’s the case for CurlFriends (www.curlfriends.com), an exclusive hair care line for curly and permed hair. CurlFriends has a new sophisticated look with contemporary silver packaging, so don’t mistake it for a new product. It still contains the same great formulas that contain the freshest ingredients to baby your curls. The company thankfully understands that not all curly hair is the same. They have different approaches for very thick tight curls, wavy hair, fine curly or permed tresses. With this change, comes more descriptive product names. For example the Cleanse Daily Shampoo with Aloe, Sage and Rosemary is great to use daily. While the Purify Clarify Shampoo is recommended once a week to clarify and remove build-up. Their nine CurlFriends products are hand-compounded in micro-batches, are not tested on animals (we like that!) and are even safe for color treated hair. CurlFriends can be purchased online (their website is filled with useful advice about curly hair and their products), as well as at fine salons around the city.

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Another product you might already be familiar with is Finesse. They’re launching a new collection for the New Year called BeautiFULL to intrigue the senses. Enriched with a special silk and soy formula, the shampoo, conditioner and mousse promise to enhance the hair shaft up to five times while leaving hair soft and moisturized. Lookout for BeautiFULL in February 2005.

It seems that this health conscious approach is descending the world of hair care. If soy is good for your body, why not your hair? If you take vitamins daily, why not infuse your hair cuticle with it too? Pro-Vitamin Intensives and their eleven products dedicated to hair therapy are also re-vamping for the New Year. All of them contain vitamins and silk amino acids to increase hair strength and nutrients. The key components in the new Pro Vitamin Intensives are a powerful cocktail of Vitamins E, B5 and H. I’ve never even heard of Vitamin H or Biotin, but this is one of the B vitamins that stop hair loss. Keep an eye out for their changed packaging in February 2005. More information on all their products can be found at www.vougueintl.com and you can also order products online.

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Speaking of changes, the John Freida salon on Madison in Manhattan has renamed itself Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon. You may know Serge Normant, one of the top celebrity hairstylists, from the Oprah show, and from his book Serge Normant:Metamorphosis.
Speaking of metamorphosis, I don’t care if my rambunctious little puppy (soon to weigh 60 pounds, I’m sure!) changes into a sweet, calm dog. I love her and her mischievous personality. I’m going to go hug her now, even though she’s sleeping. I simply can’t let my sleeping dog lie.

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Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon
797 Madison Avenue
Tel: 212-879-1000

CurlFriends can be found at –

Pipino Salon
Bryant Park Hotel, 5th floor
40 W 40th St.
New York, NY 10018
(212) 871-5533

and

Peter Emmand Studio
509 Madison Ave
Suite 2202
New York, NY 10022
(212) 735-9998

Originally published December 2004
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