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Because…Blow Out!

By Amalah

Amy,
I just recently had a spa day with friends to celebrate a milestone in the world of hair. Yes, you got it, I had a foot of hair cut off and am donating it to Pantene Beautiful Lengths which gives wigs to women who have lost their hair due to cancer. This was cause for such celebration and revelry you see, because I have not had a drastic hairstyle change in years. Shoulder-length, it

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Amy Corbett Storch

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Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to [email protected].

Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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St. Eph
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Not to disrupt a shampoo/conditioner routine that’s working, but I’ve fought my whole life with (thick, straight) hair that takes forever to dry, and I have a couple of suggestions on the wet end. I’ve found that the mass-market shampoos and conditioner with silicones (which are, like, all of them) tend to make my hair more resistant to drying. Since I switched to non-silicone products a few years ago, I’ve cut the blow-drying process in half, at least. It takes a little while to get over missing that “silky” feeling silicones leave on wet hair, but the final product is… Read more »

YetAnotherAmy
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YetAnotherAmy

Hi Amy,
Thanks for answering my question! As for the Pantene, I do use the separate shampoo and conditioner unless I’m already really beyond running late. I’m definitely open to trying new products though, and will check out suggestions by commenters here. I already keep my hair up in a towel until I’m ready to dry it, and I do find it helps considerably. St. Eph – do you find the Turbie Towel works better than a standard smallish bath towel?

b
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I use the turbie as well. It works much better than a standard towel becuase it it made from a microfiber which sucks water up like a sponge, which is why it literally cuts drying time in half. A good alternative to the “dorky” turban version is:
http://www.marathonbooks.com/cgi-bin/database/book.cgi?b=301w
They are small in size and come in a better variety of colors.
Now, I must go accost my Aveda stylist for not sharing this magic root powder with this fine haired girl.

b
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Okay, so instead of screaming at my sylist I googled it for anyone else who might feel as left out as I.
http://www.aveda.com/templates/products2/spp.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CATEGORY10538&PRODUCT_ID=PROD10351

Jenn Bo
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Jenn Bo

Amy has taught me to be passionate about many things I never once considered (toner? foundation brush?), but now I love them dearly. I was a little surprised that I would have a passionate opinion about a “primping accessory” that was different than Amy. But it might just be that I rely on my hair drying way too much. About my hair: It is shoulder length, thin follicles and mostly straight (it likes to get a kink or two here and there). By appearances, think Calista Flockhart. Even though the follicles are thin, I do have a lots of hair… Read more »

Jenn Bo
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Jenn Bo

I forgot to mention that I’m going to look into this Magic Hair Potion, too. It sounds delicious! Thanks for the tip Yet Another Amy.

linda
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Butting in to say that, yes, a microfiber towel is FAR, FAR superior to a regular terry bath towel. Aquis is another brand that’s generally available. They make a turban style and a flat towel. I have both and prefer the flat, but my hair is much different than yours (shoulder length and curly). Good luck!