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Because…Blow Out!

By Amalah

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

About the Author

Amy Corbett Storch


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

    October 20, 2006 at 12:51 pm

    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 even more bouncin’ & behavin’.
    I’m partial to Lush, especially their solid shampoos & conditioners, but I’m sure there are plenty of “natural” product options, if Yet Another Amy is open to trying a different routine.
    Also, as dorky as it is, both in name and in function, ten minutes in a Turbie Towel will also make thick hair more amenable to drying. Plus, while wearing it, one can pretend that one is a Miami Beach divorcee waiting for one’s cabana boy to bring one a Mai Tai.
    And now I have to go find this magical Aveda powder, which sounds miraculous.

  • YetAnotherAmy

    October 20, 2006 at 1:13 pm

    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

    October 20, 2006 at 1:32 pm

    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:
    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

    October 20, 2006 at 1:39 pm

    Okay, so instead of screaming at my sylist I googled it for anyone else who might feel as left out as I.

  • Jenn Bo

    October 20, 2006 at 4:28 pm

    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 (relatively speaking). Colorists always comment that I have lots of hair to work with for the highlights, but I think its because the thinness leads them to believe there is not much there. So wrong, but I’m still not in the Julia Roberts hair for miles category.
    For me, the hair dryer I bought for $50 dollars 3 years ago was my favorite investment. It is a Hot Tools Professional Ceramic dryer . I use the hair dryer with a round or flat boar haired brush to dry my hair and get a little curl at the bottom (sometimes under, sometimes up). What makes the complete difference is the high heat at a low power setting – hot enough to curl my hair, but slow enough to keep my hair in the brush. My experience with hair dryers of the Conair variety was that, even with the low power / high heat setting, the dryer blew my hair right out of the brush. If I used low power with a lower heat setting, it just didn’t give enough hear for the curl-under to hold. As an aside, I don’t use the ion setting on my dryer very often.
    Changing hair dryers was a religious experience for me. I’ve since tried one of the newer Conair dryers (at the gym) that look like they should be just the same as my Hot Tool, but I still had the blow-the-hair-right-outta-my-brush experience. My advice, spend the $50.
    As for technique, a ceramic based brush (boar or nylon, I’m not particular) made a world of difference for me.

  • Jenn Bo

    October 20, 2006 at 4:34 pm

    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

    October 22, 2006 at 9:47 am

    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!