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Sleep Rocks

By Amalah

Dear Amalah:

I am not a morning person. The noise of my alarm clock in the morning makes me want to scream and kick, and possibly cry depending on my mood.

Therefore, I take my showers at night, usually not too long before bed. Which enables me to sleep in for as long as I possibly can in the mornings and still have enough time to primp, dress, check out Matt Lauer’s outfit, and run out the door to make my train to work in the morning.

Since my routine of choice leaves me with limited time before I have to rush out the door, I usually just leave the waves in my hair (from sleeping on it wet in a bun all night) and pull it back in a low pony tail. I am not much of a product person, so the wave doesn’t keep throughout the day and my hair just winds up straight and flat. Do you have any suggestions on what product(s) would keep the wave/curl for longer than a few hours, and that is quick, maybe even idiot proof so that I don’t have to stare at the bottle for 10 minutes trying to figure out how to maximize my results?

Thank you in advance,

Hi! Guess who is writing this column verrrry early in the morning? Before she’s even had her coffee, even!
I am not usually up verrrry early in the morning, but today I had to get up to let an electrician in because last week the guys who installed our new fancy high-speed Internet access decided to mess with our wiring and knocked out power to our kitchen, and I am so not even kidding about that, despite it still not making a lick of sense to me.

Also not kidding: the electrician is not even HERE YET. I COULD STILL BE IN BED. HATE! SEETHE! CAPS LOCK!
Anyway, I hope you get the sense that I totally sympathize with you on the morning thing. (Seriously, somewhere in all that whining was some sympathy. I think.)

(I am brewing coffee in the dining room. Things should start making a little more sense in a few minutes.)
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So. You need to be switching to the Catwalk Curls Rock line of products soonly. I assume you use both a and a at night, so just swap to the Curls Rock versions and half your battle is done, right there. Then, if you can stand adding about five seconds to your morning routine, get one of the styling products. I’ve used the Curls Booster and love it, but I’ve also heard raves about the Curls Amplifier and the hair spray. (Although I think the Amplifier requires a blow-dry, so maybe that one is not for you.)

The Booster is super idiot-proof though, since it’s just a spray. Seriously, just aim the bottle at your head and mist all over. Scrunch. Done. Another plus is that the Booster can be used on wet OR dry hair, and I’m guessing your hair is probably somewhere in between by morning. (You can also toss it in your purse and re-spray, re-scrunch and re-ponytail later.)

If you try these and find that your hair is still falling kind of flat, add the hair spray for added hold. (The hair spray, for some reason, doesn’t seem to be available online many places, although I always see it at the salon and TIGI’s web site still lists it. So it must still exist, right? Or is it simply a product of my exhausted, non-caffeinated imagination?) If you can’t track it down, try a volumizing hair spray in the meantime and see if that gives you a boost. I use Pantene. Yeah. Quiet, you. Or I shall hit you with this alarm clock.

Published January 29, 2007. Last updated June 1, 2017.
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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  • Cathy

    January 29, 2007 at 11:45 am

    I love love LOVE the Catwalk Curls Rock line. I have curly/wavy hair that used to torment me by surprising me each morning with its style — will you be sort of wavy-ish? Insanely curly? or just a mass of frizz?
    But I can testify that the Curls Rock line is amazing. I started by using the shampoo and conditioner, and right away I noticed such a difference that I immediately sought out other products in the line. Actually, the line was recommended to me by a friend with pretty straight hair, who loves the waves the Catwalk line gives her, so it definitely works for all hair types.
    ANYWAY, the point of this post is to say that I have both the Amplifier and the Booster, and both are great. What I recommend doing is using the Amplifier at night, after you’ve showered and combed out your hair. Squirt one dollop of it into your hands and spread it through your hair, mostly evenly but with slightly more on the ends. Then scrunch scrunch scrunch your hair (I cannot stress the importance of scrunching enough), go to bed, and when you wake up, voila! cute, wavy hair.
    Then you can use the Booster in the morning –I spray it into my hands and then use my fingers to work it through my hair (I have to do that because my hair is thick; if your hair is thinner, then you can probably just spray it on). That’ll help keep the wave throughout the day.
    One more tip: I also have the Catwalk Curls Rock Camera Ready (, which is a shine enhancer/defrizzer. Once you’ve sprayed a light amount of the Booster onto your hair, spritz the Camera Ready four or five times into the palm of your hands and then smooth it over the top of your hair. You’ve got shiny, smooth, pretty waves — You’re good to go!
    The whole process takes less than a minute at night (with the Amplifier) and less than a minute in the morning (with the Booster and the Camera Ready). This stuff is amazing. I guarantee you’ll love it.

  • Cathy

    January 29, 2007 at 11:50 am

    I meant to add, as well, that the beauty of the Amplifier is that I’ve found it works best when your hair is wet — so you don’t have to wait for your hair to dry, post-shower, before using the Amplifier. Scrunch the Amplifier into wet hair, go to sleep with wet hair, wake up with pretty curls. Awesome.

  • Stephanie

    January 29, 2007 at 12:19 pm

    Wait a second… are you saying that this line will make my straight hair even just a little bit wavy-ish? Because if so, I am totally going to buy that mini system and give it a shot.

  • mdvelazquez

    January 29, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    Oh I just love the Catwalk Curl products. LUVRE. When it is time to give Catwalk a break, the Bed Head curl products are awesome too.

  • Deborah Svoboda

    January 29, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    Oh yeah, the Catwalk Curls are the cat’s meow, and I have about the curliest, baby-fine, frizz-prone head of hair possible, so I should know! Of course I didn’t know about it until I started listening to Amy! LISTEN TO AMALAH. (Although, Amy, it did sound like you were telling Julie to throw her hair in her purse to scrunch later 😉 I guess that’s what waiting for your morning coffee does for you!)

  • leahkay

    January 29, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    This straight-haired person seconds the call for more information on whether this will actually make waves slept-into absolutely straight hair stay all day long. Because aren’t curl booster-type products for people who actually have curly hair?

  • julie

    January 30, 2007 at 9:54 am

    Many, many thank Amalah for answering my question (in general) but even before you’ve had your morning coffee!
    You truly are a goddess!

  • Amy Corbett Storch

    Amy Corbett Storch

    January 30, 2007 at 10:26 am

    I have almost totally straight hair, with just a couple slight wonky waves. (They are more like “bends” actually.) I’ve never used the Curls Rock shampoo and conditioner, but I HAVE used the Booster, and can testify that yes, even if you have straight hair, it will help make it wavy if sprayed on wet hair.
    For really straight hair, however, I think the Catwalk Frisky Scrunching Gel is a little more powerful and provides more hold.

  • epoh

    January 30, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    Related question:
    For anyone with partially wavy hair, what do you do with it?? My hair only started getting wavy after my second kiddo was born. And I am a total retard about it now. I end up with my hair in a pony tail every day because I don’t understand how to blow dry it without ending up with a big poofy, mostly straight mess. Help!

  • PaintingChef

    February 1, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    I have this very same exact hair and have those very same exact feelings about the alarm clock and mornings in general. And I? Do almost this very same exact thing.
    I blow my hair out at night. And then I spray it with John Freida’s Frizz-Ease Dream Curls spray. Because I am the only person in the world who can’t use the fabulously magnificent TiGi products because they hate my hair and turn it into glue. But I’ve spent a small fortune on them and they look lovely on my dresser…
    Actually, John Freida hates my hair and laughs at me all the way to the bank except for this one product.
    So I spray my already blown out hair with this stuff and THEN put it in the bun. And in the morning it is three very good things… wavy, clean, and dry.
    So…you know…that’s nice seventy-nine cents.

  • PaintingChef

    February 2, 2007 at 9:00 am

    um. yeah. that was supposed to say that’s MY seventy-nine cents.