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Hairdryer Loses Handle, Becomes Magical

Hairdryer Loses Handle, Becomes Magical

You know he never ages, and it's just weird. He needs to address our concerns. At least release a statement to the press revealing his choice in under eye creams.

You know he never ages, and it’s just weird. He needs to address our concerns. At least release a statement to the press revealing his choice in under eye creams.

Hi Ladies,

I love finding out that things you assumed were necessary are actually pointless. Like, when we all discovered that toner was a marketing gimmick. Or when it hit us that shampoos were meant for straight, oily-hair, not textured hair (HOAX!). Or when we realized that Pharrell was actually a real-life Beloved, a person-ghost who appeared to be his actual age – but still had the supernaturally smooth, eerily unlined skin of an infant, which was when his mother murdered him in a frantic moment of abject terror (no? Any Toni Morrison-ites in the house? Just me?).  Anyway, it recently occurred to me that handles on hairdryers were pointless.

It's literally like using a brush or comb.

It’s literally like using a brush or comb.

Last week, RED by KISS Red by Kiss Handle-Less Hair Dryer came across my desk, and I plotzed. It looked crazy — but I loved the weirdness (kooky tools and devices are my new thing). And it’s actually profoundly revolutionary. Since you can directly grip the body of the hairdryer, it allows for more control when administering blowouts (which one definitely needs when wrestling with natural hair). Add the comb attachment, and you can really get into those roots, aim the heat where you need it, and then easily smooth down from the scalp to the tip. It makes blowing out your hair crazy precise, because it’s so much less unwieldy! Almost like using your own hands. Also, in case you’re wondering, the body of the dryer doesn’t get hot, so you’re good.

Brava, Red by Kiss. Gamechanger.

This Flatiron Will Save Transitioning Tresses

This Flatiron Will Save Transitioning Tresses

Theorie's new flatiron gets unrelaxed roots sleeker than sleeker than SLEEK.

Theorie’s new flatiron gets unrelaxed roots sleeker than sleeker than SLEEK. Jourdan and Chanel- sleek.

Hey ladies,

My favorite part of being a Shake Your Beauty intern is the events. I get to meet new people, throw back some bubbly, and indulge in new product worship! A beauty blogger’s dream. But every now and then an event changes your life.


Remember when Carrie met Big? Or when Dwayne Wayne saw Whitley? You knew it was going to be something major. Well, I recently had that moment. Girls, my transitioning hair has been an issue in the heat – it won’t hold a Bantu knot curl or 2-strand twist long enough for me to snap a selfie! Plus, it’s too puffy at the roots to wear straight. So, it’s in a topknot, everyday. But last week it all changed, after I experienced Theorie’s luxe hair products at their launch event.


What wasn’t luxe was the extreme humidity NYC was giving that day. I must have been fiddling with my pouf because a lovely stylist offered to give me a quick once-over with the Theorie Saga Collection Digital Flatiron. I declined (my unrelaxed roots laugh at flat irons), but she insisted. WELL. This flat iron took my hair from curly-kinky to bone straight in seconds. Never mind that I’d just walked six blocks through a wet blanket of humidity! Apparently, the iron has titanium plates that compress water molecules out of hair. It also comes with a textile cord that’s wrapped in fabric so it never overheats. Incredible! My hair had so much bounce and my roots were Dominican-salon-straight.


It’s like NASA went into making hair tools. Except spaceships don’t come in leather boxes with genuine silver labels.



Should White Girls be Included in the Revolution? Hmm.

Should White Girls be Included in the Revolution? Hmm.


Lily Cole, who is gorgeous.

Hey girls,

So. Hello Beautiful’s lifestyle editor Danielle Young write a fascinating piece on whether or not white women should be included in “The Natural Hair Movement.” I put it in quotes because…exhaustion. I don’t know if it’s because I live in Brooklyn, the natural-as-fuck capital of the world, or because I’m a jaded beauty editor, but I’m just tired of talking about it. But this isn’t about me. My fab friend Ty Alexander, Hello Beautiful’s beauty editor, asked me to give my opinion in the issue, so here it is. And this is not a critique of the woman mentioned in the article, not even a little bit — it’s a response to the question, in general.

In my all-white high school, there were two Jewish girls and a Greek one who had hair that was so tightly coiled they couldn’t do anything but chop into into short, puffy bushes. For a white chick in 1992, this was, well, tragic. There were no curl-defining products, or keratin treatments. Frizz-Ease had just launched (the formula hadn’t been perfected; it was too goopy), and Citrus Shine smelled like car freshener. I am not dismissing their struggle. Here’s the thing, though. They hated their hair because teen dreams Kelly Taylor and Kelly Kapowski had straight hair. They grew up on Disney princesses with straight hair. Our prom queen had straight hair. They didn’t look like the accepted standard of white beauty, and that sucked.

Victorian 'fro.

Victorian ‘fro.

The difference? Those girls were white. The implications of being black with unstraightened hair are so different. Their aunties weren’t going to tell them they looked like slaves unless they hot combed or relaxed their shit. The world wan’t going to write them off as dirty, uneducated, worthless or ghetto. Flash back to Savannah in 1835. Whether a black person had straight or kinky hair was often a matter of life or death. Quite literally. Darker skin, kinkier hair…in America, it’s low-key associated with violence and brutality; while lighter skin and straighter hair connotes education, prosperity, class. We all know why, no need to belabor it. Going natural for many black women is an issue of healing, it’s political, its giving a restorative hug to their great-grandmother who couldn’t do it. The point is, the “The Natural Hair Movement” is part of a larger historical context for us. It’s not only a surface conversation about “curl acceptance.”

[And while we're at it, "The Natural Hair Movement" isn't just about curls. This thing where kinky textures get quietly ignored? It's one of the reasons I tend to walk away from this entire narrative.]

White women, I get your curl frustration. And I love that you’re embracing your texture. Everyone should! But you choosing not to flatiron your spirals is not the same is Viola Davis storming the Oscars red carpet without her wig. Or Lupita’s oh-so-elegant fuck y’all on the cover of Vogue.

Lil Kim, Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea are all female rappers. All three could tell you a thing or two about struggling in a male-dominated industry. And yet Iggy Azalea — Iggy Azalea — holds the record for the longest-running number one single by a female rap artist. We are not the same, kids. Please get into it and proceed accordingly with your revolution.