Friday, October 24, 2008

Let's define "curly"

Being the crankypants that I am, I get irked more easily than most. And my irk meter went off tonight when I say this slideshow on Total Beauty. It's called "Trend Alert: Curly Hairstyles."

Promising, right? Yeah, well, not really. It's the usual "here are some celebrities sporting curls they paid somebody to give them" crap. Hey, Total Beauty, here's a little dose of reality for you:

1. Most of those celebrity hairstyles are so unremarkable, it's hard to contemplate why they merit special attention

2. With the possible exception of maybe two out of the ten, they are all celebrities with straight hair who manipulated (through rollers or chemicals) it into a curly style. Maybe this helps straight-haired people embrace a new look. For a curly-haired person, however, it is as illuminating and inspiring as an interview with Sarah Palin.

3. Um, several of the styles are hardly even curly?! (Like the Gwyneth Paltrow look I've posted here.)

And of course, there's also the issue of having a hairstyle that looks great on Jennifer Lopez also looking good on the rest of us. Sure. That'll happen.

Oh, and while I'm dissing celebrities, I want to know WTF is going on in Andie MacDowell's head? For years, she was a curly icon, proudly sporting her signature hair. But now she's doing ads for L'Oreal again and suddenly, her hair is smooth and moves with the perfect swish of a rollerset. Nice, Andie. Is this a temporary change in look or have you decided that for real glamour, you have to straighten your hair?

Damn. I should go eat some chocolate. I need an attitude adjustment.