Friday, April 16, 2010

A Ponytail Tale

This explains so much. Um, I had no idea that hairspray and effort went into even the eff-it ponytail hairstyle. Did anyone else know this? 


How To Create the Perfect Ponytail via Project Wedding

It probably should have been obvious before this, but "effortless" style is bullshit. As are effortlessly pretty weddings. I really need to learn to embrace the real eff-it-ness a bit more and understand that DIY events are more apt to look like true DIY than anything event-design-worthy. 


It's like I need to keep learning this again and again and again and maybe it will sink in a bit.  Because really? Who am I kidding. There's no way I'm blowdrying, poofing, and hairspraying in order to get a simple chic ponytail. If it's going up, it's going up because I'm running 10 minutes late already and couldn't be bothered to blow dry it into respectability in the first place.And that's what I need to remember about the wedding too. For my hair and my DIY. 

If you do, however, want to achieve effortless-looking style at a truly affordable price and you live in Los Angeles, The Dry Bar provides a menu of gorgeous blow-out hairstyles that would be eminently wedding-worthy, especially for a more low-key event. At the salon, the price is only $35. Offsite (at your wedding site, perhaps?) prices run $75. For Los Angeles, where wedding-site hair and makeup easily runs $500, thats definitely stress-free pricing for effortless-looking style.

11 comments:

  1. This explains so much about my hair. I don't think I even know how to tame my hair into respectability with a blow drier. It still looks fuzzy when I'm done.

    What a great idea to have someone do simple blow-dry only styles. The "wedding hair" prices are intimidating for someone who doesn't want a 1,000-bobby-pin style.

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  2. wow, if only it weren't in freakin' brentwood. I would've gone before my e-pics.

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  3. I've been to drybar! LOVE it. I would totally go if I weren't getting married in northern california. It's so worth $35. and it'll last 3-5 days.

    but yes I totally agree, wayyyy too much effort goes into "effortless".

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  4. I'm with you, My effortless pony is me pulling my hair into a pony.

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  5. Love your blog.

    I was sharing with my coworker for your search for an old school pinata and she recommended BJ Bros Party Supply in Monterey Park. She said they can make whatever pinata you want.

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/bj-bros-party-supply-monterey-park

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  6. Wow. What a concept. No cuts, no color... just someone to blow dry your damn hair? Sometimes I see ideas like this and I'm like, why didn't I think of it first? If I had long flowing locks that may be something would consider, but thanks to the ever-popular pixie cut... I tame a cowlick with some water and I bounce. Same idea goes for wedding day. Oh wait, I may throw on a headband.

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  7. $35 - totally worth it! Another option might be a Chinese salon (not sure where'd they be in La or would it be Monterey Park?)
    In Nyc I had no idea what to do with my hair, didn't have a trial, and went to someone at a Chinese salon whose selling point according to my mom was that "she's good because she cuts Ang Lee's hair" Of course my answer was Ang Lee is a man and doesn't need updos. It was $25 and was actually braided awesomeness. It's worth a shot :)

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  8. $500??? Ahhhhhh

    I can barely do a pony tail without lumps in it - hair style challenged.

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  9. The effort of "effortless" is one of those things I won't shut up about. I've heard so many dudes say they don't like women in makeup (dudes operating under the assumption, of course, that women should be taking male preferences as paramount in making decisions about their own fucking faces), even though they seem to like the way my face looks when I spend time, money, and effort to apply a "natural look" makeup, and on days I forgo makeup, say, "Boy, you look tired/sick/hungover today." It drives me nuts. /rant

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  10. I just want to say I thought about this post ALL weekend. I know, I'm weird like that. But I thought about my comment and how I "just throw water in my hair to tame a cowlick... blah blah blah." I'm going to admit that whether it's with water or pomade, I roll out of bed and STILL style my hair to make it look like "I just rolled out of bed." I guess we're all a little guilty. I thought about it and I asked myself, "what was I trying to accomplish with that comment?" You know what, I have no idea. But I will admit that sometimes I find myself down-playing the effort I put into feeling beautiful and it's wrong. I guess it goes along with what Hitchbride was saying about what we think men prefer and how we allow it to influence us. Anyways, thanks for making me think. And I'll retract my comment by saying that even with my short-ish hair, I will be wearing the most beautiful headband I can find and putting time and EFFORT into the styling. Rant done.

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  11. I am a regular Dry Bar customer. It is magic for thick, unruly hair. And yes, there is no such thing as effortless simplicity.

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