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More Fashion, Less Victim: Some hairy situations

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Jes Lacasse is a wardrobe consultant who knows style. She grew up absorbing Vogue, studied costume design and fashion history, and thinks about clothes all the time. Jes does personal styling and shopping for private clients and is taking on the challenge of magazine editorial work. If you have questions about fashion, she wants to answer them — please e-mail her at jes.lacasse@gmail.com. Your Sweet Bippy is where she blogs about clothing, shopping, fashion and cosmetics. She is also known to obsess over clothes on Twitter.

One of the cool things about my job is that not only do I get to help people when it comes to their clothing, but I also get asked a lot of questions about grooming. I’ve been reading fashion and beauty magazines for as long as I can remember, and have worked as a professional makeup artist. I love lotions and potions and products, and I love to share what I know with other people!

A little disclaimer: I am not a professional aesthetician by any stretch of the imagination. While I try my best to give the best possible advice, what I say may not be for everyone. Please use the same cautions as you would with any other information on the internet.

Dear Fashionista,

I take my time to do my hair in the morning, but it’s cold out right now so I need to put a hat on when I go out, thereby ruining all my hard work. What can I do?

Signed,

Head cold or hat hair

Hi! Thank you so much for your question!

Oh, winter. Isn’t it horrible? Ruining hair for all of us ladies (and men!) who put a little effort in looking good in the mornings!

You could just not care, accept the hat hair and laugh about it and move on (nope, that’s not my path either), or you could fight! (Yup, sounds about right to me!)

But fear not! There are many things you can do to make sure that your hat hair doesn’t get out of control!

The first thing you should make sure of is to be careful when selecting your hat. Choose a hat that isn’t too heavy or tight on your head. This will help prevent those creases in your hair.

The most important thing you can do before you even get your hat near your head is to make sure that your hair is thoroughly dry (using moisturizing products). If your hair is the slightest bit damp, it will dry beneath the hat and take on the shape of it, as the heat from your head effectively seals your style in whatever shape it is underneath the hat.

With that in mind, keep the shape of your hat in mind while styling your hair. If you can pick a style that’s going to look good locked in by your hat, more power to you! Also, do try to create volume in your hairstyle so as to avoid your hair being completely plastered to your head when you take your hat off.

Bonus for long-haired people: twist your hair up and hold it with a clip or tie it into a loose ponytail at the nape of the neck, then shake it out once you’ve taken the hat off.

If part of the problem with your hat hair is that you get all full of static electricity, you can try rubbing the inside of your hat with a dryer sheet or a wire hanger (a weird tip but it works!), or spritzing in a little Static Guard (which you can buy at the grocery store in the laundry aisle) or a sprinkle of a dry shampoo. You can also try spraying your hair (lightly, please) with a little bit of frizz-controlling hairspray, although in my personal experience I’ve found this to only weigh down my hair. Never brush your hair to get rid of static, that’s just going to make it worse! (I’m not going to get into the science of how static electricity works, I’m sure you can Google it…)

Hey Jes,

I really need to find a decent aesthetician who does great brows. I don’t mind if it’s waxing or threading. Hey, maybe a reference to each!

I just find most place do a quick wax/pluck and the hair grows back really quick and the arching isn’t so…er, stellar. In fact, my last experience almost reduced my left brow to a straight line. I don’t want look like Bert from Sesame Street!

Fearful of Unibrow

Unibrow is so scary! Unfortunately, it is sometimes very hard to find a good waxer, and a lot of the time what is right for one person might not be right for another.

I can basically recommend the two best places I’ve had success with when it comes to having waxing done (and I’ve been a lot of places and have a lot of horror stories).

The first place I can recommend is Il Paradiso Spa and Tanning. They have two locations, one at Lincoln Fields (2525 Carling Ave.), and one at 2277 Riverside Dr. I’ve only been to their Riverside location, but it was inexpensive, fast and efficient. The atmosphere wasn’t the most charming, but they got the job done and they didn’t leave me bleeding.

Secondly, Bossarts Salon and Spa at 161 Laurier Ave. W. are an excellent choice for waxing. Every time I’ve been there I’ve been so impressed with the service, the atmosphere, and the quality of the waxing. I’ve been left with very sparse regrowth, which took a long time to even start.

Always remember when going to have your brows done to give yourself a few hours before you have to do anything to allow for any redness or swelling to go down!

Jes!

I’ve finally taken up the challenge of growing a proper beard. At first things were going along smashingly, but now it’s getting unruly, and trimming with tiny scissors is giving me a headache. Is there an easier way? What are the requirements for maintaining a decent beard?

JRD

I love beards. Unabashedly so. I have been known to stop and stare at men with particularly good beards. And to me at least, a good beard is a neat beard.

I probably don’t need to tell you that I don’t have a beard. But I did do a whole mess of research for you on the best ways to take care of and trim your beard, so you don’t have to!

Before you get ready to trim your beard, it’s a good idea to give it a good wash. There are beard shampoos on the market, but I don’t think that they’d be necessary, as detergent is detergent. Be sure to allow your beard to dry completely before you try to trim it! Wet hair appears to shrink as it dries, and if you trim your beard when it’s wet you might take altogether too much off!

Once your beard is dry, you need to make sure you have the right tools on hand. Little tiny manicure scissors just aren’t going to cut it! (Ohhhhh, yeah, she totally went there with that joke!)

The best scissors you can use are barber’s scissors. They are very sharp and a high degree of precision can be reached with them. Use a comb, go slowly, and be patient!

If you don’t like using the scissors, but you do enjoy using the comb, you can try using a comb with a beard trimmer. This can go a bit faster than just a pair of scissors. As an added bonus you can use the trimmer to shave your neckline to maintain a well-defined beard.

As always, go slowly and you’ll end up with a lovely, well-shaped beard!

On that note, I’m off for a facial! Next month we’ll be discussing vacation wardrobes–please e-mail me your questions on packing your best looks, how to pack a suitcase, whatever! You can reach me at jes.lacasse@gmail.com. Millions of kisses!

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I swear by Rayna at Perfection Hair Salon on Bank and Slater- it's only $12 and out of everywhere I've gone in Canada, she's been the best. This is for traditional Lebanese threading (brows only). It's not as painful as people think and lasts longer than waxing.

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Great advice! I'd just like to add two more options: first, to avoid hat-head, where temperatures permit one might try earmuffs to keep the ears warm. Not quite as warm as a hat, but pretty good, and less of an issue with hairstyling. Second, for trimming a beard: for all but the longest style of beard, an electric beard trimmer is the best tool to use. Just dial up the length you want, and trim your beard to a nice, consistent length. You should be able to find one between 30 and 50 bucks at shaving specialty or department stores. Cheers!

- Paul O

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