While I usually go all instructional, today I’d like to share something that’s a work in progress for me: my hair. Growing ultra-long hair has been my quest for over a year now, but before that, I was a certified hair abuser.
I spent years bleaching my hair blonde, flat ironing and blow drying it to death and filling it with any and every product I could get my hands on. Before long, my locks felt like straw. I didn’t get it: why, oh why, didn’t I look like a Pantene commercial?
Flustered, I began my research. I discovered two forums that led me to find communities of women who go to new lengths (har) to get ultra-long hair: The Long Hair Communityand Long Hair Care Forum. The latter is directed at women of color, but I found that their advice worked for my dried out, overprocessed locks too.
I have known of Lianne Farbes for years, since my first beauty blog. We attended the same events a few times and even casually met once or twice. But like most people, much of my acquaintance with her came from my contact with her blog The Makeup Girl, where I enjoyed her conversational and relatable writing style. So when I saw that Lianne had written a book like I had, I jumped at the chance to read it. I was not disappointed!
True to her humorous, straightforward form, the book is entitled You Don’t Need All That Makeup!!! In it, Lianne delves into all the basics of her beauty routine, including skincare and more. I really connected with her mentioning the beautiful, minimalistic look of the women in Paris – I noted the same thing when I was there (along with many womens’ bathrooms that are simply closets with holes in the ground, but that’s another story). Her advice must work – in the book, Lianne reveals her true age, and I was stunned that her skin still looks so flawless!