Interview with Lorraine Massey

You never see straight hair on a Botticelli goddess or Rubens angel. But within the last twenty years, lots of people began hiding their curly hair, and hardly anyone talked about it. When we did talk about our curls, we usually didn’t have anything good to say. Those of us with curls used the same […]

Hair Nightmare

It’s Halloween time at the East 42nd Street Salon. Haunted houses or scary movies are scary, but sometimes, a flat iron, an unexpected comb, a fine tooth comb, or a bottle of Aquanet can send chills running down our spines. Turn off the lights, curly haired girls. Gather in a circle, shine a flashlight on […]

It Is Better To Love Your Hair The Way It Is

Five years ago, a barker at the State Fair pulled me out of a crowd for a public demo of a new ceramic flatiron. In 15 minutes, the woman transformed my naturally curly hair into a sleek, glossy curtain. My hair looked shiny and smooth, straight out of a shampoo commercial. Complete strangers flocked to […]

How to Choose the Right Hair Color

Today, there’s such a vast range of hair color options available, many women find themselves confused about which shade is best. Interestingly enough, selecting your best hair color starts with assessing your skin’s tone. However, determining whether yours is a cool or warm tone is–for many women–more difficult than it sounds. It’s worth understanding, though, […]

Lorraine Massey

East 42nd Street Salon / Teresa Johnson, 612-729-4415 Lorraine Massey FUNdraising   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Minneapolis, MN - East 42nd Street Salon (the first salon in the Twin Cities to specialize in curly hair) is pleased to announce our partnership with Keep a Child Alive and, the original Curly Girl, Lorraine Massey for a “cut-a-thon” […]

Dealing With Curly Hair As A Child

Pete was a kid in my seventh grade class.  He had a smug grin and a flat-top haircut, and he  took the same bus I did.  One day, as we got off the bus, he gave me an appraising look, shook his head sadly, and said, “Man. Your hair sucks.”   I had no snappy […]

A Shot of Spring

It’s March!  I was chatting with a co-worker the other day, bouncing blog ideas off of her, and she immediately said “Do something about color!  Something to freshen up hair, or maybe fun funky highlights, or tips or just something to break up the monotony of winter!” Touché, co-worker.  Touché.  :) Affinage Colour Dynamics to […]

Keep Hydrated!

We’ve all heard about the importance of keeping your hair hydrated – maintain that moisture! – but it’s helpful to remember that this doesn’t just mean conditioner (though that’s an excellent start!).  Here’s my quick and dirty list of the top 5 things to do to keep yourself hydrated inside out: 1 – Drink water! […]

Better Together

We survived the freeze! …or close enough.  How’d you fair?  I know I’m getting through this weather with generous amounts of chocolate, Netflix, and conditioner.  In 6 months or so I’ll be reminded why it is we call this great state our home, but right now there are moments where it seems unfathomable. While I […]

When it’s cold as Mars…

…it’s time for a pick me up.  This month’s VIP special is perfect for January: a paraffin hand dip.  Ever had one before?  They are divine, on so many levels.  Clean hands are carefully dipped in warmed and melty (not scalding!) paraffin.  The wax cools, and when peeled away, hands are luxuriously moisturized.  No more […]