Bear with me, this is going to be a stretch…
On Sunday night I did not watch the Super Bowl. Rather, I proceeded as I would on any other Sunday night. I left the apartment around 8pm (cue half-time show.) I walked completely by myself on the street, each sole stranger I occasionally passed made me feel like those characters in holiday movies alone on Christmas without any family or friends. But I wasn’t alone, in fact, I was going to have a drink with one of my best friends Devin, visiting from Barcelona.
The city deserted is a very eerie place. The streets seem darker, shadows seem creepy and sneak up on you, giving a little spook in your chest each time — as if someone is chasing you. It started to lightly rain and the wind was quite aggressive like the beginning of good Hitchcock movie. As I walked past windows with Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers blasting, I was reminded of this one year when I went with some friends to Times Square for New Years Eve.
Ok, let’s be very clear, I did not stand outside in the cold for two days to see the ball drop. I was invited to a party on the upper floor of building in Times Square. A police escort took me through the crowd to the building, escorted me downstairs, right in front of the ball about 2 minutes before it dropped, and then I was led back to the party, also in the company of a police escort and behind the safe wall of many gated off areas. It sounds very extravagant because it was: an experience I was lucky enough to participate in. At the end of the night, after the party had drawn to a close, Claire and I walked right through the middle of a completely abandoned Times Square. There was no one. We called it our ‘I am legend’ experience. Times Square was deserted after the ball dropped, Alphabet City was deserted during the Super Bowl, and sometimes things are deserted for a reason. Example: Chernobyl, my flat iron, or winter. They are deserted because they suck.
My ramblings are about to come together to a cohesive thought. Refinery 29 released 10 things that damage our hair from the inside out. I found this very interesting and thought most of these could be deserted just like Chernobyl.
This list went like this:
“The body considers hair to be a nonessential tissue… ‘So, when you avoid putting nutrients in your body in the morning, you’re starting the day in a deficit.’ Meaning: Your body uses nutrients for more important things first and if there’s nothing left for your hair? Well, too bad.”
“Much like skipping breakfast, a juice cleanse deprives the body of nutrients… your body doesn’t know where it’s going to get its next nutrient from, it holds off on supplying nutrients to the hair.”
“It’s not taking it from wet to dry that’s the problem — it’s taking it from dry to over-dry. You know those last few minutes of blowdrying, when you put the finishing touch on your already perfect look? … [it’s] within those extra, typically unnecessary minutes that we’re doing the most damage and dehydrating our hair. Hair is a very strong fiber and can take this sort of drying about once a week.”
Brushing the roots first
“If you have a lot of knots, when you brush from the roots down, you are brushing those knots into each other and tightening them… Instead, just start from the bottom and work your way up.”
“If your scalp is dry and itchy beyond a couple of days or a week, you need to do something about it. When your skin doesn’t feel good, it means it needs something. You wouldn’t ignore a dry, itchy face for more than a week, right? Time to spread that same love to the scalp… Luckily, there are plenty of dandruff shampoos that can help.”