Here at Manolo for the Big Girl, we believe in the basics. Are you wearing the correct size bra? Are you moisturizing and cleansing your skin properly? Are you wearing sunscreen? Are you taking care of your feetsies? Do you have a superfantastic fattitude?
Only when the basics are covered do the clothes become important.
Today we ask you to check: Is your hair truly a good color for you?
Perhaps you are answering “Of course it is. It is the natural color which God gave me in His wisdom.” To which Francesca replies: Yes, and perhaps the Good Lord wishes you to Work With Him to perfect your hair. If you truly love your hair color, if it makes you feel confident and pretty and knowing that everyone around you can only dream of such a beautiful hair color, then stick with it! But if you are thinking “I wish I wasn’t starting to go grey” or “It is feeling a little mousy to me” or “I’d feel more vavoom if I had highlights,” why not take care of those issues?
Francesca is not ashamed to admit that her haircolor comes from a bottle. She does it herself at home, and chose a color which is almost her own shade, just a leetle beet more pizzazzy. It is so close to Francesca’s own hair, that if Francesca goes a few weeks without updating, the roots showing is not a catastrophe. The color is “Francesca Plus.” And it makes Francesca feel wonderful.
This is a good way to go because, just as with clothes, there is no point in denying the obvious. If the clothes that fit best on you are a size 24W, there is no point trying to squeeze into a 16W. If God blessed you with brown hair, there is usually little point in pretending that blonde will be better, unless you can afford an excellent colorist and the time and money to update the roots often. Francesca suggests that you go with “You Plus,” just a shade or two away from your real hair, perhaps with highlights, or just a little more blonde, or a little deeper brown, or a little more red.
Please . . . walk away from the henna.
(Is this someone’s child, or Bozo the Clown?)
Francesca is perfectly OK with ladies coloring their hair at home. It saves money from doing it professionally, and if you choose the correct color it will be fine. The trick is choosing a color that does not make it look like you color your hair.
Francesca uses this product,
and no one ever guesses that it is from a bottle. Many times, people say “Francesca, if only I had hair like yours” and when I tell them the secret, they cannot believe it.
The reason is: Natural hair is not all one color. Naturally, hair has highlights and lowlights. Strands on top will be a little bit lighter, and the hair next to your neck a little bit darker, and all over you might have strands that have some more red, or more blonde, than the others.
So, by adding teeny, tiny highlights, Francesca is making the new color look more natural.
Another way to go is to do the base color at home, and splurge on professional highlights. It is still cheaper than having the professional do the entire color job.