This is a girly post. No apologies. I’m girly.
Since retirement I have the time to research topics. There are blogs, articles and videos on just about everything from how to clean a pond to fixing a toilet.
I leave the toilet fixing to the beloved husband. I focus on more (or less) practical things. I watch YouTube videos on pond, hair and beauty products (and not always in that order).
YouTube videos can be boring. They are always longer than they need to be. Fortunately there is a fast forward.
To all you YouTubers out there: cut out all the giggling. I don’t want to hear about how bad you look because you were out late last night. Or anything at all about your kids. I am here to learn something, damn it get on with it.
Those giggly chicks that can’t do a professional video know how to work hair. Or do make up so you don’t look like a clown. (Everyone has their talents. Not judging!)
Ten minutes maximum is what I am willing to invest in my morning hair time. That’s ‘blow dry’ to walk out the door finished. Yet I will watch hours of videos to learn tricks and tips so I can do it in 10 minutes. Seriously, hours!
I watch the big stylists like Sam Villa demonstrate a haircut. He’s a very talented man. No one in my area cuts like he does. When I go for a cut, I am always trying to explain an unknown technique (the result doesn’t resemble Sam’s).
Note: Don’t reference watching videos because that’s like telling a doctor you use Google to diagnose a medical condition. Makes them cranky.
I know my hair better than anyone else. I’ve lived with it for many years. I know each cowlick personally. I attended their baptism. I was there when they lost their virginity. (Ok, you get the picture.) It’s an intimate relationship. And no, I can’t change my hair part. Not without a major hair rebellion (and tons of Dippity Do).
I take advice in stride. There are a few purchases I made on the advice of either a professional or a dear friend that turned out to be a waste of money. (I have a high end flat iron that I can’t manage. It has a mind of its own and will burn me when insulted.)
Many stylists have told me not to use styling gel. It will weigh my hair down. I’ve been using it for years. I like my hair crunchy (not stiff like the 60s but crunchy) because it will last more than a day. Only gel will do that. All that other stuff makes my hair flat as a board (as does that expensive flat iron that gives me hickeys in the process).
A few years back I had a sample of a high end conditioning goo for damaged hair. I liked it but it was expensive and sold exclusively through a website that insisted on regular deliveries. Yesterday I tried the free conditioner that comes with my hair color. It does the same thing if you keep the amount small. Totally absorbed and wasn’t greasy. I like free. (I should do a YouTube on making products multi-task!)
Last week I watched a video on using highlighter/concealer on the face. The video was 5 minutes but it only takes 20 seconds to apply. That timing works for me. Did you know those eye liner wings at the end of the eye are coming back? It’s déjà vu all over again! (Not for me, been there done that!)
I wonder if there is a market for a YouTube video explaining how to make a YouTube video. There must be one but no one watches it. I’m very grateful for that fast forward button!