Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Taming the Obnoxious: Eclipse Review and Combating "Gym Hair"

Last night, I FINALLY went to see Eclipse. It's been out, what? A month now? I know, I'm late to the game :)

Bad a** wolves, gorgeous scenery and sweet love story aside--did this movie irk anyone else, or just me? It seemed like this movie was chock-full of annoyingly awkward moments. The friends I went to see it with had seen it three times prior and had a running list of the "Top 20 Most Awkward/Cringe-Worthy Moments in Eclipse." Here's a sampling (SPOILER WARNING--DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT YET!):
  • Who knew vampires could break like glass? And make a shattering sound?
  • What happens to Riley--does he die? He's just dragged off camera like a rag doll.
  • Esme's newly dark brown hair--who knew vamps could dye their hair?
  • Awkwardly long pans of scenery randomly spread through the movie.
  • I mean, Edward and Jacob are pretty to look at and everything, but do we have to have so many close-up scenes? Just pan out and show me those abs!
  • The sex talk between Bella and Charlie--CRINGE.
  • The last time I checked, people didn't just spontaneously burst into full flames if you throw a lighter on them.
  • Edward's speech on how he would "court" Bella. Porches? Sweet tea? Rocking chairs? A CHAPERONE WATCHING THEM?! I know this was supposed to be a sweet part, but I couldn't stop giggling. WHY, screenwriters, why I ask you?!?!
  • The tent scene where Jacob is holding Bella and talking to Edward about how he LOVES Bella--can we say awkward AND dysfunctional?
Okay, I admit, pretty nice eye candy and pretty sweet special effects, but com'on--how selfish do you have to be to say, "Ya know what--screw my family and any possibility of having children and a great human life--I just want to become an undead vampire, drink blood and be with Edward FOREVER!" I've been SUPER in love before and I don't even buy it. Just my thoughts. Agree? Disagree?

On a positive note, Bella's hair was looking a lot better in this movie (see above). I sure hope they fired the stylist from the last movie because girlfriend's hair looked like complete crap. I know, it was supposed to be crappy because she was sooooo depressed, but still...

He's saying, "Girl, you need some shampoo!"

Speaking of crappy hair, here's a shot of my hot mess this morning after teaching a bootcamp class:

Ewwww...schweaty! I have really fine, color-treated hair, and everyday sweat and headbands tend to DESTROY hair follicles. So today, I thought I'd share with ya'll some of my favorite hair products to combat that slow, downhill, "gym hair" destruction.

My arsenal

I absolutely love these shampoos and conditioners. 100% Vegan ingredients and sulfate-free (sulfates are salts that can dry out hair and fade hair color). The conditioners have a slight peppermint "tingle" to them, too! Because sweat tends to zap moisture from my ends, I like to use the Hydrate System of shampoos and conditioners (purple bottles). Most moisturizing products make my hair greasy, but this doesn't even weigh my fine hair down. These can be a little pricey, but so luxurious!

If you're looking for a more affordable sulfate-free (non-drying) shampoo or conditioner, give the Loreal EverStrong Sulfate-Free products a try. They are half the price of Pureology and still deliver that same strengthening punch. I tried the EverStrong Body (voluminzing) one and it doesn't weigh my hair down or make it greasy. It also has a pleasant minty scent.

Product #3: Phytocitrus Restructuring Mask for color-treated hair

I first got a sample of Phytocitrus in a Sephora order. At $38 a jar, I was kind of skeptical about the mask's effectiveness. I WAS SO WRONG to doubt! This stuff dramatically changed the structure of my hair--IN A FREAKIN AWESOME WAY! I'm a believer in the Phyto products now! Very pricey, but if you need instant, salon-quality restructuring get this product! And of course, it has a sweet, citrus smell that is freakin awesome, too :)

Product #4: Hercut Catalyst styling products

My mom and sister introduced me to this product line. The Catalyst styling products are tailored to suit and shape different hair cuts (e.g. "shag," "pixie" or "long layers"). I have the "Bob Catalyst," which is again, free of sulfates, parabens (waxes), and synthetic dyes. I've never found a product that worked so well with my angled bob. I thought it would be more effective to show you what I mean...

Before Hercut: "Crazy Cat Lady Hair"

After Hercut: "Smooth Operator" :)

I'm trying to grow my bob out longer and Hercut Catalyst seems to smooth the fly-aways and ends, so I can last in-between haircuts. Sweet stuff, yo.

So, my Q.O.D. (question of the day) today is two-fold. Leave a comment--I heart comments:

1. Eclipse: Heart it? Hate it? Annoyed by it? Bella's hair--much better?

2. What hair products do you use to combat gym hair? What hair products have to found to be the best for your hair texture?


  1. I am still trying to find something that works for my hair. It's super fine, but thick. This means it's flat! I definitely need to check out the Hercut Catalyst!

  2. 1. Ewww not a fan of Twilight. I do love True Blood.

    2. I use Living Proof (found at Sephora) to combat frizzy hair

  3. Glad I'm not the only who who thinks she needs a good hair washin! I swear by Kerastase products. My hair gets really dry and it keeps the dryness in check.

  4. Ohh goodness, I had to skim through that one because I haven't seen Eclipse yet and I really WANT to like it. And I don't use many different hair products, but my fave shampoo these days is Suave. It just works on my hair and it's supa cheap!

  5. @Heather--My hair is thick and fine too, Hercut is the bomb. Highly recommend it! :)

    @Amanda--I'm a huge True Blood fan as well. Team Eric all the way!

    @Lindsay--Keratase is bitchin' stuff too! Thanks for the suggestion!

    @Ellen--I'm sooooo sorry!!! My own mother saw it before me! I thought I was the last person on the planet to see it! I went back and added a "spoiler alert" above. All the awkwardness aside, I truly, secretly did like the movie a lot :)

  6. Love it

    Saw it with my niece "tiny Jeannie" - She is team Jacob and I'm team Edward....both were easy on the eyes, but Bella has got to go (even if her hair is better!)