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April 10

Haircut anxiety with curly hair. How do I figure out what works for me?

I'm a male with curly hair, and I feel extremely anxious whenever I get my hair cut. I just don't know what to tell my hairdresser! I prefer to cut my hair fairly short and then grow it out for a few weeks/months without having to worry about it, but I don't really know how to precisely explain that other than "uhh... short?" [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:18 PM - 21 answers

Where are the ethical, affordable and well fitting clothes?

I want to buy some new clothes and I'm keen to do this ethically, so organic cotton and fair trade. I'd also like to do this without breaking the bank. When I search online, I can quickly find affordable, ethical t-shirts, but struggle to find any jeans, shirts or v-necks that are ethical and not designer-label priced. Are my Google skills lacking, and if so where do you purchase your clothes from, or is there a reason why clothes that are organic/fair trade also come with designer price tags? [more inside]
posted by jonrob at 11:10 AM - 20 answers

April 9

Where should I be shopping? Difficulty level: Dresses

As a woman in her early-mid 30s I'm finding that my old standby clothing sources no longer really work for me, but I have no idea where to go from here. Everything seems to be either too young or too old, and the current silhouettes that are in vogue are absolutely the LEAST flattering to my figure imaginable, so more trendy places seem to be right out. Where should I be buying my casual dresses these days? [more inside]
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese at 2:35 PM - 31 answers

April 7

I'll get a tiara later.

I want to have a crown braid, the more imperious and intimidating the better. I'm thinking something along the lines of Yulia Tymoshenko or St. Vincent. Problems: I have extremely fine and limp hair, it's barely shoulder length (currently - willing to grow it out), and I have never braided anything in my life. Do you have any newbie-friendly directions, or know a Youtube clip I could look at?
posted by facehugger at 10:03 PM - 10 answers

Psst .... Beatle boot

For far too long I've coveted high-heeled mens shoes of the kind stereotypically worn by Beatles, mods, and (IIRC) many men hundreds of years ago. But just searching randomly for "winklepickers" or "cuban heels" tends to yield shoes that are, well, ugly, and I don't really see many options in stores. This is nice but I don't want boots, really. WHERE can I get, or at least look at, nice examples of men's shoes with some heel on them?
posted by kenko at 12:01 PM - 16 answers

Hair for grownups slash dummies, part 2

I have, on a morning when I take a shower, nice wavy/curly hair. I would like to find a way to get it to look about the same when I shower at night after the gym and get up in the morning. Possible? How do I hair? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure at 9:10 AM - 13 answers

April 6

In search of the perfect socks

I'm a woman, and I'm looking for socks to wear to work with dress shoes when it's too cold to go sockless. I need thin socks, similar weight to tights, but crew/ankle height. [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 4:16 PM - 10 answers

Help me find my dream socks!

My favorite line of socks has been discontinued and I would like to see what my options are for a replacement. Basically, I like solid black boot socks with plenty of cushioning. [more inside]
posted by Zen unicorn rainbow zen journal at 1:22 PM - 6 answers

April 3

Any way to save a misshapen shirt?

Hello askmefi! I've sadly ruined a favourite top by drying it in a way that has stretched it out. Please hope me reshape it! [more inside]
posted by mossicle at 2:49 PM - 10 answers

Do at-home laser hair removal devices work?

Have you used the Tria 4x? Does it work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:41 PM - 9 answers

Balm, Gloss, Oil, or Wax

What beard styling products, tips, and tricks should I know about? [more inside]
posted by zinon at 7:30 AM - 5 answers

April 2

Neither big nor tall, just a long torso ...

I am having a heck of a time finding casual shirts for my husband that cover his entire top half. He's not tall, he's not big, but regular shirts are just not long enough. [more inside]
posted by checkitnice at 4:49 PM - 6 answers

Holy Foot Grail

I need some insoles for flat, open toe shoes that are good for feet that get sweaty and do NOT provide arch support. I am so overwhelmed by the choices on Amazon and the Amazon reviews. Someone please just tell me what you use. [more inside]
posted by sio42 at 10:43 AM - 5 answers

April 1

What is the best shampoo for oily hair?

I have the oiliest scalp. If I wash in the morning, it's oily by 5 and I look like a greasy wreck. Is there a shampoo that will help with this? [more inside]
posted by figaro at 7:46 PM - 34 answers

March 31

please help me sort out my disobedient hair

#vanityfilter This is one of life's dumber concerns and I'm embarrassed to be asking it but it's driving me crazy. A small part of my hair won't go the way I want it to. It compromises my appearance greatly, which is the last thing I need. I would love if someone could tell me how to make it sit right. [more inside]
posted by beccyjoe at 7:34 PM - 12 answers

March 30

How can I best prepare my red-headed daughter?

My daughter (almost 3 years old) has curly red hair. People constantly make a big deal about it. Is this kind of constant attention and fawning over this part of her something we should be concerned about? I am curious if any other people with red and curly hair can comment on the attention they receive, cumulative effects, and what perhaps any things we as parents can do or look out for? [more inside]
posted by Theta States at 12:18 PM - 40 answers

How to manage split ends

Need help in making my ends look a little less straw-like! [more inside]
posted by heartofglass at 6:08 AM - 16 answers

March 29

Help me find an outfit that's wedding-sexy, not club-sexy!

Can you help me find a dress (and shoes and jewelry) to wear to a wedding that's sexy while still appropriate for a wedding? [more inside]
posted by tomorrow at 9:35 AM - 6 answers

March 28

World's Best Men's Robe?

I don't want a Robe, I want the best robe. I want a robe that looks both stylish and timeless - a robe Cary Grant could wake up in and stay in all day. I want a robe that is well-constructed and comfortable enough to last forever and I could lounge around in while still looking natty. I want something with a retro-feel and interesting colors. I do not want white terrycloth. Where can I find this robe? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 8:28 AM - 10 answers

March 25

More hair help needed

Well I took your advice from last time and relaxed my principles - I started blow drying and flat ironing and applying various goos at various times. And that's okay but only as long as my hair has been recently cut. So what I need now is advice about how to communicate with my hair stylist that I really do want it flat, flat, flat, flat. Last time she seemed to think she was talking me out of making a huge mistake. [more inside]
posted by bleep at 8:45 PM - 44 answers

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