Help me! I look like Gilda Radner with all this humidity! The stuff my hairdresser gave me makes my hair look greasy when I walk down the street for an hour.
Sass-A-Frizz, Wan Chai
The Dictator rules: Now my hair is standing up! First, excuse me? You spend your time walking up and down the street? What exactly do you do for a living? You clearly are not a Hong Kong tai tai. They don't walk, they call the driver, even if it's to take them from The Landmark to Prince's Building. Second, fire that hairdresser. He or she should know how to avoid a frizz attack better than you or I ever will. As a frizz-taming layperson and adored style guru, I see it as a multi-phase issue, starting with your shampoo and conditioner. Living Proof No Frizz shampoo and conditioner, which are silicone-free, come highly recommended (HK$235 each; www.strawberrynet.com. You might actually be washing it too often and stripping the smoothing oils. Don't towel dry because it causes more frizz, and use an ionic hairdryer, such as the Philips MoistureProtect (HK$798; Fortress). A curling iron smoothes unruly strands, too (GHD, HK$1,980; www.ghd.com. The trickier part is finding the right styling product for your hair. Bumble and Bumble has DeFrizz (HK$305; www.strawberrynet.com), which is lighter than a wax or oil. There's also Frédéric Fekkai's Citron et Menthe Hair Fragrance Mist (HK$300; Joyce Beauty), which isn't just a perfume for the hair but also adds shine and smoothes out frizz. Other brands to look for include John Frieda, Moroccanoil and Kérastase.
This summer, I need to fly with a very long gown (it has a train). Obviously I can't pack it in my suitcase and the only garment bag I have is too short. Do they make special garment bags for this sort of thing - if so where could I buy one? It just needs to be a cover that I can hang on the plane, not a fancy luggage set.
Long Story, Bowen Road
The Dictator: You must be a bride. If you were a socialite, you'd know that haute couture houses usually prepare dresses for transporting and, at the very least, provide a fabric zip-up bag of sorts. You could commission an amenable Hong Kong tailor to custom-make one to size. Of the paltry ready-made selection in Hong Kong, Wing On sells a rip stop nylon Korjo garment bag, which is 42 inches long and water repellent (HK$90). Don't be confused by advice about breathable bags, which are for storage after the event. Travel demands protection from the elements. Wallybags.com offers up to 60-inch-long gown bags for travel in various permutations (about HK$388), as do ebags.com and amazon.com Alternatively, consider the Destination Wedding Kit (HK$348) from www.weddinggownspecialists. com, containing a carry-on box and 56 sheets of acid-free paper for packing, instructions and an emergency stain stick. Even in a garment bag, pad out the gown with tissue paper and wrap first in a plastic dry-cleaner's bag.
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