TIGI Catwalk Curls Rock Curl Amplifier

Call it the grass-is-always-greener syndrome, but I've never been particularly fond of my curls. Unsure of what to do with them in their natural (unruly) state, I had taken to simply steamrolling the suckers straight with a flatiron. But that became untenable when I got busy—or more accurately, lazy. After accepting the curls, I spent the better part of my young-adult life subjecting them to a barrage of sprays, gels and mousses like some sort of ill-fated science experiment, but the only product to deliver pleasing results is TIGI Catwalk Curls Rock Curl Amplifier. The lightweight cream has a subtle perfumey scent, rather than a noxious chemical one, and comes in an electric-blue bottle with a foolproof pump that squirts out the exact amount needed. Application's hassle-free, too: Just rub a dollop in your palms, rake it through damp hair and it magically coaxes out textbook spirals, keeping them tame and frizz-free without that dreadful shellacked helmet-head effect. While I'm still not entirely convinced that my curls, in fact, do rock, I don't mind 'em as much. $14.50, at TIGI Academy, 673 Madison Ave at 61st St (212-702-9771, toniguy.com)—Cristina Velocci

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