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Do the Tousle: Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Plays Nice w/ Waves'n'Curls

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I've been enjoying my thick hair's curls and waves lately. Even the Staff's eased up on her incessant dorky-hair comments, although that may be because I, um, threw a bottle of Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly spray gel at her. Yeah, yeah, I know violence is not a solution. But Tousle Me Softly is, at least for touchable wavy hair.

The shampoo and conditioner behave like they're more pricey than a mere $3.99 CAN each. Fragranced with a fresh floral scent, the shampoo leaves hair feeling clean, not stripped squeaky, and the conditioner makes hair soft, without a coated or weighed-down feeling. I thought the Finishing Touch Cream ($7.99) would be my favourite because it softens coarse hair, but perhaps it's better for hair with more determined and drier curl than mine -- I need more hold to help my hair keep its shape. (The cream can be used in conjunction with the other stylers as an extra conditioning boost, but I find I don't really need it.) The mousse ($3.99) does the shape-without-frizz trick, but it turns out I'm a bigger fan of the spray gel ($3.99), which the pump delivers in an easy fine mist.

Tousle Me Softly Toronto - Janine & Charles

Celeb stylist and Tousle spokesperson Charles Baker Strahan (above, at the Toronto launch), whose clients include Leighton Meester, Scarlett Johansson and Mariah Carey, is all about the unstructured, soft, tousled look. The secret to youthful hair, he says, is "a sensual, lived-in feel that celebrates the woman." His example is a beachy, effertless look, but with city sophistication -- a little breeze-blown, without wind-roughened frizz.

The Tousle Me Softly collection helps to minimize frizzies, but if you're dealing with a stubborn case, a curling iron is a must-have in your styling arsenal, especially if you have curly hair, says Charles. "A few random curls with a hot iron is an easy way to reduce frizz," he explains. And to stroke flyaways lightly into place, he suggests using a little kabuki brush spritzed with Tousle Me Softly flexible hairspray. In the video below, he walks curly-locks Katy through styling her own hair using the spray gel, a diffuser, the cream and a curling iron.

But me, I'm lazy. Er -- make that too busy for all that tooling around. I spritz my towel-blotted hair with Tousle Me Softly gel, scrunch a little and go. I get a more textured finish than Katy does, more waves, but still -- when my ’do has had time to air dry, people say, "hey, like your hair today!" Except the Staff, who's still sulky about the bottle-throwing. (Understandable, but don't tell her I said so. I owe her a present for that, and maybe an apology. I want that bottle of spray gel back.)

Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly is available at drugstores and mass retailers; shampoo, conditioner and mousse available at Tousle Me Softly Spray Gel image courtesy of Herbal Essences; visit the website for more how-to styling videos.