It’s incredible and offensive that U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s (D-FL) hair was called “the angry perm” and “ramen noodle hair” — and NOT by snotty teenagers but by political pundits on national television. If they can’t be witty without hair-shaming, send them back to middle school where they belong.
That said, we’ll now risk the anger of “Embrace Your Curls” advocates by acknowledging a germ of truth behind those rude comments. The fact is, not all curl patterns flatter their owners right out of the head, so to speak. However, with a few edits they can become curl-fabulous. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s hair is a prime example.
DWS routinely wears her hair in a wash-and-go using “Curls Rock Curl Creme or Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding, Frizz Ease mousse, Argan oil, in that order” (her 2013 tweet.) It’s an understandable strategy in Florida’s diabolical humidity, which can turn any curl into every-hair-for-itself frizz in minutes. But on the downside, the finished product looks plastered into submission and doesn’t flatter her face.
Curly hair deserves better…
Regardless of our opinion, the real question is whether Wasserman Schultz truly likes the look or is just settling for convenience. One thing is clear: for important occasions (like campaign events) or heavily-viewed images (her Twitter photo), she styles her hair differently. And it looks fabulous.
In this 2016 campaign rally photo, her tight curl has been softened — most likely with a hit of blow drying to stretch the bangs and sides and to add some root lift. It’s not pasted down, frizzy, crunchy, or noodle-y. Instead, it’s bigger, looser, and highly flattering to her facial features. She looks like she feels gorgeous, and anyone who says that doesn’t matter is lying.
Her Twitter photo (left) is also a loosened curl that’s been worked a little — maybe a touch of blow drying to loosen it and a bit of curling iron to organize the curl. It, too, is a better look for her. But in our experience, even her default wash-and-go could be easily transformed into something much more flattering. How? With a keratin treatment.
Brazilian keratin is great for curly hair worn curly
Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s hair is a textbook example of the benefits of Brazilian keratin for curly hair worn curly. With a keratin treatment, the styles above could be rendered quickly and easily by DWS at home. And most important, they’d retain their lines without frizzing in her humid habitat. They’d easily last from several days to a week, needing only a few minutes of minor daily touch-up, if that. Even her default air-dry would improve a lot with keratin: looser, longer, faster drying and frizz-free without rigidity or noodleyness.
As for wearing it straight…seriously, VOGUE?
What if she wanted to wear it straight? Even for hair such as hers, a keratin treatment would make going straight quick, easy, and frizz-free, although we have no photos to show whether or not it would look good on her. In a 2012 Vogue spread, Wasserman Schultz was shown with straighter hair but thanks to an insulting photo edit, it’s impossible to say how she’d really look. Vogue gave her a digital nose job, reshaped her eyes, lightened her skin and even changed its undertones.An the hairstyle itself was “meh.”
Our guess is that she’d wear a smooth style beautifully. At any rate, with a keratin treatment, she’d have the versatility to alternate between straight and curly styles in one third of the normal styling time, and to keep the looks intact thanks to its powerful frizz resistance.
For a tight curl like hers, we’d suggest our Uncurly Plus formula, particularly given the Florida humidity.
This one’s on us!
In sum, Debbie Wasserman Schultz could dramatically improve the appearance and style range of her hair, eliminate frizz and pouf, and reduce styling effort with a Brazilian keratin treatment. If anyone knows her, tell her we’ll be glad send a bottle on the house if she’s interested!