About Me

I am a writer and artist with the soul of a swing-dancing Pony Express rider. Interests include consumerism, classic films, environmental issues, scent-free living, health, science, writing, and robots. My blog reflects exploration in word and image. I can’t promise how often I will or won't post. 2017 explores identity and boundaries beginning with nature vs. man.

Hair Pick-Me-Ups

I have something in common with Audrey Hepburn.


I used to play the movie Breakfast At Tiffany's on a constant loop like it was an album. I listened to its words and music for months. That probably means I have much in common with the screenplay's writer, George Axelrod, and the composer, Henry Mancini.


Ingredients: Water, Castor Seed Oil, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Dimethyl PABA,
Olive Husk Oil, Cetylpyridinium Chloride, Amodimethicone, Diazolidinyl Urea, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Methylparaben, Cetrimonim Chloride, Trideceth-12, Propylparaben, Sodium Benzoate, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben.
*Note: Philip Kinsley has removed parabens from their most current products.

Suffice it to say, what I have in common with Audrey is a hair product. Turns out her hair was in bad condition during filming of a movie in 1974 and Philip Kingsley created a product to help her out. She used it for the rest of her life.

The award-winning original Philip Kingsley Elasticizer is that product we share in common. Created for her, but anyone can use it. It's a pre-shampoo treatment which doesn't make your hair flat or greasy. Finding anything fragrance-free is quite a challenge, and I just happened to stumble across it. Quite the win for me because PK also has their Curl Activator hair gel in a fragrance-free option, which isn't on the website, but can be ordered from their salon in New York. (contact information listed at bottom of their web page)
"Application shortcut: I'm generally in a rush so I put it on when first getting into the shower and apply to the top damaged layers, then clip it up out of the way while washing up. It does contain parabens* so avoiding the scalp and underlayers is part of my technique. For a more intense treatment follow directions on package."
The PK gel does have the odor of its chemical ingredients but goes away once dry. Also in the photo, the blue and white tube is a hair gel by Free & Clear, which is a less expensive option. I have noticed the Free & Clear gel leaves a somewhat stiffer feel than the PK.

Philip Kingsley Original Elasticizer and Curl Activator. Free & Clear's hair gel.


I discovered Katharine Hepburn before Audrey Hepburn and confused their names for awhile like the designer Hubert de Givenchy did before a wardrobe meeting for the film Sabrina...until Audrey arrived. They worked together for the rest of her life. I adore both Hepburns. (They were not related to one another.)

Looking for holiday movie suggestions? My picks are:
Katharine Hepburn in Desk Set
Audrey in Roman Holiday (not Christmas, but still a holiday)

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