As the adage goes, a lot of work goes into looking effortless. And for African-American women, getting kinky hair curly — without harsh chemicals — is no small feat. So we’ll be the first to tell you this how-to is particularly ambitious.
Nevertheless, Sharntai Harris at the hip Georgia salon in downtown Manhattan has great tips for doing just that, including must-have products and step-by-steps to make styling easier. We’ll be honest: It takes practice and time — but once you’re finished, it’ll last for days.
If you’re truly feeling intimidated, we suggest trying it out with a friend. If nothing else, she can make you a cocktail while you’re drying and twisting.
If you’re in New York City, visit Georgia at 89a East Houston Street, between Elizabeth Street and Bowery ( or georgiany.com). Want more? Check out our video on going from kinky to straight hair and our gallery of the top ten hair trends for fall.
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In the age of social media, it’s always interesting to see new, technology-driven ways in which people can be a-holes. Here’s one: Our reader’s date tweeted “can’t wait to tap this” while they were still out together. In this Ask the Office Guy, Dan shares his take on this WTF? situation.
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Any reality TV junkie knows that the test of a good chef is what he can create using only ingredients from a convenience store. (Krispy Kreme bread pudding, anyone?)
With that in mind, we asked the chefs at Chuko, the new ramen restaurant opening tonight in Prospect Heights, to show us what they could do with the 99-cent version you ate in college. We also threw in a Pathmark-prepared rotisserie chicken for fun.
Once you watch (and make it for yourself in the five minutes immediately afterward), imagine what the Morimoto-trained chef/owners — Jamison Blankenship, James Sato, and David Koon — do with real ramen on their small but perfect menu.
Then dream about the gyoza with ponzu dipping sauce, fried green tomato buns with pickled onion and tofu dressing, and homemade ice cream sandwiches.
Chuko, 552 Vanderbilt Avenue, at Dean Street, Prospect Heights (718-576-6701 or barchuko.com).
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Lyrics to “Thank You for Being a Friend”
Thank you (Big Gay Ice Cream) for being a friend.
Traveled down the road and back again (in your beloved little ice cream truck).
Your heart is true (why else would you open a store in early August so we could enjoy you anytime without stalking your Twitter feed to find out the truck’s whereabouts?).
You’re a pal and a confidant (we could hang out with your charming owners, featured in today’s video, all day).
And if you threw a party (your crazy toppings, like wasabi dust, pumpkin butter, spicy pistachios, and toasted coconut make every day a fiesta),
Invited everyone you knew (after all, you’re going to be selling treats from your pals, like Danny Macaroons, Treats Truck, and La Newyorkina),
You would see the biggest gift would be from us (nah, the mural on your wall of a unicorn wearing a Bea Arthur pendant is the best gift of all. That, and your homemade sauces and milk shakes.)
And the card attached would say, “Thank you for being a friend.” (Enough said.)