Two months spent in Antibes in the South of France several years ago brought beautiful gifts into my life. I developed deep friendships: Karine, a local who’d lived in San Francisco and Berkeley, had traveled throughout the US and, unlike a lot of French, likes Americans; Debbie, a Canadian ex-pat, whose black lab showed Jersey, my shih-tzu, around town. For those two months, I stayed in my aunt’s condominium in Old Town Antibes, surrounded by an ancient fortress. My view: the white-capped Maritimes Alps descending into the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
France spoils a girl. We come to expect more from life. We get used to encountering handsome men jogging with sweaters jauntily tied over their shoulders. We look forward to gathering the ingredients for the days’ meals at the open air markets filled with the scents of lavender and thyme and other herbs de provence. We make peace with our beauty flaws masked by fine cosmetics, natural hair color that actually works, and styling products that wrangle curls and frizz into the Botticelli ringlets God intended them to be. In France, I fell in love with Frederic Fekkai hair products.
Recently, P&G bought the Fekkai line and brought it to the US minus the big sticker price, much to my—and my hair’s—delight. Essential Shea Ultra-Rich Mask nourishes my winter-forced-air-heat-dried-out locks. Curly hair tends to be dry. Add hair color to already dry hair, and the result can be hair that crinkles like cellophane. Essential Shea Ultra-Rich Mask, which I’m hoping Santa has the good sense to slip into my stocking, brings my hair back to life, and helps me avoid having to cut it all off and start all over.
If you’re looking for great stocking stuffers this holiday season, the Fekkai products offer affordable luxury that everyone who loves their hair will adore.