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One of the only downsides to city living is the inevitably bad hair days that accompany the conditions.

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You may know this, but I grew up in the Midwest. Though Ohio’s no stranger to rain, I was spoiled growing up with the luxury of fresh air and foregoing the blow dryer.

Ever since I moved to New York — and despite the number of salons per capita — the metropolitan surroundings have wreaked havoc on my hair. This is due to a number of frustrating factors, but mainly — air pollutants and sticky subway commutes. In other words, gone are the days of air-drying.

During periods of warmer weather especially, New York gets grossly humid, which is utter destruction on hair. Case-in-point: the #TBT moment below.

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Yikes. At any rate, I was ambitious last week. Like, really ambitious.

I woke up (no snoozing!), showered and took the time to style my hair using TRESemmé’s Keratin Smooth collection. I’ve been test-driving it lately, as it claims to reduce frizz for both sleek-and-straight and wavy hairstyles. Coincidentally, the moment I stepped outside to meet my friend and photog, Lydia, the sky opened up and it started raining — as you can see from the umbrellas in a photo below.

A mere few steps into my mile-long morning commute, I was ready to forfeit my hat hair and indulge my sorrows in a freshly-baked salt bagel, but I decided to weather the storm (ahem) and photograph my ensemble anyway to see if the Keratin Smooth line would do what it’s supposed to.

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Turns out, it did.

Despite the drizzle, my hair remained super-shiny, frizz-free (it was windy) and strangely salon-smooth, which I attribute mainly to the Keratin infusing serum. During my AM routine, I ran a quarter-size amount through damp hair and a pinch after heat styling to seal the ends – a surprisingly lightweight finish.

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… And thankfully so, because guess who rode by in a blue jacket on his bike and snapped a photo of me during our session?

Oh, you know, just BILL CUNNINGHAM.

If you’re unfamiliar, he’s the 83-year-old originator of street style photography who has photographed Manhattan’s elite in the streets (and at galas, events, etc) for five decades. (I repeat: 50 years.) The people of New York revere him in return. It’s incredibly inspiring how religiously devoted to his craft he is, so this was an ultimate celebrity sighting for me.

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What happened next was (1) very fast and is (2) a metaphor for my life: Despite my borderline inappropriate obsession, I kept it cool and went with a nonchalant, “Hey, Bill.” Pure magic, you guys.

And then I staggered backwards in shock and stepped in a heaping pile of dog shit.

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*Wearing: Bailey44 lace-and-leather sweatshirt (also here), Alexis hat c/o Otte, J. Crew signature leggings, Ann Taylor dalmatian clutch (old; similar here and here) | * Beauty: Benefit Hello Flawless foundation, Stila all-day liquid lipgloss in ‘Fiery,’ NARS blush in Lovejoy, gifted TRESemme Keratin smooth serum and heat protecting spray

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Photography by Lydia Hudgens

In the spirit of TBT, check out That Time I Rode the Elevator with Tory Burch for an added dose of nostalgia.

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Brought to you by TRESemmé, a product by Unilever that I use frequently in my day-to-day. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that make my blog possible! For hairstyle tutorials and more on how to fight frizzy locks, check out TRESemmé’s YouTube channel

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