Here's a typical pre-party scene: a straight-haired woman tearing her hair in frustration before the mirror because . . . it just won't curl! Or a curly haired woman also tearing her hair because . . . it won't curl the way she wants! Oh, sure, they could set it, but not everyone can manage that these days. And a permanent, well, that means permanent damage, at least until the hair grows out.
A couple of years ago, the hair industry brought us color without tears--spray-in, wash-out mousses and gels that didn't require any commitment. Now, the same thing's happening with curls. You, too, can have ringlets worthy of Pollyanna and then get rid of them the next day.
There are a couple of different ways to go about this. At Allen Edwards salons in Encino and Woodland Hills, artificial corkscrew curls are attached to your real hair for a romantic, face-framing effect. "Curls break up a round face or angular look," said Edwards, who began adding fake curls as a way of softening slick, pulled-back styles on models with short, straight hair. Locks of fake tresses can be bought at beauty supply shops, or customers bring in falls and Edwards cuts them up.