Hair Diaries: One Comedian's Struggle with "Cornsilk Hair"

From oily-and-stringy to clean-and-healthy in three easy steps.

Actress, comedian, and writer Gabby Bryan reluctantly describes her hair as being like the slippery silk on a cob of corn—you know the stuff: fine, limp, and greasy. The lifeless texture (oily at the roots but with dry ends) combined with her dedication to exercising meant that she spent more time washing her hair than she'd like to admit: every day, sometimes twice in a row. Yikes.

The only thing that's made her feel like she can go without washing it post-Pilates has been the L'Oréal Paris‎ Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay line. She starts with the Extraordinary Clay Pre-Shampoo Mask (opens in new tab) to absorb built-up oil and follows that with the Extraordinary Clay Rebalancing Shampoo (opens in new tab) and Conditioner (opens in new tab).

She no longer likens herself to a corn cob, and her hair isn't permanently pulled back into a bun or ponytail. "I definitely feel like I have learned to love and embrace my hair and use it for a mode and a tool of expression," says Bryan. "It's fun—it's just hair!"

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