"I drink tons of water on a regular basis, which really helps my skin," says Adriana. As I discussed last week, drinking more water is something I'm struggling with. I try to drink more water, but honestly I probably fail. (The title of my memoir.)
All this Angel-ing has been exhausting, so as I approach the beauty routines, I'm horrified by the base I'm starting with. I look in the mirror and realize my brows are more out of control than the whole Jelena situation. My hair is also on the straggly side, as it's been a hot second since I've had a cut. And a couple of random segments have decided to grow faster than others, which creates an unpleasant effect—certainly not the image you conjure with the phrase "Victoria's Secret Angel waves." (I'm making myself sound like a hot mess, which is not entirely inaccurate.)
All this to say, I need to get back to basics before I can even think about becoming Angel-ready.
Luckily, Kristen Shaw and Jimena Garcia at The Cabin in Venice come to my rescue. "Help me," I plead both verbally and with my eyes as I walk into the adorable, cozy space. Kristen expertly cuts off a couple inches of my hair (necessary), adds some layers and gives me sexy, tousled waves—and also manages to make it look like I have way more hair than I actually do. Then Jimena gets started on my brows. Under her expert eye, I go through a metamorphosis.
I also start using Alessandra-approved haircare products. "I use Marajó Hair daily to make sure my hair gets proper nourishment and looks healthy and shiny. It's so simple and doesn't take much time," she tells me. Sold. Also, the packaging is shiny and I'm basically a magpie with a grasp of the English language so this is very appealing to me. The Nourishing Cleansing Crème and Deep Treatment Butter make my hair very soft, and I use a touch of the Blow Out Styling Crème when I dry my hair. I spend the next 15 minutes alternating between (creepily?) stroking my hair and taking selfies.