05/16/2010 05:12 am ET Updated 5 days ago

No Sleep for the Weary! Plus, One-Minute Makeover Tips

Today was a great day at the end of a long week. On Tuesday, I flew home from Los Angeles on the red eye and went directly to my apartment. After a strong cup of coffee, a couple of aspirins and a quick shower, I raced out the door and went to work. I was running on adrenaline, caffeine and sheer determination. The Academy Awards had really sapped my energy. I think I'd only slept eight or ten hours in four days. I'm not looking for sympathy here. I loved every second. The experience of getting the world of cinema ready for its most monumental event of the year is one of the great moments of my career.

Walking back into the New York salon was like taking an ice-cold shower. Every chair was filled at my station with all types of clients from career women to young girls who had only recently discovered hair color. They all wanted to be taken first. It took every bit of diplomacy, I could muster to get through the first hour. After a moment of panic, I smiled and said to myself, one at a time. I got though the day and I was grateful for each and every client and for their patience. It was incredibly busy and I didn't even stop for lunch. At the end of the day, I dragged myself home, where I crashed.

The rest of the week was relatively normal. Friday night I got in the cab to go home. It had been a long day because of "Ambush Makeover." On Fridays, I have a 4:30 a.m. wake-up call. I was tired but I couldn't care less. I would skip sleep if I had to; I love every moment of being part of the Today show family. I was drifting off as the cab headed up Madison Avenue. Suddenly, in a most surreal moment, I heard my voice in the cab. New York now has TVs in the back of taxis. They show mini segments covering everything from the weather to the news. I suddenly saw myself on a segment that I had shot weeks earlier and had forgotten all about. Seeing myself on TV turned out to be a blessing in disguise: I suddenly remembered that I was shooting six more segments for Taxi TV and American Airlines the next morning. It had totally skipped my mind. Oh no! That meant I had to figure out what to wear -- that's six suits and ties. Then, I had scripts to read so they would be familiar to me, and I would sound natural. No sleep for the weary!

Now I think it's time for me to stop kvetching and give you a few beauty tips that I lifted from my scripts of the "One Minute Makeovers" for Taxi TV. Here's a preview of some of my favorites:

Plane Hair: If you want to add volume to flat hair, try twisting it up into a high, loose bun for the duration of the flight. After the plane lands, simply take your hair down. The bun will create a natural wave and tons of volume.

Fly Away Hair: I always suggest keeping a mini bottle of hair spray in your purse. This is a sure-fire way to control fly-away strands. If you don't have any spray with you, a little hand lotion can solve the problem. Just smooth a very small amount over your hair for a more polished look.

Rainy Hair Days: Does your hair turn to frizz on those wet days? Just tie it back in a low pony tail or chignon. These are effortless and always look chic. Adding the smallest amount of hair serum will give you extra protection to keep the frizz away.

Beauty Products From Your Refrigerator: I'm talking about some surprising products that you might already own. For example, that jar of mayo sitting in your fridge? It can actually be used as a conditioner for your hair.

Oily Fine Hair Can Be A Big Problem: For those of you with oily fine hair, try placing a small amount of baby powder on your roots. The powder will absorb oil and add body to your hair. Just brush it through thoroughly to avoid dullness and refresh your locks.

Next time you are in a taxi in New York or on an American Airlines flight, keep your eyes and ears open. You'll get plenty of other easy beauty tips to make yourself look prettier. As for myself, I'll probably be taking a nap. Wake me if I start to snore.


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