Bookstore Staffers Test Reese Witherspoon’s Hair Tips, Miracles Ensue

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In her cheery new book, Whiskey in a Teacup, Academy Award-winning actress, producer and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon opens up about how growing up in the South made her who she is. She shares family traditions, favorite books, tips for entertaining at home, and plenty of beautiful photos showcasing the personal style beloved by fans of her clothing and lifestyle brand, Draper James.

The book also includes a tutorial on how to use hot hair rollers. And because we’re nothing if not thorough around here — and we want to make sure we’re ready when Witherspoon comes to Nashville on Sunday, September 23 (more on that below) — we gave it a try.

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Witherspoon explains that Southern mothers pass this styling lesson along to their daughters: “You learn young, and it’s like being invited into a secret society of womanhood when your elders teach you this secret. And you never, ever forget it. To this day, this is the only way I know how to do my hair. I can’t blow out my own hair. I can’t even straight-iron it. But boy, do I know how to do hot rollers.” 

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We got this.
(Photo by Paul Costello and Alex Darsey.)

The first two steps seemed easy enough:

“1. Apply mousse (mousse: it’s not just for the ’80s!) to every section of your hair.

2. Roll up your hair into the heated rollers and clip them down.”

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We left it up to each participating bookseller to apply mousse at home, since our “salon” was actually the bookstore and we were a little worried about accidentally moussing the new fiction table. (Photos by Heidi Ross.)
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Catherine, Karen, and Ginger (seen here with Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed) made the most of their time by reading Reese Witherspoon Book Club selections while getting their hair done.

Time for the next step:

“3. Get into the car to go wherever you’re going with the rollers in your hair. Pro tip: Roll down the window to let the outside air cool the rollers.” 

No problem.

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This seems like the right time to share some news: Kevin has taken over bookmobile operations!
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You’ll find him roaming Nashville in the Parnassus on Wheels truck, selling books and cooling his curls.

So far, so good. Next:

“4. Once you have arrived at your destination, right before you’re about to get out of the car, take all the rollers out, turn your head over, brush your hair upside down, and then flip it back. Spray with hair spray. Now use more hair spray. Big hair is traditional, but in this day and age it is fully acceptable to go for shape over height.”

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Cat got dizzy doing the flip. Shop dog Lewis ran over to help when Ginger shook out her hair.
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Too bad Karen’s going to leave us to go shoot shampoo commercials now.

Verdict: This tutorial was amazingly easy to follow. Even the shop dogs could do it.

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In terms of fluffiness, the results were stunning. WOW.
(Just kidding. That’s Scooter on the left and Sparky on the right.)

But what we didn’t expect was what hot rollers did for our reading lives.

Is it possible that boosting our hair somehow made us . . . stronger?

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Look how many books Cat can carry now!

And are we suddenly able to read multiple books AT ONE TIME??

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We did NOT see this coming.

With our new hair, we gained tremendous multi-tasking powers. Karen could even balance a book in one hand with a little whiskey coffee in a teacup in the other!

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Disclaimer: Results may vary.

Seriously, though: There’s so much more to this book than hair lessons.

Want to hear about Whiskey in a Teacup from Reese Witherspoon herself? Join us next Sunday at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, where Witherspoon will be joined by special guests including Ann Patchett!

Reese Witherspoon presents Whiskey in a Teacup
Sunday, September 23, 2018
7:30 p.m. at Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Each ticket includes a copy of Whiskey in a Teacup.
To reserve your seat, click here.

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