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Beauty Regiment

Jess talks about her beauty routine.

Tom: Jess, you were talking before about getting your hair done.

Jess: Every month, I have my hair done. Well, every four to six weeks I have my hair done. I have highlights which is one color. They take small strands of the hair and color that so overall it looks like it's more sunkissed, like it's bleached in the sun. But then I also get a low-light put through it, which is less harmful to the hair and gives more volume to the color if you have two colors, and that takes a long time to do. They wrap the hair they're going to color in foil and it takes about half an hour for it to take effect and during that time they put a big ... I don't know how to describe it really. It's like a big helmut which releases hot air onto your hair, which speed up the process of the coloring, so it's quite long and drawn out. I usually get through two or three magazines while that's happening. And then they wash out all of the color, and I have a treatment to protect the hair because the color often makes it dry, so the colors kinds of ... the treatments nourishing and moisturizing and they leave that on for about twenty minutes again so usually I fall asleep at that point, and then they'll rinse your hair and then cut it and style it so anything between two and a half and four hours, so much more complex and longer than you're half-an-hour short-back and sides.

Yeah, I have a whole monthly beauty regime. I also go and get my nails done and I have a manicure and a pedicure simultaneously to save time. And I love that. It always feels decedent to have one person working on your hands and another scrubbing away at your feet, and sometimes I'll have like a matching polish which always makes me feel good. What else do I have done every month? I try to go for a massage and a facial once a month. At the moment, I'm doing like a workout regime so I'm working out every day, so my muscles are aching a lot, especially when I stand up and sit down, so I'm going for special ... what's the word ... ayurvedic. I'm not sure what the right word is: special massage where they really push down on your muscles and then I have a facial afterwards. Yeah, I think that's about it. I think that's enough, no!

Tom: Well, I don't envy all that time you spend! But you do look great.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson



They take small strands of hair and color them.

A strand is a single piece of hair or string. Notice the following:

  1. They can tell your DNA from a strand of hair.
  2. My sweater has a loose strand of cloth.



It is a drawn-out process.

Something that is drawn-out takes a long time, usually longer than it needs to be. Notice the following:

  1. The application procedure is a drawn-out process.
  2. It was a beautiful wedding but the ceremony was a bit drawn-out in my mind.



I have a treatment to protect the hair.

A treatment is a session to make something healthier or better. Notice the following:

  1. I went to the hospital for treatment for my disease.



I got a moisturizing treatment for my hair.

When you moisturize something you get make something less dry. Notice the following:

  1. My mother always uses moisturizing lotion.
  2. I have dry hair so I use shampoo that moisturizes my hair.



The hair treatment is very nourishing for my strands.

When you nourish something, you give it food or material important for growth or health. Notice the following:

  1. The plants died because of lack of nourishment in the soil.
  2. That soup is very nourishing and full of vitamins.

Vocabulary Quiz

strands • drawn-out • treatment
moisturize • nourishes
  1. It was a very process, but she's happy with the results.
  2. In the winter you need to your skin more frequently.
  3. She goes for a facial every few months.
  4. The cream moisturizes and the skin.
  5. There are a few that are longer than the rest of my hair.
Answer the following questions about the interview.


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