Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I might be a hoarder: hair products edition
I know I have told this tale time and time again, but: I have crazy hair. It's been crazy ever since childhood, and adulthood hasn't changed anything However, being an adult gives you options, experience and it seems in my personal case--the ability to become a hoarder.
I gots a lots of hair. This means that the portion of my brain that isn't completely pre-occupied with growing more hair is thinking about buying more products to tame the lion's mane. In what can only be described as a compulsion, I have to buy any product that anyone who understands (or has) crazy hair recommends to me.
Pretty soon, all these purchases and recommendations add up to what you see below: a lot of hair products. See, here's the thing: my hair is very thick. Also, very naturally curly. This means it takes forever to dry (as in, longer than just overnight) and it tends to be a bit frizzy. Until this point, I have spent the majority of my life trying to have straight hair---and I was losing the battle. Ergo, I have elected to embrace the curl instead.
While I don't use all of these products every day, here is my typical routine:
-Wash my hair with shampoo every other day
-Condition always, deep condition twice a week--I like Organix Renewing Treatment
-After my shower, I put my hair up in a towel for a minute or two so it's partially dry
-Then, I apply mousse and scrunch with an old t-shirt (not my hands): I like Herbal Essences Curl Boosing Mousse or Organix Weightless Mousse with Coconut Milk
-I try to touch my hair as little as possible--which is why I use the t-shirt. Your hands make your hair frizzy; the t-shirt keeps the curls together without the frizz.
-Then, I spray my hair with John Freida Perfect Ends Sheer Mist & Frizz Ease 100% Shine Glossing Mist
-Depending on the look I'm going for I either follow up with Pure Shine Spray-It Curly for a stronger (but sometimes crunchy!) hold or if I want a softer and more "beachy" look I change this step.
-For a "beachy" look to your hair, I recommend layering a little Bumble & Bumble Grooming Creme with Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray
-The surf spray contains salt (it's basically a salt water spray) so you have to be careful not to use it too often, as it will dry out your hair. However, I love the look and feel of my hair with these products.
-I then "scrunch" my hair with the t-shirt again and either let it air dry or use my diffuser attachment on the hair dryer.
-Another tip: when using the diffuser, turn your head upside down to create volume on top of your head. However, never EVER "flip" your hair when you put your head back up--it creates frizz!
-I usually finish off with some hair spray and a few bobby pins (in blonde color) to tame the crazies, which is usually my bangs.
-If you have some curls/sections that are straight or flat (it happens to me all the time) use your curling iron to "re-curl" these pieces.
Of course, it sounds simple but this typically takes 15-20 minutes in all. Crazy hair takes time, ya know.