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.

1 comment:

Lacie said...

NO flipping way. We have the EXACT same lion's mane style frizzy blonde hair. My life has been an endless search for the perfect combo of technique and product. We are soul sisters. What is this t-shirt business you speak of? Will you be my new best friend?

Oh, and thanks for the kind words on my blog. You rock.

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