Saturday, March 13, 2010

Hair Du Jour 3.13.10

A woman's hair is their crowning glory correct?

I get a TON of questions about my hair, from my blog, to at work to on the the street. Let me tell you something, I have VERY difficult hair. It has taken me a long time, probably around 10 years to learn how to properly and efficiently deal with it. I have always been envious of girls with that shiny glassy poker straight hair. Alas, mine in course, frizz, wavy/ curly and VERY thick. Every time I go to the salon at least one person says "Wow, you have a lot of hair", thanks Captain Obvious!

Anyway, I am going to share some tips and tricks to the way I have learnt to deal with my hair. I wish someone told me these things when I was young dealing with wavy/ curly hair!

First, Let me show you some pictures of my hair. Remember, This is after I learnt how to deal with the bane of my existence... frizz! Oh the horror! However, I chose a variety of pictures so that you can get a clear idea of my texture and amount of hair and the different personalities it can take on.










Now I feel you have an accurate understanding of my hair, it is very voluminous and wild. However, I have learnt to love and embrace it. This is how.

#1 Blow dryers are NOT your friend, when I was younger I spent hours trying to blow dry my hair straight. What a waste of time, It never got that pink straight look I was going for.

#2 Over Use of Flat Irons will kill your hair, I know from experience, after the years of wasted blow drying I jumped on the Flat Iron bandwagon. I ironed my hair to death, it became damage. Have damaged hair is not appealing no matter if you have straight hair. Finally, I learnt to put the flat iron down! I think I needed to join Flat Iron Anonymous. I am serious.

#3 Hot Rollers are your BEST FRIEND (large barrel curlers work too). For me, Hot rollers work magic on my hair, save me hours of time and give me a glamorous yet controlled curls or waves depending on my goal for the day.

#4 Condition Condition Condition. My favorite conditioner currently comes from Bumble and Bumble and it is from the "Mending Line". Kerastase is an old stand by, very spendy but very worth it. I love how it treats my hair. A drug store line that I like is Aussie 3 Minute Miracle. I always have a bottle or 2 of this around.

#5 Give your hair a break. Let is air dry and hang out whenever you can! I always let my hair air dry. Then I go an use my curlers.

#6 When you really feel the need to straighten it, be CAREFUL. Still let it air dry if possible, use a heat protectant and dont spend hours going over and over and over the strands. Poor guys!

#7 And this is the most important, Learn to love what you wear born with. Yes, very cliche, but true. As I said when I was younger I think I might have given an arm to have that poker straight hair. You know what Im talking about, that blonde cornsilk hair that no one besides Midwestern girls have. Well now I wouldn't give up my hair for anything, I love the waves, the volume, the bed head and the overall look of it now.


Let me know how you deal with your hair!

Hope this helped some of you curly haired ladies out there. I wish someone told me all this when I was younger. If anyone has specific questions, please ask!

x

31 comments:

  1. Love your hair! It's gorgeous! Mine is super thick and a bit wavy too. I follow the same guidelines--air dry when possible, don't heat style too much--I also love the L'Oreal Professional line--it's my favorite.
    xoxo
    PS-what hot rollers do you use?

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  2. Can you do a tutorial with the hot rollers? I've never tried them.

    I have very thick wavy hair and I need to stop blowdrying it so much.

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  3. Neutrogena's triple moisture deep recovery mask works just as well as the Aussie one if not better-it also smells amazing!!!

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  4. I literally WANT your hair! hehe. Can i please borrow it? :) xxx

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  5. Thanks for the tips! Your hair IS amazing :) xx

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  6. do you let your hair air dry then use the hot rollers?

    my hair is very wavy so when i want to use hot rollers for bigger curls i feel like i have to blow dry it straight first :[

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  7. Andi, I use some busted up old conair ion shine. I probably should get new ones but these do the trick and are pretty amazing ! x

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  8. Joan, I can do a tutorial for you with pictures and a step by steph guide. It is so simple!

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  9. Glossaddict- I have tried that Neutrogena! I liked it a lot, aussie is my tried and true though!

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  10. Zoella beautiful, are you crazy? Your hair is beyond amazing!!! i love it! x

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  11. Anon- I do let my hair airdry first! You do not have to blow dry it first, try it out and let me know how it goes. I used to think i had to straighten it first too but you would be surprised how the large hot rollers smooth and straighten the hair on thier own while making large curls or waves!!

    Let me know how it works out for yoU! x

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  12. Your hair sounds/looks like mine. Will have to re-visit Aussie 3 min. miracle.

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  13. I think i have a very similar hair, just not that blonde :P I agree in most of what you say, i learned through the years how to love my hair;To get my hair done i only use mousse, so i get the waves i like, and not like when i was a child, i also spent years with the blow drier and never got it right :)

    http://librodeestilo.blogspot.com/

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  14. Monica- Try it out and see how you like it!

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  15. Sugar B- Learning to love your own hair is key!

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  16. Such GORGEOUS hair! You are really so beautiful. I agree with your tips too. Washing my hair and not blow drying it everyday like I did when I was younger helped my hair turn from fried to really healthy and thicker (less breakage). Dry shampoo is my bff. That and my GHD..a girl has gotta have a little heat sometimes and you can pry this outta my cold dead hands on days I style my hair. Great post! xoxo

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  17. Oh my gosh, you just described my exact hair texture! Mine is a lot frizzier than yours though if I just leave it to air dry. I'm going to have to look into hot rollers! xx

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  18. I would totally love it if you did a tutorial for the hot rollers. I don't leave the house without straightening the bejeezus out of my hair every day and I wish I didn't have to.

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  19. Thanks Logan, that is so sweet of you! I forgot about dry shampoo- that is my bff as well! I love Batiste!
    x

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  20. Leah- Try it out, with the hot rollers, def let me know how it goes! x

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  21. Anon- I will def do one in the future for you, you can always email you and I can let you know in an email too. x

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  22. I looove your blog:) This is why I awarded you with the Sunshine Award:):)

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  23. I would kill for your hair. I have dead straight hair but yours is the perfect amount of wave! Ahhh so jealous.. also love the color!!

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  24. Tali- i make it that way, anyone can. Your hair is what I envy, that lustrous shine! gorgeous! x

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  25. I would LOVE a tutorial of the whole hot rollers thing. That would be awesome!! I was wondering what brand of hot rollers you use?

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  26. Hi J, I use some old conair things!

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  27. Wow girl you have some fabulous hair!

    When my hair was that long (2yrs) ago it was a pain to blow it out and I know my stylist complained blowing it too after he'd give me my trim. It's also nice to know you use good ol'Conair rollers. Right now my hair is right above my shoulders and sometimes I think about growing it out again but I'm having fun with this length.

    I use Bumble's Creme de Coconut and I have discovered that the Terax conditioner works better for me. My texture is course and I really thought that Bumble was my HG conditioner - wow, was I wrong! Terax smoothes my hair even better!

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  28. beautiful post, I need to try the hot rollers, I just need to find ones that are big enough. I have sooo much hair like you (but mine is very fine so it goes flat!) x

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  29. heyy what hot rollers do you have? i have hair like you and im 17! like you said i want pin staight but never get it! just dry split ends! :(((so yeah a tutorial would be wonderful

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