Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Beautiful Woman #4: Hair

So as a person who values spending time outdoors, teaches ballet and has an insatiable hunger for books (oh, yes, and don't forget the five children), there is just not a whole lot of time in my schedule for hair care. But I do realize that if I'm going to keep it long, I need to take care of it. There was a whole horrible hair decade where I didn't realize that having long hair meant working a bit at it. So anyway, here's my hair care regimen.
After the third child was born, I slowly began to realize that God had given me a gift. My heretofore board straight hair now had a bit of curl. And it wasn't all that hard to fix. Hooray!
So here's the first advice about long slightly curly hair, if it's anything like mine:
Don't wash it every day.
It's a shocker, I know, but it fits right in with all the other things I'd rather be doing in life.
So I only wash my hair every other day, or even every third day.
The second bit of advice is use conditioner (very) liberally.
The curly-ish hair was very different from my old hair. It needed conditioner like nothing else. 
I read somewhere that if you apply the conditioner to your hair first in the shower before your shampoo, your sponge-like hair will absorb more conditioner. So I began using my Tresemme Luxurious Moisture Conditioner before the corresponding shampoo. And I put it on afterward as well for good measure and left it in while I finished my shower. My hair has begun to thank me by being much easier to manage, much softer and having many fewer split ends. Hooray for simple solutions!  I have the above conditioner with a pump and I use 12 pumps before the shampoo and 12 pumps afterward. This uses up quite a bit of conditioner, but at around $6 a bottle (Walmart, not Amazon), it doesn't break the bank.
After my shower, I apply TRESemme Flawless Bouncy Curls Defining Gel and then dry with a diffuser and hair dryer. 
I recently read an article (thanks, pinterest) saying that the way to get non-frizzy curls is to pile portions of your hair into the diffuser and then turn on the dryer, not moving the hair while the dryer is on. I am trying this method and I won't say that my hair isn't still frizzy, but it does seem to help with the curl.
About half-way through the drying process, I spray my hair liberally with TRESemme curl care curl locking styling spray extra hold . And no, I'm not running an ad for TRESemme products. I've just found they work the best for the least amount of money. 
The Tresemme Keratin Smooth Smoothing Creme Serum is something new that I'm trying. I scrunch a bit in after I'm done drying (or after I wake up the day after showering). I'm not sure if it actually helps with frizziness, but it smells good, and so far the perfume hasn't affected my allergies, so that's good.
I'm getting the feeling that nothing in my price range is really going to touch my frizzies, and really I'm not all that concerned with it.

Oh, and by the way, I don't brush my hair if I want it curly. I only brush if I haven't dried it or if I'm on day three of not washing and can't stand the messy curls anymore--this is a last resort and not very healthy for my hair, I know. 
So here's to easy, healthy hair management.

1 comment:

  1. Hey there! Thanks for the tips! I better give TRESemme Flawless Bouncy Curls Defining Gel a try. I bet it'll go great with my Karmin G3 hair dryer. Awesome! :)