I’m having a hair crisis.
For the majority of my life, I was
cursed blessed with curly hair. I rocked a big poofy triangle through middle school, because straighteners in the late ’90s were less than desirable. Over the years I’ve managed to refine my mane into something presentable – which means it looks good approximately 10% of the time, at best – but it hasn’t been easy. Even with a live-in hair dresser.
It seems like people with curly hair are constantly on the hunt. We NEED the best products – like, salon grade please! Hell yes I’ll buy that satin pillowcase for $50, if it means the frizz gets under control. Diffuser? Check. Mousse? Check. Hairspray? Check. Hairbrush? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
So far, the thing that has made my hair look best has been pregnancy. I guess it was a nice trade off… “Yes, I’m gigantic and swollen, but my hair looks AMAZING.”
My hair was thick, it had volume, and the curl was actually pretty. Too bad it all went downhill from there… not that I noticed too much at first, because I lived for the top knot for the first year of my kid’s life.
But now, at 18 months postpartum, my hair has decided to FREAK THE FREAK OUT.
I may as well have a different head on my shoulders. My hair doesn’t want to curl, and only weakly manages a wave. It’s thin, flat, and suddenly oily. Like, I used to go days and days without washing my hair. Now? That’s not happening.
So what’s a girl to do? A few weeks ago I went to my stylist and asked her for a lob. She asked me if I was drunk.
Five inches later, I’m definitely happier with my mane. It feels thicker and healthier, and I’ve started to find a few products that are working for me. I thought I would share the love for this Friday Five, but only if you all tell me your favorite hair care items!
Keep in mind that I don’t use all these products with every wash, but they’re definitely in my arsenal!
one | I started using OGX Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum approximately once a week to help tame my flyaways. Between pregnancy and postpartum, my hair had a lot of breakage. I use this sparingly to strengthen my hair – but only when I know I’m wearing my hair curly, since it is a little oily. The smell, however, is divine.
two | Previously I rarely used heat on my hair, but now I’m finding that I always need either the diffuser or the flat iron. I even own a curling iron for the first time in my life. To protect my hair, I’ve been using Toni & Guy Heat Protection Mist. It helps prevent more breakage and damage, and it leave my hair soft.
three | Another thing that makes my hair feel soft? Johnson’s No More Tangles Detangling Spray. Yes, I use my one-year-old’s hair product sometimes. #MomLife. (Although, I’m not sure any professional stylist would recommend it, it’s working for me).
four | Like I said, I’m trying to embrace the waves. Toni & Guy Sea Salt Texturising Spray helps give me a little volume, a little texture, and a tiny bit of hold. I’m still experimenting with this one, but I like to think it’s harnessing what’s left of my curl power into a beachy wave.
five | My stylist uses Kenra Root Lifting Spray 13, and I finally decided just to buy a can from her. All you do is spray this in a few strategically place parts, and blow dry in the opposite direction for awesome volume. I’m an amateur with the blow dryer, but even so, this stuff makes a difference.