As a follow up to my makeup post, here’s The Hair Post!
After my traumatizing perioral dermatitis incident, I switched to solely using sulfate-free shampoos, conditioners, and soaps. My favorite is Pureology, specifically the Hydrate line. I sometimes use the Volume line as well, though I can’t tell if it’s actually giving me any extra volume? Lathers well, smells good, does not make my face explode. For extra conditioning, I love Feria Moisturizing Treatment, which I almost consider a guilty pleasure. YES it is the same conditioner that comes in that mini tube in the box of Feria hair dye. You can buy full-size bottles of the conditioner from your local Sally’s, which is awesome. My shower routine is:
- Put hair in bun (clip with fob clip I always keep in the shower)
- Brush teeth (if applicable)
- Body wash
- Unclip hair and rinse
- Wash face
So you get a good 3-5 minutes of conditioner time with your hair clipped up while you finish showering. FOB CLIPS. Gotta love ‘em. I try not to ever leave the house with one in my hair (as some women do, hence the name), but sometimes it happens, man.
If I’ve just freshly permed my hair and it’s still a bit dry/frizzy at the ends, I spray Aveeno Leave-In Conditioner on wet hair, but I don’t use it all the time.
Right now, I have a year-old texture perm in my hair, so my styling routine consists of coaxing whatever perm I have left in my hair into waves, and touching up the stick-straight top of my head with a 1.25″ curling iron. While my hair is still damp from the shower, I apply a small amount of styling product that has some stickiness to it from root to end. My favorites are Pureology Texture Twist or Bumble & Bumble Sumotech. I prefer the Pureology slightly more because it comes in a convenient pump bottle, but Husband currently uses the Sumotech, and it’s easier to share one product. You want a product that has a sticky consistency, like a wax or paste – NOT slippery/greasy like a pomade or cream. Something sticky will keep your curls/waves clumped together and intact.
I then twist/twirl my hair into sections. Right now, since my waves are pretty loose, I just divide my hair down the middle and twist into 2 big sections. If I have a fresh perm, I divide into 4 or 6 sections. The dampness of your hair + sticky styling product should keep your twists together somewhat well (it might fall out, so just re-twist it). With my hair dryer set on low, I cup each twist in the palm of my hand so it coils up, and dry. Make sure you’re on the low setting; the higher setting will make your hair frizzy and your hair coil will keep flying out of your hand. Keep untwisting, retwisting, coiling up, and drying – you’ll start to see a nice loose curl form. I’ll sometimes use a diffuser in a similar manner, but usually, I’ll just use my hands. If you’re sensitive to heat, the diffuser is a good option.
For bangs and for touch-ups, I use a 1.25″ curling iron. If I’m going for a more beachy not-as-curled look, I like the Bed Head Deep Waver. Tip: don’t put it on max heat – it’ll make your hair look too frizzy.
My favorite hairspray was Big Sexy Hair, which was a MUST in Texas heat/humidity, but I haven’t really had to use hair spray in Seattle. My sistar introduced me to Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray and it is AWESOME. It REALLY does give you more volume wherever you spray it. You won’t be able to run your fingers through your hair, but it will be BIG.
I’ve recently started switching to washing my hair every other day, as opposed to everyday. This is due to a combination of wanting my perm to last longer, and trying to prevent my currently dyed hair from becoming too brassy, too quickly. I’m not sure how I feel about this because I actually LOVE washing my hair and LOVE the feeling of freshly-washed hair. I will say, Seattle hair weather makes this much more feasible since my hair rarely gets greasy/sweaty, unlike Texas hair weather. If it’s 2nd day hair, I wash only my bangs and re-curl them. For the rest of my head, I spray PSSST Dry Shampoo onto the roots, then touch up with a curling iron.
If my hair is beyond curling iron touch-up repair, up in a top knot it goes! I LOVE these Goody Spin Pins. Two pins is usually enough, but if you have a lot of hair, or really slippery hair, buy 2 sets. I’m currently having top knot issues because my bangs are long enough to be included in the bun, but my hairline is the worst. SO MANY BABY HAIRS. So furry and wispy. I don’t know what to do, besides electrolysis, which seems a bit drastic, BUT SHOULD I? AM I DOOMED TO HAVE BANGS FOR ALL ETERNITY? Maybe.
At night when I wash my face, I use a plain plastic headband to keep my hair back. It stays in my hair better and doesn’t get wet like a cloth headband does. After getting a perm, I started putting my hair up when I sleep to reduce frizz and maintain waves for 2nd day hair. My favorite is the American Apparel Velvet Scrunchie - it’s has a good stretchiness and the velvet texture keeps it from slipping out of my hair. I DEFINITELY do not leave the house in the scrunchie! Remember that SATC episode where the lady had a scrunchie in her hair and it was because she was from the Midwest? SADFACE.