Saturday, November 23, 2013

Frizzville

So, guys. Spill. Share some of your styling tips and tricks here with me, people..... because I'm ready to pull my hair out. Literally and figuratively.You my recall the catastrophic haircut incident awhile back (and of which I never want to speak again).

.::sob::.

It's been six whole months since the day I made that bone-headed decision to do a 'walk in' haircut, and in spite of me forcefully willing each hair follicle to sprout yards and yards of hair, well. Things aren't good, coiffure-wise. First of all, my follicles simply aren't cooperating. It seems that they didn't get the grow-hair-stat memo. But then, nothing that comes out of my head (or brain) is particularly quick these days...

Secondly, what little hair has grown back is sproingy with untamable curls. This would be great if those curls were shiny and healthy looking, but no. They're dull and dry. And frizzly beyond belief.

And finally to add insult to injury.....my new hair has plenty of grey. These grey hairs add a whole other weirdo dimension in that they are kind of coarse and stiff. And tend to stick up in the strangest places.

Dumb stupid hair. The only reason it's relatively straight in the pic is because I wasted my morning spent considerable time blow-drying this mop. Wah. Wah wah wah wah wah.

Aside from wearing a hat or a paper bag over my head for the foreseeable  future, what do y'all suggest to tame this unruly beast? What is your favorite strategy/product/styling tip? Is your hair as dry as mine? And if so, are you being as big of a whiney-butt as I am?

15 comments:

Es said...

Hi Julia, What about hair oils? The salons will rub in small amt of oil after your doo is done, for shine. I think mine used something fancy like morrocan hair oil. I don't know if you could use them daily maybe weekly. Might help, might turn into a greasy mess :-) As for the gray pokey hairs please keep us all informed if anyone has a brillliant sure fix solution. :-)

Betsi said...

I lost much of my hair after having peritonitis post colon surgery, and what's left wants to curl (and not in an attractive way). Curly hair gets frizzy and doesn't shine! I had a free sample of Loreal Everpure Moisture Shampoo, and went out and bought a tube after trying it. Morrocan oil is also good. But the key is blow drying -- if you don't want frizz, you have to do it until your hair is completely dry. Coloring is a pain in the butt, but it greatly improves hair texture.

Yes, I am probably being a much WORSE whiney-butt than you are. I almost died, and I'm complaining about my hair?? Silly, but I can't help it.

annie said...

You don't want grey ...color your hair, and if you can get it done in a salon by a professional, even better as they have great products. Mine uses a product from Italy with minimal peroxide, no smell and doesn't dry my hair, and it's not extremely expensive.


As for the frizz, get a cut every 6-8 weeks to trim the dry tips, use a conditioner, a deep conditioner, or a hot oil treatment(they do help, and don't blow dry your hair all the time. Also, make sure you're eating well and taking in enough natural oils (omegas) to help your body.This is my routine, hope it helps somewhat.

LM said...

Everything I 'own' is dry and falling apart. hehe
I do get regular haircuts every 6 weeks and have salon color every two visits. The stylist can add dimension (via color) to otherwise bland looking hair with highlights and lo-lights. She cuts in layers to add some volume.
I used to have really nice hair -thick, straight, shiny, and a pretty color. I didn't recognize how lucky I was. Now it is limp, dry, flaky, and oddly wavy. My guess is all of the medicines don't help us at all!

I have embraced the 'wavy' and work with it and not against it (as my stylist suggests. I don't have the energy to blow dry it straight and then flat-iron it. SO...per her suggestion I bought a set of the jumbo hot rollers (7-8 in a set for $25.00). I let my hair air dry while I do other things (lay in the chair, sit at the desk, surf the web) and then roll it up. While it sets I attempt to put a tiny bit of makeup on in 5 minutes (concealer, eyeshadow and mascara). I never have worn a lot, but I find I need it more now and I don't do it as often as I should. I'm too pale and pasty. Looking at a picture from last Christmas of my (beautiful and healthy) Sisters and I, I actually sort of 'look' sick. My skin doesn't have that healthy pink flush and my eyes have dark circles. I even spent extra time that day with makeup and hair. Is that possible? Or maybe I just notice it more?
My stylist suggested I don't wash my hair daily - it only dries it more. I just take a quick daily shower and saves me the effort of drying and styling my hair, too. Another bonus...I find when I use the hot rollers, I can get 2 days out of it with a quick curling iron touch up on the second day. Never thought I'd be thinking of ways to avoid doing my hair because I was too tired. I know that wouldn't work for everyone, because some people get greasy looking hair if they don't wash it. Mine is just dry and flat.

My hair is a little splurge with the hi-lights and low lights and cut, but it makes me feel better.
Besides, I love someone else to spend their time and effort on it. I'm too tired. I also enjoy having a pedicure. Dry feet are a problem for all of us I'm sure and pretty piggies really helps. I don't do them as often in the Winter, but I do treat myself every so often and my husband encourages it.

Enough of my rambling. Do something for yourself. Splurge on your hair at a good salon. It will make you feel so much better. Maybe just a little back to 'normal'...if only for a day. :)

Julie said...

I use WEN products, to fight that dryness. And coloring actually seems to make my hair more manageable.. Its also a great treat to go to the salon and enjoy the pampering. I am also on vitamins , that my rheum has prescribed such as folic acid, multivit, fish oil, B12... don't know if anything like that might help. When my hair is tending toward waviness, , I just put in some hair styling cream, scrunch, and put on a turbi towel or not, and let it dry on its own. Don't rub or mess with it, til dry and then add a little hairspray to set it. I also love dry shampoos, rubbed in at the roots, to add lift and volume. What I have heard as most drying, is products with alcohol in them, so maybe try to avoid a lot of hair products that in it.

Shara Bingham Mills said...

Wigs baby! when I have those mornings, I pull out my little friends and pick a hair do. I was going to show you them but it sounded like too much work. I've told you about Sam. You could have John bring you up for a hair appointment to straighten you out on a cut and hair products. I have tons of hair products I use depending on what my hair is up too. A workable cut does wonders.

Bubble Girl:Navigating the world in a bubble said...

I have curls and when I straighten my hair I use Paul Mitchell super skinny serum. For most other days, cause Im too tired to fuss, as Im about to get oit of the shower I put a dab of my conditioner in my hair and leave it in. I wrap my hair in a turbie twist( at fred meyer), then I use my fingers to come through my hair. (do not use a brush or comb as this will cause more frizz) I then spray my hair with Ion curl gel. And let it air dry. Always turns out beautiful. Good luck! Btw my sister taught me this, she used to be a hair dresser.

mcspires said...

I agree with what a lot of others are saying. Color helps the grey and gives it more body. My hubby always wants it longer, but I no longer have the energy. I have gone short, and embraced the curl. Best thing I could have done. I can't afford the salon, except for cuts. I dye it at home. I only wash it every other day, and I use a small amount of Biosilk, which is an oil you just run through your wet hair with your fingers. I follow up with a curl enhancing mousse which I run through with my hands, and use my fingers to place some curls around my face. Sometimes I use a curling iron if I want to tame a curl or two to curl a different direction. I use a cheap hairspray to set it. It lasts two days, and often looks better on day two than day one.

Tricia said...

I have embraced the curls too. I always had straight hair but for some reason , it is very curly now. I moved to the eastern coast when I retired and the humidity made it impossible for my hair to remain straight after I blew it dry. My hairdresser suggested I give in to the curls, but my hair was extremely frizzy and fine so it looked so thin. My hairdresser taught me to put in a leave in conditioner every time I washed and then I put in a product that enhances curls and is like a mousse. It works great. I put it in with my hands and scrunch my curls and let it air dry. It looks amazingly good. It doesn't look so thin because of all the curls. It helps to have a good hairdresser that you trust. I had just moved so I was just lucky to find this girl. Just remember, you are a very pretty girl anyway!

Andrea said...

I have fine hair with some grays (I refuse to color) that occasionally have a mind of their own. It took me 30 years to figure out my hair and this is how I can get the curls manageable that requires little time. After I shower (I shampoo every other day with just using conditioner in between) I use an old t-shirt to scrunch and dry my hair (a towel makes it too frizzy), after about 5-10 minutes of air dry I put on a small amount of curl cream to help define the curls. That is it. I let it air dry because I am busy...or lazy. Throughout the day I wet my hands and scrunch it. I like to keep it simple when it comes to my hair.

Anonymous said...

Last year, at the age of 68 and while recovering from a leg infection, I finally gave in and quit coloring my hair. When it finally grew out (took 6 months) not only did I have lovely grey hair (though thin) but it had more body and curl that all the years I colored it! My hairdresser gave me a cute pixie cut which makes it so easy to care for. Like the others mentioned, she cut it so the curls naturally go the way they want and it is so easy to care for.

You may want to talk to your hairdresser about the use of a "clarifying" shampoo if you are using a lot of products in your hair. After using it, you hair will have more shine and feel softer. They can be drying so I'd suggest having it done at the salon so she can advise you what products to use to moisturize you hair afterward.

BeckyJo

Gill said...

One of those hairbands with hair attached to the top. If it's Tuesday It Must Be Purple, wednesday pink, thursday blue, Friday green, saturday orange, sunday, well what could you get away without being banned from church?

kara said...

Argan oil. A little goes a long way, but it will tame the frizzies and curly hair really loves it.

Jackie said...

Mom, try the Organix coconut milk leave-in conditioner. It really helps my hair!

Sjogren's Style said...

I really like L'Oreal Ever Sleek Frizz Taming serum (http://www.sjogrensstyle.com/2012/01/product-review-hair-care.html). On the pricer side, I use the Fekkai Glossing cream, though I only buy the 1.6 oz. $9 one at Ulta because it lasts forever (I only use a pea-sized amount). For shampoo and conditioner, I think that Herbal Essences Honey I'm Strong is as good or better than any salon options.

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