Help for the Forlorn of Hair
Okay ya’ll…I need help with my Sheep Dog hair..No I do not have a sheep dog. I am the sheep dog. See, my hair is kinda curly at the base and frizzy/swollen at the ends. Not curly enough to be curly but too wavy to be straight without serious intervention. Let me be clear that in the 80’s when spiral perms were in, my hair Rocked. It was BIG hair and I had it goin’ on. But when perms went out, so did my ‘do’ and I haven’t know what to ‘do’ ever since.
For one terrible thing, air drying is not an option for me. If you are one of those cute girls that can go to the beach or be in a hurry after a shower and simply let your hair blow free in the breeze to smooth perfection, well I just really don’t like you. I learned this was not a possibility for me after a trip to Six Flags as a teenager…No one told me I would be getting soaked to the bone on the very first ride so for the next 10 hours of the 100 degree Hades of Six Flags I walked around with an air-dried poof on my head with absolutely no banana clip(my fave 80’s hair accessory) in site! Talk about the walk of shame…uggh..Mark that down as one of the worst 10 days of my life.
So I’ve learned I can never, ever be in a situation where I can not either re-wet, have a ball hat and pony tail holder available, or blow dry immediately. I say immediately because if my hair gets too dry, I must start all over with a freshly wet head. You have no idea how much experimentation, trial and error has had to happen to perfect the process of getting this mane to lie down and behave. My family understands this…No one, NO ONE, messes with momma before the hair is dry. What they also understand is my deep, abiding affection for my round brush which I must use for the full 20 minutes of sectioned blowdrying. So two huge rules at my house?? You don’t mess with momma with wet hair and you don’t touch The Brush.
It isn’t over with the drying…At this point, I must allow the hair to cool completely before the straightening begins. This is only accomplished by pulling it up in a clippy and combing out very small sections to burn into submission. Did you know hair can scream?? Oh yeah honey, it can. I’ve heard it. Anyway, the last step is to use velcro rollers in the top to give the crown that added bounce I’ve tried so hard to flatten out. No wonder I’m worn out by the time I’m ready to go anywhere!
I’m telling you all of this to say that I need a new hair gel, cream, pomade, something that will help in my quest for smoothness. I have tried lately: Big Sexy super smoothing gel, Matrix smoothing gel and neither one of them are doing it for me…My hair is still swollen and believe it or not…it really isn’t dry, it is just fat. That is it…I have fat hair.
So if you understand at all what I am talking about or have found a product that works for you…would you tell me what it is?? Thanks in advance, I just know you’ll come through for me, girls! :)
Better yet, do you have any hair dilemmas the sistahood could help you with?? Let’s just get it all out girls…it’ll free you…really.
No read advice here…just visiting from Darlene’s blog (whom I also just discovered) and wanted to say hi.
I love the look of your blog and your “real” conversational writing.
I’m a home school mom of two girls, almost 5 and 7. My style is a little all over the board, but please feel free to stop by anytime!
My husband (long haired pastor dude that he is) swears by Frizz-ease products…well, he doesn’t swear…but he says they are really good!!
Me…I have no hair talent at all. Should have been born bald, for all the good I do my hair. Oh, I have good looking hair quality wise…but style?? Momma ain’t got nunna dat!
And I avoid round brushes…too many times of having to have help getting unwound from the brush…and then the rat’s nest left behind creates a WHOLE nuther problem.
Sorry I wasn’t more help…I think I need a hairbrushin’….
Girlfriend, don’t even get me started on my hair dilemas! I’m like you, HAVE to blow dry immediately, or it becomes one big headed Q-tip looking thing! I’ve tried many products, to no avail. I, too, go through the blow dry with the fat round brush, flat iron and big fat curling iron for some lift in the crown.
I’ve not had a haircut since OCTOBER of 2006…if you can believe that!? After my last ordeal, which you can read about here…
I’m scissors shy now! When you find help, send it my way!
If you have fat hair, then I have the opposite, I guess, skinny. It is baby fine and thin. Yuck. When it’s wet, I look like a wet rat. But, I’m wondering if you use a heated straightener at all, the ceramic kind. There has a to be a universe of information out there on this important topic on the Internet. I’m even wondering if you made one trip to really expensive salon if they couldn’t advise you for a lifetime.Anyway, you look bee-utiful in your picture. I know it’s a lot of work for you, though, so I get why you’re frustrated.
Found your blog through the WFMW carnival and had to say hi – from one preacher’s wife to another! Tracy
Okay girlfriend (and anyone else reading these comments) I do not have curly, or frizzy hair. I have thick, wavy hair. Curls would be better…thin would be better…less grey would be better…but that’s another subject altogether! Add to that the fact that I have 4 children, I homeschool and I run a cake and cookie business. Can you say, “Who has time to use a flat iron to straighten her hair, or use hot rollers to curl it?” So, let me let you in on a little $7-$8 secret I get at the grocery store. Olgilvie Hair Straightener! It works like a perm. It takes me about 1 1/2 hours from start to finish, and my hair is smooth and flat for 3-4 months at a time. It seems that each time I use it, it lasts just a little bit longer. Like maybe my hair is figuring out that I want it straight and flat, not wavy and bushy!
I wash my hair, I blow dry the top so I can do a quick curling iron on my bangs to add lift, and the rest air dries…straight and flat! If I could ever get my picture to post on my profile, you could see it for yourself…no flat-iron, no blow-drying, just straight, flat hair.
Sorry I didn’t reply earlier, I’m just now catching up on my blog reading despite the massive pile of dishes and laundry waiting for me! I was determined to have some fun this morning before I tackle the housework and the cakes and cookies for the weekend! Now, this was my last stop, so I guess I’ll go start the fun now…
I know this is a late post, but go here http://missjessies.com/pix-galore.htm. If you want to keep your curls or tame your hair the products are great. It will turn the frizzy curls, into ringlets.