Hair, there, everywhere

My parents blessed me with wild hair. It was difficult to tame as a kid, thick and curly, and my mom always gave me the dumbest haircuts. I think a lot of us can relate to that last one, amiright? It was the seventies … it’s just the way things were. As I got older, in my tween/teen years, my hair developed a natural frizz. Thanks a lot, genetics. I spent the majority of my teens with very, very crunchy hair because of the gallons of gel I dumped on it.

Fast forward a few … ahem … years and finding a product that actually works to eliminate frizz is a challenge. Add to that a product to define my curls and it can be downright laughable/tear-inducing. That’s not to say it’s been an impossible feat. Just challenging and expensive.

There are a few products that I don’t think I could live without. The first is Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus Curling Shampoo-13 oz. I am IN LOVE with this shampoo!! The texture is a little different from what I am used to. It’s a little thin, so that does take some getting used to. I combine that with L’Oreal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Oil Curls Re-Nourish Mask, 8.5 fl. oz. (Packaging May Vary). I try not to use the mask every day because 1 – it might be overkill lol and 2 – that would get expensive. On days I don’t use the L’Oreal mask, I use Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Strong Treatment 8 Ounce (236ml). I have been dealing with hair loss from various medications and crazy high inflammation levels, so anything I can do to strengthen my luscious locks I try to do.

Post shower is pretty normal, I think. Except, I don’t use a terry cloth towel on my head. I use a Turbie Twist Microfiber Super Absorbent Hair Towel (2 Pack) Aqua-White. Another curly goddess told me there was some data that showed using a terry cloth towel actually pulled out the natural oils while your hair is wrapped up, which helps create frizz. I may have immediately hung up on her to get my hands on some Turbie Twists. No … seriously. Of course, I only use a wide toothed comb to get my tangles out and I NEVER brush my hair dry. Never. Ever. I also don’t own a blow dryer. I’ve never been very good at figuring out how to work a diffuser and using a dryer without one is a really bad idea. I wish you could hear me giggling at the very thought of that train wreck. While damp, I spritz with some John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Leave-in Conditioner, 8 Ounce (Pack of 2). What happens next depends entirely on whether I am leaving my house. If I’m not leaving, my hair routine is complete. If I am leaving though (which is as little as humanly possible) I will run a dollop of Marc Anthony True Professional Strictly Curls Curl Defining Lotion 8.3 fl oz (245 ml) though while scrunching everything up.

This sounds like a lot. I am not high maintenance. I swear. Can y’all hear me shushing my husband? No? Okay, good … on to my sheets! Well, pillowcases, to be specific. For tangle-free, frizz-free, still-curly curls, you’ve got to try satin pillowcases. Were these a gift from the heavens as a consolation prize for the frizz? Very likely, and I’ll take it! Tangles don’t stand a chance because hair just slides all over the place hahaha The down side is the pillows kinda slide all over the place, too. I put a blanket under mine to create a little bit of friction … problem solved!

So, that’s my hair routine, in a large nutshell. Any ones else out there facing the same hair woes? What is your routine for taming your mane?

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