Most of the time, it really is hard to bring me down. But as obvious from my previous post that there are times I get into a sulky mood (although I may blame my hormones for that, I hate this time of the month). Whenever I lose my motivation to keep going, I do things to get it all out, then bounce back to my usual happy self. As it turns out, all I needed for a pick me up is to write a short post about it and read a book (Pittacus Lore’s I Am Number Four).
Moving on from my self-inflicted frustration onto another minor frustration. It’s not included in the things that keep me up at night, but it does annoy me whenever I have to go out and have no idea what to do with my mess of a hair. Once upon a time, I had lustrous, shiny jet black hair. What in the world happened with my crowning glory? (Just an excuse to share photos I got from the baul haha!)
Hence, when I discovered how rebonding keeps my hair free of frizz and shiny for more than a year, I had it done every time the treatment starts to lose its effects. Photo in the left is when I last had my hair rebonded two years ago (2010), and the one in the right was December last year when I got my “Mikay Bangs" (thanking my lucky stars, it grew out fine with the help of another haircut from Edwin Samot!). :p
Unfortunately when I DIY’d my hair (bleached it before dyeing it dark red, though it does not look like it in the photo), my hair got really dry and frizzy! I had to put in extra effort in either blow drying, ironing or curling my hair every morning. I also used tons of hair masks to no avail.
Since my split ends got too noticeable, I finally decided to get a hair cut. However, though my split ends are barely nonexistent at the time being, my mane just got more unruly now that it’s shorter! It seemed each strand had a mind of its own and they all decided to go on their separate ways. Dear hair, cooperate!
The thing is, compared to other girls (or guys), I really do not enjoy spending a lot of time fixing my hair. I allot a maximum of 15 minutes for hair styling unless I am attending an event (wherein it takes me less than an hour to curl/straighten my hair). Fortunately for me, I can achieve a nice and soft “everyday” hair with three products and little effort.
Since I have awfully dry hair (I have an oily face and my hair is too dry, I sometimes ask myself why my body can’t just balance it out), I use Herbal Essences Hydralicious Self-Targeting Shampoo which is formulated [mainly] for dry hair. I go for either this one or the Reconditioning Shampoo (also another product from the Hydralicious Line, AND in a purple bottle haha). The truth is, I don’t really notice if it’s doing the job of keeping my hair hydrated, I’m one of those people who uses whatever shampoo that’s available. What I did observe was that whenever I use this shampoo, my hair never smells of sweat. Living in a tropical country, it’s pretty easy to smell like you just came off a workout simply by walking outside. So that’s a plus for me. :)
I know this one’s a hair mask, but I also use this Byphasse Hair Mask (almost everything in the packaging is in French) as an alternative for conditioner. I leave it on for 10 minutes, and my hair is soft for nearly a week afterwards! I also love the HBC Keratin Treatment (or Hair Mask, it’s in the same packaging as this one), but it’s almost always out of stock whenever I go out to buy one.
Lastly, I use the Pure Beauty Treatment Essence Water to somehow lessen the frizz. I chanced upon this product while it was on a Buy 1 Take 1 promo, hence, I tried it. I am not a big fan of the smell, but luckily, you’d have to be really near (or have a dog’s sense of smell) to notice it. I spray it on damp hair before blow drying (or I let my hair dry naturally), and I notice that it’s not as frizzy compared to when I don’t put anything on. The plus side is it’s water-based, unlike leave ons that make your hair feel heavy and creates a build up. I read some reviews for this product that it lessens split ends as well, I have my fingers crossed for that one!
As of the moment, I have been staying away from any kind of treatment that will further damage my hair. Though I now have brassy, uneven colored hair (oh, the horror of the regrowth!), until my hair rejuvenates, I am steering clear of hair coloring.
Oh, and I’m really sorry if I unfollowed any of your Tumblr blogs. I have been following too many people (and having a hard time in backreading through my dashboard) so I had to let go of the few that moved on to other platforms (Blogspot, Wordpress, etc). I still visit those blogs though. :)
How about you, what hair products creates miracles for your hair? Do you spend a lot of time styling your hair? Any hairy tales you’d like to share? :)