I've written about my hair, before. I suspect that I have African American in my blood. Without mousse, my hair is a Brillo pad. It is just fuzz. I kind of had a long 'fro in the seventies. In the seventies, if I wasn't sporting a 'fro, I was sleeping in huge "orange juice can" rollers. That is what they were called. Mine were pink plastic and I slept in them from the mid-seventies until the eighties when a "dryer-brush" came into play. (Insert periods of "hot rollers, here, as well, My son had a 'fro in his high school senior picture. He has beautiful curls. A little fuzz. My daughter doesn't hardly have curls, just fuzz. (She has her hair professionally straightened and it is beautiful.) I have a lot of fuzz (frizz?), but with coaxing, curls.
I joke about "life before mousse." There were a lot of things I didn't know about, growing up, and mousse was one. I didn't know how to care for my hair. I used a hairbrush. Which only makes it fuzz more. Finally, at some point, I went to someone who properly instructed me on the care of fuzzy, curly hair. Throw out the hairbrush and use a pick. (Check.) Use mousse. (Check.) The proper name these days is "sculpting foam." I was in love with the medium Paul Mitchell mousse, (loved the coconut smell) but can't find it any longer. There is a good generic brand that I've bought at Sally's Beauty Supply called "Generic Sculpting Foam" (compare to Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam with conditioner.) (Has coconut aroma.) Another mousse that is good for my hair is John Frieda Frizz-Ease Take Charge Curl-Boosting Mousse.
To attempt good looking curls, I dry with my blow dryer on low while using a defuser. I crunch, crunch, crunch and lean forward and crunch. (My hair, not my abs.)
Then I lube up my hands with the Vaseline Aloe and crunch, crunch, crunch. The entire process takes time. But if I'm not crunching, I'm using a 2" curling iron to straighten my hair- or a flat iron. Either process takes time.
This aloe is amazing for what ails you, be it dry skin or dry hair.
When we were at the festival Friday night, I told Doug "take a picture of my hair from above." (I am 5'2" and he is 6'1", so the photos are from above.) But you can see, my hair has a good crunch to it.
|my hair, aloe-fied.|
With the help of aloe, the war is over and we have peace.