Monday, May 23, 2011

Peace, Love and Aloe

I've been at war with my hair for...
oh, forever. 
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.
 Love, love, love this product!
Vaseline Aloe
If you have curly, a.k.a. frizzy hair, please share your secrets here.  Doug's sister-in-law, (whose family  is from Guyana) puts conditioner on and  doesn't wash it out.  I haven't tried that.  I'm afraid it would be too heavy for my hair.  My hair is thin, now.  Was thick when I was younger (they used to "thin" my hair with thinning shears) but now it is that thin, "over forty" hair.   Thus my need for "light" products.
With the help of aloe, the war is over and we have peace. 


Mariliz said...

I can relate and the older I get, the greyer & frizzier my hair gets. However, I have found with the right shampoo and conditioner and Redken anti frizz Polishing milk, my hair has good days!

farmlady said...

I guess you just have to experiment with all those products out there. I sat in front of an isle a WalMart the other day for almost a half hour try to figure out which shampoo and conditioner to buy. I have lots of them in my closet at home but I always think that one will be better than another. It's crazy.
I have wavy hair and don't have too much trouble with mine. I'm sure glad that you found a gel that works. Sharing your findings with others is very nice. It will save them a lot of time at the store. There is so much out there.

Kris said...

Your hair looks beautiful to me!!!! My daughter is a hairstylist so that is a big help to me!!

Lesley Collins said...

I use the Pureology RealCurl and PowerDressing mixed together.

Holly said...

Oh the time and money we spend on our hair. The products we buy and throw out. Let's shave our heads!! You first.

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