Thursday, June 20, 2013

The mane attraction.

If your hair looks put together then most probably you will too. A lot of women and men spend long hours and countless dollars trying to get the right kind of hair/hairstyle. You kind of have to invest in hair - it's sitting on top of your head! I have had long hair my entire adult life mostly because I have developed an attachment to it and will suffer from separation anxiety if I cut it off.  Mine is straight and I like to style it in different ways. Here are some of my current favorite products and hairstyles.

Hairstyles:

- The sock bun. Perfect for those days when I have no time to style my hair any other way.  I just make a high pony tail and roll my hair inwards with the insert. Before the inserts became common I would literally use a sock but that never worked really well. Inserts are available at any accessory shop like Claire's, Icing, ULTA etc.



- Curls/waves. I use the old school hot rollers. Curling irons/rods are just not for me. With my long hair it would take me forever to sit and curl sections of my hair one at a time. Instead, I put on the hot rollers, do my makeup and take the rollers off- voila! soft wavy/curly hair with half the time and effort.



- Keeping things straight. The best style for your hair is the one you were born with. Since mine is straight anyway, I let my hair air dry, divide it in two sections (top and bottom, not left and right) and then quickly run a hot flat iron through it. Sometimes I use a protective, anti-frizz spray to prevent damage from the heat and keep the frizz out.



Products:

- I don't spend big bucks on salon brand shampoo and hair conditioners. I've tried them and haven't seen much of a difference between those and regular drug store brands so why spend more? I like L'oreal's Total Repair 5, Herbal Essences Hello Hydration and Aveeno's Living Color shampoos and conditioners.



-  L'oreal's Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm is great for weekly treatments to make hair soft, smooth and shiny. I noticed a considerable improvement in the shine and general health of my hair.

- Aveeno's leave-in treatment is good for those days when you haven't deep conditioned your hair and feel like your strands need some moisture. The only drawback with this is that I felt like I was going through the bottle very fast. Nevertheless, it's a good product.



- Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Anti-frizz creme. Let me just say that it is not a great "anti-frizz" as it claims to be. So if that is your primary concern and you have thick and coarse hair, don't bother with this product. Having said that, it works pretty well on my long straight hair. It leaves it soft and smelling great, not sticky or greasy. It also takes care of a little frizz for me. I use it more as a hair refresher than as an anti-frizz cream.



- John Frieda's Frizz-Ease Heat Defeat Protective Styling Spray. Protects from heat of styling tools like flat iron and curling rods and controls frizz.



I don't know much about what works for curly or coarse hair so if you do then please share your favorites with us :)



  

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