So, I have a confession. It's really, really horrible. I completely. I mean really fried my hair. I went too crazy with my Beachwaver, using it way too often, using it at max heat, and being lazy and not using my heat protectant spray like a good beauty blogger. I thought that stuff didn't do much except make my hair a bit greasy. Apparently it actually does something...
So, roughly the top 1/3 of my hair is basically feeling like a brillo pad. Whenever I wash it, I just cringe. I need to dry my hair if it gets wet (it takes well over 6 hours to dry on its own otherwise), and that just seems to make it worse. Luckily if I do that at night, by the next day the brillo-padness seems to calm down quite a bit. For better (or worse?) I can't follow David Hensley's advice and just cut off my hair, it's the entire hair shaft for the top 1/3 of my head. I guess I could shave it off.... but I've always had long hair and things are just super frizzy and dry, nothing is breaking off. I can save my hair!
So, I've been coming up with a plan of attack. First, I bugged my beloved Shannon, who did my hair when I lived in the OC. Her advice (via Facebook):
Go get a good hair cut and conditioning treatment. Also, you can put Coconut oil in it at night if it's really dry. (Use a crappy pillow case.) Use the Purple (for moisture) Pureology and wear a hat in the sun.Luckily, I already had an appointment with Heather, my hair dresser here in Michigan. (Who I also like, but she just isn't Shannon, so it isn't the same. Does that make sense? It does to me.) I got a hair cut, Heather did some "texturizing" in the top layers that took out more of the damaged top bits, and we did a very intensive moisturizing treatment. She had some advice as well.
My former hair stylist, who I miss dearly
Avoid heat, but if you must, use nothing over 390. Use your heat protectant spray all the time, wash at the most every other day and use the intensive treatment twice a week. When you use the treatment, try to put your hair in a shower cap or a towel to keep it moist, and the longer you can leave it on your hair the better. It will take time, but after a month or so you'll be better.
My Michigan hair stylist
So, I've purchased Heather's preferred intensive treatment (Keratin Intensive Treatment), I have my Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner Duo in the shower, though I also have Matrix Total Results Repair products to test out. I've discovered that Laid Brand Shady Girl Shampoo & Conditioner are the ones that give me the softest and healthiest hair after washing (almost no frizz at all pre-styling products), so I'm already preferentially using those. I've broken out all of my leave-in conditioners as well, and I even bought some coconut oil, so I'll let you know if I turn into a grease ball with that.
So, watch for a lot of intensive hair treatment posts in the near future!
PS I forgot to add, that after my hair cut and intensive moisturizing treatment at the salon, my hair felt AMAZING. So healthy and silky. I know it can be saved, I'm just going to need to spend a lot of time with conditioner on my head to do it!
I received some of the mentioned products for consideration, though some of them I purchased myself.