Thursday, April 19, 2007

Hairy stuff

My hair has now reached the mid-back point, and I desperately need to get it cut. It's not enough that it takes me 15 minutes to properly wash my hair (15 minutes! which is why I usually shower when Flybaby is in bed for the night), but then I spend another 20 to dry and straighten it. Because my hair is super thick -- I get it thinned a couple times a year -- and hyper-wavy (a term I came up with to describe lots of tiny waves that sometimes actually curl but not always; most people would simply call it curly and be done with it), I feel a need to make it as flat as possible or end up looking like I'm stuck in some wild 1980s-era hair band video.

(Yes, I know about the book Curly Girl and I know about Ouidad. Sometimes I let my hair be free. But leaving it curly requires more maintenance -- more time I don't have -- in the end, and I'd rather straighten it and be done with it.)

To get my hair straight and flat, I start with L'Oreal Vive Pro Smooth Intense products "for dry, rebellious hair that's thick." Yes, it actually says that right on the bottle. Gee, thanks! Then I dry my hair with a large, round brush and my trusty Conair dryer that has a diffuser attachment, until it's almost dry. To finish, I use my Remington Wet2Straight straightener. You can spend $200 on straightening irons, and I'm sure they're worth it, but this works great for me. Sometimes, if I want to feel special, I'll spray Citre Shine Shine Mist Spray Laminator on my hair (and sometimes also in between washings).

You see what I have to go through? That's why I need a cut so badly. It takes too long to straighten this hair of mine. So ... know of any good, current styles, "Mom hair" or otherwise?

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Blogger Lissete said...

20 minutes to dry?? You must be a pro! I have pin straight hair & it takes me about 15 mins. My daughter has thick wavy hair and I think she usually takes about 45 mins. On a side note, I used to always spiral perm my hair because I hated my straight hair. I would still like curls in the summer though but I'm killing it enough with color! :)

2:17 PM  
Blogger Guinevere Meadow said...

Don't forget, Lancelot and I will com e over and play with Flybaby while you get your hair cut! I need to get mine cut too. I just hate having to break in a new stylist. Sigh.

2:26 PM  
Blogger ~Melissa~ said...

Oh my! I could never keep up with that routine.

By the way, I nominated you for an award on my blog :)

2:59 PM  
Blogger mrsmogul said...

I;ll confess something to you..I STILL HAVEN'T BoughtA HAIRDRYER since we moved to Florida! Heck, I just let the damn thing dry in the mornings. As for my brow hairs! It's starting to look like a tree!

4:05 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

I envy anyone coordinated enough to use a hairbrush WHILE blowdrying. I am a spaz when it comes to that kind of stuff!

I do love the CitreShine stuff!

4:05 PM  
Blogger Guinevere Meadow said...

Oh, thanks for the sweet comment! It's always great spending time with you too! Love ya, girl!

4:19 PM  
Blogger groovyoldlady said...

My hair IS straight and flat and thin.

I look at Mulletman's curls and ringlets and sigh over their inate sexiness. Seems we always want what we ain't got!

5:27 PM  
Blogger Melissa R. Garrett said...

Holy Camoley! It probably takes me 10 minutes to wash, dry, and "style" my hair. But then again, mine is stick straight and very fine. The closest I ever get to a compliment about my hair is when I go to have it trimmed and the stylist says, without fail, "your hair is really healthy." Um, thanks?

I don't just want healthy hair, I want beautiful hair! Sigh.

I wouldn't mind having thick, curly hair just for one day. Just to try it out . . .

7:18 AM  
Blogger DSB said...

I can totally relate! Only I have thick, frizzy hair that isn't really curly or straight, just wild!

9:56 PM  

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