Friday, August 11, 2006

dragged through a hedge backwards

I have been trying to grow my hair long. One length. I've tried long layers, I've tried shorter layers and now, I am trying one length. Ya know what? It's just not working.

I envy you girls with thick, straight hair sporting a few strategic highlights. I want that hair. That texture. Straight, thick and heavy. Now I don't really like Jennifer Aniston's hair, but the texture of her hair looks very manageable. Straight, weighty, able to behave itself. Or is this just an illusion? Do girls with straight, shiny hair spend hours straightening it?

For instance, can you let your hair just AIR DRY? Does it look normal afterwards or does it look like you've been dragged through a hedge backwards (my husband's description).

My hair is similar to this poor anonymous woman who I don't know. No... this is not me, it's almost exactly like my hair, though. Fine, flyaway hair. (sorry, lady)

I don't want to spend half an hour straightening it, or curling it. I just ponytail it and with the wind and humidity all these horrible fine little hairs break free and form a halo. Do you know what I mean?

What do I need? Product? Hours of straightening? Or maybe a really short (yikes) cut? I am tired, tired, tired of my hair. Not to mention that it never gets out of a ponytail. Never.

Advice needed. I think I may hack it off. Maybe something like this... Comments, product suggestions? Anyone?!

17 Comments:

At 1:04 PM, Blogger Kel said...

my hair looks like an afro out of the shower - air dry leaves me looking like Meg Ryan without the benefit of a high priced stylist -

I use a Tigi product called "After the Party" which I adore for straightening - or "Fashionista" - and then I blow dry, use a cooler setting to avoid frizz

if I do airdry, which I have done all summer,I find that a good towel dry and brushing as straight and possible and "knotting" in a scrunchy leaves me with curls, but smoother - and I use a spray leave-in conditioner to control the ends

Burt's Bee also has a wonderful avacado deep conditioner - 1X/wk

if you have high humidity just get a few great clips and pull it up until fall! LOL! Seriously! It can be discouraging!

 
At 1:06 PM, Blogger Kel said...

PS - short hair takes longer to style! I have done it! AND you have to do it everyday!

I mean - I use to "gel and run" if you are looking for that spikey look ;)

 
At 2:46 PM, Blogger Julia said...

Now see, I wouldn't mind Meg Ryan's hair after air drying. No such luck.

Thanks for the product tips. I use no smoothing agents, so I think that is a problem.

It's not pretty.

 
At 6:12 PM, Blogger Kel said...

yeah, I hate the "feel" of product in my hair - but finally gave in - and I can't "feel" these - I gave in to the product . . .

spray in conditioners are a good start - and section off the hair with a "jaw" clip as you dry - makes it easier -

 
At 6:54 PM, Blogger Lucky Charmz said...

I have curly wavy thick hair, and it helps to have a really great haircut and a hairdresser that understands me. I have tried different straight styles, but my hair always goes back to curly. I like the Aussie mousse and then some thick gel, and then finish it off with the Aussie Sprunch spray, then dry it. During the school year, I sit under a little dryer which I got at Sally Beauty Supply for about $40. It sounds so silly, but that dryer has changed my life. When I used to use the regular hairdryers, they always made my hair frizzy and the dryer burned out after a month or so on my thick mane. I think in my lifetime I have used every product known to man. The key is to try two or three together.

 
At 9:36 PM, Blogger Kel said...

I agree - cut is key

look for someone with your type of hair and attack them in the supermarket parking lot - not kidding here!

I actually approached a woman in the school parking lot and got her stylists' number -

the next time it was another mom in my daughter's class -

look for your hair and track down a stylist - and it is worth paying to have it done right if you can! Even if it is a one time thing to "learn"

 
At 10:23 AM, Blogger Lucky Charmz said...

I think that the Fructis products are also really good, especially the mousse and gel together .

My husband has carpal tunnel in both wrists, extremely painful. I have watched him deteriorate until he could no longer function. He just had one surgery last Friday and it seems a success. The other is in a few weeks. His personality almost changes when he is in pain, he is unmotivated and depressed and that is not his personality. I am glad to see hope for his pain levels. It is a hard thing to go through. I wish you the best in your pain management.

 
At 7:47 PM, Blogger suburban mom said...

You described my hair. Frizzy, blah, I usually just stick it back in a pony tail.

If I *do* take the time to blow dry then use a curling iron, it looks pretty good, but that takes too long for every day.

I just try to keep the highlights up, and then I don't worry about it too much.

 
At 8:23 PM, Blogger suburban mom said...

ok missy - which photo are you talking about? ;)

 
At 2:28 PM, Blogger Mz. Pig said...

First of all, I hope that your pain at least becomes manageable.
Thanks for the tips that you posted on my blog. :)
And...I am lovin' that short lil' layered cut...wish that I could do that...alas, my cheeks are too chubby.....*sigh*

 
At 2:29 PM, Blogger Mz. Pig said...

fyi...been married for over twenty years (straight out of grade school...er...college) and I kept my maiden name...no hyphens, no regrets.

 
At 8:10 PM, Blogger Kel said...

so, I was thinking of you today as I sat reading the September Real Simple - article on hair products with recommendations by hair type/issue etc. definitely worth a looksee

 
At 9:23 PM, Blogger Gina said...

Love the third. My vote.

 
At 11:54 AM, Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

Thnak you for coming by my blog, and leading me back to your delightful spot! It is a good shot in the arm, your humor is just want I needed.
Long or short, you will look good!
Though, regarding hair texture... the same envy I carry!

 
At 1:36 PM, Blogger suburban mom said...

Julia girlfriend you crack me up. And when are you going to update?

 
At 5:39 PM, Blogger Jackie said...

alway had mine quite short. it has a life of its own and I have no control over it except to make sure it doesn't grow too long and overtake me completely!!

 
At 11:58 PM, Blogger Nap Queen said...

Ha! I get the halo of frizzies thing going too. I call it the "Gene Wilder".

 

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