The Chop!5:00 AM
If you follow me on twitter or my facebook, you already know that I did a major chop to the hair. (Thank you all for the supportive words and advice on the haircut - I really was upset about it but you guys made me feel better.) I loved my long hair but after my digital perms, my hair has gotten increasingly unhealthy. So I decided that I needed to just try and get my hair healthy again and chopped a good amount off to get rid of the split ends and dryness. Plus, I had already been thinking about changing up my hair just to try something new. I think I was in shock the day that I got it cut and my hairstylist seemed so excited by the fact that I was trying something different (I usually have her do the exact same thing every time) so my reaction was just "OK I cut my hair" but the next day I woke up and looked at my hair in the mirror and thought "WHAT HAVE I DONE?!!" A bit dramatic, I know, but it has been a good 10 years since my hair was this short and my long hair has kind of become my security blanket so I just got so used to it. Plus, curling my hair and doing my hair in the mornings is something that generally relaxes me and that I truly enjoy so when I took a look at my short hair and I couldn't do the things I was used to doing, and everything I was doing made it look even more terrible, I kind of freaked out. Then I went on twitter and freaked out. Then I went on youtube to desperately try to find short hair style tutorials and came up with crapola (it's really hard to weed out good/bad videos on youtube when doing a general search, most are bad) and then freaked out again. ACK! OK so I finally calmed down, took my curling iron out and did a little work to make it look somewhat OK. I just did a little wave to it so here is what it looks like now.
Since I cut off the remaining part of my digital perm, my hair is now stick straight. I don't like the look of it super straight but texture like this, I can deal. I'm still learning how to style it as this length is hard for me to work with but I'm sure I'll get the hang of it. Ask me in a week and I'll (hopefully) love it. Anyway, if you have tips on working with short hair or if you can recommend any good youtube videos please share! (I especially can't figure out how to put up my hair and make it look good at this length) Like I said, it's been so long since my hair was this short so I can't even remember how I used to style it. The funny thing is, I've never been one to freak out about hair cuts. I had one friend that literally cried every time she got her hair cut and I'd just roll my eyes at the ridiculousness of it but this change for me was enough for me to understand her tears! I guess I knew it was going to be short but it just didn't hit me until I was trying to style it like I've been doing for the past few years and nothing was working!
To help get my hair back to being healthy, I've been using the Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment for the past few months and it's does work great but the smell is quite interesting and the smell stays in my hair for at least another day after using it. My husband hates the smell (I put the hair mask in and watch TV or work on the computer while it works it's magic and hubs can smell it from wherever I'm sitting), I don't mind it but I don't love it either. So if you don't like strong smelling stuff I highly advise against using this. I also alternate using this with the Shiseido Tsubaki Hair Mask which smells much nicer and I like the consistency of it when it goes into my hair. Since I've been using both of them I can't tell which one is more effective but I've seen an improvement in the softness of my hair and less dryness and breakage. I'm hoping now that I've cut out all of the unhealthier part of my hair I'll continue using this stuff and my hair will continue to grow nice and healthy.
I also got new shampoo and conditioner about a month ago (can you tell I'm obsessed with having healthy hair?) and got the Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Moisture Shampoo and conditioner
because it promised "stronger, healthier, younger-looking hair". I'm a sucker for products that promise stuff like this but I do think it's helping.
Oh and then I got mesmerized watching Wen by Chaz Dean on QVC and they do such a convincing job that it made me want to buy the Wen by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioners as his models all had super amazing hair. I refrained from buying it since I use way too many products at the moment but I may have to try this next! Do any of you have experience with this product? I read the reviews on QVC.com and people seem to like it but would love to know if any of you have used it before and if it really works!
The other day Groupon had a deal at a salon for a Hair Gloss Treatment which the salon describes as:
My flat iron curls definitely don't work on this hairstyle because it's too short so I need to figure out a new way to use it. On the above look I used both my T3 curling iron and Conair clipless curling iron to get the wave/texture I was looking for.
This is the first time in my life that I got a hair cut that I regretted but with the advice of so many great ladies yesterday, I'm just going to give it time to "settle" and learn how to work with it. If I still hate it in a month, I'm booking an appointment to go get some extensions! :)