Thursday, May 20, 2010

Hair Obsession

Ok, so here's why I haven't been on the blog for a while. I have a new obsession...HAIR!! It started when I went to Seattle and saw my SIL's beautiful hair and she says, "I never use shampoo!" What?? Who has ever heard of this?? So, I got the book. Curly Girl by Lorraine Massey (sp?) It has changed my life...or taken over my life. I haven't decided which. I know which one Geo would say:) The book led me to the website and that was it. I was hooked! Now, every day I read blogs and forums about curly hair. I read about products and find the best prices on them. I talk to complete strangers (curly-haired ones, of course!) about their hair care regimen. Too funny!

Here's pics of my naturally curly locks and then I will tell you the secrets:)

Here is my regimen (does that word mean what I think it means?):
  • Shampoo-I only shampoo once a week and use a Burt's Bee's shampoo that is sulfate-free.
  • Conditioner-I do something called "co-wash" all the other days. I wash only using conditioner (my choice is Suave Naturals Coconut b/c it's cheap and it seems to work). I put it on my wet head and scrub my scalp trying not to disturb my hair. I comb my hair with a VERY wide-toothed comb and try to collect the ENORMOUS amount of hair that comes out of my head. After I rinse this out with cold water( if I can stand it), I put a tiny bit of conditioner on and leave it in.
  • Styling-I haven't really figured it out yet, but right now, I scrunch water out of my hair with an old T-shirt and scrunch in Biolage gel while my head is upside down. I use 3 small dollops that I rub in my hands first. The rubbing does something...uh, the word escapes me:) At this point, your hair should feel and squish like wet seaweed :P
  • Plopping- this is BY FAR the best part! After the gel, I lay the old t-shirt on the toilet seat so it looks upside down to me. The hair plops straight down into the t-shirt, I grab the arms, sausage roll them, and then tie them behind my head. Voila! My curls are nicely plopped on top of my head and will stay there, undisturbed, for 20-30 minutes...or until someone comes to the door!
  • After plopping (some call it plunking), turn upside down, untie the shirt, and shake out my curls. And that's it. It does take a long time to air-dry, though, and today I used my hair dryer with a diffuser and I liked it a lot!
Now, I have only been doing this for 2 weeks and I don't really have any idea about all of this. Seriously, it's a religion for some of these people! Real "Curly Girls" NEVER brush their hair, use shampoo, or use a towel. They NEVER would DREAM of blow-drying hair straight or *gasp* flat-ironing it! I must say that I am not sure that I am really there, but it's been a fun journey and I like the results.


Coffee Please!?! said...

wow! my littlest kidlet (2) has super curly hair. people think i'm joking when i tell them the only time i brush her hair is when she is in the tub - with a full head of conditioner - and that i only wash her hair once a week. *gasp* - in the past to years, I've found that is the best way to deal with it .... for now. thanks for the info!!!!

Emily said...

Well, I have noticed your hair has been EXTRA gorgeous lately. So whatever the trick, it's working. I had no idea such a culture existed. What I would have done for that when I was a kid with the white 'fro and no idea what to do...

Anna Marie said...

neat. I'm curious to see how it all turns out. I like my curls, though sometimes wish I had straight hair.

Amyrun said...

Yea! Your hair looks amazing. I laughed so hard when I read this post. We were living in Cincinnati when I discovered the book and the website. I went from going to bed at like 11 pm to being on the computer until 3 am reading forums about products and techniques. I was totally obsessed. Don't worry though, the obsession will lessen (but the curly hair will stay -- I hope!). Shanon

Caroline said...

LOVE the curly hair! I always wished my hair were curly, maybe I should embrace my strait as a board hair.