I used to have short hair. When I lived with Dill I rocked the Winona Ryder in Reality Bites short. (First pic) and apparently I followed Ms. Ryder’s style after that too.
I didn’t have a hairbrush for years. I didn’t have any hair. I washed it about once a week, if that. Before you totally gross out, I showered, just didn’t wash my hair. I didn’t need to. I didn’t have lots of product or fun tools or anything. I had a bottle of shampoo and some pomade. Game over. My husband, Mr. Incredible had never seen me with truly long hair. Last year he asked/dared me to grow it out. What good Irish girl turns down a harmless dare? Not this one.
Once it started getting long, I remembered why I cut it short. It is a pain in the butt. It requires work and time. Yuck. In the last year, I have found a few products and tools to make it bearable, and sometimes even look downright awesome.
Let’s Start at the Beginning
The blow drying, straightening and coloring was taking its toll on my new locks. I was trolling the internet for cute short haircuts while Mr. Incredible scanned our 387 cable channels most likely looking for the worst show ever. Instead of finding that, his teenage hormones kicked in when he found his boyhood crush gracing our oversized television screen. In all her glory, post baby and with amazing hair, whatever Alyssa Milano was selling my man was buying. We watched the Wen informercial three times in a row before I was asking him for his credit card number. It wasn’t a tough sell. The Wen kit arrived at my house in two days and I was impressed. I tried it and I was impressed. I’ve been using it for a year. I am STILL impressed.
As Alyssa will tell you, it is a cleansing conditioner that won’t dry or damage your hair. My shipment also came with a Re Moist Intensive Hair Treatment. I love that. When I’m looking for really happy hair, I wet my hair and put a big gob of this in there and let it sit for 40 – 60 minutes with a hotel shower cap on. It is my favorite. If you don’t have that kind of time (I sit in front of the television, read or write a blog post) you can use it for five to ten minutes while you’re showering. It will do the trick. I have used and liked the Sweet Almond Mint and the Fig scents. The helpful representatives on the phone will tell you each scent is for some different follicle need. I don’t know if that’s true, but I have the Tea Tree scent on the way because I’ve got a touch of the dry scalp these days. Midwest winter, 1 – Irish’s hair, 0.
I have two things I don’t love about Wen. They are both minimal and silly. The developer of Wen, Chaz Dean, is freaky looking. His picture is on almost every piece of literature that comes in your shipment, even the ones printed only to tell you that they are using less paper to be eco friendly. I don’t think Chaz is really spooky looking in real life, but in his photos they always give him the fake baby blues and his wanna be scruffy beard is perfectly trimmed. Something about it just isn’t right. The other thing I dislike is to change what is in your shipment, and you can choose any variety of products you like which is great, you can’t personalize your order online. The upside of that is the reps on the phone are really good and not pushy or annoying. Go Wen or go home. It’s a game changer!
To the Rescue!
My amazing hairstylist gifted me with a bottle of Moroccan Oil when she thought she ruined my hair and I was mad. None of the above was true. She did a really cool pink ombre on the lower half of my hair in the back. However, because my hair is so dark, it takes a ridiculous amount of bleaching to lift the color. Needless to say, the ends of my hair got cruddy. I got some successful conditioning treatments, but to keep up the repair I would have to have one at least once a week. Jojo the Incredible gave me a baby sized bottle of Moroccan Oil. I have had it for three months as a little goes a long way. I put it on wet and use it dry to touch up the ends on the no shampoo days. Yes, I still have them though these days they are fewer and far between. Bummer.
A Sure Thing
Let’s be honest. The straight iron, no matter how much you paid for it takes its toll on your hair. I don’t know how my wondrous hairstylist makes it look so good, but the flat iron will wreck you when you use it every day for a long time. I got tired of the time, energy and Cher look so I decided to snag Mumsy McAwesome’s Conair hot rollers. Twelve cylinders of heat. Bring it. My hair took it like a charm, though putting in the twelve rollers every other day was too time consuming. Yep, here comes the Queen of Lazy! My cousin has been using Conair Instant Heat Travel Hairsetters. The five jumbo rollers covered my whole head I got the same results as I did with twelve. WHAT? I can get twelve for the price of five?! Game on!
After the Wen I use Tresemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Leave-In Spray on each section of hair before I roll it up. When all five bad boys are in, I give my whole head a good dose of Suave Touchable Finish Hairspray and we are good to go. I love that I don’t have to weigh my hair down with a ton of product and I get great big bouncy curls. Thanks again, Wen!
Multitasking at its BEST!
Long hair needs to be put up. Often. At a certain length it even gets hard to sleep with it down. Hair elastics suck. They hurt. They dent your hair. They are usually too small to wear on your wrist while maintaining proper circulation. They will break your locks, lady. They stink. Emi-Jay hair elastics to the rescue! Jennifer Aniston even wears them on the red carpet. They are adorable and give to charities like Project Smile. I really enjoy the product.I don’t enjoy the price. I bought five for $15. I loved them! You could adjust the knot to fit your wrist and your hair.
I thought the price was a bit steep so after a little research I found I can purchase the elastic from a supplier online and make my own. Order five yards for under $3 and make 15 hair ties. The color selection is extensive and goes from boring black to outloud orange. Unlike the Emi-Jay brand, I also used a lighter to ensure they didn’t fray. If you are making a bunch, light a candle and burn the ends and pinch them to seal after you have knotted them. I like to leave a little extra on the end because it is cute and you can adjust the knot to fit your wrist and/or hair. I love giving these out at work or tie a bunch together with ribbon or a ball chain and give as gifts. Saving Money Living Life has great step by step instructions here. Functional crafting for dummies!