“I will not be another flower, picked for my beauty and left to die. I will be wild, difficult to find, and impossible to forget”
– Erin Van Vuren
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If my hair was a man, I’d dump him. I mean it. It’s rebellious, uncontrollable, traitorous — and to make matters worse, it somehow always refuses to cooperate when I need it the most.
True story — A few years ago while I was living in Miami, my then boyfriend took me to a nice dinner by the beach. By the time dessert rolled around, my hair was so big and so frizzy that he actually said, “WAIT. Um, what happened to you?“. My hair literally transformed before his eyes in a way so unfathomable that he felt the need to comment on it. Story. Of my life. Thank you, humidity.
In all fairness, I didn’t usually take the time to care for it as much as I should have. My hair is naturally curly and I prefer to wear it straight, so that means it goes through a lot during the week. And when it comes to heat styling, I don’t really know how to discriminate: blow drying, straightening, curling…I do it all, no questions asked.
To top it all off, I also got the brilliant idea to add some random blonde chunks to my tips last year. And while they were fun or whatever, taking my hair from dark to light did do its fair share of damage.
So there you have it. Overheated, color treated, and abandoned. No wonder our relationship was in the dumps. And let’s not forget about the fact that I’m on an island where the air is basically 1% oxygen and 99% water! It’s devastating.
I knew it needed to end, and it needed to end now. So this year I decided to step up my hair game. I got a trim and invested in a variety of products that have helped me nourish my hair back to health. I am sharing them below.
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** It’s also always a good idea to ask an experienced hair stylist for help. I worked pretty closely with mine to come up with a hair care routine that would fit both my tastes and lifestyle perfectly (including a restorative keratin treatment for my bangs), and that has made a world of difference. These of course, are my own personal, and not professional, opinions. **
As always, thank you for reading.
Until next time,