First off, I have to say that I was reasonably blessed in the hair genetics department. My mom has always had crazy thick, wavy hair, and I inherited that. But when I was little I HATED how thick my hair was. It always felt so heavy and cumbersome- that is after I grew out my middle school mullet (yikes). Bobs just resulted in a triangle of hair. I made the unfortunate choice to get a spiral perm once or twice in the early 90’s. I also went the mall in college and got the shaggy “Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail” style (terrible on non-pixie like blondes, lemme tell you). Basically, I fought it and tried to make my hair something it wasn’t. In adulthood I’ve embraced the wavy texture, but also like that I can blow it out straight. I’ve kept it longer lately, but am sure I’ll cut it again. But there is one thing I know for sure- there is a lot of emotion tied to women’s hair.
I’ve had a few instances of extreme stress and hormonal shifts causing excessive shedding and letting it really affect my self esteem (event hough no one else could tell a thing, I felt like I was on the verge of going bald). Basically, an extreme version of a bad hair day ruining your mood. Some variation of this happens to almost all of us at some point, especially after having a baby, and also, ya know, a global pandemic. So lately I’ve been trying to treat my hair the best I can, take supplements, add collagen powder to my morning smoothie and not heat style it too much. And so many of you have made kind comments in my video posts about my hair and asking what I use to style it so I thought today I’d share my current routine that I’m happy with. Click images for links:
I’ve had a few people also ask me how often I wash my hair and how I combine that with daily work outs. I wash my hair every 2-3 days. Usually I wash and dry one day, the next day use dry shampoo and restyle a bit and day 3 it’s up in a bun. Rinse and repeat, literally. If I’ve had a particularly sweaty workout I will wash more often. You have to find a balance between washing it enough but not too much. Too much and your hair can get damaged from all the heat styling, too little and your scalp gets build up that blocks your follicles and inhibits growth.
Last but not least, for you locals who want to know, I get my hair cut and colored by Nicholas Penna at Salon Capri (Newbury Street, Newton and Dedham locations)
*photo by Sarah Grayson Photography
Nice blog! I was facing a lot of hair issues. While searching for some tested brands I saw rey naturals .They have really good products which have helped my hair look more stronger and shiner.
I did lose my hair following a bad fracture and surgery, allegedly due to stress. I didn’t think I was stressed but my scalp did. It was falling out like rain, leaving me with quarter size bald spots. I was doing the grandpa comb-over. Luckily everything came back a few months later. But it’s darn scary while you’re in the middle of it.
Yours always looks beautiful. Give your mom an extra hug next time you see her.
My hair is doing fine now, graying to beige. I like it.
Hello:) I’m a big fan of your work and your books! Can I ask why you hated the Dyson Airwrap? I’ve thought about trying it, but at that price, it’s an investment. I love my Dyson hair dryer though! I’m interested in your feedback. Thanks so much!
I am embarrassed to admit this, but I have both a Dyson airwrap and dryer. The dryer is older and lives at my weekend house. If you’re thinking of trying it, it is much more powerful than the dryer on the airwrap. It’s truly amazing for a hairdryer imho. It dries super quickly and without much heat. And even though I have the opposite hair type (tons of fine, slippery hair), guests with all different hair types have loved it too.
Thanks for sharing. I was very curious about the Vegamour GRO products but was disappointed to see they have denatured alcohol in the first 6 ingredients after the standard water. That chemical can dry out hair and make it dull and even frizzy over time
I’ve been using Vegamour products for two years now and if anything my hair is healthier than ever. I started with the GRO serum after an illness in 2019 left me with significant hair loss. I still use the serum, and I also use the shampoo, conditioner, and dry shampoo. I have dark hair and the dry shampoo does not leave any white residue. For styling I’ve had some great results with L’ange products.
I thought I was the only one who didn’t like the Dyson Airwrap! I wish I had been smart enough to return it after the first time I tried it. Now, I pretty much only use the hairdryer attachment, which is good but not $550 good!
I’m incredibly lucky. My hair responds very favourably to whatever shampoo/conditioner combo is on sale at the drugstore, so I’ve saved thousands of dollars by not buying hair care products. My light brown hair greyed beautifully as well – it looks like it’s ash blond instead of grey.