As you know, I've been lamenting a damaging hair incident which left me having to grow out unintentionally straightened hair. Unintentionally you ask? YELP! Let's not dwell. Anyway, I'm on the rebound and making strides forward. Since last year I've been heavily invested in protective hairstyling to keep my hair safe while it rebuilds itself to some sort of glory.
People have been quite interested in my endeavors as I've managed to change hair colors, dabble in cuts and styles that aren't necessarily "me" but TONS of fun. Don't get me wrong, it does NOT thrill my soul that my colleagues in office look at me weirdly that first day of "new hair".
After a colleague literally jumped when he saw me, I decided that the braids I used to get when I was in my early 20's (when I still looked like 18 even though I was 25... tee-hee) do not suit me now. They do not suit me AT ALL and further, while on the subject of things that don't suit, all hair color is not for me... and can be aging. I drink lots of water, and bathe in moisturizer while screaming the lyrics to "Forever Young" so basically I don't have time for hair color that ages.
giThe take away from my hair exploits? A new mantra - BE. DO. LOOK. your absolute best by any means possible, resorting to trickery, skullduggery and outright fakery if you have to!
Why? Because life is too short! Pictorial evidence of the shame of a hair disaster will come back and haunt you years from now AND you're not 12... you know, when your mom ( my mom included) gave you a TRULY heinous home perm, color, cut etc. and while you, stunned to tears or utter silence, looked in the mirror like a FREAKING FOOL, she patiently told you. "Oh well, you'll just have to let it grow out." UMMM NO!
There is nothing that says that one has to WAIT patiently until hair is satisfactory. What does one do? Give up on life? Refuse to be seen socially ? Mine (with pick and shovel) for even more inner beauty and press others to see it too? Nope. My confidence can't take that kind of waiting game anymore.
Throw on a good wig, get extensions, color the heck outta those things and keep changing it up until you get the compliments you want and deserve. The main thing is to keep your natural hair healthy underneath. Keep up with your trims, conditioners, moisturizing routines, masks, taking your vitamins and giving yourself 4-minute inverted scalp massages. There is no shame in the wig/extension game!
Soooo evidently a scarecrow haircut is a thing. Like its a legit thing. It's been featured in Allure Magazine - legit. Well, let me clean that up, there was an unfortunate incident in a barber shop where a man got MESSED ALL THE WAY UP (to put it mildly) and ended up looking like a scarecrow. Shudder.
Recently, I was standing in line at the DHL and my friend, a impending bride, calmly (while I thought she should have been losing her mind) said her stylist ignored her instructions for a dusting and cut her hair. Fortunately, she wasn't scarecowed but in the name of being a bride, let me be hysterical on her behalf.
THAT WENCH OF A STYLIST CHOPPED HER HAIR! A CHOP???!!! With t-minus ____until the major day? That's when your alter ego has full permission, (from me at least) to tip over the stylist's chair, flex the colorful part of the vernacular and act "Real Housewives of" ignorant. My friend is a lovely English lady (very Devonshire cream tea) so there was only a polite look of slight exasperation and "no comment".
After I verbally drug the stylist on behalf of my lady-like friend, I immediately went into "how do we grow this out mode".
There is only so much one can do to rapidly grow your hair out in a short period of time but there are things that you can do to retain the hair you do have and not erode the strides that your hair will make naturally.
1. Treat your hair lovingly!
2. Slather up! - Moisturize your hair to the n-th! Use a moisturizing mask once a week for 5 - 20 minutes. If you want to go the extra mile, add heat, via a steamer or hot towel on top of a shower cap.
3. No alcohol - Sulfate free and alcohol based products are a big "no" especially if you have curly hair. Both your shampoo and conditioner should be safe and nourishing. Don't neglect your ends during the conditioning process.
4. Stimulate - Scalp massage and brushing help stimulate the blood flow to the scalp. Increased blood flow means better hair and faster hair growth. For tips and hints on how to do a beneficial scalp massage check out this previous blog post.
5. Get your minerals - A good hair, skin and nails vitamin should become part of your twice daily regime. For the bride to be, I suggest folic acid or pre-natal vitamins taken as directed on the packaging. *for men I suggest Nutrafol Men an all natural supplement specially formulated for men which blocks DHT the main culprit in male pattern baldness.*
6. Heat break - Rest your blow dryer and flat iron or at least one of the two. Daily heat, no matter the hair type should not be part of your life during this sensitive time.
7. Buns & Braids - Protective styles may make you feel a little matronly...but they can be cute and are necessary in order to preserve your precious growth. Protective styling prevents hair from tangling which cuts down on detangling time and inadvertent breakage.
So you had a bad cut... You are/were distressed? Looking cray? Fret no more! You've got a plan!