Oh, hello there! Yeah, I took a little time off from blogging. I’ll talk a little bit about why in another post soon. It’s nice to be back! Hello! Let’s break the ice with some frivolity, shall we?
It’s been a long time (more than four years!) since I’ve written a post about hair products, and given how much different my hair looks now than it did back then, I think it’s time for me to do an updated rundown of what I’m putting on my head.
The biggest change in my hair recently is that it is long. Like, not just medium-length longish hair…it’s full-on LONG. I haven’t had hair this long since maybe 1990. Long hair is a tricky beast. It’s nice when the air outside is dry and cool, but the second there’s any humidity in the air or the temperatures reach into the 80s, it’s not dissimilar to wearing a giant wool cowl that just came out of the dryer still half-wet. Because I’m still growing out this haircut from last summer, I can’t really pull it back yet—the side is still too short to reach nicely (I also don’t really like wearing ponytails or braids, so there’s that). My hair is also really fine but full—and prone to tangling.
Side note: As I write this, I’m waiting to get a haircut (yes, I’m still going to the amazing Mariko at Dlala!)—the ends of my hair are super-straggly and my bangs are way too long—and I have NO idea what I’m going to have done. So maybe it won’t be long anymore in a few hours? We’ll see!
The shampoo/conditioner combination that seems to be working really, really well for me is from the Italian company Davines. They have a pretty extensive variety of products designed to suit a lot of hair types and styling needs, and I’ve been using Love Smoothing Shampoo and Love Smoothing Conditioner. The combination leaves me with hair that’s not over-stripped (I like to wash my hair daily, so I have to be careful about that) and that feels soft, smooth and minimally frizzy. It’s a bit on the spendy side, yes, but I only need to use the tiniest amount each time. I expect to get at least six months of use out of one bottle/container.
As a side bonus, the scent is faaaaaantastic. My hair smells pretty all day.
I usually don’t blow-dry or straighten my hair at all on the weekends (I’d prefer to let it air-dry all the time, actually, but I don’t like leaving the house with wet hair), but on workdays I still use my trusty, no-frills Conair Yellow Bird dryer and a Chi flat iron. I’ve had both of these things for years, and I recommend them highly. I don’t use the iron to straighten my hair, really—I really just smooth it out a bit so there are fewer flyaways. I’m very casual with the whole styling process.
Once my hair is dry and neat, I set my bangs with Bumble and bumble Spray de Mode, a hairspray that doesn’t really behave like a hairspray. It keeps everything in place, but it’s not hard or crunchy or anything like that.
For a finishing touch, I rub in a dab of my latest favorite thing into my roots: Davines No. 4 Glossy Modeling Putty for Wizards. Yes—despite not actually being a licensed wizard in the state of New York, I was able to obtain a tube of this stuff. It is glorious. It magically turns my fine hair into something with texture and substance without feeling waxy or sticky or dull. You only need the tiniest smidgen, too, even on long hair. It’s really good stuff, and just like the Davines shampoo and conditioner, it smells great.
Okay, it’s time for me to hop on the subway and head out for my haircut now!! My pre-snip jitters are at a minimum, so that must mean I’m leaning toward something closer to a trim than a major change…