I have weird hair. It’s been a constant battle to learn new, inventive ways to keep myself from looking like I stuck my finger in a light socket or bathed in an oil slick. Right around the age of 12, when all things awkward start unveiling themselves for the world and unkind middle-schoolers to see, I got curly hair; I mean ringlets. Since I’m kind of a redhead, that meant lots and lots of teasing. In my early 20s, one of my former roommates told me that I looked like Bozo the Clown after getting stuck in the misty rain one summer evening; I’m terrified of clowns. Now, in my late 20s, I’m still reluctant to let the curls go for more than just aesthetic reasons. I don’t wash my hair often because if I did, it would turn into hay. If I leave it curly, I’d have to at least wet it every day then wait hours for it to dry because blow-dryers make it freak out and fly in every possible direction. Usually, the only way to win is to wash and blow-dry every three or so days so I don’t lose my patience and just shave it all off.
I’ve consulted stylists for over ten years on how to deal with hair that seems to be such a paradox. Some shampoo and conditioner combinations turn my locks into a fine, lifeless, greasy drag, where others make it dry, fluffy, and frizzy. Products beyond a bit of styling cream are a crapshoot and weather changes all the odds. I stopped into Lush the other day to ask for a suggestion and the kind person at the counter gave me a sample of Trichomania, which is a solid shampoo made mostly from coconut (note: it was a sample, therefore I didn’t pay for it, but it wasn’t given to me for the purpose of this review).
I love the name because it sounds like I might be able to actually “trick” the “mania,” which is my mess of hair (one can hope!). The shampoo smells amazing (like most Lush products), yet it’s subtle enough that I didn’t feel overly perfumed by it. As for its practical side, since my hair is pretty thick and long, it did feel like it took a long time to get enough of a lather to actually cover the roots, which is a drawback if your hot water isn’t unlimited or you’re in a hurry. The plus side is that it rinsed quickly and doesn’t seem to leave a residue behind, just moisture.
After I blow dried it straight, I was impressed with the result. My hair kept its body, but didn’t feel dried out like straw; it was shiny and manageable with only a bit of frizz in the usual spots, which I’ve come to accept as a part of any good hair day. Even the ends, which are the most damaged, felt softer than usual and didn’t look like they’d been through countless heat battles. I’m not crazy about the solid shampoo idea, but considering how well it worked on my fickle hair, I’ll definitely keep trying it.
So, dear readers, what hair issues to you struggle with? Have you found any worthwhile remedies?