If your middle school/high schools years were anything like mine, you felt major envy and when girls walked into class with their hair still wet from their morning shower without a care in the world. Unlike me, they knew their hair would air dry to complete perfection. I would look down at my fluffy, frizzy hair, and that's after an hour of sweating through a blow dry, and think, "Wwwwhhhyyyy????"
I have always struggled with my hair and until that last ten years, it was one of the thorns in my side. Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s with half curly/half wavy, coarse, frizzy latin hair, I used everything I had at my disposal from thick hair gels (e.g. Dep, eek!) that made my hair look too crunchy to silicone-rich hair oils (e.g. Frizz Ease, Yikes!) that left hair feeling heavy and greasy. All in an effort to achieve the type of hair, what felt like, everywhere around me from the popular blonde in middle school to the women in magazines.
Until I became a hair stylist in 2009, at the age of 34, I had learned to live with my hair; however, since then I have come to love my hair. Two main reasons for that is 1) I know how to accentuate the great parts of my hair and diminish my concerns and 2) we have so many more healthy options than we ever have in history. Hallelujah!
The hair industry has gone through a major transformation in the last thirty years from the introduction to ceramic, ion, titanium hot tools to natural silicone-free hair serums that combat everything from frizz to hair loss. With the vast number of new options comes overwhelm and confusion to even the most knowledgeable hair product lovers.
As a hairstylist, I’ve produced hair transformations that made women look decades younger, skin brighter, and even minimized face shape concerns. I know what a great color and cut can achieve. However, many times my hands were tied with a new client because her hair was just not in a condition to get her to her hair inspo pic. When this happened, I gave her an 8 step hair care regimen to get her hair to better condition so we can work toward getting her to her hair goals. Once she practiced this multi-step hair regimen for at least a month to three months, depending on her hair damage, we would then work on getting her hair color and cut to what she wanted.