05 December 2012

Hair Apparent


mint paisley

Ladies, welcome to episode 375,432 of My Disastrous Hair. I recently got my hair did, and as usual, managed to keep it looking good for that one day until I decide to wash it and then I usually get stuck with some sort of freak attack for about a week. After five-seven days, it finally relents and falls into "something." Well, I'm in the midst of freak attack hair right now.

And I can't blame my stylist because she is awesome, but yet again I've got to point to my continued inability to do anything worthwhile with these silly strands growing out of my head. And yes, part of it is because I spend a lot of time dawdling in front of the closet each morning that by the time I need to do something with my hair - well, I'm got about 30 seconds to make magic happen.

mint paisley  mint paisley

I've tried about a billion different products under the sun - the latest that isn't working a dang for me is Wen - but there's apparently not enough anti-frizz cream or hot ironing in the world to fix my own stiff-armed brushing, lack of general hair know-how, and impatience with getting my mop dry. I can't really blame anyone but myself for my hair situation, and as with my dieting, I continue to look for the no-work lazy person's way to shiny, bouncy, stylishness.

How much time do you spend on your locks each morning? Do you have any can't-live-without hair products that you'd recommend to the style-challenged, or fantastic hair tricks for those short on time / patience?

mint paisley

mint paisley

Sweater: Pim & Larkin via Piperlime sequin stripe (sim, grey)
Skirt: J.Crew sovereign paisley (worn here - sim, darker, blue)
Necklace: J.Crew factory chandelier (check stores, worn here - sim, sim, sim)
Bracelets:J.Crew, Target, Asos (sim, sim, sim, sim)
Shoes: Madewell film noir (worn here - same colorblock, sim, sim)

59 comments:

  1. I don't think your hair looks terrible this morning. :) Love your sweater with the yellow necklace too.

    I'm more or less hair incompetent as well, and I have semi-frizzy semi-wavy hair that I can't just wash and wear. For a while all I did to style my hair was use a flatiron. Now my hair routine is wash it the night before every other day, blow dry it, sleep on it, then brush and some anti-frizz serum in the morning and that works out ok. On the second day, I manage some decent curl/wave in 20 min with a curling wand. But it's a lot of effort and sometimes I'm tempted to just cut it all off.

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    1. I agree, day 2 hair for me usually looks pretty OK, as long as the style was agreeable on day 1. For some reason washing my hair the night before just ends me up with some crazy limp static head in the morning!

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  2. I wish that spending on 30 seconds on my hair made it come out looking like yours! I have just enough wave that makes it impossible to let air dry! Lately I've been wearing a lot of pony tails and buns! :)

    Fizz and Frosting

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    1. I've got a few hair claw things that are my BFFs lately. My hair is coarse and frizzy enough that one claw can usually hold it all in there.

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  3. I can't do my hair at all.....I don't even try! I LOVE this outfit--you create the best combinations. This is one of my favorite skirts, I'm hoping that the factory reissues this print!

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    1. If I ever win the lottery, I would invest in getting a blowout a couple of times each week - and a makeup person! And a trainer, that'd probably help too.

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  4. My hair - ick. I never appreciated the good hair I had when I was in my 20s. Shiny, lustrous, thick. I didn't have to do anything.

    Now it is dry and graying and flyaway, although part of that might be because I was tricked into moving to the frozen north where there is no humidity. I blame the dryness and the graying on having to live here.

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    1. I am reminding myself to be grateful for my eyebrows, which never need any intervention. I have taken them for granted, but who knows? They might disappear someday and then I'll be sorry.

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    2. I lived in the SW for a few years and granted the dry air kept the frizz away, but my head was static central for a while! Static-y flat hair is awful!

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    3. As for eyebrows, a bout of extreme over-tweezing in high school has taught me to always appreciate my brows! ;o)

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  5. After I get my haircut it takes about two days for me to be able to figure out how it works. I spent about 10 minutes diffusing my hair and 30 seconds applying the product that I use. I have my hair routine pretty down but somedays on HORRIBLE weather days I just don't even fight it and instantly put it up.

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    1. My hair claw is my BFF. (And what is hair diffusing? Is that something I should be doing?)

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  6. I remember that J Crew skirt. I couldnt think of a way to wear it as the time so i didnt buy it, now i wish I did!
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  7. You look so pretty, I love your skirt! Ok, so... my hair is a huge pain to style. It takes me about 20 min a day. However, my only trick/advice is to wash and dry your hair the night before. That way in the morning, you don't have to worry about drying it, just styling. I also use heat protectant and anti-frizz cream daily.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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    1. Do you have an anti-frizz cream you've recommend? My typical go-to has been Frizz-Ease, but it really hasn't been cutting it recently.

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  8. Such gorgeous colors on you today!

    My hair tends to be pretty easy, but it really is all about product. I love Bumble and Bumble shampoo and conditioners. But you must ask a stylist for the best combination for your hair. I also love Moroccan Oil Light. It keeps my hair moisturized, but not oily, healthy and shiny. Good Luck!

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  9. I love this skirt! So pretty.

    Agree with the Moroccan oil, I try to keep it away from the roots, more towards the bottom half of my hair. Also helpful for me was putting the nozzle tip on the blowdryer (and a decent blowdryer) and washing less (helps if hair is long enough to put up).

    My leaving-it-down styling tip is: a wide barrel curling iron (I think mine is 1.5 inches) and 8 large velcro rollers (4 for the bottom layer, 4 for the top). I have gotten to the point where this takes less than 10 minutes to do, then I leave it in while I brush my teeth and put on makeup, and my hair is volumized and presentable when I take them out.

    If I can't do that, well...there's always a sock bun!

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    1. I have a little thing of Moroccan Oil I got from the salon a while ago but it doesn't seem to do much for my hair. The nozzle tip idea for the blow dryer sounds like a good idea - maybe that'll help me tame my tresses!

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  10. Your statement necklace is so gorgeous!

    During the work week, I spend probably 10 minutes on my hair in the morning..usually I wear it wavy because that's all I have time for. On the weekends, I'll spend an hour on it, blow drying and straightening. I just discovered Bumble & Bumble's straightening cream and it's pretty awesome...cuts down on frizz and really smooths out my hair.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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    1. Lots of ladies seem to like B&B products - I'll need to check them out, thanks!

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  11. Pretty!!

    I feel like I've tried every curly hair product under the sun, but now that I have found what I like and know my routine, I can get it done in under 15 minutes :)

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    1. My sis is like you - she spends about 10 minutes on her hair every morning (including curling iron time) and always has gorge shiny bouncy hair. I think she got the good hair in the family.

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  12. I HATE spending time on my hair. My mom is a (now retired) hair dresser, but that gene definitely did NOT rub off on me, so I'm disastrous at doing my hair. So, here's my trick: cut it off. I have to go for trims more often than when I had longer hair, but the morning time saved is SO worth it. (That is, until I decide to grow it out again...) Cute print mix too :)

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    1. I did enjoy the shorter time it took to wash and dry my hair when I had it cut short earlier this year. However, I think I had it in that collar-grazing length that required me to do something about it or I always looked like I just ran my head through a helium balloon gauntlet!

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  13. I have incredibly fine, straight hair, so it takes literally no time to dry and smooth over with a flat iron. However, I do spray in some Kenra Blow Dry spray, which is supposed to speed up the drying process. I DO feel like it dries faster using it, but I haven't made any kind of scientific experiment, though. I'm pretty sure I saw a snippet in an old Instyle or Lucky that reviewed some of the blow dry sprays out there and found that some of them did indeed speed up the drying process by a few minutes!

    T

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    1. I had no idea there was such a thing as blow dry spray. I must seek this out.

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  14. I do have products I love. We are on the same wave length again...
    Check out my post: "My Top 5 Hair Prodcuts".

    http://outsidethebox.blog.com/2012/12/05/my-top-5-hair-products/

    Love your color combo today.

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  15. Hi Lisa. I feel your hair pain. I have perfectly straight, fine, abundant hair, but I am still usually to lazy to do anything other than throw it in a ponytail. (I blow dry my hair maybe twice a month.)

    However, I recently discovered a tool that makes it bouncy, shiny, and voluminous, even if I use less than stellar product on my hair. A new hair dryer! I got one like this at TJ maxx for $29.99. And it makes SUCH a difference. It takes half the time to dry my hair and it looks like I stepped out of the salon. And let me tell you, that is no small feat for me. I am incompetent with hair. Truly. I just dry til almost dry then use a round brush on big sections and boom, done. As for products, I just use tresemme heat protectant from the drug store and a volumizing spray. But it is the dryer that makes all the difference for me.

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    1. Do you use your dryer with that little attachment on the nose? I seriously never use mine but I am starting to think I may be missing out on something important here ...

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    2. I never do, because I am not good enough at aiming it, especially on the back of my head. I need the full circular area of air to make sure I am actually hitting my hair with the hot air!

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    3. I have a nice quality hair dryer too. It does make a difference....A nozzle for your blow dryer is a must. Just make sure your pointing it downwards to keep your hair smooth.

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  16. Ha ha ha, I feel your pain! My hair is ALWAYS misbehaving. The only time it looks like I want it to is right after I leave the salon. I'll be interested to read your other readers hair care recommendations. LOVE this outfit! I just love the colours and the mixed prints. You've styled this perfectly!

    xo Jenny
    www.crazystylelove.com

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  17. Love your neon necklace :) Tricks I have with hair is get a dry shampoo :) to use in between washes to give your hair some volume :)

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  18. All of these colors work so perfectly together. That necklace is so pretty.
    Meredith
    createthatoutfit.com

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  19. I´m a curly frizzy hair person, I just start to use a curly mousse from LOREAL and keeps the thing under control without the hard/freeze/not fresh looking from other mousses.
    I would also recommended to you a lovely girl who make such an amazing tutorial on you tube, I have tried some of them, the easier ones and works too.
    I hope this help you in some way.
    The YouTube hair´s girl is: LetsMakeitUp1 (she is super sweet and had the most amazing tips)
    Greetings form México
    Jaqueline

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    1. Thanks, Jacqueline - I'll check out the YouTube rec!

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  20. Hi Lisa,

    Have you ever tried coconut oil on your hair? Like--actual cooking oil from the grocery store? It sounds gross, but I read somewhere that it was what Pacific Island women traditionally used on their hair. My hair is long and thick and coarse, and Frizz-Ease doesn't cut it for me anymore either. Now I put on Frizz-Ease and THEN coat my hair with some coconut oil, and it makes an enormous difference. Coconut oil is better than other oils (I tried almond oil too) because it gets solid at room temperature so your hair doesn't look greasy. If you put on way too much of it your hair WILL look a little greasy, but with a small amount--about the same amount of Frizz-Ease you would use--it really is a game changer.

    Another thing I like about it is that it's not just a way to make your hair look more attractive on a day-to-day basis; it also helps to moisturize it over the long run.

    And yet another thing I like about it is that it's CHEAP.

    I put some lavender extract in my bottle of coconut oil so it smells nice on my hair, and I keep it in the shower where the hot water can run on it and liquefy it by the time I'm ready to put it on my hair.

    Finally (sorry for the lengthy treatise, but this is a problem I have had to spend a lot of time working out for myself!), it makes a big big difference to put on all of this goop while you're still in the shower with dripping wet hair. If I towel dry my hair even a little and then put on the goop, I don't get nearly as good a result. Apparently the cuticle of coarse/frizzy hair will start to fluff up the moment you dry it unless it's already been cloaked in some kind of smoothing glop.

    I'll be interested to read about what you ultimately find works best for you! Everyone's hair seems to be different, and everyone finds their own solution. Meanwhile, it's reassuring to know that I'm not the only one being driven CRAZY by my stupid hair.

    Beth

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    1. Thanks for this info, Beth! You've given me too very important pieces of advice - 1) try the coconut oil - I love natural and cheap solutions, and 2) put anti-frizz product into wet hair, not dry. Seriously, I've been so lazy I put the product in my hair after I blow dry it, that's probably part of the reason why I whine about it not working. Another example of hair user error! ;o)

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  21. p.s. I agree with the others who wrote that they thought your hair looked great today.

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  22. I know about hair frustrations. My hair has dual personalities and they're often conflicting. One side wants to go left and the other goes right. Even after using a flat iron to "discipline" one side, one side still rebels after a couple of hours.

    On the bright side, you look really cute in that multi-colored ensemble!

    Abi
    http://thebelatedbloomer.blogspot.com
    twitter: @BelatedBloomer

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  23. bah, I am having a terrible hair day today come to think of it! haha however, your hair looks great, youre silly!

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  24. I didnt even notice that you're having a hair episode....cuz you look absolutely great in this happy outfit!

    REBECCA
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  25. You look gorgeous! So stylish and beautiful! Xoxo

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  26. Well first, I adore your outfit!! And second, I am with you. I'm still searching for the holy grail conditioner, but one product I do love is Moroccan Oil. I use the light version for my fine hair, but it helps smooth things out and make my hair more manageable. I also like Kerastase's Elixer. I've been getting better about washing my hair every other day too, which I think helps. :)

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  27. You look stunning and I did not notice anything wrong with your hair!!
    XO,
    Zhanna
    www.lifeandbows.com

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  28. Like your outfits. as for hair advice how about ask the duchess (just teasing). I have coarse and unruly hair as well and I use some sort of morocan oil/brazilian silk serum on towel dried hair then blow dry or air dry or style as usual. I use flat iron (with heat protection spray ofcourse) and like my hair straight and shiny on most days. curl it when i have more times. the flat iron is quick... few minutes. I curl my hair when i have to more times on weekend or events etc.
    but your hair looks fine in the picture though.

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    1. Thanks much - I think it may be time to invest in a flat iron.

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  29. I don't think your hair ever looks bad at ALL. However, if you are looking for new products to try, two that have really been working for me lately are: Bumble & Bumble tonic lotion: I spray this on my hair when it's damp, or even the day after washing, and it totally refreshes it and smooths it out and it's not heavy at all. Then I use a dab of John Frida Frizz Ease Straight Fixation smoothing creme before blow drying, and then use a wide barrel curling iron for a little flip at the ends. That's all! And I never spend more than 15 minutes on my hair... :)

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    1. I really need to check out B&B products - a load of you ladies are recommending them - thanks much!

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  30. First, I thought you were going to say your hair is finally getting to be the way you want (I remember when you got it cut), so you're probably the only one who doesn't like it. ;) As for products, I didn't think much of Wen either until once when I left it in my hair for a lot longer while I pumiced my feet and try to get my legs somewhat close to a nair commercial. After rinsing it out, I also rubbed a single pump into my damp hair and used it as leave-in conditioner. If you still have the Wen, you might try that?

    I spend zero time on my hair in the morning. Seriously. None. Except if I'm going to pull it into a pony tail so maybe 10 seconds?

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  31. i feel for you! i have the same dilemma with my hair :( lately i tried the what we call here 'relax' it tames the hair and makes it straight and flat.i'll be back on my hairstylist after 6 mos. it's been 3 months and my hair looks great.no frizz whatsoever and so easy to comb now unlike before.just a little concern about the 'straight' effect 'cause it made my hair look limp, but after a few days it looked okay til now.so i basically do a routine which i shampoo and condition, shower every 2 days and apply oil on the tips of my hair before i shower.i try not to blow dry and iron.my hair looked straight and frizz free :D i hope you find a good treatment for you hair :) your outfit is so cute! i love your style :D xoxo

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  32. I love this skirt! You have such great style! I think your hair looks pretty xoxo

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  33. Ohhhh, how did I miss this?? So pretty, fresh and soothing! Love it!
    Love
    Juneli from Fashionably Yours

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  34. I totally feel your pain, but I think I should be the last person to tell you anything about hair care. I just simply don't do or add anything to my hair when dry, and the fact that I let my hair dry naturally, except for the winter time, in which the dryer is unavoidable. As for the WEN products, I've tried it too, I don't love them but I don't hate them either, just used them as conditioner. Anyhow, that still doesn't control the frizz that I've learned to live with this time of year! But to your outfit, I love the color combo and the print of the skirt! It's a very beautiful and happy ensemble!

    Jenny
    www.jensoutfitjournal.com

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  35. You look so pretty and fresh in your green sweater.

    I have hair exactly like a haystack. It cannot be washed often. When I do wash it, it's at night, and I usually go to bed with it wet. Yep. For soft body and magic smoothing, those big fat Conair electric rollers are the bomb. It takes about three minutes to get maybe 6-7 in my hair, then I finish everything else, take them out, run my fingers through my hair and leave. True story.

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