In the late months of 2013, I had my hair cut into this little fierce pixie cut.
Although I adore this hair cut and this colour, I’ve decided that it is time for a change. I’m sick of how that fierce red fades into a dull orange that does nothing for the look I’m trying to achieve. I’ve decided to change up the colour to a light brown to go with the softer, more adult direction my personal style has been taking recently. I also want the cut to match the colour, and after long deliberation, I decided I would give growing my hair out another shot.
Growing my hair out has never been easy for me. In typical Scandinavian fashion, my hair is very fine, and very silky smooth. While I know this is desirable to some people, to me it has always felt like my hair simply hangs limply by the sides of my head and does absolutely nothing for me. I’ve dreamt of these voluminous locks that you see in the media and sulked about being unable to reach that tousled ideal. But as I’ve thought about growing my hair out, I’ve realised that the last time I tried it out, I wasn’t going about it quite right.
The picture on the right was taken the day before the pixie cut you see up above. The root of my major problem in most of 2013, which I spent trying to grow my hair out, are the couple of flyaways visible just above the crown of my head. I constantly suffered from this unattractive frizz halo around my hair which made me look constantly unkempt. It wasn’t even a good kind of frizziness — this frizz did nothing to provide me that volume that I absolutely craved. To be fair, though, I have to say that I didn’t take particularly good care of my hair the last time I grew it out. I washed and conditioned it, sure, blow-dryed it perhaps, and wore it in a bun or ponytail almost daily. Run-of-the-mill stuff. I never thought about it. In hindsight, I don’t think I took care of it like it deserved to be cared for — especially since I was dyeing it every 8 weeks or so.
This time, I’ve decided to try to eliminate that problem and from the very start. I think the frizz halo may have been due to hair breakage, since my hair was probably extremely dry and brittle. I’m also going to take a real shot at achieving a bit more volume in my longer hair this time around. It is obvious to me from wearing my hair short that it’s not simply a matter of me not having enough hair that causes the volume to fall flat. Perhaps it’s just that my hair is not strong enough to grow to its full length. With these hypotheses in mind, I have armed myself for the coming year.
All of the items I’m about to list were purchased from Priceline Australia and ranged in price from approximately 7-15 AU$.
First, in the front, I picked up Blackmores Nails, hair & skin vitamin supplement. This supplement contains biotin, which is a natural component of hair. Additionally, it contains silica, zinc, maganese, iron, vitamin C and various other ingredients, including, weirdly, Horsetail extract as the most abundant ingredient. I’m a little skeptical of multivitamins which claim to benefit a specific part of your body and yet contain a mishmash of ingredients like this, but I thought I might as well give it a shot. It can’t hurt, right? I do feel like I’m buying into the multivitamin lie right now though, and as a budding scientist, that does make me feel a little bit guilty.
In the middle, I have Schwarzkopf’s Push-up volume shampoo and conditioner, recommended for “flat, lifeless hair.” These products contain hydrolysed keratin and collagen, which are natural components of hair. There’s not much else to say about shampoo & conditioner, really. I honestly picked these because they gave me the most bang for my buck.
The remaining two products are intended more for styling than anything else. I now understand that hairstyles are as much about your hair (genetics, other biological factors) as well as how you use it (styling!). So if I want major volume in my hair, I’m going to have to work for it, not just sit here sulking when it doesn’t happen by itself.
The blue bottle on the left is John Frieda’s Luxurious volume Root booster blow dry lotion, which claims to “transform fine hair.” Since blow-drying is the major way I style my hair while it’s short, I thought I might give this product a whirl. The product seems to be a mixture of polymers that somehow “activate” upon heating with a hair dryer and give your hair the volume it desperately needs. I’ll have to see how this goes. I’m curious, intrigued and excited, because this product has the potential for being an incredible blast of hair science in a bottle.
The last, white bottle on the right is something I was umming and ahhing about for a while. It’s Toni&Guy’s Cleanse dry shampoo. The reason I ummed an ahhed about it is that my instinctive reaction to dry shampoo is “gross!” If your hair is dirty, why don’t you just wash it? But then I gave it another thought. Unless I work out, I wash my hair every second day. I think my hair has the most life in it immediately after it’s been washed — it’s got this bounce to it that it never has on the second day. I thought that maybe by using dry shampoo, I might be able to recreate that first-day bounce — which I think is exactly what dry shampoo is intended for. It’s not intended for cleaning your hair, but styling it, really. And that makes me a lot less disgusted, and a whole lot more excited.
This has been my long ramble about what I want to do with my hair, why and how. I will definitely keep you posted on my hair-growing progress and post a picture of the new colour once I get it dyed. Please share any other haircare tips for long/growing hair with me in the comments – I’m a total newbie at this!
Blogmeister Silbena out.
All pictures in this blog post were taken by yours truly.