I have a waged a constant battle with my hair since as far back as I can remember. I do not have an ideal head of hair to say the least. It could be far worse, I know, but I still fight with it daily. Please allow me to lament.
* My hair is stick-straight naturally. Other people complain about their hair being too curly or getting frizzy. But I have never experienced anything of the sort.
* My natural hair color is an ugly mousy blonde shade. The kind of hair that is pretty and golden blonde when you are a child and then gets dingy and dirty-looking as you move into your teen years.
* It's thin - but I have a ton of it. It is especially hard to dry. One of my stylists likened it to blow drying a rug.
* It doesn't look great short - the shortest I've had has been a chin-length modified shag. I think it looks better long, which it is right now. However, it is not the best hair to allow to grow long because there are inherent problems - the ends are weak and dry and split easily. The top is very oily. I need to shampoo daily.
* My collection of hair care products rivals my collection of makeup. Nothing works great, so I just keep buying more, looking for the magic potion or pomade.
* I had to learn how to do it right. The only things I have ever known to do with a curling iron have been to curl hair under or to flip it up. So I learned how to do unconstructed waves and spiral curls, which seem to work for me. Thank goodness for tutorials on YouTube! I can actually look like I just left the salon in about 10 minutes now. In fact it's my preferred 'do since it has been longer.
But here's what I don't get:
In order to make my hair look nice straight, I need to use a flat iron. I think that is crazy since my hair has absolutely no natural wave whatsoever. I recently figured this out on my own. To do my hair straight, I have to wash it, blow dry it, set it in large velcro rollers for volume, and straighten it.
I guess I should be happy that at least I can make it look okay. But why does it have to be such pain??