How can I make my straight hair look clean?
January 24, 2013 9:05 PM Subscribe
Pretty much every day of the past year has been a bad hair day for me. Please help.
posted by anonymous to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (43 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
My hair is thin, straight, and currently in a chin-length bob. Immediately after I wash it, it separates into strands and hangs limply, almost as if it hasn't been washed at all. This has made me self-conscious and miserable on many occasions, and I'd like to fix it.
More detail: I am female, around 30, and have always had a fairly simple hair-care routine of shampoo and occasionally conditioner. I wash my hair every morning and blow-dry. I also color it with henna about once every six weeks and have been doing that for years. After first noticing a problem (a hairstyle change made it very obvious at the time), I figured it could be due to extra oils in my hair or shampoo residue. So I tried different brands of shampoos - regular drugstore, salon, the more natural ones, and those promoted as 'clarifying'. I tried washing my hair less often and going without conditioner, using the conditioner on just the ends of my hair, using it for the whole length. I tried shampooing once, twice, or not at all. All of that was to no avail. One hairdresser suggested a shampoo+conditioner combo (no results), and a second a light styling glaze. I scrunch a bit of it into wet hair and blow-dry. The styling glaze is the only thing so far that was able to alleviate the problem a bit, but not enough to stop me from being self-conscious. What I have also noticed is that after I color my hair with henna (that involves a wet henna compress that I hold in place for two hours), I will have a couple of good shiny hair days, and then my hair will go right back to separating into those hateful strands.
I would really appreciate any advice.