I have thin, wavy hair. Since I was about twelve, "doing my hair" has consisted of washing it and leaving it down, or, on a not-shower day, putting it up in a ponytail. One of my goals this year is to learn how to have nice-looking hair when I want to. Help!
I like being a low-maintenance person. I don't like showering more than a couple of times/week, and with two small children, plus part-time school, it's hard to make the time. So my hair routine tends to be:
Day 1: Wash, comb, air-dry, wear down.
Day 2-4: Ponytail.
Sometimes on Day 2 I throw in some braids or put it partly up, but really, it's the same. When it's short, I have to wash it every single day or it just looks greasy.
I have thin hair that is straight, wavy or curly depending on length and humidity. It tends to be greasy -- the day I wash it, it looks great. Any day after that, it's lank and oily-looking. Over the course of years, I've tried fancy shampoo, Trader Joe's brand shampoo, hippie shampoo without parabens or sulfates, and the apple cider vinegar no-poo method, with no apparent change. I thought the hippie shampoo was helping, but I started using it while pregnant, and after having the baby, my hair actually seemed to get worse. I'm 29.
Here are some reference pictures:
My hair the day of
a washing (I'm on the left)
The way it usually looks
, up in a ponytail (I'm the mom; the baby's fine now.)
The last time it was short
, pre-bangs (I'm on the right)
I have no idea what to do to make my hair look better; I feel like I missed some kind of lesson in high school when suddenly all my peers began having nice hair. I kind of guess at hair cuts, and often cut my own hair. I don't know how to use a hair dryer. I don't know whether or how to use conditioner (it doesn't seem to make any difference) or any products. I don't like it when hairdressers put stuff in my hair that makes it sticky or stiff. When I've asked the people who cut my hair for advice, I haven't gotten useful information, and I have social anxiety that makes doing that hard.
Here's what I'm looking for:
1) Ideas for a haircut. I've been thinking about going short again, as my six-month-old is into pulling my hair. I'm fine with or without bangs.
2) Ways to make my hair look good, especially lower-maintenance ways, that don't involve just putting it in a ponytail.
I'm expecting to have to step up my routine a bit. I'm open to books, videos, websites, being convinced that product is actually okay, whatever. I'd just like to look more put-together.