Sunday, September 10, 2006

Hair care

I would like to confess that I have crossed over to the...dark side, quite literally. I've had my hair dyed. Coloured. Tinted. What-have-you.

Yes, I do realise that women (and men) around the world have been doing this for a year or two, but I am, and have been my entire life so far, a hair minimalist. I get haircuts that are maintenance free. I don't use a blow dryer. I sometimes use a bit of mousse, or hair spray, to make my non-style look a little more like a style, if I'm going out.

I've ignored my incoming gray for years. (But not my day I was standing in the sun, and she asked: "Oh, Lori! When did you start dyeing your hair gray?" Hag.) Or tried to. But lately, it has been starting to bother me. Here I am, trying to get a professional job, and my gray is not coming in in any becoming way. It's blotchy and uneven, not some lovely salt-n-pepper colour. So, I got it done. It looks great, but I realize I've now stepped onto the slippery slope of hair care -- I'm going to have to do it again. And again. And again. . .until I go completely gray and can just let it be.


On another note, has anyone ever heard about this natural haircare wonder: A few years ago, someone said to me, "Oh, doesn't so-and-so have great hair! She doesn't use shampoo you know" and proceeded to explain to me that if you stop using shampoo, and just use water to wash your hair, after awhile the body produces its own sudsing element when the hair gets wet.

What?!? Is this true? I've done a bit of googling (I can't type in "natural shampoo" or some such, as I'd get pages and pages of advertising) for phrases lik "don't use shampoo". . . . and it seems like there are plenty of people with really long, thick hair who don't use soap or shampoo, but no mention of a natural 'sudsing agent'.

Talk to me of hair.



PJ said...

On Good Morning Canada today, several women in Ontario volunteered to go with shampoo and conditioner for 5 weeks. Their hair was surprisingly thicker-looking in most cases (one was thin and greasy-looking), but heavier. It didn't look unwashed, maybe over-conditioned. The experts said that we shampoo too frequently, and to try using just water every other time you shower.

PJ said...

(That should have read "volunteered to go withOUT shampoo and conditioner". Not enough coffee in my system, apparently.)

Anonymous said...

Since I have been slowly greying since my early 20s (runs in the family)its never really bothered me.
It does bother Da Wife though. She claims that it looks to others as though I have "robbed the cradle" and therefore I must be some kind of dirty old pervert.
How is that a bad thing?


raincoaster said...

I have a friend who's wild about giving up all modern cleansers. She's swallowed this dogma whole and does not use deodorant, toothpaste, soap or shampoo.

And, from ten feet away, you can't tell.

But from five...

Lori said...


That said, we do wash too much (or some, not enough!). Soap dries our skin, shampoo strips our hair, and so on. BUT, there is a line a mile thick between not bathing and cutting back on skin 'care' products to save your skin.

raincoaster said...

Oh, she showers daily, she just doesn't use anything. And she doesn't smell exactly, but there's just an aura that's not pleasant.

raincoaster said...

Getting back to hair: use the Loreal couleurvive shampoo and conditioner. They are simply the best out there at less than salon prices, and really DO preserve your colour.

Whatever you do, don't cheap out and do what I did. I thought, since I was going gray and wanted to colour conservatively, that I'd use one of those colour-depositing shampoos in red to tint myself copper. For most of my hair it worked wonderfully, but when you deposit red over gray what you get is...


Not. Good.

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