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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Hard Lessons...

4 weeks ago today was my regular appointment for a cut and color.  My hair was looking good, so we didn't feel like we needed to trim it...we just did the color and texturized it a bit. 

3 weeks ago today, I was out running errands.  I was at Ulta, picking up some things with my coupon, and remembered a product I wanted to try.  It was this...

From Product Review Pics

My hair is naturally curly, and I straighten it because with the way I have it colored, it just looks better straight.  This "Blow Dry Perfector" had been getting good reviews from the women's magazines, and I was intrigued.  Would this make it easier/quicker to dry and straighten my hair? 

I bought it and read the instructions carefully.  The kit has 2 steps.  First a "serum" that goes on washed (but not conditioned) hair, is left on for 20-30 minutes and rinsed.  Step 2 is a smoothing put it on your rinsed hair, blow dry, and straighten with an iron.. 

First off, the serum smelled like a perm.  As I've always liked the smell of perms, I wasn't too concerned.  However, I was concerned about the fact that the kit said specfically not to condition the hair tends to be dry.  I pressed on.  I got done with step 2, and blew dry my hair.  It took about the same amount of time, but it dried smoother and a lot less frizzy than normal.  I used my straightener (with my normal heat protectant spray), and it was easier to straighten.  My only complaint at that point was that my hair seemed really dry.  Actually the underside pieces of my hair, which usually get damp or wet when I shower, stayed straight instead of curling back up.  I was impressed. 

I can usually get away with only washing my hair once a week, so I didn't see any problems the first week.  I washed it after a week, deep conditioned (which I always do when I wash), and blew it dry again.  The blow dry was easier again this week.  However, once my hair was dry, it was apparent that the ends of it were damaged.  They were fried, and a lot of them were starting to split.  I straightened my hair, taking care to make sure my heat protectant coated the strands completely. 

My hair was TERRIBLE the second week.  The ends tangled constantly and they started breaking off in 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch pieces.  My bathroom was covered with small pieces of my abused hair.  No matter what I did, the ends looked terrible. 

Week 3, I deep conditioned again after washing.  (I should note, I don't use shampoo anymore, I use WEN, a "cleansing conditioner" that I LOVE!).  I used the WEN Re-Moist intensive hair treatment, making sure to coat the ends especially.  The ends of my hair were better this week, but still breaking off occasionally. 

Week 4, it was apparent that my hair was going to need more than a trim to fix it.  Enough of my hair had broken off that it was really uneven in places, and a whole chunk was gone on the left side of my ear. 

I went to get my hair done again today.  I ended up losing about 3 inches of the hair I've been growing out...6 months worth.  {{sigh}}

Hard lessons. 

The new me
From October 2010

Oh well, hair grows.  At least it looks and feels good again. 

As for the does work as advertised.  However, if your hair is at all processed, damaged, or delicate, use at your own risk.

****P.S.  When I was searching for a pic of the "perfector", I came across a link that was reviews on the product.  Out of curiosity, I started reading them, and discovered I am really lucky to have only lost 3 inches of hair.  TONS of people have hair falling off in chunks, their natural curl is destroyed, or smooth, shiny curls have been transformed into hair that feels like hay.  At least 3/4ths of the people who've used this are having to cut their hair short.  I feel pretty lucky. 


Rachael said...

Yikes!!! Your hair looks cute though.

Julie said...

Sad to lose that much hair when you've been trying to grow it out. The new style looks good on you though.