DIY Hair: do you or don’t you? My mother and my grandmother Lucy went to the salon – the beauty parlor – every Saturday throughout the 1960’s. They had a wash and set and lots of hairspray. And gossip. Then they didn’t touch their heads in between appointments. My mother used to wrap a silk scarf around her head for sleeping, so as not to disrupt the ‘do.
Now most of us, especially in the time of pandemic, are more casual about our hair. We shampoo and blow-dry and mousse and gel at home. There are some hair services worth shelling out for, and some that adapt well to sheltering-in-place.
I miss my gorgeous hairstylist Joy who used to color my hair every seven weeks and cut it twice a year. Because of the pandemic, I’ve had one trim in the last eight months. I “color” my hair in the shower with Fanci-Full rinse color. The results are OK, but I miss sitting down in Joy’s chair and hearing her say, “I saw you walk in and I think you need a little toner today.” Ahh, the professionals doing their thing!
Here are some DIY hair procedures that we can do at home, and some I dare not do at home. Where do you fall on the scale? Are you a hair DIY-er or a salon kind of woman? Here’s my two cents:
Trim bangs. I can do this in little-bitty increments, using very sharp nail scissors. I found some good tips here.
Trim ends. This is easier than I thought, especially with curly hair. I separate my hair into four (thin, fine) ponytails and use sharp scissors. Lots of ideas here.
Color roots. I was an old hand at this, having gone gray in my 30’s. In between visits with my Hair Goddess, I would use Clairol or L’Oréal products to cover my gray roots, with decent outcomes. Now it’s natural, and easy to tint with temporary colors.
Perm/straighten hair. Here I will not tread. I got a professional keratin smoothing treatment about eight years ago, but my hair’s too thin and fine to handle it. I won’t try anything stronger, either at home or in Joy’s chair. Too risky to what’s left of my fuzzy mop.
“People always ask me how long it takes to do my hair. I don’t know, I’m never there.”
― Dolly Parton
Mostly I just play with my natural curls and bouncy wigs (my favorite is here). I used to be a hair product junkie, I admit, although I have pared down significantly in my middle years. And lately I have been experimenting with water-only washing. I’ll write more about it later. 😊
Stay fabulous and safe, wash and wash and wash, xo
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