I was not blessed with particularly manageable hair. In fact, I’m rather embarrassed to admit that, for much of my life, my strategy for dealing with my tresses was to ignore them as much as possible. That’s not to say I was unkempt, by any stretch of the word, but my approach to hairstyling was to wrestle my hair into a bun every morning and leave it at that.
About My Hair
The bun hid my dry, frizzy hair as much as anything could, which was what I wanted. It was a constant frustration to my mother, though. She thought that young women ought to wear slightly less austere hairstyles, and I can’t deny that she had a point.
My mother did not, however, have any idea how to manage hair like mine, and throughout my childhood, teenage years, and young adulthood, she was constantly coming up with “great ideas” that only made things worse.
An Unfortunate Incident
Things came to a head (pun intended) in my early twenties, when she convinced me to come with her to get my hair cut. Her hairdresser, she assured me, was a supremely gifted woman, and if anyone would ever be able to beat some sense into my hair, it would be her.
After staring at me for what seemed like an uncomfortably long time, she suggested that I get my hair layered, and, though wary, I agreed.
It’s no exaggeration to say that I walked out of there with my hair looking worse than it ever had in my life. Some people just weren’t meant to get haircuts that multiply the volume of their locks by ten, and I happen to be one of them.
As soon as I got home, I looked in the mirror, took a few deep breaths, and prepared to do something about this disaster.
Fixing My Hair Disaster
I called my friend Katie, who, like me, has curly, difficult hair, but who, unlike me, has learned how to manage hers. The first thing she recommended to me was a protein-infused conditioner, which helped quite a bit. What really saved the day, though, was a remedy I devised myself: the copious application of hair serum. Hair serum may be intended for tangles, but it can work wonders for frizz if you use enough.
On the whole, the incident inspired me to experiment with my hair a bit, and these days, it’s much easier to manage. I guess something good came of the disaster after all.