Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Don't stop, get it, get it!!!!!

SOMEBODY told me the Holidays were over and I was overdue for a posting...(humph!)...! HATERS!!! That's all I'm saying...HATE-UHS!!!

So...Happy New Year!

This year is bound to be very fabulous for me...I believe it...I've got so much stuff planned for my hurr...

I've been thinking about something lately, and I think I'll blog about it right now...So my husband and I were in an Indian grocery store recently, and I started browsing their haircare offerings...There were various bottles with gorgeous Indian women with the THICK, lush, long hair...They had shampoos, conditioners, dyes, and hair oil.

I was very interested in the hair oils because a few of them had pictures of women with unbelieveably thick and long hair...One had a lady with floor length hair on it...It was insane...So of course I immediately flipped the bottle over to see the ingredients...I PROMISE YOU that every single bottle of hair oil on the shelf had the CHIEF ingredient as MINERAL OIL...So it started me to thinking...How much are products actually helping, and how much is this journey actually CARE and GENETICS?????

Sometimes we spend so much time trying to find the perfect set of products that we don't pay attention to the fact that products may only play a small part in the overall "fierceness" of our situation...I know I'm VERY guilty of this...

I often get emails asking how I deal with split ends, and what products do I use...I honestly, honestly, honestly think there are so many things that cause split ends and products are only a small part of addressing the issue...I think weak and splitting ends can be attributed mostly to environment (the weather), styling habits (combing, brushing, heat styling), and maybe genetics...

When I was in Florida over the holiday, the weather down there soooo agreed with my hair...I washed it once, and applied my "concoction" every other day...It was insane how the weather held my moisture in...Here in Tennessee, no can do, man...I best to moisturize EVERYDAY, or there are going to be serious problems...

And that brings me to genetics...I drool over folks with thick hair...I envy women who can seemingly abuse their hair with heat, crappy products and styling methods, and their hair doesn't flinch...I've come to learn that there are certain things that I JUST can't do and expect to have healthy hair...It's not in my genes...I spent some time with my mom this holiday down in Florida, and I started studying her hair. She's natural and has some amazingly gorgeous hair that she keeps in a braided bun most of the time. I studied the texture and density...I was all up in her situation...I've never looked at it like I did at that time...It's sooooo similar to mine. Fine strands that curl, wave, and frizz...She's my hair twin...She's my mom...We talked about what we do, and we pretty much have the same issues. We just address them differently.

So I said all that to say that this year, I'm going to start paying more attention to everthing else...Sure products and styles are fun, but I believe that they don't play the major role in the health of my hair.

2 comments:

jenteel said...

great post!
i think the key is protective styling and health promoting practices
that's what i'm focused on this year :)

Anonymous said...

And don't forget the inside out. Eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, exercise, get good sleep and manage stress. Your hair is a good barometer of how your life is going, and your health.