One of the long-term effects of tomboyishness on my life has been my over-the-top love for the ponytail.
It’s out of control. Seriously. Sometimes I don’t even dry my hair. Sometimes I use it as an excuse to skip a day of showering.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with wearing a ponytail, but in a professional environment, I think it tends to look sloppy and lazy if you do it every single day, and that’s where I’ve found myself. I use the excuse that I just don’t have time in the mornings, but the truth is that I don’t make time in the mornings for it.
This past week, I challenged myself to at least make it out the door with my hair down on my way to work. I have very fine hair, but it’s also got some curl to it, so I can’t just wash it and let it go. And I have never known how to style my hair properly; even when well-meaning family members or hair stylists have offered suggestions, I haven’t really paid that much attention … “because I’m a ponytail girl.”
I set out to find something that would work well for my hair and for a morning-time schedule that can be a little hectic. I want to be able to wear my hair in different ways and not to be looked at as someone who doesn’t care enough to look polished in the office. Here are my results from last week:
Day 1: Curly(ish)
The process: Shampoo (Suave Professional), conditioner (Yes to Carrots), sea salt spray (Not Your Mother’s), blow dry on low, volumizing powder (Not Your Mother’s).
Results: Even though I like the way it looked in the picture above, by the time I’d even made it to work, my hair was pretty flat. So something about this combo was not quite right for my fine, fine hair (see next photo).
The process: Shampoo, conditioner, blow dry, volumizing powder (same products mentioned previously).
The results: A little better. Without the sea salt spray weighing my hair down, it didn’t get so flat during the day. But it ended up being a little frizzier than I hoped for.
The process: Shampoo, conditioner, John Frieda Frizz-ease spray, blow dry, straighten with flat iron, volumizing powder and Bed Head shine spray.
The results: Definitely the best hair day this week. I got two compliments on my ‘do. I didn’t think it was perfect, but it was definitely my favorite hair day for the week.
Anybody else have my type of hair? If I don’t blow-dry it, I end up with a flat, frizzy mess; if I just blow dry it, it’s too frizzy, but if I flat iron it, it’s too flat. I’d love to hear more recommendations of products to try in the future, especially stuff that doesn’t take a long time. I think my next purchase will likely be volumizing shampoo, so if you have ideas for me, let me know.
Note: I paid for all the products mentioned out of my own pocket, and I didn’t use any affiliate links. I also linked up with Liberating Working Moms‘ weekly Working with Style post.