I am ridiculously vain. Stupidly, ridiculously vain. I like to look good.
My hair is probably the area of myself in which I devote the most attention and find myself experiencing the most obsession. When I met my husband, it was very long, probably half way down my back, and I set it on rollers. He told me that he like blonde hair, and so I started to get it highlighted. Years and years of highlighting and it was ridiculously light - and it was also stupid fragile. And, see also: I had me a fine mullet, yes I did. Short in the front, long in the back - my hair was a thing of beauty. Only in my eyes.
When I had my fourth baby, I was so sick of it being pulled and yanked on
that I cut it all off. It was almost, but not quite, a crew cut. And I kept it that way for many a year. My hair has a lot of red in in, which means that it brasses out, and I was seeing a hair stylist who loved to make my hair even more red.
One unfortunate color batch looked purple.
And I hated to tell her that I didn't like my hair, so I kinda just gave her free reign. And, lo, it was ugly. So, so ugly, and very dry. About four years ago, I decided to let my hair grow back. I was so tired of it looking incredibly ugly. Now, it's longer. About shoulder length, maybe a bit longer - and I've forgotten, over the years, how incredibly frizzy my hair can be.
It becomes less than optimal.
Kinda like Roseanne RoseannaDanna. Remember her?
Many people might embrace the fluff, brag about the fullness, write home about the volume. But I like SMOOTH hair. And I like CALM hair. And I love me some BEHAVING hair. And so I use a lot of product of my hair, and expensive product to boot.
Beginning with shampoos and conditioners. If you tell me it'll calm my hair, I'll toss it in the proverbial shopping cart. I love Aveda, I love Biolage, I love Redken and Pureology. Alterna, Ouidad, Bumble and Bumble - I've tried them all. So when I was sent some Dove Intense Conditioner to try, I'll go ahead and admit it - I was skeptical. My hair is fussy. It's heavily colored (I have a four inch skunk stripe of white that runs straight down the middle of my head - I color every 4 weeks) and I straighten it and blow it dry and use hot rollers and put it up in braids and ponytails
and basically just torture my poor hair. I'm out in the sun all summer, I'm in the pool and at the oceanfront and the water park and my hair gets really abused. That's one reason that I buy expensive products - I know that the moisture needs to be replenished.
But when I realized I had no conditioner one day in the shower, I skeptically grabbed that bottle of Dove Intensive Repair Conditioner I'd been sent - the one that my older girls had been using (and RAVED over, as an aside - but they weren't supposed to be in my shower (!)). At the least, I thought to myself, I can use it for today and wash my hair again tomorrow - and I'll hit the store in the meantime to get the "good stuff".
Except that this WAS the good stuff. Color me surprised.
I really liked it. It was thick and rich and left my hair feeling smooth and silky without being weighed down - and the frizziness was kept at bay. It was nice enough that I've bought another bottle of it - hey, with four girls with long hair, you can only imagine how much shampoo and conditioner we go through! - and designated one bottle for my own personal use.
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