Frizzy hair happens to the best of us (and some more than others), but it doesn’t mean you can’t rock a bodacious head of big hair! Three of the Zine babes give you the low-down on their big-hair routines!
Curly hair, straight hair, no matter how you cut it: it’s still hair. My hair has a mind of its own, which is both a blessing and a curse. One day I’ll have the perfect beach waves every girl dreams of, then spend the next day sporting the greasiest, stringiest hair in the world. Don’t get me wrong, I embrace my big hair like no girl has ever seen, but sometimes I love that silky-smooth, mod hairstyle that’s straighter than Hugh Hefner in the Playboy mansion. Unfortunately, Texas weather is naturally anti-straight(hair), and with the humidity in the summer, it’s not even worth straightening. I learned this the hard way a couple years ago, and it forced me to begin to love my luscious locks. Now, I can speak for everyone who deals with big hair when I say as much as I love it, it’s a bitch to keep up with at times.
Luckily, there are millions of hair products to help contain your lion mane. Before I discovered any miracle products, I might as well have added the Queen of Frizz to my name. Then one day, my whole entire life had been changed! My mom came home and handed me a bottle that read: “Fantasia Frizz Buster with 50% more FREE!” At the time, I was of course a self-declared punk (at the golden age of 13) and I thought frizzy hair was “cool.” It wasn’t long after that when I realized frizzy hair isn’t cool. Frizzy hair is probably one of the most annoying, uncontrollable gifts from Hell, and I was so close to ending it all (read: cutting it all off)! Fortunately, my mom convinced me otherwise, coaxing me into finally trying the serum, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my entire life. Not only do you use less than a quarter size amount on your hair after you pop out of the shower, but it actually works! Wait, it gets better: it’s only about $8.00 and it lasts over a year. Now, it doesn’t zap all of your frizzes, but it does help contain and compliment your mane. It’s no longer impossible to embrace your colossal curls with this magic frizz buster.
Hey errrbody. So you have curly hair eh? Well, so do I! And for this entire summer, I have decided to embrace my roots… get it? Roots, *ba da dum* and let my hair live as nature intended. That, however, does not mean I have to let it control me. For you see, I am half black and half Irish. Both of my parents have very, very thick hair, so naturally I got hair the size of Wyoming. I would love it ever so much if this were the eighties and big hair was “in,” but sadly, here in the 21st century everyone sports that slicked-down-bone-straight look. My hair, on top of being thicker than all of my friend’s hair combined, also grows really fast in some parts and slower in others… what a pain. Ah well, I do what I can with the fabulous mane I got!
Every year I say I’m going to let it grow long, but every summer I cut it because it is too much work. Anyone with curly hair will tell you: short-mid length curls come with their own battles. The main one being when your hair poofs, it really poofs. Humidity is the enemy and it can take your tight swirly curls and make them look an animal died on your head. I was sick of having to throw goopy gel in my hair to make it look better in exchange for drying it out and Lord knows what else. Curls are naturally dryer than other types hair, so taking time to moisturize is of the upmost importance. Up until recently, I employed the method of washing my hair with generic hair products and throwing it in a bun and or Cindy Brady braids. No longer! Ever since I found Lush Cosmetics, I have used their hair products that actually make my hair healthier, not just hold it in place. Here’s my weekly conditioning treatment!
Make a spa day while you’re at it! Lush has different hair treatments depending on your hair! H’suan Wen Hua makes my hair feel soft for days! It is very potent scent-wise: I smell pumpkin spice, but it’s different for everyone! You put it on before your regular shower routine. Leave it in for 20 minutes: mask optional, having fun and taking selfies is not. I use Curly Wurly for shampoo. It’s truly a shampoo made for us curly-haired people! It has ultra-nourishing coconut chunks in it, so you don’t need too much. Next, I use Retread conditioner because personally, I love heavy conditioner that repairs. Even if my hair is not super damaged, I want something that makes my thick tresses feel smooth. Finally, I use R&B, the SAVIOR for all curly haired people on planet earth. It’s a leave-in conditioner that hydrates and softens, not to mention keeps your hair under control. I love these products! Each one makes my hair feel like a million bucks, even in the humid summers of Michigan.
Alrighty, looks like it’s my turn! Unlike some of my fellow curly girlies, I’ve always always always embraced the curls! I’ve never once owned a flat iron or hair dryer because it always seemed like such a hassle when I was basically born with my own unique hair style. When I was 12 years old, my mom decided to take me to her own hair stylist, who then berated her for ever putting a brush to my head. My mom doesn’t have curly hair, so she didn’t know what to do and her stylist began to teach me the ropes of curly hair. It took me a few years to get the hang of it, but I’m so happy I never tried to tame my thick (and by thick I mean really effing thick) curls because they would been destroyed by now, and who wants dead hair? I also found that there were so many perks to letting your hair air-dry – like being given the first shower in summer camp so that you are available to straighten everyone else’s hair! I worked the system. Curly hair is a gift because it’s fun to play with and every one has their own brand of curl. I actually don’t have oily hair because it’s so thick. Even my dirty worn-out curls look good. Bad hair days are more like dress-boho-casual-and-pretend-you’re-an-Olsen-twin days.
For the past year-ish, I’ve really owned the mermaid hair look with some cool highlights and I just let my heavy curls be weighed down – which is one great way to keep them calm. Last week, I actually chopped my hair off (I’m being a drama queen; it’s still really long, I just feel a little lost without my very epic hair flip), and am now rocking a Robert Plant inspired shag for summer. It’s much easier to manage and now that I found the right products, it’s totally hassle free. My curls are remnants of my father’s Jew-Fro genes, which he seemingly only passed unto me. Though they’re super tight underneath, and very frizzy (yes I’ve been called Frizzy Lizzi many-a-time) pretty much everywhere, I use some serum and silicon-based products to keep em sleek and defined while still embracing the big messy mane. Because my hair product is a bit pricey and I use so much of it, I only use drug store shampoo and conditioner. Tresemme is my current favorite – and they even have a line for curly hair. Paul Mitchell is currently mah main man, with 2 really amazing products for post-shower. I use Round Trip first on my towel dried hair and then a lil bit of the Super Skinny Serum to give it more shine. Sometimes I use some of the SSS on dry hair to slap it in the face after a night’s sleep (and also it smells like candy so that’s amazing). Sleek, straight hair is beautiful – no doubt about that – but some of us just have a little more to deal with, and you know what? It’s really fun. And I constantly have a perfume dispenser on my head because my hair absorbs so much yummy smelly stuff.
And here are a few photobooth selfies that I definitely don’t have saved in a folder titled “photobooth selfies” that is hidden in the depths of my computer.