I went to the salon this past weekend and I got my hair trimmed and blow dried. It was supposed to be trimmed, blow dried and coloured, but when my stylist told me that in order to colour my lawless grey hairs, I have to use a demi-permanent colour with peroxide, I put the breaks on that.
Peroxide and I no longer mix. Earlier in the week, I was contemplating whether or not I was going to colour it because I’m really, really, really interested in trying henna. I haven’t done a henna treatment because of the amount of time it takes. My weekends are normally really busy, so doing it on a Saturday or Sunday wasn’t going to work. But now that I’m working at home permanently (yay!), I can apply the henna to my hair before I start working and leave it in for seven and a half or eight hours on a weekday before I wash it out. I’m excited about the number of things that I can do that require many hours, like deep conditioning on, lets say, a Wednesday!
Anyhow, I handed her my Country Rose Soap shampoo and headed to the back of the salon to get my hair washed. I must say, getting your scalp professionally scrubbed is heavenly. The last time I got it professionally washed was in October 2009. I forgot about how wonderful it feels to have someone work out your scalp and get it really nice and clean. I won’t wait that long again.
My scalp is in a much better condition than it was in just a few weeks ago. That is thanks to no longer co-washing. I love co-washing – but my scalp doesn’t. I haven’t co-washed my hair in about six weeks and I haven’t had to combat any flakes or an itchy scalp. Now that the weather is warming up, I may reintroduce co-washing mid-week, but I will definitely be shampooing each week to make sure there is no build up on my scalp.
Once I was washed, my stylist sprayed my hair with Revlon Equave 2 Phase Hydro Nutritive Leave-in Conditioner. Now, I’m not a fan of liquid leave-ins, but the salon has been using this leave-in for as long as it’s been around. So, I rolled with it — I didn’t have my Giovanni leave-in with me anyway. She detangled my hair and put it into about six big twists while she started working on my mom and my sister.
About 20 minutes later, she got started again. The blow dryer came out.
I was scared.
I mean, I’ve read so much about heat damage online, I was frightened that my hair would never be the same again! What would happen if my coils and kinks never came back? I don’t think she used a heat protectant… My hands began to sweat — no lie. Thankfully, I noticed that she was using a very cool setting to dry my hair. I started to relax a little. Once she finished with the low blow dry, she turned it up. Now, I’ve had a super hot blow dry — you know the blow dry you get that scalds your ears and forehead? It wasn’t like that. It was hot, but not ridiculously hot where I was yelping.
My hair was finally straight… well, straight-ish. My hair has been loving the no-heat, low manipulation regimen that I’ve had it on, so all of this heat and manipulation had it — and me — a bit stressed. She started to trim. Now, last week, I was fretting about being in hair purgatory, so I was grateful for the trim. Not to mention, I’m still dealing with those blasted fairy knots. I’m hoping that this will help my hair look better in some of my protective styles. She didn’t take off much — maybe a half an inch or so. I was told afterward to come in every two months to get a trim.
Now, I’ve read a lot about not trimming. Some people online say if you’re not damaging your hair, you shouldn’t need to get a trim. For my head, I think I disagree. I think just by combing, brushing and styling my hair, I could be damaging my ends. So, unless I wear protective styles every day for the rest of my days, I’m going to need to cut off some ends. After the trim (my stylist cut her finger when I moved my head chitchatting with my mom, sister and sister-in-law. Sorry girl!), it was time for the flat iron.
Gasp! Heat for days! I knew what to expect — I was going to need some heat in order to straighten this hair (yes, I know there are other ways to straighten hair without heat, but honestly? That’s just a lot of manipulation without getting the really straight look I wanted), but I was fearful. At this time, I noticed how long my hair is now and guess what? I’m fully shoulder length! Woo hoo! My first hair goal reached as of May 1, 2010! She worked out the flat iron and look at what I look like:
All was good until my sister-in-law sent me out into the downpour which was downtown Toronto on Saturday for a shawarma. Chupse. I felt for her because she was getting micro-braids and her belly would be empty in a few hours when I was long since gone. So, because of my good heart, I ran across Yonge St. with my umbrella clasped tightly in my hands and got the darned shawarma.
When I got back, my stylist had to re-curl me. Sigh. I had to pick the rainiest Saturday of the spring to get blown out. Alas. By the time I left, it had stopped raining, but it was quite damp and humid out. I can say, I miss the ability to walk outside in the rain and not feel stressed. I stressed about the rain, the humidity, the heat (I didn’t want to sweat), the shower, washing my face, etc.
This, my friends, is too much stress, but my hair looks cute!
I have some more updates, but as you can read, this blog is getting too darned long and 24 is about to start. I gotta see what Jack Bauer is up to! I’ll tell you about the other stuff on another day!