This Mess

Ah, yes. Here I am, giving it my best Donald Trump face under my mop of unruly hair. I'm starting to realize why the GOP presidential candidate is always so pissed-off at the world; when your hair is constantly trying to stand up and assert itself while you're just trying to go about your day, it can get pretty exhausting. He must be constantly on edge, wondering when that next gust of wind might come out of nowhere and blow that cheese puff-colored, cotton candy mop into something an egret might want to nest in. Comparatively, I have it easy.

Over the last few months, I've been asked a few times to do a post about my hair. In the past, I've done the odd post about my choice to stop dyeing my hair, but lately I've had more than one reader request a hair post, and quite frankly, I have no idea what to do with the request.

Because here's the thing - I do very little to my hair. In fact, I do criminally little to my hair. I'm the girl who, on a rare night out, figures out what she will wear, gets dressed, does her makeup, and with whatever time she has left, the hair gets done. This usually means a hasty blow-dry and a few handfuls of frizz serum, or if I've really planned ahead, maybe a quick smooth-down with a curling or straightening iron. But let me tell you, those days are as rare as a platinum-plated unicorn with gills. When it comes to hair, I'm the worst ever, and the last person who should be dishing-out advice.

So instead, I've decided to respond to this request for a hair post with a hair diary (which my interpretive text tried to change to "hair dirty" just now, which is more appropriate than it will ever know). So here are a few typical "days in the life" of my poor hair. Prepare to be disgusted.

Feb 3, 2016

12:00 pm: Decide to take blog post photos, brush-out unwashed hair. 
17:46 pm: Work out time. Hair up.

Feb 4, 2016
0030 am:  Night shift. Allowed hair to air dry after workout and pulled it back. Did not wash.

0845: Post night shift dog walk in hat. Go to bed after.
1600: Wake up and work out.
1800: Shower. Washed hair. You're welcome.  Added Kevin Murphy Young Again Serum.

February 5, 2016

0120: Back at work. Pulled clean hair back, still wet.
0815: Let down hair from night shift and brush. Still a bit damp (12 hours later). Go to bed.

That's pretty much how it goes when I'm working, and even when I'm not. Of course there are the odd variations on the theme…but these are my three main plays when I'm not wearing it up.

So that's basically it. As far as style secrets, there pretty much are none. I try to wash it as infrequently as I can get away with, and when I do wear it up, I try to use something soft to tie it back (like a hideous old-school scrunchie or something).  I wish I had something more for you here. I wish I had some sort of exotic routine to share - some kind of rare nut oil that I get imported from the Caribbean that is guaranteed to change your hair game once and for all, but I don't.

You'll let me know if something like that comes into existence, won't you?


  1. I think you won the hair lottery - no matter how much or how little you do, your hair always looks great!

  2. Oh my gosh. You are one of those Breck girls!!! You really do have gorgeous hair. Nobody has ever asked me for my hair secrets :/

  3. Love it. Very similar to my long haired habits - wash as little as possible, hairdresser twice a year. I either pull it back with combs, or twist it up into a bun and hold it with a hairstick or pins, depending on whether it's just a rough do or if I've actually put a bit of effort into it. Very salt and pepper, but the ends are still quite reddish brown. Quite dry, so I use argan oil products (shamppo, conditioner and oil).

  4. Your hair is gorgeous! Every which way you do it. Never put your hair and cheese-y poof's hair in the same sentence!! : >


  5. Yes, you have gorgeous hair. I decided to stop coloring seven months ago and mine is not coming in nearly as pretty as yours! Although it is much healthier, not breaking off anymore. I will not color again, I will not color again...

    1. It's hard to know what its going to look like until your nearly there. Keep going! You're past the hard bit (3-5 months)!

  6. I started coloring my hair (it was a beautiful silver, all over, since age 40) when a dear friend complained that she looked too old because I looked too old. "Everyone knows we are the same age, and I don't want them to think I am as old as you look." Because I loved her, I dyed my hair. Now she is dead, and I can stop the madness. Luckily, it all came in nicely -- I cut my hair really really short, and the dark bits that remain look as if I had them tipped professionally.
    I, too, rarely wash the old mop, and usually only with warm water. For those of us with coarse hair, I can highly recommend a product sold in the Black hair section of your local discount store: Palmer's Olive Oil Formula Gro Therapy. Apply it with your fingertips to scalp, with your hands to your hair (a little goes a long long way).

    It's a good skin tonic, too. Treat it as you would petroleum jelly: use a tiny bit and mix it with a generous amount of water in the palms of your hands, to a lotion consistency. Good for dry winter skin on face, neck, and hands. And your ears, if you wear your hair as short as do I.

  7. I haven’t got highlights or lowlights in 3 years and thought by now I’d be all salt & peper. But I still have mostly light brown with salt & paper mostly at the crown and white temples (and dark brown under neath). it looks best side parted so the white “clumps” into a streak instead of distributed. I’m wondering how long did it take for your salt & pepper to travel down to your shoulders.

    1. You know, I honestly dont remember my exact progression because it has been so long, but most of my silvers were concentrated in the front and temples to begin with. That is still very much the case - most of my natural hair is still very dark brunette in the back and underneath. Perhaps because it is so dark naturally that you can see the contrast more.

    2. Thanks Kristin. I thought I saw some dark peeking out at the bottom on yours. You talked somewhere about different growth patterns and that may explain why, after 18 months, my white streaks in front go only about 6-7 inches then end or continue light brown. Maybe they just grow slowly. I booked an appointment to consult a colorist about adding a few lowlights to the crown, or highlights to the bottom. Just to know if there are options. Thanks again.


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