A few years ago I stood in my friend’s bathroom with a third glass of red wine and closed my eyes as I let her chop off my hair. Girls cut their hair to make statements all the time. If I had a nickel every time I made the chop for a boy or out of rage…
But this cut was different. I wrote a whole post for the reasoning so go and give it a read here before moving forward.
I kept my hair shoulder length for a couple of years after the initial, dramatic chop. *Side note, apologies for how many times I’m using the word “chop” but it’s truly the perfect word.* It was easier to manage and I enjoyed the change from the locks that I had left down my back since childhood. But then it happened: one day I saw a photo of my unending tresses and my heart twinged a bit. In a completely new place in life, I decided it was time for some regrowth.
Two years later, my hair had gained a foot and is now where it was before the big chop. While I enjoyed those years in the short hair club, I truly enjoy the length. There are so many more options for styling and I’ll be honest, I just enjoy how I look with longer hair. My baby fat never seemed to fully leave my face so in my mind, the long hair balances that out.
That sentence is probably all nonsense. Nonetheless.
When i made the decision to grow out my locks, I was also in the transition of switching over to natural products. My whole life has been a struggle to keep my thin, oily hair under control. I tried all the products to gain volume and shine without being matted down by excess grease. So switching over to natural hair products was a scary one for me. Since a lot of the bases of natural haircare were oils, I was pretty sure I was just going to turn into a giant grease-head. I was, however, surprised.
What I gained in the process was fuller, balanced hair that could go more than 24 hours before being washed. Basically, it was a miracle. But let’s be honest, natural products support your body in the best way possible so I really shouldn’t have been so surprised as I watched it grow faster than ever.
Now that my length is back, I take care of every strand by nourishing it daily with natural shampoo. It’s improved so much that I don’t even need conditioner anymore which (ask my parents…) was a vital step to the bathing process as a child. Without it, most evenings ended in tears as my thin hair balled into bird’s nests.
When it comes to styling thin hair, texture is huge! Without it, buns slide off the tops of my head and by the end of the day, things tend to look scraggly and sad. This summer I’ve been using the Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt spray to add a bit extra oomph to my locks. It pulls away all the oil from my hair without drying it out and adds texture that last all the live long day. Just a few spritzes and I’m good to go. I have pretend beachy waves to carry me through the summer. I also love using it for updos to add some grip to the braids and ponytails. It’s a little miracle worker and has been a saving grace this summer with my full Rapunzel hair back in full force. My little hair care secret is always shopping from Follain. They carry the best natural products and I know that I can always trust that they’ve pre-checked the safety of all the products available. Basically, they allow me to be a mildly lazy but confident consumer.
What are your favorite summer beauty products?
Until next time!
*This post was written in collaboration with Follain. All opinions and words are my own. For more information, see my disclaimer page.