I know I got lucky in a few departments, like a metabolism that laughs in the face of any and all combinations of junk food and salt I consume on a regular basis. But if you ask me the one thing that gives me the most grief, it’s my effing hair—it’s straight, it’s fine, and nothing short of a metric asston of hairspray will get it to hold any hint of a curl for more than an hour.
Here’s a summary so far of my experiences, peppered with some quickie reviews.Backcombing
I’ve seen it pulled off nicely (i.e. looks pretty natural) and not-so-nicely—when it looks like an obvious backcomb job because a) they were sloppy about cleaning up the top layer of hair and you can see the mess underneath, or b) they get overzealous and get this unnatural-looking architectural structure on the backs of their heads.
I dislike this method of creating volume because it damages your hair and uses up a lot of hairspray. Plus it just doesn’t feel nice—for me or Andy, who plays with my hair sometimes. Handful of tangled hair? Surprise!Volumizing Shampoo
Apparently, volumizing shampoos don’t work—not any better than a clarifying shampoo, anyway. I wish I had read that Beauty Brains article sooner.
- Live Clean Clean Air smells incredibly good but did nothing for me in the volume department.
- Same with John Frieda Brilliant Brunette (the volumizing one, now replaced with a new formula).
- I just started using Kiss My Face Big Body, which I had bought prior to reading that article. So far, it’s been the biggest disappointment yet, with my hair flatter than ever.
I’m still clinging to one last shred of hope though. Some friends have had good experiences with Nioxin so I really want to believe it will do something for me.
PS: I skip conditioner completely. It definitely weighs down my hair and I don’t need its detangling powers.Styling Products
Haven’t had any luck so far. Since I suck at styling my hair, I usually give a product several tries in different ways before writing it off. What inevitably happens after working the product through damp hair flipped upside down, and blow drying with hot, then with cold, it looks nice and pretty and full of life and then maybe after half an hour tops, it dies. Sunsilk Daring Mousse at least left my hair feeling very soft afterwards, and the scent is very mild. Samy Fat Hair Thickening Creme gave me similarly disappointing results, but was worse because its creme texture could gunk up my hair in pieces if I wasn’t careful about how I distributed it.Blow Out
I suck at this. Working on it.Everything Else
The best way I’ve found so far to get some lift in my hair is velcro rollers after working mousse into damp hair and blow drying. I don’t actually put all of my hair up with them, only some strategic top layers: two of the bigger ones in the back, one on each side and one in my bangs. I leave them in while I do my makeup and get some decent-lasting volume out of them.
So that wraps up what little I know so far. Have any product or technique suggestions for me?