>> Tuesday, September 4, 2012
After my pregnancy, I think I mentioned on Writing Chapter Three that my hair was falling out in handfuls. It's normal to lose a lot of hair a couple months after giving birth, but it's something I never expected to hit me to hard. Needless to say, my hair was left limp and lifeless after this experience.
And it wasn't exactly thick and luxurious to begin with.
We don't write a lot about personal care on this site, but what we have highlighted in the past is the No-Shampoo Method of washing hair. It's something we both used for a long while, but then fell out of practice sometime within the last year. What we do now is pretty simple, use whatever shampoo/conditioner we pick up at the grocery store -- usually something or sale -- and call it a day.
I've been feeling sort of blah about my appearance lately. It's a combination of being busy as a work-at-home mom and just being plain lazy about it. Oh, yeah. And all that blow drying, which I never used to do, to make up for the hair loss has left my locks looking icky and definitely damaged.
Stephen and I share products, but our hair couldn't be any more different. I needed a change.
I was happy with BlogHer offered a chance to review a new conditioner -- Damage Therapy Intensive Daily Repair -- by Dove. Silly as it may seem, I got the email about the review on a day when I was considering a very close crop/pixie cut. I promised myself I'd try out a deep conditioner to see it might help before making any drastic decisions.
So, as far as the conditioner goes, this is my honest, unedited review.
I've always had difficulty with more intense conditioners because my hair is thin and -- ick -- greasy. I inherited this trait from my dad, it seems, and my hair is often weighed down by any product, so I don't use many. In this regard, the Dove stacked up well compared to others I have used in the past. Other deep conditioners I've used tend to leave a buildup that makes me feel like I need to wash my hair again. This one rinsed away clean, which was a nice surprise.
My hair was left with that smooth, soft feeling, though I can't speak much to the purported anti-frizz benefits, since that's not an issue I typically have. The damaged ends I've been sporting were calmed. But because my hair is so thin and straight, without any product in it after conditioning, it was almost too soft and silky. If that makes any sense. It laid very flat against my head, so I'd need to keep blow drying, which makes me wonder if I'd be perpetuating a bad cycle.
Or if I just lose in general by having naturally flat hair. Sigh.
Anyway, though it worked very well, I don't think I would use Dove on a daily basis as suggested on the bottle. However, as a once-weekly deep conditioner, definitely! And hopefully if I start some type of care routine with my hair, I may not need to cut it all off.
Well, OK. I may still do that sometime soon because I like short hair. We'll see! I am in need of a major mommy makeover.
Is a beauty routine important to you? If so, how do you take time for yourself?
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