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Kurlee 09-28-2005 06:41 PM

Is your hair high maintenance?
 
I feel like my hair is high maintenance most of the time. I struggle with frizz that nothing seems to win over, I never get 2nd day hair and I have to wash my scalp every other day, so it is wet often.
So I am wondering if you think your hair is high maintenance? Or do most girls on the board have an easier time (if you can have an easy time with curly hair? :wink: ) with their hair?
And maybe you wanna comment on why.

kimmyc 09-28-2005 07:16 PM

I put no but it is sometimes. For the most part it's really not that bad, not as bad as I used to think anyway. I really don't get as much frizz as I used to (maybe I just thought I got alot of frizz because in pictures it's amazingly not that bad) and I can do 2nd day hair now. In fact I can plan on it if I need too. I'm kind of digging my hair now. I just want it longer right now. :)

lazykerri 09-28-2005 07:31 PM

I have often felt and said it is high maintenance. I think when I learned to take care of it and have it be healthy and look its best, it added more maintenance (i.e. not brushing it). Of course, when I was younger, especially as a kid, it was wash and tangle hair. It got some horrible knots and my mom and I would be constantly trying to detangle it. The good thing is that now it doesn't do that anymore.

For a while it was lower maintenance because I would air dry it and then wear it in a ponytail (and use a lot of silicone serum on it). Now that I'm trying not to use the silicone as much, and see how curly I can get, it's more high maintenance. I hope when I have perfected a routine it will be less high maintenance again. :)

Rain 09-28-2005 07:58 PM

My hair is finally low maintenance. I have products that work and I don't feel the need to experiment nearly as much as in the past. I usually have an amount of frizz I'm okay with. If it's totally out of control, I can just smooth it down with some shea butter. If the weather is truly horrible, no one else has great hair that day either so I don't really care that much.

lushaholic 09-28-2005 08:48 PM

I put yes, because on the days that I wash it, it takes me forever to go through the routine, plopping, airdrying, etc. It's fairly easy on the in-between days though, if I've done it right on the first day. :wink:

urbancurl 09-28-2005 08:50 PM

I voted YES, that my hair is high maintenance, although I treat it as if it is low maintenance. There's kind of a disconnect there, I know! I think if my hair was on someone else's head, they'd probably do more stuff to it and use more products on it to reduce frizz and keep it in peak condition. But I can't be bothered putting tons of things into it! I rarely use more than a cleanser, conditioner, and 1 styling product at a time. If not having any frizz at all means layering a bijillion products, forget it, I'll take a little frizz! I do love experimenting with new products though. The highest-maintenance thing about my hair right now is the products that I use; not available at drug-stores. :(

Ripples 09-28-2005 10:55 PM

I voted "yes" only because I am trying to grow my hair out from very layered, very easy "wash & go" style. It has become a struggle now because I have reached the danger point - ya' know? When you just want to CUT it again - AARRGHHH! (Why does it seem to last forever at this particular stage?) :? However, it's healthier since starting CG, but taking longer to find the perfect product(s) to get the curls just right.

Dolapo 09-28-2005 11:09 PM

no...im able to get 4th day hair!!! i just spray jessicurl awe inspiraling, scrunch in mousse and aveda humectant pomade and im out of the house. when my hair was longer, i was a ponytail girl

Amneris 09-28-2005 11:47 PM

Nope - I only wash it once every week or two, I usually only use a leave-in and no stylers, and sometimes a little pomade. I do spend a lot of time on it on wash days, but it lasts all week. If I spend a few hours doing braids or twists or setting curls, they last for days as well.
I am with urbancurl - it should be high maintenance (long, thick, tight curls, dry, transitioning...) but I treat it as low maintenance. If I am playing around styling it, I consider that having fun, not an essential part of my routine.

CurliLocks 09-29-2005 12:15 AM

My hair is low maintenance. I usually only wash once a week (twice if necessary). Sometimes I rinse and condition in between; other times I just run my wet hands over my hair or spritz with water to refresh. :)

Mip 09-29-2005 05:09 AM

Yes and no. :oops:

It feels like it's high maintenance from the perspective that I have to use certain products and I have to plan my hair washes and stylings according to what I'm doing that week.

But, when I wake up in the morning, I do feel low maintenance, as all I have to do is scrunch the crunch and maybe put a tiny bit of gel on the ends to seal the curl. It takes all of five minutes. I can usually get second day hair too.

skywatcher 09-29-2005 05:30 AM

I voted yes... my whole life seems to revolve around my hair. I have to make sure that I have enough time to do the washes, DT's, detangling, clarifying, etc. It seems like I have to plan everything around all this stuff.

The only break is like Lush said, on second day hair.

kimmyc 09-29-2005 06:05 AM

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Originally Posted by skywatcher
I voted yes... my whole life seems to revolve around my hair. I have to make sure that I have enough time to do the washes, DT's, detangling, clarifying, etc. It seems like I have to plan everything around all this stuff.

The only break is like Lush said, on second day hair.

I guess the washing part is the highest maintenance part for me too. Some nights it's like "dang, it's 8pm and I still have to wash/ wet my hair which means I have to stay up until at least 10 or 11....." And all I want to do is go to bed! :lol:

mundoazul 09-29-2005 07:17 AM

I would say yes. Not because I use a ton of product, but getting even product distribution if no easy task. In fact, it rarely ever happens as that would entail about 2hrs!!!! :shock: I have to wet it every day, eve if I just wat to wear a ponytail. The only time my hair is "malleable" (for lack of a better word) is when its wet.

I love my hair, but I'd love it even more a billion times more f it didn't take so long to get it to look good. And then the look never lasts...stupid shrinkage...

mishy 09-29-2005 09:43 AM

Yes and no - I've finally found the right combination of products, so my hair is much easier to deal with and looks a lot better on a daily basis with minimal effort. However, I do color my roots every five weeks to cover up a lot of greys, and I consider that part to be high maintenance.

lushaholic 09-29-2005 09:46 AM

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Originally Posted by skywatcher
I voted yes... my whole life seems to revolve around my hair. I have to make sure that I have enough time to do the washes, DT's, detangling, clarifying, etc. It seems like I have to plan everything around all this stuff.

LOL, me too. Aren't we sad?? :P

Doodles 09-29-2005 09:57 AM

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Originally Posted by skywatcher
I voted yes... my whole life seems to revolve around my hair. I have to make sure that I have enough time to do the washes, DT's, detangling, clarifying, etc. It seems like I have to plan everything around all this stuff.

The only break is like Lush said, on second day hair.

Yup, this is me in a nutshell except I can't do second day hair. :cry:

DolphinCurls 09-29-2005 10:18 AM

Not anymore. After washing my hair, I just put some gel and blow-dry with a diffuser. Only takes about 15 minutes! We won't get into how long it took me to deal with my hair when I was straightening it!

Botticelli Venus 09-29-2005 01:06 PM

It's just so unpredictable. I never know how it's going to come out, and I get pretty much the same results no matter what I use, so if I could get over my paranoia about how it's going to turn out, it probably COULD be a lot less maintenance, yeah.

I think where I get into trouble is arranging and styling it. That's like Russian roulette.

curlymel 09-29-2005 01:15 PM

I said yes, just because curly hair is not a wash-and-go type of hair, which I would like. But, compared to most curlies here, I am probably somewhat low maintenance. I only get my hair wet every 3 days and am usually pretty happy with how it looks if I stick with my tried and true products.


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