Rainbows. Kittens. My hair.

27th January 2009

I just closed comments on the circumcision post, because for the first time ever on Mighty Girl, Godwin’s Law is in effect. We made it to post number 58 before the Nazi mention though, so kudos kids. Also, I love conversations like this because it’s fun to see all the doctors and scientists come out of the woodwork. Hi, guys!

OK, now for a palate cleanser. Every time I do one of these videos, people ask how I got my hair that way. I’ve ignored it, because I do have curly hair, but you know when people keep asking about your hair through the Nazi comments, it’s time to pony up. So here’s what I do:

-I wash it with Burt’s Bees Pomegranite and Soy Shampoo.
-I condition with the Costco bottle of Paul Mitchell for dry hair.
-I towel dry, and comb it with a wide-tooth comb.
-While it’s wet, I scrunch in some type of curly product like: Curl Friends Replenish Leave in Conditioner, TIGI Catwalk Curls Rock Amplifier, or lately DevaCurl B’Leave-In, which was recommended by the lovely Sarah Brown.
-Once it air dries, I scrunch in John Frieda Secret Weapon to make the curls less frizzy and smooth flyaways.
-If I’m going to be on camera or it’s a special occasion, I take the remaining frizzy bits and use three or four medium sized rollers to tame them. I like the Conair Hot Sticks because they make curls that look like the rest of my curls.

Voila! Tomorrow, we’ll discuss Obama’s stimulus package and my awesome new lipstick.

23 thoughts on “Rainbows. Kittens. My hair.

  1. darcy

    Um, yeah that was me, I was hoping that you would ban me from your site so I don’t get fired for being obsessed with it.
    PS Conair Hot Sticks Rock!!!

  2. Jess

    Had no idea Nazi’s were suckers for advertising. It’s only called propaganda if it dictates their future choices and behaviors. Right?

    Now where oh where will I find a wide-toothed comb for my daughter’s incessant tangles (she did NOT inherit those from ME). And is it ALWAYS WRONG to leave conditioner in…even if it says LEAVE IN right there on the label? I have trust issues.

  3. Maggeh Post author

    No, leave-in conditioner isn’t like regular old conditioner. It’s some sort of space-age styling polymer thing. And it smells good.

  4. Carrie

    Perhaps you’ll indulge in a little advice for this straight-haired mom of a long-and-curly-haired daughter? Any ideas for what I can do to help with combing the knots and all (i.e. a spray in detangler type thing or whatever) that won’t flatten/straighten her hair out and will let the curls bounce to their maximum effect? (I do use a wonderful wide tooth comb with soft tips that helps.) And, do you think the products you mention here should all be okay for a kid? Many thanks.

    And I’m sure your son’s private parts are all lovely! (I have never written that sentence before in my life, nor do I think I will ever write it again.)

  5. Ang

    Love the John Frieda – have used it for years under different product names (why do they have to keep changing these things?) Also had the Conair curlers in Jr. High…didn’t know they still made them. I may have to see if mine are still under my mom’s sink.
    Carrie – there are lots of detanglers for kids hair, many without lots of nasty ingredients. A personal favorite of mine for styling curly kid’s hair is aloe vera gel…very benign, helps add some control!

  6. abby

    As a recent convert, I highly recommend the book Curly Girl by Lorraine Massey and Deborah Chiel, which is likely available at the public library. It took my hair a week or so to adjust to minimal/rare shampoo but the results are fab. My curls seem happier than ever. I use a combination of Aveda’s Be Curly + Sap Moss.

  7. Amy

    Thanks for posting your hair tips. I have curly hair, too, and love hearing about what products work for other people.

    For what it’s worth, the products I love are:

    John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease Care Curl Around Style-Starting Daily Conditioner: used with a wide-tooth comb in the shower, makes getting snarls out easy, also great at moisturising and taming frizz.

    Alterna HEMP with Organics Texturizing Glaze: name doesn’t imply it, but this product is for curls and I don’t know what I’d do without it. It keeps curls defined, doesn’t make hair stiff, has UVA/UVB protection.

    TIGI Catwalk Curls Rock Curl Booster Spray: I use this following the Alterna and I love it.

    One other thing that helps is that I apply the main hair product I use (Alterna) *right* after I apply my facial moisturiser, when I still have some of the moisturiser on my hands. For some reason my hair doesn’t like the creams and serums designed to tame frizz, but a bit of facial moisturiser mixed into my hair product works great.

  8. darcy

    I personally have the straight stick straw hair of a cracked out scarecrow but my daughters are bi-racial (courtesy of husband number one) and I am always in search of things that work on their hair, I will try some of these, since it gives me an excuse to shop! We are currently washing 3 times a week, and using S factor products. The shampoo and conditioner are pretty good, but the S factor Dream Drops, are awesome they smell so good I put them in my hair, even though they are far too heavy for fine hair.

  9. darci

    Goodness, you make me laugh…and on that note perhaps you can discuss the recent decisions of Pope Benedict and the last nail polish.

  10. Tara

    Wait a minute… your hair air dries?

    Okay, I’m new here and I have very-wavy-bordering-on-curly hair, but there’s no way it would air dry in less than 6 hours and it’s only chin length! When it was your length, 20 hours, easy. How is it possible? More importantly how is it fair?

  11. Redheaded Chick

    Oh my! I just got introduced to your site through your video series and my first thought was “I wish my hair looked like that”. I am also a curly redhead. Thank you for this!!!

  12. Megan

    The first thing I noticed in that video was your hair. Looked great!

    Thanks for not saying your naturally curly hair just naturally always looks great. Sometimes I feel like I have to hide the fact that I need product to make my hair do what I want it to do (and what I know deep down it wants to do too) because it somehow disqualifies me from having ‘real’ curls. Real curls are still real work.

    The tips are really useful because now I’m in the land of straight German hair and there is no selection of products to choose from. Your products are going on the shopping list my Kraut husband is taking on his business trip to San Francisco. (His penis by the way was the first uncut one I’d ever met, and heavily influenced my opinion on the topic. Personally, I’m anti.) ;-)

  13. Ali

    Beautiful! You alway look so lovely.

    Thank you for ponying up about the hair. Because I wanted to ask, but was afraid of the Nazi comments.

    Now. The lipstick please. Seriously.

  14. Amanda

    If you’re ever up for a trial, I’ve found Aveda Sapmoss spray makes my curls look better than anything else in the world has ever been able to. It’s love.

  15. greta

    carrie – you can always mix some conditioner with water in a spray bottle and use that as a detangler. aloe vera is a good idea too. both are much cheaper and at least as effective as the pre-packaged detangler they sell.

    darcy – african-american hair should not generally be washed that often. it’s typically thick but fine, and is prone to drying, breakage, etc. i know most of my black friends only wash their hair once every few weeks. (they still shower regularly, of course, they just don’t wash their hair.) as a wavy/curly haired white girl, i don’t wash my hair more than 2x a week.

    maggie, you have beautiful hair. :)

  16. Donna

    Darcy – my niece (who now refers to herself as a mixed-kid) likes the Mixed Chicks products. Their site is mixedchicks.NET…whatever you do DO NOT go to the .com of that address. ack!

    Lots of good product suggestions. [frantically making notes] Vanessa, what is the lipstick previously recco’d that stays on forever??!! I missed it. :-(

  17. darcy

    Great suggestion on Mixedchicks.net., thanks!
    I have one with brown hair two with blond and all 3 have different curl patterns!!
    It was so cute when they were toddlers now my 9 year old begs me to straighten it.
    I want to cry every time I see her with straight hair she looks like a teenager.

  18. JODi

    I too, used to use lots of product for my curly hair and I have cut it down to one. That would be Joico’s Joiwhip Mouuse. I put ALOT on. If you think you have enough, add more. Then I flip my head over and take a paper towel to scrunch my moussed curls. They come out in perfect unfrizzy curls. I dry with a diffuser and they come out soft and silky. If you air dry then it comes out crunchy.

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