For those of you impatient and didn’t go read about my Hella Hair, the Reader’s Digest version is I have a lot of hair. And by ‘a lot’, I mean a LOT of hair. So much hair that it could easily be distributed evenly amongst two or three heads. Yeah, that much.
This is my hair freshly blow dried, trying to tame out the natural wave before using a curling iron or flat iron on it:
Well OK, that’s half my hair because the other half is on the other side of my head, obviously.
See? Tons. Of. Hair.
Since that particular picture is now two years old, I’ll have to take some updated ones – it’s longer now, which means just more hair.
I still consider myself blessed, though, because it could be the total opposite. I consider it one of my best features, so I want to always treat it right. Which means when I get frustrated and feel like ripping my hair out by the roots, I don’t. Does anybody really do that? Doubtful. But you know what I mean.
Some days I do wish that it wasn’t naturally wavy – one of the reasons I wear it long (aside from the fact I like it long) is that the weight helps pull the wave out to make it easier to tame down into submission. Of course, if you saw the other pictures in that post, you know it has a rebellious side about the whole taming option.
Some days I’m actually thankful that it’s naturally wavy – then I can just scrunch and go, no heat required. Of course it takes the entire day to dry because it’s so thick. Sometimes it’s not thoroughly dry all the way by the time I go to bed, so the curly days only last one day, because if I sleep on it like that and the inner layers are still even slightly damp, I wake up in the morning looking like I either stuck my finger in a light socket overnight, or look like Albert Einstein:
Well, you know, with longer hair and minus the wrinkles (for now) and the mustache (also for now).
I am lucky, though – along with the thickness of it, it doesn’t get greasy fast, so I’m able to not wash it for several days at a time – which is a good thing, because it takes a long time to dry, and either curl or flat iron. There are only so many hours in the day, you know.
My awesome hairdresser in PA marveled at how well my hair stood up to the abuse I give it, but she did note that because I don’t strip it by washing it every day, I was being good to my hair. And here I thought I was just being lazy.
I’m always looking for products that will help me keep my hair healthy so I can keep it long and shiny and not have it turn out brittle and breaking by subjecting it to the heat of the blow dryer and flat iron or curling iron. Luckily I was asked if I’d like to try Living Proof, a hair care system that makes it easier for me to wash my hair less often and get it under control. That is a no brainer, I’m all in!
Living Proof was founded by world-class scientists in Cambridge, MA. They discovered two proprietary ingredients that have never before been used in beauty: with a healthy hair molecule called OFPMA.
But I was mostly interested (besides wanting my PhD) because in 2012, one of my all-time favorite actresses, Jennifer Aniston, joined them as co-owner and hair care spokesperson.
Believe it or not, when you see pictures of her hair ‘before she was a star’, she was fighting the same struggle I do with thick and wavy and a lotta work hair. I like that she has hair like me (or I have hair like her, whatever) so knowing she stands behind the product makes me trust it even more.
You know, because we’re best buds and all.
I received my Living Proof PhD shampoo, conditioner, and styling products in the mail recently, and have had the opportunity to give them a try. So far so good – I can always tell immediately (like in the shower) if a product is going to do well with my hair, simply by how my hair feels as I’m rinsing it out. Living Proof makes my hair feel good even wet, vs. some other products I’ve had to abandon because I can feel my hair being brittle vs. supple and soft in wet mode.
I know, it’s all about the science. I’ll be continuing my test in the coming weeks, and will post a ‘final results’ post so you can find out how it does on my Hella Hair, and if it’s something you might need in your life, too. Especially if you have Hella Hair like me.
For those of you who read the labels and need to know more, here are the highlights:
PhD Shampoo and Conditioner
- Revolutionary shampoo and conditioner that lets you wash and condition your way to beautiful, healthy hair, powered by our patented Healthy Hair Molecule (OFPMA) which:
- delivers the five benefits for a perfect hair day—smoothness, volume, conditioning, strength and polish
- helps you wash your hair less often
- improves hair health instantly and gets better over time
PhD 5-in-1 Styling Treatment
Style and treat in one genius solution. For the first time ever, our scientist combined our award winning, patented Healthy Hair Molecule (OFPMA) and our Volumizing Molecule (PBAE). PhD 5-in-1 Styling Treatment:
- delivers the five benefits for a perfect hair day in one easy step- smoothness, volume, conditioning, strength and polish
- styles and treats without compromising one for the other
- keeps your style cleaner, longer
- reduces breakage by 78%, making hair 4.5x stronger
For all hair types. All Living Proof products are sulfate-free, silicone-free and oil-free. Safe and formulated for color and chemically treated hair.
Stay tuned, because when I post about this again, I’m going to show before and after shots of my Hella Hair – then you can see for yourself how the product is. Well, and of course I’ll tell you. That goes without saying.
Do you have a hair product you can’t live without? How do you achieve Perfect hair Days?