Updated: Feb 10, 2020
By Drew Confer
My hair is an absolute mess - it always has been and always will be, I have just had to learn how to embrace it and manage it. I have had so many different hopes and dreams for my hair that I can't keep track of them. Let me take you on my journey to "hair nirvana" and give you some tips for how to reach your own nirvana!
I washed, dried and straightened my hair Every Single Day in middle school. My hair burnt to a crisp and was a dry, frizzy disaster. Finally, in the summer before high school, I chopped all my hair off and kept it in a pixie cut. I stopped drying and straightening it because I no longer needed to. A year after cutting it, I decided to let it grow out and just let my hair do its own thing. I started watching tons of videos on YouTube about hair care and why you shouldn't wash your hair every day. A lot of them mentioned how, sometimes, the best way to help thick, dry, curly hair is to only wash it once a week. Of course, when I tried to do this, my mother very quickly put a stop to it. We settled on washing my hair every other day, unless I had to work, which was upwards of 4-6 days a week. So, once again, my dreams of hair nirvana were put on hold.
My dreams got another chance when I came to college and realized that nothing could stop me! It was perfect timing, as Slippery Rock’s wretched water just caused more hair problems for me. I stopped washing my hair every day and started doing it every other day. However, it was not really helping my hair, so I began washing my hair just once a week or whenever I felt it was needed. I currently only wash my hair once a week, when I lose my curls, or if it gets really greasy.
Currently, my hair is thriving - I couldn't be happier with it! My hair is in great condition and I'd like to share some tips with you!
1. Dry shampoo is your friend! Dry shampoo helps add volume to your hair and helps diminish some of the greasiness it might have.
2. Find hair products that really work for you! A large part of this journey is finding what hair products and routines work best for you and will really help your hair goals.
3. Just because it works for me, doesn’t mean it will work for you!!! I cannot stress this enough! Just because these things work for me, doesn’t mean it will work for you! You can try it for yourself but don't be too discouraged if it doesn’t work out.
Drew Confer (@drew.confer)