Wee! Ok, joined last night (it's all your fault, beelady!
) and figure I should go ahead and start actually doing something here.
So, little about me first, then my hair.
Me: Freak, geek, slacker, weirdo. Lived a number of places in the western half of the US and have finally settled in San Francisco, possibly one of the most wonderful cities in the world.
My hair: Growing up I always had short hair, and always hated it. I felt like such a dork with the proper parted short hair thing. Finally, junior year in high school (about.. 7 years ago.. shesh, it's been that long?) I told my parents I didn't care, I was growing my hair out. They just requested I keep it short until after pics. Fine.
Struggled through the in-between phase where my hair was too short to really look decent and was constantly being told to cut it. Ignored all of them and kept growing it. During this time I went to a barber to get my hair trimmed twice. I have never been back. First time the guy cut it too short. Second time, I went to a salon figuring they'd know what they were doing. My girlfriend fixed it and was the only person I'd let cut it for a long time after that. No one got close to my hair with scissors. Even after we stopped dating she was the only one to trim it.
Of course, not being raised with long hair in mind, I had no clue how to take care of it so just started using random shampoo and conditioner, whatever seemed to work. Eventually had female friends yelling at me for my choices in hair care products so started following their recomendations.
I've tried doing any number of things over the years, but there are a couple things that have always been (and continue to be) problems for me.
1) Split ends. I have them bad, and no clue how to fix that.
2) I shed like crazy. I always have. My hair gets everywhere. I've walked into a house, not gone near the kitchen, yet had my hair end up in the food.
3) I have no clue how to take care of hair, really. I just take what little advice I've gotten and switched to products recomended to me by friends.
Measuring from the top of my head (since I have no idea where you're supposed to measure from) my hair is about 24" long on average. However, there are many many shorter strands and the ones from the front of my scalp generally aren't very long at all (<12")
Following Fia's Hairtyping System from the FAQ, I have:
I notice the system doesn't include dry/oily/whatever, but I have very oily hair and so must wash my hair daily or it begins to feel disgusting.
Current products that I use:
Shampoo: Either Infusium 23 Maximum Body or Biosilk Silk Therapy Shampoo
Conditioner: Infusium 23 Maximum Body
Treatment: Recently started using Biosilk Silk Therapy, a small amount daily, which I love.
When I do comb my hair it's with a wide tooth plastic comb that a friend forced me to buy and stop using the dog brush (used to work in a pet store) that I'd had and used for years (hey, it worked, and I didn't know any better).
That's about where I am. Would really like to get my hair to my waist and have it rather consistent.
Well, that's about all the time I have for now, time to head to the club for some nice goth/industrial music. Weee!