When I was ten, I got my first perm (yes, I was Asian back then too, but it was the eighties, so...), and from just about that point on, it's been a battle. At various points, my hair has been curled, Japanese straightened, grown out, layered, chopped, and colored. It's been above my ears, shoulder-length, and down my back.
I have finally decided (drum roll, please) to accept it as it is - wavy, coarse, thick, and prone to kink. It's dry, but if I don't wash it every day I think it starts to smell. On the other hand, its natural body flatters my rounder face, and I like that there's a lot of it and that when treated well, it responds nicely.
Does this mean that I spend an hour in the salon on a weekly blowout? Certainly not, and besides, the aforementioned hair washing issue. I have neither the time nor the interest to flatiron my hair every day nor maintain a regimen of hair masks and leave-in conditioners on top of frizz-defying finishing products and flexible-hold spritzers. I honestly wish I did.
Again, laziness. A more motivated woman might do all of the above, but I just don't have it in me. Here's what I do do, and so far it's serving me well. Obviously, I am not an expert, but if you're as reluctant as I am, you'll appreciate that you can get good results with a relatively small amount of effort:
|This macadamia-infused comb looks interesting (Ulta).|
Long, thick hair will definitely benefit from a detangling/wide-toothed comb. If I don't comb when my hair is still wet, it becomes a tangled mess. Towel dry, then comb, and blow dry only when absolutely necessary.
|South Korea's Kim Jung-Eun (adorable!)|
Bangs. Age-defying and style-enhancing. I trim my own, cutting only from iris to iris because my face is rounder. Graduated bangs flatter; straight across not so much (on me, anyway).