Short is Sweet

Posted on 06. Feb, 2010 by in Girly Stuff, Short Hair

I’ve had short hair for eleven years now and I’ll never try to grow it out. I don’t own a hairbrush or a blow dryer but I can still manage to play around with it and have fun. I like to change the color(s) pretty regularly and if my bangs get long enough before a trim, I can pull them to the side with a barrette.

People stop me in public to ask who does my hair, what the name of my color is, or just to say “I can’t believe you’re so brave!” (As a side note, I also seem to get stared at by women who look like lesbians as if I belong to some weird short-hair cult, but that’s beside the point.)

One of my friends decided that it was time for a change and she — for lack of a better term — pulled a Britney Spears for New Year’s 2010. Now that it’s February, her hair is starting to grow in and she isn’t sure what to do with it. Obviously I have a lot more hair than she does at this point, but I figured that I could share a couple tips with her or anyone else that wants them. I’m not a hair stylist, but I like to goof around with products so here are some of my opinions.

I’ve messed around with lots of different hair products over the years and I’ve found that hair gel is the worst possible thing to put in my short hair. Gel typically flakes out as soon as it dries, causing me to look like I have dry, puffy hair with dandruff. Every stylist I have asked over the years has confirmed this to me, so I skip the gel.

I prefer to use creme, wax, glue, or pomade in my hair – basically, anything that is not clear. These items usually come in a small plastic container or can, unlike hair gel that is usually in a big bottle. There are tons of these types of products available. I’ve learned that the cheaper products give you worse results than the pricier ones. Redken, BedHead, even Regis salon brand products work much better than Pantene, L’Oreal, etc. I’ve spent a few bucks on cheapie stuff only to throw it out and go buy the good stuff anyway, so now I don’t bother.

My favorite hair product is an item called Fiber Gum. I buy it at Regis or Trade Secret and it runs about $16 for a small can. That sounds like a fortune, but I only need to use a very small amount and it lasts me around 3 months which makes the price bearable. I don’t have any at the moment, but I found a photo online.

Fiber Gum

Fiber Gum is made by Schwartzkopf. Schwartzkopf also has a cheaper line of products available at drugstores called got 2b. I have tried the cheaper stuff called Creme Pomade. It’s about $5 or $6 at Target and it’s not bad, but if I had the choice I’d go with the real deal and get the Fiber Gum at the mall. It does seem to flake out a bit by the end of the day, but not nearly as bad as hair gel would.

Creme Pomade

It feels like slightly sticky hand lotion.

Hair Pomade

Another “cheaper item” I buy on occasion is called Alagio Matte Wax. I guess it is supposed to be a generic version of an American Crew product. American Crew is a line of hair products aimed toward men, but who cares, right? I get this Alagio Matte Wax at Publix for about $7 or $8.

Wax

It really does feel like wax, so it’s kind of messy and awkward to get used to. If I accidentally use too much, my hair gets greasy. So don’t overdo it on the wax!

Here I am this morning with clean, dry hair.

If I’m starting out with dry hair, I usually wet it a little bit with my fingers – I don’t stick it under the sink to get it soaked. Then I basically put a little bit of hair product on my fingers and rub it into my hair, fluff it around with my fingers, and I’m good to go! This way it is not puffy and it has a little bit of shine.

Yay! I just spent 2 minutes on my hair and I’m ready to go!

2 Responses to “Short is Sweet”

  1. melanie fernandez 6 February 2010 at 4:02 pm #

    thanks Mel, i’ll have to get some products from Regis or Trade Secret. i know that you get what you pay for and it is worth it to get quality products. thank you for the tips pretty lady. mwah!

  2. Melissa 7 February 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    Thanks Miss Melanie. I know I’m not any kind of hair expert but I figured that my opinions might be helpful.

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