Thanks so much for all the comments responding to my last post! You guys gave me some great ideas and options and it was nice to know I wasn't the only soul wandering around in the world of poofed up frizzed hair. I know I could subdue it with heat and certain products, but my fellow long-hairs can appreciate that I don't want to take that route.
Yesterday I washed my hair with a new combo that I like quite a bit, Giovanni's Smooth As Silk Deep Moisture shampoo and conditioner. Before that I'd put my hair up in a bun all day after adding some Monoi Tiare Tahiti that I'd bought back in 2001 shortly after I joined the old Network 54 hair board, at Karen Marie's suggestion when she raved about it. Ah, the good ol' days. Anyway, this was the same bottle I used back then... found when we packed up and moved here. I love it! At least I love the original scented one; the other two I tried back then didn't do much for my nose. My hair didn't care for it back when I was growing out that horrendous perm I had, but now it works very well with it and I love the smell in my hair. I just wish they sold it in larger bottles. It still comes in those little 4-ounce easy-to-fall-over-when-the-top-is-off bottles.
At any rate, I washed and conditioned my hair, using my white vinegar rinse with rosemary and lavender EOs (thanks for the inspiration Elvea Rose) and when towel dried, spritzed with my mister mix that includes jojoba and a few other things, let my hair dry a bit and then put it up in a bun. That was early afternoon and it was still very damp when we went to bed for cryin' out loud - even though I took it down and redid it several times, trying to get some air to it. For drying, it just takes way too long to be practical and I really missed the feel of clean hair drying around me, but just for helping my hair out, it might be worth it. I put it in a high bun for bed and this morning it looked like this moments after taking it down:
I think it helped with the frizz a bit, but the bun kinda got sloppy and pulled cock-eyed during the night and the waves ended up haphazard and not smooth and pretty like I've had them before. The ends look like they don't know what they're supposed to be doing and it still doesn't look smooth like my hair usually looks.
I tell you what I like about this picture though! The color!This is the color I want! The light was kind of low, thus it's slightly out of focus, but the red in my hair is because (I assume) of all the wood in the bathroom bouncing onto my hair from the light in the bathroom. Whatever, I love the color and this is what I'd like to get from some sort of henna mix. It just looks so much more luscious than my too light blonde.
As far as the frizzies go, I think I will just deal with them and see how my hair looks when the humidity here subsides. Since I always wear my hair up at home anyway (who wants a 3-foot hair in their meal?) maybe it's a moot point. And since I don't spend that much time outside in the summer since I have to avoid the sun (other than about 15 minutes a day) I guess it's not that big of an issue. But it did shock my senses when I saw that picture! My hair felt so soft and nice that day, but it looked hideous!
I'll probably be playing around with a new hair routine and will report back if I try any new products that are worth mentioning. I'm considering trying Jessicurl products again. I loved them years ago and they helped with my growing out perm frizzies, so maybe they'd help again. I might add plopping back to my routine too to see what kind of waves I can bring back to life. It's nice to have the time to play with my hair again. I'm thinking about re-joining the hair boards to help me get to classic. I've not had time to post on either of them in ages.
Thanks again for all the helpful comments and emails!