Yeah... I'm having some hair issues. Maybe some of my long-hair friends can advise.
I've always been pretty happy with my hair... the thickness, length, condition, etc. I always wanted thicker and wavy hair, but still... I liked my hair pretty well.
I had my first and only heavy-duty shed about a year ago. I'd never seen so much hair come out of my head when I combed or brushed. I shrugged it off because I know hair goes through "seasons" and had read about it happening to lots of others. I lost a bit of thickness and then the shedding stopped. Now I think I have a heap o' new growth because when I go outside into the humid air, my hair turns into a frizzy mess! Take a look:
I've never had hair frizz like this before! I know it's very humid here in the South (great for skin, but...), but this is new for my hair and I've lived here most of my life. Here is a close-up of what appears to be new hair popping out all over my head - and looking rather wavy.
I know I could sleek it down with blow-drying, but I've not used a hair dryer in years and don't want to start now. At first I thought maybe our well water was causing some issues, but these aren't broken off hairs, they are new - and all over like new growth coming in. Plus, our water isn't hard here. Whatever, this frizzing is driving me nuts. I'm wondering if I should use some silicones to try to smooth it down some or just keep it in an updo until the new growth grows out to a longer and less frizzy state. Any input, long hair friends?
Now that I'm retired, I'd like to go for classic at least once to see how my hair would do, but I must admit that while it's in this frizzled state I'm not sure I what to. I'm wondering if I should keep trimming it until all the new growth catches up... or what?
Then I have the issue of coloring my hair. I know some of you have beautiful silver hair and love it, but I don't love it on me one bit. I recently let my hair grow out quite a bit so I could see my natural color better and am even more convinced that I want to continue coloring. I'd not wanted to use chemical color though... and broke down this past weekend and used it since I was going into my old job to train the new person and my two-toned hair with frizz just didn't project the look I wanted at all.
Here is a picture of my natural color on the side of my head:
There is more white towards the front, but I didn't get a good picture of that. I think I'm going to write for some advice on the Henna4Hair and LHC forums to see what they think about my tri-color hair and using a henna/cassia/buxus mix. Since I have my natural brown mixed with the ever-encroaching white plus the chemical blonde, I'm wondering if it's even possible to achieve a relatively natural looking color that pulls all those together seamlessly. But I'm willing to do lots of testing! I'd love to get off chemical color and I really don't want to be so blonde anymore either. I think I need more color and depth - and that's what I'd like.
If anyone has any input, I'd love to hear it.
Here is one more picture, showing the length from the front:
I look happy (even with the sun in my eyes) and am, but I'm frustrated with my hair and am not sure what to do with it. And no, I don't want to go short, but I might consider waist again if I have to, or a little shorter. Don't wanna though... really want to hit classic.
All constructive comments welcome!