The title of this post is misleading. As of recently, I have smooth hair. And I care. A lot.
Let’s rewind: for the past few months, I have been growing increasingly frustrated. The source of my woes has been my hair; last May I cut off much of it, in-part to increase its health (the other motive was a big life change and identity crisis). #FreshStart, right?
You can probably imagine my feelings when my hair did not, in fact, get healthier, but seemed to take a turn for the worst.
Over time, my hair quality declined. It hasn’t really been noticeable to anyone except for me; it looked similar, but felt different to the touch.
I’ve always had thick gingery locks; it’s usually a coarse quality, but has its moments of soft and shine. Somehow between summer and winter, my hair became gunky and gross. It didn’t feel thick, it was more clumpy.
It was like there was a film over my hair. It felt glumpy, as if it was hard to get clean, even right after showers. I almost wondered if my hair wasn’t drying correctly, or if I wasn’t doing a good enough job rinsing when I showered.
I scoured the internet for similar stories, and there were a few. One suggestion was to use a clarifying shampoo, another suggested a few “build-up” DIY washes. I whipped up a vinegar mix, messaged a hair stylist friend for shampoo recommendations, and felt a little hopeless when my hair still felt heavy and dull.
All of my problems have been solved. Nope—not an exaggeration.
I decided that I should treat myself to a haircut, and also get a conditioning treatment. I also figured that my hair stylist could, at the very least, offer her two cents.
Oh, she delivered. At the salon, she released a lot of helpful information, including the source of my hair problems, with a single question: “have you been swimming lately?”
Instant relief. My hair wasn’t gross because I somehow picked up bad habits, or because I chose all the wrong products. The reason was because my hair was affected by the minerals in all the hot springs I’ve been visiting lately.
It turns out that the hair is like a sponge, and has been retaining the mineral deposits left from my swims; even more so in cases where I couldn’t shower right after, or I spent a long time with my head under water.
Maybe the best part of my experience was getting a super affordable conditioning treatment, which fully restored the health of my hair. And beyond. Seriously—I’m a week replaced from my appointment, and my hair is softer and silkier than it has been in over 15 years.
My stylist did say that this treatment would bring my hair back to “virgin hair quality.” I was a little stumped, because my hair has never been died and is technically virginal. However, it went beyond my expectations.
The best part? It was only $25. I’m still blinking in disbelief.
Here’s the deets: the conditioning treatment was called “Tigi SOS Reconditioning Treatment.” And according to my stylist, Tigi has a take-home product that’s just as affordable. There were two options in the salon: the more intensive ($25, and my pick), or a customizable treatment for $15. Mine lasts a little longer, but both are supposed to be top-notch.
Not an Ad, Just a Glowing Review
I am not sponsored or advertising in any way. I mean, I wish I was! I can only imagine getting a hookup with this product; I’d be ecstatic. I just want the world to be aware of this insane product and its results, which have left me happy with a healthy head of hair.
If you have had similar hair treatment results and happy surprises, let me know!
Go forth and shine on,