Friday, July 23, 2010

Nothing Works For Everyone

Wouldn't it be nice if hair care tips that worked like magic for some people worked for everyone? It's just not the case though. It's such a matter of trial and error when it comes to hair. 

Even people with the exact same hair type can often have radically different results with various products, methods and treatments.

I remember when I first joined The Long Hair Community, I was overwhelmed with all of the products and methods that seemed to work like magic for some people. Someone with the same or similar hair type would rave about a product, and so I would run out and buy it and it just didn't do anything for me. Sometimes another recommended product would work like a charm.

I've come to the conclusion that every head of hair is as unique as a snowflake, and there really is no one thing that works for everyone.

If that wasn't bad enough, I've also realized that what works for me in the middle of winter does not work as well in the summer.  The change of seasons can often mean a couple of weeks of unhappy hair until I adjust my routine.

It can really be frustrating to look for that shampoo, conditioner, deep treatment or hair tool that will give the results one wants. I've finally settled happily into a routine, but not before trying many products and methods that just didn't work.

I still can't say that I've found the holy grail of hair products, but I am getting much better at knowing what will and won't work for my hair. I no longer seem to be spending money on products that don't work. My routine has become very minimal. 

If you're reading this and you're new to the long hair journey, just remember to try only one new thing at a time, and see how that works.

Don't try to change your routine too drastically with several different products, deep treatments or methods all at once, or you'll never find out just what is or isn't working.  Yes, it requires some patience, but you'll figure it out. You may also save yourself some money.

Above all, remember that growing long hair is a very, very long term project and you have time to figure these things out. As I've said before, it's a journey, not a race.

As for me, I still have that migraine that I mentioned yesterday. We did get the thunderstorms and there are more on the way.

Even though thunderstorms induce migraines for me, I do love them. There is something magical and so beautiful about hearing the tinkling of the rain, seeing lightning and hearing thunder and feeling safe and sound in one's home.

Luluj, if you live in the Niagara Region, then I imagine you live somewhere less than an hour from where I live.  I hope you did get that rain.  AutumnLeaves, I hope you get some rain too. It sounds awfully hot where you are. It's very hot and humid here as well. I'm hoping that the thunderstorms that we are getting today and over the weekend wash away some of that humidity as they nourish the earth.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful and happy weekend.

Love to all. 'Til tomorrow.


  1. Yes, last night (Thanks Mother Nature) we did get rain, a good amount, so all is good in my garden again. It has been raining on and off, more off, for most of the day, although the skies appear quite threatening at this very moment. Thanks for todays blog, I certainly "was" overwhelmed by all of the information when I joined the TLHC almost one year ago! I spend much less on hair products now......instead I search my kitchen cupboards for hair products!LOL!! I swear by white vinegar and warm water rinses for softness and shine! So sorry that you still have your migraine.

  2. The other day, I was at a discount grocery store and I saw an off-brand version of Tresemme Moisture Rich conditioner and I recalled that you liked to use it on your fine hair. I have fine hair but it has a little wave.

    So, I got a bottle and tried it in the shower this morning. This stuff was soooo thick that I could not squeeze it out so I had to take the cap off and squeeze some conditioner out with both hands. Ugh...and I didn't like it.

    I'm still learning not to go out and buy everything for my favorite toy--I mean hair:-) Have a great weekend!

  3. I really haven't tried anything new on my hair. I guess it's because I'm content with what I'm using.

  4. We got some nice dark skies yesterday, some wind...and a mere few raindrops. This a.m., there was some low rumbles and heat lightening...but you could see the stars. Go figure...So sorry to hear that damn migraine is lingering too.

    Anyway, I'm one of those for whom nothing works on my least not for more than a nanosecond.


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