Day 11 - Haircare
There’s no secret formula for the perfect hair.
As I start my day every day, the first thing I do after I open my eyes is to reach for 2 objects: my glasses and my elastic hair band.
Not everybody wears glasses, but I assume that everybody has hair that grows, regardless of their hairstyle choice. (No? Oh, ok, except those with congenital hypotrichosis) So let’s talk a bit about hair.
I have a love/hate relationship with my own hair. I love it because it’s part of my identity. But I hate it because it’s too damn complicated to take care of properly: wash, brush, cut, style, color etc. It takes so much time and there's way too much information and too many products.
After a good research, I came to the conclusion that:
Any given hair product is good for your hair and not good for your hair at the same time.
What the hell do you mean by that Bianca? Ok, I’ll explain, so please bare with me for 5 minutes!
All the hair products that you can find on the shelves of all the shops around the world are the result of long and tedious research and many years of development. So we have to say a big “thank you!” to all the people in the industry! They have tried their best to give us the best products they could think of. And at the same time pay all their employees and shareholders. Thank you! You did a great job and we are grateful! (I’m serious!)
But a new age has come! And it is time to change the way you research and develop your products! And think of new and creative ways to sell them. Because the dawn of Zero Waste, Back-To-The-Basics, All-Natural, Environmentally-Friendly, and most importantly Humanly-Diverse products has arrived! The AFTER-ECO* era!
Today I’m only going to go with explaining the concept of “Humanly Diverse”. A word I just made up 🙂 but a concept which, although it’s very obvious to most of us, it is also easy to forget. We get distracted by all these commercials regarding hair products which are absolutely amazing, but which completely ignore one tiny-winy, completely unimportant, almost nonexistent detail: we are all different. (Irony intended).
WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT! And not just compared to each-other (as in “dry vs. greasy hair” or “curly vs. straight”), but also compared to ourselves. We are all a little bit different every day. And that includes our hair.
No wonder we have a “good hair day” and a “bad hair day”. No wonder sometimes we shed hair more than our cats, but sometimes we feel like super-hairos, I mean heros, and our hair looks fabulous. In this case we think it’s the result of a certain product we had used, which, don’t get me wrong, was probably effective! But which was also probably not. There is also a very big probability that it wasn’t just the product’s influence, but also the influence of at least 20 other reasons, which I will enlist below ↓
1. food (we are what we eat – never forget that – your hair is too)
2. exercise (not enough of it leads to bad circulation – thus bad hair)
3. water composition (soft water vs. hard water, chemicals in the water by area)
4. weather (hot vs. cold, humid vs. dry)
5. hormone balance (menstrual cycle, childbirth, menopause)
6. stress (we know this one very well don’t we?)
7. how you wash (how often, how long, what movement of your fingers you use)
8. how you dry (natural vs. blow dry)
9. when you wash (morning vs. evening, before or after exercising/eating etc)
10. season (how long the hot/cold, dry/humid days continue)
11. interaction (wearing vs. not wearing a hat, touching/not touching hair)
12. gender (actually the testosterone/estrogen balance)
13. race (actually gene pool – I don’t believe in the concept of race)
14. type (straight/wavy/curly)
15. color shade (from light blond to dark black)
16. hair dye (natural vs. dyed, hair dyeing products)
17. age (baby->teen->adult->elder->ghost)
18. health (healthy vs. ill, chronic diseases)
20. frequency of cutting (anyone here who can’t remember the last time they cut their hair?)
21. culture (the way you look at hair)
So now you know why choosing a hair product is just like gambling…
But Bianca, you ask in despair, this just makes things more complicated and more time-consuming!!!
Uhm, yes and no.
No because now you know that the time you spend researching commercial products is mostly just a waste of time.
And yes because this means that in the course of one year, your duty will be to find the perfect hair routine for you. How? By asking your elders!
So, first of all. Don’t panic. Now you know better. You’re a more informed person. That’s a positive thought! 😀
Second of all, you have a new, more effective goal to look forward to (and that’s another positive thought): ask your elders! Your grandparents, your mother’s friends, your neighbors etc. Any old person you can find. 🙂 Asked them how they washed their hair before shampoo was invented. And they will have the answers. Especially if you’re from mixed descent, it’s important to ask more than one person’s opinion. NO! Don’t do a random google research, that’s beyond the point. You will, again, find answers of people not directly related to you.
So how come the elders know better than big companies who have spend so much money and time on R&D. Well, the answer is simple. Their (your) ancestors have spent more than a thousand years researching natural and effective ways of dealing with haircare. And they already have similar backgrounds just like you! Which means there’s a bigger chance that they know a recipe that might be perfect for you.
Then explore their ideas, create your own products and experiment until you get the hair care product and routine that matches your expectations!
Isn’t that exciting?
Yes? Great, I wish you the best of luck in finding the perfect formula in the shortest time possible!
No? Make it exciting by taking it as a personal quest. Set a one year goal and think of it positively! It’s also a great way to get in touch with your elders and spend some quality time with them. You might learn more than you think!
Now, I really want to know your opinions, so before you go, leave a comment and talk about it with other professionals.
*AFTER-ECO era is another term I made up to express the era that comes after the era of eco-products. The way we define the current “eco” products does not address all the green problems we are facing today. The after-eco era addresses ALL the problems, from all the different perspectives related to the environment. Eco can mean one of different things, e.g. no toxic chemicals, less plastic in a plastic container, organic etc. But the after-eco era means we care about ALL the aspects of a product: where it came from, how it was created, how much waste was created while producing it, what happens to it after disposing, what long-term effects it has on our health, synergistic effects (how they interact with the environment and other products) etc.
Day 11 - Good Hair Day
a) Today's Daily Challenge:
b) Today's Zero Way Win:
Found out so much about hair
c) Grateful: for having hair
d) To Do: check my hair
e) Feeling: I feel... umm
To Do List
□ Buy more natural haircare or a more sustainable brand
□ DIY ? Am I crazy?