Thursday, February 9, 2012

So Funkdafied

Nia and I were chatting the other day and I mentioned that I’ve been getting 7-day hair [insert various expressions of shock and awe here]. My explanation for how I’ve been doing this will come in the form of another blog post, although it’s really pretty simple. Basically, I’ve been leaving my hair alone. However, there are a few things that have provided background support in helping my hair doowhatitlikes. One of these items is TRESemmé’s Fresh Start Moisturizing Waterless Foam Shampoo. It’s basically a dry shampoo for dry/curly hair.

As per usual, I gave this product a hard side-eye when walking past it on many a drugstore/Tar-jay trip. Then one day I caught a whiff of what Nia calls “scalp air” and what I like to call “head funk” emanating from my own dome. Not cute. I had recently washed my hair, but frequent workouts and wearing a lot of hats in the cold weather caused my scalp to get a little funkdafied even though my hair and scalp were, for the most part, clean and healthy. In the past, I have remedied such a situation with some swipes of witch hazel on my scalp, and/or with the use of essential oils, but in a sudden Aha moment, I realized that this is the exact purpose for which dry shampoo was created. I snatched up some of the TRESemmé foam (it costs about $3-5) and tried it the moment I got home (following the instructions on the package). I expected it to immediately suck the life out of my hair, rendering it the texture of straw on a hot summer day. I was wrong. My curls perked back up, product buildup was removed and most importantly, I was funk free. I’ve been using it for a couple of months now and I still love it. The scent isn’t my favorite, but it smells fresh and clean, and let’s face it, that’s the exact point of the product. Although it’s not something I have to use frequently, it’s great to have in the arsenal for when the need arises.

While I’m talking about products I’ve been trying out, let me mention Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Jumbo Lash Mascara. Eyelashes are hair too, so I can talk about this here, right? ;) When it comes to cosmetics, I’ve found it difficult to obtain products that don’t contain scary ingredients. With something that regularly goes directly on the skin, or really close to the eyes as in the case of mascara, I think it’s important to keep things non-toxic whenever possible. So, I’ve been playing around with mascara options. The least expensive choice I’ve found is drugstore brand, Physicians Formula. 

This mascara does a great job lengthening, separating and thickening lashes, but needs improvement in its staying power. Encounter a little humidity and the result is raccoon eyes. Not a good look. But, for a normal day at the office, or running errands when there’s no precipitation and/or low humidity, it’s an excellent option. Somebody holla at me when they come out with a waterproof version though.


  1. hmmnnnn. I got to thinking yesterday. How "wet" is the foam? What would happen if I tried to use it to preserve my pressed hair a little longer?

  2. I think that they make another version of the dry shampoo that's for straight hair. That one might be better, as the foam definitely gets the hair wet and makes the curls spring back.


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