I measured this morning, and my hair is now 23 inches long when it’s dry. That’s just under 2 feet, and down to my elbows. At the top of my hair there’s a little bit of frizz from breakage and whatnot, but at the bottom. . .
Above: Freshly washed and air-dried hair, mirror-selfie, no product.
Our friend Drew’s girlfriend is currently in school to do hair, so she’s offered to cut it for me and get some of the destroyed hair gone to give it time to grow back out before the wedding this Autumn.
But I don’t want to.
Celebrities and socialites buy extensions to get the length that I have. My long hair’s always been a source of pride for me, but as I’ve gotten older the frizzies have gotten worse. The twisted bits of frizz make about a 1 inch layer above where my hair should stop and make it poof. Even with all that, I can’t stand the idea of cutting it. It’s like telling a man with a beard he’s lovingly cared for to shave it off.
You’re probably saying, “But Brooke, you obviously didn’t take loving care of it.”
I know. I started this whole healthy-beauty thing late in life and really sucked at it. But it’s not too late to start right? Before I ask Beth to chop off anything more than a trim, I have 5 more months to fix my hair before the big day. I do not use a straightener or heat on my hair, so any reduction in frizz is going to have to come from healthy products and diet.
Arvazallia was kind enough to send over two things they hope will help me beat the frizz before my wedding day: a Premium Argan Oil Hair Treatment and a Hydrating Argan Oil Mask. I’ve only been using them for a week now, but I wanted to at least give the progess so far, and check back in again in a month to let you know about long-term changes.
Note: I didn’t check their website before I wrote this article on purpose. I didn’t want to risk being biased by looking at lists of what the products claimed to do ahead of time. My experience may not be the same for everyone, but it’s pretty well in line with the product claims.
The Argan Oil Hair Mask says to use it once or twice a week. . . but I kind of wish I could just do it every other day. It smells great. I’ve used it twice and especially on the top half of my hair, I’m noticing that the hair is shinier and looks healthier (not so dull). It comes in a large pot so that you can scoop it in the shower and use as a part of your normal hair routine. (I boosted mine for long hair by adding 2 pumps of the oil treatment to the mask.)
The Argan Oil Hair Treatment has two uses. You can leave it on heavy for 30 minutes and rinse it out afterward for helping to smooth out damage or you can use it for styling. I did one 30 minute treatment at the beginning of the week and I’ve used it daily for fighting the frizz.
Without the aid of any kind of styling tools, I’ve noticed that the frizz is about 25% of what it was when I’ve used the mask and the treatment together. (Around the top third of my hair, there’s practically no frizz at all.) The best results came the day after I used the hair mask and oil treatment, when my hair’s had time to naturally come back from the shock of being washed along with the smoothing help of the oil.
Even in the lower half where there’s still some frizz, it still looks healthier and more vibrant. As I don’t color my hair at all anymore, and haven’t for over 5 years now, I depend completely on that natural vibrancy for giving my hair depth.
The only drawback for me was that the really pretty pump didn’t really dispense enough at a time for my very long hair. Although it would be just right for someone with shoulder-ish or shorter length hair.
I will check back in here in about a month and let you guys know what the long term benefits were (if there’s any change), and see what kind of super-long hairstyle YOU think I should rock for the wedding.