So today’s post is about hair. I have not had mine cut in about a year. One of the things I can thank my maternal Irish ancestors for is that at my advanced age (35! Can you believe it!?!) I still have all my hair and it and my nails grow like wildfire. You can see in the photo- the left was taken last April and the right today, Monday. It is actually one of the reasons that I stopped coloring my hair. Well, that, and the fact that the ex, who was a colorist and I broke up and he moved out of town, therefor cutting me off from free dye jobs. Now, getting free color work was great, in that it was free. It was less great in that my hair was an ongoing experiment. I was every shade between Platinum and Jet, and while the latter was wonderfully dramatic with my light eyes and skin, I did get visible roots by the time I got to the car. Now that it’s really grey, I am just calling it blond and calling it a day. This was also the last time it was long- at the time shoulder length or more. After we broke up and I gave up on dying it I chopped it all off and went back to my usual JFK nice boy hair for years, until the pandemic when things started closing down. As a matter of fact I still have the long hank of ash-blond hair that was cut off, pinned to a voodoo doll I got at a store downtown (pinned so it will bring good fortune and money. Hasn’t worked yet. Guess I would have used virgin hair..)
A friend got a freebie that she thought I might enjoy- a GOOP product. A Himalayan salt scrub detox shampoo. Now, I always have to rein in my tendency to overthink things and read things into gestures that were perhaps not there. Once a good friend gave me as a birthday gift some tooth whitener and a natural aphrodisiac tea. This was years ago and after a few cocktails when the superego was on vacation but unfortunately the vocabulary was not I did have to enquire if she thought that the state of my smile was so disgusting that it needed immediate attention in the form of infomercial bleach and that the only way that I would trap and retain a paramour was drugs. That went well. So I will try not to think that my hair was visibly in need of detox, even if the rest of me might be.
I admit that I am kind of a hair hopper, since I no longer have 30 volume applied as if it were Tenax (does that still exist?) and I no longer have to rely on the tender ministrations of JF Lazartigue’s excellent and pricey shea butter hair masque to keep my then-abused hair in shape. I usually wait until a sale and buy some giant bottle of Kiehl’s shampoo and then just put a bit of shea butter hair gunk in it to keep it down and go. Now that it’s longer I actually do have to run a dryer through it before going to work, but that’s about as much time as I am willing to spend on it.
So how was GOOP’s goop? Frankly pretty harsh. It brought up a lot of suds, which I am told isn’t the best thing as it’s supposed to mean that it’s stripping your hair. I mean LOTS of suds. Almost comical amounts- like this scene where little Bobby from “The Brady Bunch” attempts to do laundry.
I also found the sea salt to be really abrasive- rinsing my hair out made my scalp actually sting. My hair was left as parched as a California hillside in August. Luckily amongst my various samples of hair and face goop there was some argan oil stuff that took care of the combustible portion of the program. I will give GOOP the old college try again. On the whole though, I am glad it was a freebie for both my friend and myself. If I’d paid $55 to Sephora I’d be asking for a refund.
So what do use in your hair? Favorite shampoo? Conditioner? Styling stuff? Also, do I mow, or no. I’m ½ way thinking that I will just keep going with it until I am really sick of it. I get people who think it’s gorgeous and others think I look better with it short. What say you? Leave a comment.
GOOP’s G Tox Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub Shampoo is available at Sephora for $55 for 200ML or $15 for a 25ML mini. Mine was a gift of a complementary jar from a friend (who may never gift me anything else after reading this,,) Photos are Pexels and my iPhone