After Two Years, I Finally Like My Hair Again

Less buns, more waves.

Meg Biram Hair

After 2.5 years of wearing my hair in a bun every day — I finally feel good about wearing it down again.

To understand this post in context, you should read the story of how I fried my hair off in 2015. But basically the top half of my hair broke off to anywhere from 1-3 inches after a little too much color and then I wore it in a bun for two years.

I wore it down for a few photo shoots in the last year but hated it most of the time. In the past month I’ve been wearing it down a lot, trying to get the hang of styling shorter hair, and the other day I finally realized — I actually like my hair again.

My top layer is still a little on the short side, and once it finally catches up with the rest of my hair, my hair will look a little thicker than it does now. But in general, I can wear my hair down now and not be super self-conscious about it. I’ve actually had a few days were I loved my hair. My hair does well in certain levels of humidity because a little frizz helps thicken my hair up a bit.

While I still want long beachy locks, I’m not sure I’ll ever get those back, but I’m finally at peace with my hair. And the silver lining of this whole experience is that I now know I need to take really good care of my hair. I need to pay attention to hair products and use ones that are good for my hair.

I used to never use any hair masks or special conditioners, or oils, or heat protectors, or anything, and my hair needed it so badly. I honestly just didn’t know! Since my hair is fine and thin most oils just made my hair really oily and gross, so I’ve had to figure out what products I can use, and how much of them to use, and how to use them for my hair. It’s all a trial and error process that you have to be patient with.

I haven’t been very good about taking vitamins or supplements (partially because I think the vitamin industry is a bit of a crock) but also I just haven’t stuck with it. I do want to see what difference it would make if I consistently took hair pills for a month or so — maybe that will be my next hair test.

So you’ll be seeing a lot more waves and a lot less buns around here. I’m excited to finally use my GHD Wand. I use this guy to get my waves (when they aren’t my air dry natural ones). Someone on Instagram story asked me how I do it, so I’ll do a tutorial soon.

These are a few of the hair products I’ve been using throughout my “hair recovery” and now that I can style it again!

 

+ Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo — Currently my favorite dry shampoo.

+ ghd Creative Curl Wand — I think the tapered wand is helpful for people with shorter hair.

+ Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray — The best texturizing spray I’ve used.

+ Batiste Dry Shampoo — A good dry shampoo if you also want some volume, read more about it in this post.

+ It’s a 10 Miracle Leave In Lite — I found the regular version to be a little too heavy for my thin hair but I am loving this lite version of this product. I spray it on right after I get out of the shower, wait a few minutes. Comb through my hair and let it air dry.

+ Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil

+ Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment

+ Living Proof Restore Shampoo & Conditioner

+ Living Proof Satin Hair Serum

+ Living Proof Restore Instant Protection

+ Kérastase Bain Thérapiste Shampoo, Conditioner, & Masque — I used this in the beginning when I had the fried damaged hair.

Kérastase Résistance Force Architecte Shampoo & Conditioner & Masque — Now that I have all new hair, I’m using this line on some days and Living Proof on other days.

Kérastase Initialiste — Advanced Scalp & Hair Concentrate

Kérastase Elixir Ultime Hair Oil

+ Olaplex No.3 — Use 1x a week.

+ Viviscal (I should be taking this much more often)

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In photo: Vince V Neck Slip Dress; Maya Brenner Character Necklace; Gold Spike Necklace; Jo Malone Hair Mist