reply to post by sylvie
Does anyone have any good advice how to keep it from getting frizzy (mine is curly) and coarse once it gets long?
I studied this a few years back, I also have curly/wavy hair that gets dried out and coarse. (For reference, I am a red-headed Caucasian, I know other
ethnicities have different requirements for hair care). The trick is to wash it less often, like WAY less often...and use cleansers that are less
damaging -- ingredients on commercial products should include PEG in front of the chemical names...also, some twirly-heads use only conditioner and
not shampoo at all. My regimen now is to shampoo only 3-4 times per month (unless it gets really sweaty or dirty due to activities), NO BRUSHING,
just use your fingers to separate the curls. Between shampoos, you can soak it, of course, rinse it while showering/bathing, then condition
only...leaves the hair silky, smooth, and less prone to breakage, shinier, stronger, more manageable, etc.
Shampoo is a detergent, harmful and stripping of hair.
Back on topic, though, FASCINATING, OP!! I have always preferred my hair long, though I have cut it short two or three times in my half century.
Most recently, about 6 years ago, I went though a terrible relationship fracas, sent me into a tailspin, and the bottom half of my hair (ears and
lower) FELL OUT. I cut the rest so I didn't have thin scraggles that were long and unhealthy. The curls bounced back, it felt GOOD....I also
recovered from the heartbreak after I did this, and now it is back to nearly waist-length. It is healthier than ever, and I do notice more peace of
mind and groundedness...
Also, I know that when I was pregnant, my hair got thicker and more luxurious (which is a commonly noted "change" during pregnancy)...wonder how
that ties in. And one does have to wonder, what is the reason we have all the head hair and so much less body-hair?? I heard a radio program once
about analogies between human hair and the plumage on birds...for mate-attraction or some such...
Interesting! Off to look for more science on this!!