Like many chronically ill women, I find it hard to blow dry my hair. It’s painful and impossible to lift my arms in the air for 40 minutes! At last, I finally found a miracle product that answers our blow drying woes: Pureology Color Stylist Anitsplit Blowdry Styling Cream. This product has cut my blowdrying time down to 20 minutes! As you can see in my pictures, the difference blowdrying makes is between me looking like I’m “lost” on a deserted island versus me looking dignified.
Why Don’t You Just Cut Your Hair?
(In case you’re wondering who that “before picture” is, it’s Hurley from LOST.) A lot of people (ahem, my father) say, “Why don’t you just cut your hair short?” Because it took me forever to get it back. When I got sick with Myasthenia Gravis in 2008, I had to chop my hair because I no longer had the energy or strength to brush it. The doctors in my family said, “Don’t worry. Your long hair will be back in no time.” Well if “no time” meant two years, then yes it came back in no time. For some women, long hair is a sign of femininity. It’s a preference–just like some women prefer wearing pantsuits and others dresses to weddings, this is a preference. Losing your hair, whether it’s all of it due to chemotherapy or most of it due to neuromuscular limitations, can be demoralizing. So if you’re fortunate enough to get it back, it’s hard to let go of it. And now you may not have to.
3 Steps for Blowdrying Your Hair:
1. Use lots of conditioner in the shower. Start at the ends of your strands and work your way to the top. When you get out of the shower, while your hair is still wet, apply Pureology’s Color Stylist Antisplit Blowdry Styling Cream evenly across different strands of your hair. You can purchase it here at ultra.com.
2. Put pillows on your bed so your back is comfortable and you’re less likely to become fatigued. Angle yourself so you’re lying down while blowdrying your hair.
3. Brush your hair and dry while it’s still wet. The cream is not effective if you do it 30 minutes after your shower. If you have a hard time drying the back of your scalp, clip your hair up front with a hair claw. (You can find cheap ones at Target like this set of three claws from Goody.) Then take the blowdryer to the back of your scalp.
Have you discovered solutions to blowdrying woes? Are you going to try Pureology’s Antisplit cream?
–Your Stylist, Jessica Gimeno