Brillant? I think not.
You know those girls who have gorgeous, straight, silky hair? The ones who get long, perfect strands seemingly without a blow dryer, a straightening iron, and a curling iron? Yeah, thats not me. I have always battled my hair which is curly/frizzy/wavy i.e. it has a mind of its own. To make matters worse I have SO MUCH hair and its super thick. My older sister even nicknamed me “Caveman.” (Its been 15 since she called me that and she is still a mean b!@#$ but thats another whole post).
Anyway, circa 2001 a miracle happened. The Japanese brought over the best thing they’ve ever invented…the Yuko system. Finally, after years of trying every product to tame my hair, a single afternoon at the salon was all I needed to have smooth, fairly straight locks! Sure it took about 4-5 hours of one-on-one time with an extremely quiet Japanese man who still doesn’t know much English but I didn’t need to battle with a hair dryer anymore. Every silent second was worth it.
So I’ve done the straightening twice a year for about 5 years now, the last time being in April of this year. Clearly I am due to visit my favorite Japanese man. But this year I’ve decided to see if I could forego doing the process. For one thing, I hate to be so dependent on anything. Sound crazy? Yes I know I have issues. But another, more important reason is that there is something about the unknown chemicals in this product that makes me really nervous. I guess I’ve heard Jillian Michaels talk about “chemical-free” lifestyle one too many times now. I even gave up my beloved Pantene because of the sulfates. I miss Pantene. I miss sulfates.
I am trying new, chemical free (or nearly chemical free) products to tame my frizz. Since I’ve already tried Giovanni and Avalon products with no success, I decided to fork over big bucks to try Aveda’s Brillant line.
What a disappointment! The shampoo is okay I guess but really did nothing more for me than any other shampoo I’ve used (including Suave which I used during my penny-pinching college days). The biggest disappointment though was the Brillant conditioner which actually made my hair feel drier than it was before I used it! Plus, I went through the bottle of conditioner in a week because it just wasn’t very moisturizing. I thought I just wasn’t using enough but that clearly wasn’t the case.
Luckily Aveda actually does make a good product:
This anti-humectant pomade is fantastic. It kept my hair under control during a very rare October storm we had here in L.A. It also kept my hair straight during a massive downpour in Toronto a few weeks ago. I am very impressed with this product. A little goes a long way so I think it will last for a while which makes my $19 investment worthwhile.
I also have this straightening iron. This is one of the most amazing things ever because it heats up in a flash and straightens really close to the scalp. But this makes me wonder, is it better to scald my scalp or use chemicals on it? It’s a crap shoot either way I guess.
Lets see how long I can hold out. I have a feeling that in a few more months the frizz will be so unbearable that I will be able to see it in my peripheral vision. And then I’ll need to take drastic action. I need a chemical-free miracle.
It seems that Maya will also be needing this miracle in the not so distant future because the poor kid inherited my hair.
I believe that one must always look at the silver lining though and in this case Maya should be grateful she has no sibling to call her a caveman. I’m still getting over it. 😦