Hair Apparent

March 08, 2015
Posh Broke Bored - hair blog post

Baby, I'm a millionaire - or at least I have a million hairs. You know it. Of the many things anyone could envy me for ie. my talent for being able to sleep anywhere, anytime, yet wake up exactly a minute (or two stops away) before I arrive at my destination; my one most coveted asset is that abundant cluster of keratin that sprouts from the scalp of my delightfully dense head. 

Legend has it that I was born with a full head of thick, jet-black hair, and it hasn't stopped growing ever since. Despite my best efforts to sabotage nature's gift by bleaching my hair every unholy colour under the sun, giving myself home-haircuts with kitchen scissors (horror) and assaulting those innocent ends with hair curling tongs on a thrice-weekly basis, the mop prevails - at an alarming growth rate of one inch per month, no less. But long doesn't necessarily equate healthy - I've had more than my share of split ends and at one point my bleached-blonde locks were so dry, so brittle, that horses would actually salivate when I approached, mistaking my hair for hay. Oh haaaay! But now, after 28 years of maiming the mane, I can finally say that my tresses have finally become the two things that up till now seem to be mutually exclusive - long and healthy.

I get a lot of questions about my locks, so I thought I'd share how I care for my hair* and also these new hair vitamins that I've started taking. 

*oh, the rhyming - it makes my follicles quiver with pleasure.

Posh Broke Bored - hair blog post

Posh Broke Bored - hair blog post

Posh Broke Bored - hair blog post

Posh Broke Bored - hair blog post

Posh Broke Bored - hair blog post

Did you know that there is an unusual face shape called 'the diamond'? I thought I was an 'oval' or a 'heart', but I just discovered that my pointy chin coupled with my disturbingly narrow hairline (I will never get a fringe. Never) makes my head a diamond. Sweet heavens, even my face shape is a precious, entitled little thing - now get over yourself, you angular little freak.

Posh Broke Bored - hair blog post

1) LOW-MAINTAINENCE CARE FOR HIGH-MAINTAINENCE HAIR

Let it be known that this is not my natural hair texture - my hair is actually straight, so bone straight that in hot weather or humidity it won't hold a curl for more than an hour. It is also unenviably thick and heavy - I once turned my head so swiftly that the force of my formidable mane knocked over a vase and sent it smashing to pieces. Umm. With great hair power comes great responsibility - unfortunately I'm the sort of person who could kill a houseplant (cactus) by negligence so I only cut my hair twice a year but when I do I take a good six inches off (one inch for every month!) and thin it by half by having it layered so as to make it more manageable...and to save myself the neck strain.  

Posh Broke Bored - hair blog post
My lotions and potions.
2) YOU ARE A PRODUCT OF YOUR ENVIRONMENT...AND YOUR HAIR PRODUCT

I wash my hair every other day in summer and thrice a week in winter with shampoo and conditioner, and the occasional hair mask which I leave on for two minutes in the shower while I practise my singing for the day when I will audition to be the first Malaysian Disney princess. My hair wash is of the average drugstore variety - shock, horror! - personally I don't find cheap shampoo and conditioner that much better than the expensive, high-end stuff used in salons. 

Posh Broke Bored - hair blog post

I air-dry my hair to compensate for the inevitable heat damage that I inflict upon myself whenever I style my mane with hair curling tongs. To try and offset the abuse, I spray my ends with Percy & Reed 'It's So Cool' Heat Protect styling mist before styling, and offer my hair heat protection and volume with VO5 'Plump It Up' Heat Defence weightless mousse. If I haven't the luxury of time to allow my hair to dry naturally, I douse my mane in SHOW Beauty 'Sheer Thermal Protect' before hair drying - the burnt caramel (or is it toffee?) scent is so pleasant that it distracts me from the guilt of subjecting my locks to hot air. But almost all of the time I let my hair air-dry - when it is just slightly damp I rub argan oil and sheer butter (my current favourite is Organix Weightless Oil) throughout and then brush my hair, leaving glossy, smooth, straight locks that will dry and set on their own, no styling needed - except for maybe another dollop of argan oil on the ends.

I've mentioned that my stubborn, straight hair refuses to hold a curl - I find that L'Oréal Elnett is the only hairspray that can somewhat convince my curls to stay (at least until the wind, heat, and rain gets to them). Supreme Hold, naturally, until someone finds a way to package superglue in aerosol form.

3) GOLD CRUSH HAIR VITAMINS 

Posh Broke Bored - hair blog post

Alicia, CEO of Gold Crush Hair sent me a care package - two bottles (two months supply) of Gold Crush hair vitamins and an ingenious 'measuring tee' with ruler lines on the back to keep track of my #HairCrushToBe progress. The measuring tee is in inches, with helpful marks like 13 - Getting There! and 20 - Hair Crush! Thanks to this measuring tee - which I admit was all the reason I needed to jump on board - I know that my hair (when straight) measures 22 inches - already surpassing the #HairCrush goal by two inches. That's no excuse to not take my hair vitamins - Gold Crush Hair Nutrition Formula is chock full of goodness that support optimal healthy hair and nail growth (the latter is much needed as my nails keep chipping - I suspect my hair is siphoning more than its share of nutrients from my nails, judging from its phenomenal growth rate) with a unique blend of vitamins and minerals:
Gold Crush Hair Nutrition Formula is an innovative complex vitamin that combines key nutrients to support optimal healthy hair and nail growth. Its unique blend of vitamins and minerals includes Selenium and Zinc along with complex B Vitamins such as Biotin, which feed and nourish your follicles helping to contribute towards healthy hair from the inside out. The formula contains Vitamin A which maintains normal skin and Vitamin C which contributes to normal collagen formation and the maintenance of healthy skin, while zinc and selenium contribute to the maintenance of normal nails. (Gold Crush)
I've started taking these vitamins - 2 a day with breakfast (fine, brunch) - and by the end of my #HairJourney in 2 months (I'm due my biannual haircut in May) I'll evaluate my tresses to see the difference. If you'd like to try Gold Crush hair vitamins for yourself, order them here.

Now you know why my hair is so big. It's full of secrets, hair secrets. Or not. It's no secret that good hair is part genetic lottery (ding ding ding) and part hard work - and now you know the work that goes into my hair, or at least the products. I hope this post wasn't too hair-raising for you, let me know if you want a blog post on hair styling - now there's a nest full of secrets waiting to creep out... x

Let's get social: Twitter Instagram | Bloglovin | Google+ 
Like this post? Share it using the buttons below! x

17 comments:

  1. haha I absolutely love you such a sweetheart and humorous too. make me laugh :') and thank you for the post too love. You have amazing think hair and here I am with the complete opposite xx

    https://www.bloglovin.com/people/manishaanwari2-11510825

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Manisha! Give Gold Crush vitamins a try and see how it works for your hair! x

      Delete
  2. Haaa I just laughed my way through this post! Hilarious and helpful, just what I wanted to read on a Sunday morning!

    I feel your pain with the thick hair too. 4 weeks after a cut my hair is back to flop mop central and "style" has all but gone out the window!

    Lauren xx
    www.thelifestylediaries.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lauren! I feel your pain - it's impossible for my hair to look stylish in summer or when it's windy - it just flops all over the place! x

      Delete
  3. Yay! You're trying them too :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am! Not just for my hair but for my nails - they're not getting their nutrients, my hair is a vampire! x

      Delete
  4. Fellow member of the super-stick-straight hair that won't hold a curl a second club, right here. So grateful that you are spilling your mane secrets here... I need all the help I can get.

    Michelle Marie
    www.wherewevegone.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Michelle I might do a hair styling post for the 'Straight & Narrow Club'! x

      Delete
  5. You have such gorgeous hair! Mine only looks good after a blow dry otherwise it's a frizzy mess!
    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Angie is your hair naturally curly? x

      Delete
  6. really is this because of vitamins!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My hair has always been naturally thick, so it'll be interesting to see what the vitamins bring to the table! x

      Delete
  7. Your hair is absolutely stunning! I really need a haircut and proper style! I may get it done in the next few days actually!! Terrifying!

    Thanks for the tips :)

    Katie <3

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Do it, Katie! A great haircut is a real game changer! x

      Delete
  8. I remember adoring your hair at dinner! You lucky lil diamond! <3

    ReplyDelete
  9. Yay, I've been waiting for this post Jasiminne! Your naturally thick, glossy mane is everything I wish my hair was (damn you, quarter Caucasian heritage, for squandering my hopes of thick, jet-black hair!). Really surprised and pleased to hear that you maintain your locks with drugstore brands. There's hope for my wallet yet. xx

    ReplyDelete
  10. Your hair is SO gorgeous!! LOVE it!

    xo, simplydavelyn.com

    ReplyDelete