Sunday, 8 January 2012

The Chop, and other stories.

It began with a full week of bad fringe, which every time I blinked felt like it unstyled itself despite the industrial strength hairspray I used each ozone-killing day to stop it from splitting awkwardly into a centre parting, like that ever so popular male hairstyle of the 90's, the curtains.  My brother had curtains, and he also had a shell suit. 

Both of those should stay firmly in the 90's, not least because shell suits were both obnoxiously-coloured and flammable, and turned young fashion-conscious boys into moving human infernos anyway.

… And they were just horrible.

So anyway, the bad fringe.  It started when I went home to my parents' house for Christmas.  You know how they say there's something in the water? Well, my hair has grown accustomed to its daily onslaught of London water, and the soft water in the quaint, conservative climes of Kent left my hair confused, and too soft.

You're probably going to stop me at 'too soft' and indignantly say, 'well there's no such thing as too soft,' and there I will have to disagree. My hair is fine, there's just quite a lot of it.  When it's too soft, it is slippery like an eel, and worse still, creepingly flat against my skull, skulking closely about like Gollum.  To have the benefit of that, plus long hair made me look like Cher (or, alternatively, Christopher Lee as Saruman in Lord of the Rings, sans beard.  I bet you cannot unsee the resemblance between Cher and Saruman now.)

The good fringe drought continued after my return. Bits stuck out, it kept getting that Vicky Pollard look about it.  And then I looked at the rest of my hair and wondered what the hell it was actually doing, other than lying there, getting a free ride daily.  My usual hair routine always culminated in a ponytail or bun, and I never wore it down… So what was the point?

Within 24 hours I was sitting in the chair and watching it all be cut off, back to where I started, and I feel infinitely more 'me' now; slightly scruffy, texturised and less prissy and neat.



I love it. If a haircut could be home, then I'm hanging up my coat in the hall and curling myself on the couch in my usual spot.  Familiar doesn't always mean boring.  I've never felt less boring with my new-old hair.

In the spirit of bringing you some actual content, rather than telling you my usual too-long-didn't-read story about something inconsequential, I'm going to tell you now that my long-beloved OSIS Dust-It Mattifying Powder and I have been reunited.



 I started using this wonder product after unexpectedly getting a pixie crop about 5 years ago, and have never looked back.  It's a lightweight powder which I tap directly into my roots, and then I muss up my hair a bit to give my roots some volume.

The first time you use this, your hair will feel weird, and probably horrible - and if you use too much, you will spend the whole day touching your hair and cringing.  Less is more! What I get from this product is this amazing all day… malleable quality.  It doesn't hold my volume all day, but all it takes is a quick muss up and it looks as voluminous and bedhead as before, and I like to use it in the ends of my hair, too to give it a bit of oomph at the ends, and to shape it how I like it.  It also works really well when your hair's getting to that 'second-day' phenomenon where it's not quite in need of a wash, but a bit limp and in need of some shoulder-pads.

The world seems to love these kind of hair powder products at the moment, but let me say something: this one is the original, and it's the best, and I've been spoiled for using any other brand since laying eyes on the little red salt-shaker pot.

In the interests of branching out with my hair products - what products do you count on for a daily dose of volume?

25 comments:

  1. I think your hair looks great! I was going to get a fringe but I think I'll wait until the winter winds calm down so I don't end up doing a Vicky Pollard :-) xx

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  2. Argh, Cami you're so beautiful - it's unfair! Love your hair, xo

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  3. Love the cut, so voluminous! :)

    ug-lily.blogspot.com

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  4. !!

    It's cute! It's really, really cute! :D

    I'm afraid I can't rec any good volumizing products (hello, silicone-free regimen, I hate you a little bit sometimes), but it doesn't look like you even need any new ones! Your hair looks perfect as-is :o)

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  5. @Becks Probably wise! I got mine in October, leaving me just enough time to enjoy it before the weather got really blustery! I'm glad I got rid of the full fringe before Summer though - not sure I would have coped with it then, and I'm rubbish in the heat as it is ;) xx

    @Fern Naaah, you should see me first thing in the morning! You'd change your mind then ;)

    @Lily It feels it! It was so thin and limp before and now it feels great and thick, despite the fact that it's all an illusion :)

    @Rae HAHA, I love how you typed those !!, it reminded me of Pokémon... And thank you for accepting the new hair - I know you were the most resistant ;)

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  6. So envious of your fringe. It looks gorgeous and really suits you. I wish my hair was well behaved enough to handle a fringe of any sorts. x

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    1. Thanks lovely! I feel like I look like a boiled egg without a fringe, so it's never been something I'll be without! Can';t wait til my side fringe properly grows out and I can have it reshaped though - at the moment it's still a full fringe, but brushed over! x

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  7. Every time I read one of your posts I find myself laughing. I love the way you write :)

    As for the point of your post, I haven't tried using the Osis powder yet but I've heard lots of good things. Can't wait to try it!

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    1. So glad you like my posts, I love writing them :) The Osis powder is seriously something I couldn't live without - it's the weirdest hair product in the world, but it is just fantastic for my fine hair :)

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  8. Hahaha what a funny post!! And yeah, you look lovely! Fringes look so pretty, but I bet they are such a pain to maintain xxx

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    1. So glad you enjoyed! I couldn't keep up with the other fringe, it was so much hard work! xxx

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  9. Love the fringe! I have this product too and also love it!

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    1. Isn't it fantastic?! It's a miracle in a pepper pot :)

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  10. TIGI Queen for a Day & their Biggie Hairspray are amazeballs when it comes to volume xx

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    1. I've never tried those - always tempted by a good Tigi though! I've tried so many of their products now! xx

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  11. hahaha I just burst out laughing and all the people on the train are staring...its all your fault. I too suffer from flat hair syndrome so I should definitely try this powder stuff :)

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    1. :D I aim to please, so glad you enjoyed the post! And you should try this one! I've tried so many of these damn powder things but none come close to this!

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  12. Your hair looks lovely. really suits you :)
    xxx

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  13. Your hair looks lush :) I really like the Umberto Giannini Glam Hair range, particularly the salt spray.
    xx

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    1. Thanks lovely! I've never tried ANY Umberto Giannini, believe it or not! I don't know how I've managed to avoid it for so long! xx

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  14. Your fringe is ace! I love that osis I think it is all kinds of fab!

    I'd love a fringe but it makes me look like desperate dan, all chin and cow pie (alas the troubles of my life) it's gorge though!

    dp
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    1. Thanks lovely, I feel so much better with it! And I bet you wouldn't look a bit Desperate Dan! You are so silly x2

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  15. Your hair looks lovely, may I ask what salon you went to - they did a great job.

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  16. Okay, I *just* found this photo on Pinterest and I need to know what brand and color lipstick you're wearing. Please please and thank you. :)

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