OBB – Hair

OBB – Older But Better

You would think, after so many years, that my problems with my hair would resolve themselves. However, every stage of my life has been accompanied by throwing my hands up in the air and pleading for help.

You all remember the haircut from hell. This is not that kind of complaint.

No, this is more basic.

My hair doesn’t seem to be able to hold a curl for very long. Plus, it’s gotten thinner and wispier as the years continue onward. I have invested in probably $500 worth of products over the years, designed to give my hair more body or bounce.

Bottom line, none of them are working.

I have used a curling iron for ages and ages, but the other day I decided that I was tired of it. Consequently, I went to Amazon and ordered some hot rollers. To make a very long story short I am now on my fourth type of hot roller, having returned the other three because they are worse than doing nothing.

When I wake up in the morning I have a tragic case of bed head. I say tragic because when I look at myself I know that it’s probably not going to get much better. My hair has decided to frizz on the side where I sleep. The other side is limp and unresponsive.

Honestly, I never thought that I would have these kinds of problems with my hair as I grew older. I thought by the time that I reached this age I would know how to do everything. There wouldn’t be any doubt in my mind about a myriad of subjects.

Let me tell you, the older I get the more ignorant I become.

This morning I just used the curling iron again, without any product. About an hour later I looked at myself in the mirror and sighed in resignation.

If you are one of those blessed individuals who have great hair, let me tell you that I envy you to infinity and beyond. As for the rest of us – and I hope there are some people in my boat – we will just have to keep plugging along. Either that, or wear paper bags.

7 thoughts on “OBB – Hair”

  1. I just read your Story of Hair…and I think you have taken the words straight from my brain, word for word. Thin hair, check. Thought I would master it by this stage of my life, check. Hundreds on hair products, check.

    Check, check, check.

    Sigh. I guess we can face this together…

  2. Oh I feel your pain….my hair used to be thicker but as I’ve gotten older I have a thinning area on my crown so if it isn’t styled just right it can just make me miserable trying to keep my hair looking decent during the day. I’m very discouraged that you still have to deal with this. I too was really looking forward to the day when I wouldn’t worry about it. I also have spent tons of money (I am not a wealthy person), on hair products. I am recently using something called Function of Beauty; so far I love their shampoo. You can cater it to your needs. I don’t know, it might be worth a shot. My favorite volumizer is Matrix Root Lifter….it comes in a spray bottle and on days where my hair is conditioned really well I’ll use my old standby from my 20’s called Fantasia Spray On Liquid Mousse. You can get at Sally’s Beauty Supply. Spray it on your around your crown and I think you’ll be pleased.

  3. I gave up on my hair ages ago. It’s stick straight and won’t curl without TONS of product. I don’t like product in my hair… The only other way curl will stay in is with an industrial strength perm that not every operator knows how to do without damaging my hair. My favorite stylist retired so there you go…

    I finally just gave up completely, since I have no talent for styling or using a mirror, and just cut it short. That way it’s wash and wear. I don’t even use a hair dryer…remember the mirror difficulty. I just don’t look at myself in the mirror or take selfies, lol.

  4. If I remember correctly, you have a thyroid problem. One of the gifts for women with hypothyroidism is a problem with hair. It can thin as well as becoming a different texture.

    I take a natural substitute to replace what my lack of a thyroid and para -thyroids and it helps me.

  5. I have fine straight hair. I have tried many different shampoos to add body. Some were expensive, what a waste of money. I have gone back to VO5 Extra Body Volumizing Shampoo. It costs 99 cents and that one works the best for me.

  6. the thing about aging which pisses me off the most (other than osteoarthritis) is the loss of hair in females. I used to have thick but fine hair. sigh. I have some natural curl so every morning i use curl enhancer. i have a drawer full. all different brands. i just scrunch my hair and use a diffuser to dry it. easy and fast. I feel your pain.

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