Hair Chronicles: the Woman Whose Mane Couldn’t be Tamed

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learning to care for long thick hair
My dresser has two states – completely cleaned off or a total wreck.

learning to care for long thick hair

In case you couldn’t tell from Wednesday’s post, my hair is a mess.

This is nothing new. It’s been a part of my life for a long, long time. Nothing I try really seems to help, but then again I am not that great to actually sticking to something. So I am going to start really, really working at sticking to a routine, once I find one that works. Since I am not constantly on the move trying to shoot outfit posts anymore, I should have more time to do it. Scratch that, I am going to make myself do it, and I am going to chronicle everything right here on this blog for you see.

Obviously, I have been doing quite a bit of research. Originally, I wanted to DIY everything. There are plenty of shampoos, hair masks, conditioners, and ideas out there, but the problem with the Internet is you can never be too sure of the science behind anything you find on Pinterest. Most of the homemade shampoos call for castile soap, which, according to /r/HairCareScience is terrible for your hair.

So that was out.

Then, I looked into baking soda. Yes, lots of people doing the no poo method with baking soda…. and stripping their hair.


So finally, I have decided to go with the store-bought options, but only companies using all natural and cruelty free ingredients. For now, I am trying Shea Moisture Manuka Honey shampoo, but we will see how that works out.

I’ll be creating and trying hair masks, overnight treatments, protein treatments, dry shampoos…. anything to lock in some moisture and keep this nasty frizz at bay. I’ll upload a weekly diary to keep track of both good and bad results, and hopefully all us long hair voluminous babes can help each other out.

Do you have any suggestions for poofy, dry hair that breaks easily? I have been doing coconut oil treatments, but even that only helps so much. I am all ears, and hopefully we can all help each other. I would love to chronicle stories about lots of different types of hair and their care to help my fellow women.

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  • missgetaway

    Absolutely love these pictures. I would definitely suggest coconut oil. It’s my go-to product for literally everything. If that doesn’t work I literally am out of words. Maybe incorporating more liquids into your diet? Sometimes it comes from the inside out!

    Love, Kerstin

    • Elizabeth Hisle

      More water is always on my mind, so I don’t think it’s that. I have tried coconut oil in the past, but I think it’s one of those things that you have to do more than once every couple of months, haha. I am going to incorporate it into my weekly routine and see if that helps!

  • Yiotou_La

    Coconut is the best treatment in my opinion. I have thick frizzy hair and oils are a miracle! 🙂


    • Elizabeth Hisle

      I am going to try it again! If I can stick with a weekly deep conditioning I may see some progress. Thank you!

  • Oooh let me know what works for you because my hair can be pretty unmanageable too! I’ve been thinking of trying coconut oil, so if the other stuff fails then I’m definitely going to give that a go.

    • Elizabeth Hisle

      I have done coconut oil in the past. However, I am going to try it again and, you know, actually stick with it… I’ll try to deep condition with it once a week for like… a few weeks, and then get back with you. Unfortunately, this whole process is going to take some time. I have also been reading about cowashing, so I’m going to try that too.