Help please with dreadful hair on holiday

(62 Posts)
Purpleknickers Wed 01-May-13 08:53:37

I have what can only be described as dreadful hair. It is thick and very naturally wavy.

Even my hairdresser admits it's difficult. For every day wear I blow dry it as straight as possible and then straighten it further with GHD's , It is shoulder length.

My biggest problem is what to do with it on holiday. I cant bear to stick a baseball cap on as I get too hot. If I go in the pool and then leave it to dry naturally it is just a frizzy mess ( think brillo pad). Sadly I do not have petite facial features so scraping it back is not a good look. sad

The other issue is having to wash it every night on holiday and then spend nearly an hour blow drying etc is such a chore.

Does anyone else have similar hair? And if so what do you do ?

WallyBantersYoniBox Wed 01-May-13 08:57:32

Have you tried a leave in conditioner in thr day? I have a Kevin Murphy one that's pretty good.

Also Keratase make a product that has a sunblock in it. You spray onto the hair and scalp after washing or rinsing from the pool. It saves you needing to wear a hat.

How about some hair bands or scarves rather than a cap? Or a straw hat might be cooler?

WallyBantersYoniBox Wed 01-May-13 08:59:28
Purpleknickers Wed 01-May-13 08:59:38

How does your hair look with the leave in conditioner in it? Is like like wet look gel or does it just stop it drying to a frizz?

Thanks for replying

WallyBantersYoniBox Wed 01-May-13 09:00:27

It just stops it getting fluffy.

Purpleknickers Wed 01-May-13 09:01:47

Ah ok that could work then thanks.. fluffy is definitely my holiday hair look smile

DowntonTrout Wed 01-May-13 09:06:37

I gave up trying to "do" my hair on holiday years ago. I don't take straighteners or a hair drier anymore.

I buy some the sea salt waves type spray and some oil based, anti frizz leave in products. I go with the waves instead of fighting it and spray the product in using my fingers to twist sections or do a few thick, loose plaits whilst its drying, then just shake it out so that it falls in thick waves. Because of humidity it's no good using a hair drier for this type if hair as it just frizzes up. The product makes my hair heavier and it weights it down enough to stop it frizzing. I often go out while my hair is still damp now, knowing it will just dry as it is.

During the day I tend to pull it into a messy bun, I am also not one for scraping it back as I feel most unattractive like that.

Purpleknickers Wed 01-May-13 09:16:52

downton can you recommend any oil based anti frizz products please?

OP you neeed this stuff

I have exactly the same hair as you. I blast it dry, spray liberally with this and wind up in a twisty bun till I'm going anywhere. Take the bobble out and you have wavy, frizz free beach hair that smells of coconut.

Honestly it's fabulous!

Purpleknickers Wed 01-May-13 09:26:46

Thanks bunny we have a superdrug around the corner from work and at that price I can afford to practice a bit before I go away

DowntonTrout Wed 01-May-13 09:29:57

What bunny says.

John frieda do one too. Just go to boots- there are lots of ranges with them in. Look for ones that are sort of separated into half oil/ half water in the bottle, you can see the oil on top. Tried an Argan Oil one last time. I don't really like the pure sea salt ones as they make it crunchy as it dries. That's why I buy the oil ones- sorry am not at home and can't remember what brands I've had other than John Frieda.

Purpleknickers Wed 01-May-13 09:31:29

Okey dokey thanks downton Boots is next door to superdrug so I will be on a mission lunchtime

MustTidyUpMustTidyUp Wed 01-May-13 09:33:51

Hi purple. I hate wearing my hair off my face but have found an easy put up style that doesn't feel like its scrapes back and you can do it easily and looks reasonable! Do a French plat on the fringe and top section - not too wide going back to nearly your crown. (Easy to learn - look on you tube) then pull the rest into a side ponytail so you can still see the hair from the front. Either ruffle up the pony and wear it high ish or wear it lower and pin into a messy bun. Or do the ponytail leaving that top section loose then sweep across and pin it to the side.
Will try and find a pic for you.

fromparistoberlin Wed 01-May-13 09:35:06

bandana, I have your hair! and sun protextive gel to scrape it back

Purpleknickers Wed 01-May-13 09:36:16

musttidy a pic would be great thanks I am desperate to look at least a little bit presentable smile

Purpleknickers Wed 01-May-13 09:37:01

People at work are saying just shave it off hmm

lydiajones Wed 01-May-13 09:41:43

Have the same problem - like that episode of friends where Monica goes on holiday!! I don't really have a solution as I tend to just tie it back in the day then try to dry nicely for the evening (getting hot and bothered in the process!). Might try some of the products recommended here.

AgathaF Wed 01-May-13 09:48:47

Do the salty sprays make your hair dry?

MustTidyUpMustTidyUp Wed 01-May-13 09:50:09

A bit like this but mine is a lot messier! And on the side. If you can get a handle on braiding the top you can also just braid about 1/2 way back and leave rest wild - it's easier with the fringe and top out of the equation.

Purpleknickers Wed 01-May-13 09:57:01

oooh yes I like that. I will have to get some practice in with the braiding but I still have nearly 6 weeks to go thankfully

FattyMcChubster Wed 01-May-13 10:14:37

I am sideshow bob's twin sister on holiday. My hair has always been a complete nightmare then I chemically straightened it (product from amazon about £30) and its heaven now. Not totally straight just a soft wave and NO FRIZZ!! It's a miracle grin. Took a lot of work but totally worth it.

Purpleknickers Wed 01-May-13 10:20:06

fatty I bought that product from Amazon but was too scared to use it in case it stripped the colour out? is your hair coloured?

badtasteyoni Wed 01-May-13 10:29:22

I have very thick & wavy/frizzy hair like you OP. When I've styled it properly I love it but on holiday I can't be faffed, so I generally just gloop in loads of leave in conditioner or serum (Frizzease works for me), then put it back roughly in a loose plait or ponytail/bun. If I brush it back it looks too harsh so I just pull it back with my fingers if that makes sense, so it's much more random and messy (in a good way smile).

Purpleknickers Wed 01-May-13 10:32:01

Random and messy sounds good badtaste smile I'm off shopping later for products then I can have some practice runs

fromparistoberlin Wed 01-May-13 12:26:44



Purpleknickers Wed 01-May-13 12:36:22
FattyMcChubster Wed 01-May-13 12:42:29

It's not that one purple! Brazillian doesn't work on my hair and it's rubbish imho
The one i use is called opti smooth and I'd go for sensitised hair as its gentler and leaves a soft wave instead of dead flat.
Can't link on iPhone, sorry.

FattyMcChubster Wed 01-May-13 12:43:23

Oh and it's by matrix

FattyMcChubster Wed 01-May-13 12:44:35

Me again, sorry.
Just checked and not available on amazon but it is available on eBay

CooEeeEldridge Wed 01-May-13 12:47:25

Are we sisters purple?! I have that hair too, and I look rough as with it scrapped back. (Espesh on hols when I'm all sweaty too- loooovely!). My hairdresser has our hair too, and swears by the professional Brazilian blow dry, it's ££££ though but does work. I did see this advertised recent,y: cheaper short term version that I'm going to try, but don't know how much it is yet!

I'm irrationally scared by home type kits, but might have a look at those products...

Purpleknickers Wed 01-May-13 12:53:21

ooo okay will look out for that one then fatty sorry

cooeee I did try the v expensive brazilian blow dry and it just made mine interesting to hear how you get on with the short term version. Agree about the sweaty look its pants!

CooEeeEldridge Wed 01-May-13 13:10:01

Ooh that's interesting purple, how annoying! I'd like to try in June as hol is in July, so will report back.

Purpleknickers Wed 01-May-13 13:48:44

I am now armed with, John Freida stuff, the urban fudge stuff, kirby grips and I will you tube french plait tutorials .. all set

Thanks Ladies flowers

AgathaF Wed 01-May-13 16:57:26

Will you report back once you have had a go Purple. My hair is very similar and looks such a bloody mess on holiday, so I have been watching this with much interest grin

greenteawithlemon Wed 01-May-13 17:00:31

You need oil.

Argan or coconut both good.

Purpleknickers Wed 01-May-13 17:31:19

Agatha of course I will because its so thick I can get away with washing it every 3 days so it may be a few days before I practice but I will remember to update

greentea I have some of that extraordinary oil .. Is that the stuff ? And how much should I use so its tamed but not greasy looking?

JamesJazz Wed 01-May-13 19:25:41

I use raw coconut oil- get it from an Indian supermarket/corner shop type thing. It's the pure stuff used in cooking! Great for skin as well.

You just need a little, experiment and see what works for your hair type.

Purpleknickers Wed 01-May-13 20:25:26

Ok thanks Jamesjazz I will try and get some lots of experimenting coming up

Purpleknickers Thu 02-May-13 18:33:20

agatha an update

I glooped loreal extrodinary oil on along with the urban fudge spray recommended by bunny then I tried a French braid last night but I'm rubbish and my hair only just shoulder length with long layers so got hot and bothered and gave up. Then I did the thick loose plaits recommended by downtown and let it loose when it was dry and it looked good no frizz anywhere.

Tonight I have tried the method of glooping with same products and pulling it back loosely with my fingers as recommended by badtaste and again I like it and no frizz.

I think you ladies have cracked it for me. Many many thanks flowers

agatha give it a go wish I'd known this 20 years ago

AgathaF Thu 02-May-13 19:16:14

I will be investing in some urban fudge spray immediately grin. I can't use the extraordinary oil - it's full of silicone and may hair is a greasy looking nightmare with anything more than the smallest amount of silicone on it. I like the idea of loosely pulling it back too. I tend to do that if I tie it back anyway, so it makes sense to do it with gloopy stuff on.

AgathaF Thu 02-May-13 19:16:50

Oops, posted too soon - so thank you for the update Purple.

Huzzah grin.

Purpleknickers Thu 02-May-13 19:18:06

smile good luck let me know how yours goes

Purpleknickers Thu 02-May-13 19:59:16

cross posted bunny huzzah indeed grin

NewChoos Thu 02-May-13 20:16:17

You need Sabino moisture block. It makes me about 90% less Monica.
You can buy from ebay, don't think it is available in the uk.

Purpleknickers Fri 03-May-13 08:49:52

thanks newchoos I will take a looky

Maraki Mon 20-May-13 08:03:55

I assume you put loreal oil on damp hair and then the urban fudge? Or does it not matter which product goes on first? (Sorry to sound a bit dim)

Purpleknickers Mon 20-May-13 08:39:43

Maraki yes oil first then urban fudge in my case but shouldn't think it really matters. Above all else use your fingers to 'comb' it rather than a brush or comb and then avoid touching it otherwise it makes it frizz up

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Mon 20-May-13 10:04:55

well this is amazing, I read the reveiws and then tried it, my hair is smooth, shiney and hardly needs the GHD's, in fact I only use them when going out.Its lasted weeks now and I plan on doing a second attempt before my hols.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Mon 20-May-13 10:09:28

sorry, see someone has already done this link, tis good though grin am going to look for the matrix one now

lessemin Mon 20-May-13 17:00:15

I bought some Keratin spray in Majorca last year in desperation and it is fantastic for frizzy hair it even worked after swimming!

You can get here I have seen it in my hairdressers.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Mon 20-May-13 17:14:27

link? brand name? sounds good

lessemin Mon 20-May-13 17:26:53

Sorry don't know how to do links but you can google Keratin spray and lots come up. It is really good tho'.

The one I bought was in a spanish supermarket and only about 5euro.

lessemin Mon 20-May-13 17:29:13

I think it must be the secret of the spanish women who all seem to have perfect smooth hair in all that humidity!

kelda Mon 20-May-13 17:34:45

Hairdressers always complain about thick hair. I think because it means that they have more work to dowink

But I bet your hair looks far better then you think. Thick and wavy sounds beautiful.

Agree about the oil.

And wash your hair less. I wash mine about every six days, otherwise it just goes too frizzy.

Blow drying it and straightening it will only make it drier and more damaged. I towel dry my hair.

janmoomoo Tue 21-May-13 13:06:57

I have your hair and the Brazillian straightening stuff from amazon previously linked to has been an absolute god send. Seriously it is the business. No messing with products. My hair isnt dead straight but it is NOT FRIZZY which is what I was after. It will dry naturally with a little kink and waviness but not Brian May hair. Last time I went on hols I did it a few weeks before and it was bliss. There are loads of other threads about it on here if you want more info.

Purpleknickers Tue 21-May-13 14:26:56

Janmoomoo did it have any effect on the colour of your hair at all? I have mine coloured and I was worried that it would fade it

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Wed 22-May-13 08:56:17

it did not have any effect on my colour, just made it all soft and shiney. did it again yesterday. only drawback is you can't wash it for 3 days shock so best done over a bank hol when you have no where to go.

Purpleknickers Wed 22-May-13 12:42:50

Thanks stepaway my hairdresser has offered to do it for me at home using the kit rather than at the salon . Really glad it does not ruin colour as that costs a small fortune.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Wed 22-May-13 13:17:40

ggod luck doubt you will regret it. let us know how it goes

Purpleknickers Wed 29-May-13 09:54:31

Had the treatment done on Sunday and so far so good.... however I bought these:
They were advertised with the kit on Amazon but the shampoo definitely says sodium chloride in the ingredients which according to the brazilian straightening kit is a huge no no

HELP .... have I bought the wrong aftercare products does anybody know?

Purpleknickers Wed 29-May-13 11:05:39


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