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Questions for the Mysterious Men with Ponytails

Men and their ponytails. Men and their long nappy hair. Men’s grooming products have come so far and yet the man ponytail still swings around town like a forgotten trend still lingering…lingering like a can of leftover tuna fish that is.

I have to wonder if my repulsion for such ponytails is sparked by jealousy. My luscious locks lose some of their brilliance next to the man ponytails. These men are trespassing in the land of women. How dare they. So if you don’t want hair cutting style but rather growing your hair, you are in the right place.

After seeing an ole hippie man sporting a ponytail on the stationary bike at the gym today, I nearly ran into the long water fountain line. (Dang those gym rats who bring their empty 48 oz water bottles to fill up at the slowest water fountain station EVER). But what really got me is this- men with ponytails workout? True I have never seen an obese ponytail man, or even just a man with long hair who was overweight, but they’re into exercise?

The entire stereotype of men with ponytails is diminishing. Ponytailed men are not just Harley Davidson bikers, not just Native Americans with braids, not just strange men who smoke and lead mysterious lives. Men with long hair are Americans who care about their health and fitness levels.

  • What else do they do?
  • Do they use special deep conditioners to keep their hair from being frizzy?
  • Do they like to swing their pony’s to the side on days when life feels a bit boring?
  • Do they wake up in the morning and decide I should part it THIS way today?
  • Do men with ponytails use no tangle colored rubber bands that match their outfits?
  • Could men with ponytails ever be considered metrosexual? Or are they just lazy?
  • If they ride in a car with the top down do they worry their hair style will blow out too much?
  • And how about baseball hats. . .do they stick the ponytail through the hole in the back? (where else could it go?)
  • And haircuts? I can imagine a man with a ponytail playing with his hair, looking down and think “Wow I have a lot of dead ends, I really need a trim.”
  • Where in the heck do they go to their hair trimmed? Hair Cuttery?
  • If they get in a bar fight will another guy pull their hair? Is that aginst man code?
  • Any why must it always be the low ponytail on men…why not be brave and wear a high ponytail?

Ahh the mystery of men with ponytails. Mysterious men’s grooming. Perhaps someday I will meet a man with a long haired ponytail who is willing to reveal the secret lives of such men. Until then, I hope they step up the competition a bit and start brushing their hair more than once a week. Brusha Brusha Brusha.

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Why Your Hair Color Keeps Turning Brassy

Dying your hair can turn into an addiction and vicious cycle real fast. I was a typical scenario: I wanted to dye my hair a nice rich brown for fall, and when I walked out of the salon, it looked great. Following all my hair dresser’s color tips, I bought expensive color-preserving shampoo, I didn’t wash my hair right away after dying it, yet it was orange about four or five months later. I go back into the salon, re-dye it, except this time it only lasts three months! I tried to convince myself the orange was maybe a nice strawberry blonde look, but who was I kidding?!

Has this ever happened to you? It’s very frustrating and it’s difficult to break out of the cycle without further damaging your hair. Here’s why it happens:

My hair dresser told me that some people have more difficulty holding hair color than others. Typically, those people have damaged, porous hair. You’ll know if you’re one of “those people” if you go into a salon, have your hair dyed brown, and whoa…it’s almost black. This is because your damaged hair has lost its keratin seal and the porous layer underneath quickly absorbs the color. In fact, it absorbs the color so well it tends to over-saturate it. This was the case for me. Don’t panic yet if this happens to you because over the course of the next week or so, your black hair will slowly begin fading to that rich chocolate brown you wanted. This is great, but don’t rest easy yet. A few months pass by and your hair keeps fading and fading into a brassy copper tone. If only there was a pause button! Just as quickly as your porous hair absorbs dye, it also loses it because the color has nothing to hold on to and quickly leeches and washes from your holy tresses.

If you keep going back to the salon and have your hair re-dyed or glazed over to add some ash tones to counteract the copper, you’ve entered a viscous cycle that needs to stop. It’s no surprise that dying your hair damages it, and the more you dye it, the more porous it becomes. The more porous it becomes, the shorter it holds your desired color. And then you go back to have it dyed again.

Can you fix it or prevent it from happening? Your stylist may recommend some special shampoos and products to prolong your color, racking up your bill even higher with every visit. I have an easy and free way to solve your hair-dye woes. You may not want to hear this, but the only surefire solution to fixing your damaged and over-processed hair from constantly changing and fading is to stop dying it. It’s a gusty move to make, but letting your virgin, healthy, and non-porous hair grow back in is the best route to go. In a few years (or depending on how long your hair takes to regrow) you can start on a clean slate if you wish and dye your hair again. You’ll find that the color will hold much longer, perhaps even years to the point that you no longer have to go to the top laser hair removal clinic in Brampton.

It’s been two years since I’ve dyed, flat ironed, or blow dried my hair. I cut as much coppery hair off as I could tolerate (chin-length). Now my natural dark ash blonde color has finally come back in and only my ends remain discolored. My hair is now half-way down my back and healthier than ever and I certainly don’t plan on dying my hair for a very long time. It’s too much work!

This is my not-so-quick, but easy, affordable, and (most importantly) guaranteed way to fix your color-fading catastrophe.