My hair and I have gone through quite a roller coaster ride. When I was young (K-1st grade), I had pretty long hair. In second grade, I cut it short, and after that I kept it pretty short (chin length) until I was 22 years old.
I remember in middle school and high school, I was so jealous of girls with "thin" hair. It seemed easier to manage, and I hated how my hair would do random flips and turns. I would even get my hair stylists to thin it out for me when I'd go get a cut! I would ask girls with "thin" hair what shampoo and conditioner they used, thinking that if I used the same products, my hair would be like theirs.
Then in college, the tables turned and I was jealous of girls with thick, voluminous hair. I have fine hair, but I have a lot of it, so it takes forever to do but doesn't get a lot of good volume. Basically I was just unhappy with it!
My freshman year of college, I had moved to another state and lived in the dorms. With the change in altitude, water quality (the dorm water was not great compared to my parent's clean, soft water), stress, and too many heat products daily, my hair suffered a great deal. It got crunchy and fried like uncooked Ramen noodles and I was so embarrassed when people pointed it out (this happened more than once)! This was my rock bottom with my hair. I hated it! It was especially embarrassing because I have never colored my hair, so people expected my hair to be nice and healthy. I wanted to grow it out longer, but it seemed impossible with that much damage.
Dove Hair reminds me to love myself for the way I am, and that includes my hair. Over the past few years I've been taking better care of my hair (not washing every day, deep conditioning, using heat protectants), and thankfully it's made a huge improvement. It's not crunchy and brittle like it used to be. The way my hair is, is something I cannot control. It's a part of who I am, and I have learned to love it and take care of it no matter what. I am now at peace with the way my hair is, and am glad that stress is taken off my plate!
left: My hair in first grade (it was probably halfway down my back)
middle: hair senior year of high school (age 17). I don't have any photos of my damaged hair because I was way too embarrassed!
right: my hair now! (age 24)
Dove Hair hopes that people everywhere will celebrate and love themselves, and believes that every moment of your hair journey is a special one. At the time it was awful to have my fried hair, but in the end it was a big learning experience of how NOT to take care of my hair, and I appreciate my hair now because of that experience. The Dove Regenerative Nourishment Collection I picked up from my local Target is perfect for my locks because it helps to repair damage of the past and leaves hair looking and feeling its very best.
I love using the serum on my ends for soft, irresistibly touchable locks!
The New Dove Regenerative Shampoo, Conditioner, and Nourishment Serum in Oil make me feel my most beautiful because my hair is nourished, looks good, and feels good.
So. I'm calling all women who want a change with their hair - whether you're like me and have never dyed your hair but it got damaged, if you color your hair often and need some TLC, if you're having troubles with hairstyles because of damage, or if you just want to try a new product - remember that Dove Hair cares and created this shampoo and conditioner for you!