No, it isn’t a “word,” but trust me…it is quite real and extremely traumatic.
This…is the true story of my own…hairtastrophe.
Over a month ago, I started to notice a drastic change in my hair — which, at the time, I swore was some kind of evil karma because I specifically remember feeling rather pleased with the way my hair had been styling as of recent. I must have (terribly) wronged someone or seriously upset the hair gods or something.
IT. WAS. BAD.
- I wasn’t able to get my hair to lather or fully rinse in the shower
- my hair would take FOREVER to ‘dry’ (and even when it was ‘dry’…it wasn’t)
- felt as if it were coated with lotion or something equally as wrong for your hair
- it would be disgusting to the touch – aka: almost sticky / filmy / gross
- it wouldn’t fully straighten or fully curl (so, yes…I was beautiful)
I immediately contacted my fabulous hair stylist, Anika, and (
practically in tears) explained my problem. She immediately instructed me to purchase a clarifying treatment and shampoo. Without seeing my hair, she thought it just might be product build-up from over time. That seemed like a logical explanation…and at this point, I was ready to try anything.
So I did the treatment.
Result: slight improvement but not the miracle that I was hoping for.
I then followed up with the shampoo.
Panicked that my hair was forever going to look disgusting, I went to the salon with a hope and a prayer that Anika and Shilo (another fab hair stylist at Salon Domani) would have some genius solution. Shilo probably washed my hair about seven times (God bless her), including the application of a treatment and final wash with a peppermint shampoo (that smelled lovely).
Result: SUCCESS! My hair was cured – and had probably never been cleaner in my entire life.
At this point, we were all convinced that I just needed a SERIOUS clarifying (thanks, Shilo!) and that I would be back to normal.
After a returning from a business trip immediately after that miracle visit to the salon, I took at shower at home and my worst nightmare returned…the disgusting hairtastrophe part 2 happened.
Yes, there were tears. Yes, there was anger thrown at both my husband and dog (because there were around…causalities of proximity and nothing more). Yes, there was utter despair and hopelessness.
My last logical explanation was this: It had to be the water.
We live in a normal suburban area where one wouldn’t think that our water would be an issue. Something in the back of my head, however, kept telling me that the water had to be the problem. There was no other option at this point.
So, my wonderful husband (after recovering from my nervous breakdown), dutifully ordered this product saved my hair, and basically my life.
Culligan Filtered Showerhead.
Reduces Chlorine and Scale Buildup for a Softer Shower
The Culligan Level 2 Wall-Mount Showerhead offers a refreshing shower experience by reducing harsh chlorine levels and damaging scale buildup. The filtration system removes up to 99 percent of chlorine, as well as the impurities within water that can damage hair follicles and result in dry, itchy scalp. Additionally, by reducing the amount of scale (a hard, filmy residue created by minerals in water), the showerhead is able to give you more of the hydrating nourishment your skin and scalp need.
That was it. My hair wasn’t immediately back to normal after the first shower, but it was about 70% better than it was prior to the new showerhead. Now that it has been a few hair washes, I am happy to say that my hair is back to normal!
This has been my Hairtastrophe: A True Story.
If you ever find yourself living this horrible reality, don’t foolishly waste your time in panic mode. Question the water. Solve the problem. Save your hair.