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Re: Please help! I have old hair! It's wiry, frizzy and cantankerous --- just like me! Ha!

I used to have really good hair, too. Thick, shiny, manageable. Even though I was getting older (I'm turning 67 in a few weeks) I still considered it my best asset until a year or so ago. It did change a bit over the years after menopause, and I expected it to, but it still was pretty good hair for which I was grateful as my friends' hair changed color drastically and some even experienced serious hair loss. My hair remained relatively thick, with minimal grays that are barely noticable.

Then last year, I noticed that it developed a frizz problem. I could see fine hairs just sticking out all over my head in a sort of halo effect on really humid days, along with other manageability problems.

I've been using a bunch of stuff the last few years, but since I started using "It's a Ten" products, my hair is really looking better, more like my old, younger hair.

I especially like the leave in serum.

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Re: Please help! I have old hair! It's wiry, frizzy and cantankerous --- just like me! Ha!

On 6/1/2014 4doggies said:

Without seeing your hair, it's hard to tell what the problem is. I would ask a stylist if you need a deep conditioner or something else. I had the Keratin salon treatment (the one that only lasts 6 weeks or so) a while back, it was great. You mention that you have 'old hair'--if it's turning gray, those hairs are more wiry/frizzy and unmanageable.

Another idea I've been meaning to post about: there was a salon owner/specialist on QVC a couple of weeks ago, she said that she finally discovered that 2 products are needed, a non-oily root lifter for the roots, a more moisturizing product for the ends. I was too cheap to pay the $50 for her two products, but I tried the concept with a non-oily gel at the roots, a more creamy argan based product on the longer part/ends. It worked great!

That was this:

http://www.qvc.com/Lisa-Chiccine-Body-and-Shine-Hair-Styling-Duo.product.A258249.html?sc=A258249-Tai...

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Re: Please help! I have old hair! It's wiry, frizzy and cantankerous --- just like me! Ha!

At WalGreen's get into the Shea Moisture line. Just read each one, probably the most moisturizing ones from shampoos, conditioner, masks, oils, etc....Lots of goodies for your type of hair! It is in the ethnic section but just fine for caucasian hair. I use their thickening shampoo to give my super fine, super thick hair volume all day! Plus they all smell wonderful!

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Re: Please help! I have old hair! It's wiry, frizzy and cantankerous --- just like me! Ha!

The only thing that I can interject into this topic is when I use any type of oil on my hair (which does take care of the frizzies and I do not use to much product) hair spray WILL NOT hold my style.....so OP if you are using spray to keep hair in place keep that in mind.

I have tried several different hair sprays and I have yet to find one that will keep the style, it like I never used spray.

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Re: Please help! I have old hair! It's wiry, frizzy and cantankerous --- just like me! Ha!

Harpa, you're absolutely correct. I didn't bother to put in the name since I wasn't buying her product.

If you think about it, it's a pretty good concept. Most of us want something less oily at the roots, more moisturizing at the ends. If someone chooses to buy the expensive stuff, that's great, but I found that the basic concept worked well with cheap products too.

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Re: Please help! I have old hair! It's wiry, frizzy and cantankerous --- just like me! Ha!

My hair is thick and really wavy and it has always been a chore to tame. I've tried different things and you have a few good suggestions here. I've tried every shampoo known to man and I found if I use Avon's Frizz control shampoo and conditioner, followed by the Avon Advanced Technique Lotus frizz shield and then when it is dry I use Sexy Hair Soy Renewal with argan oil all over the hair from mid shaft to the ends, its softer and manageable without being too oily or weighted down.

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Re: Please help! I have old hair! It's wiry, frizzy and cantankerous --- just like me! Ha!

Hair that turns gray can become wirey and frizzy even when it's colored or not. I used to have stick straight hair as a teenager but my hair texture started changing in my 30s and 40s when I started to turn gray. I color my hair and have to do root touchups frequently as my hair doesn't hold on to color well. If I let my hair air dry the back of my head has waves and frizz.

I want to suggest using a Conair Infiniti Tourmaline hair dryer with the dryer comb straightening attachment on it, it's been my go to hair dryer for at least 4 years. I have both the American and Canadian version (the ones sold in the U.S. have an AFCI plug while the Canadian one doesn't). I don't see this in the stores any more but they are still sold on Amazon. Here is what it looks like:

http://www.amazon.com/Conair-Infiniti-Tourmaline-Hair-Designer/dp/B000FFI228

Conair Infiniti Tourmaline Hair Designer (Wine)

I use this to dry my hair when it's damp. Make sure your hair isn't full of tangles before you use this dryer as it will be easier to use. I find this dryer easy to use as I'm not having to juggle a hair dryer and a separate brush attachment. I have a backup hair dryer in the box for when the one I use conks out.

For travel I use the Conair Wet/Dry styler hair dryer, it's similar but smaller and the comb doesn't come off the dryer, the dryer works similarly to the bigger unit:

http://www.amazon.com/Infiniti-Pro-Conair-Wet-Styler/dp/B000ME2YWG

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Re: Please help! I have old hair! It's wiry, frizzy and cantankerous --- just like me! Ha!

On 5/31/2014 Usedtobeoxox said:

I have been using the

Garnier Fructis Marvelous Oil Frizz Defy

I can not seem to insert the link, but this is amazing, it was reccomended by another poster here and it might be the best thing I have used. I rub it into my hair every night and its leave my hair thick and bouncy and its about $8 per bottle

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I saw that in the store and was wondering...have to try this!

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Re: Please help! I have old hair! It's wiry, frizzy and cantankerous --- just like me! Ha!

I agree with one of the previous posters about the "it's a 10" leave in spray conditioner. Since I started going gray my hair seems kinky and wirey, gets very frizzy in the humidity and when I start to hot flash...When I first picked it up it was about $10-15 for the bottle. I was out yesterday and the price has gone up to about $20/bottle. Not as pricey as many other products out there but certainly works better for me. I haven't tried the other products in the line because I'm trying to get through my stash first...
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Re: Please help! I have old hair! It's wiry, frizzy and cantankerous --- just like me! Ha!

I did try the Ion product and it did not really work for me.

And yes, I believe since the gray hair set in, that's what has really changed my hair! After menopause, my hair began changing and now it's kind of how blueroses describes her hair!

If you put things on to tame the frizz, it just ends up flattening the hair too much and then you just have hair that appears heavy, kind of dirty looking and not bouncy at all!

I have used some of the products you have listed and not had success.

I am looking forward to trying some of the others.

I agree that coloring your hair takes a toll, but at this point I'm not ready to let it go back to its natural state.

Thank you for taking the time to list all of your tips and ideas. It's very much appreciated!

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