The last few days, my hair has been feeling kind of…crispy…but not like, dry crispy. More like…sticky-crispy? Like when you’ve been swimming in salt water and then you let your hair dry without washing the salt out, sort of. The first day I noticed it, I was totally blaming it on the fact that my bastard-ass plumbing was on the fritz and I had really poor water pressure in the shower, the logical conclusion of which was that my shampoo wasn’t rinsing out of my hair entirely. Last night I managed to semi-fix the water pressure issue in the shower though, and this morning it felt like all the shampoo definitely rinsed out fine. And yet, here I sit with sticky-crisp hair once again. I’m forced at this point to suspect the culprit may be the new shampoo I bought on Saturday.
Buying new shampoo is one of the quickest ways I can think of to send myself into analysis paralysis. There are all these boxes to check: must be sulfate-free, must smell nice but not too strong, must not cost a crap-ton, must not make my scalp itch, must not make my hair look terrible. Some of those are pretty easy – I can read the bottle to find out if it has sulfates in it. I can sniff it to see if I like the smell. But how do I know if it’s going to make my scalp itch or make my hair look terrible? I don’t until I buy it and try it. That’s the part I super DUPER fucking hate – the not knowing or even being able to make an educated guess. It’s a total crap shoot. I detest crap shoots.
But anyway, back to my current hair issue.
The real mind-boggler is that my hair actually looks pretty good despite feeling super weird. It makes no sense. My hair is very fine so it gets weighed down by product residue or oils ridiculously quickly. Usually if I have enough gunk in my hair to cause it to actually FEEL gunked up, then it will LOOK gunked up too…but that’s currently not the case. It looks fuller and thicker than usual (which is great since this formula I bought claimed to be thickening. Score one for truth in advertising), and it’s fairly shiny. Things seem pretty good until I touch it, then the facade crumbles and I am left wondering why I can’t run my fingers through my hair and why my roots feel…well…sticky-crisp.
I can’t return the shampoo, so I’m stuck with it. Do I just keep using it and hope that I eventually get used to it, or that it eventually makes my hair look so fabulous that I’m able to let go of the sticky-crisp issue? Do I run, not walk, to the nearest store and go back to the previous brand that didn’t do much for me volume-wise but that smelled ok and didn’t make my hair feel weird? Do I foist it off on some unsuspecting friend who quite possibly is more well-adjusted and has way less weird sensory issues than me?
It’s a conundrum, man. I don’t know.