Yay! I got another interviewee! This is my dear friend and "other mother", if you will, and she has graciously accepted my persistent nagging and begging requests to interview her hair.
Here you go!
Current length: 35 inches
Are you currently growing your length or maintaining?: Growing
If growing, how long have you been growing your hair?: I would guess about six years.
As a fellow hairaholic I find it very interesting to hear what exactly about hair it is that others find fascinating. What started your interest/obsession with hair?: I have had long hair most of my life. For some reason, I just don't like the look of short hair on most people. I think long hair is more beautiful and certainly more versatile.
As with any hobby, there is always something that irks us just a little bit. What are some of your frustrations/pet peeves as a person with a hair hobby, be your hair long or short? (i.e. nasty comments, getting stuck in doors, hard to take care of, styling, etc.etc.): I am tired of the notion that older women shouldn't have long hair. It seems to be a mid-west thing - but I could be wrong. People seem to think when you hit forty, you are supposed to cut your hair, perm it, and dye it blue. Otherwise, you are considered an "old hippy." I think it's ridiculous.
If money, damage, social stigma, etc. where not a factor, what is the one thing you would love to to try out?: A professional hot oil treatment.
What do you love about your hair: That I can do so many things with it.
What do you hate about your hair: The ends are dry. That seems to be an ongoing battle.
What’s something you like to do as a “treat” to your hair?: Conditioning treatments - the kind you leave for a couple of hours.
What are your favorite products?/What are you currently using?: Coconut oil, coconut oil, coconut oil!
What’s your hair care routine? (In a nutshell; I know most of us have pretty extensive hair care regimes): It's about as basic as can be: I wash it two or three times a week. I only wash the scalp. I don't wash the long part of my hair. Then I condition. When it dries, I put some coconut oil in the long part. Once a week I condition with coconut for a couple of hours before I wash it.
Many of us have one thing that we will never, ever do to our hair no matter what (i.e., bleach, curl, straighten, color) what is that one thing for you?: I have two things. I will never color it again. I have done so many times in the past. It's too damaging. Now that my hair is beginning to turn gray, I will let it happen naturally. I will also never be likely to put layers in it again. I regret that I did that a few months ago. If I could turn back time...
If you have a favorite hairstyle, what is it?: My most common hairstyle is parted on the side with combs. My favorite hairstyle is a loose French braid or in some kind of an updo. I think it's less intrusive than all the hair.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received regarding taking care of hair?: Coconut oil, coconut oil, coconut oil! Thanks, Eli!