I am so happy with the response I got from the last blog post, where beautiful Samantha shared her hair story. I am certainly excited to call these posts Science and Hair Inspirational Friday.
This Friday I am beyond excited to introduce beautiful Ivana, from Instagram – mathematicalmodels. Ivana has unbelievably beautiful wavy hair that I am always dreaming about (#straighthairgirlproblems) and not only she can present her hair in a best possible way but she is also a queen of maths (again, very jealous!). Let’s discover all the secretes and tips that Ivana has, over to Ivana…
Describe your research/what do you do:
I’m a Math Editor at an education organization. I write and edit the math content that goes into instructional materials (books, exams, additional resources) that are used in middle school and high school classrooms.
What is your hair type and what do you love most about your hair?
My hair is naturally dark brown (almost black), wavy, a bit on the drier side, extremely thick, and can be frizzy depending on the weather…sounds lovely to deal with, right? 😉 I actually have learned to make all these seemingly difficult qualities about my hair work for me. I like styling my hair slightly curly with beachy waves, and since my hair is already wavy, it only takes a little bit of styling to achieve the look. Since my hair is naturally dry, it actually holds curls really well. I don’t need to put any product in to hold the curls, and the style holds for days. I’m glad that I don’t have to use hairspray, gel, mousse, or anything else that makes your hair feel stiff and even drier. And since my hair is dry and doesn’t produce much oil at the roots, I’m able to go days without washing and looking oily. I love being able to wake up and not have to do my hair since it’s already done!
What is your current hair care routine?
I’ve recently dyed my hair an ashy blonde/grayish balayage, so the colour has dried out my hair and stripped it of its luster and shine. That sounds awful but I love the way the colour looks! To maintain this colour, you MUST use purple shampoo. Purple shampoo works wonders to keep your colour from turning brassy or yellow, but it does tend to dry your hair out. You only need to use it once or twice a week. In between, you can use regular shampoo and conditioner. If you find the purple shampoo dries your hair out too much, you can do a 50/50 mix with regular shampoo. I also use moroccan oil on the ends of my hair so that it doesn’t feel so dry. I only wash my hair every 2-3 days. On days that I don’t wash my hair, I use dry shampoo to keep it looking fresh.
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What is your favourite/most common hair style you have at work?
My go-to look is natural-looking curls and waves. Instead of a curling iron (I have so much trouble using them!), I use a flat iron and twist it to curl my hair. It’s so much easier for me! I occasionally will use my flat iron to make my hair pin straight, but this takes a lot longer since my hair is wavy and I have a lot of it.
Your top tip for good haircare?
Please take care of your hair and use heat protectant spray! I apply a lot of heat to my hair whether I’m curling or straightening it. I am guilty of not using heat protection every time I use hot tools on my hair, and this may be the reason why my hair is dry and has a lot of split ends. I don’t really like how my hair feels when I use protectant spray, but it’s worth it!
The most crazy hair myth/fact you have heard?
I am kind of skeptical about these “hair, skin, and nail” vitamins. Do they really work? I’ve actually tried them and I don’t know if they’ve had any effect, but I suppose it’s hard to tell if there is a noticeable difference.
My response: This is a very good question as a lot media states that these hair supplements work. Interestingly, there is no scientific data regarding hair response to these vitamins and in general it would be extremely difficult to report data. I usually encourage ditch those tablets and better spend money on a good conditioner or a hair mask or even better , spend it on good food to get all real vitamins and nutrients ! The power of placebo effect can be very strong – we see what we want to see, better hair shine, softer feeling. However if you do not suffer from any vitamin/mineral deficiency ditch those tablets and go get yourself green smoothie followed by a chocolate cake!
What are your overall thoughts about hair?
I love that we can use hair to express ourselves whether it’s through our hair cut, hair colour, or whatever style we decide to rock for the day. There are so many different things we can do with our hair, so it’s fun to experiment with different looks. It can be hard to stray away from a signature look, but it’s also fun to change things up and take risks. If you don’t like it, just remember it’s only temporary…hair grows!
Thank you so much Ivana for sharing your hair story and top tips how to achieve dreamy wavy hair look!
I am Laura, 26 Lithuanian living in Manchester. I spend my days in the lab working on hair follicles and in the evening I share my love about hair cosmetics and how to have beautiful hair!