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Every beginning is only a sequel, after all, and the book of events is always open halfway through.

Alright, so you’ve heard me complain about my thick, wavy-ish, unruly, Asian hair a few months back, now it’s time for an update!

Not long after that post, I received my first dental school interview, and I knew I needed a haircut. So I did some research on Yelp and decided on a salon. I chose Sally’s Salon, a Korean salon in Japantown that advertised itself as an Asian hair specialist. Sounded promising. So after a dentist appointment in the same area I stopped by without an appointment. There was no wait. I was really nervous, but my hairstylist, Betty, was super nice and put me at ease immediately. And she spoke perfect English, which was awesome since communication is key when it comes to haircuts! I actually told her everything about my hair woes (basically a short version of my previous hair rant post). She, like all the other hairstylists who’ve worked with me, marveled at how much hair I had. But she reassured me that she’ll take care of me. She even said that my straightening job wasn’t actually that bad, it’s just that when hair gets to shoulder-length it naturally follows the curve of your shoulders and flip out a bit. That made me feel a lot better about it. I told her to thin out my hair, even out the layers, cut some long side bangs, and keep the length. I received exactly what I asked for. It was actually cray how much hair she cut off when you consider the fact that my hair stayed the same length. The price was reasonable too, $40 before tips. And they give their customers free bang trims! I felt really great after my haircut! Here’s how it looked on the day of the haircut:

Of course hair always looks great when you walk out of the salon after all the treatment, so I was still a little nervous about how it would look with a lack of all the styling. Well, I was pleasantly surprised! So since my haircut I’ve been fairly happy with my hair for a change.

In addition to a good haircut, there are a few more things I’ve found that helps keep my hair under control and looking good. The first is a good hair serum/oil. I’ve used Garnier Fructis’ Sleek and Shine Anti-Frizz Serum before, but I haven’t replaced the product after my last bottle got used up. I did like the results from before so I went and got another bottle. I put a little bit in my hair when it’s about half dry (I air dry my hair) and it keeps my hair smooth and shiny. And it smelled amazing!

I also bought a porcupine round boar bristle hair brush (I bought it here). It has a mixture of nylon and boar bristles. I usually just use a wide tooth comb for my hair, but I found that this brush gets my hair a lot smoother.

One more little tip which I’ve always done is to not wash your hair too much. Too much shampooing dries out the hair and makes coarse hair even dryer and unmanageable. But my hair is quite oily and it can start to look gross if I don’t wash it for 2-3 days. So I invested in a dry shampoo (this one) and I’ve been pretty happy with the results. It’s easy to use, gets rid of oiliness and flatness, and smells great.

So now it’s been more than a month after my haircut, and I’m still very happy with my hair. Here’s a very recent photo.

So to sum it up, to treat thick, coarse, stubborn Asian hair like mine, here’s what you need:
1. A good hairstylist who understands your hair.
2. A good hair serum or oil.
3. A good natural bristle or natural and synthetic hair brush.
4. Not too much washing and dry shampoo.

I hope this is helpful to anyone who has similar hair to mine. As always, please let me know in the comments if you have any other tips or products suggestions!

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