Back home my hair was kind of greasy. Like my skin. Some times I did get some split ends in my hair, but a trim and a visit to our affordable hair salons made it easy to keep it healthy.

Before coming to Calgary, I paid a visit to my hair salon back home. Got a trim and a keratine treatment. No big deal.

In my new city, however, since salons are expensive for my budget, I had to resort to home made alternatives. On top of that it was Winter and snowing.

First of all, I dye my hair. That's about to change starting July but in the last 6 months I had to do it myself. I was using AGEbeautiful permanent color (got at Sally Beauty) and my hair was dry but still ok. I did need a trim a couple months into Winter but overall it was kind of fine.

Then, I switched to Wella ColorCharm permanent color as AGE was too golden for my skin tone. The new color worked a lot beter BUT it ruined my hair. Seriously, I was using the same oxidant but after the first application, my hair was dry as straw. That's when I got desperate.

First thing I did was to get a hair mask. I got L'Oréal's ReNutrition Intense Mask . It worked for about 2 applications. Then it started leaving my ends dry and the rest of my hair greasy. No, I don't apply the mask in my scalp.

Then I watched in Cityline that after a rinsable treatment you should use your regular conditioner to seal the treatment. Ok, did that. Worked better. However, when I didn't apply the mask treatment, my hair felt the same. Hair was still dry before the conditioner, then it got manegeable and the next day it was greasy as hell.

So I tried putting on argan oil since I had been testing it for my skin. I tried it on both wet and dry hair. Both left my hair extremely greasy.

Then I got Organix's Hydrating Macadamia Oil shampoo. This one actually worked to moisturize my hair. But after a couple uses, it started leaving my hair greasy. Back to square 1.

My set of hair products
I wanted to test Cake's Inca Oil since it promised to be miraculous. I'm still testing it for my skin but on my hair... yes, still very greasy.

It's funny because my split ends look disgusting yet my whole hair looks greasy.

So I stopped dying my hair with regular dyes. I switched to semi-permanent color by Natural Instincts. It didn't improve my hair texture but the conditioner that comes with the dye is amazing. Wish I could buy it seperately.

In a final attempt, I got Neutrogena anti-residue shampoo that I use once a week to get the residues out. Just regular shampoo and conditioner (right now it's Garnier's Fructis but I vary that when the dispenser gets empty) plus HealthySexyHair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In Coditioner that I got in my Ipsy bag seems to work just the same as all the other products. My hair still gets greasy, but it's a bit less disgusting. It is still dry but not so ugly to touch.

I honestly didn't try putting coconut oil in my hair because I really can't be bothered. It implies first melting it, leaving it on during a whole night while my husband makes fun of me for looking frumpy and crazy, with a shower cap on, and washing the hair the next morning while stripping your hair color in the process. I have better things to do.

Thankfully, this story will come to an end in July. My husband and I discussed it at length and I will let my grey hair grow. My hair is almost all white by now, although we'll see the truth when I actually stop coloring the hair for good, the semi permanent color washes out and of course, I let my hair grow. Speaking of which, it's pretty long now. I can't wait to cut it shorter and layered. I can't wait to feel my real hair again (I never used conditioner before coloring my hair). I can't wait to stop being a slave to hair color and the tons of products I need to keep the appearance of healthy hair in this dry environment.

Fortunately, my husband loves white hair. I'm glad I don't have to go to a formal job every day as it would made it so more difficult.

Letting my grey hair grow will be an adventure. I'm looking forward to it.