Taming My Wild Red Hair


When you’re born a redhead, you realize very early on that you stand out from the crowd. Even as a young child, I had wild, red, curly locks. Every elderly Jewish lady rubbed my head and said to my mother “You can’t get that color out of a bottle.”

Carrie 1982

As I got a little older, the late 1980s got the best of my look, so not only did I have crazy red hair, I had a crazy red mullet. I’d like to just continue to use the 80s as my excuse for this epic disaster… but it’s pretty bad. I don’t know if any excuse will work.

Carrie 1988

Accepting this whole redhead thing (and feeling different from my peers as a result) became particularly difficult when I was  also the dorky kid with braces and acne. When I was ready to leave for college, things started to improve… a little.

Carrie 1997

While in college and throughout my 20s, I spent years dying my hair black, blonde, and everything in between, but as I matured, I realized that I was truly blessed with fiery red hair. And while I love the color, the texture can be a bit challenging, especially in South Florida. It’s very warm and humid here year-round, so when you have naturally coarse, wavy hair, it is a serious mission to even attempt to tame it.

Dove Pure Oil

Having this difficult and unmanageable hair type, I have tried many, many hair products, and I am often left unsatisfied. But then I found Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo, Conditioner, and Nourishing Treatment. I honestly have to say that my hair has never felt this silky while lathering it with shampoo. Then I applied the conditioner, and I could feel how tangle-free my hair was, pretty much instantly, while combing my fingers through it.

Dove hair

To show how well these Dove products actually work, I have a seriously embarrassing picture to share with you. If you want to see what my hair normally looks like when I get out of the shower, do a quick blow dry, and wake up the next morning… Well, here it is, an absolute mess! Check out this Before.

Dove Before and After

After washing and conditioning my hair with Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo and conditioner, applying Dove Nourishing Treatment, and flat-ironing about 15 – 20 minutes —  the After picture.  For Fall, I like hair that is mostly straight, but still has body, volume, and a slight wave to it. This gives a natural look, ready for a windy day outdoors.

Dove Pure Care Dry Oil

The real challenge isn’t just me. It’s my daughter, Lydia. Lydia generally screams, cries, whines, etc. when I try to comb through her hair. Because of the texture, it gets very tangled, very easily. After applying the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Conditioner, I easily ran a comb through her hair. The usual 15 minutes of tears became about a minute of tangle-free, tear-free combing. (She’s working on mastering her model-chic pout here.)

Lydia's hair

Who doesn’t want soft, shiny hair? Dove Pure Care Dry Oil products are ideal for all hair types and delivers silkier hair, noticeable after just one wash. The dry oil features natural ingredients, a blend of African macadamia oil and coconut oil. These ingredients nourish the hair, without weighing it down or making it feel greasy.

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

About Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a college instructor, blogger, wife, and work-at-home mother to two children, Lydia {age 8} and Bryce {age 6}. Carrie earned her doctorate in Special Education in 2008. After becoming a mother in 2009, Carrie began blogging as Huppie Mama to share her passions for cooking, crafting, beautifying, and her family. In 2016, she rebranded as Our Potluck Family, and her husband Richard became a regular contributor.

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2 Responses to Taming My Wild Red Hair

  1. summerdf says:

    Absolutely GORGEOUS! I Have naturally coarse, wavy hair too. I’m going to have to check this line out!

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