My rat-tail thing is all fried out and gross. It’s halfway to a dread at this point. My “bitch handles” (I fucking hate that term and would rather incorrectly refer to them as sideburns) are looking similarly shitty right now.
They generally look fine after a good washing and conditioning, but it kind of scares me that they get so nasty and crispy after a day or two.
By the way, if you’ve got $25 to spare and have a Nordstrom rack near you, I suggest investing in a set of Bed Head shampoo and conditioner (the huge bottles). I’ve been using Moisture Maniac (my mom bought it because every time she gets a haircut, the stylists tell her the shampoos she’s using have too much alcohol and are too drying for her color-treated hair), and my hair’s been way nicer (aside from my tail, which is just in dire need of a trim anyway). I suppose you could also steal Bed Head products if you really wanted, but they’re often locked up because they’re so damn pricey heh. I think they’re pretty worth the money if you bleach your hair often, have naturally dry hair, or live in a really dry climate. (Of course, if you don’t mind your hair looking dry, don’t bother heh. I’m just really picky about mine.)
Is there a zine on rat-tail care yet? There has to be.