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Hair Care and Augmentation

As someone with long hair but limited resources, I have rather ample experience with maintaining hair with minimal hassle, products, and salon visits. As with the cosmetic tutorials and guides, the guides on hair care are written as if intended for my fursona with his vast amounts of spare mental and physical resources, rather than the average person who just wants to avoid doing catastrophic damage to their hair and have it look admirably good. Thus, if you are like me and just wish to wash and dry your hair with minimal complications, and maybe augment it slightly for not much more aggravation, you will find this helpful. If you wish to prance around as if you were a legendary erotic fashion model like my fursona is/does and need the best hair possible, while that most certainly is not a bad thing, I cannot much help you since I neither emotionally nor financially could bother with most of the products and rituals. Remember my aesthetical doctrine with regards to ongoing maintenance and preparatory needs preaches simplicity and resource conservation over the reverse.


General Maintenance

Ordinarily, what is required to maintain long hair is limited to a few components: shampoo, conditioner, a detangling brush, and a hairdresser for maintenance trimming and care at regular intervals. If you don't wish to change the natural form (from wavy to straight or vice versa) or color of your hair, you don't need the various accoutrements and products advertised such as a curling iron/rod, blow dryer, specialized brush, heat protectant, etc. Everything else is optional unless you literally are a model.


Shampoo/Conditioner

The shampoo and conditioner I use might not be ideal for you since it is labelled for those with visibly thinning undyed hair. I guess it would work for those without such a problem well enough. I have been told the inexpensive types of conditioner and shampoo are not very good to hair health and to go with the sorts such as Bosley you would find at a salon, so that is my recommendation as well. There are innumerable brands and descriptions to choose from, and since you should be seeing a hairdresser anyway if you want anything more than a regular men's style, you should ask them what is best while you're there. Possibly you will pay more buying things there than over Amazon, so I don't recommend acquiring products there unless there's a sale going on. Also, while Bosley is not listed on Leaping Bunny, they say they are cruelty-free and Peta concurs. At least the shampoo and conditioner are also vegan.


Brush and Effects on Hair

A detangling brush is a brush that is designed to comb out knots in the hair with less damage and hair loss. The bristles usually are rounded at the tip and are easily flexed as hair is combed. A detangling brush is in essence a regular brush for those who have relatively long hair. They are many brands on Amazon rated over 4-stars and mine kept losing those rounded tips, so I will just let you search with that term and decide on what brand you want. If you have naturally wavy hair, at least in my experience, a brush will 'break up the curls' and cause the hair to appear more voluminous as a consequence. If you have this hair type and wish to retain that feature after showering, brush only when wet. If you feel your hair doesn't appear voluminous enough if left that way or you just don't like the look, brush when it has dried. Until I utilize hair extensions (which I will discuss further down), I will brush mine after it dries so it appears thicker, as the reverse causes the hair to form into distinctive and curly locks, which would be my preference if my hair density wasn't as low and self-consciousness so high. Straightening wavy hair completely or curling straight hair requires more time and products, alas. Heat protectant, an iron, possibly a different type of brush, and possibly products to increase hold would be needed to do that. You may need these anyway if you use hair extensions and they and your normal hair won't ordinarily match.


Salons

Unless you wish to have hair typical for a male, I would highly encourage you to go to an actual salon rather than a barber or a cheap general service place. Depending on how extensive your hair care regimen is and other needs/lack thereof, you don't need to go to one often. I go to mine only once every 6 months and that seems to be sufficient for me. Obviously, if you wish to have more done while you're there, this would be your default place for that. I have a feeling most salons are LGBT-friendly, but you could always call those which interest you to ensure they are. If you are trepidatious still about cosmetics or you wish to establish a more elaborate cosmetics routine than this guide was designed for, you might as well select a place that does makeup as well so you can be trained by a professional.


Hair Augmentation- Ordinary

Remember that everything has a cost of time, stamina, and money, and the more you add to any given routine the more of all of these you will pay, and the more your emotional state is liable to suffer. I have not done all that much above basic maintenance, as I just haven't been able to spend much time and money pursuing more advanced routines. I have gathered a fair amount of information on the general topic of augmentation since that was/is a major fixation of mine, and I will impart what I obtained.


Mousse and Blow Dryer

This is the simplest and most straightforward way of making one's hair fuller. I honestly cannot say even approximately what effect it has or whether the effect is appreciable at all, as I don't have a clone of myself with untreated hair to compare treated hair to. On some days it seems my hair is fuller from the mousse, some days it seems there's no difference. Your results might be better or worse. Anyway, I have Redken Volumizing Mousse 07, and Southern Belle. I sense the former has more effect than the latter, but I could well be wrong. This type of product is used after you step out of the shower and towel-dry your hair, while your hair is still damp. You then need to blow dry it to activate it, which means you need one of those as well. If you have wavy hair naturally and wish to have those thick curls, don't brush it after it is dried. The mousse serves multiple other purposes, such as heat protection (so this might be what you need if you're going to use a curling wand or iron afterwards) and preventing frizzing. Again, unless you are a model or just have a personal need to have luxurious hair, untreated hair that is dried naturally should generally suffice.

Blow dryers are inexpensive, and mine cost something like $20-30 at Wal-Mart a couple of years ago and it still works. My hairdresser tells me the diffuser attachment (it is a large piece with many rods that connects onto the end) is best for achieving wavy hair, while straight undiffused drying is best for straight hair. I use my diffuser attachment, bunching my hair on each side onto it and allowing it to dry on High for a minute or two. This can also be used alone if you cannot wait at home for it to dry before departing, though I like to finish showering 2-3 hours before departure so I can avoid losing 5-10 mins from having to use the dryer. Also, remember that heat is a major enemy of hair and will progressively damage hair, though compared to curling wands/irons the temperature applied by dryers is mild. To minimize damage and time-inefficiency, it would be best to only use a dryer when mousse is applied first.


Extensions

If the hair type of the extensions and one's hair do not match, irons are necessary. I imagine for those with straight hair the process is simpler, as most of the extensions I have come across are straight. If you have wavy hair like I do, either you need to acquire an extension which curls in the same manner yours does, or you need an iron to straighten or curl both simultaneously after the extensions are affixed. I will touch on the types of irons and what to expect if you elect to use them, but here I'll discuss the extensions themselves. By the way, in case you have the same impression I did from the name, extensions increase not just the length but also the thickness, so if you want only thicker hair, these are still what you want. When I start using these, I will have direct observations and practical experience to relay. For now, I have research and theory.

There are a variety of types. The one I predict most people reading this will opt for is the Clip-On. As the name suggests, you clip these onto your hair at home. Each unit actually consists of multiple pieces called wefts, so you will be attaching many extensions rather than just one. Of this type, you can choose between natural and synthetic. The former will last much longer and come from actual humans, the latter comes in more colors and is much less expensive but also deteriorates more quickly and cannot be heat-styled. If you have a fair amount of money to spare, or find having extensions is so important but cannot bother with Clip-Ons and the additional work they entail, you can go to your salon and have them put in using various methods. The types that are put in at a salon can cause hair damage and even permanent loss if done improperly or are overly relied upon, so that must be done judiciously even if money isn't a problem. I will focus on Clip-Ons since they entail the lowest cost and risk of damage and/or pain. Most of these were written while envisioning the natural type since that is the most realistic and versatile type.

-It is imperative you acquire a type of extension that matches your hair type and color. While you can change the structure and color of your or the extension hair, that will add to costs and cause damage. Do it routinely, and the hair will more rapidly degenerate. If it is the extension you're routinely treating, of course, it will need replacing much sooner.
-Clip-On extensions reportedly last up to a year before needing to be replaced under optimal conditions and quality. What usage frequency or level of decay they had in mind when they said that, I don't know. I suspect if they are worn infrequently and are rarely washed or heated, they will last longer than a year before truly needing replacement.
-Extensions need to be washed every so often, and must be washed separately and carefully. The more products are used on it, the more frequently this is needed. As this translates into deterioration, use products only if absolutely necessary or you really want the effect they provide.
-It is advised to take extensions to a salon so the length can be trimmed to match your normal length. Unless your hair is already at or near its terminal length, you might not be able to feasibly do very infrequent visits for maintenance trimming since your hair would start exceeding the extension's length.
-It is not advised you wear these indefinitely, and to remove them before sleeping. Fortunately, they can be removed in a few moments (and apparently don't require much more time to put in).
-Be cautious when buying extensions and be sure you are acquiring a set you are able to use, as they normally cost over $100 and are unreturnable once the packaging is opened due to it being considered an intimate item akin to underwear. Synthetics cost far less and they can be experimented with before procuring the real thing, but they are less realistic and durable, and are often meant to be used as highlights than as actual augmentation.


Hair Augmentation- Balding

You may be unfortunate and have hair that is thin enough at the scalp for skin to be easily seen. Not only does this preclude having bangs in the front, but it also will make a femboy extremely self-conscious and displeased. I ordinarily remedy this problem with my kemonomimi cap, but, I am unable to wear one in courtrooms, and due to acts of discrimination by a former landlord, I have been and will be in court. Thus, I have some direct experience with products designed to at least give the illusion of thicker hair on the top. There are also a few things that will trigger increased hair growth.


Powder + Spray

The pair of items I have direct experience with is the Bosley Thickening Fibers and the Non-Aerosol Spray. Both are necessary, as the former does the actual thickening and skin concealment and the latter secures the former to the hair and scalp. The fibers are in the form of a very fine powder, and you dispense it by tapping a finger against the small container while it is upturned over the desired area after your hair is dry. It diminishes the impression of thinness in two ways: it attaches to hair and thickens them, and coats the bare scalp so the color matches the hair and thus appears to be hair instead. The spray seals the powder to the hair and scalp and possibly has a thickening property of its own, so that regular movement and wind will not dislodge it. A bit of a warning about that... Be sure to not spray too close to the scalp since the force of the spray will otherwise propel some powder on the hair. It is possible I was not thorough enough with the spray, but, despite my best efforts a little powder was loose and either fell onto my face or drifted too close to/over the hairline. This was not very problematic once I discovered that and spent more time attending to that, and much rather would have used that over nothing. Also, be aware that this is very much a visual-only illusion: the hair feels very unnatural and rigid where you apply these, and thus you will want no one running their fingers through it.


Thickening Foam

Bosley produces another product for this matter, and I assume it can be used in concert with the above. From what I can tell, their Step 3 foam (the shampoo and conditioner mentioned earlier are Steps 1 and 2, respectively) doesn't actually reverse hair loss, but makes the hair that is there fuller and thicker. As with the above products, these are not prohibitively expensive if used everyday, and are highly inexpensive over a given period of time if used situationally. I would suggest using all three simultaneously, though you will need to allow this to fully dry before applying the powder and then spray. Used alone, this would not cause that weird and crusty texture I mentioned earlier, but it would of course be less effective than the whole trio.


Supplements and Drugs

There are also products you can use to actually trigger the reactivation of follicles and to thicken growth of existing hair. I have zero experience with these but have acquired enough information to comment on them. Biotin is a vitamin supplement which is actually very highly rated by purchasers for augmenting nail and hair growth, and is the only one of these three I would wholeheartedly endorse. You may wish to cut the pills (which apparently are very small) into fractions since the dosage relative to the recommended intake is so very high, and this will also improve an already decent cost-efficiency.

There is a topical substance called Minoxidil which comes in liquid or foam which seems to be moderately effective at hair rejuvenation, but it seems to either lose effectiveness eventually or is not able to stop the progression of baldness and thus hair loss will eventually resume (I'm not sure how to interpret their remarks on the drug's long-term effectiveness). You also need to take it forever, and going on and off of it apparently ruins its effectiveness permanently. However, it usually doesn't cause any side effects, so if you feel comfortable paying for and using it, it will at least temporarily reverse the trend. There's also a foam that combines this with the above supplement and some other agents that directly target the hormone that causes baldness as well as other things, and it is more highly rated than the minoxidil alone. $10 a month (it's a 3-month supply) isn't bad.

You can also go to a doctor to be prescribed things (by the way, hair seems to be within the realm of Dermatology), the main thing being finasteride/Propecia. While it seems more potent than the above (and combined they amplify the benefit), it has been known to screw with sexual function for some while on it, and for a few permanently ruin their sexual and emotional health (sometimes upon stopping it, which is weird). The same goes for dutasteride/Avodart. Baldness apparently is caused by a type of testosterone called DHT, and these help block the production of it. So, these are in effect hormonal pills, and occasionally they seem to do the job all too well and permanently. Actually, aside from the destruction of sexual function, low genital size, and crippling anxiety and depression, the elimination of DHT would be an awesome thing for femboys, now that I'm reading this... Anyway, yeah, I don't know the chance of temporary or permanent side effects, but it seems common enough for me to not want it. It just seems dangerous to fuck with that hormone. Of course, you might be bolder/crazier than I and deem it a worthy undertaking, and hopefully it will work splendidly!


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