I seriously don't even know how to begin to do my hair properly.

I have pretty much never put any effort into my hair, and I'm starting to think that it's time I figure that shit out. The issue is, I currently have my morning routine down to roughly 10 minutes (get dressed, brush teeth, throw hair in messy bun, dab on a little concealer if I have a giant pimple), slightly more if I need to shower (I often shower at night). I wash my hair about once a week. I really don't want to stretch that into a big production or have to buy fancy equipment. Hence, the messy bun. Actually, I'm not even sure I can call it that. I tried to find a picture of what it looks like and couldn't really. I guess it's sort of like this:

It's probably time that I learn how to deal with my hair

I just make a ponytail and then don't pull it all the way through the second time. I don't do it because it's pretty or I particularly like it, it was borne out of the sentiment "fuck it, my hair needs to not be down right now." And then it persisted and now I'm just used to it because I've been wearing it that way for years.

So I think it might be time to break out of that rut. I feel like it would be good professionally for me to be more put together. I'm a scientist, and I spend maybe half of my time in the lab and half of the time at my desk or in meeting rooms. When I'm in the lab, my hair needs to be pulled back. But when I wear my hair down (usually because I've showered in the morning and leave it down to air dry on the drive into work), I do like it. And I get compliments when my curls decide to behave and not be absurdly frizzy, and that's kind of nice. Of course, on the flip side, one day I had my hair down and my boss's boss commented to me "oh, you have your hair very casual today." No clue how to take that.

Anyway, I'm starting to think I should find a way to get my hair to cooperate more often. I was intrigued by fleur de livres post earlier this week on how to use curlers, but got quickly overwhelmed by the suggestions in the comments. You guise, I don't even own a hair dryer, much less a curling iron.

If you're interested in imparting your knowledge, I need like Hair 101. For example:

- How do you get curly hair to not be frizzy, but not deal with it in such a way as to make it stiff and crunchy? (I can't stand how hairspray feels.)

- Is there some good shampoo/conditioner/"product" that I should be using? I've thought about trying out DevaCurl stuff based on what a few people have said around here before.

- What's an easy but roughly professional-looking hairstyle to get my hair out of my face when I'm in the lab? Will my curls survive it and still look good when I let my hair back down? (Currently, the answer is no. Once I've put my hair up for several hours, it stays up until I shower again, because it just turns into a frizzy mess where it becomes straight at the top and undefined curls at the bottom.)

Help me, GT. You're my only hope.