Thursday, December 29, 2011

Curly Girl

I've had curly hair forever.  My dad's hair was naturally curly, but all my life he's been bald.  When I was little the women at church would look at my curls and say, "Oh you have your father's hair!"  I would look at my daddy and think I literally had his hair, since my daddy was bald.

Growing up, I hated my hair.  My sister has this beautiful head of thick STRAIGHT hair!  She can get that cute little bob haircut that I always wanted.  I used to drag a brush through my hair to try and make it look straight.  Of course, that just made me look like I was wearing a brown cotton ball on my head.  My mother's favorite school picture is the one where I was too sick to fight her about my hair.  I had missed the first picture day because I had strep throat.  On make-up picture day...I had strep throat again. (a year ago I had my tonsils removed)  My mom made arrangements to take me to school through a side entrance just for my picture.  I didn't feel well, so she got to do my hair and make it look natural.  It was the one and only elementary school picture where I didn't have a forced part on the side of my head because I had brushed and brushed and brushed.

My hair has often been the bane of my existence.  I've had trouble finding hairdressers because although it may be 6 inches long when you cut it, my hair will sproing to a 2 inch tight spiral as soon as it's dry.  A hairdresser has to be able to anticipate that.  It's also incredibly dry.  I've used tons of special shampoos and even bought really expensive shampoo, conditioner, and styling products before the boys were born.  But even with special potions, my hair was still hard to manage, dry, and humidity killed it!

Then I found curly girl.  I actually learned how to take care of my hair from a group on  Ravelry is a knitting and crochet community.  My girlfriend told me that there is a group on Ravelry just for those with curly hair.  That's where I found curly girl.  As you can see from the picture above, I still have my curls, but I don't have the frizz any more!

I learned the details of caring for curly hair from this blog post.  But here's the summary:

  • I "wash" my hair with suave coconut conditioner.  I scrub my scalp and hair and then rinse the conditioner completely.
  • I put in Garnier Nutrisse triple-conditioner for dry/damaged hair and leave it in while I finish showering.
  • I only partially rinse out this conditioner.
  • When I get out of the shower, I don't use a towel to dry my hair, and my hair stays pretty wet.
  • I add lots of suave Max #8 gel to my hair and scrunch it into my wet hair.
  • I let my hair dry naturally and I don't touch it.
  • Once my hair is completely dry, I scrunch out the gel.

Using this method, the humidity doesn't turn my head into a frizzy mess.  I get thicker curls with this method too.  Long story longer...I actually like my hair!  I haven't really liked my hair for most of my life.  It only took 40-something years, right?  So, I wonder, do you all like your hair?  Let's weight in on this.  Am I the only one?

1 comment:

  1. I have naturally curly hair as well,and it's thin/fine (the curls make it look thicker than it is, but anytime I have to switch hairdressers it's always the first thing they say "wow you're hair is a lot thinner or finer than it looks!)thankfully I'm living in Germany right now and humidity is much lower than it is in my homestate of KS which has VERY high humidity. I use Melaleuca shampoo and conditioner which has kept my hair in the best condition and very manageable.