A woman's hair is their crowning glory correct?
I get a TON of questions about my hair, from my blog, to at work to on the the street. Let me tell you something, I have VERY difficult hair. It has taken me a long time, probably around 10 years to learn how to properly and efficiently deal with it. I have always been envious of girls with that shiny glassy poker straight hair. Alas, mine in course, frizz, wavy/ curly and VERY thick. Every time I go to the salon at least one person says "Wow, you have a lot of hair", thanks Captain Obvious!
Anyway, I am going to share some tips and tricks to the way I have learnt to deal with my hair. I wish someone told me these things when I was young dealing with wavy/ curly hair!
First, Let me show you some pictures of my hair. Remember, This is after I learnt how to deal with the bane of my existence... frizz! Oh the horror! However, I chose a variety of pictures so that you can get a clear idea of my texture and amount of hair and the different personalities it can take on.
Now I feel you have an accurate understanding of my hair, it is very voluminous and wild. However, I have learnt to love and embrace it. This is how.
#1 Blow dryers are NOT your friend, when I was younger I spent hours trying to blow dry my hair straight. What a waste of time, It never got that pink straight look I was going for.
#2 Over Use of Flat Irons will kill your hair, I know from experience, after the years of wasted blow drying I jumped on the Flat Iron bandwagon. I ironed my hair to death, it became damage. Have damaged hair is not appealing no matter if you have straight hair. Finally, I learnt to put the flat iron down! I think I needed to join Flat Iron Anonymous. I am serious.
#3 Hot Rollers are your BEST FRIEND (large barrel curlers work too). For me, Hot rollers work magic on my hair, save me hours of time and give me a glamorous yet controlled curls or waves depending on my goal for the day.
#4 Condition Condition Condition. My favorite conditioner currently comes from Bumble and Bumble and it is from the "Mending Line". Kerastase is an old stand by, very spendy but very worth it. I love how it treats my hair. A drug store line that I like is Aussie 3 Minute Miracle. I always have a bottle or 2 of this around.
#5 Give your hair a break. Let is air dry and hang out whenever you can! I always let my hair air dry. Then I go an use my curlers.
#6 When you really feel the need to straighten it, be CAREFUL. Still let it air dry if possible, use a heat protectant and dont spend hours going over and over and over the strands. Poor guys!
#7 And this is the most important, Learn to love what you wear born with. Yes, very cliche, but true. As I said when I was younger I think I might have given an arm to have that poker straight hair. You know what Im talking about, that blonde cornsilk hair that no one besides Midwestern girls have. Well now I wouldn't give up my hair for anything, I love the waves, the volume, the bed head and the overall look of it now.
Let me know how you deal with your hair!
Hope this helped some of you curly haired ladies out there. I wish someone told me all this when I was younger. If anyone has specific questions, please ask!