I have curly hair.
There, I said it.
I’ve spent the majority of my life fighting against it. For most of my teens and 20s I woke up at 5:30 a.m. M-F to spend an hour getting it straight (no flatirons back then). That – paired with my strange need for baby bangs – has led to some very unfortunate hairstyles over the years.
No, I won’t share any.
Yes, if you’ve been with me for any length of time you’ve already been exposed to a few. My apologies. Let’s not forget the Creating Keepsakes Hall of Fame 2003 BUN incident, shall we? <shudder>
After having kids, 1.5 hour blowdry sessions were impossible. So I tried growing it long. And spent my 30s in a ponytail (with the baby bangs, natch – good GOD, why didn’t my friends tell me to stop the madness??). Then tried cutting it. And cutting it. Shorter and shorter and shorter. And wearing lots of hats.
OH, the fact that we’ve mostly lived in humid climates. Short, curly hair dried straight + humidity = a hot mess.
Finally I just said screw it. And stopped drying and cutting it altogether.
And…huh. Kinda thought it was ok. Humidity? No problem. Bangs? No longer look like Tootie from the Facts of Life circa 1982. And hey, my nose doesn’t suddenly look bigger. Styling time? About 5 minutes.
The problem? My hair is REALLY THICK so it takes a long time to air dry. Blech. I tried using my diffuser, but it just made a frizzy mess.
Then I found this floating around on Pinterest. AAAH!!! First off, how adorable is her cut?
Then she posted a follow-up here. Drying your hair upside-down with the diffuser? Brilliant!! I don’t think I need to go the leave-in conditioner route; fortunately my hair isn’t really very dry. And there’s no way I could skip washing every day – I work up a mean sweat at the gym daily.
Do you like my blown out 70s face? Very chic, eh? Thank you, iPhone exposure. ANYWAY – this is about 10 minutes post-shower. I only dried it a little (running late for Ava’s teacher conference), but I likey. Not soaking wet, not frizzy. I do need a trim, though. And I need to find some sulfate-free shampoo, apparently. I also picked up a bottle of the spray gel she uses.
If you’re a curly girl like me, go check out Mandey’s posts. They might just change your life.
P.S. what is on the counter behind me?? I just went and looked and it’s gone now…forever a mystery.
P.P.S. Did you vote???