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I have natural curly hair.

Stubborn natural curly hair. The kind that has a mind of its own. The kind that has it's own ideas about what it should look like first thing in the morning, whether I like it or not.

I love my curly hair.

I am constantly frustrated by my curly hair.

But I do love it.

Anywhoo, like any other curly haired person, I have tried everything to bend it to my will. From blowing it dry; to wrapping it in rollers; to pinning it around my head with big hunking bobby pins and a huge single roller on the top of my head, after which I would tie a scarf around tightly and wait for it to dry (this was the late 70's and we used to call this technique The Turban); to burning it with chemical straighteners and flat irons; to just giving up and wear a 'Fro (again, it was late 70's, okay?).

Curly hair is really cool, but it requires maintenance. If you don't, you run the risk of looking like you have a huge scrub perched on top of your head. Curly hair takes love and time.

And patience.

Lots of patience.

(Bonus points if you have grey hair. Grey makes your hair go all dry and grizzly, which is not what you want when you have frizzy curls in the first place. And that's why I color it. Heh.)

A couple of months ago, I was tempted to getting a Brazilian Blowout(TM). The very thought of waking up in the morning and not have to worry about my hair having plans significantly different from mine made me almost give in to it. However, I don´t like the idea of giving up the option of sporting curls if I feel like it. And I am just as stubborn as my curly hair.

Anywhoo, a long time ago, I had given a hair product a try. They claimed that they were the "Curly hair specialists." However, after trying it at the time, I was not convinced that they were. I did not find that this particular product was any better or worse than any other. So I moved on.

And then, lo and behold. Two months ago I rediscover this product at my local Sephora. This time, it's a starter kit. I pick it up, and realize that it comes with instructions.

Instructions? We don't need no stinking instructions!

Except that perhaps we do. This was a different approach than what I had done last time, which was simply washing my hair with their shampoo, putting the conditioner on and letting it air dry. This time, it told me exactly what to do with their three (not two) products, and even how to style it using hair clips and a diffuser.

Since the starter kit was as reasonably priced as these things go (and considerably cheaper than a Brazilian Blowout), I decided to give it a second try.

Bliss.

The darn thing works, and it looks even better the next day.

And the best part is, now I don't have to blow beaucoup cash on a Brazilian Blowout.

My hair and I have come to terms with each other. And we are very happy.

At least for now.

And this is it for today's lunch time entry.

Belfebe out.

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chargirlgenius
Feb. 3rd, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
Have you tried the "curly girl" method? http://www.wikihow.com/Follow-the-Curly-Girl-Method-for-Curly-Hair

I have discovered that I *have* to use shampoo with SLS, specifically dandruff shampoos, but generally, I follow some similar ideas when I want my hair to be curly. I wash, condition, comb while wet in the shower, wrap it up in a towel briefly, then scrunch in a leave in conditioner. Then I *don't touch* until it's dry. Alternatively, I wrap up in a towel again for a few, let down, and then scrunch in some sort of curl creme. But again, I don't touch.

So, what's the product? What do you do with it? Hm? Share with us other curly people! (I'm not as curly as you - I'm naturally wavy, which really just translates to frizz).
belfebe
Feb. 3rd, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
Ohhh! That's a nifty link you have there! :-)

The product is Ouidad, and they rock. I just didn't want to mention the name directly since I felt that it would sound like a commercial. But they are wonderful.
chargirlgenius
Feb. 3rd, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC)
I've heard of that! A friend suggested the brand when I was lamenting about my hair a while back.
belfebe
Feb. 3rd, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
Link
Ooopsie! I forgot to include the link to Ouidad. They have a number of videos on how to treat and style your hair. The trick with the clips should be there. :-)
belfebe
Feb. 3rd, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
One more link
This is the link that shows you what I've been doing. It really works. There's a ton of info on the site. :-)
chargirlgenius
Feb. 3rd, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
Re: One more link
Hmm, I'll have to try that. May or may not work for my hair, since the more I touch it the less it curls. But you don't know until you try!
kass_rants
Feb. 3rd, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
Re: One more link
It's worth a try. My hair curls less the more I touch it too, and this technique works for me. I was completely shocked, but it does.
kass_rants
Feb. 3rd, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
Curly Girls RULE!

Is it a product by Ouidad per chance? I use her stuff and it's AWESOME! My hair didn't frizz, even in the Caribbean!
belfebe
Feb. 3rd, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
Actually, yes, it is Ouidad. I didn't want to mention it by name since I didn't want to sound like a commercial. But it rocks!
kass_rants
Feb. 3rd, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC)
It really does. I've heard of her for years, but then a friend told me there's a local salon who has a stylist trained in her techniques. That's where I first hear about the "rake and shake". It's awesome!
jaine_parr
Feb. 3rd, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
My solution has been to cut that stuff off at the knees. I keep it short. When it was longer, I tried everything you listed. Naahh. I have broken hairbrushes attempting to deal with my hair.
belfebe
Feb. 3rd, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain...
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