While cat/house sitting for my gal Jeanette, I used her shampoo and conditioner…for curly hair! “But you don’t have curly hair!” you might say. Well, the truth is, I do. I have naturally curly/wavy hair. It’s changed over the years and I haven’t always been kind to my hairs. I usually just blow dry it straight and get on with my day. Now that it’s short that task has decreased greatly and I am grateful for that. I have done so much to my poor hair over the years though. I go back and forth, embracing and hating, perming and straightening…never satisfied!
I found out a few years ago on a spectacular weekend getaway with my fave peeps in the world to Napa that most people have no idea that I have curls at all. I let my hair air dry one hot day and my friends were surprised. I usually don’t because humidity = the frizzness, but sometimes I just don’t give a shit, ya know? Mostly in the summer because who wants to blow dry when it’s so hot out? But while I was at Jeanette’s using all of her magical potions and products (which I then had to go buy some for myself for the most part) I willingly got my curls on!
At first I let them hang out because I was curious, but I sort of dug it. I felt like I was a bit different. A new look and all. So I did it again and again and pretty much everyday I was at her place after that first go. I hadn’t let my curls out like that in years! So, despite my better judgment, I give you my curls:
I encourage everyone to embrace anything about you that you’ve wavered on before. Let it loose and shake it out! Realize that you are fantastic and awesome, naturally! I know that it was part outsider shame that I hated my hair for so long. Especially the color (yes it’s natural, yes I used to hate it, I love it now though). I feel like this little exercise in self-acceptance was extra special because I did it entirely on my own, well alone anyway, and I chose to like it. I chose to do it willingly and with love.
Special thanks to Jeanette for allowing me to use all of her products and to E. Burden for inspiring me as usual and making me feel sane and awesome, even when I’m not feeling bad to begin with (though damn, gurl, you make me feel good when I am so very down). Also, they are both truly naturally curly headed gals, too. Love ya, ladies! <3