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Monday, March 7, 2011

What's it to be? curly or straight?

For the longest time when growing up I wanted to have long flowing locks, for most the eighties I had short {new romantic} hair cuts. Then as I finished up school and made my way into the rat race I grew my hair long and would spend hours making it as big as I could possibly make it. Huge would be an excellent adjective for that mass of curly locks adorning my head!!!! Colossal even. Gargantuan.

I will confess to having a perm a time or two just to give it that extra oomph that I'm sure I didn't need. I never used conditioner and teased the living crap out of it, then sprayed what life was left in it until it stuck out three feet from my head like a mortified hay bail. I was gorgeous! just ask me.

My poor hair, it was exhausted and ravaged and dying for a break. I came to my senses somewhere in the mid to late nineties and would have it cut every six to eight weeks, conditioned and treated on a very regular basis to give me somewhat of a healthy looking crowning glory. It has been here and there between the two ever since. For some reason after the birth of my first little angel my hair decided to curl the heck up all by itself and I'm not talking waves here, I'm talking CORK. SCREW. FREAKIN. CURLS!!!! nightmare. I have managed to tame it the past few years with just a flat iron after shampoo/conditioning daily.

And then boom, Mama hits the ripe old age of 35 and some odd... and it started again. The cork screw nappy ass hair; what the eff is up with this shit??? Even the flat iron won't help and it's starting to look nothing less than frazzled... yes... Frazzle Rock.. that's me. So this past week I have investigated the wonderful world of Keratin. Where have I been? How do I not know about this product? Is it that the stylist has been hiding it form me because she's aware of the hilarity may hair is providing to the community at large? She didn't want to spoil the fun !  So having checked out all ... yes all... the reviews on Amazon I purchased me some of this miracle goop. I simply can't justify the expense of the full treatment at the salon which can be anywhere from $150 to $300... yes people $300!!! and may last about 6 months. However, being the savvy, penny pinching do it myselfer that I am I have discovered the anti-curl, the Kryptonite for my Supercurls, the bing to my bong. (I just made that last one up!).

I tried John Frieda Straightening Creme, Ion Straightener and I have the Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner from Coppola as well as their shiny spray stuff... (don't remember what that's called). Now of course I'm not using all these at one time, they have varying degrees of greatness and it depends alot on how much time I have to primp.... but my friends... well worth the itty bitty investment. Pennies well spent and I'm tickled pink with the results, smooth, shiny, healthy looking hair. And I guess the best part is that it's not permanent so if I want to curl it up some I can... oh yes I can...with alarming ease I can be Shirley Temple inside of three minutes flat.

So ... comments please... are you curly, not curly, wavy or stick straight??? and how to you attain your look? and what do you do to change it up? I'm blaming my ridiculous intake of vitamins for this change, or possibly the fact that being old as dirt my hair is trying to curl up in order not to drag on the ground when I stoop........thanks for stopping by!!


Coffeypot said...

Shave your head and wear a wig.

Buckeroomama said...

I'm stick straight right now thanks to a straightening perm --which I do about once a year. This is about the most wash-and-wear hairstyle for me. I can't be bothered with going to the salon every 2 months or spending time styling me hair every day. A few flicks of the brush and I'm good to go. :)

Char said...

straight, fine and tons of i just get a cut that works with that fact instead of against it. wash and wear baby - that's what i'm all about.

Brian Miller said...

well i shave my mohawk myself with a WAHL electric razor...typically i wash it with head and shoulders (easy to get dry scalp with really short hair) and use FRUCTIS fiber putty to muss and twist it into shape...for some reason i am thinking this is not helping you at all...ha.

Mandy's Kidding said...

Wavy. I start with Moroccan Oil Hydrating Styling Cream and then finish with Bumble and Bumble Grooming Creme. Then depending on how straight or wavy I want it, I either blow dry the hell out of it and flat iron it, or I let it go a little natural (but not too much).

I love productssssssss.

cate said...

fine, wavy, and low maintenance. but, i do hear good things about brazilian straightening... do you have that where you are? there are about 5 places in our neighborhood here in nyc that do it.

McGillicutty said...

wow so envious of the wash n wear folks. I can get a blowout for around$ 50 which will last three months or so but the products are doing a great job for now and i can still be curly when i feel like it. lovin coffeepots suggestion! hahaha