We always want what we don’t have. If we’re flat chested, we want to be bigger on top. If we have fair skin, we want to be tan. Taller, shorter, blond, brunette, if there’s one thing most of us have in common, there is at least one thing we want to change about our physical appearance. Fortunately, changing my hair style is one of the easiest things I can do, and it doesn’t require major surgery or expensive procedures.
As a child, I had naturally curly hair, very similar to Shirley Temple (do any of you remember who she was).
As I aged, my hair texture changed (as did the color), and now it’s generally wavy, with some parts that are straight closer to my roots and other parts that still curl into ringlets near the back of my neck. Most of my adult life I have fought with my hair’s natural tendency to wave and have used a variety of methods to straighten my hair.
While I do enjoy wearing my hair straight, lately I have been experimenting with how to work with my hair and wear it wavy/curly. I think I have finally come up with a method that works for me, although there is always room for improvement. Before I go into the whole process, I should remind you that my hair is colored, very dry, and that I don’t have to wash it more than once every 4-5 days.
Here’s how it goes:
- In the evening, I wash my hair with whatever shampoo & conditioner are in rotation in my shower. Lately, due to the dryness in the winter air, I’ve been using a more moisturizing shampoo and conditioner from Giovanni 2Chic, called Avocado & Olive Oil Shampoo and the accompanying conditioner.
- After I shower and towel dry or air dry my hair a bit, I put in my little “cocktail” of hair products-It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Treatment, followed by a mixture of It’s a 10 Smoothing Cream and Aveda Smooth Infusion Style+Prep Smoother, with a bit of Moroccan Oil on my ends.
- I then leave my hair loose and go to sleep.
- In the morning, my hair is dry, and VERY wavy/curly and BIG. However, I also look like an escapee from the insane asylum. Time to work with the hair!
- While my curling wand is heating up, I spray my hair all over with a heat protectant. My favorite is the Suave Professional Heat Protectant Spray. It’s cheap and it works!
- My absolute favorite clipless curling wand is the Cortex 4-in-1. It comes with four different sized wands, but the one I use the most is the 1 ¼ inch barrel.
- I then clip my hair up, and go through layer by layer, curling the hair in 1-2 inch sections.
- Once I’m all done, I run my fingers all through the hair, and I’m ready for the day!