Today’s post is going to be completely off topic, and I hope you will forgive me. But I kind of feel like I need to explain something. Especially as I plan to do more posts with myself in them this month.
I have curly hair.
Should that even be such an admission? I think the only reason I feel like it carries import is because the online persona I display on this blog mostly has straight(ened) hair. See my profile picture at the top left? (For reference, my blog layout has changed since I wrote this post, but the pic I’m referring to is here.) And if you click through the posts under Sewing for Me, you’ll find exactly 4 in which no part of my hair has been blow dried, curled, pulled back and/or straightened. In fact, these are the only pictures with my hair in something close to its natural state (not counting the posts from this week).
So my actual hair routine now (in case anyone cares) is to clean my hair using just the water in the shower most days. I’m down to shampoo use about once/week. And I used to think I had oily hair, but I am amazed at how it is not oily as I cut back on shampoo (first to about every other day, then twice a week, and so on). When I do shampoo I’m using Burts Bees Baby Bee Fragrance Tear Free Shampoo & Wash, just because I had some since that’s what I use on the boys, and is technically not even shampoo because it’s a body wash too. I use lots of (cheap! only $0.78) V05 conditioner, and a pea size drop of (also cheap!) Aussie gel. I don’t dry my hair when I get out of the shower, instead plopping it into a t-shirt, then if I need to dry I use a diffuser. And I’ve pretty much stopped using my hairbrush in favor of my fingers.
This is so much faster than my old routine of straightening. So I think you’re going to be seeing a lot more curls around these here parts. I won’t say I’m in love with my hair, but at least I’m beyond wanting to divorce it (for now. Which, incidentally, I have done a few times. Like Michelle Williams pixie cut divorced. But with my hair, I’ve come to the conclusion that short is just as much, if not more, work to style).
Ok, fess up. Who else has curls? And how do you care for them? And more importantly, have you figured out how to love them instead of fight them? Because if you have I want to know the secret.
Thank you, readers, for letting me get that off my chest. We shall return to regularly scheduled topics (do I even have any of those?) tomorrow.Get access to my free pattern gallery - sign up for my newsletter!