Hair Update

Posted on: Friday, December 30, 2011

It has been a while since I posted about starting to let my hair go curly/natural, so I thought I should update. I don't make a habit of taking pictures of myself, so here's a couple Kyle snapped of me Christmas morning trying on my new raincoat while my hair was still drying (I do not wear it down! and Kyle does not normally take pictures).

My feelings on my hair vary from day to day, mostly. I like that it is curly. But I haven't found a way for it to be curly and NOT a tangled, dry mess. I condition daily and usually leave in a little conditioner too, which keeps the frizz down a little. Maybe once a week I use Miss Jessie's, which cuts down on the frizz and allows the curls to keep their shape more defined (due to lack of frizz), but I am still not too fond of having goop in my hair too frequently (hence the once a week or so use).

I guess what I have to decide is what I want to do with my hair, eventually. I don't really like most black hair styles I've seen, and I think most wouldn't suit me well or feel comfortable with. I don't want it really big and I don't want it short. There seem to be two schools of thought when it comes to first attempting going natural. You could either cut the straightened hair right away, or gradually grow your hair out while gradually cutting the straight hair. I definitely wasn't going to cut it down to the new growth right away, though I did cut a couple inches off a month or two ago (but I do that every once in a while anyway). At this length, when it is dry and down, it forms something of a semicircle about my head; poofy and uncontrollable and not an attractive look. It will take some time to grow out more curly length so I will have to see how it turns out once the curls grow out a bit more. There are a lot of tight little curls, and bigger, looser curls giving way to wavy hair to straightened hair. In general: it is very curly, very thick, and I still don't know what to do with it. Kyle said he likes it, but he also kissed me when I was sick and gross, so I don't know if my husband is the best non-biased judge (but I appreciate his support none the less). I might try some products from Curls next, and invest in a different brush/comb that doesn't just pull my hair out (is there such a thing?!).

I also have to figure out what to do with my hair for the wedding. Yikes. Wedding. I think I will have to go to a hair place and have them do things to it and we can see what works (when and where this can happen, I do not know). When I was trying on dresses we came up with an idea I like, but how it would work and hold up for hours would need to be figured out, especially since my hair could be quite different come June. Most of the pictures I see of wedding styles are white ladies with perfect straight hair or even perfect curled hair, so I have no idea if anything I've seen and like will work on me. The hair adventure continues...

- From the desk of Mrs. M


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