Saturday, June 28, 2008

Curly Hair Vs. Straight Hair


Today I tried something I haven't done in a very long while. I decided to stop fighting my wavy/curly hair. I have always wanted it to be straight, and have never really been able to figure my hair out. I recently started visiting a naturally curly hair website, and started to learn a lot about how to enhance curls. When I was younger and my hair was shorter, my hair had a lot of curls. I remember being at camp back when the short and feathered in the front and long and curly in the back hair was popular. I just described a glorified mullet didn't I. Oh well, I guess I am showing my age. Anyways, I remember these super popular girls at camp had perms, and were scrunching their curls in the back. I started doing that with my unpermed hair, and got the same looking curls. My dad has super wavy hair, and it would curl if he grew it long enough. My grandpa (my dad's dad) had ringlets when his hair was longer, so I know where I get it from! I have fought so much with not wanting it curly/wavy since growing long. I wanted it to be silky smooth. I realized that probably isn't going to happen unless I use a flat iron, which would fry my hair so I don't want to do that. So this morning after I washed my hair, I actually scrunched my hair to bring out the waves. I put some aloe vera gel on it to tame the frizzies. I added a spray on gel that was silicone free that I found at the store yesterday that enhances curls. I was amazed at how my hair looked. The picture is how it looked today. The ends look uneven, but it is just because the ends keep curling. The wave really came out, and the frizz wasn't there. So I guess I am going to embrace my curls instead of fight with them. Wow, what a new concept for me!

9 comments:

SchnauzerMom said...

Wow your hair looks gorgeous, all those lovely curls and waves!

Jules said...

Perhaps I should try this too. I don't think my hair's as wavy as yours though (and definitely not as gorgeous as yours). I wish my hair was either straight or curlier: I hate this not-one-or-the-other type that I've got.

Jen said...

Thank you Schnauzermom!

Jen said...

Jules, honestly you could be my hair twin because your hair is so much like mine. So if you think my hair is pretty, that means yours is equally pretty :). I can tell, just from the pictures, that your hair is really wavy. I wonder if your hair would be really wavy too if you used stuff to bring out the waves? Before I started working on the waves, I couldn't stand how my hair looked when I didn't curl it. In all my Loom pictures, it was always curled with some kind of sponge rollers first. That always seemed to tame my frizz. It always looked frizzy otherwise. At least to me it looked frizzy. Jeff said it wasn't, but I just felt like it always looked frizzy. I think it looked frizzy because it was so wavy, and I wasn't using anything to help the waves. I was amazed at how little frizz I had when I used the gels this past week. I just bought an Aussie brand called Tizz No Frizz. It has no cones in it. I am going to try that next. All the stuff I bought doesn't have any cones in it, so I won't have buildup. I'm hoping I keep getting good results!

Jules said...

Ok, you've got me eager to try this. I wonder if I can get the Tizz no Frizz brand here? Like you, I feel my hair often looks frizzy and I prefer it when I've curled it (which I'm often too lazy to do). You should see all the photos I reject before finding one to post on the Loom! and usually because my hair looks too frizzy (to me anyway - my DH is like yours and says it's not frizzy).

April said...

I LOVE your hair Jen! And I really like it with the waves accentuated. I wish I had MORE waves. Why are we always wanting what we don't have? I remember when I first discovered I had some wave in my hair, I was thrilled! I didn't know they were there because I'd been perming my hair for 20 something years. Why oh why? Anyway, when my hair is about BS length I can scrunch and get great waves and volume (you can see in my siggy pic on the Loom), but not at this longer length. Yours is long and STILL wavey. Just beautiful.

Jen said...

Jules, I tried the Tizz No Frizz for the first time today. I have to stay that it did help a lot with the frizz, but didn't bring out the curl/wave nearly as much as the Garnier Fructis Curl Shaping Gel. Both the Aussie and Garnier Fructis gels don't have cones. The Garnier Fructis worked really well to bring out my curls. The Tizz No Frizz made my hair just barely wavy, almost straight. No frizz though! I like that! Can you find Garnier Fructis or Aussie stuff in NZ?

Jen said...

Thanks April! It is true that we always want what we don't have. Your hair is how I want mine to be! Smooth and silky. I remember seeing pictures of your hair when it was shorter when you would plop it to get the waves to come out. Your hair is beautiful both wavy and straight!

Jules said...

Hi Jen, Just letting you know I read your comment. Not sure if I can get those products here but will have a look around. What I've often found though is that product formulations are different between countries and those without cones sold in the US often have cones in the same product sold here. Now why is that? But I guess I could always try this with aloe vera gel or something like that.