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Attention Curly Girls!
Check out these 3 mentions of Mythbuster Beauty on the Devachan Salon website! Pretty cool n’est pas?
In embracing my natural curl, I have dramatically changed my methods of taking care and styling my hair.
If you are not familiar with the No-Poo, water-soluble silicone, air drying, no brushing, deep conditioning, cool final rinse, finger scrunching, hair plopping, and hair clipping terms associated with the “Curly Girl” Method, I have some good reading for you.
“Curly Girl,” by Lorraine Massey: A great introduction to the entire concept and theory behind the correct way to manage your fabulous curls. Massey is the Queen when it comes to the curly girl method.
“Curl Talk,” by Ouidad: Another marvelous book about curly hair from the famous NY hairstylist Ouidad. Her methods are similar but have some slight variations from Massey’s techniques.
Naturallycurly.com: Articles, Reviews, Shopping, and Forum all on one amazing site. All the women that manage NaturallyCurly are extremely knowledgable and friendly. You can determine your hair type according to Andre Walker’s hair classification system, and join a forum to address your specific hair type and hair concerns. They discuss everything from your favorite drug store brand conditioners, to ways to select a great hair stylist.
I was recently honored to receive the title of, “Curl Ambassador,” from Michelle at NaturallyCurly.com.
Here is my acceptance speech:
People of planet Earth,
- Do you suffer from dry, damaged, frizzy, uncontrollable hair?
- Do you spend an inordinate amount of time blow drying and styling your hair, only having to do it again day after day?
- Does the weather tend to dictate your hair style and your mood?
- Are you just tired of fighting against your hair?
Maybe you have been going about your hair all wrong. Maybe, you have CURLY HAIR!
Read the above mentioned curly hair books, and check out the Naturallycurly.com website. You may not think you have curl, and after using the curly hair methods for 3 weeks, might discover something very different about yourself. Many of us are in denial about our curls.
How about a little show and tell story? This is a story about my hair, and it is a bit of a sob story. Here is my picture at the age of 2 in 1971 with my older sister, Monique, and younger brother, Eddie. Can you guess which one I am?
My sister has always had stunningly gorgeous, very dark brunette hair. She could wear it short, or easily grow it very long. She had just the perfect balance of waves and thickness.
In the early 80’s when the style was “preppy,” she could wear perfect wispy bangs and draw the rest back with a stylish pink and green ribbon headband. On lazy mornings, she could sweep it all up in a ponytail, simple and elegant.
When hair styles went bigger and wavier in the mid 80’s, she got a body wave perm. Monique could then style it any way she pleased: full and wavy, or blow dryer straight with curled ends. Yes, I thought my sister had the perfect hair, and I was always green with envy.
I was born with very little hair, and the little hair I had the nurses immediately shaved off. After my delivery, I had some breathing issues and severe jaundice that led to having an IV being placed in my scalp. After a few months, my true hair started coming in. My hair had the appearance of yellowish downy feathers like what you see on a baby duck.
As I got older, and my hair grew, my mother tried several things and consulted with many women at the local beauty shops. At the age of 2, she gave me my first home perm in hopes of giving it some curl and control. I can remember at times standing next to my Mom in the checkout line at the grocery store, or at church, and someone would ask her, “What happened to your daughter’s hair? Bad perm or something?” It always amazed me how people would make these comments and think I didn’t understood what was being said, or that I wouldn’t feel badly about their statements.
I have many memories of my Mom trying to brush my hair out in the morning before school. My scalp just grew accustomed to the pain. It was no use complaining. I just had to accept it. I usually would avoid looking at myself in the mirror as well. In the morning, my Mom would slick it down with Vaseline and water and pull it tightly into a pigtail. By the end of the day, it would be bursting out of the pigtail all over the place. One big frizz ball.
When hearing the story of the Ugly Duckling, I truly believed that I was that duckling.
While growing up, I learned little by little how to try different techniques and products to make my hair look better. Luckily, by high school, I could actually make my hair presentable. It would take a lot of time and work. I usually would wake up at 5:30 am to have enough time to wash, blow dry, set curlers, and style my hair. And usually, if I went out again after school, I would need to re-wash and re-style my hair. .Seriously, the amount of time and energy I have spent on my hair is staggering to think about! And the end product still left me self-conscious and embarrassed.
That is until March of this year, when something inside me couldn’t do it anymore. I couldn’t torture, blow dry and fight against the hair God gave me one more day.
I believe it was nothing short of divine intervention that sent me to NaturallyCurly.com and Lorraine Massey’s book, “Curly Girl.” Without a doubt, these two sources of information have changed my life and given me a new found love and appreciation for my hair.
I only wish I had learned to be comfortable and confident with my hair before now. All those years of despair, feeling like an outcast and believing I had a flaw that made me different from other children. All that time thinking I was an ugly duckling waiting to become a swan when in fact I was an adorable little chick!
That is also what inspired me to create my blog and share these experiences. Writing out those memories still gets to me. I sincerely hope that we can empower each other by sharing our knowledge and building each other up. I want to get the word out so that the “little Jenny’s” out there can benefit from my experience and learn to accept themselves for the beautiful people they are! Embrace yourself and your hair, no matter what!
I have a very sweet seven year old daughter named Sarah. We live in a very dry climate and Sarah is constantly licking her lips because they feel dry and chapped. As we all know, this only makes the problem worse. Typically, cute little Sarah can be seen with a sore, cracked and very red upper lip all winter long!
As a mommy, I have been searching for lip balms to help Sarah keep her lips from being such a problem. Many of these balms have peppermint oil or something that causes stinging on an already sensitive lip. Aquaphor ointment, Chapstick, and good ol Vaseline serve well as non-stinging, inexpensive balms for chapped little lips (and big people as well).
However, every once in a while you come across a product like “Chicken Poop” lip balm and you have to give it a go, I mean, a try. On their site: http://www.ilovechickenpoop.com/, the founder Jamie Tabor Schmidt reports the name’s origin:
The Name….Chicken Poop comes from Jamie’s goofy grandpa replying to her complaint of having dry lips. He’d say, “I know how to fix those dry lips, I’ll rub some chicken poop on ‘em so you won’t be lickin’ ‘em.” Brilliant, don’t you think?
and further adds that:
THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS NO POOP!!
I purchased “Chicken Poop” lip balm through drugstore.com and they had a buy one get one free offer, only about $1.35 for both. When it arrived a few days ago, Sarah was very surprised and gave me a big smile when I showed her the label on the tube. “See,” I said while pointing to the label, “it really does say Chicken Poop, free range Chicken Poop!”
Not only has she loved using this lip balm, she proudly brought it with her to school the next day. After announcing to her friends that she uses “Chicken Poop” on her lips, one of her best friends Rachael questioned her claim. Sarah gladly displayed her lip balm to everyone in her 2nd grade class, now is that cool or what? Without a doubt, she has become a big fan of the stuff, Sarah Loves Chicken Poop!!!
One of my all time favorite comediennes that is frequently a guest on NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” is the darling Ms. Paula Poundstone. Her new book, “There is Nothing in this Book I Meant to Say,” is absolutely hysterical and if you don’t have time to read it, check out her audio CD book.
This really is leading somewhere, I promise.
Paula is a beautiful woman, so this is meant in no way to insult her looks. I want to focus on her hair for a moment. She seems to have very thick, coarse hair that probably gets very frizzy in humid conditions. I will assume it is also dry/damaged and difficult to work with. She will have to get back to me on this one (LOL!), but the reason I am commenting on this is simply:
How many of us out there have beat the snot out of our hair in the quest for beauty?
How many of us fight against what Mother Nature gave us? We say to ourselves, “If only it were straighter, thicker, less frizzy. If only there were some miracle product out there to make my hair behave!”
Is there a theme I keep mentioning in this blog? By gum, yes!
Apparently we all need some type of miracle, particularly when it comes to our hair.
At some future time I will get into my traumatic personal hair history, but for now, let’s talk about what we have tried, what we should avoid, and see what we find!
*If your hair sounds like Paula’s (and mine, I might add), you may be interested in a couple of books: “Curly Girl,” by Lorraine Massey and “Curl Talk” by Ouidad (the famous stylist with one name from NYC). What you might find is that you are approaching your hair entirely wrong and doing a lot of damage in the mean time. That really stinks doesn’t it?
**I also highly recommend this web site for great information about learning the “how to‘s” with curly hair: http://www.naturallycurly.com/