Then I colored it red for a while and it looked like Jenny Lewis hair and I was in heaven.
My bipolar meds, however, had caused my hair to thin out and my body chemistry to change and it was getting harder and harder to take care of my thinning, sweaty hair.
Then I cut it all off and bleached it and it looked horrifying.
So gold. So frizzy. The worst.
Sometimes it looked really good. But that was if I had hours to do my hair. Most of the time I did not and my bangs would take on a lumpen, stiff shape that did not look very natural.
Yeah mid-summer humidity would take what was a cute ponytail look and do this to it:
Oh how I hated this look.
Nine months later and I had finally toned down the brassy, obsessively flat ironed locks to a cooler brown. One morning, forgoing the flat iron, I discovered baby waves.
My hair had somehow done this all by itself without a comb or any hair tools.
I began researching frizz-free ways to achieve wash-n-go hair.
I began to stop using towels and using cotton shirts or microfiber towels on my hair. Here is my hair wrapped up in a shirt. I used to do this for hours.
This time I tried a different technique involving scrunching and such and this happened:
Starting that April I decided to totally go for the curly girl method and switched to using exclusively Deva shampoos and conditioners on my hair which contain no silicones, sulfates, or parabens. I wanted my actual hair to begin healing from all the bleach and flat ironing of the past year and be open to moisture and proteins. I began using various custards and gels for hold.
By May I had trained my hair to do this:
By September it had become even curlier after my first curly cut in July had grown out a bit.
I got my second curly cut around Halloween and just a few days ago I started experiencing bigger natural curls!
|Photo Credit: Natalie Voytek, January 1, 2017|
Sometimes I look at people with straight hair and bangs and miss my old look.