Thursday, June 10, 2010

The curly hair dilemma

Recently, I was reading a list of top hairdresser "do nots." You know, stuff that hairdressers hate about their clients. Like clients who don't tip, etc. One of the things on the list that hairdressers supposedly hate is "clients who doesn't respect their curly hair and blow it out even on high humidity days."

Speaking as someone who has naturally curly hair and lives in a high humidity state I was a bit miffed at this one. Yeah, yeah, I know. I should LOVE my curly hair. I've had hairdressers tell me I shouldn't blow dry my hair straight, use a flat iron, etc. Embrace your curliness! Only not all curly hair is the same. We don't all look like Keri Russell on a good day. Sometimes it just goes all Shirley Temple on us, or worse, starts sticking out in all directions, even ones we don't want them to go. And believe me, if you want your curly hair to go in the right direction, you have to work it. Which means, finger drying it with lots of sticky product to make it go right. For me it was kind of like hearing, "embrace your gray hair!" or for someone else "embrace your mousy brown hair. No highlights! No coloring!" Now I don't always blow dry my hair and straighten it because sometimes there's no use fighting mother nature and sometimes I actually do want to go curly. When I'm at the beach, I always go natural, but hey, even though I live in Florida I don't always hang at the beach, comprende?

The main character in TBOTMC has the same hair problem I do (imagine that). In the book's opening scene she's going on a big date, but because she lives in Florida, the humidity is high. So instead of channeling Julianna Margulies Good Wife, she ends up looking more like Julianna Margulies ER. Not that there's anything wrong with that. However, you can see how much happier Julianna is when her hair is blow dried out straight. Just sayin'.


Mel Francis said...

I don't think I've ever seen you with curly hair. Ever.

Marilyn Brant said...

You wrote this post ABOUT me, didn't you, Maria??! You've been talking to my disillusioned hair stylist, haven't you?? Hmm.


My fantasy as a child was to have hair as sleek as Cleopatra's. That never happened. I have never gotten over it.

Maria Geraci said...

Ah, Mel, the beauty of a blow dryer and flat iron :)

Marilyn, I used to roll my hair in beer cans in high school to flatten it out. Of course, my high school had no air conditioner, so you can imagine how well that worked!

Louisa Edwards said...

This is one of those times when I should probably keep my mouth shut, but I really can't relate to the whole humidity problem. My hair is so stick straight all the time; I feel like I'd be thrilled with a little frizz, just for body!


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