Body, Uncategorized

Of Curls and Things

Soooooooooooo (yes, this is a long so, not a short and snappy so), after IVF treatment in 2008 (that’s a post for another time), my straight as can be hair started curling. Yes, curling. Being a straight hair since birth girl, I didn’t have a clue what to do with these kinks, waves and curls that suddenly appeared on my once straight head.

See, straight! These photos were all taken prior to or early 2008.

So suddenly I had curls. And didn’t have a clue what to do with it. My solution was three fold.

  1. Perm it, that way the curls look the same every day
  2. Tie it up, all the time, that way I didn’t have to deal with the curls
  3. Cut it – funny thing, when my hair is short, it doesn’t curl, it starts curling when I grow it.

But as they say, a change is as good as a holiday, so about 18 months ago, I started growing again. And I coloured it (I’m currently a semi-blond). To a few people’s surprise, my hair started curling (I knew it was coming and decided I will perm it as soon as it’s long enough – don’t want to look like a poodle, now). But every morning I say to my husband “If my hair will only dry the way it looks when it is wet, I won’t have to perm it.” Enter my good friend Orcilla.

Orcilla introduced me to curly girl – a new world opened up for me! I am now almost two weeks busy with this routine. I won’t lie – it takes a lot of experimenting with products and techniques to figure out what works for your hair. But this morning my hair looks and feels amazing! (Thank you Mark Anthony for your 12 second Miracle Range.) No more dried grass. No dull hair. The curls still have to remember that they can actually curl, but wow! what an improvement! Of course I want my hair to look like the picture above this post, but this is only two weeks in.

This morning I found this wonderful blog by a hairstylist in America. I will share the link with all of you curly girls out there who (like me) don’t have a clue what to do with their curls.

If you are in South Africa, you will not find the products she recommends, BUT it is still extremely helpful advice.

I feel a girls weekend coming on …



(This photo will soon change, we’re doing a photo shoot on Sunday)


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