Why? Well, let's admit it -- our hair is an important frame for our faces and an expression of our identity (I think we curly-heads feel that especially, somehow) and petty or superficial as they may be, my concerns about mine demand and deserve some space in any honest representation of my daily life, which this blog purports to be.
So, here goes. Going through our travel pictures from last month, I kept being dismayed at my appearance -- not in all photos, but many showed my hair being a bit limp and a bit too tight to my head for my liking, plus I was impatient at still not having any of the promised length at the chin -- I've had the style for at least six months now, and although Ronei was supposedly working with me at growing the sides out, I think she kept cleaning up too much. Besides which, as fast as curly hair grows, it can equally quickly tighten itself up into shortness -- the length was revealed when the hair was wet or straightened, but dry and curly there was not enough to soften my aging chin.
I think the problems were probably exacerbated by the different shampoo and water in London and Paris -- I didn't bother packing my Aveda shampoo and conditioner, making do with some T&G products we picked up at Boots (rather than exceed my carry-on allowance, doncha know!). At any rate, without volume, the part was not flattering, and/or I wasn't styling it correctly. And I was starting to wonder if Pater might not have been right: maybe the darker colour with the bright (ish) red highlights was less flattering to my skin tone.
Looking over the top three photos (and the very top one is taken in front of the same garden at the Musée du Quai Branly that foregrounded the Eiffel Tower in the last post), you can see what I mean about all these issues.
So two weeks ago, I told Ronei that I wanted to go light again, and she put in all kinds of great highlights for me. I also begged her not to snip a millimeter more than required on the sides, and she happily obliged.
And coincidentally, because I'd run out of my usual product (Tigi Curls Rock), I dipped into a reserve tube of Aveda Be Curly which I usually find lacks the hold I'd like. I mentioned this to Ronei (whose salon is all Aveda), and she pointed out that it's not meant to hold, but to be used in tandem with a "holding" product. The Be Curly's job is to make the curl behave better, which I admitted it did -- plus I love the way it erases the crunch I get with the Curls Rock. And you know how great Aveda smells, right?
Anyway, I started using it regularly in combination with whatever holding gel -- I've combined it with Curls Rock, with Aveda SapMoss, and when those are all used up, I have an Aveda Brilliant product Ronei recommended. And I'm getting curls I love AND they stay in place reasonably well without frizz. Besides which, I've been getting all kinds of compliments about the colour, so I thought I'd show you -- Honestly, I'm not fishing here, but I did think it worth sharing something about that process of trying out different cuts, colours, and products as well as trusting your stylist. And maybe even something about knowing when to do what you want with your hair rather than what your mate prefers -- but also being able to admit when he just might be right;-)
Here it is just-barely-dry in the morning -- all I do after washing/wetting it is put the product in, comb it into shape (with a pick which is all I ever use -- you do not want to over-do the "contact" with curly hair!), let it dry on its own (even in winter I do this), and then pick some volume into it later in the day.
So there you go -- excuse the narcissism, but hey, what are blog girlfriends for if not to share hair stories . . .
(Oh, and guess what? -- my daughter and NOLA arrive today -- we are going to have such fun, the first time my granddaughter has been to our island.)