*** I ask in advance for forgiveness for the following. Please forgive me for going on about my hair, rereading what I wrote I rolled my eyes at myself, but I thought the dynamic of my natural hair opposed to what I would like would play well against each other.
Isn’t it always the way? I was born blessed with the typical Asian thick straight glossy black hair. The type of hair that is wash-and-go. It looks pretty no matter what the weather, and I know this makes me sound full of my…hair, but I setting it up my story. By all accounts I should be grateful and happy with my hair, and for the most part I am, but (and I how it sounds that I have the nerve to say but) ever since I was little I dreamt of having curls in my hair. For some reason, as a small child, I thought that Carol Brady had pretty long blonde hair with curls. I think I was about four or five. I have no idea who I was referencing, or if it was just a figment of my imagination, but when I got older I realized that I was wrong.
As a girl I would beg my Mom and my Tías to curl my hair. If I was consistent enough they would acquiesce. Needless to say as a young girl I did not have the patience nor the tolerance to wear those curlers in my hair. Even if I endured long enough for it to dry with the rollers on my new found curls would not last very long. Within a few minutes my hair was poker straight once again. Eventually I realized that curls were not in the cards for me, and I relented to my straight fate. I learned to love my hair, but secretly I still longed for curls.
As a grown woman I realized that a curling iron, hairs products, and a textured cut can help me have curls for a little bit longer. Not for an extended period, after a few hours they would start to go straight again. It bothered me that I was frying my hair with heat, as it seemed like torturing my shiny locks, so it was a feat that I did not attempt often. In fact I have a straightener (don’t ask there is no logic behind the purchase) and a curling iron, both of which I paid a good deal of money for and take up real estate within my drawer. I am also quite lazy with my hair, being spoilt by the ease of just rolling out of bed and raking my fingers through as a style. So there they lie, waiting for the day.
However I do have these moments where I still wish for a bit of something different. Since it is Summer here, I’ve gotten it in my head that I could do with a bit of natural wave in my hair. What I do is put it in that half ponytail, you know the one that we all did in college where it’s a ponytail but the end isn’t pulled through all the way on the last round. Or I roll it in a bun. And normally do it while it’s wet and since it’s so hot it dries really quickly. Added benefit, it’s been so hot here that I need to get my hair off my neck and out of my face. To get that beachy look I sometimes spray it with a sea salt spray. I’ve been using KMS Sea Salt Spray. It gives your hair texture and bit of matte, so you have that fresh from the beach feel. I got a sample of Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray and plan to try that next. I’ve also used other texture products to hold the wave and body when I wanted less of a sticky feel. If you’re interested below are the two products mentioned. Click on them to take you to their site.
I hope everyone is having a good hair day,