What’s Your Natural Hair Texture Like, and Do You Style to Emphasize It, or Style to Change It?

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Let’s chat about hair, homie.

My natural hair texture falls into a couple of different categories. The top layers of my hair have a very loose wavy pattern, and the right side has tighter waves than the left side. This weirdness/uneven curl pattern business made finding a hair stylist a nightmare adventure, and speaking of that, when my friend Alis, who has been doing my hair for years — she lives in Las Vegas now but comes back to the Bay Area every few weeks to do her clients’ hair — finally decides that she’s over traveling and stays in Vegas for good, I’m gonna cry so many glittery tears…

Anyway, what was I saying?

Oh, yeah! — that whole uneven curl pattern business has led to many disastrous haircuts over the years, with the right side ending up shorter than the left. It’s been a verifiable pain in the @ss.

To make matters even more complicated, underneath my top layers my hair is straight, so I have TWO different textures going on, and at this point in my life, I don’t really do anything to fight it. I kind of just go with the flow. At the most, I’ll wash it and let it air dry, then use a large-barrel curling iron to add some waves around my face to kind of get them to curl out and away from my face.

But, girl, you should’ve seen my hair in the the mid-’90s and early-2000s. Basically, I fought the law, and the law won.

No, really, I fought my waves so hard. Straight hair was the thing, and this was way before the era of flat irons, so I had to use a round brush, a hairdryer and lots patience to blow out my hair. I had straight hair from like 1996 to probably about 2006… It took a lot of effort to fight the waves.

Now I just go with it. It’s just so much easier, and my hair is in much better shape.

So, what’s your natural hair texture like, and do you try to go with it, or do you like to change it up? Let me know in the comments.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Shoot, I just realized that I didn’t even watch ONE scary movie this Halloween. I usually at least watch the original Halloween (the one with Jamie Lee Curtis).

P.P.S. Well, it looks like Connor Claire finally has her first real cold. She was very uncomfortable all night. That other cold-like thing she had a couple months ago turned out to be teething, I think, but the symptoms were just like a cold, except that they went away overnight. This time, though, really seems like a cold. Poor thing is currently not very happy.

She had tons of fun trick or treating, but then around bed time her nose really started running, and it went downhill from there. Her Uncle Tabby has been very attentive and trying to cheer her up.

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