May 11, 2010

I like big hair and I cannot lie!

060811_antoinette_vmed_2p_widecIn the south, there are certain things that we take very seriously and our hair is most definitely one of those things. When I was really small, I had the cutest little ringlets (not to brag), but as I got older and wanted to let my hair grow out, it turned into quite the frizzy mop. My mom didn't have a lot of experience with curls or how to style them (you tried Momma!), so my usual hair style was a tight French braid (ouch!) or that one time I had bangs and a short bob (NEVER AGAIN).

Because my hair isn't straight or even brush-able, I have been forced to adapt my methods of caring for it. I guess my best hair advice is this: do what works for you. The only reason certain rules came to be is they worked for the majority of the people, but if your hair goes against the need a new set of rules. If washing your hair every day works for you, be my guest. If I tried washing my hair every day, it would be as dry as a haystack and I wouldn't have time to do much of anything else. I wash mine about every third (fourth) day and only with conditioner instead of shampoo. Sound crazy to you? Maybe so, but it works for me. If we have similar hair, it might work for you as well. Otherwise I think you should try to figure out what works for your hair and run with that.

A few tips.....

1. Be brave: Want to try a complete new color or style? What's the worst thing that can happen.....(famous last words). No, but really. If you have a hairstylist that you trust (this is key!), he or she will try his/her darnedest not to let you down. And usually if you hate it, they won't let you leave until they've tried to fix it.

2. Be realistic: If you've seen my hair, you know that it will never look like this:  hts-383x300-gwynethpaltrow That doesn't mean I didn't spend much of the 90s trying to get it to, but come flatiron ever created could get me there. I finally decided to embrace the hair God gave me and try to make the best of it.

3. Be a mad scientist: Some of the greatest things I've used on my hair weren't even hair products. For years, hand lotion has been my go-to frizz fighter and it smells great too. Also, foamy shaving cream works in a pinch when you don't have mousse on hand.

hair stuff

{My current trifecta of frizz fighting power!}

me and camille curly hair

{My little sis & me a few years ago…curl power!}

Do you have any hair triumphs (or woes) that you’d like to share? Maybe a new product that just hit the market is your new go-to…or maybe an old stand-by is your fave? Let us all in on your little secrets!


  1. I am a shampoo junky but am in love and loyal to my olive oil shampoo. I buy it by the liter. I'm the opposite of you though, I have to go without conditioner b/c my hair is naturally oily.

  2. I will buy any and everything out there for my hair. I hotroll every day and am on a personal mission to bring big hair back. We're from the South - we love our big hair because the bigger the hair the closer to Heaven. That's why when describing someone's big, teased hair we say, "Girl that hair was just jacked to Jesus she had it so big!" It's great to be a Southern girl!

  3. I'm all for big hair but years ago, do to time restrictions, I put my hair in a bun and have kept it their since :-). I've always envied you curly headed beauties. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  4. I've spent so much time trying to straighten my hair and now I'm regretting it! It's like I woke up one morning and decided I loved my curl and then my hair just laughed at me and shamed me for trying to rip the curl out.

    But I've gone back to all the tricks I learned from you in high school and I think we'll (my hair and I - you know it has it's own personality) be okay.

    And thanks to you, lotion has been my frizz fighter for more than 12 years or so.

  5. Don't you know that I'm in the same boat as you! I've come to embrace the curls... my current workable concoction includes: Garnier Sleek and Shine smoothing milk + Tresemme Curl Care mousse + Suave extra hold hair spray. Working this week, at least... :-P

  6. I think your curls are wonderful. I think anything having to do with hair can be frustrating. My frustration throughout the years has been having too much hair, therefore it's majorly unmanageable. Then I became a hairstylist and learned how exactly I want my hair cut. I now know I need weight taken off but not thinned out. A great hairstylist will be able to fix a lot of hair problems with a problem solving haircut and products that work. I think it's important to have a relationship with your hair stylist so you can discover these things together. At least in a perfect world, that's how it should be.

  7. Ooh, ooh, I forgot to tell you, my aunt just got this thing done to her hair called the Brazilian blowout and it straightens the hair like that pic of Gwyneth (and it stays that way for a few months), but now the FDA is saying the products in it are not approved. Too good to be true I tell ya.

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