We started off our Memorial Day weekend at a pretty little lunch spot in Napa Valley called Addendum. It's another one of Thomas Keller's restaurants, right behind our favorite one, and is such a pretty spot. Aaaand I'm showing off my natural hair, guys.
I don't know why it doesn't appear on my blog more often because most days I have it au naturale. The thing is, my hair is half curly, half just frizzy, and growing up I hated it. Probably I just didn't know what to do with it. I come from a big family with 7 kids, and every single person in my family has pin-straight Asian hair. So they were no help with my hair conundrum and I always wished I could have just been born with straight hair as well. So for years and years, through both high school and college I would straighten it. Every. Single. Day. And whenever I visited Korea I would get a straight perm.
Well you can imagine where that led me. My hair ended up horribly damaged, especially after I started coloring it, and it wasn't until a year or so ago that I was able to nurse it completely back to health. Since then I've learned to work with my curls, and I've found that they give back as much love as I give them. Now I take much better care of my hair, rarely using heat and also washing it less often. And when I want to show off my natural hair, I make sure not to comb it after the shower so that it can retain it's curls, use some serum, let it air dry, then I fill in the gaps by using a curling iron on any stray frizzies. It works pretty well and I end up blessed with some curly hair with very little effort.
It's interesting, though, how common my story is. I got a little package from Dove with their Quench Absolute line for curly hair and a book called Love Your Curls. The products are supposed to provide up to 4x more defined, natural curls and I loved them. And I especially loved the message in the book. I've really liked the campaigns Dove has been coming out with lately (remember the Dove real beauty sketches one?). In this book they talk about how only 4 in 10 little girls with curly hair actually think that their hair is beautiful (which was so true for me!), and how only 10% of women with curly hair are actually proud of their hair. It's essentially a collection of poems inspired by true stories from curly girls and talks about loving your curls. You can download an e-book HERE and personalize it to dedicate it to the curly girl in your own life.
Do you guys have any tips for working with natural curls?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.