My curling iron and I have had a tight, yet often destructive relationship. I used it every day, all day as the only way to get my hair to behave. Up until this past July, my ends always had a tendency to get unruly and my hair always lay flat – sometimes too flat! Add to the fact that my hair is relaxed and is even more susceptible to breakage, it wasn’t helping my hair health to use the curling iron every single day.
This past July, I finally found a stylist I liked (the same one who did my blowout during my interview with Tippi Shorter) and I went in to get the much needed trim. My ends were damaged, splitting and breaking before my hair had a chance to grow longer. The overuse of heating products was definitely a culprit, along with the sun and salt damage that comes along with living in a coastal area. Now my hair has volume, my ends are better than ever, and I almost feel like I have a brand new hairdo. It’s amazing what a trim will do! So amazing that when I got home, my curling iron was not looking like the best friend I grew to know and love. I can’t control the sun and salt water from getting to my hair.
But I can control the curling iron.
So I had to give us some space, only using it to briefly touch up my bangs every now and again. Instead I have a new friend – my hair rollers! Do I look crazy after I wash my hair and every night I go to bed? Absolutely! But it’s well worth it! It helps maintain my new found volume and keeps my hair away from the heat as much as possible. Learning how to sleep in them requires some imaginative maneuvering but I finally have it down pact! It’s crazy because I get more compliments with my roller-set hair than I did before! And who doesn’t love that!
So, my dear curling iron, you have now become an acquaintance. It was fun while it lasted!
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