|shampoo + hairpins July 2012|
Therre are myriads of ways to overcome your hair's natural tendencies, and coerce it into doing what you want. But I have found that badgering my hair into my ideal of Perfect Hair takes a lot of money, time, and chemicals, which are three things that I am no longer interested on wasting on my "do".
In college, I had my hair highlighted blonde a few times. But my hair was long...and thick...and wow, did it take forever of sitting in that chair for the job to be done well! I liked how it looked, sure, but not the price tag attached to it. Then I bought a straightener, but used it less than 50 times in 4 years. We just sold it on Ebay for $75, and I am glad to be rid of one more thing in the bathroom drawers, and $75 in the black. I threw out my old bottle of hairspray, and gave away my big hair clips and curly styling brush.
I have a wonderful hairdresser, and she says that one reason she likes her job so much is that she "loves making people feel pretty." I know that I like feeling pretty, and that my hair is definitely part of that equation. Thankfully, I am now content letting a simple shampoo and some hairpins do the trick.
There are some things about my hair that I'm still not keen on. But I refuse to despair or fight to change those things any longer. It is quite liberating to be content with the hair God has given me!