I keep meaning to sit down and write but then something else always seems to demand my attention. I realize I’ve barely written anything since I went back to work and I’ve been particularly bad in the past couple of months. I certainly haven’t stopped reading everyone else’s stuff, but I just can’t get my act together to spend any time in my own space. I don’t know what that means for this blog…
But, I do have something new to talk about right now. My hair!
I’ve always known that pregnancies can cause crazy things to happen to women’s bodies. I’ve heard about a lot of people whose feet grew (ugh, imagine having to replace all your shoes!) And, of course, after months of breastfeeding, many of us will never have full, perky breasts again (at least without some serious help). But what I never expected was the most recent change that just happened to me.
Ever since I was a pre-teen, I’ve always envied girls with curly hair. In the ’80s, my mom would spend hours painstakingly crimping my waist-length, pin-straight hair. Much to my dismay, my hair generally refused to hold a curl, so the crimped look didn’t last long. I tried braiding damp hair. I tried hot rollers. I even remember sleeping with my hair wrapped around some awful, foam-covered, bendy things in an attempt to have something other than perfectly straight hair.
By high school, I had given up and accepted that my hair was straight. One benefit of the absolute straightness, was that I didn’t even need a blowdryer to get it straight. I could wash my hair and let it dry naturally. It was still straight.
As I got older, things slowly began to change. My hair got a little frizzier and needed to be blow-dried in order to look smooth. After my first son was born, I noticed a bit of a kink (or one giant wave?) had appeared at the very back of my head. Kind of annoying, but relatively easy to deal with when blowdrying my hair. After my second son, I noticed the kink was more pronounced. When I’d finish drying my hair, it would never lie flat. There was always a bit of a zig-zag there. Kind of like this…
I wasn’t super excited about adding more time to my morning hair routine, but off I went to purchase a straightening iron. After washing and blow drying, a quick straighten was all I needed and my hair was good for a couple of days. Excellent. Everything was under control.
But wait! September arrived and it was the first week of school. I had to drop both kids off at their respective daycares one morning and it was a very hot and humid day. I had washed, blow dried and straightened that morning, right before we set off down the street. I was pushing the stroller and Littleman was scurrying along beside me in an attempt to beat the imminent rain. No such luck. A misty rain began to fall. I did my best to push the stroller with one hand while I held an umbrella with the other, but my hair got a bit exposed to the elements. When I arrived at work that morning and popped into the ladies room, I was greeted with a surprise. The whole top layer of my hair was wavy. The underside was still pretty straight because it had remained relatively dry, so I looked pretty weird. But, ignoring the weirdness, this was a bit of a breakthrough. Wavy hair?! Could it be possible?
I got some advice from my curly-haired friends and decided to play around with my hair to see what was really going on. I’m not gonna lie, I was pretty shocked with the results. It turns out my hair has COMPLETELY CHANGED since having kids. I’m now the proud owner of full-blown wavy hair.
I know I have a lot of experimenting and learning to do when it comes to styling my wavy hair. I still haven’t actually figured out how to make this newly-discovered hair look nice. I’ve purchased a couple of products (I’ve never used any products before so this feels so crazy) and I’m still trying to figure out what is the best combination of products and/or techniques to use. I want something that will hold the wave without making my hair super-crunchy and wet looking. I’ve tried to scrunch it to get rid of the crunchiness, but the more I touch it, the frizzier it gets. This will take some practice.
I definitely don’t see myself as someone who will wear her hair wavy all the time, but it’s kind of fun to finally have some hairstyle options (beyond down or ponytail).
Anyone else discover any weird changes after having kids? And, most importantly, any advice for styling wavy hair??