When I first began the curly girl routine, the buildup from cheap products was my worst enemy. Used to harsh shampoos, my scalp didn’t know what to do with all this cheap conditioner and nothing to cleanse it! The exfoliating brown sugar scrub recipe from Curly Girl: The Handbook quickly became my scalp’s best friend. It was a weekly habit that that first year of going curly.
“Oh, you got your bangs cut!”
I always cringe when I hear how easily my bang trim job gets noticed. Especially when it’s my little girl whose bangs got cut just a bit too short.
It’s kind of like how I have to tell myself to stop adding ginger or chili powder when I think a bit more is needed; I have to tell myself to stop snipping the bangs when they seem just a bit too long. Because likely, after the soup has cooked or the bangs have dried, they will be just right.
I was born with a head full of curly hair. Well, actually, I was bald. But as soon as I got hair, it was snarly and kinky and very ill-behaved. One of my earliest memories was of me sitting on a stool in the bathroom, holding on to the doorknob for dear life so I wouldn’t fall off while my mother tried to scalp me
Recently a friend remarked casually that she had woken up that morning to find her hair looking wavy and lovely. She didn’t even style or do anything to it before heading off to class.That has never happened to me. I’ve always labored over my hair. Sometimes I loathed it. Sometimes I love it. Thankfully, I’ve found a way to keep the latter happening more often.
“Where there’s a wave, there’s a curl,” says Lorraine Massey. And she should know. Not only did she start a group of hair salons that cater to curly heads, but she was the author of the original Curly Girl handbook that began a “curly revolution” among my friends (not to mention the rest of the country!).