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Friday, November 8, 2013

On the Straight and Narrow


So I did something purely for vanity yesterday: I got a Keratin hair straightening treatment! 

After my failed attempt several months ago to embrace my curls (it's just never going to happen folks!), I resigned myself to spending every morning blow drying my hair as straight as possible.  Unfortunately, for some reason, my hair holds water like a kid holds candy, and if my hair has any moisture left in it, it just curls up again.  This means that it takes a long time to dry it.  I have to towel dry it very well and then let it air dry for about an hour (no joke!  I usually walk the girls to school with wet hair THEN come home and blow it dry) before I attempt to blow it dry (which takes at least another 5-10 minutes depending on how damp it still is).  Then, of course, I have to apply like 6 different oils, conditioners and potions.  If there is any humidity in the air, I have to put on a hat when I go out initially until the straightness is 'set'.  Pain in the arse!

So when one of those group coupon thingies came out with an offer of a Keratin treatment valued at $600 for $99, I jumped.  I bought it months ago, actually, but the treatment takes about 2 hours, and with my busy work and parenting schedule, I just haven't been able to fit it in.

Actually, now that I said all that, I guess it wasn't purely for vanity...it was for convenience of vanity...

And the result?


Please excuse the horrible photo...I can't take selfies, but at least you can see: it's pretty darn straight!  But the proof is in the pudding.  I am not allowed to wash it for 2 days...lovely since I work out every day...don't think I'll be getting much love from Adam this weekend!  But it made it through my workout and shower this morning (I pinned it up to keep it as dry as possible).

I'm actually pretty excited to finally live life like a straight-haired person.  But just for extra insurance, I also purchased a flat iron.  I had a bad experience with one years ago, but I think I just wasn't very skilled with the thing.  I guess we'll find out if I can pull it off now.

The girls love my new look and both want their hair straightened now (Little A's is pretty straight but Big A's is wavy and curly in humid weather).  Therein lies the problem with all of this: How do I undertake things like this while trying to promote self-acceptance in them?  I'll have to mull this all over this weekend...

Well I hope you have a happy, healthy weekend.  I have to work Saturday morning.  Little A has a birthday party and then both girls have Hebrew school Sunday morning and yoga camp Sunday afternoon.  So it's going to be a busy one for us.