For those of you who didn't know, my tight little curls are all natural. I've been a curly girl my whole life. Once I understood some of the keys of taking care of curly hair--keeping them well conditioned, no touching after they are dry, and so on--I've learned to love them.
But, after nearly 30 years of basically the same hairstyle I decided it was time for a change. I've been thinking about it for a long time, but last week I took the plunge and permed my hair straight. It took four hours for them to relax and then straighten and then smooth and then set my very curly hair.
And straight it is! Wow. It feels so different.
Here is what my hair looked like before:
And here it is now:
One of the main differences between permanently straightening it and ironing it straight like I did a few times last year (my Christmas pictures) is that my hair still wanted to be curly--so it kinda formed some waves and had body and bounce. Right now it just hangs there--so board straight!!
I washed straight hair for the first time in my life this weekend. It feels SO DIFFERENT to wash straight hair. And, I had to go out and buy a hair dryer--and blew my hair dry for the first time in my life too. Crazy I tell you. Crazy.
I don't know how long it will be till I miss my curls and want them back. But, for now I am enjoying the change.
The other thing I worry (not real worry, just ponder occasionally) about is what to do when I have very curly roots and really straight hair. If you have any ideas or have dealt with that problem before, I'd be happy to hear your suggestions!