Maxie just completed Day 3 and I only have one day under my belt. Eep.
One of the cool things about Levo League is that we have chapters of #LocalLEVO groups around the country (well actually, world). Maxie is the Community Manager and rocks. Unfortunately, she spends most of her time in California and/or flying back and forth around the country launching in new cities. So it’s extra special when she’s in NYC for our monthly team meetings.
Earlier this week, we were both commiserating over how much time we spend on our hair. Maxie has tight, bouncy curls and I have super out-of-control curls. (Maxie is also from Texas and keeps a teasing comb with her at. all. times. Seriously, roll over her photo on our team page.)
Maxie casually mentioned that her friend decided to go one full month without straightening her hair. To us, we agreed, going curly was similar to not wearing makeup.
Dealing with curly hair is obviously not the end of the world, but it does take a little bit of coordination, planning, and effort. When I was in Rhode Island this weekend, I was even more aware of how time-consuming and non-permanent the hair situation was. It was BEYOND foggy. Which translates to lots of frizz. I french braided my hair one day in the hopes of combatting the crazy, but ended up just giving up on Sunday. This was the result:
original shot on Unabashedly Prep
(Note: it was actually raining at this point and my hair was a total lost cause.)
Anyway… Maxie and I discussed how we needed to just embrace the hair we have and go with it. (Gulp.) The grass is always greener cliche absolutely applies here. Stacy will spend quite a bit of time curling her hair hoping to create great curls. And I’m over here blow drying and flat ironing the heck out of my hair looking for frizz-free pin straight locks.
Somewhere in the conversation with Maxie, I thought it would be an interesting experiment to actually not straighten our hair for a month. I have been trying to get a lot of writing in every day, but the time I have extra in the day is typically getting eaten up elsewhere. I figure that the 30ish minutes spent on my hair would be better devoted to writing. It’s actually perfect because my hair takes a while to dry, so it can begin to dry while I’m at my desk.
I’m committing to this. I am a teensy bit worried… I was thinking ahead to everything that is coming up events/parties/dates wise and I’m going to have to barrel through. I think it will be good!
It takes 21 days to break a habit (guarantee that fun fact will come in handy one day), so here’s to hoping that I can break the straightened hair habit!!! I think it will be healthier for my hair (duh), but also a good reminder to just embrace me.
Would you be willing to go a month without straightening (or blowdrying or curling or whatevering) your hair? Anyone want to join me?
PS I’m officially stocking up on product for curly hair, suggestions are welcome! (I normally use Dove hairspray or Garnier Fructis Curl Shaping Gel Spray.)