I’ll be honest with you: I’ve never known how to do my hair. Sad, I know. I’m thirty-three and wear my hair the same way I did in high school since I don’t know what to do with it. It’s very long, but it’s always…blah. If there was an award for ‘Most Boring Hairstyle’, I would probably win. This doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement because I know my hair has potential…there are people with long hair that look put together all over!
The hairdressers and stylists at the salon seem to know how to make it look oh-so-beautiful. HOW can I make my hair look as beautiful as they do? I have tried. Oh, how I have tried. I have bought the hair dryer, the curling iron, the straightener, the hair spray. I’ve spent upwards of forty-five minutes curling or straightening my hair to realize, only a few hours later, that either the curls have gone limp or disappeared, or that my hair magically gained a random curl or two when I wanted my hair to be straight. Since my amateur efforts have proven worthless, I have relented to just letting it air dry or doing a quick blow dry, leaving the house looking ‘blah’, and ending up with it in a ponytail or matronly bun by the end of the day. I never put any effort into it during the week (and let’s be real, weekends too).
I have always wished that I knew how to make my hair have that salon oh-so-beautiful look and was just given the gift to learn how. Believe it or not, my graduate class has assigned me a project to research something I have always wanted to learn (hair styling counts!) using only YouTube and discussion forums. So, let the games begin!
On YouTube, I have found a number of great videos that show women curling their hair with curling irons. Already I’ve learned some new techniques: holding the curl after you’ve removed it from the barrel, when to hairspray, and the different ways to hold the curling iron. My coolest discovery, however, is heatless curls. Apparently, I can wrap my hair in special twist braids and wake up with perfect curls! I hope it works because that will be a crucial time saver for those weekday mornings. Here we go!