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Natural (ish) Hair

2014 November 22


For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of having straight, frizz-free, shiny Asian girl hair.

It always looked so stylish, so chic, so utterly effortless…and my thick, wavy, coarse-ish Romanian locks were anything but.

But I am happy to announce that 36 years into this little journey we call life, I have FINALLY learned to embrace my hair in all its natural glory.

Well, natural-ish (see list of products below).


It started with the bangs.

This isn’t the first time I have fallen for a thick fringe but this time it feels even better than in the past. It adds instant style to my every day look (which was getting a little yawn…) and more importantly, it goes really well with thick, wavy, almost FRIZZY hair!

Yes, frizzy is kind of my friend now. This is a happy day, indeed.

I love it when the bangs look a little choppy but still neat, and the rest of the hair looks texturized and real and the opposite of sleek.

It adds dimension and makes the bangs stand out more, injecting a cool, chic element to my look that I have been missing for a long while now.


And the best part? It’s almost effortless.

After I wash (I like Pantene Smooth and Sleek shampoo and conditioner for a little added control), I blow dry my bangs immediately just using my fingers for a tousled, natural look.

I use Living Proof satin serum on the rest of my hair and a little Moroccan Oil on the ends only for extra hydration.

Then I blow dry for maybe a minute, again just using my hands to actually build a little volume and bring out my natural wave.

Then I air dry. I just let it be.

If I need a hint of extra definition, I use a small amount of Bumble and Bumble Defrizz all over and maybe a hit of Oribe dry texturizing spray to finish it off.

And throughout the day, I actually find myself trying to make it bigger, wavier and full of extra volume, plumping it up with my fingers to add lift and body.

Smiling at all the sleek, shiny heads of hair that walk on by.

Finally embracing my own natural texture and shape.

Finally figuring out my coarse, Romanian waves.

Finally loving it.

It took 36 years to get here, but it’s a really nice place to be.

*photo credits: 1 | 2 | 3 

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  1. November 22, 2014

    Oh, I love this! You know what I learned after 41 years? Showering at night works better for me, particularly when coupled with this tip from a hairdresser: put conditioner in your hair while in the shower, comb it with a wide mouth comb, rinse. Don’t brush or comb it again.
    Works like a charm.

    I wish I could do bangs, but I have this very insistent cowlick that makes it a no-go!

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      November 23, 2014

      Ooh, good tip re conditioner. And yes, I used to be an at-night advocate too because it let my hair fall flatter when it dried that way. But now that bigger is better, I can air dry during the day too. Ha ha, the little things in life sometimes… 😉

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