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04 November 2012 @ 01:57 am
Today I did something I haven't done in years: I let my hair just do what it wanted.

Now, I come from a Family of Frizz. I have nightmares of frizz, of waking up to find myself quickly growing frizzier until I am a frizzmonster out to envelope the whole world in the static strands of my frizz! It's terrible.

Usually, if I leave my hair to do what it wishes, it heads in that direction. I reign it in with my Plait of Power, which I use immediately after a shower (or any event of Getting Wet) to bend my hair to my will. It must then stay that way until it is Completely Dry before I let it out to play--and even then not for long and with great care, because as soon as the strands start getting adventurous I quickly head toward The Nightmarish Frizz Monster.

I shall share a picture of a very good hair-day from back in the days when my hair ran free:

I'm 17 there, just a few months after I'd come of age in the witching world. If you ever wondered what I looked like shortly before graduating from Hogwarts, there you go. It's not a very flattering picture of me--just my hair--as I was leading the Senior Youth Service at my congregation and was about to lick my lips for singing as the picture was taken.

But today I did not utilise the Plait of Power. Instead, I did my detangling in the shower and "scrunched", as it is apparently called: instead of fingering products through my hair, I scrunched it all up toward my head to work with the curl instead of flattening it down. I just used a bit of conditioner and almond oil because I am cheap and am not going to buy any other sort of product unless I am close to positive that it will work with my mop of mane.

Then I did something even sillier: I "plopped" (curly-girls have such odd terms, it's great). Used a long-sleeved shirt on my chair, bent over, put my curls down on the shirt, wrapped it over my head and tied it so my hair started drying in its curled form near my head. I had less than an hour for it to stay this way and I have a lot of hair so I knew it wouldn't dry my hair all that much, but would still have something of an effect.

This was also the point my mother walked in on me and started laughing her eyes out because mothers seem to have this innate alarm as to when their children (daughters especially) are doing something embarrassing. The cheek of that woman, to laugh so heartily at my attempts to cure myself of the genetics I got from her line that haunt me so terribly. Wench!

So I scrunched and I plopped and I pulled the curls down. I did frizz throughout the evening, as I expected to as it dried, but in the end...not so horrible. I didn't end the world in a frightening fritz of frizz. After the coffee house, I even had my mother take pictures.

In an imaginary world in which all lights are soft and no ocular devices are HD, this is what my hair would look like:

Unfortunately, this is not such a world.

Instead my hair looked like this, and the frizz is discernible:

This was my failed attempt to capture the hair around my face when my mother went upstairs for a moment:

But it is proof that I still have a face. It's not a bad face, all things considered.

Another picture from my mother for a successful shot of the front of my hair:

And a picture that about sums up my relationship with my mother (and also captures the volume of hair around my face):

She said, "Now don't smile." Contrary as I am, I not only didn't smile, but frowned suspiciously at her request. I'm also amused that my fringe/bangs seem to take the natural form of a triple-helix.

So there we have my experiment. It's funny how much I love hair with volume on others and yet tend to fear it for my own hair. Perhaps because I'm still not used to it; during most of the childhood I can actually remember I had long hair that was mostly straight with the hint of waves. I only noticed the real volume when I was 16 and as soon as I could get it back in a ponytail and plait again I started doing that to hide away from the volume again. Now I'm on a mission to embrace the volume and curls, especially if I can find a product that actually does work wonders for frizz. The next part of my experiment occurs tomorrow, when I see what Day 2 hair looks like (it's in a loose plait at the moment so I can sleep without tangling or strangling myself). My next experiment will be plopping over-night, to see if there's less frizz when it does more drying inside solitary confinement.

This is probably way more than you ever wanted to know about hair, but I also know it's an insider's POV for Long Hair that isn't all that common, so I thought I'd include it.

In case you hated it, have a picture of three deer munching away in our back yard:

(Not great quality--mediocre camera and they're actually quite a ways away; this is full zoom.)

I also spent hours working on a lesson plan ("Nurturing the Spirit") for Religious Exploration tomorrow with the youth; I didn't like the lesson plan set out by the curriculum as it felt a bit too much like school and tried to cram too much stuff into too little time. We'll see how my version goes!

[Crossposted from dreamwidth.]
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minervas_eule: MHiU: hat patminervas_eule on November 4th, 2012 10:13 am (UTC)
I wish you much success and fun, in the end, with your lesson tomorrow. And I totally love the first picture of you leading the Senior Youth service :-).

And deers in the back yard... *yeah* to all that space in the US - we are much more densely populated around here: I have the commuter train running at the end of my back yard ;-)... every 10 min during the day.
Kiwi Crocus: Seasonal || Winter branch.cranky__crocus on November 29th, 2012 01:27 am (UTC)
Thank you! The lesson went well, although I haven't signed on to be lead teacher again thus far. Thankfully December will mostly have the senior youth working with the younger kids or in with the congregation.

I have quite enjoyed the space. (: Although here in Providence I have literally no garden whatsoever. I do have a park down the road, so that's good, although it's a bit different than having one's own space to put things in, you know?
kellychambliss: Murielkellychambliss on November 4th, 2012 02:45 pm (UTC)
Love the hair pics. Speaking as a person who has always had thick and frizzy hair, I'm with you all the way. (But my hair never had your glorious waves and curls -- it just had frizz and a lot of weird kinks that sent it zigging off in various non-chic directions.) If left to dry on its own (which takes hours and hours), mine literally looks as if I have just come inside from a hurricane. It's thinned a little bit as I've aged, but has also grown even frizzier. I can't go out in public unless I use a heavy-duty smoothing iron.
Kiwi Crocus: Kiwi || Nalocia with ukulele.cranky__crocus on November 29th, 2012 01:45 am (UTC)
Thank you! This was my experiment in leaving it out to dry even after a little time up in a towel. I've since slept in the towel and it turned out a bit better, but still frizzy. Certainly no leaving out to dry on its own! I look like Hermione Granger during exam period, after meeting a Bogart that's told her as McGonagall that she's failed everything.

I've practised up with my Dutch Braid, which I love, and I've been mostly sticking with that. It's pretty and also useful in that I get waves up to my crown rather than just below chin level.

Your hair certainly looks fantastic by the time you get out in the public, at least! Have you ever come across any frizz serum that has helped at all? I've never purchased any myself but at this point I'm polling my fellow frizzy friends.
therealsnapetherealsnape on November 4th, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC)
The hair still looks glorious.

And hey, your mum has pandered to your wishes to the extent of having rainbow-coloured runners in the kitchen!
Kiwi Crocus: HP || Minerva || Time stood still.cranky__crocus on November 29th, 2012 01:50 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Ah, yes, my mother has pandered to my wishes. (: Mostly because I found them and was ready to keep them but we agreed they looked great in the kitchen. ;D She likes colour and rainbow things, too, so we get along well in that!
zee: cuddles *-*zofbadfaith on November 4th, 2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
Short-haired Kiwi: ♥ If you ever think of cutting your hair short again, don't worry because it looks awesome.
You hair: ♥
Your face on that last picture: ♥

Kiwi Crocus: Seasonal || Winter Cottage.cranky__crocus on November 29th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
Awwr, thank you! My sister is convinced that at some point soon I'll cut off all my hair and go back to at least shoulder-length. :D

And thank you again for those last two! C:
CaroRulescarorules on November 4th, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
Wow! the deers, so coool!

I can never get over how lonh your hair is!
Kiwi Crocus: Rainbow || OLSB-rocker-lady.cranky__crocus on November 29th, 2012 01:53 am (UTC)
I love the deers that come visit my household. :D And thank you!
Meganluna_shovegood on November 4th, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
Wow. Your hair is really long! (I mean, I knew that already, but still...)

Your frown makes me smile, lol.

I don't think I've seen three deer close together.
Kiwi Crocus: Women || Corset.cranky__crocus on November 29th, 2012 01:55 am (UTC)
Thank you! Glad my frown did what it was intended to do. :P

I'm sure they were a family of deer. We tend to see two to three in my yard, when we do.
shadowycat: Ocean homeshadowycat on November 5th, 2012 12:26 am (UTC)
My hair is thick and has a wave that never does what I want so I sympathize. To me, your hair looks great. It's long and beautiful and has personality, but I know it's a lot of work to take care of. The deer are nice, too. :D
Kiwi Crocus: Rainbow || Starry starry night.cranky__crocus on November 29th, 2012 01:59 am (UTC)
My hair is thick and has a wave that never does what I want
Yes, this sums it up! I've been told that I have "wurly" hair--both wavy and curly. I tend to shape it with plaits so it's mostly wavy, but if I took the time it does like being curly: it can naturally take corkscrew curls with a few wraps around my finger. Apparently some curly girls actually do that with their hair bit by bit as part of their haircare routine, but I do noooot have the time or desire for effort like that haha.

Thank you! It definitely has some pretty big personality to it. It's actually not too bad, work-wise; I can choose to do a lot, but I can equally choose not to. When I'm lazy I just wash it, plait it, and keep it back for the next few days until it's wash time again. I also never have to worry about bedhead, which is nice! That's a problem many of my shorter-haired friends tend to have.
twisted_knicker: Piercedtwisted_knicker on November 7th, 2012 12:50 am (UTC)
I've always wanted wavy hair. . . until now. Good on you for taking care of it. I couldn't be happier that I chopped mine off. . . .or maybe lazier. Or both. Whatever.

You do look super cute with short hair so I second Zee on if you ever cut it.
Kiwi Crocus: Women || Glowing girl.cranky__crocus on November 29th, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
Oh, no, I'm making it seem like it's more work than it is because I'm experimenting! I just have fun experimenting is all. Usually I just wash it every few days (probably twice a week--or specifically when it gets dirty) and throw it back in a plait until it's dry, then it comes out until I decide to put it up. Or I just keep it back until the next wash. Takes very little time except for right after the shower, and that's not too long, and I never have bedhead. So that's good!

I actually had to put a lot of effort into my hair when it was shorter because I always risked it poofing up into something closer to an afro-like-thing. =/ And then I couldn't pull it all the way back easily. So at least with my current hair I can always just bun it back if it effs up!

Thank you! I'm sure at some point in my life I'll end up with it short again. For now I like it the way it is. :D I think I'm going to learn how to do a faux-bob so I can make it look short when I want. :P
tt: I can't even think straighttwisted_twister on November 9th, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
Great pictures. All of them: the old, the new, and the deer.
Your volume-ed hair still looks tamed and civilized so don't struggle with it - let it be as free as yourself.
Kiwi Crocus: Alex || Laughing.cranky__crocus on November 29th, 2012 02:04 am (UTC)
Thank you!

And the funny thing is that I've always admired wild and free hair on others, and always wished I could wear mine like that, but then when I do I end up feeling odd about it. I'm so used to not having much volume to my hair (from the start of my memory to about 17) that it's still an odd feeling for me.

So I'm trying to re-train myself as much as my hair, really! :P