I have difficult hair. I've had difficult hair my entire life. It's super super extra thick (the lady that cuts my hair says I have the thickest hair she's ever seen) and it's wavy in all the wrong places. When I was a kid my hair was huge and frizzy and unmanageable and I had no idea what to do with it. When I was in 7th grade I got teased for having weird hair and it traumatized me for life, lol. I didn't want to have weird hair, I just had no idea what to do with it. My early teen years were all just one big long bad hair day. I was already way taller than anyone my age, super skinny, with braces and big glasses. I was awkward enough without the bad hair.
By high school I discovered chemical hair straightening and my life got much better! I had it chemically straightened for a few years and eventually started straightening it with a round brush and a hair dryer and I've done that ever since. For the past 20 or so years, every single time I wash my hair it involves a really long process to straighten it. Straightening cream, a round brush, 20 minutes with the blow dryer and 10 more minute with the flat iron. I live in fear of my hair getting wet during the day because then I'll have to go start over with the whole straightening process to fix it. I hate it, but on the inside I'm still that 7th grader who is afraid of being teased for having bad hair, so I'm weirdly picky about my hair.
So between the fact that I'm a creature of habit and I'm picky about my hair being straight, my hair doesn't change much. It occasionally changes length, but it always basically looks exactly the same. I continue to go through the same pain in the butt hair straightening ritual every single day. The same stylist has been cutting my hair for 11 years and I won't let anyone else touch it. At this point I pretty much just sit down in the chair and she knows exactly what to do.
So then two nights ago I washed my hair before I went to bed, which I don't normally do. If I do wash my hair before I go to bed and sleep on it wet I have to rewash it in the morning so I can dry it and re-straighten it. But the other night when I washed it before I went to bed I decided to put it in two french braids (still wet) just to keep it out of the way while I slept.
I woke up in the morning, took the french braids out, ran my fingers through my hair and it was amazing! I had perfectly wavy hair. I've never been able to wake up in the morning and have great hair without a lot of work. I've also never had curly or wavy hair that didn't look ridiculous. My hair just doesn't do curly well. It's too thick and unmanageable. I thought I was destined to go through the long and complicated daily straightening process forever.
I thought the french braid trick was a fluke so I tried it again last night. I washed my hair before I went to bed and while it was still wet I put it in two french braids. This morning I woke up, took the braids out, ran my fingers through my hair, pulled one side back with two bobby pins and voila, cute hair that took literally five minutes at the most. I'm super excited to have an easy hair option that is different than my normal boring straight hair.
I had Josh help me take a picture of it. I generally prefer to be behind the camera, but I had to document this because I still can't believe that my hair is curly and doesn't look ridiculous. Take that, 7th grade mean girls.:)