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Return of the Curly Girl

November 15th, 2012

 

-by contributing editor Eve Marx

imageLet’s face it. For most of my life, I’ve been at war with my hair. Born a girl with a natural curl, I yearned for stick straight hair. A few years ago I became a fan of the Brazilian Blow Out. Before that, I was twice Keratined. I even had the Vegan straightening treatment. The results of all three treatments were amazing, and for the first time in my life, without an expensive salon blow-dry, I was able to have straight hair.

About six months ago, I looked in the mirror and decided I was ready to go back to my God-given hair. The straightening treatments had allowed something to happen that I hadn’t experienced since 12th grade, I was able to grow my short hair. The reason I’d kept it chin length for years was my untreated curly hair grew out, but not down. It was also dry as a bush and so coarse that after a certain number of inches, it usually broke off. But now I had long hair. That gave me the courage to give my curl a whirl. Ouidad products helped.

imageOuidad is a real person. She's known as the “Queen of Curl.” In 1984 she opened the first salon in the country catering exclusively to curly hair. Since then, her award winning products have gained a devoted following of women who want to feel beautiful and confident about their curls. Ouidad’s products are designed to focus on four types of curly hair: wavy, curly, tight-curly, and kinky. My curl pattern presently falling into the looser end of the spectrum, I selected a shampoo and conditioner formulated for wavy hair. I began with Clear & Gentle Shampoo, followed with Climate Control Conditioner. My hair naturally has less volume than it did when I was younger. It’s true as you grow older, your hair thins. I am not that big on styling and finishing products, but if I were, I’d probably go for Moisture Lock and Shine Glaze Serum. Even using the most basic Ouidad products, I can say I am very pleased. Everywhere I go, I get compliments on my hair. I’m 58 but an acquaintance said my hair makes me look about 16. That may be an exaggeration, but I will say, I am loving my curly hair.

~Eve Marx


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