The Great Hair Transformation of 2012

January 31, 2012


Yesterday I mentioned transforming my hair for my birthday. I don’t even think the word ‘transform’ does the process justice. It was more like alchemy. How else could you explain the following:

Ok well, since I was there I can actually tell you how it happened. My hairstylist Fritz is actually a superhero. He has super-human arm strength (to blow dry my hair for 45 minutes), boundless patience (color + straightening was a 6 hour process), and a most excellent eye. Here’s how it actually went down.

1. Epic Blow-Dry

2. Hot Comb

3. Flat Iron

And voilà – the final product:

Having straight hair for a few days was like traveling to an exotic location where everything seems different and you’re seeing the world with fresh eyes. I hadn’t had straight hair for over a decade. I chemically straightened my hair every six weeks from the time I was 12 to 17, and then the weekend of my 17th birthday I cut it all off.


These photos were taken several years apart, but you get the gist. So for the first time in 11 years I could run my fingers through my hair, and feel the wind on my scalp. For the first time in 11 years, to paraphrase Anjelica Huston, I could sell toothpaste. This sells toothpaste:


And even this,

Do not. “Selling toothpaste” is obviously a metaphor for looking normal. It was a strange feeling, knowing I looked normal again. But embracing my curly hair has become MY normal, and I’d rather look like myself than be able to sell a tube of toothpaste. Especially when I can sell clothes.

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3 Responses to “The Great Hair Transformation of 2012”

  1. Sam Says:

    As a curly-haired girl, I can totally relate! Love the hair…both ways!


  2. GirlMeetsPen Says:

    You look HOT with your curly hair (with that blonde color, too!), you are killing it. Straight hair is nice ‘n lovely on you…..but “your normal” look turns heads, honey!


  3. Rachel Says:

    You look beautiful both ways, but honestly, I like the curls better! Screw selling toothpaste :-)


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