Monday, June 30, 2014

The Video Diaries: Operation Naturally Curly

This, my lovely readers, has officially been deemed the summer of curly.

I think.

Possibly.

Maybe.

So I did it. And since my roots aren't even dry as I type this, the jury's still out about how exactly I feel about my new makeover. (Or is it a make-under?) 

I still don't recognize myself in the mirror -- and when I do gaze at my reflection, I love it one moment, and then hate it the next. 

My hair is just so...I don't know...BIG.

Check out my video diary below, which was shot within an hour of getting out of the shower...


So what do you think? WARNING: Unflattering reviews will be deleted. 
I'm JOKING! (Sort of.)


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38 comments:

  1. Oh I know you are not used to it, Courtney but you look gorgeous whether your hair is curly or straight! You could even pull off bald with your bone structure! It's really stunning! I have zero tips about curly hair as I am dealing with fuzzy frizz over here. I am however headed out to my local Cosmo Prof for some hair supplies this morning. Need anything?

    xxo

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    1. Thank you so much, Susie. Sigh. I like it...

      I don't like it...

      I like it...

      ...and so on.

      For the most part, I know this is imply about me resisting change. I get it. But other than that, I'm just kind of sitting here, wondering what my next move is. So, yeah, buy out the beauty supply store, will ya? I'll just spend the afternoon figuring out what I can do without and then we can run back to the store to return it all. lol

      I'm only semi-joking.

      xo

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    2. Courtney, I don't like change unless I ask for it!

      We will return nothing!! We must protect our reputation as product whores!!

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    3. See? I can always count on you, Susie, to be the voice of reason!

      I think all this hair gel is beginning to affect my thinking. :-/

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  2. I love it! You have amazing hair...and wow what body! I'm jealous...I wish I could have hair like you! I know it's a big change...but the good news is you can blow it straight whenever you want.

    It's amazing how youthful it makes you look too. Embrace the change!

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    1. Good Morning, Kristen. I'm at a loss for words, really. Like I wrote in Susie's reply above, I like it one minute, and think it's yucky the next...

      I don't know. I just don't know.

      The good news: Today it's humid as a mother*fer, and for the first time in my life I'm not running for the hills because humidity actually enhances curly hair.

      But if I had my blownout-hair, I'd avoid humidity like the plague...

      Thanks, again,

      xo

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  3. Hi Courtney, wow you did it and I just love it! It will take you a while to get used to it, but it just looks nice and I hope you have fun with it and enjoy. Take care and have a wonderful day and Happy 4th of July.
    Julie

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    1. Thank so much, Julie! Hey, quick question: Is it crazy humid on the east coast right now? It is here. We're talking upwards of 90%. And, I must say, it has added even more definition to my hair...a definite plus! lol

      You have an awesome July 4th, too!

      xo

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    2. Yes it's hot and humid here too! My daughter has really cury hair and the curls get even tighter during the summer. She also LOVES her hair straight. You too are so lucky. Mine is thin and will not grow past chin length. Oh well! Take care and stay cool!

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    3. Really? No matter. You're still gorgeous, Julie...

      And if your daughter has any tips for curly hair, tell her to shoot me an e-mail because, honestly, Julie, I'm not sure how long this is going to last...

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  4. Yay you did it!!!!!! It looks great on you! And you still have length too. You should do it more often Courtney! I believe people with your hair length do the wash and go in the morning and then let it air dry throughout the day. At night, they do the pineapple method so you don't have to rewash it in the morning.

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    1. Oh, Louida, Louida. I'm still not sure. It takes FOR-EV-ER for hair of my length and thickness to dry. And what with the kids being so young and needing my help in the morning, I can't wash in the morning and have my hair dripping all over their cereal. I just can't.

      I did figure out a decent nighttime routine: I flip my hair over and wrap a scarf upwards, which makes it pineapple-ish. That method rocks.

      It's just everything else I'm not sure about...lol

      Thank you for commenting!

      xo

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  5. Yes! Go you for taking the leap! BTW, it looks great. I know curly heads who don't straighten and their hair doesn't look that good. Give it a little time to all settle in before you decide if you hate it or like it. That hair tie does look a bit small, maybe try a claw lip?

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    1. "Curly head."

      Yup, I'm a member of that group! So thanks for your kind words about my "reveal." But (sigh) I don't know how much time to give it. Tomorrow Scotty has another swim class, so I'm going to roll with this for a little while longer...for how much longer is the question...

      xo

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    1. Thanks, Lauren.

      Me? I'm not so sure. But I am sure of something: Your blog is awesome.

      Thank you so much for coming back, visiting, and commenting. :-)

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  7. I think you look great with curly hair. I love the Knot Today leave-in too and Shea Moisture products. I want to try the curling soufflé, the next time Walgreens has a sale.

    Sonya
    Saving Everyday With Sonya K

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    1. Well, let me tell you something, Sonya. I caved, broke down, and I did buy the curling souffle -- and it wasn't even on sale. :-( That stuff is tricky because I want to like it...I really do. But I think, for me, anyway, it only works depending on what else I use with it. It's not one of those products that just plain works, like, say, the curling gel or knot today.

      The bright side, though, is that I can use it alone on Kennedy's hair and it works awesome on hers, so it least I have a reason not to return it...

      Looking forward to next Friday!!!! <3

      xo

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  8. You look great!! But i hear you....when I'm not going to work or filming a youtube video I'm wearing a hat! lol...but YASSS to your gorgeous hair!

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    1. Oh my God, Lisa, your comment SO put a smile on my face. Tell me: Is your YASSS supposed to be said in the likeness of Wendy Williams? (That's who it reminded me of.) If so, I like your comment even more!!

      Thank you, again, but I'm sensing a return to my flat iron in the (no too distant?) future...

      xo

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  9. wow! I think I like it both curly and straight. Not even sure I have a preference - not that my opinion should matter. It shouldn't. I'm just saying that your inner and outer beauty will shine through regardless.
    And trust me - I've seen people who definitely look a lot better or worse either way!

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    1. Thank you so much, Tamara. I appreciate it. But, I totally have a preference: I am not even going to lie: straight, straight, STRAIGHT. lol

      I'm a slave to my blowouts. There. I said it.

      The question of the hour is how long will this curly phase last...

      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting!

      xo

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  10. It's lovely and still looks very well-conditioned. You'll have a great summer of swimming and fun! :)

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    1. Will I, Lexa? I'm nearly 48 hours into Operation Naturally Curly and I'm *still* on the fence. The good? Swim class is tonight, so at least I wont't be dodging Scotty's wild splashes because I won't give a hoot if my hair gets wet...

      xo

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  11. I LOVE it!!! You look great either way, and this is definitely a gorgeous option. How hard is it if you decide to go back to straight? It sounds like it must be a process. I love it and love that you let us see your immediate reaction. Did I mention that I LOVE it??

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    1. Thanks, Susan. Really. Thank you.

      I mean, it's not hard at all to go back to straight: The curly state you see here is my 100% natural hair. The closest thing to "wash n go."

      Straightening it is not hard -- it's just time consuming because I have so much hair -- and it's so long -- and in order to get salon-grade results, I have to blow-dry and then flat iron section by section. If I didn't have so much hair, it would take a fraction of the time.

      Thank you, again. My opinion?

      I'm still not sold on this. An addiction to straight hair doesn't go away over night. :-(

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  12. I love doll. You look amazing with short or curly hair hun. Change is good. I'm entering your giveaway.....I've got a serious fight with leg cottage cheese. :-)

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    1. Hi, Natasha! Yeah, I feel you: Change is most certainly good...it's not always comfortable -- lol. But, yeah, you're right...

      As for how I'd look with curly hair -- whoa, there: I don't think I could rock short hair as glamorously as you do! (I've never had short hair, so, for all we know, I could like Chewbacca. lol) But I do appreciate your kind words...

      "leg cottage cheese." That's epic. Yeah, I've got that all up in my thighs. lol

      Thank you so, so much for visiting.

      xo


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  13. Love it!!! I am very excited to see your share :) Enjoy! Own it! Have fun with it!!! xo

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    1. Hi, Mari! Thank you so much! You know what? I'll be having a blast in about 4 hours, when I'm in the pool with Scotty during his swim class...and I won't give one iota if my locks get wet. lol

      Thank you so, so much for stopping by...

      xo

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  14. I Looooooove It!!! I tried shingling mine today and went right back to flat twist. It just didn't look right for me. I have to stick to what I know. You look awesome straight or curly.

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    1. "I have to stick to what I know."

      This, Angela. This all the way...

      I have been curious about twists, but, man, I'll still be twisting when the sun comes up with my length and thickness...

      Scotty has swim tonight,so, at least I won't be craning my neck like a giraffe so my hair won't get wet!

      I don't know, Angela, it is only a matter of time until I return to straight.

      It's just what I know!

      xo

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  15. AHHHHHHHH I love it! You look great either way but this is such a fun change! I know it's an adjustment, but give it a shot, it's so fresh and effortless.

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    1. Ugh. Dina, I am TRYING. I so am...

      I'm going to bed with wet hair...again...because my mop never seems to dry.

      HELP!

      Thank you for stopping by.

      xo

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  16. This looks good!! If only I could get my hair to your length, I'd be in business. You're right about having to find the right products for your curly hair...it can be a hassle! But that's one small thing to consider. It's been almost near impossible to keep my natural hair straightened during this humid months...add working out to that combination and it's a wrap! Your hair looks great either way! There's so much you can do with it curly or straight...just play with it!

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    1. Thanks, Mionna, and thank you for taking the time to comment! Yeah, I've basically put Operation Naturally Curly on permanent hiatus...

      I've got my blow-out strategy down pat after *years* of copious practice. My natural hair remains bone straight -- even in the harshest humidity, which I think is in huge part due to the quality of the products I use...

      Please check out my "About my Hair" link on the menu bar at the top of the page, and see if my method works for you!

      xo

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  17. Happy SITS Day! You're hair looks beautiful both ways!

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    1. Thank you, Patty! Sigh. I gave Operation Naturally Curly the good 'ol college try, but I've long since thrown in the towel.

      I tried, though. I really, truly did...

      Thank you for commenting. :-)

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