Thursday, October 23, 2008

Hair to celebrate

Growing up I would have gnawed off and gifted you my right arm if you had straight hair and were willing to exchange it with the curly mallu mop I inherited from my paternal genes - even if only for one day. In fact I recall many of my selfish dear god prayers including the wish of straight as straw swishy black hair. Of course I still have my right arm, you have your hair and I'm waiting on God for other more important things like world peace.

And of course the grass being greener on someone else's head (!) meant that everyone thought my hair was permed, the ringlets framing my head mistaken for an artificial architecture that THEY wanted. I trained myself young, to tame the wildness by tying it back tightly - so much so that my forehead is a tad broader than it need be. Even in adulthood my hair was awkward, and no matter how much V said it looked lovely I just never ever believed him. Terrified of perming it I just stuck to the tied back old aunty look, a bun or ponytail adorning the back of my head at all times. Bottomline - I have never liked my hair. Except on the days I got a haircut and it had been blowdried to perfection. And who are we kidding, that never lasts.

However Colin the Singaporean dude seemed to know what he was doing. The too short poodle look that I came back with from my SIngapore holiday has this morning suddenly grown out into a head of lovely waves. I'm not quite sure how except that I used a leave in conditioner after washing, tied it back while damp and when I finally opened it in the afternoon it looked GLORIOUS. I have felt a bit like a model today swishing my head around, flying in the right direction in the wind as I walk along, daring it to all tangle and go back to its original birds nest state. But no. Till this very minute it is looking lovely and just exactly how I now want it to look. Not straight (which I have learnt would look foolish on me - my genes did know what they were doing!) but gentle curls and waves framing my face just right. I keep going to the mirror to check that this is mine and not a dream. Or a wig.

I'm having a good, GREAT hairday. I never ever thought I'd be able to say that.


  1. what I would give for curls. I have poker straight hair, thanks to an aberration in my mallu genes. sigh! The grass is always greener on the other scalp. Enjoy your waves.

  2. Anonymous10:02 AM

    Yeay for great hair days. Jane Sunshine

  3. Anonymous11:01 AM

    i have the poker straight hair you envy (envied?) and i always loved the way i looked when I curled my hair! :)

  4. The emotional impact of a good hair day is unquantifiable but HUGE. It's why I subject my tresses to the hair equivalent of a nuclear holocaust by chemically straightening it once a year...

  5. I would exchange my straightish hair for a wavy/curly look any day. I find my straight hair flat and lifeless - these days I opt for the out of bed kinky curls which are so easy to obtain and leaves my hair with some volume :D Now I just need the damn hair to grow so I can get a style!

  6. Anonymous5:16 PM

    I can't wait to see it!


  7. Anonymous7:35 PM

    All through my teenage years, i yearned and longed for curly hair. My hair is so straight that not even a perm can create waves in my head. So feel good to know that people with hair like yours were very much envied.

    BTW, i have gotten my best haircuts from Asian hairdressers. They seem to understand Asian/indian hair the best. Totally frustrated with the nonsense that passes for haircuts in this country. How sad that your 'perfect guy' is far away in Singapore.

  8. Anonymous8:54 PM

    cant wait to see it and buy the same leave in conditioner

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  10. Anonymous11:01 PM

    you took the words right out of my mouth...i have yet to have a "good hair day"...40in2006

  11. Anonymous8:08 PM


    thrilled to hear you like your hair again after Colin Uncle snipped it all away!
    after my 1st and very apprehensive 'shave' with him, i just LUUUrve the way i can leave my naturally messy curls free and unfettered. It's such a relief- no clips, no hairbands, no scrunchies!

    shall send u proof taken on R's b'day!


  12. Anonymous3:25 AM

    Wow, wish I had seen you today. But I've liked your hair on other days as well. Luxuriant and beautiful!

  13. Niiice - i completely understanding that feeling !!! It's one of those - omg - is everybody looking at me and wishing they were me...:)

  14. Curly hair is in, woman! I threw out my straighteners last year and just let it go wild. Try Kerastase curl booster and some quality shine spray and go shimmer.

  15. Anonymous5:32 AM

    I love the look of long wavy shiny black hair and I am sure you aced it :)

    I have curly hair too and didn't enjoy them till I started following the "Curly Girl" routine. There is also a book by the same name and it is great! Here is the wiki link for starters :)

  16. Ah, the hair story. Mine was most boringly straight and silky. Now that it's cut short it does hold some shape and a slight wave, so I'm friends with it for now. Glad your hair is being good!