I am no different. My hair has played a huge part of my story, and not because it's, well, huge. My hair was a curly beast from the get go. I remember my mom desperately spritzing detangler in it, attempting to get a brush through. She had straight hair, thick, but straight, and I'm sure she had no idea that brushing through curly hair dry was a battle fought in vain. I'm sure she thought that good mom's brushed their daughters' hair and so she tried, ever so. For a long time I wished my hair would be straight and sleek like the popular styles of my adolescence. I was the "big hair" girl. A guy in my 8th grade class said I was 90% hair, 10% body (I took this as a complement, and I think he meant it that way). With no curl mentor, it was a trial and error ordeal figuring out how to have a symbiotic relationship with my hair. And as I did, my self confidence flourished. I learned how to work with my curls, to embrace the bigness, and to care for my hair properly (lather, rinse, repeat? No thanks, only if I want dry, damaged hair all of the time). I can't imagine myself without my big, curly hair now. I still have the occasional bad hair day, like all of us, but hey, that's what fabulous hats are for, am I right?
Hairstory is about telling the stories of women through their hair. Each woman's hair is braided with stories. Stories of tears after bad hair cuts, hours spent crafting perfect prom updos, crazy late night dye jobs, rebellious high school cuts, chopping gum out of hair, playing "hair stylist" with your little sister.
I'm not a salon girl. Every time I've gone into one, I've felt ignored or misunderstood. It seemed like no stylist got my curly hair or color visions, and no one could cut my hair worth a damn, so I swore them off. But I was excited by Eleanor's attentiveness to my ideas and it was awesome to hear her thoughts and ideas as well. Not only was Eleanor excited for my hair, every stylist in the salon was welcome to come over and chat, offer ideas or thoughts on the process and colors, and it felt like a truly collaborative and inviting environment, which was certainly a departure from the salon atmosphere's I'd previously experienced.
I'll be sharing a bit more of my hairstory with Embellish, as well as some other fabulous ladies' transformations here on the blog in the future, so stay tuned!