Saturday, July 20, 2013

the bad hair day secret

What is your favorite part of your body? Come on, you all should have one. Mine is without a doubt my hair.

1 Corinthians 11:15 says, “And isn’t long hair a woman’s pride and joy? For it has been given to her as a covering.”

Why yes, Paul, my long hair is my pride and joy.

However, being a newlywed in Memphis has highlighted two problems interfering with my “hair love.”

Problem #1 – It is so incredibly humid here.

I know! I should be used to it, I’ve spent my whole life as a Southern Belle. But there must be something about that Mississippi {m-i-s-s-i-s-s-I-P-P-i for all my SOS friends out there} River that has my hair frizzing out. It doesn’t seem to matter how much heat or product I use, by the end of the night my head is fuzzier than that scarf your great aunt bought you for Christmas {you know, the one that sheds on all of your clothes}.

Problem #2 – My new hubby is a last minute planner.

I know! I should be used to it, but Daniel likes to announce his plans to go somewhere or do something about 10 minutes before he plans to go somewhere or do something. Which usually has me complaining, “But, Dannnnieeel, my hair is still wet!” Considering it takes me at least 15 minutes to blow-dry my golden locks, I normally have to play a game of “Would You Rather.” Jenny, would you rather… go to dinner with dry, frizzy hair or go to dinner with no makeup on. It’s a tough-y.

So you want to know my secret for overcoming humidity and spontaneity and general bad hair days?

A braid.

It can be big it can be small. It can be one or two or three. It can be french or it can be fishtail. It really doesn’t matter. But, if I want a hair compliment, a braid is always my best bet. If I use a little hairspray while weaving the strands, they can hold the frizz monster back all night. And if the husband it itching to leave, it’s a quick fix for wet hair.

I wish I could teach each and every one of you how to master the art of braiding, but teaching simply is not one of my gifts. However, there are plenty of competent people on the YouTube to help you out in that department. Try these videos for: french, fishtail, waterfall & boho. Then, once you’re a pro, experiment with different directions, sizes and shapes.

Here’s the braid I rocked on our date to The Macaroni Grill tonight. The french braid wraps around my head into a low side chignon. All I needed was five minutes and a couple of bobby pins. Also, check out the new “Love” necklace my mother-in-law purchased for me from Riffraff, which I wore with a mint Cape Cod necklace from Lavish to give my outfit some color.

What’s your favorite go-to do when your locks lack luster?

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