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Curl Confessions

The most endearing compliment I’ve ever received was when the man I loved told me I looked the most beautiful barefaced, in sweats on a Sunday morning, with all the wild curls; the ones I usually try to hide under hats, twist into a top knot after they let loose in yoga, and wake up (extra) early to tame.

If there were ever a time for me to spin a blog post into a public diary, this would be the moment of total truth. Sitting down to write this, I realize how much my heartstrings are pulled, and what a really personal story this is for me to tell. It’s especially earnest because there was a time when I basically…hated my curly hair.

Now, after a season of total liberation and learning to go with the flow, I’ve started to love my curls, embrace my natural – usually unruly – hair. The more I get to know myself, the more I love my curls.


The real me.


The secret is, I really love my time alone in the mornings. Quiet space before the day officially begins, before the 9am conference call, before the world tells you who you need to be. In between deep conditioning, diffusing, and styling I’ve probably answered all my morning e-mails, had two Americano’s (one croissant…), plotted a way to pay for a trip to oh, Vegas, and planned the entire day right down to happy hour at 6pm with the usual crew.
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First, I work on cleansing then conditioning my curls in the shower. My dirty little secret? I usually shampoo twice to get rid of all the weeks worth of dry shampoo and hair spray.

Twice a week, I apply this deep conditioning, Quench Absolute Restoration Mask. I apply a generous amount to my wet hair, leave it in for 2-5 minutes, then rinse.

Next, I separate my hair into manageable sections and start defining my curls, by twisting and applying Dove Quench Absolute Crème Serum, the perfect on-the-go, leave-in treatment.

Then, it’s time to diffuse. Note: Make sure your curls are entirely dry before you separate the twists. 
No frizz zone!


Once your hair’s completely dry, shake it all out, style it up.
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Featuring: Quench Absolute Shampoo, Quench Absolute Conditioner, Quench Absolute Restoration Mask, Quench Absolute Crème Serum.

Compensation for this post was provided by Dove Hair via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Dove Hair or AOL. 

2 comments

  1. hahah didn't even realize you did a whole post about your gorgeous hair when I commented on the above post

    http://www.lifeisjustrosie.com

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  2. Your hair is so pretty! I can definitely relate to hating natural curls. Curly hair was never "in" when I was growing up so I always dreamed of having straight hair like all my friends. But now I know that they all secretly wished they had MY hair! I'm right with you on embracing the curls these days! :)

    xo Megan, Lush to Blush

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