7 Quick Takes Saturday!



Yes, the picture has no relevence, but it's awesome

I’m a day late and a dollar short, as usual. At least I’m keeping it consistent.

Remember those posts I wrote a while back about how my hair has declared war on me since we moved to the State of Dreadful Humidity? Way back then, KT left a comment in a my combox with a link to a youtube video about how to make no-heat curls. The video has since been removed, but here’s a link to a nifty picture tutorial. (Does anyone else obstinately refuse to watch videos on the internet for no particular reason? Unless I’m in the mood, I refuse to click on videos. I don’t know why. Yesterday I grudgingly watched a 2 minute video on how to turn fresh tomatoes into crushed and even though it was an awesome technique, I was bitter for like an hour about having to watch a video to learn it. Is that normal internet behavior?)

As I said in my follow-up post, I watched the video but didn’t try it. I have this intense fear of 40′s-style hair. (I tried to explain this to some friends yesterday and they looked at me like I was on acid, so just be warned that nothing I’m about to say is going to be logical.) 40′s-style hair, in my mind, conjures up images of A-line polka-dot dresses, red heels, red lipstick, Ryan Gosling and Josh Hartnett. This is doubtless due to the fact that everything I know about that era of fashion I learned from watching The Notebook and Pearl Harbor. (There’s no accounting for my abysmal taste in movies.) The thing is, in my mind I can’t square those glamorous 40′s mental images with me, perpetually pregnant, perpetually in jeans or yoga pants, and unable to even look at heels without having a panic attack and tripping. So I ignored the tutorial even though it looked promising because I’m afraid of waves that curl up and away from the face. KT even tried to reassure me in my combox, but I stuck to my irrational guns.




Image courtesy of Allie Bosh

And yet, much like the sneaky hate spiral, the memory of that video stuck with me. My original hair woes began in January; it’s nearly July now, and what I thought I knew about heat and humidity and how my hair reacts to it back then is laughably naive now.

Now, my hair waves and frizzes all over, all the time. I used to blow-dry and straighten my hair nearly every day. These days, I pick up the blow-dryer once every two weeks, and by the time I’m done drying my hair I’m so sweaty and tired that I have to take a nap and spend all day on the couch recovering and no one even sees the fruits of my labor except my children. Mostly I shower and scrunch my wet hair with some frizz-control spray and forget about it. Sometimes I’ll braid it, but even that just seems like too much work. My hair has become a sweaty, frizzy, and embarrassing fact of life that I’ve just decided to ignore.

But every once in a while I’ll look in the mirror and the memory of that youtube tutorial will come back to haunt me. “See how simple that was?” the youtube poster will taunt me with her Germanic accent, 40′s waves and red lipstick. And I’ll frown pout and stomp off to bed, annoyed at everyone involved in the creation of fashion in the 1940′s.

The night before last I had made plans to meet friends at the children’s museum at 10 am, which meant leaving the house by 9:15. The kids have been going to bed later than usual since the sun doesn’t go down till after 8:30, and they’ve been sleeping till 8. I refuse to set an alarm for earlier than the children wake up, so I knew I wouldn’t have time to shower, get ready, get them ready and feed everyone. I was going to just put my hair in a braid when the stupid mental torment began again.

And I snapped.




Image courtesy of Allie Bosh

I just lost it and went into a headband-hunting frenzy. The only headbands we had that were thin enough to do the job were the girls’, but that didn’t stop me. I grabbed one and furiously began winding my hair around it. I was like a woman possessed.

I figured it would take me 20 minutes or so, but it took about seven. It was so quick that I half-thought I must have done it wrong, and briefly considered taking it down and doing it again before deciding to go watch TV instead. When the Ogre got home and saw my hair he looked shocked but, God bless him, managed not to laugh. (It looked nothing like the cute picture in the picture tutorial I linked to. I looked like an idiot.)

I went to bed thinking that if it was a disaster in the morning I could always just braid it. But when I took it down in the morning I was…shocked.



It was seriously awesome. All I did was run a brush through my hair and I had these Pearl Harbor-esque curls that didn’t look all that weird with my jeans, T-shirt and flip-flop ensemble.

I got a little nervous when we walked to the car and felt the 85% humidity choking me. The curls definitely frizzed a little, and then a lot more after spending an hour outside the museum watching the kids run around, but a good brushing and running damp hands over them calmed things down. My friend even complimented my hair, saying that it looked “really glam”, an adjective which no one has ever applied to me except during my awesome Cindy Lauper stage in college. And even then, I think they might have meant it sarcastically.

Unfortunately, we were so busy that I didn’t have time to get a picture until after dinner. So keep in mind that this is 10 hours after I took the curls down, and in the elapsing time my hair was subjected to insane humidity, sweat, grocery shopping, multiple brushings, and even rain.



Pretty impressive, huh? Here’s the back:

It definitely went from curls to waves in the wake of Florida’s destructive summer weather, but that’s a whole lot better than what my hair usually does, which is go from frizzy to frizzier. Best of all, it was super quick and easy. The only downside is that the headband gave me a major headache before I went to bed, and it was apparently so bad that I was talking about it in my sleep. I’m pretty sure that can be fixed by buying a properly adult-sized headband, though, instead of using a child’s headband.



It doesn’t matter how many times I do it, I still feel like an asshat taking a picture of myself and putting it on my blog. I don’t know how Grace does it.



I really meant to do one quick take about my hair and the rest about, you know, marginally more interesting things. I kind of feel like you deserve a reward for reading this entire post now (if you’ve made it this far. If you haven’t, I don’t blame you…but I guess you’ll never know that now!).

So here. Here’s the music video to my current favorite song, thanks to the As You Like It cast.

(PS: Don’t be like me and refuse to watch it. It’s an awesome song. You’ll be glad you watched it, I promise!)

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Go and see Jen for more quick takes! Happy weekend, everyone!


  • http://www.thewinedarksea.com MelanieB

    I am so with you on not watching videos. Dom often comes home and asks me if I saw that video that was going around and I say, yeah I saw it but I didn’t watch it. One thing is you never know if it’s going to be safe for the kids and the other thing is my kids come running as soon as a video starts so now I have to do crowd control and then tell them they can’t watch any more videos and deal with the tears and tantrums afterwards. But I think my antipathy to videos really goes deeper than that. I just want to read I don’t want to watch. With reading you can skim and skip over nonessential information. Videos hold you hostage, you don’t know if it’s going to get better or when the useless chatter will end and the real information will start.

  • Into The West

    Y’all need to try the keratin thing. My hair isn’t wavy/frizzy enough to warrant the full-on salon treatment, but just using a keratin shampoo & conditioner is a huge help. Doesn’t have to be expensive — the Suave version at less than $4 per-bottle was actually better than the $40-per-bottle imported French brand I was talked into at the salon. Some drugstore brands also offer at-home keratin treatment systems, too, if you need to mount a more aggressive, long-term attack on humidity-induced frizz.

  • http://ourordinarylifeextraordinary.blogspot.com/ Christine

    Oh wow – my hair takes about an hour to curl because it’s so long and thick, so I never bother. But as soon as summer is over, I’m definitely giving this a try! (can’t stand hair touching my neck in the heat). Thanks so much for sharing!!

  • http://ourordinarylifeextraordinary.blogspot.com/ Christine

    Oh also, don’t feel bad about most of your quick takes being about hair. I always think it’s funny that women can talk for hours about their hair to each other, and no one gets bored :-)

  • http://thealluringworld.blogspot.com Kayla @ The Alluring World

    So I read this post, exclaimed “Nuh-uh!!” and ran out to buy some elastic headbands so I could try it. I was shocked when I woke up and it actually worked!! However, HOW did you not get a big mark across your forehead? I don’t have any concealer or foundation so I couldn’t cover it up and it seemed like it took half the day to go away. I wore an adult-sized headband and everything.

    • calahalexander

      I had a huge mark too. I was really glad I parted my hair so deeply to the side, because it covered up most of it. But then I got busy with the kids and forgot about it, so I literally have no idea how long it was still visible. It could have been there for half the day for all I know! That is definitely a downside.

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  • http://ourordinarylifeextraordinary.blogspot.com/ Christine

    I finally tried this!!: http://ourordinarylifeextraordinary.blogspot.com/2012/08/no-heat-headband-curls.html

    Thanks again for the great tip. I think I will be using this hair style many more times :-)