a big texas hair ordeal

I love getting my hair done. No one makes it as smooth and pretty as my good  friend and stylist Debbie. Fortunately, a blow out lasts anywhere from 2-4 days before I have to fix it on my own.

With naturally wavy/sometimes curly hair, controlling frizz is challenging. Living in Reno for thirty-something years, I learned to deal with attempting to styling it in dry weather. When the do becomes uncooperative, it goes in a ponytail to be managed(?) later when I’m in the mood.

Texas hates my hair

Did I mention I live in Reno, NV where there is almost no humidity? True my skin is dry and I go through body lotion like it’s going out of style. Nose bleeds are also common from the dryness and altitude. But for the most part, my hair behaves.

Enter a two week trip to Austin Texas. I was so excited for the opportunity to work with some of the best training managers in the company. However, I shuddered when considering how Texas would treat my hair.

Anytime I near humidity, my hair turns into a screaming hot mess of frizz. I don’t know how people live there without putting buckets over their heads, but clearly I am missing something.

With every hair taming product I own, I hopped on a plane to Austin. Please don’t frizz. Please don’t frizz…became my mantra. Not that hair can listen, but you never know. The power of positive thinking might be handy.

just kidding

Positive thinking or no, the moment I stepped off the plane, my hair was in chaos. One day, I flat-ironed it only to find it frizzing and curling underneath as I sweat throughout the day.

cray cray at the crab shack
cray cray at the crab shack

Geez! Could I get a reprieve? Hair up = frizz, hair down = frizz, half up half down = frizzy friz frizzzzz. There was no escaping a bad hair destiny.

After the third day, I decided to forget it and just let it curl as it wished. I was not master of my hair so why continue fighting? I discovered the wave could be pretty if I didn’t mess with it.

Hmmm…What a novel idea. Let it be what it is and run with it. Realizing this post is an inane ode to my hair, there is a deeper spiritual connection I grasped as well.

letting go

Call me a control freak, but I like being in charge. This whole spiritual journey adventure has me practicing learning to accept things. I can’t manage everything/everyone and it is OK.

It is more about the experience or journey than the results that matter most. No one really cared if I couldn’t contain the beast that was my hair.

By the end of the first week, I established in order to feel good about the frizz, I had to let it go. Either I acclimated to the humid weather in Texas or didn’t care anymore. Whatever the reason, I was more accepting.

embracing the wave
embracing the wave

back in the desert

I returned to Reno last night (crazy hair and all). First thing this morning, I met Debbie for a cut and color. We both laughed at the frizzy mop on my head and she went to work fixing it.

pretty hair a la Debbie
pretty hair a la Debbie

For the next few days I can expect smooth perfect hair again. Too bad I can’t take Debbie with me everywhere to ensure the do doesn’t morph into a don’t.

Does weather make your hair misbehave or are you better at controlling it? Share your best/worst hair stories.







6 thoughts on “a big texas hair ordeal

  1. Lisa @ The Meaning of Me says:

    My hair is impossible. Invariably, it looks like hell when I need it to work and looks amazing when I could not possibly care less how it looks. Like you said, there is perhaps a deeper spiritual interpretation and it’s one I know too well – the struggle to be in control. Perhaps if I stopped fighting my hair and just let it be, we’d both be happier – me and my hair.
    That said, please explain the blowout to me. I mean, I get it – it’s hair blown out straight. But how how HOW does it last that many days??? I completely do not understand that.


    1. miriamgomberg says:

      Lisa, at first I thought about going to my trusty guide on urbandictionary.com for a good definition for blowout until I read further. The first rule of a good blowout is to have a great hair stylist.

      I don’t know how often you wash your hair, but I do it every 2-3 days anyway so getting an extra day out of a good blowout isn’t out of the question. It is also crucial to use good products and keep them on hand for touch ups.

      I use dry shampoo on the roots if they are feeling dank. I can usually salvage another day or even just a few more hours before turning into a greasy frizzy mess. Which might actually be worse than just a frizzy mess.

      The last option of making a good blowout last longer is to realize the last day will be a hair up day. Hairbands and bobby pins work wonders along with hairspray to keep it all together.

      you might think that with all of this incredible knowledge, I would be an expert. Unfortunately, I am all talk and no skill. Day one is now over. Let’s see how many more I can get away with. M


  2. Crystel says:

    What??!! Love Yourself! Love your Curls! Stop fighting and you’ll have more time and energy to focus on love-love-loving LIFE! What’s wrong with gorgeous curls and unruly frizz? Ever heard of the Second Law of Thermodynamics? Look it up 🙂
    This book absolutely changed my life. I highly recommend it for ALL frizzy, curly, wavy girls: The Curly Girl Handbook by Deborah Cheil. Really. Your Are Beautiful! ❤


    1. Crystel says:

      Authors are actually (in this order) Lorraine Massey, Michele Bender and Deborah Chiel. “Curly Girl” The Handbook. Don’t forget that you are beautiful 😉


    2. miriamgomberg says:

      I actually do love the curls but hate the frizz that pops up in humid climate. I will definitely be looking for that book you mentioned.

      You are right that if you love yourself as you are and stop fighting, there is more time to enjoy life. Everything comes with a lesson. Thanks for commenting Crystel. M


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