to straighten or not to straighten?

March 15, 2010 at 8:26 pm 8 comments

I’ve had the crud now for 11 days.  Seriously, I had relationships that didn’t last this long.  I’m over it. 

My latest personal quandry has to do with my hair.  It’s mostly gone these days (to reduce the wee one’s interst in pulling it) and what I have noticed is that the texture is totally different than it once was, and it is nearly impossible to work with (think Brillo pad) and I so don’t want to put a lot of time into my hair.  I’ve been thinking about getting the Brazilian Straightening Treatment so that I can be the wash and go girl that my life really demands I be.  Except, here’s the thing.  I have a week to decide because my hairdresser is moving so I have to make this decision pronto (because she’s the only one I’d trust to put my hair in the Brazilian lock down). But can I write a book or two about body image and get my hair straightened?  I don’t think I need straight hair to be pretty– I want straight hair to get some time back and not worry about the crazy swirl of hair on the back of my head.  Yet, I can’t decide if doing it would be practical and right in-line with my body loving strategy of not being beholden to one’s looks (ie: it would eliminate styling, drying time) or hypocritical since it is altering what God gave me.  Thoughts? 

And this from the Happy goodness file.  These eyes get me everytime. 

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Yvette  |  March 16, 2010 at 1:58 am

    Id have to see a b4 pic.. of the brillo pad.. or ur best hair day

    so come on rosie..

    ♪ stike a pose (vogue, vogue, vogue)♪

  • 2. jennifer Fowler  |  March 16, 2010 at 8:21 am

    its ok, go for it

  • 3. Christine  |  March 16, 2010 at 9:15 am

    You are a die-hard warrior, I swear! I think that another part of your message- or what I got from your class- is to do what is right for YOU. You aren’t doing it to make someone else see you any differently; you’re doing it for your own low-maintainability. Go Rosie, Go.

  • 4. Brenda  |  March 16, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    I say do it and tell me how it goes…I might do it! Your hair is sooo not worse than mine!!! LOL

  • 5. Stephanie  |  March 16, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    I am totally with Christine. It’s not about conforming to meet someone else’s idea of beauty, it is genuinely a personal choice. Shouldn’t we celebrate that we have choices? Besides, you could think of it like a pedicure (just with a different pricetag!).

  • 6. rosiemolinary  |  March 16, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Y’all are great. If someone asked me this same question, I would totally celebrate her right to personal choice and style as long as she wasn’t doing it from a place of finding her beauty happiness in that one basket (and Christine, I am so glad that is the message that you got from class! That made my day!). So, I am embracing y’all’s permission to do it if I can stomach the pricetag. An update soon!

  • 7. Jenny  |  March 19, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Rosie! Did you get the treatment? Are you a happier girl! Love you, Jenny

  • […] 21, 2010 So, you know that I have been considering straightening my hair.  You guys gave me lots of much needed encouragement and so I called my hairdresser and said, […]


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