While searching online for supplies that I could use to better handle my curls, I found out that there is actually a salon in downtown Salt Lake that specializes in curly hair.
I made an appointment for Monday night. I was SO excited. I drove into Salt Lake, picked Garry up from work, and had him take the kids home while I was off to the salon!
I was excited because never, ever, ever had I gone anywhere to get my haircut where they were not absolutely baffled by what to do with my hair. I have had some really horrible experiences. One lady was convinced that she needed to brush my hair out before she washed it or it would get all tangled while she washed it. Let me tell you how well that did not go. One horrendous poof later, I convinced her to wash it, assuring her that it was manageable when it was wet.
One lady made me stand up during the whole haircut because she felt that my hair was too long.
I went to a place in Pentagon City, Virginia a few times because it was 'popular'. But I HATED that place because I would just get lectured about how dry my hair was. Um, hello, I have naturally curly hair. Of course it's dry!!
Then there was the lady in Maryland who did not charge a fixed fee. Instead, her customers were supposed to pray over how much they could afford.
Then there was the lady in Utah who stopped in the middle of my haircut to take a banana to her son at school because he was hungry.
Do you understand why I was excited? I was due a good haircut experience. Past due.
I walked into the salon and found out that they actually cut your hair twice. First they lightly brush it out to cut off the damage (and there was plenty!). And then they deep conditioned each and every strand. And then they applied gel in order to get the curls to form into their "curl families". Every curl has a family -- a group of hair it chooses to adhere to. Once my hair had formed into its family, she cut it again according to curl family so that the haircut was completely even. I loved, loved, loved this because I have noticed even after good haircuts that my hair was uneven.
I learned a lot. I guess I should not brush my hair. Ever. I should only finger comb in the shower, and that's it. And as for those curl families, they have 'memory' and so you supposedly can train them to behave. Though this does not work for my actual family, I have geat hopes for my curl family.
Three days later, I still have great little ringlets. I am going to wash my hair today and try to recreate these curls!