Monday, November 21, 2011

Embracing Imperfection {Dress Like a Girl Challenge}

As with all of the challenges when I issues the challenge to wear your hair down for a week it was as much a challenge for me as for all of you.

When the month started I had no idea how hard it would be to actually ditch the ponytail/messy bu style that I had become so comfortable in. Putting my hair up had become almost a mindless task that I would just do without even noticing that I was doing it.

So it's been hard.

So hard I am changing the challenge (just a little!) I still want you to try for a week, but even if you only manage one day I want you to link up and tell us about it!

Because this has been a journey...that I will write about more in the closing. For now let me give you some tips that have really changed the way I wear my hair:

Embrace Imperfection
I have curly hair. So generally it goes up if it's un-washed or frizzy or I don't have the time to do it perfectly. I've learned this month to embrace my inner SJP:

I'm wearing my curls even if they are a little stringy, or frizzy or blah.

Learn a new Trick
I can blow a ton of smoke up your you know what about embracing your inner SJP etc but I won't. The truth is I what has really helped "embrace" the imperfection is a few simple tricks. The biggest and best of all, a sock bun.

This has totally changed my hair game. No I'm not wearing it out! The goal is to wear it down! I have been sleeping in it!I do it high up like a ballerina on the top of my head. On dirty (aka not so curly) hair this is the result:

Loose curls that look more put together than my normal slept on curls (and I will not admit how many days it has been since that hair was washed!).

I also have been doing it with damp to semi-wet hair so that I can shower in the evening and it has CHANGED THE GAME! Seriously. I used to only be able to shower in the morning and still have nice curls. If I showered at night my curls we're either flat or white girl fro, but check it out:

So ladies. Embrace imperfection! Snap a picture and share it with us, it's time to let down your hair!

You can join in by doing a post, posting a photo to the Peanut Butter in my Hair Facebook Page, or the Dress Like a Girl Flickr Group. Then come back and link up. The link up will remain open all month. 


Ginny Marie said...

Your hair is so pretty! I always wanted to have curly hair. (My sister has curls, and she always wanted my straight hair!)

Leslie said...

Sock bun success! Hooray!

Robin said...

It looks gorgeous in both pics!!!

In order for me to wear my hair down, I just chopped it. :) That counts, right?

Shell said...

You look beautiful!

Wearing mine down would definitely be a challenge!

Hyacynth said...

Love your hair. I'm not sure how to do this one though, because I end up having to do my hair every day. A ponytail would actually be out of the ordinary because of my bangs.

That Married Couple said...

I'm doing this, too! I have similar hair to yours and had never thought of doing the sock bun overnight - great idea!