A Couple Of Curly Girls: A Mother-Daughter Love story

A Couple Of Curly Girls: A Mother-Daughter Love story

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When I was growing up in the 1960’s, my mom and I set our hair on plastic rollers. Mom’s hair was short and curly and mine was long, wavy and often in girly pigtails, but neither of us wanted frizz. By the 70’s, blow dryers appeared and in high school I spent hours taming my waves into a long, smooth river of hair.

curly hair rollers

I cut my hair short after college and both of us kept our hair in a tidy crop for the next thirty years. Mine lightened first because I inherited the premature grey hair gene from my dad. Occasionally I’d try for a bit of length, but it was always “too much” hair.  While living in Hawaii I took advantage of the humidity and ventured to chin length. Right around that time Mom read the book Curly Girl and invested in DevaCurl products. Curls were making a comeback.

My hair is coarse and wavy but Mom’s finer hair spirals into adorable ringlets. Over the next few years we both attempted growing out our hair. My thick hair is now past my shoulders and easy to maintain. Ringlets would prove more challenging.

“I’m fed up and can’t seem to make it look right,” she said impatiently during my last visit. I made style suggestion after suggestion but none pleased her. Finally I offered to help her get from her home in Santa Cruz to Mill Valley where my talented stylist Jimmy could have a go at it.

I was surprised when she said yes and made the appointment. “I don’t like the way I look,” she said, “and it’s making me depressed. Many of my friends, who like me are in their 80’s, seem happy with no-fuss short hair, but not me.”

A touch of foundation, brows, mascara, a rich red lipstick, and we were on our way to At The Top Salon. As we waited I snapped this “before” of her and some selfies of us, our curls finally released from bondage.

jimmy discussing hairstyles

Jimmy’s hair cut plan was some lift on top, shorter sides and layers down the back. When he  was finished Mom didn’t have the bouncy, cascading ringlets she had hoped for, but she looked prettier, lighter and fresher. Sometimes the hair you dream of doesn’t have the necessary texture or work with your features. Feeling attractive is what matters most.

“Kinky Jewish hair,” she said ruefully, and we both cracked up. Yup. Ethnic features, aging faces, willful hair…we had it all. But we were having our moment. Together.

Jennifer and Lois

My mom, Lois Robin, is more than just a pretty face. Check out her latest video about climate change.

About the Author:

Jennifer Robin is the author of the award winning book, Growing More Beautiful: An Artful Approach to Personal Style. Her earlier book, Clothe Your Spirit: Dressing for Self Expression, launched her twenty-five year career as an image consultant, makeup artist and fashion stylist. She is owner of Clothe Your Spirit Image Consulting Services and creator of J. Robin Cosmetics, a premium brand of custom make-up. The line includes individually custom blended lipsticks and foundation. These one-of-a-kind alchemical blends capture the spirit of the individual while perfectly enhancing her beauty. Recognized in her field for her innovative use of color and design, she is also a respected visual artist and exhibiting painter. Jennifer combines her consultant’s expertise with her artist’s understanding that an authentic inner life is a deep, rich source of beauty. She recently returned from a two-year stay in Hawaii, a journey that led to the inspiration for her next book, Listening to the Mermaids: My Year Under Water. For more about Jennifer, visit Growing More Beautiful.
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