I wasn't even enrolled in school yet when the photo on the left was taken. My mother put so much emphasis on the importance of taking care of one's hair, so much so that it became embedded in me. Along the way, I tried all types of hair products, albeit on my own, that could have essentially left me bald (back-to-back perms, several over-the-counter hair dyes applied in the same day, cheap hair products, etc...). However, I always found my way back to my roots (figuratively & literally). I would eventually allow my hair to go back to its natural state and simply do rollers while allowing it to air dry without the excessive heat from the hair dryer. Eventually, I even stopped dying my hair so "religiously" as I had been doing for years. That's me on the right with my hair in a doobie today as an adult. I blow dried my hair and wrapped it up. I don't do it often except when I want my hair straight without the damage from the flat iron. I don't do it often because I like my hair wild and bouncy. Still, it is one of the best kept secrets out there. I am not the greatest at putting a doobie together, but I try and it works for me. It not only makes my hair nice and straight but it also gives it extra volume and lift that the flat iron takes away. If you don't have the time or patience, then this may not be for you. It requires patience. I, myself, do this only occasionally but in the interim, I try to not cause unnecessary damage to my hair; that is the ultimate secret to having nice hair for those who'd like to know. Just let it be! If you can't change your hair to be how you want it to be, then you need to consider embracing it and just change how you think about it instead. Work around it. You don't have to conform to the rest of the world. Your hair could very well have its own personality. Meet it half way. You'll be glad you did.
In honor of my mother who instilled these beauty tips in me and who continues to keep me on my toes, I dedicate the audio played here on this blog post. She is as true Puerto Rican Queen and is as beautiful as they come. I love you mom. Happy early birthday (November 9th). May God give you an abundance of more years and good health. I love you beyond words.