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My Life As A Curly Girl

Updated: Oct 9, 2020

I started life with a head full of brunette curls. Because little girls who like to climb trees and play army with the boys don't usually like to brush their hair, mine was usually a "rat's nest". That's what my mom called my hair. I would cry when she tried to brush or comb the snarls out.

The natural response of a mom in the 1960s was to cut your hair into a pixie cut if you didn't take care of it. So my hair was from pixie length to chin length most of my childhood. It was easy to wash and it didn't take much care because it was short.

Growing up, we didn't use shampoos that were made to care for our hair. Instead we used "Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific" (because it smelled great) and Prell (because everyone used it back then). There was little conditioner used back then. So, I battled frizz. Humidity was not my friend. My answer to that was to grow my hair very long as a teenager and roll it up on empty, washed juice cans. That way, when I woke up in the morning, my hair would be damp dry and most of the smaller curls (frizz) were pulled out and dried into big curls at the bottom. Sometimes, when I wanted straighter hair, I laid my hair on the ironing board and ironed it.

The thing is, I didn't know how to have curly hair. At all! Nobody taught me that curly hair is beautiful. I only knew that it was a pain in the butt. I really fought with my hair all of my life. Until I met my stylist, Jeffrey Ellis. Jeff taught me to love my curls. It was life-changing. Now, I feed my curls. I nourish them with the correct shampoos and conditioners. When my hair is drying, I feed my curls again with nourishing leave in conditioners that leave my curls light and free to express themselves. It is positively liberating.

One of my missions in life is to help other curly girls learn to love their curls, too. As an Avon lady, I have the opportunity to try many amazing products and have become an expert on which products work best for various hair types. I can help guide you through your journey to beautiful curls so you will love your curls as much as I love mine.

Visit my Avon site at or reply to this post, and I'll be delighted to help you.


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