Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Four years in the making


It has been 4 years since I first made this blog. I used to have lots more posts but removed them after some privacy concerns. Well, all except one post obviously. My guide, which I wrote more than anything to keep myself straight on the curly girl method, has become so much more than anything I ever thought.

I initially came back to the this blog to see how it was doing after I saw it linked on Pinterest. That was very surreal! I did a double-take and said, "Wait a minute. I made that icon!" (it was the image on the right hand side of the blog).

Little did I know, that while I was finishing up my first degree, my little curly girl guide has been viewed over 100,000 times, pinned, tweeted, facebooked, and linked all over the web. I googled the link to it out of curiosity, and by about page 5 I had tears streaming down my face because of how many women said that this blog post had changed the way they did their hair and made them happy with their curls for the first time. It was a truly breathtaking experience.

So here I am. When I started this blog, I was in my first year in college. Now, I'm in my first year of graduate school. I was dating my high school sweetheart, and a bit scared about how our relationship would hold up across a long distance. Now, we're engaged.  Back then, I wanted to be a doctor. Now, I'm in law school and loving it.  When I started the blog, I truly was a dorm room curly, blogging from an actual dorm room. Now, I'm the apartment curly, blogging from a grown-up fourth floor room with a kitchen.

Of all the changes over these four years though, one thing hasn't changed. I've still got my curls. One of the reasons I stopped blogging and posting on naturallycurly.com is that I actually more or less figured out my hair around year two. In the coming weeks, I'm going to do some posts to let you all know what I've been doing and how I figured out what worked for me (hint: lots of bad hair days with trial and error!).

I am so incredibly grateful, overwhelmed, and humbled that my simple blog post, which I read now and think of all the ways I would edit the writing style of it after four years of post-secondary work, has helped other people figure out their own hair.  Even those who tried the method and said that it didn't work for them, that's a step in figuring it all out.

So here's to figuring things out. I'm not sure how continuously I'll be blogging, but like I said, I've got a least a few posts up my sleeves.  I changed the layout, because the styles of websites have changed so much over the last four years! Leave me a comment if you've got a request for something you'd like to read or if you have a question for me or if you just want to say hi! I would love to hear from you.


Anonymous said...

Hello! I'm glad to see you posted and I hope you will continue posting, maybe share some of your own trial and error stories.

Grah-Toe Studio,Inc said...

wonderful that you had such success and revelation, and that life is going ahead gracefully for you!!! i need to go back and read about this curly girl method!! :D

Unknown said...

I am 1 of those you helped to figure out this whole curly thing. Thank you and so glad to read you are doing so well can't wait for the new posts.

Adessa said...

I swear by you and have recommended your blog to every person who has told me they dont enjoy having their hair curly because they dont know how to work with it. You have helped me so much through my journey as for years I've been trying to figure out how to work with my curls. Your blog has been the only one that has been extremely thorough and answered everyone of my "why" questions.
I guess I would say the only thing I'm still struggling with is my frizz that I still get. Any recommendations? Btw good for you for not only continuing school but pursuing law!

Laura said...

Adessa: are you using any products once you're done in the shower? I would start by adding a gel. Scrunch it into your hair when it's soaking wet. When dry, if you have any crunch, just use the same upward scrunching motion to scrunch out the crunch. A good CG friendly standby that is easy to find is Herbal Essences Totally Twisted.