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I have read your book for comers back!  I am very interested in how I can use my naturally curly/wavy hair to my advantage.  I currently have grown my hair to one inch below my shoulders.  There is a bit of layering that breaks about an inch from my hairline in the back.  I have an oval face.  I have tried several (many) different kinds of product to create a loose curl, the back hangs in ringlets, with the front around my face being a little straighter.   It has been a hit or miss, with the miss days being worn up.  

I am beginning to think that I need a different cut to create the look I want.  I am very open to change and I have had many different hairstyles over the years.  I am currently 50 years old, not over weight with good skin.  

Please help me to find the look that will express my personal style. According to your book (and my measurements) I am a classic/dramatic with a X3 body type.  I will appreciate any suggestions you may have for me.  I learned a lot from your book, even though I have been on an avid quest for the secret to maintaining my natural beauty for my age for several years.  Your insight into the workings of the ever changing need to recreate yourself astonish me!  Thank you for your book and your great advice!  

Sabrina Gatewood

Wow, thanks, Sabrina!  I get curly hair questions ALL THE TIME and the challenge is, a. I can’t see you, of course...to note the exact curl type and b.  to be able to explain well, what might work.

Right now curling ironed looks work very well and are a great way to set your hair so the curl stays somewhat organized.  Likely I’d be in it with a medium to large barreled curling iron “candlesticking” the curls from the temples to the nape, from the occipital to the crown, and haphazardly curling the top in contrasting directions for a loose and free ‘disorganized” feel.  (so it’s not too “set.“)

There is a great book by Lorraine Massey called “Curly Girl.”  I always recommend it because it really helps clarify things curly girls can do to work with what they’ve got.  The challenge as we age is that the curls are often changing into fuzzier/dryer curls and just require more physical labor to organize into a wave patter that appears more youthful.  



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