I’ve always been semi-irritated, semi-amused by celebrity photos shoots that make a big fuss about their subjects being sans fards — wearing no makeup. Maybe it’s because I work for myself, and most days I don’t wear any makeup (or even much in the way of clothing). I see myself bare-faced all the time, so I don’t need to take a picture of it.
That said, I did wind up taking a sans fards photo yesterday — one that was much better than the typical front-facing-camera, double-chinned surprise shot — while I made numerous attempts to get this photo of my natural hair texture.
I was taking the hair photo because I have an appointment for a keratin hair-straightening treatment and whenever I tell people that I do that — and that in between keratins, I use a flat iron — they always ask, “Why? Your hair is perfectly straight!” Nope! As you can see, my hair is wavy, and wavy is unpredictable. If I leave my hair wavy, I can wind up with five different hairstyles in one day, depending on the humidity of the space I’m in. I like my hair to be consistently straight, like one of my hair icons …
… or consistently curly, like it was after a perm in 1995. This is still my favorite ‘do ever.
#flashbackfriday … I love super #curlyhair too. This was my favorite hairstyle ever. Permed by @keithcarpenterhair in 1995. Impossible to maintain, unfortunately, or I would have stuck with it. I like either perfectly curly or perfectly straight on me, not the in-between I actually have! Check out my amazing 1990s eyebrows tho. #curlyhairdontcare #1990sstyle #pluckedbrows #eyebrowsonpoint #thinbrows #favoritehairstyle #ifeltfabulous #vintagestyle #redlipstick #permedhair #fakecurls
Anyway, the photo below is both sans fards and sans keratin, but it’s not #NoFilter because — as a decades-older man once helpfully reminded me — I’m no spring chicken anymore.
The right side of my hair is wavier, but, if you follow me on my personal Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that my right side is like the dark side of the moon. You know it’s there — you just never see it.
I believe that the last time I went through a big natural-hair phase was in 2005.
Looking back at photos from that year …
… makes me want to passionately kiss my flat iron!
Sorry, hair guru Keith Carpenter, but you’re not going to convince me to go natural again. Keep trying, though!