How I discovered my curls!- October Guest Blogger

Monday, 3 October 2011 by Ouidad-The Curl Experts

Me with Natural Curls!

I am a Mother, Writer, Runner, Blogger….overall awesome person….yep that’s me, BossyGirl also known as Franchesca. A little under a year ago I decided that I had to blog about all of my daily shenanigans and hence, BossyGirl1980 was born. Now, I could bore you with all kinds of details of my quirky, fun life but I do not want to give away all of my secrets …just yet. However, I have a confession to make…one that will SHOCK all of my readers and curly hair peeps to the core. I only discovered that I had curly hair when I became a runner extraordinaire.

Let me explain. Three years ago, I decided to embrace my natural self and stop putting chemicals in my hair. I had just had my daughter so to help me manage my time I would straighten my hair and wear it in a ponytail. (Yes, I ironed my hair on a weekly basis-please no judgment). Every time I would go to my hairstylist, I would inquire about my curl pattern but I was too afraid to really see for myself. Fast forward to a little over a year ago I decided that I would rediscover my inner athlete and add runner to my list of accomplishments. Not wanting my hair to keep me from exercising, I’d whip my hair into a ponytail and hit the pavement almost EVERYDAY of the week.

After the Big Peach Race!

Things changed when I got really serious about training for a half marathon. I was running 4 times a week at distances as long as 10 miles.  The other 3 days of the week, I was strength training so my hair was looking a MESS! It got to be so bad that I would wear a cap so not to scare anyone. The constant running allowed me to see my curl pattern (when my hair was dripping with sweat) so I decided to do the unthinkable. I chopped off all of the relaxer left in my hair and decided to rock my “all natural” curly hair. I literally took some scissors and one day in my bathroom I clipped until all of my straight ends of my hair was gone. I felt empowered and free—until I realized I had to learn how to tame my curls. More specifically, I would have to combat runner’s hair* and find products that would moisturize and define my curls. I stalked the internet, hair care products and luckily I found some products perfect for my runner’s hair: Ouidad’s Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo and Conditioner (Sulfate Free).  These products are both super conditioning and helped minimize my frizz from this humid Georgia weather. In the morning when I am about to hit the streets, I co-wash my hair in the conditioner while I’m in the shower. I then rinse in cold water (so I can seal my cuticles) and add a bit of the Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner. I am able to leave my house and I no longer look like a crazy woman while tackling those hilly intervals.

In a couple of days I will compete in my first half marathon, the 13.1 series in Atlanta, Ga and I am so excited to actually see how much my training will pay off AND show off my rocking curly hair to all of my running buddies!  Being the running nerd I am, I have already coordinated my race day outfits and planned how I will use Ouidad’s Botanical Boost Moisture Infusing & Refreshing Spray to make sure I look like a star after those 13 miles! Now you know about the runner who is BossyGirl and about why I started my blog, but wait until next week when I reveal how Ouidad helped me in the mommy category!

*Runner’s Hair—commonly occurs in people who run long distances where your hair becomes dripping wet, mats to your scalp and overall makes you look a mess.


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19 Comments for “How I discovered my curls!- October Guest Blogger”

  1. 1Sara S

    OH MY God! What a blog post. I loved it. I so agree with you that Quidad products rock for curly girl athlete’s! I’m a cyclist, and have terrible scary looking ‘helmet’ head after a long-distance bike ride. I use Botanical Boost on my hair soon as I remove the helmet, fluff with fingers to the scalp — and me and my curls are revived.

  2. 2Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    We love BossyGirl! (aka Franchesca) Glad that you enjoyed and look out for more of her posts this month. :-)

  3. 3Laren

    Great Post!

  4. 4Sierra Grigsby

    BossyGirl! You are such a rock star. I love it when we embrace our natural hair.

    So proud of you!

    Your BGR-Atlanta (Camp Creek) Sister, Sierra

  5. 5Yum Yucky

    What a brave, bold move, Fran, to just chomp it all off! Your fits your personality. Love it. As for me, there’s nothing more freeing to be able to do a hardcore workout and allow your hair to drip with sweat with no fear. I do have a relaxer, but “natural hair” styling products surprisingly work for me as well. No heat on my lockes in between relaxers at all!

  6. 6Youri

    Fran, you’re such an inspiration. The information is very beneficial. I’ve taken the natural leap as well. I can’t wait to try the Ouidad product line. Congrats on becoming a runner!

  7. 7Marsha Stone

    Great article Fran!!!!! You are a great writer… really enjoyed it…… keep up the great work!!!!!!

  8. 8Shayla

    Great informative post! You are my natural hair/embrace your true curls GURU! I love your curls and hope to rock mind boldly as you do someday. As I transition and get to know more about my curls and kinks I will definitely add the recommended Ouidad products to my list of must haves!

  9. 9Brandy P.

    Great article! I will surely try these products.

  10. 10Ashley W-H.

    I LOVE Ouidad’s products! I definitely make sure to budget it in to my expenses. Loved your the description of runner’s hair. My motivation to go natural was directly related to my busy schedule and hours of dance rehearsals, but hey, my hair thanks me for it.

  11. 11Mada

    Girl my hair is falling out, I don’t know what to do. Can you give me some tips on how to get my hair to grow. I am sick of being overlooked by men because I wear one extension on my bald head. Girl I am old school so help so I can land me an oil man! Can you help me?

    P.S. Help!!!!!

  12. 12Ouidad-The Curl Experts

    Thank you for writing in, we are truly sorry to hear you are experiencing such loss of your curls. There are many things that can be contributing to the hair loss such as a change in medications, birth control, child birth, menopause, a change in diet and smoking. We highly suggest the consultation of a doctor but there are a few things that could possibly help. To encourage hair growth we also suggest a trim every 10-14weeks as it can also be split ends as well as deep treating. Ouidad 12min Deep Treatment contains amino acids and proteins that will encourage hair growth diminish frizz and breakage. Please ensure the hair is lathered with Ouidad’s Deep treatment. Allow at least 45 minutes to one hour while providing heat or the Deep Treatment to penetrate the hair, cover with a shower cap and heat with blow dryer. Allow warm product to remain for at least 45 minutes. Before rinsing out, add a moisturizing conditioner such as the Climate Control Conditioner on top of the deep treatment. Then rinse both products; allow a little coating to remain. Ouidad products truly hopes this helps you grow and restore curls! If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us at Thank you and have a great day.

  13. 13Sam

    Wow! I’ve thought long and hard about cutting the relaxer out of my hair. This gives me more confidence and product knowledge to do it!

  14. 14Felicia

    Great article Franchesca, keep up the good work.

  15. 15Shelley

    Thanks for this blog…as someone transitioning from relaxed to her natural hair I was interested in how the Ouidad products would work in my hair. I too strength train about three days a week and walk and/or do cardio another two to three days a week. I want to be healthier and relaxed hair is standing in the way. Off to purchase a sample pack of Ouidad for me sample. Wish me luck.


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