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, www.bossygirl1980.com 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.