OK. Whenever I post pictures of my middle sister, I get tons of comments on her hair. And emails. Mostly questions. So here are some answers
1. Is her hair natural?
Yes. I can remember when she was two and she had white little pin curls all over her head. I also remember her chomping her tiny little teeth at me while I ran and screamed and held her forehead so she couldn't bite me. Curls, totally natural.
2. How can I get my hair to do that?
First, you have to have some natural curl. Then use a good curl enhancing mouse. Never brush your hair when it's dry (direct advice from my sister). Always pick it out when wet, apply mouse and blow dry with a good diffuser. Then fix the fly-aways with a good curling iron.
3. How does she have time to do her hair like that?
Really, she doesn't spend much time on it. She just sort of pins it up here and there and goes. As an admiring shop owner said this weekend, "I just adore her hair! It's so messy and chic, like you might could find a fork in there somewhere."
4. Does it make you sad that your sister got such great hair?
No. It fits her personality. If anyone has managed to plow their way through my book... you'll note my character Amelia has giant yellow curly hair. Not a coincidence.
5. Her hair is so... big.OK, that's not a question. But yes, it is big. And she loves it. No flat hair for that girl. And I never lose her in a crowd. It does present problems when we go places, b/c that big giant mound of blond curls just ATTRACTS men from every corner and from under every rock. Whenever we go out, I just want to put a hat over her head. I spend my evenings scowling at the men-folk leering at her. I kind of look like a little yappy guard dog trailing around behind her.
OK. Hopefully that has completely answered all your questions about my little sister's phenomenal head of hair. Now go forth and curl and tease and hairspray your own big-hair masterpiece. May the force be with you.
(Photos courtesy of my mom and her awesome camera.)