I have curly hair. Masses of thick, frizzy, corkscrew locks that remind you of Alice from Dilbert. Yes, my life is one long bad hair day.
My mom recalls a newborn me, with sparse yet curly locks, scattered like little question marks across my scalp.
As a tousle-headed toddler, I defied all attempts at taming my curly mop by refusing to wear any sort of hair slide, pin, or rubber band.
Until I was 7 or 8, my dad cut my hair and I was always quite pleased with the result of his 'monkey cut', as he used to call it.
But as I grew older I realised that the 'monkey cut' was not quite the couture coiffure that my dad would have had me believe. And with my first few attempts at getting a real hairstyle came the discovery that my hair was born to be wild.
Having lost the battle with my medusa locks, (partly due to the limited hairstyling resources available to a 12 year old), I had them all chopped off and sported a GI Jane hairstyle for the next few years. I was merciless. The smallest curl that put in an appearance was executed immediately. Life was peaceful.
But then came college, and with it a desire to live wild and free. And accordingly, so did my hair. Live wild and free, I mean. It got to a point where I could stick a couple of pencils, half a Kit-Kat (wrapped, of course), and my keys into my untied hair and they would stay there! It was rather convenient really.
Not the sort of hairstyle that would encourage a panel of professors trying to determine my suitability for admission to a Well Known Institute of Management in Western India (WIMWI). However, I must have had some other redeeming points, since I did get in.
WIMWI was where I met Moppet's Papa. I knew he was the man for me when he told me he actually LIKED my hair. It's true. Now, armed with a lot more resources than I had at age 12, I consider straightening, re-bonding and all manner of ways to change my hair. And he resists - because incredibly, he really does like these loopy locks of mine.
What's more, he's hoping Moppet gets my hair. And indeed, at first it did appear that she would have curly hair. But after we had her head shaved (her first head of hair was growing all on one side of her head!), it appears to be growing back straight.
What do you think?