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You’re So Friggin’ Weird!

By January 27th, 202154 Comments

Hola Chicas!

In the quest to develop the ultimate natural hair care routine (designed for growth, strength, and overall health), many of us pick up habits along the way that people outside of our group would consider weird, and even freaky!

Here’s my list of strange habits:

  1. I collect my shed hair in the shower as I detangle–and stick the strands to the wall no less! The conditioner makes the strands easier to plaster up there 🙂 This habit developed in order to keep my curly q’s from going down the drain and creating a massive clog. Makes total sense right? But if a friend happened upon one of my beautiful hair wads prior to clean up, they’d be utterly disgusted, lol.
  2. While in meetings and other boring situations, my short attention span drives me to subconsciously begin searching my curls for shed hairs. I finger through the curls and look for the odd strand out–usually it’s a shed hair turned upside down. I pull it out and let it fall to the floor. Gross, I know. It gets better–If I’m at the house, I’ll grab the shed hair at both ends and pull it until it pops, to assess strength (loud pop=good elasticity, weak pop= I have work to do)!
  3. I used to carry hair shears in my purse for the quick Fairy Knot or split end removal that couldn’t wait for home.
  4. I MUST stop in the hair department of every store I enter…no matter if it’s Walmart, Walgreens, Kroger, or even the Dollar Store. I HAVE to, even if I’m short on time, and have no extra money. Oh, and whenever I spot a new Beauty Supply, I usually run in and check out their inventory as well. Funny, considering I rarely buy anything anyway, lol.

So, I’ve dished my embarrassing hair habits…don’t judge me 🙂
Tell us yours!

Later Gators,
Nik

54 Comments

  • Angela says:

    Having a TWA, and sporting a fro doesn't usually include having a small little curl sticking out from the back of my head. Usually, when I get bored or I'm just starring off into traffic, I begin twirling a small portion of hair at the nape of my neck. Well the funny part of it is that I forget about it and end up discovering it passing a mirror/window of a store.

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    Auntviv, that is totally random, and absolutely hilarious. Learn something new everyday…

  • Jessica says:

    I do #1…but put the lost hairs on the edge of the tub.

    Something else I do is when I'm in a hurry and do a wash-and-go I leave the house with my hair still semi-wet and while I'm in the car, I stick my head out the window while the car is moving, rotate it from side to side for like 5 to 7 seconds then repeat 2 or 3 times. Then when I get to my destination, I finish styling with bobby pins. Anyone who sees me on the road probably thinks I look like a dog or something, and as weird as I look doing it, this is actually one of my favorite ways to do a wash-and-go. It gives me lots of volume, it dries quickly without using any heat, and I get the most compliments when I do my wash-and-go this way.

  • E_v says:

    I'm hysterical laughing at the superstitions. I don't believe them ANYMORE because I've gone more in depth with Spirituality but I've heard them all. I used to be crazy about flushing my hair down the toilet, purse on the floor, sweeping across the feet, not putting your shoes next to each other in the ''wrong way'' lol All of that. But now, with God by my side, I fear nothing. Think about ladies. Start throwing your hair in the trash and be certain that He has your back lol

    PS. I'm going to have to start sticking my hair to the wall. That seems to be a good trend hahaha

    Eboney

  • V dot says:

    I do #1 too. Clearly, it's not that weird. :o)

  • AuntViv says:

    I always assumed that when you see the woman on the box or in the magazine ad for perm or hair color that she was wearing a weave. Well, it blew my mind when I recently noticed that the hair is actually photoshopped on! So now when I'm in the beauty supply store or the hair section of a store I love to look at the pictures on the boxes. I study the box until I can verify that it's photoshopped. As of yet, I haven't found a single product where the hair was really on the woman's head at some point.

    My hair habit is this: I hate to have dry hands so when I wash my hands and don't have lotion, I grab and squeeze my hair while my hands are damp and spread around the moisturizer that rubs off like lotion. In a pinch it worked for dry lips too.

  • Alicia says:

    I am also ashamed to say. One day my office mate who is a white guy, requested for vacuum service for our office, cause he didn't know where those little black things were coming from. All I can say… it was a stressful day and I had been taking my shed hairs and rolling them into little balls and dropping them on the floor. LOL, I said nothing, he already thinks I am weird for taking picturs of my hair at work for my fotki, I don't plan to add to the weirdness anymore.

  • Alicia says:

    I thought I was the only one who went to the hair section of every store I went to. It drives my mom and sister crazy. They can't stand it cause I rarely get anything or rather need to get anything, PJism is bad but I am in therapy for it, lol.

  • Anonymous says:

    Ok ladies, because my hair is so big, when ever I remove a pull over top…I bend all the way over so my hair is hanging over, then I carefully pull my top off. Somehow I feel like this step pulls less hair and my arms are to short to go over the hair. Lol!

  • Anonymous says:

    you all are hilarious! ITS FUNNY HOW WE ALL DO THE SAME THINGS! the only thing i dont do is carry scissors for cutting the knots otherwise i do the same things especially flushing my hair down the toilet. I would never admit that i am superstitious but makes me wonder now lol! i also use the water on my hands after i wash them to smooth my hair and i cannot stay out of the mirror, even at work i am constantly in the bathroom looking at my hair pathetic lol

  • Cygnet says:

    ". . . and I'll be damned if you sweep my feet!"

    But Nikki! You're already married, so your feet are safe. I thought it was just single people who had to worry about that :-)!

  • Shun says:

    3.I used to carry hair shears in my purse for the quick Fairy Knot or split end removal that couldn't wait for home.

    I keep them in the car.

  • Cygnet says:

    Okay, so I must be the truly weird one here. I don't deliberately stick hair on the shower walls, I don't pull the shed hairs, I don't carry scissors to cut my hair, and I usually only go to the beauty supply section of a store if I need to buy something or I'm checking the availability of something I want to buy in the future.

    In fact, quite in opposition to all the rest of you who have responded so far, I only like my hair while it's firmly attached to my head; once it detaches, it's immediately gross. The more there is, and the wetter or more product-coated it is, the more grossed out I am. I hate it when it gets into the styling products that I use in jars, and I've taken to running cold water into the sink before styling in the morning so I can swish the shed hairs off my hands as I go. Since I have a habit of drinking from the bathroom sink faucet, I'm very careful to thoroughly rinse the sink and clean the faucet and the area around the sink when I'm done styling.

    I have, however, publicly repaired twists and braids that were unraveling, and I frequently twirl my hair and play with the curls while I read all the lovely responses to those blog entries of Nikki's that catch my attention, or while I'm reading other people's blogs, or while I'm playing games that only require me to click a mouse. I especially like pulling the curls in the back, which are the springiest and the least likely to frizz. They remind me of little slinkies.

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    You guys are hilarious! I love it…especially you superstitious curlies! I have my superstitions too…hubby thinks I'm crazy I don't put hats on the bed, purses on floor, and I'll be damned if you sweep my feet!

  • Anonymous says:

    holy $h!t, i didnt think ANYone did #1. ive always been embarrassed to have someone in the bathroom after me. i like to let them dry before i take them off the wall. lol.

    it s only with my current boyfriend that i've left them on. he once asked – how is it that so much of your hair sticks to the damn wall? i didnt dare answer

  • productjunkiebrie says:

    mmy habit isnt bad but its annoying, my mother loves using thin combs and flat ironing her hair
    so i'll hover over her say you shouldn't do that, that's not good, or you're damaging your hair

  • Anonymous says:

    I do #2 and #4, plus I will constantly look down at my shirt to for shed hairs and/or breakage, especially if I'm wearing a brightly colored shirt

  • LBell says:

    I do #2 in private (does waiting for a green light count as private? lol). I check to see if it's shed, then I check to see if the end is split, and then I snap it to test elasticity.

    I'm starting to do #4 and yeah, I rarely buy anything. (No BSS though…they drive me nuts with all their fake-hair and relaxer ads.)

    Maybe I should start doing #1 since my drain gets backed up about twice a year.

  • Anonymous says:

    That is so funny because I do all of the above except carry shed hairs in my purse!!! LOL! My boyfriend is always like, "ummm can you get the hair off the wall" if I miss some, but it makes for easy clean up and clear drains:) I always test thet strength of my strands…either you are not as weird as you think or I'm just as weird as you! Lol:)

    Ms Tommi

  • ChocolateOrchid says:

    Hilarious! I thought I was the only person who sticks my shed hairs to the shower, too. And I also make sure to have to Liquid Plumr on hand. Just in case.

  • Alisa says:

    i stick my shed hairs on the shower wall too. my bf hates them but i thinkt hey are so pretty and curlie!!!

  • Terra D says:

    I definitely check every hair care aisle of every store, including dollar stores LOL. I also search for the fairy knots and hand comb my hair for sheds. I have a drain catcher so I do let the hair fall in the shower! LOL.

    I think all of these are curly hair quirks, my caucasian curly friends do the same thing!

  • Renise B says:

    ROFL @ everyone who won't leave their sheds hairs anywhere. I was told the birds would get them and make them into a nest which would give me bad luck. Hair should only be flushed down the toilet or wrapped in a paper towel and thrown away. Never keep shed hair in a comb or brush b/c someone can get it and put roots on you. It's like Andre 3000 said "Whatever that means…but old people say it so it sounds right." LOL!

  • Namun says:

    LOL! Anon 2:35pm is the winner! I've heard something similar to that though.

    1. I stand in front of the mirror for a good 15-20 mins in the morning looking at my curls.
    2. When I wash my hands, I don't dry them, I run them through my curls instead.
    3. I twirl my hair between my fingers. Especially when I'm tired.

  • Anonymous says:

    omg, I do no.1 every time I detangle!

  • Anonymous says:

    I collect strands that shed into a ball, put them in an old candle jar. Once a month or so, I burn them. According to my grandma (south Louisiana), throwing hair away will allow the birds to come and eat them and thus "peck you crazy."

  • Milan says:

    I do #1 and #2 allll the time! Glad I'm not alone in this. LOL.

  • Anonymous says:

    I also check the hair care aisle of every store that I go into as well as hair accessories, and i have a fettish with combs! i'm paranoid about breakage, so I work really hard to keep my hands out of my hair, except for constant length checks and twirling the corners of my nape. I use WAYYYYY too much conditioner when I deep condition, and I only flush my shed hair down the toilet or wrap in a paper towel to throw away for fear that someone will work a root on me if they get their hands on it.

  • Anonymous says:

    LOL @Anon 12:20pm. Girl, you've been watching too much CSI, lmao.

  • satin doll says:

    I do #1 too for the same reasons! I thought I was the only one.

  • Anonymous says:

    *Hope this only post once!! Computer issuse…
    Anyway… LOL!! Mia, we were told the same thing…gotta watch out for the curses! Ok, a couple of the wierd things I do is:
    1- examine every hair utensil to observe the amount of shedding;
    2- I actually baby-talk to my coils (my daughters think I'm crazy and vain! *They're just hatin' on my little smookems! LOL!!
    Good/fun topic!!
    T.J.

  • TraciT says:

    Dang Nikki, I thought you were talking about me in 1,2, and 4. I do that all the way, and never thought it was weird at all! hahaha, Maybe THAT makes me weird. Another thing that I do is fluff my hair many times a day. It's like I can "feel" it getting flat or something…omg. So crazy.

  • Claudia says:

    OMG! I SOOO stick my hairs on the wall! I really thought I was the only one that did that! And I carry hair shears with me and check out the hair department in every store..

  • Anonymous says:

    I am constantly tweeking and revamping my regimen, so I write down what I do from prepoo to styling. I have so many lists of what I do and what I used its crazy. I'm trying to create this perfect regimen (which I know there is no such thing). I write the new regimen down like once a week after I wash to see what I need to take out or put in or what needs to just stay the same. its crazy.

    I write my wish list of products that I want to buy as well.

    when I'm bored I like to inspect my hair for splits. I am not ashamed.

  • Ms. Honey B says:

    okay… Im guilty of all them except instead of carrying shears, I'll use regular scissors! I've used arts and craft scissors, cuticle scissors (the small ones meant for your nails), everything except wire cutters (which was tempting) and kitchen shears!! lol

    I'm getting better!

    another one to add, i have styled my hair while on public transportation (Marta). Taken down twist outs and fixing up my wash 'n' go.

  • KeetaRay says:

    LOL! Nikki, I do #2 and #4, for sure. I am always pulling shed hairs until they pop to see how strong the hair was! I'm glad to know that I am not the only one 🙂 I also collect my hair in the shower when I detangle, but instead of putting it on the wall (that is hilarious!) I'll put it in a little cluster on the side of the tub then clean it when I'm done. I don't want a clogged drain, either!

  • Anonymous says:

    Ok, I carry my shed hair around because I don't want people to have my DNA if anything should go down. Crazy I know!

  • Mia says:

    LMAO!!! WOW! I do 2-4 lol. I always get a loud pop lol. It's fun to do lol. I don't let my hair fall in public though. It's tradition that you don't comb or brush hair in public and if you do, collect all the hairs that fell…otherwise someone will curse you. So I let it fall at home lol. and I'm always snipping away at those fairy knots. They're so persistant lol. I should do 1 in the shower…the drain is always clogged lol.

  • Kanyin says:

    Nikki! I definitely do #2 and 4. I've been pulling on my shed hairs to test for strength since I was relaxed. In fact, it's almost kind of an addiction because I CANNOT let a shed hair go without checking it for strength. Also, another weird habit is that I check every shed hair I catch for a follicle on the tip. I'm a nazi about breakage and I'll be in the bathroom for like 10 minutes just checking each hair for those tiny bulbs. Lol.

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    OMG! It's not just me 😀
    Thanks Stephania for the heads up!!

    Later weirdos :p

  • Anonymous says:

    I too pull on shed hairs for the same reason and listen to the pop–my mom thinks I'm crazy for doing this. And I stop in the hair section of whatever store I'm in. Something about hair products just brings warmth to my heart and puts a smile ony face lol 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    You know, you can buy a hair drain catcher for less than $2 at Walmart. May save you from plopping those shed hairs on the shower wall. 🙂

  • Maria says:

    ColdDiva and Nikki, I do #1 too! For the same reason, to avoid the drain getting closed but moreso to assess the amount of shed hairs I am pulling. It lets me know if I'm not detangling correctly too.

    I have so many weird things I do, where do I even begin. I twirl my hair everywhere.. the car, in meetings, at church, in bed. LOL Its terrible.

  • Anonymous says:

    I do #1 too! I can't believe other people do this!!

  • Desiree says:

    I totally put my hair on the shower wall too! It grosses my boyfriend out and I'm constantly asking him if he'll 'get that hair for me.' He always says no.

    I'll periodically run my hands through my hair and whatever strands come loose, I just drop them wherever. That grosses my boyfriend out too – between me and the dog there is hair ALL OVER our house. Thank God we have hardwood floors!

  • E_v says:

    Haha, Nikki. I'm right there with you on both 3 and 4. I've become obsessed with my hair. Most of my friends are white hispanics so they think I'm nuts but I drag them into every beauty supply store we pass. And, I buy something in each of them! It's definitely a problem lol

    And anonymous 10:03am, I detest them as well! I even detest looking at other people's split ends now and I'm always ready to take scissors to my family's heads lol

    Eboney

  • Anna Renee says:

    LOL! Not only are you NOT so friggin weird, but I will incorporate that first habit into my own list of habits because its too good not to! I always feared my drain clogging one day since I watch as the kinky coils slowly go down! ;-D

  • Tracy says:

    LOL, #3 that so true, those tiny burgers can't wait until I get home, so I too carry shear in my purse to snip, snip at a moment notice.
    I'm also a measuring length freak. When I shred a hair or two I've got to go get the measuring tape.(which I kept handy in the bathroom) I actully have a pic of me w/ the meas. tape at my scalp, danging down the length of my hair which meas. 8 inches. (when wet, of course)
    And lastly, I keep a post-notes of the months, ex. Jul-Aug 09 equal 1", Sept-Oct 09 equal 2" etc, so by Jul-Aug 2010 my hair will have approx grown 13" in length, Totally Insane, Crazy .

  • Anonymous says:

    I am kinda like you on #4. I must stop at the hair accessories at every store I go to. I am always on the search for headbands that actually fit my ginormous head. I have quite a large collection and I have only been natural for 4 months.

  • Stephania Brooks says:

    lol…little typo Nikki (werid)! But yes, I also go through every 'ethnic' hair department of the stores! So weird haha! But then I also run my hands through my ends to see if I can pull out a shed hair. its a gross, satisfying habit 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    I pull knots from the end of my hair, so there are little hair balls all over my carpet.

  • Anonymous says:

    I go on search and destroy missions pretty much anywhere. I destest split ends.

  • Anonymous says:

    Hahaha I definitely do number one!! My brother always complains about my hair wads on the shower walls

  • ColdDiva says:

    Ok first of all I sooooo do #1! LOL! I do it too avoid it going down the drain but also to assess the amount of shedding. But then I will stretch them out on the tile to see how long the hairs are.

    Ok so another odd thing I used to do aside from that is to keep hair pins with me at all time to the point of anxiety! I have them in my car; every purse; luggage; bathroom; bedroom; drawers; in pant and coat pockets! I would have to have one to keep my hair in a bun cause I would never allow it hang loose much to my co-workers and loved ones chagrin, (this was when I was relaxed); I would even keep a spare stuck in my hair!

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