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Riding in cars with curls. Or, how to have your curls and freedom too.

Fri, 06/15/2012 - 09:32 -- Jess

Happy Friday! Some of you may recognize the subtle shout out in the subject line to my all time favorite celebrity crush, Drew Barrymore. :) I love her. In perfectly acceptable, non-stalkery ways. (I live too far away to be a stalker anyway.) But I digress.

Later today I’m heading down to San Francisco and given the epic weather, you can bet I’ll have the top down on my car. That’s right – I have a convertible AND a hair obsession. How can that BE? I’m here to tell you my secrets. :)

The key to preserving your curls during a top-down drive is NOT to scrunch out the crunch when they dry. Whether you air dry or dry with a diffuser, when your hair gets to that point where you’d normally scrunch out any crunch, DON’T. That crunch is what will (mostly) preserve your curls during the drive.

Jess posing in front of a car

Will your hair be in perfect, frizz-free condition when you arrive at your destination? Nope. Should you get over it and enjoy your life? YEP! :) In the end, it’s just hair, right? It might be a bit frizzier than normal and certainly wind-blown (duh) but by not scrunching out the crunch your curls will be in much better shape than they would be otherwise.(Oh, and no, this picture was not taken today. I don't tend to get so dressed up for long car rides. :) )

The drive to SF is about 5 hours from where I live and yeah, I’ll have some hairs out of place but nothing I’d be embarrassed about. Would I do that and then go do a Jessicurl photoshoot? Well, no. But it’s all about balancing our hair obsessions with the simple joys in life, right? Right. :)

And, since no sunny top-down road trip is complete without a killer soundtrack, I figured I’d share with you my go-to song for wind-blown driving: Freedom’s A Stranger by Scott Miller. If you don’t know of Scott Miller, you should. He’s awesome. Happy driving! :)