I Finally Learned How to Get Carrie Bradshaw Curls, Because We All Want Hair We Don't Have

I Finally Learned How to Get Carrie Bradshaw Curls, Because We All Want Hair We Don’t Have

I was never the girl with curls. When I was younger, my hair was stick-straight, and it slowly got wavier and developed more texture as I grew up. But in the early ’90s, my mom maintained a perm, and what little girl doesn’t admire her mother’s beauty routine? I can still smell the spritz of her Chance Chanel perfume that came right after she shook her curls loose from her bath towel. By the time she was ready to walk out the door and head to work, my mom’s curls were dry — loose, wild, and pretty much what I thought hair should look like on a strong, powerful woman.

Enter Carrie Bradshaw, who I sneakily started watching on TV with friends in middle school, even though Sex and the City was supposed to be off limits. Carrie had hair like my mom’s, only it was blond. She was small, but her hair was big and loud. I loved her outfits and wanted to dress like her, which was maybe, sort of, (eventually?) doable, and I loved her hair — but mine looked like Charlotte’s, which is a far cry from Carrie’s. Later in life, I dyed my hair blond from brunette, and while I’ve since gone through different stages — I scrunched my hair with Dep gel when that was a thing, gave bangs a whirl, and dabbled with curling wands — I’ve never quite figured out how to pull off “the Carrie.”

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