Move outta the way Ugly Betty, I was here first!! Yes, back in my younger years, I had (AND STILL HAVE) the frizziest hair and I wore the thick-rimmed glasses and I had a dodgy dress sense too. (Un)fortunately, we didn’t have digital cameras back then so I don’t have photographic evidence of my teenage years on my hard drive (since all my photos are back in Scotland) so you will just have to refer to a recent photo of me – STILL with the frizziest hair and thick glasses.
Admittedly, I did have a hard time growing up being an Asian geek. Guys never paid me any attention until my early twenties. What happened? I went from “Geek” to “Chic”. How? Well, allow me to share…
1. ghd hair straighteners
My hair drove me nuts because the frizz refused to be tamed…until my sister came home one day with a pair of ghd hair straighteners. This was in 2001, if memory serves me correctly. She said her girl-friend had used them on her hair and magically transformed her straggly hair to sleek, shiny hair by using this straightening iron. I didn’t believe her…until I used it on my hair. ZOMG!!! I couldn’t believe it!!! My frizzbomb turned into sexy, shiny locks. Incidentally, ghd stands for Good Hair Day – and I can definitely see why!
Of course, nowadays, it’s normal for every girl to have a pair of hair straighteners. But those of us who suffered all those years without straighteners will know the years of pain we went through. Pictured above are my 2nd pair of ghd’s and they have been a faithful friend for many years. I use it a lot to tame the frizzy flyaways and before I fell in love with this curling iron, I used it to curl my hair too.
2. Contact lenses
Having straight hair didn’t elevate me to “Chic” status. I still needed to get rid of my glasses – but without them, I am as blind as a bat!! (My eyes are -13.50 and -12.50 – yes, THAT bad!) Thankfully, new developments in eye care meant that I could finally get the contact lenses I had always dreamed of in 2002. I remember the compliments I received when I first wore contact lenses. People kept saying, “Wow, you have really nice big eyes.” Of course, that was before my right eyelid turned weird and I started getting big eye bags…
Got rid of the frizzy hair and the geeky glasses and I just needed a bit more help…
My glasses and frizzy hair took up half my face, but now with tamed locks and no glasses, my face was bare-naked to the world. And let’s not kid ourselves here, but unless you’re drop dead gorgeous with supermodel genes, make-up can really enhance your features and boost self-confidence. A few coats of mascara and red lipstick always makes me feel chic!!
Geek To Chic Is Complete
And there you go. That’s my geek to chic transformation complete. I mean, there’s always more I can do – for example, dress “better” but it’s not what you wear, but how you wear it! Besides, once a geek, always a geek! I am proud of it! It’s okay to be “geek chic” these days!!
Do you have any “geek to chic” stories to share? Or were you always Miss Pretty & Popular at High School? If so, you lucky gal!!!
Disclosure : This post was sponsored by ghd.
Ugly Betty image taken from google.com