Win a (not so) Scary trip to NYC from Ouidad CLOSED

You may have heard me talk about my hair a time or two before. That’s because of all my physical traits, it’s the one that causes me the most grief, the most money and the most drama. Join me for a brief history, won’t you?.

Once upon a time, I was a curly haired girl. Little ringlets, cute little pigtails… Life was good.


As I got older, my hair straightened out into loose waves, and remained that way for the rest of my childhood.

Hello, awkward.

But then, tragedy struck. Suddenly and practically overnight, my straight hair turned curly when I was 13. (Yes, that’s actually all my hair.).


I wisely grew it out, but still had no idea how to cut it or care for my hair… clearly. Birds mistook it for their nests and it took a full day to air dry.


It’s been too yellow and too red and too dark and and too long and too short and everything in between..

For years I battled it and moaned about it and longed for my straight hair of the past. Until I found a line that changed everything… I’ve been using Ouidad religiously for over 15 years and have turned everyone I know into a fanatic, too. I’m not exaggerating when I say that the products have changed my life. It’s hands down the best line I’ve ever tried for curly or wavy hair, and trust me, I’ve tried them all.

That’s why I am so, so excited to be partnering with Ouidad to host a Scary Curl Contest for all my fellow curly girls. Not only will one winner receive a trip to NYC for a curl makeover session at the flagship salon, (I had one a few months ago and it was amazing) they will also receive spa treatments, spending money, two nights at a swanky hotel and tickets to my official book launch party, hosted by Ouidad. Yes, my favorite line in the world is throwing me a book launch party and I want you to come.

To enter, you need to upload a picture of your curls or waves to one of our Facebook pages. All of the contest and voting details can be found on the pages as well.

C’mon, I showed you mine, now it’s your turn! I can’t wait to see your curls and I really can’t wait to celebrate with one of you in April.

Good luck!!


About the writer


What started as an innocent on-line baby book to chronicle Jill Smokler’s stay-at-home days with her children, quickly transformed into a vibrant community of parents, brought together by a common theme: Parenting doesn’t have to be perfect. Welcome to Scary Mommy!


Bullgrit 4 years ago

Gotta say: In that photo for this post on your front page, you look like you’re impersonating Gilda Radner’s Rosana Rosanadana.

Go Inspire Beauty 4 years ago

Yay, Curls! I LOVE curls. I have to say, my clients who have lived with curls their whole life without proper direction find their curls horrible and a curse. I love helping them, guiding them to a place where they love their curls, too.
This is a great contest and I hope your winner can finally learn to love their curls!
Thanks for sharing your adorable pictures.

Mommy Shove 4 years ago

I have curly hair that went for awesome straight to super curly when I turned 13. Mom insisted my hair was still straight, so she made me brush it for hours every night to “tame the mane”. Instead of taming, I literally had a huge afro for my entire teen years, which is not a good look on an awkward, skinny, pasty-white preppy.

Jennifer M. 4 years ago

You hair has gone through a long process of evolution as well but I like it because it’s very bouncy and unconventional. Thanks for sharing this contest!!!

Dawn 4 years ago

The same thing happened to me. Except I had weird “skunk” hair, as the mean kids called it, up until I was about 13. It was all light blonde, but for a weird darker streak down the part. Like I’d been bleaching my hair since birth. And it was straight as a board! Then, it started turning more golden and went CRAZY curly! I still love it, though. As long as I keep it longer than my shoulders, it stays pretty decent with constant conditioning, shampoo every 2-3 days. 😉

Jenna 4 years ago

Gee I wish I had curls like that. You can do most anything with that lovely hair. I will tell my curly hair friends about the contest. Thanks.

Hanan 4 years ago

I would so LOVE to win this. I just entered!!

Nuts about food 4 years ago

That first picture is scary, I admit, but you look amazing now. Love those curls. And you look good in pretty much all the other pics. The one I love the most, that made me laugh out loud was the one with the baby that fell over. It is soooo cute and soooo funny.

tracy@sellabitmum 4 years ago

Your curls are gorgeous(this coming from straight, thin, hair girl). But I really appreciate this product tip. My eldest daughter has curls/frizz and I have NO idea what to use/do with it to make it look nice. Any product tips are so welcome. xoxo

Lynn from For Love or Funny 4 years ago

I am soooooooo jealous of your curls!

Alexandra 4 years ago

I tweeted, I commented, I liked:

All that’s missing is the deforestation of my head.


Nina 4 years ago

Damn my straight hair! I loved these pictures. So fabulous! And what a fun contest. Will tweet about it now!

Kristin 4 years ago

What if I want more curls? My hair is straight on the top and curly underneath. This makes for a very interesting shape – and it explains why it’s almost always in a ponytail. I’ll search for the proper photo to share. I’m usually avoiding the camera when it’s acting up.

sammi 4 years ago

Coming from a straight haired girl…I want CURLS!! I’m jealous of all you curly haired beauties. The closes I get is a loose, natural wave if I let it air dry. Boo for boring hair!

Maria 4 years ago

Can I still enter it if I already live in NY? My curls are f-ed up right now, so I don’t know who would vote for this mop.

amy 4 years ago

I Love your curls. I would enter but I just chopped my hair off and it is really short and doesn’t curl for a couple more inches. I like Ouidad and Deva products. Gawd I wish this stuff was around when I was a kid. And the cuts are great. I loved having a curly girl cut and still don’t use a towel on my hair. Makes a huge difference.
Curly girls Unite!!!

Not a Perfect Mom 4 years ago

I’ve always wanted curly hair…I’ve even permed it in my youth to try and achieve it…alas, they always fell out…
So me and my lame ass straight hair will have to sit and not enter…
And I love the awkward picture! big glasses rock!

Sunday Stilwell 4 years ago

Oh how I wish I had curly hair. ::sigh::

Carolyn 4 years ago

This giveaway makes me want to have curly hair.
Alas, it is limp straight. Blah.

Nancy Nelson 4 years ago

You looked so adorable as a little girl…and still do! I love your curls!!

Mark 4 years ago

I will totally check out these products for my daughter’s hair. I wish she were 18 just to join the contest.

Kylie Dudek 4 years ago

I haven’t ever tried any Ouidad products, but I would definitely will now!!

Chardale irvine 4 years ago


I was finally kinda getting a handle on the waves and then the gray started coming in. The gray has a different texture, wave and doesn’t hold color very long. I need lots of help in figuring out what to do when the humidity goes up. I start out looking like this and end up with poofs that made my niece ask me why I looked like a lion in the morning.

Marta 4 years ago

Weirdly my hair lost its curly after I dyed it blonde. Was it the chemicals? Some lingering hormones from my baby? Who knows but magically it tamed the frizz but sadly lost its ringlets.

Otherwise I would have LOVED to enter!

Amanda 4 years ago

I’m jealous of those curls! My hair is straight and will not hold a curl. It doesn’t matter how much product or heat I use, the curl will not stay for more than half an hour. Do you know how frustrating it is to spend an hour or two curling your hair only to have the curl fall completely out within an hour? Congrats on the book and book tour!

Loukia 4 years ago


What a fabulous contest… I am entering FOR SURE! xoxo

Katy @ Experienced Bad Mom 4 years ago

I’m hoping the 80s were good for you and your hair?! My hair is wavy-esque but unless I upload a picture of my permed ‘do from 1989 I don’t think it’s wavy enough to win. But, go curly hair ladies, go!

    Scary Mommy 4 years ago

    The eighties were dreadful. Starting in the mid-nineties, things started looking up. :)

Jenn 4 years ago

Wow I think you hijacked my old photos & put your face on them lol! And yes since children its way too long and about 6 different colors(including gray). I will be entering this contest for sure!!

Elaine 4 years ago

I think I’m gonna go get a perm just so I can enter. My hair is straight as a board, dammit! What an awesome party you are going to have!! 😀

    Scary Mommy 4 years ago

    I know, I feel badly about that, but you guys haven’t suffered like we have. This is years of torture paying off!

liz 4 years ago

Ok – this trip would be so awesome to win… Seriously…
I love your photos… but I have to admit I’ve always been very jealous of you curly-head-girls… I have some major wavy action going on… but it’s like my hair could never decide if it wanted to be straight or curly… blah.

    Scary Mommy 4 years ago

    I think wavy is the best. We never, ever want what we have.

nic @mybottlesup 4 years ago

totally entered. would never be able to go with this baby poppin out in april, but entered anyways. SO EXCITED for you and all of this awesomeness. LOVING the book and sending you so much love and positive vibes. xoxoxox!

Liz 4 years ago

As a girl with straight hair, I think your curls are GORGEOUS! Mine won’t hold a curl for anything.

    Scary Mommy 4 years ago

    Awww, thanks!! Mine refuses to stay straight.

Jennifer 4 years ago

I’ve always wanted curly hair. Now more than ever. 😉 As I’ve gotten older my hair has gotten wavier, but not anywhere close to being curly.

I LOVE your curly hair.

Carrie 4 years ago

And now look at you. Hot stuff with all those curls you once hated.

Funny how when we get older the crap that used to cause misery is what makes us unique.

Cause God knows I’ve heard “I’d rather be dead than red on the head” more than 912 times.

And now? I have friends who pay big shit to get this color. And it costs me nothing.

Life, curls and redhair is a bitch. In every good way imaginable.

Sweety Darlin 4 years ago

OH MY!!! I would post my pictures from the 80’s when bangus erectus was an official hair style. However my mother hated my fairly straight hair and forced me to get spiral perms every 6 months for YEARS! Add the fact that my hair was practically white blonde made me look like some freak french poodle. Now straight is the way! Of course it is flat an uneventful, but at least people can be seen in photos standing next to me. LOL

I love them SO AWESOME!!!

    Scary Mommy 4 years ago

    You MUST post pictures of that! Don’t tease.

Life with Kaishon 4 years ago

I wish my hair was curly just so I could enter : ) I have your book and I am DYING for a second to dig in. So proud and excited for you!

Rebeccah 4 years ago

Do they have a cure for multiple personality disorder hair? Straight, curly, wavy, frizzy, cowlicks, swirls, coarse, oh, and TONS of it, of course, all on the same head. I might crash the event if I don’t win.

    Scary Mommy 4 years ago

    I think they ARE the cure. Seriously.

Cassie 4 years ago

This is one of the few times in my life where I feel a bit sad to not have any hair. Man, a trip sounds nice……but, if you have to deal with hair (good or bad) on a daily basis, I guess you do deserve a trip! : )

Kmama 4 years ago

Do you want to see “bad” pics of the curls, or pics when we’re rocking the curls? I have both. Probably more of the bad ones though! 😉

    Scary Mommy 4 years ago

    Me, too. :) Whichever picture you think would get the most votes, I’d say! So… probably rocking? Unless the bad is really hilarious?

Galit Breen 4 years ago

LOVE these photos – oh does our hair ever tell our story!

And ohmygoodness, I LOVE this contest and will so bring my scary mess of curls to the table!

Fantastic giveaway, Jill! And Book Launch! Eek!

    Scary Mommy 4 years ago

    OMG, I would LOVE you to be there!!!!

Jenna 4 years ago

So fun! I have straight hair, but loved seeing your old pics!!

    Jen 4 years ago

    I bought Ouidad when you were talking about it months ago and you were right — I LOVE it!!! Totally entering this – so fun!!!!!


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