"Maybe she's born with it, maybe it's Maybelline" was a popular ad I saw on television every day as a youth. When I first started going out in 1989 as the draggy club girl you all know and love, I used a lot of Maybelline, Revlon, L'Oreal, and Cover Girl. In the beginning, it was all about changing my appearance, oftentimes dramatically, with heavy makeup, big wigs, and bountiful body padding. As I gained experience, I stripped away all of these silly things and concentrated on enhancing my own natural beauty. Up until that time, my look was based on what I thought other people thought would look good on me, which was not the best way to look at things.
From 1995 to 2007, I've worked with hair extensions and wigs and learned a lot about styling women's hair that augmented what I already knew about styling my boy hair in the past. In 2005, I reduced the amount of makeup I wore and favored a natural look over a glamorous look. In 2007, I completely stopped wearing artificial hair in favor of my own natural hair. Never content with keeping my look stagnant, I'd switch back and forth between glamorous and natural, all the while keeping my glamour looks well-grounded in natural makeup principles. I call this look "glama-natural."
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