Know what advice she gave me for curly hair? Only rinse your conditioner half way out, then ring out your hair and put in some product (like that silky stuff) while you're still in the shower. Only towel it lightly if at all, and let it air dry. I let it air dry all the time, but the rest of those suggestions were new.
Forget this. It's upstairs to let my mother photograph.
And there you have it! Thanks for playing along, folks!
By the way, that thing on the wall in the background has become a part of our family's folklore, and I might as well tell you about it while we're here. You see, my brother, Luke, used to get picked on in high school, specifically by a kid whom he sat behind in one of his classes. The kid would turn around and punch Luke in the chest each day. One day, Luke was ready for him and had this little instrument under his sweatshirt. It's a flat board with about 100 tiny nails in it. Like a classic underdog movie, the kid turned around in class, punched Luke, squealed in pain, and realized with sadness that he couldn't exactly tattle on Luke ("I was simply punching Luke's chest and felt this tremendous pain in my hand..."). He left Luke alone thereafter.