|Not to long ago I straightened my hair to test a heat protectant. I was at school and I kept having people say how great my hair looked and how I should straighten in more often. Every time I heard this I think I died a little inside. I love my curly hair and having it straight just feels wrong. I've been so focused on styling my curly hair to make it look better and less frizzy and more volume at the roots etc. that I forgot how much I loved my hair just for being curly, even if it was frizzy, oddly shaped, had a bad haircut, and straight roots. I loved it for all it's imperfections because it was unique. When I had straight hair my hair was the same of at least half the girls at school, just length and colorwise. Not to mention styling and so on. But with curls I was one of 10 I think that wear their hair down and natural. And now I have the oppurtunity of helping and being helped by fellow curly girls. I'm glad I have curly hair and have embraced it. I soon want to get my hair cut and styled by a professional who specializes in curls. I love the chance to try new products in my curls so when someone asks "How do you do your hair?" I can tell them with certainty that these products work better than those and that using this with that has great results. I want to be one of the people that you would come up to on the street to find out where they got there hair done and how. I love sharing my chronicle. Curls Forever.|
From Pure and Innocent to Frizzled and contaminated
Oh what we have put our hair through over the years. We were born and raised as young children with curls that were always being torn at by brushes from our misguided but well meaning parents. As children we didn't care about our hair. Now a teens story.
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|As teenagers we are surrounded by peer pressure. For a curly teen it can be the pressure to have that gorgeous straight hair that flies in the wind and stays perfect no matter what. So we smother our hair with straightening shampoos and products and frying our hair with flat irons. I must admit that I have fallen into that mindset many times and have needed weeks of hair therapy to recover from it. One of my worst curltastrophes was when I got a haircut in a local salon. Usually when I got it cut I straightened my hair so they weren't baffled or wouldn't trim half and miss half of the hair which has happened to me before. But at this cut I didn't straighten and she cut all the hair, then brushed it and combed it, and cut it again and I ended up with something that looked like a triangle on my head. I nearly burst into tears right then and there but I held them back. I went home and tried to salvage the cut by, of course, straightening it. I actually looked decent and I got a compliment by a fellow unreformed curly girl because she couldn't wear her hair so short. she didn't know that I hated it. I've been growing it out for months so I am happier with my hair. I want to help that curly girl that complimented my hair so that she can have the curls I see. She has beautiful 3c blond curls that are halfway down her back. I can see the potential of perfect curls for her but I can tell she doesn't know how to hydrate her curls and is using the wrong products. She is a teenager like me but has more pressure because she is a cheerleader and beauty pagent girl and actress theater geek and is just so out there and sociable unlike me who doesn't care about how I look but I want to start caring about how I look. This is really long and rambling so I'm finishing up. Bye-bye.|