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Natural Red-Head

Piper's natural hair

First of all, I want to make it perfectly clear that I love my curls. It is a part of my signature look. But sometimes a girl needs a change.

So when my mother offered me the opportunity to try the new Frizz-Ease 3-Day Straight product, I was excited. It seemed like a cool idea that I could have straight hair for a few days but go back to my curls as soon as I took a bath.

My friend Piper also wanted to try it, so she came over to my house on a Saturday afternoon.

It was a relatively easy process. I washed my hair and then Megan, who works with my Mom, sprayed on the product and blew my hair out. Then, she went through my hair with a flat iron. Voila. Straight hair! Shiny, smooth, straight hair!

Piper was a little nervous. She was afraid she might never see her curls again, but we assured her it was temporary.

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So she went through the same routine, and her red hair was silky straight. She was super excited to see herself with longer, smoother hair, even though she said she likes herself with curly hair better.

The real test came over the next two days. I had a gymnastics performance and had to wear my hair in a ponytail on top of my head. Piper was a Bon Bon in several performances of the Nutcracker and had to wear her hair in a bun.

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Even with all this, our hair stayed silky and shiny. My mother went through my hair Monday morning with a flat iron and it looked as straight as ever!

It was fun to show up at assembly on Monday morning and see the reactions of my friends to my new look. They all wanted to put their hands through my hair!

I returned to my curls this morning. But it's nice to know I have options! Everybody needs a change of pace every now and then—even a 10-year-old!

Hi fellow curlies! Today I tried out the Knot Genie. Here's my opinion:

First of all, the Knot Genie comes in an awesome box. However, while it was painless during use (as it claims to be), it didn't untangle my hair as good as my regular brush. It did get rid of some of the small knots, but my hair still had knots.

Since we're on the subject of detangling, let me share some of my tips.

Enough of the commercial beginning. Now on to the good stuff. Do you ever feel like your hair is impossible to untangle, no matter what you do? Do you ever feel like your normal routine for getting rid of knots isn't working? Well, I can help! (The good stuff).

Emmi Holding Knot Genie

First, find a brush with long, only slightly bendy bristles. Then wet your hair and apply conditioner. Flip your hair over your shoulder (trust me, it helps) and if your hair isn't long enough, just forget that step. Then grab the ends of your hair (which should be the most tangled parts) in your fist. This will reduce any pain the brush causes as it detangles. There's a long boring thingy about nerves and what-not, but I bet you're somewhat smart enough to figure out the scientific parts. Brush the ends of your hair until they're smooth. After that, brush the rest of your hair. Apply more conditioner if needed. In terms of the conditioner, I like conditioners that have what my mom calls "slip." Right now, I'm using a Biolage conditioner, but before that, I was using a Ouidad Curl Quencher Conditioner I really liked too.

Another tip: It really helps if you don't rinse out your hair upside down, because this causes more tangles to form. I've learned this all through trial and error!

Time for the cheesy ending. Those are the steps for detangling hair the proper way. I hope you enjoyed it, and I'd highly recommend trying it (not just because I wrote it, but because it really works.) I mean seriously, why would I bother writing this if it wasn't true?). And, not only did you learn how to keep your hair smooth and shiny, but you also learned the steps to writing a good column (quote: The commercial beginning. The good stuff. The cheesy ending. Ta-da!). The End.

Dear Curly Emmi: So last school year, I always wore my curly hair straight. I would straighten it out at lease four times a week, and it became really damaged, with all sorts of split ends and dead ends. At the end of the semester, I cut off about four inches and haven't straightened it since.

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I've gotten used to my hair curly, and I'm finally starting to like it! However, I was talking to one of my friends and when I told her I wasn't going to straighten out my hair anymore, she started trying to convince me that I should straight it out since I "look so much prettier with my hair straight" and blah, blah, blah.

The thing is, I don't want to straighten it. I like it curly, plus I don't want to have to go through the hassle of straightening out my hair every day, and almost everyone these days has straight hair. I want to be unique!

Why is straight hair seen as prettier than straight hair? What's wrong with curly hair?

A: First of all, you have an annoying friend. Second of all, you shouldn't care what she thinks. It's more important what you think. I don't want to go all guidance counselor on you, but you should do what you want to do.

And if you've looked at celebrities lately, curly hair is everywhere! Maybe when Taylor Swift was growing up, her friends told her to straighten her hair. But she wears her hair curly, and it's the feature that everyone talks about most.

In the end, it's all about how you feel about yourself. When I found out I needed glasses this year, I thought "I can work that look!" I picked out a really cool pair (they're brown with a cool design on the side), and now all my friends want glasses. It's all about confidence.

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We all know how annoying it is when you wake up the morning after you take a shower to find that your hair has gotten tangly and frizzy overnight. So, here are some tips that might help.

  1. First, shampoo and condition your hair I also recommend to rinse your hair under cold water for a few minutes after you put in your conditioner. This keeps your hair flat and shiny.).

  2. After you get out of the tub, comb out your hair with a wide-toothed comb.
  3. I find it works best not to put in leave-in conditioners, mousse, or other similar products in. As I have found out, all these do is make your hair less soft and shiny, surprisingly enough. I have also found out that by putting in leave in conditioners and all that stuff that my hair gets tangled more easily.
  4. Once your hair is untangled and somewhat dry (but still a little moist) put it up in a loose bun with a hair band. The bun will keep it from getting twisted and tangled while you sleep, because we all move around a little. The bun will also trap some moisture, so when you take the hair band out in the morning, it will still be a little wet. And you get good curl formation.

If you have any questions, email me.

Dear Emmi: Is it just me or do curly haired people group together? Seriously everyone I sit with at lunch has wavy, curly or kinky hair and plus most of my friends have curly hair. Maybe it's just me.

A: No, they don’t always do that. Almost all of my friends have straight hair, and they still hang out with me. Hair doesn’t really matter in the friendship world. What really matters is how you act. Your friends won’t understand you or like you better just because your hair is different (well, most likely not). Just look around—you’ll see plenty of curly people hanging with straight haired people.

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