CurlyTeen Scene is a column especially for curly teens. Julia Rizzo is a teenager living in Central New York. When not writing, she enjoys acting, reading and snow skiing. She has loved writing as long as she can remember, and plans to pursue a career in English. She hopes her column will provide encouragement and inspire girls to love their curly hair.
Prom season. You’ve got your date, your dress and plans for an awesome evening. You have a million things to think about. But one thing you shouldn’t have to worry about is your hair.
Even though we have to work a little harder than our straight-haired counterparts to get our curls looking formal and fabulous (a little patience and a lot of hairspray does the trick), we can also get some of the most unique hairstyles.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love my curly hair because I feel it represents my personality. I don’t want this to change just because I have a special occasion. When I sit in a stylist’s chair, she'll often suggest straightening it. (I have since switched stylists!) I resist the urge, knowing how damaging the long process of blow drying and straightening can be to my hair.
Whether we are going to a prom, wedding, graduation, or any other special occasion, these times are memorable, and often filled with people taking pictures and admiring our look. Why switch to straight now when our hair is one of the things that makes us curly girls who we are?
Whether your idea of dressing up is to look like a princess, a punk rocker or a red-carpet regular, you can find a style that works for you. Experiment. Create something that is as funky, flirty or fashionable as you are. I like to try new things to spice up the way I normally wear my hair. Flowers, sparkly barrettes, combs and ribbon can add all interest and can vary from classic to trendy. These make me feel more dressed up. My friends can tell you that most days at school, my only hair accessory is the number two pencil that’s holding up my bun!
We are all different, and it’s an awesome feeling when you can find a look that, even when you are dressed up, stays true to the everyday you. The way you look is only one aspect of feeling confident on your special day. But when you love your outside, your confident inner self can shine through!
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