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Julia Rizzo

Julia Rizzo

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.

Being a teenager and being busy seem to be synonymous.

Although I enjoy everything I’m involved in, it seems as if there just aren’t enough hours in the day with schoolwork, a job and everything else I do. Being a little short for time can be an all too familiar situation.

Luckily, curly hair care doesn’t have to be one more thing on the list!

There are a lot of ways you can style your hair with minimal time and effort, whether you have a ton to do or just want an extra 15 minutes of sleep.

My favorite trick is to shower at night, put some leave-in conditioner or light mousse in my hair, and then put it in a tight braid. The top comes out shiny and frizz free, and you have beautiful, tangle-free waves when you get up in the morning. Unbraid and enjoy!

One of the advantages of curly hair is that you can usually skip the blow-drying,and the heat and damage that goes with it. If you shower in the morning wrap your hair in a towel to get rid of excess water, then use your fingers to put in your favorite product. Your hair will dry while you get dressed, eat breakfast or walk the dog!

If you are a girl on the go who prefers her hair back and out of her face, “the Edwardian” is a beautiful style that shows off your curls while keeping them out of your face. I like this style because it controls my little fly-aways that tend to pop up during the day when I have my hair back.

I usually do this when my hair is wet, but it’s just as easy to do dry. First pick up a section of hair at your temple and twist it toward your head. Keep adding sections of hair as you move toward the back of your head, twisting as you go. Use a barrette or ponytail holder to fasten one side (or just have a parent, sibling or friend hold it) while you do the other side. You can twist all your hair and put it in a low ponytail, on only do the hair around your face and put it half up. Once you practice a bit you’ll be able to do it in no time flat, and it’s a dressy and feminine alternative to the ponytail.

Just because our lives are crazy doesn’t mean our hair has to be. Whether you like to wear your hair up or down, with a little practice and some knowledge of your hair type, you can find quick and simple ways to make your hair beautiful every day. Hopefully, if nothing else, it will help your morning go a little smoother!


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