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Inspired by the “Girl Girls — It’s not just hair, it’s a way of life” group on Facebook, I thought I would put together a “You know you’re a curly girl if … ” list. Although curly girls are a totally diverse group, perhaps you’ve had a few of these experiences along the way.

You know you’re a curly girl if…

You laugh when a friend asks you if you have a hairbrush

As curly girls, we can’t get our fingers through our hair, much less a brush packed with closely spaced bristles. Brushing wet hair does nothing but cause breakage, and brushing it dry is a recipe for disaster. The last time I brushed my hair on a regular basis (seventh grade), the result looked more like a Christmas tree or an equilateral triangle than anything that would be considered a “style”. So no, I’m sorry, I don’t have a hairbrush.

… but you always have a hair tie.

Whether the culprit is humidity, wind, or just that one friend who sits behind you in class and likes to play with your hair, you always have a hair tie around your wrist and are never without one “on hand.” When straight hair gets messy, a few swipes of a brush will solve everything, but when curls gets unruly you have two choices: douse it with water or stick it in a bun.

You avoid products that say “Won’t weight hair down!”

While ideal curls are bouncy and light, if you’re like me you avoid any product that claims it will “create volume!” like the plague. My hair has enough volume for me and two or three other people, thank you very much.

You have buy two bottles of conditioner for every bottle of shampoo.

Somehow I always end up standing in the shower, staring woefully at my half-full bottle of shampoo while trying to get at the last bit of conditioner. You’ve been there; banging the bottle against your hand, unscrewing the top and sticking your finger in the bottle, trying to get enough conditioner out for one … more … shower …

Elderly ladies are your biggest fans.

Whether you’re at the grocery store, at church or at the library, it never fails; elderly people love your hair. If someone who looks like she could be five times your age stops you in the produce section to ask you if your hair is natural and tell you how lucky you are, you’re probably a curly girl.

You don’t think its weird to ask someone about the products they use.

I don’t think I’ve ever asked a straight-haired friend what type of gel she uses or whether or not she shampoos. However, if you have a couple friends with awesome curly hair, comments like “Oh my goodness, what do you use in it?” are just bound to happen. Our products are often central to our style. Whether they’re fiercely loyal to your product and want everyone to know how awesome it is or they are continuously looking for the latest and greatest way to define your curls, curly girls love to talk about the products they use.


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I read the bit about the 2/1 conditioner and shampoo ratio and I pretty much pointed at the screen and said "A THOUSAND TIMES YES". It's been that way ever since I was a kid!
I love this list! My friend (asian with shiny, straight, perfect hair even after dying it countless times)had the funniest shocked look on her face when she found out I don't brush my hair every day.
lol ALL OF THE FOLLOWING TINGS ARE TRUE FOR ME.!! I WENT TO CAMP AND THIS GIRL WAS LIKE...DO U HAVE A HAIRBRUSH? AND I SAID... I DO NOT OWN A HAIRBRUSH... SHE LOOKED AT ME LIKE I WAS A FOOL AND I JUST HAD TO LAUGH.. I NEVER BRUSH MY HAIR AND WHEN I USED TO, IT WAS LIKE THE CURL ZOMBIE WAS ATTACKING!! AS FOR THE HAIRBAND THING...TOTALLY!!! OLD WOMEN AND ALL GIRLS MY AGE WANT MY HAIR ITS SOOO FUNNY!!
lol. Every single one of these is true! I do spend time in the shower trying to get more conditioner out of the bottle! And I do always have a hair tie! lol
lol. Every single one of these is true! I do spend time in the shower trying to get more conditioner out of the bottle! And I do always have a hair tye! lol
haha! the conditioner one sounds just like me ALL THE TIME :D &&the elderly ladies one also I AM a curly girl and PROUD of it
lmao for the elderly ladies are your biggest fans!! its so true!!
Omgoshy! this is so true! especially the conditioner/shampoo ratio...happens all the time to me! XD
lmao on the "won't weigh hair down" thing. i think mine might have enough volume for 5 people ;)
Ohmygosh, I AM a total curly girl, and more. One time I brushed my hair, and I swear it was parrallel to the ground... It was sooo poufy and stuck out to the sides... The only reason I use a brush is in the shower, right after i put in conditioner, b4 getting it wet, i brush my wet hair to equally distribute the conditioner. I also agree about the shampoo thing... I use a teeny bit of shampoo which i massage straight onto my scalp.... but conditioner has to go ALL over my hair. Fave conditioner and shampoo; -Sunsilk Waves of Envy conditioner (my hair just soaks it up!! & it works better than the Sunsilk curl conditioner!!) -Herbal Essences Hello Hydration shampoo (purely 4 my dry scalp) Products; - first spray Sunsilk Waves of envy hairapy sea mist (smells soooo good and helps curls to be more shapely & less frizzy!!) on wet hair -sencond on wet hair comb with fingers Sunsilk captivating curls de frizz leave in creme (SO totally completes de frizzing and curl defining!) -on dry hair b4 bed spray the sea mist waves of envy on!!! (helps keep curls shape overnight and seals hair.... doesn't allow to frizz too much...) Enjoy, jayarecurls
My friend didn't believe the afro thing, so I had to show her. It was hilarious especially when her parents saw my hair, then i wet it and it shrunk down to its normal large size.
I always think the funniest thing is when you tell someone about your hair as an afro and their eyes get huge and they stare at your hair!
this is so funny when ever people say y don't you brush your hair I'm like because when i brush my hair it afros
Omg,Lmao. The hairbrush thing freaks my friends out every time. How do they think I brush through this stuff?? Great article!
OH my word this is so true and it put a huge smile on my face i <3 my fellow curlies
Hehe, these are all so true for me. Curly girls unite! :P
Every single one of these is completely true... except for the ponytail holder, I usually just carry two pencils in my purse for makeshift hairsticks.
I'm definitely a curly girl. But I do have a brush. There is no other way I can make a pony tail without having it look crazy.
haha the hairbrush thing is totaly true

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