Proud to be curly

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It took a very long time for me to be proud of my curls. From the time I was very little until I was halfway through college I hated my curls I wanted hair like everyone around me maybe a little wavy but not curly and frizzy I wanted straight hair I would run a pencil through and not get it stuck. I realized the same thing was happening to my little nice who has the same exact hair u do but I thought it was beautiful on her. I started taking better care of my hair and received many compliments and realize that I'm very lucky to be born withthis hair if I straighten my hair it looks like I was born with straight hair and if I leave it the way it is I know the no person with straight hair can duplicate mine. i am very happy to prove to my niece that there is nothing wrong with our hair that it's beautiful and unique and we should flaunt it and create for it
Proud of my 3B curls 23 years old
Good for you, I know first hand how great it is to finally come to terms with your hair. Maybe due to your example it won't take your niece so long to fall in love with her curls as well.
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Good for you. It is definitely something to be proud. I, however, am one where it took a long time. Plus, as a guy it was a tougher uphill climb to be proud.

When I was 14, I went three months without cutting my hair and wound up with white man's 'fro with lots of curls. I got some compliments but mostly needling. There were a few male friends that said, "I looked like a girl." For the next 19 years, I went away from that look and went short and cropped, sometimes even buzzcut.

When I was 33, I started seeing male friends lose a lot of their hair so I got to thinking, "Well, maybe I should grow it out. I may not have it 20 years from now." I have thinned out some but then again I had a lot to lose. For the next seven years, I started going about 6-8 weeks between haircuts with curls really coming in after 3 1/2 weeks.

This past summer, I ended up going three months to really let the head of curls show. I even started using curl shapping spray from Garnier Fructis. Now I go every three months between haircuts and have my stylist leave it longer after cutting it.

I'm no product expert and every head of hair is different which is why I feel uncomfortable giving advice. Ladies, just remember, "getting your man to accept/embrace his curls is probably a bigger battle than finding the right products."

I'm just glad I finally came around to loving my curls in my early-to-mid-30s.

"Curls aren't just for girls."
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Sometimes i just wanna rock a curly girl t shirt everyday. I absolutely love my curly hair. I just hate that for so long i never knew i had it since i got my first relaxer at the age of 6 and my last one at the age of 23.

I stopped relaxing almost 3 years ago and was completely natural 2 years ago.

I find myself having moments where i just absolutely want to be vain and i boing my curls and play with them. It amuses me bc im still new to it.

I wish there was a such thing as Curly Pride Day or Curl Awareness month!!

LOVE my curls!

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Cleanse: SM Moisture Retention or Suave Naturals shampoos
Co-Wash: Suave Naturals, L'Oreal EverCreme or EverCurl
RO/Detangler: Tresseme Naturals, GVPCB
Leave-In: SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie, TN, GVPCB
Styler: EcoStyler, GF Pure Clean gel, KCCC

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Cleanse: SM Moisture Retention or Suave Naturals shampoos
Co-Wash: Suave Naturals, L'Oreal EverCreme or EverCurl
RO/Detangler: Tresseme Naturals, GVPCB
Leave-In: SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie, TN, GVPCB
Styler: EcoStyler, GF Pure Clean gel, KCCC

Just discovering my hair likes protein!

I Love my Curls!! Im glad i discovered this website because im the only curly girl in my family and no one really know what to do with my hair... I realize i need to start taking care of my hair while im still young, Im only 15 and i love love my curls!! Ive been straightening my hair since my mom got me a straightener which is 2 years ago..every.single.day. Thats why i love this website because theres a lot of pretty nice curlies that will help me and a lot of people through this journey!! curlygirlforever!
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I've met a lot of natural straighties who have curl envy. Usually they assume that I, as a curly, must long for their straight hair. (I get why they'd think that. Society trains us to dis our curls.)

After complimenting my curls, they often say something like, "You always want what you don't have, don't you?" or "The grass is always greener on the other side, isn't it?"

These days I respond honestly, even if it sounds smug: "No, not really," I say, "I love my hair." ... And it's true. I have a strong bias toward every curl type in this world. All these years later, it's amazing to think there was a time I DIDN'T like curls! There's some seriously amazing curly hair out there. I LOVE it on men!

... At the same time, I hope those "grass is greener" thinking straighties can learn to accept the beauty in their straight hair.
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I've met a lot of natural straighties who have curl envy. Usually they assume that I, as a curly, must long for their straight hair. (I get why they'd think that. Society trains us to dis our curls.)

After complimenting my curls, they often say something like, "You always want what you don't have, don't you?" or "The grass is always greener on the other side, isn't it?"

These days I respond honestly, even if it sounds smug: "No, not really," I say, "I love my hair." ... And it's true. I have a strong bias toward every curl type in this world. All these years later, it's amazing to think there was a time I DIDN'T like curls! There's some seriously amazing curly hair out there. I LOVE it on men!

... At the same time, I hope those "grass is greener" thinking straighties can learn to accept the beauty in their straight hair.
Originally Posted by Korkscrew
I dropped my daughter off at school one day. The mother of one kid alternates between wearing her hair curly and doing the flat-iron straighten routine. She and I got to talking so I mentioned that and said, "I find it actually takes longer to get ready when I straighten it." More or less confirms what I would have thought. As for mine, my feedback has ranged from "you must hate it" to "you got lucky with having curls." I definitely believe the latter now.

Korkscrew, I couldn't imagine you any other way than with that gorgeous head of curls
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Thanks Bobby! I just checked out some of the new pics you posted of your hair on that thread in the men's forum. It looks great - really healthy too
Whoever told you "you must hate your hair" was probably just jealous. Btw, your hair looks easy to manage.
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Thanks Bobby! I just checked out some of the new pics you posted of your hair on that thread in the men's forum. It looks great - really healthy too
Whoever told you "you must hate your hair" was probably just jealous. Btw, your hair looks easy to manage.
Originally Posted by Korkscrew
Thank you so very much, Korkscrew I use the Head & Shoulders for Men 2-in-1 and sometimes the Garnier Fructis Curl Shaping Gel. I only occasionally do the no shampoo routine but I wouldn't mind co-washing.

It generally is easy to manage which is why I resist the urge to go longer than three months between haircuts. Any longer than that and it becomes harder to manage. I'll probably post more later.
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Speaking of beautiful curls, Jeepcurlygurl, it really was great of you to advocate for this positive forum. Thanks
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I second that, Jeepcurly, you are a genius for creating this forum.
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