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.

I love getting “hair things” for Christmas. I'm warning you that in my vocabulary, the term “hair things” encompasses a whole variety of different items. From hair ties to styling mousse, “hair things” provide great options when you’re looking for something to give your fellow curly girls. Barrettes and clips make great gifts for friends and family. You can find them in department stores, jewelry stores, boutiques and CurlMart. Barrettes are much like jewelry; depending on the type, they can be appropriate for any age, hairstyle or fashion sensibility. I love getting them because I frequently wear my hair half back. I have simple ones for everyday and a beautiful silver barrette for formal occasions. While larger barrettes have their uses, small, pretty clips are ideal for people who are growing out their bangs or have shorter hair.

For women with long hair (and some creativity), hair sticks are a beautiful alternative to hair ties and barrettes. LongLocks.com sells stunning one-of-a-kind hair sticks. The average pair costs around $60 and the creator guarantees that no two are alike. One of my favorite things about them is that they don’t damage your hair with frequent use, unlike ties or metal barrettes. (Remember less damage equals less frizz)

Headbands also add color and dimension to a hairstyle without causing damage. Check out the beautiful headbands by This is J. A well-chosen scarf can be worn in a variety of ways and for many occasions.

If you read my column regularly, you know I often talk about my sister and her coarse, curly hair. Between her short dry hair and my long frizzy hair, we go through oodles of product each month. For Christmas we often get each other hair products; a few bottles each usually gets us through January! Pamper your friends by putting together some great products for them. This website sells some well organized collections and creative gift baskets. It’s also easy to make your own, combining time-tested favorites or a variety of products from the same line. For a friend at college, I tucked some of my favorite products into a brightly colored plastic caddie, which she can use it to carry her bath products in her dorm.

Finally, salon gift certificates make welcome presents. You can purchase a certificate from your friend’s current salon or one with a particularly good reputation. The CurlSalons section of this website is a good resource.

Whoever the curly girl is on your list, “hair things” are a feminine way to pamper your friends and show support for your fellow curly girls this holiday season.

Stay Curly,


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