Ever since I was a little girl, I battled my curly hair. More often than not, I hated it. I would hide it in a ponytail, bun, or under a cap. I just couldn’t figure out a way to style it. My mom used to tell me, “Just leave it alone. Your curls will dry and be what they are… CURLS!” This just didn’t fly for me. I did what she told me and I was left with a big ball of frizz. I will say, however, I DO live in the Houston area and the humidity is insane!
As an adult, I’ve come to REALLY love my curls. I know how to care for my hair, which products to use, and how to style it. You can see how my curls have evolved through the years above, but it wasn’t always the case. As a child, I didn’t see my hair as pretty and it affected my self confidence.
My daughter is in that in between stage. Her hair isn’t straight, but it’s not yet curly. It’s wavy and frizz gets the best of her. She told me the other day her “friends” call her poof, for her poofy hair. It brought back so many horrible memories of kids making fun of MY hair growing up.
So, I asked her, “How does that make you feel?” She said, “I’m ok with it. My hair is poofy and they’re just joking around.” But it makes me wonder… will she feel that way about this conversation when she’s my age?
I’m on a mission to help her love and embrace her soon-to-be curly hair. Moreover, I’m taking steps to embrace MY hair. Daughters learn from their mothers and my hope is I can send a message to my 11-year-old daughter that it’s ok to be different and our curly hair marks us as unique.
Remember these five things when dealing with curly hair:
1. Don’t shampoo often: I’ve learned shampooing daily REALLY dries out my hair and causes frizz. I shampoo every 3-4 days. The Today Show interviewed a hair expert that says shampooing once a week is enough for curly hair. You can get it wet and condition, but stay away from the shampoo.
2. Use frizz fighting products: I like to use a leave-in conditioner or serum on my hair. I lather it on my WET hair before I step out of the shower. I also comb out my tangles, flip my hair over, and “scrunch” my curls to help form them. I like the Organix Moroccan oil line of products.
3. Never blowdry: I used to use a diffuser to dry my hair, but I found I really didn’t need it if I just planned ahead. I’d shower before bed or hours before I leave the house in order for my hair to air-dry.
4. Experiment: I’ve REALLY enjoyed looking up different hairstyles for my hair on Pinterest. In fact, I have a pinboard for all my finds. Don’t be afraid to try different hair styles for curly hair. Curly hair is so versatile and you can REALLY pull off any style on a whim.
5. Use a curling wand: I have two different sized curling wands. A small barreled wand to help shape the curls who won’t behave after my hair has air-dried and a big barreled wand to shape BIG curls when I want a straighter more tamed look. You don’t have to break the bank to buy a high-end curling wand. There are affordable curling wands on Amazon for as low as $24.99. Note: It takes practice when using a curling wand. I’ve burned my hands countless times, but most come with a heating glove.
The day I stopped fighting my curls and finally embraced them, I no longer felt the need to hide under ball caps and buns. How do you embrace your curls? Tell me your tips and tricks or tweet me a pic @Family_Appeal of your hair. I love seeing my “curl sisters and brothers.”
Love your curls mission:
In a recent global study, Dove Hair found that one in three women in the US have wavy to curly hair, yet the traditional standard of beauty is often considered straight and sleek. In fact…
- Only 10% of women in the US with curly hair feel proud of their hair
- Only 4 in 10 girls with curly hair think their hair is beautiful and
- Little girls are 7X more likely to love their curls if people around them do
Dove has been committed to creating a world where beauty is a source of confidence for women, for more than 10 years. The #LoveYourCurls campaign promises to be a first in the beauty industry – one that urges women to love their curls in an unprecedented way that will have a powerful cultural impact for not only women, but help set the stage for the next generation to feel more confident about their curly hair.
This video is a MUST WATCH for any girl, teen, or woman who was blessed with naturally curly hair. Love your curls!
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Sara Patterson has been blogging since 2007, but took a break for a couple years to tackle the world of news. She was the Social Media Director for a Houston based market 10 news station for over 2 years, but decided it was time to go back to her roots as a parenting blogger so she can spend more time with her family. Follow her personal Twitter account @SocialNewsSara or blogging account @Family_Appeal.
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