Don't Hate Your Curly Hair.
Curly Hair Rocks.
Having a head of curly locks rocks!
I have had more than one hair dresser tell me that most women, that come into their hair salon, want hair they do not have. I suppose it was appropriate information to relay to me, because I was in the salon getting my hair straightened...I have curly hair.
What's the moral of that story? if you had straight hair you would want curly hair, and if you had curly hair you would want straight hair. I'm almost forty now so I can appreciate my curly locks, but I wish someone had given me some tips along the way. So I'm going to give them to you. My top 10 tips (from a woman with a head of curly hair):
- Curly hair is beautiful. I know...I know...everyone says that (I can't count the number of times I rolled my eyes at my mom who said these words). Well, if everyone says it, believe it. Walk around like you've got a crown of diamonds sitting softly on the top of your head.
- Curly hair is natural. A person who does not have naturally curly hair will need to go through the process of putting chemicals in their hair to have what you have. Yuck! Curly hair that is not natural will never have the soft, curly, luster of your natural locks.
- When getting a hair cut always ask for someone who has been cutting hair for at least 15 years. Not every hair stylist knows how to cut curly hair. Until I am comfortable with a hair stylist, I always have them straighten my hair after they cut my hair. The experienced hair stylist, will not have to make any corrections after your hair has been straightened. The not so experienced hair stylist, is able to see their error(s) (uneven cutting, weird angles, etc.) and have the opportunity to make their correction(s) after hair is straightened.
- Long curly hair is easier to manage. When your hair is long it's heavier, and the curls are less curly. Less is the key word. I have found that with the right style(s), long curly hair is much easier to manage than short, and shoulder length curly hair.
- Bad hair cuts are easily hidden. What's not true about this statement? Who can see the mistake with all the curls? More often than not, no one really notices my hair cuts unless I get a major chop off job.
- When you get your hair done, have the hair stylist do something great with your hair. Hair stylists love working with curly hair. Curly hair has the combination of texture, bounce, thickness, and movement. These are characteristics that most straight hair does not have combined.
- There is nothing wrong with product. In my late twenty/thirty something years, I went cold turkey, and would not put product in my hair. I literally hated putting product in my hair. This great dislike resulted from years of over use; as a teenager and young adult I would o.d. on product to control my curly tresses. I did not know, that you don't need to put a lot of product in your hair, for the product to work. When I say product I mean, mouse, conditioner, gel, hair spray, anti-frizz, you name it I've used it. Today, I love using great product in my hair, because now I know how to use it. There is so much good stuff out there that I don't stick to one brand. When something new comes on the market, and I see it has an exceptional review, and advertisement I buy it. There are always new products coming out, and if you like a particular product the company just keeps improving it.
- Don't stick with only one hair stylist in a salon. Basically, don't have a favorite. Most salons has several hair stylists, and if you like the salon, chances are you'll like the other hair stylists in the salon. If you don't like the salon then you are probably there because you like a particular stylist. If you switch hair stylist don't worry about anyone's feelings, and you absolutely do not need to explain yourself. I had a wonderful hair stylist, and everyone else thought so also (it always happens), the hair stylist gets too busy, and I couldn't get an appointment within a reasonable time frame, reasonable being three weeks. I get a little annoyed if i can't get an appointment within a week. So, I make an appointment with a different hair stylist in the salon. Believe it or not but my old hair stylist was not nice to me after that and I never went back to her. For whatever reason; your hair stylist won't talk to you anymore, your salon choice changes, or your wonderful hair stylist moves out of town, don't stick with only one hair stylist.
- Pick up fashion magazines, and read the articles about curly hair cures. I love reading hair fashion tips for curly hair. I would even say, hair fashion tips have been life savers. They are positive, fun, helpful, and informative, because they understand the problems that we curly haired girls have.
- Wear sparkly stuff in your curly hair. Girls with straight hair can't get these fun, bling, bling, type hair accessories to stay in their hair. Why? Because most straight hair doesn't have all the characteristics of thickness, texture,bounce or movement that the curl creates naturally to hold clips, fasteners, hair pins, or whatever bling, bling, hair accessory you want to wear. Wear the sparkly stuff because you can. Wear the sparkly stuff, because these type of hair accessories accent your beautiful curls. Hair styles are hidden with curly hair. The sparkling hair accents bring shimmer, and light to your curls.
I hope you take these tips and use them. I know I'm going to use them for my daughter. As you can see (she's in the photos) she's inherited the curls. My mom use to say that I was lucky to have curly hair, because I would never have to spend money to get a perm. I love you Mom!
Curly hair rocks!