Oh hey! Happy Friday! And look at my hair – it’s CURLY!
I know I’ve mentioned it once or twice, but since I rarely (and this will probably change) post pictures of myself I figured I’d just go ahead and share. Especially since there was a torrential downpour right in the middle of when I was going to film my FaceTime Friday post – so next week? It’s a date!
I have two amazing friends who are also curly girls who have shared incredible posts that inspired me and have encouraged me in all of my curly glory. I think they are amazing reads in addition to helping those of us who have curly hair – so check them out! Here’s Emma’s and here’s Sarah’s.
Growing up I remember I always envied my mom’s hair – it was always perfectly straight (well, except for the perm years) and perfectly styled and it only took her 5 minutes to get it that way. Although I know now that it wasn’t really my “look” we decided when I was younger to give me bangs and slick the rest of my curly hair back. I think it maybe had something to do with the fact that taming one small section of hair and hiding the rest made for an easier morning; however, my cowlick had other thoughts. Should I ever gain the courage I’ll be sure to share some of those gems of school photos with y’all.
In middle school and high school I figured out how to use a curling iron to straighten my locks and worked hard every day to make sure they were as straight as possible. Please note also that we had volleyball practice and conditioning every morning before school, and I got ready in the locker room. I just can’t imagine how many times I was THISCLOSE to being late to class just to have straight hair that would frizz from leftover sweat anyway.
In college I purchased my Chi straightener and used it every day. At this point in time my hair was deeeeeeeeeeead and sad. But I kept going! Gotta have those Jennifer Aniston-esque locks, right?
At some point in time I started figuring out how to deal with my curls; note that I didn’t say love them or cherish them, just deal with them. I think it was a combination of opening my Starbucks store at 4:30am and sleeping in the afternoons after work. I just stopped caring about the straight hair as much as before and just went with it.
Part of me thinks that we’re living in a time where curls are just kind of on trend; like it’s OK to have curly hair and it’s something that’s sought after. That could just also be my perspective since I’ve finally started to embrace the hair God gave me. Regardless, I look at my curls in the mirror and I finally get EXCITED to see them. Straightening my hair is a paaaaaaaaaaaaain, but with my curly hair routine I can be ready to go in about 10 minutes. And y’all? I’ll take that time savings over Jennifer Aniston hair any day!
While there are a lot of things you can do to make sure your curly hair is nourished and looks good, here’s what I do:
- I wash my hair with shampoo maybe twice a week. I know that a lot of people say don’t use shampoo, but if I don’t my hair looks like a greasy mess. The other times I shower I use Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut conditioner and hot water to “shampoo” my hair (got this tip from Sarah).
- Every time I shower I condition using Suave Moroccan Infusion conditioner (for the record when I do shampoo I use the Moroccan Infusion shampoo).
- To style I rub 2-3 drops of the Moroccan Infusion styling oil through my hair.
- Then I apply Herbal Essences Set Me Up gel throughout my hair and tousle it to break up the gel a bit.
- If I need to I blow-dry using a diffuser, but 99% of the time I just let it air dry (since most of the time I’m just walking around the house). I will use my Chi to help some of the curls along if I need to, but otherwise I just go with it!
Since I’ve actually been working with my hair to let it be and stay curly I’ve noticed that it’s healthier and the curls are better defined. But more than anything I’ve seen that God really did make me exactly how I should be!