10 Problems You Understand If You Have Curly Hair

10 Problems You Understand If You Have Curly Hair

Throughout my years of life with the defining curls, I've faced problem after problem that really aren't resolvable.

If you've been blessed with the genes of the curled mess on top of your head, you've probably noticed throughout the span of your life that what lies beneath the curls is a love/hate relationship. Your hair can either make or break you, and sometimes (and by sometimes I mean most of the time) it's hard to maintain. Though the curls basically define you, it's finally time that we face the fact that we really can't define them.

Throughout my years of life with the defining curls, I've faced problem after problem that really just aren't resolvable. Whether you're part of the ringlet crew, the kinky crew, the wavy crew or anything in between, I can assume that the most of us face the same problems.

Maybe they sound a little bit like this:

1. Brushing isn't an option

Brushing those curls can really only happen when your hair is completely wet. Otherwise, you end up with a frizzy fro that doesn't do anyone any good.

2. You absolutely have to wash and blow dry your hair before you use a flat iron

A quick straighten over the mess of curls? Not a chance, especially if you want it to stay. Washing and blow drying is the only way to get the straighten hair to stay remotely straight, otherwise it's bad news.

3. The frizz is a given

It's always there and never avoidable. I'm not one to be heavy on the products really ever, so maybe that's part of the reason why, but with the curls comes the frizz.

4. There's no simple way to fall asleep with wet hair

It's just not possible. You may think that with the curls you'll be able to fall asleep with it wet and in the morning it'll be dried to perfection. Try half of it still wet and not in any normal curl form at all.

5. Humidity kills

Humidity ruins any good hair day you thought you might've had and just makes it a frizzy mess.

6. Messy buns

Curly hair holds perfect form for messy buns, but after a while the little baby hairs on the sides of your head come out to play and the messy bun starts to look just as it sounds--messy.

7. Your hair takes forever to dry

It's just a given and something that you'll grow used to.

8. Your hair is different every day

There's not one day that my hair will look the exact same as it did the day before. Each new day calls for new wonders of what the curls will hold in store for you.

9. Bangs are never an option

I mean, you can rock them if you like to style your hair to perfection every day, but pretty much to any of us, bangs just don't work.

10. Pony tails just don't look right

They just look like a bushy mess. We still sport them, but they really just don't look all too great.

Cover Image Credit: Her Campus

Popular Right Now

8 Summer Time Struggles You'll Only Understand If You're Whiter Than Mayonnaise

A jar of mayonnaise could get a tan easier than me.

With Spring and Summer around the corner, everyone is slowing trading in their thick layers and boots for daisy dukes and tank tops. We are quite literally shedding our winter coats. It is truly a great time of the year. But for some, it is not as great as it is for others. I'm talking about all my pale people out there. If you find yourself paperwhite, immune to tanning, pasty AF, and most likely covered in freckles, then this article is for you.

Now, even though the sun is my mortal enemy, I still love the warmer seasons because I am not the devil. But, with warmer weather, us pale folks have a few struggles that seem to happen each year, no matter how hard we try to prevent it.

1. You can't wear a swimsuit without blinding every unfortunate soul that sees you

^ Everyone after you take off your cover-up to reveal your blindingly pale stomach (and rest of your body).

I can't go swimming without one person commenting on how pale my thighs and stomach are. I get it; I look like the Pillsbury Dough Boy.

^ In case you needed a visual, this is the Pillsbury Dough Boy, AKA me.

2. You HAVE to wear 1,000,000,000,000 SPF sunscreen

Because if you don't you will be set on fire by the sun and die. No exaggeration.

3. You don't tan you just get more freckles

It looks like an entire constellation of stars is mapped out on my face by the end of the summer.

4. Your sunburns NEVER fade into a tan

You would hope that after being burned to a crisp you would at least get a tan in the end. But no, you are wrong if you ever hope for such fantasies.

5. People constantly compare their new, golden tan to your pasty pale skin

^ Me every time after someone holds up their beautifully tanned arm to my translucent arm. Yes, you are tanner than me, but so is a napkin.

6. Fake tans are not as promising as they seem

To look like a Cheeto or a piece of paper? Neither are ideal options.

7. You are the "pale friend" of your friend group

^ Me every time my friends start to complain about their tan lines.

8. You are too pale for some swimsuits

Some colors are just not going to look good up against paper, pale skin, especially when so much of that pale skin is visible.

But in the end, you just have to embrace your luminous skin and not care that you look like Casper the friendly ghost — because everyone is beautiful in their own way!!! (Sorry for the sap.)

Now go put on some sunscreen.

Cover Image Credit: 123rf

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

Natural Does Not Have To Be A Hassle

Tips on how to achieve perfect natural hairstyles in less time.

Having curly hair in college can be a struggle sometimes. Each morning consist of find clothes and spending an hour or more in the mirror trying to detangle and moisturize your curls for the perfect style. My fellow naturalist, it can all be so easy with 5 simple tips:

Tips 1: The tangle is real!

If your hair gets tangled while you sleep try LottaBody and twisting your hair into sections at night. When you wake up your hair will be detangled and it will cut your hair time by minutes since the twisting method will also reduce shrinkage.

Tip 2: Shea doesn’t have any moisture.

Find the best product for your hair. Just because it's name brand hair product, does not guarantee that it will work best for your hair. Everyone hair is different, so the better you learn your hair the easier it will be to get your perfect hairstyle on the first try.

Tip 3: Time is money.

Try waking up 30 mins earlier. Waking up early may be a hassle but consider your hair as a new relationship. In every relationship, you must put the time in to get to know each other better. Waking up will allow you more time for changes and laying each piece of hair perfectly. Once you learn your hair you can sleep longer and doing your hair will take less time.

Tip 4: H.2.O.

Water is always your best friend. When it comes to your hair, water is your pencil and pen. It is used for creating and fixing mistakes. Applying water to your hair can be tricky. Find the balance between avoiding shrinkage while having hydrated hair. Every natural lady needs a spray bottle. Life without a spray bottle is basically an unfulfilled life.

Tip 5: Curls that could kill.

Try a new style the night before to see how your hair will fall and be placed. Practice makes perfect. Utilize your bobby pins because they will make your life so much easier and make your style choice unlimited. Don’t be afraid to try different creative styles. Your hair, your curls, are your crown! Wear it with style.

These five simple tips can help any naturalist on her journey to loving her curls and cut minutes off their morning routine.

Cover Image Credit: Unsplash

Related Content

Facebook Comments