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.

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8 Tips for Clear Skin in 2018

Clear, glowy, skin isn't just for magazines - it's easy and attainable, and for you too!

1. Drink lots and lots and lots of water

This is the most important one. Drinking water and having healthy, clear skin go hand in hand. To regulate your body and skin, drink a glass of water for every glass of soda/alcohol/tea that you drink. At a restaurant, order your drink of choice and a water, and don’t get a refill until you’ve drank the water as well.

2. Wash your hands before washing your face!!

This may seem minor, but can really make a quick difference in your skin. If you wash your face with your hands/fingers, without washing your hands first, you are pushing around the oil, dirt, and germs from your fingers all around your face. It’s really gross when you think about it. Wash your hands with a gentle, unscented soap, and then use your fingers/hands to wash your face and apply moisturizers/serums/creams.

3. Exfoliate.

Finding a gentle exfoliating primer and using it daily will help your pores from getting clogged with the dirt, makeup, oil, and bacteria of everyday life. Put a pea sized amount on your fingertips, (AFTER you wash your hands), and scrub your T-zone. Wash off with warm water or your favorite cleanser. *****This will be especially beneficial after using a black head strip or a charcoal cleanser, that way the blackheads and clogged pores are gone and stay that way!

4. Cleanse your face.

Cleanse your face. Don’t just wash it off with warm water and a hand towel. Find a cleanser that works for you, and use that either with your fingers or a tool and scrub your entire face, then rinse with warm water and PAT dry with a towel, both in the morning and at night. In the morning, you have to get the oil, creams, etc., off your face before moisturizing/applying cosmetics, and at night, you have the oil/makeup off your face before your nightly skincare routine. If you have uneven skin tones, find a cleanser that combats redness/dark circles/age spot/etc. If you have acne prone skin, find one that combats the acne.

5. Take your makeup off before bed!!!!!!!

I cannot stress this one enough. Leaving your makeup on overnight will cause it to seep into your pores, thus causing blackheads and acne. Even if you don’t want to do your entire skincare routine before bed, at least take a makeup wipe to your face to let your skin breathe.

6. Moisturize.

This is almost as important as drinking a lot of water! Moisturizing not only moisturizes your skin, but helps balance the oils on your face as well. It can also help to prime and prep your face for the day, or to calm and relax your face before you go to bed. It is imperative for every skin type to moisturize. For dry skin types, cream moisturizers will be the most beneficial. Cream moisturizers should help with flaky, peeling skin. For oily skin, gel moisturizers are a life saver. I personally have oily skin, and for years I thought that moisturizing would just make my face even more oily, until I discovered gel moisturizers! During the day, either alone or underneath your makeup, it keeps the oil at bay. A great gel moisturizer is Tarte’s dose of H20 gel moisturizer. (A more affordable one is Garnier's Skin Active Gel Moisturizer, but if you can get Tarte's, I would recommend it. It lasts for a long time!!) For combination skin, it is probably a good idea to have both a cream-based moisturizer and a gel-based one on hand, so that both can be used appropriately depending on what side of the spectrum your face is on that day. (Or, if you have dry patches and oily patches, the gel moisturizer should do the trick all over.)

7. Use a serum before bed.

Due to my oily skin, I also stayed far away from serums for years. Then, I learned what types of oils were good for oily skin, and now, I won’t go to bed without my favorite serums. Above is a list that should be helpful to finding which type of oils would be good for your skin! (Pixi has great, affordable serums!!!)

8. Massage your serums, creams, and moisturizers into your skin before bed.

This may seem kind of silly, but taking a minute to really massage and press your skin care routine into your skin will make a difference in the long run.

Bonus tip!!!

If you are able to, invest in a Clairsonic!!!! I had the Mia 2 for about two years, and I now have the Smart Pro version. They are my skin care best friend!! I don’t go anywhere without my Clairsonic, and I would recommend it to absolutely anyone. While they are a little pricey, they have a lifetime warranty, and they make inexpensive skin care products work like high-end luxury ones. It washes your face 6x deeper than your fingers can, and honestly, your skin feels clean and tight after using it even one time. There are also brush heads that are makeup brushes, that can be used to blend foundation, concealer, contour, and any of your favorite liquid/cream products!

If you have questions about your skin, any products mentioned, products that may work for you, etc., please contact me at lrbeauty1198@gmail.com . I will be more than happy to answer them!!

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To The Man Who Told Me I'm Prettier Without Tattoos, You're Too Shallow For Me To Care

Don't tell me I'd be prettier without them.

Today, a man approached me to tell me to smile. First off, this is something that many women have touched base on in articles, interviews, and many other things. I didn't want to smile but I did cause I was at work. So I have to be polite no matter what. But what he did next, angered me but again, I am at work, I need my job... so I bit my tongue.

He looked at me and said, "You're prettier without the nose ring." I laughed uncomfortably, not sure what to say, and then he said "Oh and no more tattoos. You're prettier without them too." Now that annoyed me even more. I pride myself on my crazy colored hair, my piercings, and my tattoos. Anyone who knows me will tell you, I am proud of these things.

Now, I smiled and laughed with this man. But after he left, I got him out as quickly as I could. I started thinking where he thought it was okay to even say those things to me. I wasn't here to be pretty for him. I am beautiful regardless of if I have piercings and tattoos or not.

I was a little surprised that he did this. Why does it matter to anyone else if someone has tattoos or piercings? It is their own body, their choice. My family, my friends, and my boyfriend all think I am beautiful even with the nose ring, and my tattoos.

Everyone has their own definition of beautiful. If you don't think I am beautiful with my tattoos and piercings fine. But you didn't have to make me feel as though I am less attractive for having tattoos and piercings.

Now many say I am overreacting and that is the opposite of what I am trying to do. I am trying to make a point that, it isn't okay to say to a stranger - "You'd be prettier without that nose ring, or you'd be prettier without the tattoo." Its rude and uncalled for even if you say "I am not trying to give you a hard time." well sir bad news for you, you ARE giving me a hard time.

I know many girls who will read this, and nod their heads. Cause you have experienced this, and I am sure there are some guys who have experienced something similar to this.

Sadly, we can't change anyone's opinion.

To the man who told me I am prettier without my nose ring and prettier without tattoos, bad news for you, I will be getting more tattoos. I also will be getting more piercings as well. I am pretty with or without them. I am not any less attractive. So please, don't say anything to another girl or guy with a tattoo or piercing. Just keep the opinion of it to yourself.

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