8 Sacrifices You Make For Your Curly Hair

8 Sacrifices You Make For Your Curly Hair

Having beautiful curls doesn't always come cheap.
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The story of a curly girl’s life: Some days, you fight with your hair. Sometimes it really, truly seems like your hair has a mind of its own and is trying to work against your efforts just to make it look halfway decent. Your strands go flat and straggly despite your scrunching and bunching them. Or the triangle thing happens. Dear God, the triangle thing. These are the days when you just surrender, admit defeat and toss your hair up in a bun. But then, of course, there are also those days when your ringlets come out shiny, bouncy and beautiful, perfectly adorning your head and framing your face, and all you want to do is take a gazillion selfies. In even better cases, those good hair days actually do last all day. This is why you keep fighting the fight. Those days of feeling amazingly beautiful are when you remind yourself that your hair is a blessing, and when you know the sacrifices you have to make to achieve and maintain that perfect look are worth making:


1. Waking up super early so that you have enough time to wash and style it.

Nope, you’ve never been able to just brush it and go. You’ve gotta go through your whole routine, and it can be a lengthy process. It’s kind of like the idea of “beauty sleep” in reverse. But when your hair still looks as awesome at 4 PM as it did at 7 AM, you don’t mind feeling a little sleepy.


2. Dedicating one entire drawer to hair products.

Your mind is still blown by the fact that straight-haired people don’t need to buy products other than shampoo and conditioner. You have a ton of different ones, and you’ve gotta make sure you have enough storage space for all of them.


3. Avoiding winter hats

Yes, it is 30 degrees outside. Yes, your ears are cold. And yes, wearing a hat would make sense. But it would also make your hair look terrible, and once you arrive indoors and remove the hat, you’ll be rocking the top-matted-down-triangle-look hardcore. No, thank you.


4. Rinsing with cold water

Cold-water rinses make for significantly healthier and stronger (and therefore better looking) curls. Cold-water rinsing doesn’t feel comfortable or pleasant, but hey, it’s only for a few seconds.


5. Never rolling down your car windows

Sigh. Yes, it would be nice to feel the cool spring breeze blow through your hair while you drive—if you knew it would fall perfectly back into place when you arrived at your destination.


6. MONEY

Having beautiful curls doesn’t always come cheap. Maintaining them and keeping them healthy requires a specific kind of care with specific products, and they can be pricey. Not to mention, when it comes to purchasing heat styling tools, the $30 straighteners are definitely not going to cut it.


7. Avoiding chlorinated pools

Not only is chlorine extremely damaging to curly hair, it also produces the “I just stuck my finger in an electrical socket” look. You’ll take hair that looks and feels healthy over a dip in the pool.


8. Traveling to find the right stylist

Not just anyone can cut your hair—you need to find someone who knows exactly how to handle curls, and knows which cuts and styles work for them. (I.e. Not your nearest Supercuts.) And you may have to go a little out of your way to find this person. But leaving the salon looking spectacular—and having a stylist who understands how important it is that you do—will always be worth driving a few extra miles.

Cover Image Credit: Ariana Leo

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13 Thoughts A Mixed-Girl Has Before Getting A Haircut

A hair-raising journey.
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I have a haircut this Friday. This is a statement which to most would appear to be innocuous. Run of the mill. Completely mundane.

However, coming from the perspective of a person about to finish her undergraduate collegiate work who hasn't had a professional haircut since her junior year in high school, going in for a haircut is not an ordinary occurrence.

As a person on mixed-race who has always had very curly hair, it can be pretty surprising to hear that I’ve never been quite comfortable with it. Anyways, here are some of the thoughts I’ve been thinking as my appointment with Doom steadily approaches.

1. Is this really necessary?

Why suffer through the public humiliation of walking around when I could just go back to having my mom cut my hair?

2. Is it too late to cancel?

It’s not like there’s a fee right? But you shouldn’t. You really shouldn’t.

3. Shrinkage sucks.

End of story.

4. Is shaving my head an option?

Yes. But not for me. Back to the drawing board.

5. People do this all the time.

This is a normal thing. Don’t let your hair keep breaking off at your shoulders. Take care of yourself.

6. Some people enjoy having their hair cut.

Why can’t I be some people?

7. Do I look good in hats?

Wearing hats can be my new lifestyle if necessary, right?

8. Is it really too late to cancel?

Yes. Yes, it is. Please stop considering this.

9. It will grow back.

… Eventually.

10. Hair-y Styles

Because my brain processes trauma with puns.

11. It’s okay if you cry.

But this time, just try not to do it in the bathroom halfway through your appointment. You’re a grown up now, you can wait until you get home.

12. I wonder how long it’s going to take this time.

Because it takes a real long time to cut curly hair.

13. Everything is going to be just fine.

This is the one I’m trying to let outweigh all the other jumbled, nervous thoughts I have running around in my head because a good or bad haircut doesn’t determine who you are.

Obviously, I cannot speak to the experience of all mixed women. There are certainly those who have found hairstylists and cuts that they are completely comfortable with. These are just some of the thoughts and questions that will continue to haunt me until this Friday. Maybe one day I will finally understand what it’s like to look forward to the exhilarating change that accompanies a fresh cut. But seeing as that day is not today, here’s to hoping I won’t be wearing hats for the next few weeks.

Cover Image Credit: Vanessa Hinton

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My Favorite (And Least Favorite) Eyeshadow Palettes

Here is everything I wish I knew before spending $50+ at Ulta.
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As a huge makeup lover and collector, I own way more eyeshadow palettes than I know what to do with. Even though I wear the same three shades almost every single day of the week, I still purchase new, high-end eyeshadow palettes religiously. After many years of spending hundreds of dollars at my local Ulta, I have come to the conclusion that not all high-end eyeshadow palettes are worth it. Here are some of the eyeshadow palettes that I have loved and some that I wish I had never bought.

My Favorites:

1. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar by Too Faced

Too Faced is possibly my absolute favorite makeup brand. Not only do their products work incredibly well, but they smell as good as they look. The Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette is a beautiful eyeshadow palette composed of warm brown shades. This is possibly one of the best palettes I have ever purchased.

2. Naked by Urban Decay

Everybody has heard of the Naked palettes by Urban Decay. They have been wildly popular in the past several years, but the only one I truly love is the original Naked palette. As someone with brown/green hazel eyes, the colors in this palette compliment my eye color. The application of the eyeshadow is amazing, and I have used every color eyeshadow in this palette.

3. Natural Eyes by Too Faced

Again, another Too Faced palette. I had actually never planned on buying this palette because it is very small and I didn't think it would be worth it. However, my manager convinced me to impulsively buy it and I do not regret it at all. The Natural Eyes palette is compact yet contains beautiful warm tones of eyeshadow for any occasion. This is my go-to eyeshadow palette for school!

My Least Favorites:

1. Modern Renaissance by Anastasia Beverly Hills

I have been using Anastasia's eyebrow products for a very long time, which is why I purchased this eyeshadow palette. Although the eyebrow pencils and pomade are great quality, the eyeshadow palette is not. The colors are beautiful, but the fallout is not worth the look. I like eyeshadow that I can apply quickly and easily, and the Modern Renaissance palette flakes onto my cheeks every time I apply it.

2. Naked 3 by Urban Decay

Although I love the original Naked, I wasn't a huge fan of Naked 3. Although the quality is great, the colors just didn't do it for me. The colors are far too light to really make an interesting makeup look.

If you are considering buying any high-end eyeshadow palettes, I hope this helps!

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