15 Things Only Girls With Natural Curls Will Get

15 Things Only Girls With Natural Curls Will Get

Just Curly Things.

Growing up with curly hair is both a blessing and a curse. It took me too long to love the locks I was given but I finally appreciate them. Throughout the years I have noticed many things are constant when you have curly hair that I'm sure my fellow curly gals will get.

1. Not knowing how to tame the mane and going years before finally finding the perfect hair product.

Every head of hair is different and while there are millions of “curly” hair products majority of them can’t fight frizz or make your hair look like ramen noodles.

2. Always having someone ask if they can touch your hair as if it is some kind of exotic creature that they’ve never seen before

You know those people who are like omg can I touch your hair? Just know you are not obligated to say yes. My faves are the ones who just stick their hands in it like your hair is a bowl of spaghetti that is not attached to your head. NBD.

3. The one go-to hairstyle you had before the amazing curly hair gurus (who truly are a blessing) emerged. My personal go to was the half up half down style that was not cute but was all you knew how to do

I call it the Pam Beesley, and it’s the only way Pam wears her hair consistently circa seasons one through three of The Office.

4. When you want to cut your hair you can’t just go anywhere

If you want your hair cut right you cannot just mosey on down to a random shop and get it cut. You have to find places that specialize in curly cuts because there is a different technique that goes into it.

5. When you google curly hairstyles and have to retype natural curly hairstyles.

Literally, every time I search on Google or Pinterest I have to add natural to my search because 9/10 you will get hair that has curls from a wand or iron which is no biggie but it’s annoying to not see more natural curls out there.

6. Trying to find someone with similar curls. You’re better off finding someone with the same fingerprints.

Not all curls are alike, and all heads of curly hair are different as mentioned before. There are so many different patterns of curls out there and some people have like three different types on their own head. Hair inspiration requires a lot of research.

7. Your hair gets stuck on or picks things up.

I was the gal whose pencil got swept away when I wrote, and I have also gotten stuck on hangers and under purse straps. It makes for a great party trick: “Watch the pencil disappear”

*sweeps hair over table*

8. The desire to style with hot tools but the fear of heat damage.

Remember her, lol. You can enjoy it now but have fun with the aftermath of your curls bouncing back three days later.

9. A slight chance of humidity equaling a 100% chance of frizz

Big and sexy hair, right?

10. French braiding at sleepovers (or in general) was and is still a painful experience

It typically resulted in a knotted mess, frizzy braids, or tears.

11. The ability to do your hair in about 20 minutes or less is a blessing or you can literally pull an "I woke up like this"

Just add water.

12. Your curls are the key identifier for your friends when they are looking for you

Find my friends, more like catch the curls.

13. Compliments from strangers

You will get compliments left and right from complete strangers on your curls, it is a fabulous confidence booster.

14. When friends ask for a brush or a hairdryer and you’re just like LOL nope

Girl do I look like I could use a brush or a hairdryer. Wanna use my comb or diffuser? Also for future reference no my hair product will not make your hair look like mine, so no you cannot use it.

15. Realizing your curls add to the many things that make you who you are. And not everyone is lucky enough to have them

So, while there are some crazy things curly girls will have to deal with we ultimately put up with it because we were blessed with our gorgeous curls.

Stay curly, gals.

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Dyeing Your Hair Gives You Superpowers In The Form Of Confidence

If you're debating it, take the leap. You won't regret it.

Yes, I've had one of those "It's not a phase, mom" phases. It happens to the best of us, right? Right. At least, that's what I tell myself. As I was going through my different phases, one of my favorite ways to express myself was through dyeing my hair.

Even though I'm originally an extremely dark brunette, few people knew that for years because I went from being brunette to blonde, to red (that was the phase), back to blonde and, now, I'm finally back to brunette after about 4 years of confusing the masses. Whether it was from doing ombré, baylage, higlgihts or lowlights, my hair has been one of my favorite ways to express myself.

I started dyeing my hair when I was in 8th grade. It was a littleee extreme, but I don't regret it for a second. When dyeing your hair, you live for the moments people do a double take in the hall or ask you what's different about your look. Those moments give you an instant confidence boost because there's suddenly an air of mystery about you. Or, even if there isn't, you think that there is and that's all that really matters.

By dyeing my hair, I've been able to test out different looks while knowing that nothing will ever be permanent because, well, hair will continue to grow. Even if you don't love a look at first, it grows on you after a while. And, even if it doesn't, then you can get even more excited planning the next color or shade or trend you've been stalking on Pinterest. (Yes, I have a "Hair" Pinterest board, who doesn't?)

Looking through stylists' or celebrites' Instagrams to find that next perfect look can turn into an all day affair and is one of the best distractions from that annoying theology paper you have due next week. Daring yourself to be bold not only affects how others see you, but how you see yourself.

Even making the smallest change to your hair means you had the confidence to take a chance and push your boundaries. If you've ever asked yourself, "I wonder what I would look like as a (blank)," you know what I'm talking about. By being able to make the decision to dye your hair, you're proving to yourself that you have the ability to try something new without knowing every little reprecussion.

Confidence is a superpower. It can make you happier and let you live your life by your own set of rules. But, like all good things in life, it's hard to come by sometimes. Dyeing your hair has made me feel like a new person to such an extent that it's given me the confidence to laugh a little louder and speak up a little louder. And that's all you can ask for sometimes.

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5 Great Ways To Keep Your Nails Healthy

My nails HAVE to look good whether natural or polished, so I use some of these tips to keep them this way.

Nails, for some, are the bane of existence. One cannot live their life happily if their nails are not up to par.

This is why it is really important to keep your natural nails healthy in order for your mind to be at ease with your lovely nails. A lot of people do not understand how to properly care and maintain their fingernails, which can lead to a lot of nails breaking and some cringe-worthy nails overall.

Here are five great ways to keep your nails healthy.

1. Use nail oil daily.

Nail oil helps to keep your nails beautiful, moist, and flexible during day-to-day activities. It helps to keep your nails from breaking and it keeps them from drying out.

Make sure to use nail oils that specifically list jojoba oil as one of the first three ingredients, as this is the best type of oil for your nails' health.

2. NEVER buff your nails.

Buffing your nails leads to the decreasing of the layers of your nails. This means that your nails will be more vulnerable and more likely to break and bend during simplistic activities.

It is safer to avoid any type of buffer in any form. If you do not buff your nails, they will be able to grow and become stronger naturally. Buffing is never necessary, no matter what nail companies try to sell to you.

3. File only one way.

Filing your nails from side to side or on top of the nail itself can actually lead to your nails breaking and becoming weak. This is something every nail lover wants to avoid every day.

Make sure to file in one direction across the bottom of your nail if you need to make them shorter, as it keeps your nails healthier than going from side to side or reverting to using a nail clipper, which will snap your nail.

4. Don't bite your nails.

Of course, don’t succumb to the urge of biting your nails because it leads to your nails being weak, breaking, and becoming ugly overall.

Biting your nails can be avoided in several ways, such as using nail polish with a foul taste, keeping your nails – and your hands for the matter – too busy to bite, and through finding another means to fulfill your biting needs.

5. Keep your nails short enough.

Keeping your nails short enough for whichever lifestyle you are a part of can help keep your nails longlasting and healthy. If your nails are far too long for your work life and daily life, then they will be more prone to break and be weaker.

If you do not have a life where you need to use your hands roughly or a lot each day, then long nails could be the best choice for you if you prefer.

Hopefully, these nail care tips will keep the world’s nails healthy and beautiful so no one has to stress about their nail care. Of course, these tips are only a few of the hundreds of ways for people who love and care about their natural nails to keep them healthy.

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