A Message To All The Curly Girls, I Feel You

A Message To All The Curly Girls, I Feel You

To all my curly girls: this one’s for you

To all the curly girls, young and old, edgy and cool, sexy and cute. This one’s for you.

To all the ladies who were different, but didn’t like it. The ladies who sat next to their classmates with locks as smooth as angel hair. To the fantasies of one day running your fingers through your own slick tresses.

To the girls who got up an hour early every day for school to straighten the waves of frizz and twirls that littered their heads. To all the burns on their fingers, ears, and foreheads from the smoky hot metal which melted away the curls.

To all the girls who tied their ringlets in buns, pony tails and braids, hiding each unique coil and wreathe just to be like everyone else.

To the teasing and laughing, the pointing and poking from all the other straight haired kids. Oh, and let’s not forget, the staring and scrutiny from the grown-ups.

To all the “home remedies” for curly hair, which included holding your curls down for long periods of time hoping they would never spring back up. Or the idea where you tied your hair back so tight your head began to spin.

To all time spent sitting in the glistening chairs at the cool salons. To the women who sat with tinfoil in their polished even hair. To the hair dresser who promised they would put all their effort into making your hair just like everyone else's.

To the disappointment when after hours of plastering industrial strength hairspray and gel to your head, a hint of a curl would spring just as you stepped outside.

To all the time staring in the mirror hoping if you wished hard enough your curls would fade away.

To the day you decided you were done. To the day you decided these curls are what make you, you.

To the hours spent researching the maintenance and special care each ringlet and dip requires.

To the realization that only 11 percent of women are blessed with luscious curls on their head, and you are one of the lucky ones.

To the experimentation of haircuts and hair- do's, and the triumph when the perfect cut and do was found.

To the bouncing, laughing and glistening of your soul and your curls. To the head turning and stares of envy, the compliments and admiration from everyone and anyone.

To the confidence every curly girl should have had from the start.

To all you curly girls that might not even know it yet, your curls are you, don’t ever change that.

We defy every norm and standard, and we are proud.

This my darlings, this is for the curly girls.

This is for us.

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8 Ways To Get Skin Clear Enough To Rock Any Insta Aesthetic

Want a sure cure to acne? Diligently follow these steps.

Confidence is key to being successful, and what better feeling is there than having a glowing and clear complexion? You have a big presentation, a job interview, or you plan to go out on a date, and your face is breaking out... so what do you do?

Follow this advice to clear your skin up in just a matter of a couple of days.

1. Drink plenty of water

This is the first step to clear skin, getting all the toxins out of your body! Stay away from pop/soda and other sugary drinks.

2. Wash your face when you wake up and before you go to bed

Washing your face as soon as you wake up gets all of the dirt and oil that built up overnight off your face. This will not only extract the dirt and oil from your face, but it will also be refreshing to start your morning with a clean face. Washing your face before bed is important, this prevents acne from forming overnight.

I suggest using Yes To Tomatoes face wash for this step.

3. After washing your face, use a moisturizer

When your face is dry, it produces natural oils to keep from overdrying. Therefore, when you don't moisturize properly your face has a surplus of oil that it doesn't need and in turn, it will clog your pores and cause acne.

I suggest using Burt's Bees Sensitive Night Cream. I don't only use this at night, but also during the day if I need to. I typically moisturize after each time I wash my face.

4. Wash your pillowcases weekly

I'm sure everyone knows this, but people don't always do it! Using a different (and more sensitive) laundry detergent for your face washcloths and pillowcases would also be beneficial!

5. Stay away from face wipes that are full of chemicals

The ones that say "rapid action pads" and "maximum strength" will never be good for your skin. The best way to balance your skin out is to use natural based products. If you open a package of face wipes and the smell burns your eyes, throw them out ASAP.

6. Instead, use herbal complexion sticks

You can find these at Walmart or a drug store near you. Most herbal complexion sticks are 99% natural, therefore you don't have the abundance of harmful man-made chemicals on your face.

Burt's Bees Herbal Complexion Stick is what I use, and I've never had any issues. It cleared my skin from bumps/acne in about a week!

7. Keep your hands off your face

Your hands are dirty and they carry oil that isn't supposed to be on your face. If you often touch your face, your pores will become clogged with bacteria. You touch your phone, door handles, laptop keys, and many other things throughout the day. You do not want that dirt and gunk on your face!

8. Consistency

If you want your face to clear up, you must be consistent with your routine! Find products that best fit you, and stick with them.

Here is a list of products that are helpful when it comes to clear skin (other than the ones I have already listed).

Clean and Clear Morning Burst, Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub, Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser, Mario Badescu Skin Care spray, Pond's Dry Skin Cream.

These products among many others will put you well on your way to clear and glowing skin! Everyone has different skin types, but these steps and products are some that work well for me and many others.

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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.

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