Struggles That Come With Having Long Hair

Struggles That Come With Having Long Hair

Every girl with long hair can relate to this.

I haven't cut my hair above my shoulders since 4th grade. I love having long hair, but sometimes it isn't easy to deal with. Here are some of my biggest struggles in my love/hate relationship with my hair.

Brushing it.

Anyone with long hair knows that brushing it is not a simple task. No matter how much conditioner, leave in conditioner, detangling spray, etc. I use it never seems to be completely tangle free. Also don’t even talk to me about combs -- not an option unless I have at least a half an hour to comb through my hair.

Doing any athletic activity.

I used to despise pony-braids, but having long hair left me with no other option for athletic events. Pony braids are efficient, keeps the hair off my neck, and out of my face. Pony-braids became my go to hairstyle for any athletic activity. If I do wear it in a pony tail it ends up getting in my eyes or sticking to the back of my neck, face, and the worst -- my armpits.


Wind is the enemy. It blows my hair everywhere. I either have to leave it down and deal with the bizarre, tangled mess that it becomes or put it up in a ponytail or bun before it can become a mess.




Always wanting to cut it short.

Before every haircut I always am so tempted to just cut my hair short. It seems so much easier. However, my friends and mom always talk me out of it. I think if I did cut it short I would regret it within a few weeks. Someday, I’ll have the courage to do it… or maybe just a few inches.

Leaving the house without a hair tie is not an option.

My hair is almost always up.

I don’t even know why I have long hair because it is almost always up in a messy bun or ponytail -- especially during the summer.


I am used to having stray hairs picked off my clothing. It isn’t unusual for someone to pick a hair off themselves or something near them and say to me, “Well this has to be yours because of how long it is."

Drying my hair

I absolutely hate blow drying my hair. It takes so long. But if I wait for it to regularly dry it takes 2-3 hours at least.

Running my fingers through my hair.

I can never smoothly run my fingers through my hair because it gets caught on a tangle every time.

Hair appointments

I have to make sure I have hair appointments scheduled at least every three months to keep my split ends and roots in check. These appointments usually take 2-3 hours because I have to much hair to cut and color or highlight.

Actually styling my hair.

On the rare occasion that I actually style my hair, straightened or curled -- by the end of a night out my hair will look like a wild mess no matter how much hair spray I use.

Lip gloss isn't an option.

My hair will inevitably get stuck in lip gloss if I wear any.

Breaking hair ties.


My hair weighs so much, that I actually get headaches if I wear it up for too long or at the wrong spot on my head.

Wearing it naturally.

I have gotten comfortable (lazy) enough to just wear my hair down a lot of the time. It isn’t curly and it isn’t straight, just a wavy in between, which ends up making me look like I just rolled out of bed the majority of the time.

Although this article is about all of my complaints about having long-hair, deep down I love it (otherwise I wouldn’t have it). So here’s to all the girls who put up with long hair because deep down they know they could never cut it… at least not for a few more years that is.

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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!

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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.

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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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