Struggles That Come With Having Long Hair

Struggles That Come With Having Long Hair

Every girl with long hair can relate to this.
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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.

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.

Expectation

vs.

Reality


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.

Shedding

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.


Headaches

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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2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."



3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.



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8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)



9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.



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Your hair is something everyone looks at when they first see you, right? But what happens if your hair is curly? People with curly hair will agree when I say everyday, my hair looks the same. My hair is curly, and though sometimes I love it, there are always those days when I think, "I wish my hair were straight." But that's not all, so here are 10 problems only people with curly hair will truly understand.


1. Your hair always looks the same.

The choice is always if I should do a bun or a ponytail. There is nothing else available.

2. Frizz and humidity are your worst nightmare.

Your hair is already so curly. But then it rains, and your hair grows four sizes larger. The frizzing never stop, no matter how much spray you use. Then there are the times when I straighten it, but somehow, the universe knows and ensures that it is humid that day, meaning my curls are sure to come back.

3. Taking out hair ties is a pain.

You put your hair up, but when you eventually go to take out the hair tie, it's either nowhere to be seen or has already broken! Now, your hair is all over the place. By the end of the month, it is likely you have to buy another pack of them.

4. People are always asking if your hair is natural.

Yes! My hair is naturally curly. I know you probably love it, but I do not want you to touch it. Every time you touch it, well, it becomes even curlier!

5. The amount of time you spend on your hair feels next to zero by the time you leave the house.

Usually, it is a simple brush through. Then during the times when I try, I step out with my hair feeling like I haven't done anything, especially when I use anti-frizz spray! Somehow it ends up becoming frizzy again.

6. When you wash it, it isn't bad...

...but going to sleep with wet hair is the worst.

7. You can't cut your hair too short because an afro forms.

I don't know about you, but I already have curly hair. I don't think that I need an afro with that too.

8. When the wind comes, all you can see in front of you is your hair.

It is as if the weather can never be right. You have a good hair day, but then the wind comes. And now you can't see anything because your hair is everywhere.

9. You step outside on a sunny day, and you see your shadow's hair.

So you think, "My hair looks bad!" It is as if your hair cannot calm down! It makes you want to run away.

10. The things that actually help your hair double or even triple the price! It has become a chore now!

11. Raining outside? Might as well go home!

12. Need to dry your hair?

You are better off going with wet hair.

13. Brushing your hair is probably the most painful thing in the world.

14. Hair in a ponytail?

There is no going back!

15. Having to buy a new brush every month if not more often!

16. The suspense of not knowing how your hair will turn out when it is drying...

...will it be pretty like Rapunzel's or Jasmine's or an ugly hornets nest on your head?

17. But in the end, you have unique hair that sometimes looks fantastic!

You do not need straight hair to love your hair. You need your hair because it is what makes you who you are!

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