Embracing what my mama gave me. #LoveYourCurls
Some people are blessed with naturally cooperative hair. I am not one of those people.
Most days, I work very hard to tame this thick mane. I brush, I blow dry, I straighten, I curl, I hairspray, I primp, I obsess about my hair. Add that time up and I spend hours each month styling my hair. Eeep! That’s umm… a lot. Not to mention all the damage these heating tools are having on my hair.
Clearly, my hair routine has gotten out-of-hand. And I’m so used to it, that I frankly don’t even know what my natural hair is capable of anymore! I’d describe it as wildly wavy (see above). It frizzes, it curls unevenly, and is totally unpredictable. BUT it’s also my hair and I really need to embrace it, right? I recently read that only 10% of women in the U.S. with curly hair feel proud of their hair. Yikes, I’m part of the 90% right now…
So I decided to embark on a hair challenge: I’d go a week with natural hair. No straightening iron, no hours spent perfectly curling each lock. I would try to love my curls and document my journey along the way. I realize “a hair challenge” sounds a bit dramatic, but letting my curls go wild makes me feel totally vulnerable (yes, all the feels) so this is big for me! Here’s what happened & my lessons learned:
4 Curly Hair Lessons Learned
Hydrate in the shower: I started the great curly hair challenge off with a shampoo upgrade by trading my basic shampoo for Dove Quench Absolute Ultra Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner. It added some much-needed moisture and softness to my corse hair. After that, I let my locks run free and air dry overnight. My curls dried a little kinky (hence the half-up hairdo), so my next step was to tackle styling products.
Tame the mane: After washing it the next morning, I used a wide-tooth comb and lightly squeezed out a little moisture with a towel. Next I ran Dove Quench Absolute Supreme Crème Serum through my hair. It’s creamy and lightweight, giving my curls a little bit more controlled definition.
Use a diffuser: Oh, hello perfect hair day! Today I decided to dig out the diffuser attachment for my hair dryer. Just a few quick minutes really sped up my drying time and helped make bouncy curls. I also used my curling wand to create a few more defined pieces. Maybe that’s cheating, but I consider it a win when I only have to curl a few pieces of hair to get this kind of curl!
Be confident: In addition to learning how to control my curls, my biggest lesson learned was: confidence can go a long way! All week, I fielded compliments from friends and coworkers who told me they loved my curls. Honestly, at first I felt shy and self conscious when they said it. And then I snapped out of it. My curls are special! They’re wild and beautiful and me. Sure, they sometimes have a mind of their own, but curly hair gals, I encourage you to join the Love Your Curls movement! Dove Hair launched this campaign to encourage women to celebrate their curls and inspire future generations to do the same.
My hair challenge reminded me that we all should be comfortable with what makes us unique and embrace what our mamas gave us. (Thanks for the crazy curls, mom!)
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.