...and for everyone else, enjoy my awkward middle school life.
In elementary school my mom was lucky to get a brush through my hair. On the mornings my mom left before my dad that poor guy was stuck with a screaming 6 year old in a chair, tears rolling down her face because let’s face it, boys don’t know how to brush hair! Lucky for me my dad would just quit and send me to school with some knotty hair in a ponytail, but that’s what I wanted anyways.
Middle school was the age of the straightener. I got my first CHI from my hairstylist (at wholesale so I felt super awesome) and I got to straightening! Ladies, I know this was such an awkward time for you too. A trip down memory lane shall we?
- I rocked every single jean skirt American Eagle had to offer
- Phat Farms? Adidas? Anyone? Ew, why?
- The tales of my mouth are for another time but let’s stick with the facts: a few grand have been invested into my mouth…this is inclusive of braces. So yes, braces.
- Boys were just deciding that girls may be a good idea and our hormones were like what?
- Puberty. Acne. Training bras.
- Speaking of Puberty…huge hair change for this gal. That straight hair went to a curly/wavy mixture. A mixture composed of tighter curls on the top ranging to pin straight underneath.
During this time my mom—the curly headed goddess—took me under her wing and showed me the way.
I quickly learned to ditch the straightener. Every now and then is fine, but ladies if you have the natural wave, FLAUNT IT.
Here are a few things I have gathered over the years to keep your waves/curls lookin’ pristine and healthy:
- Buy a diffuser. A diffuser is the best thing to ever happen to my head.
- A curl CREAM, not gel (eww, crunchy much?)…keeps your hair soft, bouncy and shiny.
- In addition to the cream try different brands of mouse. Be careful here though; try to find one with low alcohol content because it can dry the hell out of your hair. Throw the mouse on after your cream and before you diffuse.
- Comb your hair in the shower! Or when you’re just out…basically just run a wide-tooth comb through it when it’s wet, NEVER DRY. Holy crap, if I had a dollar for every soul I have seen with massive frizz I would be $$$$$$$$$$. Anytime you brush your curls when its dry it pulls them, breaks them and frizzes them. Just don’t do it.
- Let your hair be dirty on the weekend—or at least one day—that's how long I make it. Curly/wavy hair usually struggles on the moisture front and can tend to be dry and course. Letting your natural oil set in there for a tad is a major help.
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Shout out to all my girls with a little wave and a little curl (cheeeeesy, you love it though).