Curly hair can be a beast to tame sometimes. I’ve tried numerous haircuts and products over the years trying to master this head of hair I’ve been blessed with. In my tenure with hair, I’ve found some winners over the last couple months. I’m going to share some curly hair tips and how I’ve learned to embrace my curls.
My Curly Hair Tips for You:
- Find a stylist who is good at cutting curly hair. You’ll avoid coming home from a haircut with one side an inch longer than the other. Yes I had that happen in undergrad.
- Use a microfiber towel to dry your hair. You’ll have less frizz!
- Whatever you do don’t blow dry your hair, unless you use a diffuser.
- Never fully dry your hair. Let it air dry.
- I’ve found that products that cost a tad bit more are worth the investment.
How I’ve Embraced My Curly Hair:
Embracing my curly hair has not been an easy process. On my previous blog I posted about how I’ve learned to embrace my curly hair and today I’m going to share it with you again.
I’m thankful for my curly hair.
…I am not my hair…
…I am not your expectations…
…Good hair means curls and waves…
…Does the way I wear my hair make me a better person?
Does the way I wear my hair make me a better friend?
Does the way I wear my hair determine my integrity?
I am expressing my creativity…
-I Am Not My Hair, India Arie
You may be wondering why I am thankful for my hair and quoting India Arie in today’s post. I am quoting India Arie because God has shown me that I need to love my own curly hair through this song. Many people with curly hair have a love/hate relationship with their hair. (I know people with straight, wavy, natural hair who also have love/hate relationships with their hair, but today I can only speak for my own experience). I’ve struggled with believing the lie that only straight hair can be beautiful. For example, I used to straighten my hair on a daily basis because the imperfections of my curly hair annoyed me. God’s truly healed that area of in my life, though. Now when I straighten my hair it’s because I had an extra half-hour in the morning, not because I hate how imperfect the curls are. I rarely straighten my hair these days because the extra half-hour of sleep is so much better than the lies I used to believe about needing to have perfectly straight hair. During certain periods of my life I even straightened my hair everyday because I thought it made me more “beautiful and confident.” I’ve discovered that it was a pretty fake boost of confidence and beauty.
I’ve embraced my curly hair because God has made those curls, each and every one of them beautiful. He’s “even numbering the hairs on your head!” –Matthew 10:30 I’ve been in the process of this for quite awhile, but it’s time to really truly embrace the way God made me. If all the strands aren’t perfect it doesn’t matter and let’s face it, with having curly hair no one is probably going to notice or care anyway…and my husband still seems to kiss me whether or not my hair is behaving. (but let’s face it…he’s probably not looking at my hair)
When I was in the womb I didn’t get to pick if I had curly or straight hair. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” –Psalm 139:13-14 When I’ve said I don’t like my curly hair, what I’m really telling God is that I don’t like the way He created me.
So my challenge to you today is to embrace the way God made you, because He has made you beautiful just the way you are.