by Lauren Silverman '17
Although the curly hair trait is genetically dominant, straight hair seems to be everywhere. Beauty ads encourage those with natural curls to straighten them. It’s always had a bad rap in the media as well; often, curly-haired characters in movies and television shows are portrayed as humorous and “geeky,” unlike their straight-haired counterparts. Recently, however, girls have started embracing their curly hair. With encouragement from both supportive beauty brands (like Dove) and peers, you too can love your curls! Here are five essential things every curly girl should know.
In fact, many curly girls skip shampoo altogether. This is often called co-washing or the “curly girl method” and involves washing the hair with only conditioner. Many girls who use this method work with special types of conditioners that work as a shampoo substitute. On the other hand, there are sulfate-free shampoos that are great for curly hair; one popular product includes DevaCurl No-Poo Zero Lather Conditioning Cleanser.
2. ...But you WILL die without conditioner
Because of the structure of curls, many essential oils do not reach each and every strand of hair, causing it to dry out. This is why conditioner is so important; it hydrates curls and lowers the amount of frizz that may occur due to dryness.
You should condition your hair in the shower even if it isn’t time for a wash. It is important to make sure it has enough moisture and is protected, especially in humid climates.
3. Daily hair washing is not necessary
One of the biggest mistakes made by curly girls is that they wash their hair too often. So how long should you wait in between each wash? Generally, the thicker your curls, the less often you have to wash your hair. Scrubbing it with shampoo too often will dry it out and strip it of its oils. If your hair is extremely coarse, you may be able to go a week (or even more!) without washing it. For upkeep, many girls will co-wash in between full washes. Read more about co-washing here.
4. Keep the heat away from your hair
Heat-based products like straighteners and blow dryers are unhealthy for every type of hair. Using too much heat can have a variety of negative effects on your curls including increased dryness and frizz. Air dry your hair when possible. If you can’t bear to part with your hair dryer, use a diffuser attachment. It is a bowl-shaped piece that changes the air flow, drying different sections of your hair to shape your curls. Additionally, blow-dry on a “cool” setting. Doing this will dry your hair effectively without overwhelming it.
5. Always be confident!
Curly girls have always gotten the short end of the stick. Often, it seems like the media is out to straighten every curl on the planet. Never let this keep you from wearing your hair how you want it. Don’t let peer pressure force you into changing it. You were born with a trait that adds to your individuality… Wear it with pride!
Motivation is the willingness of someone to do something. People could all use a little motivation, whether it's to overcome hardships he or she is currently facing or simply for self-improvement. The Christmas season is among us. Although Christmas is a time of happiness, it can bring forth depression due to economic problems in one's family, reliving memories of the deaths of a loved one, and a variety of other factors. However, it is imperative to remember to find the motivation within yourself to get past any obstacles that have been headed towards you. Listed below are motivational quotes to help overcome these problems.
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it” (Swindoll).
“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough” (Mandino).
“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence” (Confucius).
“We cannot always control everything that happens to us in this life, but we can control how we respond. Many struggles come as problems and pressures that sometimes cause pain. Others come as temptations, trials, and tribulations” (Kendrick).
“If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges” (Riley).
“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it” (Jordan).
“All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you” (Walt Disney).
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment” (Buddha).