*Just sing that title to the tune of Martina McBride’s “This One’s for the Girls..” *
“This one’s for the CURLS, who’ve ever had a broken heart, who’ve wished upon a shooting star, you’re beautiful the way you are….”
Ok now that I’m done with my play on words… And yes I do realize that I am probably the only one who found that funny. Cut me some slack, nursing school leaves me no time for any social interaction 😂
Anyways. Growing up with curly hair, it seemed like the BIGGEST annoyance ever. And I mean literally and figuratively… my hair was BIG. My hair still is big. You can call it what you want… voluminous, fluffy, generous, full of body, etc. I can remember hating washing my hair because that meant my mom had to brush it. I was a slightly dramatic kid, so brushing my hair meant a fourth of a bottle of detangler and enough tears to fill a bucket. From me and my mom both. From me, well because like I said, I was dramatic.. and tenderheaded. The tears from my mom were probably for a variety of reasons…
- When I was about a year old and that first little ringlet sprouted out of my head, she had no idea what she was in for. Keep in mind that she has board straight hair.
- The whole ugly crying, detangler using saga was probably NOT what she had imagined when she pictured having a daughter.
- The combs broke. All. The. Time. And not because she was being rough, but because my hair could literally snap a ROCK in half. Is that a superpower or curse? I’ll let you decide.
So somedays my mom just stuck a bow in my hair and hoped for the best. I mean, can you blame her? So the hated hair brushing nights continued until I was about 9 years old. The next few years were a blur of hating my hair and wishing that I was born with shiny, straight hair. I tried serums, creams, and expensive products that I can’t even pronounce that advertised “frizz control.”
LOL, for the record hair companies… frizz control in south Louisiana for a curly girl typically doesn’t exist. Then in middle school/early high school, I found Tresemme Tres GelⓇ. Let me tell you, that $4 bottle is a gift sent straight from the heavens. Now my hair care routine is a breeze, and it doesn’t involve tears 🙌🏻
- Brush hair while conditioner is still in hair- seriously, if you haven’t tried this, curly girl, it will rock your world!
- Air dry
- Wake up in the morning with gorgeous curls
That’s it. No expensive products, no multi step routine that costs $100 and takes forever. A $4 bottle of gel from your local store. A lot less time spent frustrated with your curls, a lot more time loving them.
I know you’re probably tired of hearing straight haired people tell you how lucky you are, especially if you hate your hair care routine and loathe the process that it takes to be able to wear your hair down. But, I’m a firm believer that curly hair is a gift. I think it’s beautiful, it’s different, it makes you stand out in the best way possible. Personally, I’m so thankful that God looked at me and thought I needed a head full of ringlets. And I hope that one day, curly girl, you are too.