Embrace & Enhance Your Natural Hair

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This is a guest post by Lisa of  The Most Happy

 

Hi there! Lisa from The Most Happy here, talking about the one piece of beauty advice I wish someone gave me when I was younger.

When I was a teenager, I wish someone had told me to embrace and enhance my natural, curly hair. I think the biggest piece of beauty advice I could give to girls younger than me is to embrace your features, not try to cover them up or play too much into trends.

I learned this the hard way.

Since I was 12 or 13, I spent hours daily straightening my hair smooth Read about it here

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I have naturally curly, sometimes frizzy hair that I hated, and that was definitely not on trend for the early 2000s. Every girl in school wanted stick-straight hair, and so I spent middle school and high school burning my curls away.

When I got to college I didn’t feel like a straight hairstyle was even my personality anymore!

I decided to embrace my curls, and I haven’t looked back since.

Going from fried, dead, perpetually heat styled hair to trying to get my hair to look pretty and curly again was a long road.

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So if you’re looking to embrace your natural curls after trying for years to straighten them out Here is what to do

  • Get an intense deep conditioner.
  • Try curling shampoos like DevaCurl especially the ones without sulfates in them. Read about it here
  • Towel dry your hair with a t-shirt—instead of a towel!
  • Forget heat styling for a long time.
  • Let your curls air dry, sometimes overnight. 

     

    Curls look best when they’re nourished and conditioned, hence the deep conditioner and the total ban on heat styling.

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    Also, a lot of curly girls don’t know that the towels we use to dry ourselves actually make our curls frizzy and gross, taking away the smooth s-shape we all covet.

    A t-shirt is softer, and scrunching with one will help your curls stay their shape.

    Nowadays, all the beauty trends are leaning toward the natural look. Effortless beauty.

    All the same, I see a lot of younger girls still eager to transform their look into something “perfect” or trendy, and it’s so much more fun to enhance what’s unique about you, instead of trying to look like everyone else.

    All I know is that when I decided to go natural and embrace my curls, I felt more like myself, and I think that’s one of the most important parts of beauty and style. 

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    Lisa