Can’t you relate. Pluses and negatives of having curly hair.

I came across a fellow curly girl’s website. In her post on she describes the various perks and pitfalls of having curly hair. As I was reading her article, I found that I could relate to every single plus and negative. It was hilarious. I encourage you curly girls to visit her page. I am sure you will relate to at least 85% of what she is saying. It made me feel proud of my curly hair, but also made me feel like I was part of a bigger community. Having curly hair can sometimes seem like a burden. The girls that had no one there to take care of their hair as youngsters probably wished so much that they had straight hair. Like me, and many other curly girls, learning how to maintain our hair has made it so much easier and pleasant to deal with.

Here is a sneak peak of the article The Perks and Pitfalls of  being a Curly Girl

Perk #1: You get the big, voluminous hair look without even trying. While my friends are spending hours blow drying and curling their hair to achieve that sexy voluminous hair look, I wake up, scrunch it a bit with some product, apply hairspray and voila. I love it when people ask me how I got my hair to be so big and my response is, “I just woke up like this.” 

Pitfall #1: Many hair style tutorials don’t apply to you. While we master the big curls look, that’s just about all we can do. I can’t tell you how many cute hair tutorials I want to try but can’t because, well, I can’t exactly replicate the look with my hair. It can take us a split second to do a high bun or even a side ponytail, but anything requiring blow drying and straightening will turn into a grueling process for us.



Try out Alicia Keys Ponytail braid look

curly-ponytailsI love what is going on in this picture! Alicia Keys is showing off her beautiful curls, something she does not do often. She has her hair pulled up into a ponytail and accented the sides with braids. This look can be tried by you. It is simple but cute. If you girls are tired of doing the same old styles, try this funky one for a change. Here is a step by step process on how to achieve this look.

1. Part your hair at the crown of your head from ear to ear. Pull the back of your hair into a ponytail to get it out your way

2. Make three parts with the front of the hair that you left out. The side parts will be where you braid your hair and the middle part will be the Mohawk part. Put the middle part into a ponytail or bun for now so that is out your way.

3. Part and cornrow the sides of your hair. Make as many braids as you want. Cornrow from the front of your hair to the crown of your head.

4. Now, take the mid section of your hair and pin it to make an illusion of a Mohawk. You can do this by pushing up the hair.

5. Grab the rest of your hair and make a ponytail. To define the curls use gels or mousse.

It’s not just for them. Try the Ombre

The ombre hairstyle has been growing in popularity in the last year. I personally think it looks great when it is done properly. There has been concern whether it is difficult or not for curly girls to get this hair do. Some hairstylists convince their clients that they should pick a different hairstyle because it is too hard to accomplish. Don’t be discouraged. There is always a way. Either find another stylist who is skilled enough in doing ombre’s or practice the art yourself 😉

Social media sites like youtube have made it easy for lay people to learn techniques just by watching a video. Hair tutorials can be found all over the place. The ombre is now another thing that can be learned in a few minutes and then be put to use. You save money and time. But be aware that certain videos are made by people who are not experienced, and following these steps may result in sever hair damage. The ombre requires the use of hair bleach, which can be very damaging. You must pay special attention to how you apply the bleach and how long it is applied for. If you decide to do the ombre on your own, make sure to pay attention to the ingredients that are in the products. Dip dying is a new trend that is an easier process than the full on color process. It is inexpensive and takes a shorter time.  For a step by step process in how to do the dip dye Ombre cick here Ombre Dip Dye