Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Curly-Haired Tales

So after all of these years, twenty three to be exact, I've finally decided to throw in the towel. I've come to terms with my curly hair. I'm going to love it, and in return it's going to love me back. It's got to be a two-way relationship you know, me and my curly hair. But for years, I hate to admit that it was not a good realtionship. Yes, I neglected and abused my poor curly hair, straightening it and hiding it as much as possible. Not letting it freely come out and see the world. Or let the world see it for all that it counts. I was fine with it, but the Mr. not so much. I'll let you in on a little secret...He loves, no more like absolutely adores my curly hair. He once offered to pay me $1,000.00 if I wore my hair curly for 75% of the year. Now according to my calculations, that's like 75% percent too much of my curly hair. Yes, I am terrible at math and have no idea how to even figure out how many days that even is. But lets not talk about math, lets get back to my curly hair ok? You guys, I feel like shouting it off the rooftop. I wore my hair curly for 10 straight days. And do you know what? I loved every single minute of it!! It brought out something in me that has been hidden for all of these years. I was a lot more, dare I say, confident. It was completely liberating. You bet your bottom dollar I rocked that BIG, curly hair. So why have I been hiding it for all of these years? Probably because it's human nature to not want what we have. This rings true for girls especially. Can I get an amen? For years I envied my friends, with their silky smooth locks. I wondered, why was their hair so straight and perfect, with little effort, while mine was the exact opposite? I would spend ridiculous amounts of time each morning trying to get mine to look like that. I would wake up, literally before the sun came up each morning in high school, so I could straighten my curly hair. Only to be heartbroken the second it rained, and those dang curls came out. But now, I have a feeling that I'll be a bit more apt to dance in the rain, curls and all. I encourage you all to try something different for a few days, and see how you feel. Whether it be wearing your hair a different way, trying a new shade of lipstick, going au-natural, or even that new trend that you thought would never look good on your body. I promise that you will walk away feeling more confidant in your own skin. Ooh, and let me know how it goes, will you?

19 comments:

Jes said...

i couldn't go anywhere without my straightener for about 3 serious years of my wavy haired life. then one day, my arm really got tired of doing it. and i've threw in the towel and embraced the waves. its chaotic. but now i don't get arm cramps.
xx jes

hello, Friday said...

You should definitely embrace your curls everyday! It's BEAUTIFUL!!! xoxo
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meme-and-he said...

I love your cute curly hair! I have stick-straight hair and am envious!!

AmandaRose said...

Yay! I have curly hair also and it's SO much better when you embrace it!

Paige (The Last Doughnut) said...

It's so funny that you posted this. I could have written the same thing myself. My hair was pretty damaged from coloring it over the years, so last year I had it cut pretty short; and started over. As I've let it grow out, I have found that if I just let it be curly (instead of flat ironing it to death), it looks so much healthier! I'm with you!!!

lovers letters said...

you finally caved! i love the curly hair, always have. you are a beauty! xo

Carlie said...

Can I just say your curly hair looks beautiful in both those pics?! It looks great!

Tara India said...

It's so good you're embracing your curls, I am getting a bit less addicted to my straighteners too! Thankyou for the lovely comment on my blog! :) xox

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Berni said...

AMEN! I always feel so much better when my hair is straight, instead of the afro I wake up with every morning ;) I definitely need to start embracing my curliness and work the fro' haha! Ps- your hair is amazing, I would quite happily walk around with curly hair if I looked like you!
xo

katilda said...

love your hair... i went and read your love story and now i'm all (orange?)crushing on your blog. i anticipate more love in the future. this is starting to sound like a bad fortune cookie, but i'm not taking any of it back!

brittany said...

hi! i just found your blog through your comment on my blog. thanks for stopping by. i'm adding you to my reader as we speak.

i was reading a few of your past posts and i saw you have family in san antonio. i live an hour south of there and my in-laws live there so we visit often. love it there.

i love your hair. my hair is naturally straight as a board and it takes way too much effort to curl it only for it to fall flat in 2 seconds flat. but like you said, we all want what we can't have ;)

Whitney Leigh said...

I wish SO BAD that my hair would be something besides straight. Look at your gorgeous locks! You are so beautiful! I'm so glad you stopped by my blog because I think I am going to be your newest stalker! :) Let's follow each other, shall we?
xox Whitney

Tina said...

I'm glad you stumbled upon my little blog. Thanks for leaving behind a comment. And embrace those curls!!! I've always envied beautiful volumptuous curls like that! You lucky little duck

Ben & Cassie said...

Hey! you should go to settings and click share email so that ppl can reply to your comments via email! I love your blog, super cute, your hair is incredible both ways! Lets do a button swap for totes in April...just 1)follow me 2)send me your button and just grab the code for mine and it will be official!

Kylee Noelle {the blog} said...

Embrace those curls girl! They are beautiful!

Catherine said...

i love your waves!!! my hair is the exact same way. sometimes i try to tame it, but it's nice to know that i can always fall back on my natural curly waves.

kaylee@life chasers said...

Your hair is a-mazing!!!

Elle said...

When I was younger I used to straighten my hair with an IRON... yes a CLOTHES IRON. I would get a bath towel in one hand and the iron in the other and iron that bad boy! My hair would be PIN straight... until it rained... oh and I used to be fan of that wash off fake tan stuff... that + rain + stupid hair... dayum I was HOT! A HOT MESS!! But now I embrace the wave and the pale and I feel FREE!!! and definitely cuter for it... oh and I have bags of time in the mornings to umm... SLEEP! Yay! Curls are where it's at Sista! Love Elle xo

Sara Bosler Castro said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my cake blog. How did you find it? Not many people know about it so it was a nice little surprise to find you left a comment for me there!

Looks like we are soul sisters with our fear (mine is more of a hatred) for odd numbers, love of ice cream & NYC and curly curly heads. I've embraced my curl more often these past few years but I haven't retired my flat iron just yet. I'll be moving back east this fall though so I think the humidity is going to force me to give up on my straightening endeavors.