I have started this post about four times over the past couple of months, but I stop every time. I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about exactly. But after having the same conversation recently with several different people, I was able to narrow it down. Brief history of my hair: it’s been a love/hate relationship my entire life. When I was little my mom kept it long and it was really pretty. And I hated it! I wanted it short and would beg her to cut it but that was not going to happen. My hair is REALLY thick, so it was/is a pain to wash, a bigger pain to dry and when I was little it was usually in a ponytail. It would hurt so bad by the end of the day, I wanted to cry. If you don’t know what I mean by that, let me educate you. Thick hair is heavy, so you will often see people with long think hair constantly putting it up and down. This is because the weight pulls it down and after it’s been up for a little while, it will start to hurt at the scalp. Leave it up long enough and it can bring you to tears when you take it down. No joke! I’ve been through a lot with my hair and I could fill up numerous blog post with stories, but I’ll spare you. Instead, I want to share with you what I think the three most important things that I’ve learned about my hair are, in three different blog post. So, here goes….
1- Don’t be afraid to try something new! But, please know that your stylist is not a miracle worker. Your hair is what it is. Mine is super thick, course and slightly wavy, so I will NEVER be able to pull off a cute little pixie. And y’all, I’ve always dreamed of a pixie! My stylist (love you, Steph, if you’re reading!) has the most gorgeous face and the cutest pixie cut. I’m so jealous, because I know it will never happen for me!! If you have curly hair, then you have to embrace that and find cuts and styles that work with your hair and face. Where to start? Do your homework. Pinterest is a great place to go. Just put in your hair type and what you are looking for. Always take your stylist a picture! They aren’t mind readers. Show them what you want and ask them if they think it will work for you. Also, ask how much styling is involved. If you’re going to have to pull out the flat iron or curling wand every day and you hate to do that (like me), then you better make sure the style is low maintenance. When it comes to color, I also say go for it! I’ve been light brunette, dark brunette, strawberry blonde and a few months ago had rose gold highlights put in. Keep in mind, again, that your stylist is not your fairy godmother. She can’t turn your dark brown hair to platinum blonde in one visit. Lastly, don’t freak out!! Please know that not every color or cut you choose is going to look good on you, but you can always change it back. If you experiment enough, eventually you’re going to do something that you immediately regret. (Me- every single time I cut bangs) But, that’s the great thing about hair! Color can be changed and hair grows!! Hair changes- Go for it!!