My hair has gone through ups and downs, twists and snags.
Early 90’s – My mother insisted for every school portrait I needed to look like an Oompa Loompa. The Bob hair cut was in full effect, cupping symmetrically around my head right below my ear lobes. It’s embarrassing to see any picture of mine until the age of nine. I was just a baby in this photo but my hair styles didn’t change much.
Late 90’s – In middle school I was all about following the trends, even the ones that I knew were terrible. I often wore my hair lathered back with strong-hold hair gel in a ponytail with two strands of hair poking out for ‘’bangs.’’ It was hideous and also caused my hairline to recede.
Freshman year in High school – I took it a little easier with the damaging hair gel but then I decided that hair ribbons were all the rage. I invested in ribbon of all different widths and colors. It wasn’t until I realized that I was almost seventeen and rocking a junior cheerleader’s best accessory every day.
Senior year in High School – I was getting a little warmer but still damaging my hair in order to make it straight or curly. I used massive amounts of hair gel to scrunch it and once tried to iron my hair on the iron board as if it were a wrinkly blouse. I shudder at the thought of my split ends.
Community College – This is when my hair went into a downward spiral. I ditched the hair gel (finally) but… I ditched the hair gel. I was so stressed about the new curriculum and dealing with professors that I literally would roll out of bed and hoped my hair would fall into a hair tie.
Now – I think I finally got it. After realizing that:
A.) my mother should not have anything to do with my hair
B.) Hair gel is an enemy
C.) That I should care if my hair is sticking out
I know how to handle my hair a little better today. Instead of trying to tame my wild, curly hair I learned to embrace it. I found the right products to control frizz while still maintaining my hair’s body. My favorite is Garnier’s Wavy Hair Tamer. If I decide to straighten my hair I know I need at least an hour and a half and my trusty hair iron but I prefer to wear my hair curly.
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