"You would look better if you straightened your hair". Something women with curly hair hear all the time, why should we be pressured to hate our natural hair? Why is that? It just falls into line with this standard of beauty that clearly isn't one size fits all.
"I spent a good deal of my adolescence hating my hair. I would straighten it every day because I was sick of hearing about how bad or ugly it looked. This went on through high school and even into college. Somewhere between "I'm too tired for this foolishness" and "hey, this is who I am, take it or leave it," I decided to go back to wearing my hair natural and haven't done that in over a year. Nowadays we have all this talk about promoting positive body image, but what people need to realize is that this movement needs to move beyond what it is and be inclusive of everyone. Because these things aren't just opinions; they impact lives." - Ashlyn Howard
Embrace your curls and love them.
Invest in your hair it is the crown you never take off, life is too short to have boring hair. The most important step to healthy hair is learning to love your hair they way it naturally is. "There's this pressure for everything to be "uniform" and "straight" and natural curls can be seen as "messy" or "ethnic." It's awful, it's rude, and it feeds into the euro-centric idea of beauty that does more harm than good." - Anna Keeley
Two holy grail hair products:
1. OUAI rose hair and body oil 32$
hair oils replenish the hair follicles and increase the natural strength of your hair. Oils contain fatty acids that protect your hair shaft with a layer, the hair shaft is damaged the most by heat. Argan oil is great for dry hair, coconut oil helps promote hair growth and almond oil is good for dandruff. Rose is a very versatile oil, that is used for reducing redness and healing scars. It gives a very glossy, hydrated finish and it smells AMAZING. lightweight oils like OUAI's rose oil are better as sometimes thicker oils can leave a greasy finish.
2. OUAI scalp scrub $38
healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp, when you exfoliate your scalp you are getting rid of any dead skin thet is blocking the hair follicles. You are detoxifiying and rebalancing the PH level on your scalp, so it won't get irritated or flaky. Scrubbing also stimulates blood circulation which encourages hair growth.
Described as 'rehab for your scalp and skin' it is a deep cleansing scrub that hydrates the scalp with infused coconut oil, scented with rose, sandalwood and white musk.
Zendaya's hair routine below is a great example of how total care of curly hair,