Naturally Curly Hair & Curly Hair Problems

Girl with long curly hair
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The girl with the curls might be your neighbor next door or the one you eye suspiciously at the gym while noticing her as she works out and sweats. Her hair doesn't fall but gets those beautiful small ringlets that lie innocently upon her forehead. Or she could be the jogger who passes you by while you watch her curls bounce with every foot she sprints. She is one of those femmes fatales whom men throw themselves at her feet while still being completely aware of the heartbreak ahead.
They don't care! It's the naturally curly hair! Natural curl girls are the first to get picked for the basketball team whether they are good or not, the first to get a date for the prom, and a ring on their finger. They look good when their canoe has tipped over into the water or skiing with a beanie squashed on their head.
Even worse is when they take their hat off, their curls bounce around like nothing happened. Are there springs inside of their curls? What's up with that and where are these people from, anyway! There is something about those little curls that dance around their face and we have to live with people like that, year in and year out. They used to be called "mom's darlings."
Getting the Right Cut
Moving just a little bit more on a serious note. Naturally curly hair can definitely be a blessing when you have the right cut. There are those who think they can cut naturally curly hair any way they would like because the curls will hide their mistakes. How wrong they are! The client will know immediately if she has a bad haircut just by running her untrained hands through her hair. She will know where the gaps are and the too short lengths that aren't harmonizing with the longer strands, and when the hair dries so will the world.
When it comes down to it, no one knows their own hair like we do. We know what will happen after we wash it, after we get that perfect or not-so-perfect haircut, and how it will react. We understand the process of putting gel in our hair to either tame it or help it hold its style. When it comes to naturally curly hair, the only ones who really understand what is in their head and on it are other naturally curly girls. They seem to belong to a curly club all their own.
Woman with shoulder-length naturally curly hair
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When naturally curly hair is cut into a fashionable hairstyle, you will see delightful flips, waves, and twirls around the head without the slightest effort. In fact, they sometimes walk out of the house to get into the car without so much as touching their head with a comb. This might be the reason why they seem to be from another planet.
Curly Hair Problems
In truth, they have their problems too. Natural curly hair can turn to frizz when the humidity is high no matter where they are and there isn't anything they can do about it. Even if they have carefully moisturized their hair and used extra moisturizer and extra spray, the frizz devil still comes on the scene. If they have rolled their hair into a smoother coif, this is still no guarantee that frizz won't be popping its ugly head.
Rain is a guarantee to bring frizz and during a ride on a sailboat, her lovely curls will end up being a massive pile of curls, more often than not, frizzy curls. This is why, if you have curly hair, a light, attractive scarf or hat could be useful while sailing or walking on the beach.
Salt air can be damaging, especially on silver hair because most gray hair tends to be dry. There are different textures to natural curly hair; some are frizzier, while others seem to hold their own. Sometimes it depends on the degree of the curl. Kinky curly hair can be unusually dry and needs an excessive amount of continual moisturizer in the products used, such as moisturizing shampoos, conditioners, and leave-in conditioners, gels, or spritzing lotions.
Hair with loose waves
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There is medium-curly hair that is generally most coveted, and then there are loose waves that sort of roll around the shoulders. The most important asset for a curly head is a good haircut, which requires minimal work, such as a simple comb or fluff in your hair. One of the worst looks is when a curly head needs a haircut and because of the kink has grown into a square form. Not good. The right shape is always the answer. They can never go long without a good shaping.
Many decide to straighten their curly hair, and this process can be time-consuming while using a flat iron, only to have the edges begin to curl when the humidity arrives. Unless they opt to have permanent straightening done, in which the hair stays straight until it grows out. Harsh chemicals are usually involved in the process of permanent straightening. Many times salons use a good perm to straighten the hair instead of a relaxer because the chemicals are usually not as strong.
The secret is to be happy with what you have in the first place. Instead of disliking what you have, take a good look in the mirror and see just how beautiful you really are with all those swirls, dips, and curls. Be happy with your curls, because although we live in a trendy time when straight hair seems to be so fashionable, the pendulum has swung back to coiled curls and voluminous waves. Besides, there has always been someone across the street or around the block who has secretly wished they had your hair since the beginning of time.