|Enjoying a Sweet Coily Girl Hair Style!|
For over 10 years, I've been styling straight hair.
Detangles easily (for the most part),
is comfortingly predictable,
is easily parted
is easily moved around (braided, styling, etc)
is very "blow in the wind"
Gets tangled easily
Is not very predictable
is hard to part
isn't easily manipulated into styling
doesn't move with the wind so much
With that in mind, I do this post about styling curly/coily hair. I had to change my mind-set about the hairstyles that will "work" with coily hair. I kept thinking of styles that I used to do with my straight hair, and my efforts left me frustrated. I know that my coily hair won't "hang" like my straight hair used to, so I need to remember that when selecting styles that require hanging hair. ESPECIALLY AT THIS LENGTH.
Also, I embraced my hair with the knowledge that it will "stand up" with most of my styling. I've come to love that about my hair.
Before, my expectations left me frustrated. Once I realized what my hair is designed to do, and learned how to work with it, then it became BEAUTIFUL! The mind is a strong force. This healthy hair journey encompasses way more than the right shampoos and leave in's. It requires a "make-over" of the mind. Why did it take me so long? Especially since I've been in love with my hair from the day that I saw it in it's raw, coily state. Well, there are still some things that I'm learning, and it just so happened that my mind is still set in some of it's straight hair days.
|Long Curly Hair Requires Different Styling Preparation than Straight Hair|
And with that knowledge, I will use this Spring/Summer to learn new styles for my 2012 coily hair (un-stretched). Knowledge is Power.