Every girl, that is, except me.
You see, I have a crazy head of hair. It’s messy and curly and long—and I love every strand of it. I still can’t believe that’s how I feel since I spent the majority of my life hating what was coming out of my head.
When I was in high school I tried in vain to mimic my best friends’ dos. But while bangs and long hair looked amazing on them, they just looked ridiculous on me. My hair was super wavy, and brushing it only made it worse. And instead of lying flat against my forehead, my bangs flew off in every possible direction. Sick of fighting with my hair every morning, I chopped it all off the summer before college. My once-shoulder-length hair ended above my ears—and stayed there for the next seven years. My attitude was: It was easier to tame if there’s less of it.
Then I missed one of my scheduled haircuts and couldn’t get another appointment for a month. A few weeks later, my boss called me into her office and told me that she wanted me to go to her salon. I assumed because my hair looked bad, but she quickly explained that the salon she goes to specializes in curly hair and that she was convinced I had it. I told her that my hair wasn’t curly, it was just unmanageable. But she didn’t take no for an answer.That’s how I found myself, a week later, being schooled by a stylist on how to handle my hair. She told me that you can’t treat curly hair the same as you would straight hair. For example: no brushing or wrapping it up in a towel. She sent me home with my hands full of curly-hair-focused products and a head full of instructions. The first time I did my hair the way she told me was tough, but by the end of a week I’d gotten the hang of it. And that was also around the time people started complimenting me on my hair—something that I never in a million years would have believed possible. I had beautiful hair!
It’s now been about six years since my lesson in loving my curls. My hair hits the middle of my back and I wear it down as much as possible. I never would have thought that my most-hated feature would one day become my favorite, but that’s exactly what happened. Unfortunately, having bangs is still out of the question!
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