Everywhere we look, there are women with perfect hair – movies, commercials, Instagram. Their hair looks SO natural and effortlessly beautiful that we become depressed with what’s on our heads.
However, we should realize that hair is DEFINITELY not completely natural. In fact, it’s probably the result of several hours’ hard work and styling.
But we’re depressed nevertheless, and we attack our hair with ruthless flat irons, curlers, numerous (way too expensive and possibly harmful, on the long run) products. We spend hours and days styling it so it resembles the perfect ones from the media.
If you can identify with the whole story, and feel bad about what you’re doing to your hair, stop for a second. Here are several questions to ask yourself:
What’s the problem?
Why don’t you like your natural hair? Is it too thin, too thick, too curly, too flat? Maybe you’re giving it a wrong treatment. It’s possible that you still don’t know it, and therefore use all the wrong products and ways of styling.
You just need to remember one thing: no hair is ugly, no matter what you might have been told. As any other part of the human body, it’s beautiful in its uniqueness. But, just like plants, for example, it needs the right nourishment. And if you’re a proud owner of a hair burner (as you know you are), ask yourself the next question.
What can I do to make it healthy again?
Don’t throw the iron in the garbage. It’s still okay to use it occasionally, for a special event. But, on a daily basis, try not to. Instead, learn more about your type of hair and what it needs to become healthy. Usually, it’s calcium and vitamin B, which your hair gets mostly through the food you take. Vitamin B is found in meat, eggs, and (vegetarians and vegans, don’t despair) soy products. Dairy products, almonds, or broccoli are abundant with calcium.
Other than food, you should try using quality hair products. Discover the ideal type of shampoo (but don’t wash it every day—that way it will lose its protective layer of grease), and treat it with the adequate hair mask say, once per week.
Even all this can’t magically resurrect your burned hair. Don’t be afraid to go and cut it. HAIR GROWS BACK. Besides, everyone feels great after a nice haircut. It’s liberating.
Now that you learned about the health tips, here’s another important question.
How should I style it?
Natural drying is not for everyone (yes, some of us still think we’ll catch meningitis if we leave it wet), so invest in a good dryer. To keep the natural and healthy look of your hair, think about using heat protectants to reduce damage. If you want to add some texture and volume to your flat hair, dry it in a high bun and use volumizing products. Waves need just a dash of defining hair gel, whereas your natural curls will turn into a smooth criminal with the help of an adequate serum.
Now, if you think there’s no classy, stylish hairdo without curlers and irons, girl, you’re SO wrong. Use some imagination! Or…you know – YouTube. There are hundreds of great tutorials with DIY hairstyles. Try out charming braids, twists, updos with bobby pins, curls without heat.
Experiment with things such as bandanas, colorful bands, scarves, fake flowers, GLITTER. There’s just one question left.
How do I learn to love my hair
Following the steps above is a great start. Now, you need to become friends with your natural hair, understand it, and accept it as a true friend: with all its virtues and flaws.
Sophia Smith is Australian based fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about organic beauty products, yoga, and healthy lifestyle. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and lifestyle related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is the regular contributor at High Style Life and Ripped.