04 June 2015

Embracing My Curly Hair

Did you know that in general, girls and women with curly hair are less confident? It's true. Only 10% of women with natural curls feel proud of their hair. I completely believe this statistic, because if I'm being totally honest, I have always disliked my curly hair. But wait, I bet you're thinking "You have curly hair!?" Why yes, yes I do. But I have been straightening it as long as I can remember.

The thing is, that I actually love curly hair on other people. I think it's gorgeous and can really add a lot of character to someone's appearance. But, I just don't like it on me. It's silly really, I know. Truth is, there are a lot of reasons why I should leave my hair alone more often and just the curls fly free.

Most days, I straighten my hair and put on makeup, you know, to keep up appearances. But I think there is something to be said about being "natural." Leaving my hair alone, and wearing less makeup is actually a goal of mine this Summer. I think when you can feel comfortable in your own skin (and hair!), you will exude more confidence than when you totally make yourself up.

Secondly, although I don't have little girls, I still very strongly believe that my boys can learn from the way I present myself. I want them to see their Mother & know that I take pride in the way I was made. And I want to be able to encourage them to look for the real, natural beauty in other people as well.

And thirdly, well, I just don't want to use so much heat on my hair. It's not good for it, plain and simple.

So one of the biggest hurdles for me, is finding a product that can help to tame my wild curls. I want them to be soft and smooth, but also controlled.

I was recently introduced to the Quench Absolute Collection.
  • Quench Absolute Ultra Nourishing Shampoo
  • Quench Absolute Ultra Nourishing Conditioner
  • Quench Absolute Intensive Restoration Mask
  • Quench Absolute Supreme Crème Serum
And I have to say, I'm impressed.

Ignore my silly bathroom/no make-up picture here, but I just wanted to kind of showcase how curly my hair is! Thing is, I don't leave it down and curly very often because I just cut it, so I feel like it's at an awkward length right now. BUT, I still really want to give my hair a break from all of the heat products I've been using.

This is the end result after it dried. I really like the way it turned out! The curls are smooth, but not crispy or crunchy feeling. I think this will be my new go-to for the summer. It get's way too hot in my house to use heat around my head, and it will give me a chance to get my hair off of my neck, too. Plus, like I said, I'm going to try my best to embrace my naturally curly hair. :-)

And before I go!! I want to share with you this awesome e-book you can download from the Dove website. It's called Love your Curls. I love the way it's described as "a poetic tribute to curly hair, inspired by real women." You can also create your own personalized e-book with a custom dedication and illustration for a curly haired girl in your life. Neat, right? Go check it out!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Kiara Buechler said...

I love your hair back like that with the curls. So pretty!

Ashleigh Wright said...

My daughter has curly hair where as I have straight. I do my best to get her to love her hair and embrace it! Thanks for the product info!! xx

Health, Love & Fire said...

It's funny how we always want what we don't have. I always wished my hair was curlier. I absolutely love your curly hair, especially how you have it in that photo with it up and curly :)

Ali said...

I believe you about only 10% of women with curly hair liking their curls. My hair is frizzy-curly and I hate it. My husband loves when I wear my hair natural, but I like to straighten it. I will have to try this product to control the frizzy-ness.

Rachel Ball said...

You know what? I don't know how to straighten my hair. At 27 yrs old!

Jordan said...

I wish I still had curls! My hair has gotten straighter as I've gotten older. Looks great :)

Shannon said...

I had been straightening my hair for years as well, and when I got pregnant with my last child I was too sick to put the time / effort into continuing to straighten my long hair, so I started going natural (when it wasn't in a perma-ponytail!). I learned how to correctly blow dry curls with the dryer attachment (it's better if you DON'T use heat!) and it made ALLLLL the difference in the world. I now love, love, love my curls and haven't straightened my hair (even once!) in nearly 2 years. When I want a "nicer / dressier" look, I use a curling iron to enhance the curls rather than straightening. My hair is sooooo much healthier now that I'm not continuously damaging it with a straightener, and I absolutely LOVE my curls now.

Tabitha Blue said...

Yes, yes and yes! I have curly hair and it can totally be a downer sometimes… especially in the humidity. I'm constantly straightening it, and since I don't want to always use heat, I'll keep it in a frizzy bun otherwise just to get it off my neck. I need to try this!! :) Thanks for sharing!

~Tabitha Blue

Sarah Halstead said...

Love it. I really wish I had some curl. Mine is stick straight and wont hold a curl.