Curly Hair Love
My curly hair and I have a love/hate relationship. More love now, less hate. But back in the day (say elementary school/middle school) I started feeling like my curly hair wasn't okay. Around that time, hair straighteners were hitting the shelves and somehow I got one of those things in my little hands and begged my mom to straighten my hair every Sunday night. It hurt but it seemed worth it.
Not until about a few years ago (I'm now 27 so you do the math) did I just get fed up with the straightening. I didn't get why I was putting in all of this hard work for a hairstyle that fought with my natural hair. I had to be careful when I was outside. I had to be careful when I sweat. I had to be careful when it rained because my curls were fighting to come back through the straight hair at any sign of weather change or perspiration.
I was tired of being careful. So...I embraced my curls! We struggled getting to know each other for awhile but soon I was just happy to see my natural hair back. I didn't want to look back at pictures and not see the natural me - but instead a person I thought I "should" be.
There is nothing wrong with straightening your hair or dying it or curling it or changing it - every so often. But for the curly girls out there - it is more than okay to embrace your curly hair. Lara Casey did and she has inspired me to rejuvenate my relationship with my hair and treat it with care and love. Not only is her story about embracing your natural hair but it is about appreciating who you are in this moment right now - whatever that may look like for you.
If you are a curly girl too - check out her AMAZING giveaway on her blog. It is her most recent post.
Thank you, Lara, for sharing your message of acceptance, struggle, grace and freedom!