This Tomboy Learned How to Curl Hair


Have you ever dreamed of gorgeous, bouncy curls that actually stay that way for an entire evening? For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to style my hair that way. But I always had a problem: my hair just wouldn’t stay curled. After years of this outcome I finally gave up on this dream.

Of course, I still attempted to curl my hair, but I was never surprised when it would lose its curl a short time after leaving the house. Something minor like that shouldn’t bother me so much, but it did.

I continued wondering what I was doing wrong. Was there something wrong with my hair? Why did my curls droop no matter how much hair spray I used?

Granted, I’m not the most talented person when it comes to styling my hair. As a recovering tomboy, I was still figuring out how to apply makeup and do something different to my long, thick hair that didn’t involve a ponytail.

Finally, I got so fed up with my hair’s inability to stay curled that I decided to research this problem. I figured there had to be a technique or product out that that would solve my dilemma.

Not surprisingly, the internet was full of hair websites that addressed this very same issue. But most of the information found on these sites were disorganized or focused only on selling me products I didn’t need.

Finally, I stumbled upon, and I learned so much about my hair type and the products I should use to achieve the look I wanted. Furthermore, I learned that I had been too quick to give up on my hair. I needed to practice these techniques many times with the right tools before assuming that nothing could be done to coax my stubborn hair into remaining curly.

I wish I could tell you that my hair problem was solved instantly. It took some time for me to get the hang of this. There were plenty of frustrating moments. But slowly, I improved. I even noticed that my hair responded better to the tool that was recommended for thick hair types.

I was also careful to prep my hair correctly before curling it as well, which was something I had never considered before. Who knew that moisture would play such a critical role in the outcome?

Admittedly, I probably should have practiced more than I did, but the thought of curling my hair just to remain at home didn’t motivate me to keep trying. You’ll laugh at what I did to get around this: I invented excuses to leave the house.

If I knew I had to go somewhere in public, I forced myself to look my best. While I was practicing my hair curling, I also used this time to practice makeup techniques. I didn’t turn myself into a drag queen or anything, but I kept my look natural.

After a few months of practicing with hair curling, I was finally satisfied with my results. This was perfect timing as well, since I had a wedding to attend that same weekend.

Unlike my initial, bumbling attempts, I was now comfortable with using the curling wand. Before, it took me over an hour to curl the entire amount of my hair, but now it only took between half an hour and forty-five minutes. How’s that for improvement?

Best of all, my curls no longer drooped. Without using an entire can of hair spray, my curls also stayed put. I had managed to achieve my goal; in fact, my curls were still apparent even when I went to bed that night.

I know practicing on my hair like this may seem silly, but now I don’t have to agonize over things like this anymore. I can actually enjoy the process of getting ready and going out with my family and friends knowing that I look and feel my best.

The confidence I’ve gained from this simple change has surprised me. I realized that this entire time I had been hiding myself from the world. I depended on my lack of skill as a crutch for not solving the very problem that bothered me so much.

Now that I’ve gotten more comfortable with myself, I can’t wait to see what else I can improve.

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