Life of a Curly Girl

The say the bigger the hair the bigger the attitude. I have one simple explanation for that. Big haired, curly girls have to have an attitude because of the way we get treated on a daily basis. ‘Your hair is so wild’ or ‘I bet it looks insane when you brush it’. I get it ok… my hair is not pin straight and anti humidity like yours, but please if you are not looking for a snap then take a step back.

Morning Struggle

It all starts when you wake up. The big morning stretch, roll your neck a few time to kick out any kinks out and pat the top of your head. First thought that comes to mind? Lord only knows what my hair is going to look like this morning. It usually consist of looking like Albert Einstein, Willy Wonka or Joe Dirt (but with a perm). Naturally, it is only right to control the situation and pull it half back or put it into a bun.

Destination disasters

You get to your destination (work, grocery store, friends apartment, etc.). On your way, it started to rain and happened to be 90 degrees out. What was once a controlled look of craziness just went to another level. A good inch away from where your hair line starts sits a layer of frizz. I know, I went a doped the F word in an article about curly hair. But I can say it because it applies to me (HA). Nobody understand the struggle. Oh, your hair goes even more flat when it rains (insert forced tear). You then have to deal with the remarks that range from your hair is so full to wow it must be raining. Try dealing with that on a daily basis in the spring / summer and tell me you don’t get a little hardened.

Hair balance 

To brush or not to brush? To shower at night or in the morning? Those are the most basic questions a curly can ask themselves. If you were born with a tender scalp and hair straight hair… bless your lucky stars. It take a tough person to endure the amount of force used to brush curly hair and / or remove a snarl.

If you wash it in the morning: If you do not give yourself an hour or more… thats it. You run the risk of your hair not drying in time, so people may mistake you for a wet dog.

If you wash it at night: Style and have enough time for it to dry to perfection…but it has been decided it will be a pizza and Netflix kind of night. *Sigh* The second you head hits the pillow deflation begins. The volume get turned down a notch and your hair get snarled within seconds.

Please, before you go and comment on a curly’s hair and expect and angelic reaction… just don’t. If you are not going to compliment on their hair, just hold back the comments. Thank me later and remember these are the words to stay away from: Wild, Crazy, Frizzy, Huge, Nappy, etc.

P.S. I take huge offense to the Kayak commercial about the woman whose ‘hair style is out of style’. I was born this way, I can’t help it. Conclusion: Kayak sucks anyways.

Shout out to curly's in a Disney movie... finally.

Shout out to curly’s in a Disney movie… finally.

Coming down off of Lana Del Rey

I woke up this morning with a fuzzy memory and a slight urge of wanting more. I went the whole day with this feeling mixed with goosebumps, anxiety and irritability. It was not until I turned on my iPod that I realized that… I was coming down off of a Lana Del Rey high. My symptons after a Lana concert were the same as those coming down off of hard core drugs.

Where did my downward spiral begin? Forever 21 in 2011. That is the first time that Lana’s music hit my ear drums. I remember hearing one lyric and running across the store to my sister, who in turn, was also looking for me so that we could discuss what on earth just happened. After that, we were hooked to Lana Del Rey without any warning.

Since this moment I have followed Lana and her music, watching her career and fan base grow. She is a hot thing in music right now intoxicating all she touches. Luckily, I had experienced this intoxication a few years back so instead of discovering a new artist, I threw my hand in the air and cranked up the music. The lyrics that she writes and sings hit your veins like ice, because they are familiar to your life and those emotions you feel are out of body. Lana sings the songs, but you experience the roller coaster.

June 3 came around and it was time. My big moment to experience Lana Del Rey live in living color. I zipped up my boots, jumped on my bike and headed over to the arena. It was everything I expected flower crowns, crop tops and converse shoes. All in which I was not wearing nor own. I was there for one reason only, my love of Lana.

The moment that she took stage I hit euphoria. Her voice hit me and it felt like a kiss. Tears roll down my cheeks and I sang in praise of the Queen. I have never witnessed an artist who sounds just as good (if not better) in concert as they do on their albums. The rest of the night I am in a trance – her beauty, voice and stage presence had me hooked. I left wanting more, but that is what Lana will do to you. Give you so much… but keep you wanting and coming back for more.

This leads me back to the beginning of the story. The moment I turned on Lana Del Rey on my iPod my world was balanced again. Nobody had warned me that this would happen, but I would not want it any other way. I could not even listen to the songs she sang in concert without getting a little emotional. I am waiting to see what Honeymoon brings me and the thousands of others awaiting for more of that Lana.

(if I am friends with you and you do not know Lana’s music, I would suggest you hit up YouTube NOW)

The Queen in my city xo

The Queen in my city xo

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