Sometimes its a bummer when someone says I just love your curly hair? I wish my hair was just like yours. Really? Naturally curly hair isn’t the hype as some think it is. Especially for a Latina. Myself as a mama I have gone through this first hand. Now, I will say when its a good day I absolutely love my hair. It’s apart of me and even my identity. Sometimes though, I can just get so sick of it. When it comes to my hair it can be a totally different thing. My hair can make my day or break my day. Some women feel they don’t feel right when their makeup isn’t done right. I normally wear my makeup all natural so I’m a mascara, concealer and highlighter type of lady. I feel that way when I feel like my hair looks horrendous. I can’t use dry shampoo because I have to wet my hair anyways almost everyday. Unless, I want to keep it up in a bun or sometimes even a ponytail. I can’t do those cute tie backs or french braids.
Most Latina’s are born with curly hair. Sometimes I wish I had straight hair. In the Summer getting out of the pool my hair looks semi decent, that is until it dries. It then turns into a big poof. Like a poodles hair. Then there’s other women who dream having it. They even go to the point of having a perm. Having a perm is not the same unfortunately. Don’t get me wrong I have nothing against perms they are just not the same. Your hair is still soft, your less likely to be caught up with knots and you can still style normal hair styles or even the ones you see in the beauty books at the salon or even in magazine. Myself, I can’t do that. It’s either down with protein gel, up in a bun or a pony tail.
In Hispanic culture going to the salon is a must. Especially during the holidays and when there are special events to go to. Sometimes your hair doesn’t really go with your outfit. Who would have ever figured that. Just to straighten my hair is a task as well. I used to go to a Hispanic beauty salon up until my husband and I moved more than 45 minutes away. Now I go to a select few places. I used to get rollers but my hair will just last possibly one week longer. It is necessary to have my hair flat ironed after it is blow dried. If not it looks like I just rolled out of bed unfortunately. The worst part is everywhere is now charging to use a flat-iron. I was baffled the last time I heard that. It ‘s something I need but your still charging me separate to wash my hair, blow dry and now use the flat-iron. No thank you. Unless it is a special engagement then I will go out and get my hair done. Being a Latina can be a plus but always have it’s down time. Hair wise, my hair has a mind of its own.
One thing that has helped my gracious hair is doing a relaxer. Now someone may think you don’t need a relaxer. When you can’t brush through your curls without the pain of over pulling and frizzing out even more. Your hair not cooperating with you then yes you need a relaxer. I’ve only used about three in my whole lifetime. I am 27 so I feel that’s not a lot. Normally I use Olive Oil No Lye Relaxer. You can purchase this one at your nearest drugstore for under $15. They last about 7-8 weeks but this one actually lasts on my hair longer. Now my curls don’t disappear. It’s easy to use. The directions are pretty straight forward. I always have someone apply the actual relaxer to my hair. Since it’s an eight part system I always do the rest on top washing the relaxer out. The second step has an activator which turns color if you don’t have all the relaxer out by the third step. I actually feel like a real person. I’m still a curl haired Latina but also I can manage my hair without wetting it everyday.
The last time I did a relaxer my husbands cousin was so astonished my curls were still in tact. Instead of having no curls the relaxer just well relaxes them. Instead of having tight curls I end up with more bouncy manageable hair. All in all curly hair is a great feature to have but with any beauty feature can be hard to attain.