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Do you spend hours attempting to straighten your hair, only to have it curl right back up the second you hit a hot yoga class? I remember years of No More Tangles, trying out tons of brush styles, and horrible haircuts.
Having curly hair can be a challenge, but if you have a little bit of patience and stick through that awkward, everyone-is-straightening-their-hair phase, it can become part of your identity.
If you want a cute hairstyle, but you’re short on time, check out these easy tips on rocking your curls with minimal effort!
Your hair doesn’t always need product. Let it be free! Own what your hair looks like, and own who you are. Give your natural hair permission to stand out rather than weighing it down with mousse, gel, and spray. After conditioning your hair in the shower, leave a little on the ends, squeeze out the excess water and just let your hair dry naturally. I’ve fallen in love with using a camp towel (instead of a regular bath towel) to dry my hair. See what happens. It might surprise you.
To be honest, some of my best curls happen after sleeping with wet hair. I don’t know the science behind it, but the combination of a hot shower before bed plus a towel on your pillow, and catching some serious Zzzz’s creates some beautiful, bouncy curl magic.
It’s been my experience that you never know what type of curl you might get. You think it’s going to be a normal day, then suddenly it’s humid, your hair frizzes out, and three strands are straight. Stop pulling your hair, and figure out your go-to remedy.
For me, it’s Cantu’s Coconut Curling Cream. I use it on wet hair, or when my hair is dry and needs a pick-me-up. I love that it doesn’t make it feel stiff, sticky, crunchy, or like it’s glued to my head. If you are on vacation with curly-haired friends, try out some of their goop. You don’t have spend major money to get good curls.
We’ve all learned it’s healthy not to wash your hair every day. For those extra sweaty workouts (hot yoga, cycling, or a summer run) there is no getting out of showering. My trick is simple—I put my hair in a bun and avoid the shower head. I still wash the base of my neckline and put a dab of conditioner through the ends of my hair. It’s a quick refresh, cleans the sweat and also makes your locks smell fresh!
At a restaurant in my neighborhood, a waitress stopped and told me my hair looked great. It was not what I saw when I looked in the mirror that morning. My hair hadn’t been washed in days (which included a yoga class). It reminded me that we are our own worst critics. Having a “curly hair” conversation with her made me realize we are all looking for ways to fight and conquer our curls, but a bad hair day doesn’t always mean it has to be a bad day. Be kind to yourself, and your curls. Own them, cherish them, embrace them.
Well, here we are—a couple of months into 2021. A year that we all (still) hope will be much better than the last. This past year was nothing short of a dumpster fire—between the pandemic, ongoing racial injustice, and the most dramatic election ever, 2020 was riddled with anxiety, grief, anger, and was just downright exhausting.
Heck—if somebody even dared to ask me how I was doing last year, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes and say, “Omg I can’t even.” I mean, what other year can you think of that became its own expression? When something would go horribly awry, we would literally blame it on the year by saying, “2020, am I right?” complete with a sheepish chuckle —and eventually some tears when you realized just how many times you’ve said those words. Seriously, I lost count a long time ago. It was not healthy.
Sorry, tangent—where was I? Ah yes, 2021. The good news is there’s still hope that this year won’t make us want to roll into a tiny little ball on the floor and cry. Well, at least not as much as its predecessor—I’m not a miracle worker, you guys. However, I do have some wellness tips to help you stay just a little bit cooler, calmer, and collected-er this year.
If there’s one thing we learned last year, it’s that wellness is always here for us. Maybe at this time last year, your goal of going to Pilates five days a week came to a screeching halt as fitness studios were required to shut down to protect the community. For a time, we were all frazzled because our usual workouts and wellness routines were turned upside practically overnight. I think I speak for us all when I say that our favorite fitness class, and the community that comes with it, plays a huge role in our overall happiness. The good news is the wellness industry has come a long way in just under a year.
While it is true that some areas still aren’t allowing the in-studio experience for their workout classes due to the pandemic, we have more options to practice wellness safely than ever before. Right now, some studios are allowed to operate with in-person, socially distanced classes—and pretty much every studio broke into the virtual space to provide fitness classes you could participate in from the comfort of your own home. Not to mention, at-home virtual options are typically cheaper and allow you to try our studios from all over the country. With online gym memberships like Mindbody Flex, you can have access to thousands of live stream classes at your fingertips for less than $5 per class.
Look, 2020 was scary. After a year like that, it’s can be hard to tap into a positive mindset. But it’s more important now than ever before to let go of assumptions and focus on the good that 2021 can bring. This shift to acceptance will ultimately help you put your best foot forward in any situation that arises.
Take a step back and try to focus on the things we can be grateful for in this moment. Like what? Well, for starters more and more people are receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, which means things are slowly, but surely, getting back to normal. I, for one, am grateful that my at-risk family members have already received their first rounds of vaccinations and are on the path of staying healthy since they are protected from the coronavirus.
The best thing we can do right now for our mental health is to learn to give ourselves some grace through practicing self-care. And this can look different for everyone. Maybe your version of self-care comes in the form of daily journaling, getting a workout session in, curling up with a good book, or having that glass of wine while taking a bubble bath. Whatever makes YOU feel good—keep doing it.
To keep my mental health in check, something that I’ve started incorporating into my daily self-care routine is practicing mindfulness. Some days that means I focus on my breathwork practice—other days I may scroll through the Mindbody app to find a virtual meditation class or Yoga Nidra class. I’ve also embraced the motto there’s an app for that. Right now, I’m really loving the Headway app because it helps me set daily intentions from the moment I wake up with a morning survey and then checks in with me at the end of the day with an evening survey. Having the ability to write down my goals and hold myself accountable for them has really taken my self-care routine to the next level.
Some days we fall a little short of our goals—and guess what? THAT’S OKAY. Honestly, I think we should all just focus on being okay for the rest of the year. The past year caused us to be tough on ourselves and I encourage you to make this year kinder. Any new goals you set that involve changing habits or overhauling your lifestyle will likely have some setbacks. So, when that happens, remember to be compassionate with yourself.
If there’s anything I want you to take away from this blog post is to let go of the illusion that perfection is always the end goal. When in doubt I always remind myself of something my favorite spin instructor (hey Steph!) says: “If you look for perfection, you'll never be content. Just focus on your growth.” Allow that to sink in and make it a goal to remind yourself of this every single day.
And remember: You don’t have to—and really shouldn’t—give up hope that things will get better this year, even if you feel overwhelmed now. Having a positive mindset is never a silly thing. In fact, it is actually quite admirable; you’re an admirable badass.