Learning to love, protect, and style your curls is a continuous journey. For many people, the process of accepting their curls for their uniqueness is one that comes with time and self-care. From a young age, you may have been told to tame your curls, or that they are representative of something other than you being quintessentially yourself. You may have been told that curly hair doesn’t belong in the office, or that it looks less put-together than hair that’s straight and slick.
Though we may have seen the curls of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, ours didn’t look like ringlets that remained perfectly intact after a tornado took us to a magical land. In fact, many of us may have experienced moments where we wished we could click our ruby red heels and skip the styling process altogether.
We may not have always had the representation that we craved, but we still found ourselves loving our curls just the same. Hair has always been something that can bring people closer, and find community in. Maybe your close friend showed you how to use mousse for the first time, or your cousin showed you how she gets perfect beach waves.. Seeing your curls for the bouncy, flirty, powerful force that they are is inspiring. Finally deciding to ‘go curly’ is different for everyone. Whatever your catalyst was for deciding to do so, realizing it represents more than just a hairstyle to you is not an uncommon feeling. Our curls are a part of what makes each and every one of us lovely, and one-of-a-kind.
We’re All In This Together
Have you always loved your curly hair, but had to learn the right ways to style it? We’ve heard the same sentiment time and time again. People wonder what it would be like to have the same pin-straight hair as their siblings and friends as they grow up, and may turn to different methods to try and work against their curls. But what happens when we fully celebrate our curls, and we work with them instead?
We’re here to tell you that your curls are beautiful, and your curl identity is something that you get to hold onto for the rest of your life. Though everyone has their own experience adoring their curls, there are some commonalities in what curls represent to all of us in our daily life.
Curly Is Unique
These days, we live in a time where hardly anything feels one-of-a-kind. We can’t even trust that a funny tweet belongs to the person who’s sharing it. There is a tendency for people to want to fit the mold, but our curls don’t agree. Our curls demand respect from the salon chair, but that doesn’t make us divas.
One very special thing about our hair - it’s always unique. No two people have the exact same curls. Though you may be wearing the same bridesmaids dress as everyone else - your curls belong to you, and you alone. You don’t want to steal the bride’s thunder (because you’re an amazing friend), but you can stand tall knowing that your curls are a part of you that can’t be reproduced by anyone.
Curly Is Independence
For many women, owning their curls gave them a sense of strength. The strength to say - “this is who I am, and I’m proud of it.” The strength to believe in their professionalism despite the status quo, and present themselves with their natural curls at the forefront. We’re always fighting to find our authentic voice, and no boardroom is an exception.
Loving your curls can be an act of defiance for every time you were told to be less wild. You can embrace your curls in the same way that you love the scar on your leg, or the fact that you don’t know how to twerk (and maybe never will). For many women, curls represent their freedom to be fully themselves. If our curls can fly freely, so can we.
Curly Has A Spark
For many of us, our curls represent our creative spark. Our personality is wrapped up into every twisting strand that goes in whatever direction that it wants to. Though there are times in life where we’re told to “sit still,” and be tame, our curls always push us to be authentically ourselves.
No matter how much gel was placed into our ponytails before class, we’d always come home with little wisps around our forehead - the evidence of a successful play time. Our curls bounce when we dance, and they change shape depending on our environment. They’re a representation of our ability to keep playing imaginatively, even if our age says otherwise.
Other people have mentioned that their curls feel like a form of self-expression. By learning different ways to style their hair, they found how to make their hair a piece of art. Whether that be through discovering new hairstyles, or finding ways to make their curls larger-than-life, there are endless possibilities of how your curls and creativity can complement each other.
What Is Your Curl Identity?
If you’re just starting to grow into your curls as a part of who you are, now is the time to feel empowered in your curl identity. Your waves, curls or coils aren’t unprofessional or chaotic. They’re distinctive and inspired! Join us in finding confidence in our gorgeous curls
One of the most important steps in embracing your curls and how they can represent you, is understanding your curl type and how to style it. Start by taking the Royal Locks Curl Type Quiz, and learn more about the products that can nourish your curls from the inside out. By treating your curls with love, you can learn to appreciate being authentically you.
So, what does curl identity mean to you? We want to know! Leave us a comment, and tell us how it’s come to be a part of your story.