Embracing My Curls and Upping My Self-Confidence
you may not know this, but i haven’t always loved my curly hair. actually, i hated it for many many years because i didn’t know how to manage it. i forced it straight with a hot iron for most of high school and the first part of college or threw it in a low-bun and said ‘forget you curls – you unruly, wild things!’ evidence of said straight hair, about a week before my now-husband and i started dating in 2007.
we went swimming together at my apartment pool one day and my hair started drying, of course turning curly. he said “wow, i love your curly hair! you should totally wear it like that on our next date.” my initial reaction was to roll my eyes and not believe him but then on that date, he kept commenting on how sexy he found my curls to be. well hot dang, give me a compliment enough and i may just start to believe it!
i used to randomly straighten my hair when i was avoiding writing papers or doing whatever i should have been doing but now i can say i haven’t touched a straighter in years. my natural curls are part of defining who i am and i am so grateful to my husband for helping me embrace them.
i spent a lot of time in college figuring out what products make my curls pretty and i finally settled on using Garnier® both their curl sculpting cream and then a quick spritz of their curl shaping spray gel. i have used them for years and swear by them. when i saw that they were coming out with new Garnier® Whole Blends™ shampoos, conditioners, and treatments – i am pretty sure i literally squealed.
my hair and are my curls are the one thing that have gotten better with getting pregnant – thank goodness! as i mentioned earlier this year, my self-confidence took a nose dive as i developed some pretty bad pregnancy acne in what i affectionately refer to as my ‘zit beard region’ on my face.
i only looked in the mirror to apply my moisturizer, make-up and not again throughout the day. i rarely felt like doing my hair since it wasn’t covering up my face anyway. i just didn’t feel great. i wish i could say i increased my self-confidence all on my very own, but once again i have my husband to thank for helping me see that i do not have to be defined by one characteristic that i’m not loving right now and focus on what i do love – my curls!
i specifically chose the Nourishing line with avocado oil and shea butter extract version since people with curly hair already deal with dry hair. i chose it because it specifically helps deeply replenish and restore my hair. what’s amazing about Garnier® Whole Blends™ is that they have 6 brand new blends to try out, specific to what your hair especially needs! i may try this one the next round – yum!
not only do the Whole Blends™ make your hair naturally beautiful but they also help out our world (sign me up to save the world any day!) the containers themselves are made with recyclable PET plastic and use 30% post-consumer recycled waste. the argan, coconut oil and cocoa butter ingredients are also fairly purchased and sustainably to support local farmers and communities. plus the shampoos, conditioners and treatments are paraben-free and gentle to use every day. i knew i liked them and now i like them even more!
we have been doing weekly bump pictures throughout my pregnancy and in the beginning i told my husband he should only take photos of my belly and not my face because i didn’t feel pretty. he gently encouraged me take a relaxing shower, do my hair and take the bump photos without my head cut off (what a concept!). he genuinely told me i was beautiful and he loved me – all of me.
he helped me to remember that life isn’t perfect – it’s flawed but even with its flaws it’s pretty darn great as a whole. isn’t that the truth!? we often find ourselves focused on the 5% negative instead of the 95% of the positive things happening all around us. so while i may not love my skin right now, i do love my hair so i shall focus my energy on that!
i do feel like my best self when my hair is down and my curls are defined (truly it takes me 5 minutes to do my hair). it’s been a good reminder that spending an extra few minutes on my appearance can boost my self-confidence and last the whole day. it makes me feel better which in turns makes me more fun to be around and a more patient and loving wife (pregnancy hormones are no joke).
Garnier® Whole Blends™ not only smell amazing and refreshing without being overpowering, but i noticed my hair feeling softer literally after the first wash and condition. funny story – my husband who never pays attention to any type of shampoo or conditioner and just uses what i put in there got done with his shower and said “i really like the new shampoo you got – it makes my hair so soft! come feel!” ha!
life is meant to be enjoyed wholly so let’s focus on the parts of us we love and remember that usually 95% is amazing so take the picture, eat the donut and do you!
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