We also have beauty standards when it comes to women’s hair. And often, anything that isn’t pixie cut or beach waves don’t pass those standards. But not every woman can sport a pixie cut with confidence. They’d rather have long hair they can toss and twirl. And those lock longs are hardly beach waves. That particular hairstyle, in fact, is almost impossible to achieve without styling and treatments. So why are we so obsessed with beach waves when it’s not even a natural hair type?
Our standards with hair aren’t so different from our standards with body types. Our ideals are something we weren’t born with. Thankfully, society is becoming more open-minded, embracing natural beauty and flaws. And it’s time to include natural hair types in our diversifying of beauty standards.
Here are the hair types we should love and accept:
1. Curly Hair
Curly hair tends to be unpopular because of its frizz. But not all curly-haired people experience that problem. Not all frizzy hairs are curly either. And even if your curly hair is frizzy, that doesn’t mean it’s unattractive.
Your curly hair is perfect as is. You don’t need various products to make them look wavy instead of curly. It’s okay to style or tame it down from time to time, of course. But altering it because you think it’s ugly will only damage your self-esteem.
You’re not born with ugly hair. Curly tresses are voluminous, so they spare you from teasing combs and other volumizing tools and products. It’s also fun to gather them into a bun; no need to use a doughnut bun maker. And if you put them up in a high ponytail, your curls will bounce behind you, making the crown of your head look lively.
On top of all that, curly hair is low-maintenance compared to other hair types. They don’t need to be washed as often as straight, fine hair. You can go for a week without shampooing, and no one would notice.
2. Frizzy Hair
Frizzy hair can be annoying. But they don’t make you unattractive. Often, your hair becomes frizzy because of too much moisture or lack thereof. The key to preventing them is packing your locks with a healthy amount of moisture.
Natural hair salons can help you deal with your frizz. But, again, you don’t need to iron your hair or pack it with chemicals. Using home remedies is enough, in fact. If you struggle with dry hair, a small amount of coconut oil massaged into your tresses will help. Rinse them off with shampoo afterward, or leave it overnight. Coconut oil gives your hair ample moisture and protein, making it look and feel healthier.
Avocado will also do wonders for your frizzy hair. Mix it with coconut oil, mashing the fruit until it reaches a mask-like consistency. Cover your hair with it, and leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse it off with shampoo. The results will be moisturized, protein-packed, and vitamin-infused hair.
Frizzy hair may be bothersome, but it’s not an ugly characteristic. It’s simply nature at work. As such, natural solutions also work best in taming it.
3. Fine Hair
We tend to associate fine hair with aging or poor health. But in fact, fine hair is often hereditary. You can be a fitness enthusiast and a vegan and still have fine hair.
If it really bothers you, hair transplant surgery isn’t the only solution. Instead, it’s making your fine hair look its best. And you can do that without changing your hair-care routine that much. Just avoid shampooing every day, and use your conditioner sparingly. Never touch your scalp when applying conditioner because it will increase your scalp’s moisture and drag down your locks even further.
The fewer the products you use, the less fine your hair will look. A teasing comb may be tempting, but using it every day may damage the strands and lead to split ends. If you need a volumizer, choose a product that specifically moisturizes and volumizes. That has the balance of ingredients your fine hair needs.
4. Thick Hair
Thick hair is considered attractive, but thick-haired people might be frustrated with their locks because it can be hard to manage. But you shouldn’t. If your thick hair is stubborn, it’s not an imperfection. Rather, it might be a sign that your hair health needs a boost.
Using a sulfate-free shampoo, raw shea butter, and boar-bristled brush will make your thick hair silky and soft. Ditch the flat iron and hair spray; your thick hair needs love, not torture!
Overall, we need to embrace and consider all hair types beautiful. While there’s nothing wrong with styling or loving the beach waves, it can also make you appreciate your natural hair less and less. So try to challenge yourself by going somewhere without styling. You may find that it feels liberating and empowering.