Believe it or not, I haven't always had curly hair. When I was little, my hair was straight. Then it had a mind of its own and turned wavy. When I hit middle school, my waves turned into full blown, all out curls. It was crazy. I had super long hair at one point and because it was so frizzy and irritating, I chopped it all off. That took some serious getting used to. (Short is an understatement. Think Keri Russell curly bob short. Yeeeaahhh.) High school wasn't fun - I imagined my hair straight like everyone else and while I got the typical "Oh, I wish I had your hair" and "Wow! Your curls!" comments, I didn't believe the hype, especially since my hair couldn't decide which type of curl it wanted to be: boho wavy or beautiful corkscrew. It was stuck in between, undecided like a kid who can't decide if he wants lemonade or chocolate milk and so he mixes the two together.
No one lived with my hair and so no one understood the countless shampoos, gels, mousses and products that I tried in order to tame my frizz or that even after spending an hour straightening it, it still wasn't smooth and shiny. So I lived out my high school years in frizz and then resigned myself to an ugly bun in college. It wasn't until a few years ago when I actually started to lose some curl that I realized I loved my hair, that curls were unique and that the hype from years before actually held some water. I guess the old saying is true, you want what you don't have. Even though I love straight hair and totally appreciate it on others, I have decided that curls are unique and pretty in their own way and that I will appreciate them as long as I've got them!
Dove has launched a two-fold campaign that's focused on encouraging women and girls to embrace and love their curls. One in three females in the US has curly hair but the statistics of girls who find their hair beautiful are very low. Dove is trying to help women and young girls recognize that curls are something to be proud of. The first part of the #LoveYourCurls campaign is a whole product line that caters specifically for those with curls and frizz.
The Dove Quench Absolute line features shampoo, conditioner, a restoration mask and a serum. All are geared towards giving your hair extra softness, nourishment and manageability. My personal favorites are the shampoo, conditioner and serum - they did not make my hair greasy like so many products have in the past and you can use the serum on dry hair!
The second part of the #LoveYourCurls campaign is all about the recently launched Love Your Curls book, written by Taiye Selasi and illustrated by Annick Poirier. This cute little book is full of fun poems written for a curly haired girl encouraging her to love her curls and to realize how beautiful her hair is. The book can be downloaded for free and dedicated to (or even personalized for) someone you know who has curly hair.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.